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Operating licence of BGO Entertainment suspended by UKGC pending licence review

The Gambling Commission has today (15 October 2021) published the following Information Notice, which – unusually for such a well-known operator as BGO Entertainment – involves immediate suspension of an operating licence whilst a licence review is conducted by the regulator: Information notice: Suspension of licence – BGO Entertainment Limited The Gambling Commission has suspended […]

‘Take Time to Think’ replaces ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’

In place of its longstanding ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ responsible gambling campaign, the Betting and Gaming Council has today (15 October 2021) launched a new ‘Take Time to Think’ campaign aimed at encouraging customers to use the wide range of safer gambling tools offered by its members. The BGC’s press release states as follows: […]

Victoria Gate Casino Leeds to pay financial penalty for AML and social responsibility failings

The Gambling Commission has announced that, following an almost two-year long Operating Licence Review process, VGC Leeds Limited (trading as Global Gaming Ventures), operator of the Victoria Gate Casino in Leeds, is to pay a £450,000 penalty for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures, of which: £241,000 represents divestment of the amount of financial gain […]

Ads for Napoleons Casinos fall foul of ASA ruling

The Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’) has today (13 October 2021) upheld a complaint made against A&S Leisure Group Ltd in relation to ads on a website and Facebook post for Napoleons Casinos: stating that they must not appear again in the form complained of and reiterating to A&S Leisure the need to ensure that in […]

UKGC publishes a ‘consumer information notice’ about ‘Global Football Fantasy Game’ operator, Sorare

The Gambling Commission has today (8 October 2021) taken the unusual step of publishing the following consumer information notice in relation to the self-titled ‘Global Football Fantasy Game’, ‘Sorare’: Consumer information notice: It has come to our attention the football-themed website,, is available to consumers in Great Britain. is not licensed by […]

GambleAware data now available via the Consumer Data Research Centre

GambleAware has announced that, promoting a policy of open data to help diversify and grow the range of academic disciplines engaged in research to prevent gambling harms, its 2019 and 2020 data on reported demand for treatment and support for gambling harms is now available to the wider research community through the Consumer Data Research […]

UKGC expects the industry to expedite trials of its Single Customer View solution

The Gambling Commission has published an update on the Single Customer View (‘SCV’) Industry initiative that was originally launched in February 2020, as reported at that time by us here. That initiative arguably derived its name from an earlier recommendation by the Gambling Commission’s Digital Advisory Panel that the Commission should consider “requiring the large operators […]

PHE evidence review of gambling-related harms stokes the fire of the Gambling Act Review

In March 2018, the then Health Minister’s remit letter confirming the priorities of Public Health England (“PHE”) for 2018 to 2019 included a request for PHE to “inform and support action on gambling-related harm as part of the follow up to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport-led (DCMS) review of gaming machines and social responsibility”. […]

25% increase in GAMSTOP registrations in first 6 months of 2021

We reported in July 2021 that research undertaken by Sonnet Advisory & Impact CIC had shown that the national online self-exclusion scheme GAMSTOP was working effectively following it coming fully into force on 31 March 2020. New independent analysis conducted for GAMSTOP by Sonnet has now revealed that 40,000 registrations took place during the first […]

Westminster City Council consults on updating its Gambling Policy

Westminster City Council has commenced consultations on: re-adoption of its current Gambling Policy (subject to minor updates where legislation or guidance has changed) so it will continue to have effect from the 31 January 2022 until such time as the proposed new Gambling Policy comes into effect; that consultation will close on 17 October 2021 […]