Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

Britannia Stakes ‘fantastic initiative’ distributes £1.25m to charities

Member organisations of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) have distributed over £1.25 million to a selection of charities, donating the entirety of the profits from the Britannia Stakes race, held on 17 June during the Royal Ascot festival.  Participants in the initiative include BGC members Flutter Entertainment (Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Bet), bet365, Entain (Ladbrokes, Coral), William Hill, Kindred …

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IBIA finds ‘no corruption issues’ across 99.96% of regulated markets

Khalid Ali, IBIA CEO

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has released its ‘optimum’ study into betting regulation, assessing 20 jurisdictions across six continents, finding no evidence of corruption across the vast majority of surveyed markets. Covering ‘a range of licencing models,’ the study collected fiscal and integrity data from multiple regulated betting operators – representing almost 50% of all commercial online betting activity …

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Michael Dugher: No evidence to support gambling advertising ban

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has voiced his criticisms of calls for a ban on gambling advertising during the upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championship, stating that campaigners’ demands are ‘not backed up by the evidence’. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, Dugher referenced ITV’s recent decision to ‘significantly reduce’ the number of gambling-related advertisements …

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ITV: Euro 2020 gambling advertising ‘will be significantly reduced’

ITV has responded to the calls from Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Ronnie Cowan to suspend gambling advertising during the upcoming 2020 UEFA European Championships. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the free-to-air terrestrial broadcaster ran 172 betting-related ads throughout its coverage, whilst over £2.3 billion was wagered in the UK on the tournament. In its statement, ITV detailed: “The …

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BGC members commit ‘vital funds’ to charities from Britannia Stakes profits

A group of Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) members have committed to donate all-profits from the Britannia Stakes, giving a ‘major’ financial boost to a selection of charities. Participating BGC members include bet365, BetVictor, Betway, Entain (Ladbrokes, Coral), Flutter Entertainment (Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Bet), William Hill, Kindred (Unibet), Rank Group (Grosvenor Sport), the Tote and Fitzdares. “I am absolutely …

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BGC announces 2021 Safer Gambling Week

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced the date for 2021 Safer Gambling Week, due to take place between 1 November and 7 November, in cooperation with the Bingo Association and Bacta. Since its inception in 2017, the annual campaign has seen the betting and gaming industry collaborate on several safer gambling messages via online and land-based venues, to …

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BGC: Lockdown easing ‘a fantastic boost’ for betting and casino sector

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the easing of UK national lockdown restrictions today, with up to 100 casinos across the country permitted to reopen their doors to customers. Additionally, limitations on retail betting shops such as a ban on showcasing live sporting events on TV will also be lifted, whilst Scottish bettors will be granted access to …

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Football Index £4.5m claims hearing taken to High Court

The High Court of Justice for England and Wales has taken on the hearing regarding the distribution of over £4.5 million in funds to former customers of Football Index. Begbies Traynor, the insolvency practitioners for Football Index parent company BetIndex, initially began to process claims against the company in April, one month after the operators collapse.  After the firm initiated …

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BGC announces global sports safeguarding partnership with IBIA

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced a global partnership with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) to enhance cooperation on the promotion and safeguarding of sporting integrity. Representing the largest regulated sports betting operators in the world, the Memorandum of Understanding will see the two organisations collaborate on the coordination of their respective global activities in both existing …

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Begbies Traynor initiates BetIndex customer hearings

Begbies Traynor, the insolvency practitioners for BetIndex, initiated the process of allocating funds to former Football Index customers at a hearing in the Royal Court of Jersey today. The company was initially appointed as BetIndex’s insolvency practitioner in late March following the initial collapse of Football Index and began processing customer claims against the company in April. In a statement …

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