Andrew McCarron

BTC pushing for better terms for independent bookmakers

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Independent bookmakers are lobbying for more flexibility from one of their key suppliers for 2018 and beyond. The Bookmakers’ Technology Consortium (BTC) – a co-operative organisation that provides smaller firms with the advantage of collective bargaining – is unhappy with terms offered by SIS, one of the LBO sector’s main providers. The BTC has written a letter to bookmakers across …

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Anger as European Commission drops all gambling infringement proceedings

The gambling industry has been left out in the cold by the European Commission, which has announced today that it will be focusing its time and effort on only the most serious infringements of EU law – meaning that all the currently pending infringement proceedings involving gambling have now been dropped. Challenging EU law has been a very active area …

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Gambling Commission on the hunt for new CEO

The UK Gambling Commission is looking for a new CEO after Sarah Harrison revealed she will be leaving the Commission at the end of February 2018 to take up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Neil McArthur, the Commission’s Chief Counsel and Executive Director, will be appointed by the Commission as Acting Chief Executive with …

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CMA unhappy with six aspects of bonus terms & conditions

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Operators will have to extensively alter their bonus terms and conditions if they are to avoid being taken to court by the Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA). Speaking at the Gambling Commission’s Raising Standards Conference 2017 yesterday, CMA Project Director George Lusty outlined key areas where operator behaviour has to change. Lusty identified six areas of particular concern: Opaque terms …

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What the numbers say on problem gambling

The UK gambling industry has faced some heavy criticism in the media in the past few months. Most of it began when 888 was rightly castigated for its failure in its social responsibility with no-one in the industry, or at 888, dissenting at the Gambling Commission’s judgment. But a good deal of criticism has been sown longer-term by anti-FOBTs campaigners …

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Whole industry getting behind Responsible Gambling Week

The first Responsible Gambling Week has launched today with members of every sector of the gambling industry in Great Britain joining forces to raise the discussion around problem gambling. The gambling industry has been quick to embrace it on social media with many sharing official Responsible Gambling Week videos or creating bespoke ones, such as William Hill has done with …

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Shaun Simmonds – why gamification will rule at Russia 2018

Shaun Simmonds, Founder of Supersub Sport and Sportpesa’s UK representative, takes a look ahead at next year’s World Cup in Russia and predicts a creative surge to attract a new audience. The fact that next summer’s World Cup will be in Europe is a huge plus. I remember covering a match between USA and Ghana on Twitter at 11pm on …

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Gambling Commission bares its teeth with £7.8 million fine over 888’s social responsibility flaws

888, one of Britain’s biggest online gambling firms, is to pay a record penalty package of over £7.8m as a result of what the Gambling Commission has described as ‘serious failings’ in its handling of vulnerable customers. The action follows the discovery of significant flaws in 888 UK Limited’s (888) social responsibility processes, which aim to protect consumers from gambling-related …

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David Clifton – Don’t gamble on your affiliates

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In my December 2016 article for SBC News, I wrote about affiliates coming into the ICO’s firing line, which in turn leaves gambling operators facing liability for affiliates’ data protection misdemeanours – a situation that will hit home even harder when the recently announced Data Protection Bill is published by Parliament and, subsequently, when the General Data Protection Regulation comes …

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Checkd Media adds to affiliate consolidation with Oddschanger purchase

Checkd Media, the owner of affiliate brand FootyAccumulators, has joined the latest trend for affiliate consolidation and extended its brand portfolio with the acquisition of Oddschanger and its related assets for an undisclosed figure. Checkd Media has purchased UK based Oddschanger, a sports betting social media affiliate business, from founder Will Tyrrell. Oddschanger was established in 2013 and now has …

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