Tag Archives: 2005 Gambling Act

UKGC issues public notice on Free Draw & Prize Competitions

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has clarified its regulatory oversight on ‘Free Draws’ and ‘Prize Competitions’, following an increase in public enquires related to ‘win a house’ or ‘win a cash prize’ competitions. Free Draws and Prize Competitions are not regulated by the 2005 Gambling Act. However, the Act provides a distinction in how Free Draws and Prize Competitions should …

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Gamban partners with PayPal for multinational payments block

Gamban and PayPal have entered into a new partnership, with the payments provider enabling its customers in selected territories to block gambling transactions.  The duo have identified PayPal as a common method of payment for gamblers via both online and offline verticals, covering sports betting, horse and greyhound racing, person-to-person wagering and on gaming machines.  PayPal and Gamban’s partnership comes …

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APBGG: DCMS must define remit and duties of ‘under-performing’ UKGC

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has been branded an “under-performing regulator’ that has acted beyond its powers by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Betting and Gaming (APBGG) providing recommendations to the 2005 Gambling Act Review.  Publishing its ‘Investigation into the Competence and Effectiveness of the Gambling Commission’, the cross-party group described the Commission as having gone’ rogue’ and adopting an …

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Former Minister Whittingdale issues black market warning at BGC AGM

The issue of black market operators has been raised once again as John Whittingdale, the former DCMS Minister tasked with overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, addressed the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)’s AGM yesterday. Speaking to the assembled BGC delegates, Whittingdale – who served as Minister of State for Media and Data between February 2020 and September 2021 – …

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BGC highlights ‘wake up call’ following latest YouGov betting poll

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has raised concerns regarding a recent YouGov poll of bettors on the subject of affordability checks, describing the results as a ‘wake up call’ for legislators.  According to the poll, 16% of bettors stated that they would welcome affordability checks, the wider implementation of which is under consideration as part of the 2005 Gambling …

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Andrew Rhodes’ role at UKGC reportedly set to become permanent

Interim UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes is reportedly set to take on a more permanent role at the regulatory body, according to The Guardian. The newspaper reported that the government has made the decision due to Rhodes’ commitment to cracking down on ‘recidivist behaviour’ by betting and gaming operators, ahead of the publishing of the 2005 Gambling Act …

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Michael Dugher: Ministers ‘walking a tightrope’ on Gambling Act balancing

With the White Paper and subsequent outcomes of the 2005 Gambling Act review due to be revealed this year, the legislative overhaul could have substantial political impacts.  This is according to Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), in a comment piece published in The Telegraph this morning. As argued by the BGC Chief, the outcomes …

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Year in Review Part Four – UKGC reaches conclusions and M&A sagas come to a close

The final quarter of the year saw huge news across a range of areas of the international betting and gaming industry, as two major acquisition sagas concluded – with differing results – and the UKGC made a number of important announcements.  In the second half of 2021, the betting sector closely followed a prominent transatlantic development, as major US player …

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Year in Review Part Three – Firms look to Nasdaq whilst William Hill auction comes to a close

The third quarter of 2021 saw further regulatory developments across Europe, and one of the year’s biggest M&A saga’s concluded as 888 Holdings finalised the terms of its William Hill acquisition.  Sportradar, the Swiss sports data and technology company, successfully completed its public listing on the US Nasdaq stock exchange in September, with some assistance from basketball legend Michael Jordan. …

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Year in Review Part One: Gambling Act review commences and firms count the costs of 2020

As 2021 began, the UK betting sector was fixated with the onset of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act review, the outcomes of which would become clearer as the year progressed. The overhaul of the UK’s regulatory gambling regime did not just catch the eye of industry leaders, however, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak voiced his concerns …

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