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Table meals – does size matter?

Arising from the Prime Minister’s announcement on 12 October 2020 of a new three-tier Covid-19 alert system for England, considerable confusion within the hospitality industry quickly emerged in relation to that part of his speech in which he said (when explaining the Tier 3 restrictions, currently only applicable in the Liverpool City Region): Pubs and […]

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 […]

ASA Betway ruling interrogates what constitutes an ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against an ad on Betway’s YouTube account featuring West Ham United footballer Declan Rice, aged 20. The CAP Code states that no-one who is, or seems to be, under 25 years old may be featured playing a significant role in marketing communications for gambling, except for a specific exemption for […]

More signs of 2020 looking set to become a challenging year for the gambling industry

The Financial Times has reported that Conservative Party peer, Lord Chadlington (a vocal campaigner on safer gambling and Vice-Chair of the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group) is announcing the establishment of an independent charity (called Action Against Gambling Harm) that will administer funds raised by the UK’s five largest gambling companies for safer gambling initiatives, including the treatment […]

Time for some ‘good news’ gambling headlines

It’s nearly a year now since William Hill set out its corporate objective ‘Nobody Harmed by Gambling’ seeking to “eradicate problem gambling within the UK”. A very ambitious aim but one which William Hill appears committed to maintain, based on a speech given by its Director of Strategy and Sustainability, Lyndsay Wright, at last month’s KnowNow Player Protection Forum event, at […]

Treat YouGov’s recent gambling poll results with caution

Research undertaken by YouGov, the findings of which were published on 17 May 2019, has attracted media attention, resulting in headlines such as: Seventy percent of gamblers don’t believe industry is serious about responsible gambling, Most UK Gamblers Doubt Bookmakers Will Stick to Responsible Gambling Promotion and New YouGov Poll Reveals 75% of Gamblers Back Online Protection Measures one of […]

American Gaming Association research raises an interesting question

What was particularly striking from attending last week’s ICE exhibition and conferences was the yawning gap between the UK on the one hand and the U.S. on the other in terms of social responsibility and player protection requirements. We are not for one moment suggesting that responsible gambling is not a matter of concern for U.S. gambling operators and regulators […]