Archive | April, 2020

Managing licensing and related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Local Government Association (“LGA”) has published advice for licensing authorities entitled “Approaches to managing licensing and related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic” (that you can download below). The LGA states as follows on its website: This note provides a summary of issues councils’ licensing teams and others have raised with the Local Government Association (LGA) […]

ASA rules against gambling operator’s unverifiable comparison ads

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ads: seen on 17 September 2019 on a media screen at the Betting on Sports trade show, featuring the claim “The Biggest Jackpots” and a press ad, seen in the iGaming Times and Gambling Insider in September 2019, featuring the claim “#1 World’s Live-Games Provider” did not allow businesses or […]

ASA encourages consumers to report gambling advertising complaints during coronavirus ‘lockdown’

Following on from its 30 March 2020 call to consumers to “Report a Coronavirus related ad”, the Advertising Standards Authority has now published the following “Gambling Advertising and Lockdown” warning on its website: The conduct of the online gambling industry, including the nature and frequency of its advertising, is under particular scrutiny during this period of […]

Online opportunity could quickly turn to threat

The following comments by David Clifton feature in an article entitled “Online opportunity could quickly turn to threat, analysts warn” on page 4 of the April 2020 edition of iGamingTimes: Whilst cancellation of sporting events has been a catastrophe for the betting sector, the opportunity to convert customers to virtual sports and casino games has been quickly […]

Very illuminating reasons given for suspension of Triblebet licence and £740,000 fine

The Gambling Commission has today (8 April 2020) published on its website the reasons for its suspension (for AML and social responsibility failings) of the operating licence of Triplebet Limited trading as “Matchbook”. We previously reported on that suspension here. In its website posting, the Commission explains the current position as follows: Triplebet operated a betting […]

The BGC “absorbs” The Senet Group

As has been anticipated, the Betting and Gaming Council has now taken over the work previously undertaken by the Senet Group, save that management of the retail betting shops multi-operator self exclusion scheme (“MOSES”) will continue as an independent organisation The BGC has made the following announcement on its website: The Betting and Gaming Council […]

Coronavirus Report for Pubs and Bars

In their article for the April 2020 edition of Pub & Bar magazine entitled “Coronavirus Report for Pubs and Bars” (that has been published today 6 April 2020), David Clifton and Suzanne Davies have updated their “Coronavirus legal guidance – the do’s and don’ts” article published online by Pub & Bar on 16 March 2020. Their article […]

Two operating licences suspended for failure to participate in GamStop

As anticipated by us, the Gambling Commission has suspend the operating licences of two online gambling operators – Dynamic (t/a Prophet) and Sportito – for failing to participate in GAMSTOP by 31 March 2020 in accordance with LCCP Social Responsibility code provision 3.5.5. The Commission’s announcement in this respect (that you can download below), published today (3 […]