UK and the gambling reformation – time to start playing by the rules?

David Clifton will be speaking on Day 2 of SBC Events’ Betting on Sports Europe Conference 2022, taking place at the Home of English Rugby, Twickenham Stadium, London.

Worrying signs affordability checks are already coming out ahead of the Government’s White Paper on UK Gambling Reform. The panel discusses what influence can still be yielded on regulation and what sports books need to do now to prepare for when the legislation hits.

  • How can regulators and operators prevent a mass exodus to the black market?
  • Does blockchain have a bigger part to play?
  • How can operators combat the inevitable rise of private message grey sports books?

David’s co-panellists are:

  • Ai Ishii, Business Development, nChain
  • Charles Cohen, Founder, DoTrust
  • Warren Russell, Founder & CEO, W2

and the panel is moderated by Peter Wilson, Director, PWL Legal.

‘Betting on Sports Europe’ will provide delegates with three days of high-level content, exhibition and extensive networking opportunities. The event schedule is accessible here, the full conference agenda can be viewed here, and tickets can be booked online here.

David looks forward to seeing clients, industry friends and contacts at Twickenham on 9 June.


1. David is pictured below (centre) during the panel session in the main ‘Betting on Sports Europe’ conference room on 9 June. Either side of him are Warren Russell and Charles Cohen:

Pictured beneath are Ai Ishii and Peter Wilson:

Topics addressed during the well-attended session included:

  • the extent of the threat posed by the online gambling black market
  • what the UK Government’s forthcoming Gambling Act Review White Paper is likely to say with regard to affordability assessments
  • whether the ‘Single Customer View’ initiative is likely to provide a ‘silver bullet’ solution to the affordability conundrum
  • the role of blockchain in the field of player protection
  • the potential for the imposition of staking limits and/or other more restrictive controls on online gambling accounts
  • problem gambling and the possibility of higher PG prevalence rates in the UK following introduction of its new data collection methodology
  • whether greater advertising/sports sponsorship restrictions are likely to be introduced
  • the likelihood of introduction of:
    • a Gambling Ombudsman and
    • a mandatory RET levy

2. Following the panel session, David was interviewed by GamblingTV on the subject of ‘the rising importance of affordability in gambling’. You can view a video of that interview on YouTube here.

3. On 29 July 2022, SBC News published an article entitled ‘David Clifton, CDC: The inevitability of affordability in safer gambling’ (that you can download below), picking up on selected aspects of the above-mentioned interview. For a fuller and more informative summary of current key affordability-related issues, see David’s Qs&As by way of a ‘Quick introduction to affordability’, with which he opened his panel session entitled ‘A practical conversation about affordability’, at KnowNow’s ‘Compliance Forum’ on 28 June 2022.