Andrew McCarron

Gambling Commission calls The Samaritans to bolster guidelines

The Gambling Commission is partnering up with The Samaritans in the battle against problem gambling after a fresh analysis of 2007 data shed light on its links with suicide.   The small scale research programme, published today by GambleAware and the Gambling Commission, was based on findings from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) and indicated that one in five …

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Reputation Matters: The Gambling Sector in The Spotlight

A new conference will look at the negative perception of the gambling industry. ‘Reputation Matters: The Gambling Sector in The Spotlight’ will take place in London on the afternoon of Thursday 7 November at the Soho Hotel, W1.  The half-day event, organised by Clear Concise Media, will discuss the key issues linked to corporate and social responsibility, lobbying and public positioning for …

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Betting on Sports 2020 heads to Barcelona as flagship event continues growth

SBC (Sports Betting Community) has announced that its flagship Betting on Sports event is to relocate to Barcelona in 2020 as part of international expansion plans across the sports betting and gaming industries. Betting on Sports 2020 will now be held at Fira Barcelona on 8-11 September. Betting on Sports has been staged at Olympia London since 2017 – and …

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Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

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In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations. When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European …

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Philip Bowcock: William Hill – Nominal response on responsibility has hurt industry’s profile 

Operators who have only donated nominal amounts to GambleAware for research, education and treatment would have been better not bothering, according to William Hill Group CEO Philp Bowcock.  Speaking at World GES in Barcelona, Bowcock touched on this week’s announcement from the UK’s biggest operators to increase the amount of money they provide to GambleAware by a factor of ten, …

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Unibet UK operator makes £1.6m settlement with Gambling Commission

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The Gambling Commission has told the industry it needs to be seen to ‘step up on social responsibility’ after Platinum Gaming, which is licensed to operate Unibet.co.uk and uk.bingo.com, became the latest company to make expensive failures in its social responsibility and anti-money laundering procedures. Following a Gambling Commission investigation, the company has agreed to pay £1.6 million in a settlement with …

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Gamesys to pay £1.2m for social responsibility & AML failures

Online gambling operator Gamesys (Gibraltar) Limited will pay £1.2m for failing to prevent gambling harm and breaching money laundering regulations, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced this morning. Gamesys operates the newly launched Virgin Bet, sports data site Live Score and a range of further igaming sites. The regulator launched an investigation into the operator’s processes after police investigations revealed …

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Anthony Joshua stars in William Hill’s first ‘brand-led’ advert

William Hill is to launch a new advertising campaign this week featuring the unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua with a new style of ad for the gambling industry which has come under fire for the aggressive tone in a typical betting advert. The multimedia campaign is the first of its kind for William Hill as it is brand-led, with …

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How to get ready for the UKGC’s new UK age verification regulations

Age Verification

The UK Gambling Commission has announced its new Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP). These regulations introduce stronger requirements on age and identity verification requirements for operators. But are all operators up to date with the changes? Identity verification specialist HooYu is used by gaming operators to verify customer age and identity at point of first-time deposit or payout. …

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£1bn cost of FOBT stake slash to bookmakers and horseracing

Warwick Bartlett and Lorien Pilling from the Global Betting & Gaming Consultancy (GBGC) have been looking at the implications of the reduction in Cat B2 gaming machine maximum stake from £100 to £2.  It doesn’t make pretty reading for retail bookmakers or the sector’s associated stakeholders. From 1 April 2019 the maximum stakes on FOBTs will be drastically reduced to …

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