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Neil McArthur: UKGC expects highest standards post FOBTs

From today (Monday 1 April), UK gambling will enforce its £2 stake limit on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs – B2 Machines). Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has written to betting leadership, reminding all stakeholders of their responsibilities in ensuring consumers are protected. The UKGC Chief Executive, warns leadership that safer gambling enforcement will be …

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The FA widens search for new CEO

Following Martin Glenn’s announcement that he would depart as Chief Executive at the end of the year, the Football Association has undertaken an extensive search to find his replacement. The decision is likely to be made at the end of the season, with it seemingly having been narrowed down to a few final names. Most notably for the sports betting …

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ASA’s new guidelines set to protect problem gamblers

UK advertising regulators CAP and BCAP are ready to roll out new standards, set to come into force on 1 April, which will change the ways in which gambling operators can promote their products. The new advertising standards will prevent the display of online adverts for gambling products and services that uses data on consumer online interests and browsing behaviour …

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Brexit vote “really is the last chance” for May to assert leadership

Brexit has once again dominated the UK headlines, with questions now being raised as to who may be replacing Theresa May as Prime Minister if she is to step down. With MPs set to convene in the House of Commons this evening to vote yet again on Theresa May’s deal, it appears that the country is more divided than ever. …

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BHA releases its updated whistle-blowing policy to the public

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has gone public with its updated whistle-blowing policy, making the new plans available to both the wider public and the racing industry. The new policy comes as a bid by the BHA to cement its ongoing commitment to maintaining integrity, credibility and accountability in how it operates across the industry. Catherine Beloff, Director of Legal …

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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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BetVictor strikes deal to honour BetBright antepost bets

The controversial cancelling of antepost bets by BetBright when the Irish based operator closed down earlier this month is to be rectified after the stepping in of Gibraltar-based bookmaker BetVictor.  Acting in a ‘personal capacity’, former BetBright Executive Chairman Rich Ricci has partnered with BetVictor to announce a plan which will enable former BetBright customers to have their Ante Post bets reinstated. Former BetBright …

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6 of the Best – GVC’s Martin Lycka

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This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Martin Lycka, GVC’s director of regulatory affairs. Read on to discover two very contrasting entries in the movie category, sporting dilemmas and a very different take for a best bet. Best Holiday Without a doubt, New Zealand 2017 – a bunch of friends travelling halfway across the world and back to a fairy tale like …

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Why realistic odds and outcomes trump top graphics for virtuals

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Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter told delegates at the Betting on Football conference that “what works in real betting doesn’t always work in virtuals”, while more realistic odds and outcomes is more important to the customer than the best graphics. Speaking on the ‘Let’s get digital: where now for virtual sports’ panel at last week’s event, he explained how Golden …

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Jade Daniels: Degree 53 – UX the bridge between the industry & design standards

Jade Daniels Design Director at industry innovation, design and development studio Degree 53, details that as betting operators face higher regulatory and responsibility demands, incumbents have to be smarter than ever on UX guiding principals and strategies… ____________ The gambling industry is undergoing significant changes to improve the standards for responsible gambling. Besides advice and various initiatives, there are lots …

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