Archive | June, 2020

Green light for 4 July opening for pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, bingo halls and arcades but a red light still for casinos and nightclubs

The Prime Ministerial Statement delivered today (23 June 2020) to the House of Commons on COVID-19 (that you can download in its entirety below) has provided: greater certainty for some sectors of the leisure and hospitality industry (including pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres), each of which will […]

UKGC announces consultation on VIPs, publishes progress on VIP Incentives, Game Design & Ad-tech and announces creation of Experts by Experience Group

The Gambling Commission has today (19 June 2020): launched a consultation on proposed changes to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice in relation to high-value VIP customers, that will run until 14 August 2020; published its “October 2019: Industry Challenges Progress Update”, following up on the recommendations by VIP incentivisation, game & product design […]

ASA finds gambling system ad to be unsubstantiated, misleading and socially irresponsible

The Advertising Standards Authority has investigated three issues associated with claims made by a website promoting gambling systems (www.makelifeincome.com) owned by tipster Paul Coleman. The complainant challenged whether the claims: about the success of the system, such as “you never lose. So no risk”, “a system that’s guaranteed to pay” and the specific examples of […]

David Clifton to present IMLPO webinar focusing on AML challenges & trends currently facing the gambling industry

At 9.30am on Thursday 30 July 2020, David Clifton will be presenting an Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers webinar focusing on AML challenges and trends currently facing the gambling industry, including the following topics: UK Gambling Commission – still best in class? Update on last year’s ML & TF risk assessment of the British gambling industry […]

Final Gambling Related Harm APPG report gives rise to black market ‘backfire’ fears

The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (“APPG”) has today (16 June 2020) published its final Online Gambling Harm Inquiry report, calling for greater protections for online gamblers and a complete overhaul of gambling regulation in the UK. Land-based gambling operators should not be misled by the title of the report because its recommendations […]

Two major funding announcements from the BGC

In the space of two days, the Betting and Gaming Council has made two major funding announcements: On 14 June 2020, it announced that the UK’s biggest betting operators (including Paddy Power Betfair, bet365, Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Sky Bet, Betway, BetVictor, Kindred Group, Grosvenor Sport, Virgin Bet, Fitzdares, Genting Bet and JenningsBet) have agreed […]