Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

Gambling Act Review: VIP schemes reportedly face ban

Sports betting operators’ VIP schemes have been reportedly targeted by government Ministers, according to the Daily Mail, as a new outcome of the overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act. Citing government sources, the Mail detailed that the practice has been reportedly described as ‘immoral’ by gambling law reform advocating Ministers, who have argued that VIP schemes encourage problem gambling. Under …

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BGC pledges to ‘maintain momentum’ on safer betting ahead of football restart

As the new English football season gets underway this evening, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has pledged to ‘maintain the momentum’ on safer betting and player protection initiatives. This will include the continuation of measures, aimed at ensuring safe betting and protecting younger audiences, such as a pre-9pm watershed whistle-to-whistle ban on TV betting advertising from five minutes before …

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SIS and Racing Post collaborate on one-off betting shop awards programme

SIS (Sports Information Services) has teamed up with the Racing Post to host a one-off Betting Shop Champion Awards, aimed at recognising the efforts of retail betting and gaming staff during the COIVD-19 pandemic. As with other sectors of the UK economy, the retail betting sector has been hard hit by lockdowns, with high street bookmakers forced to close their …

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Whittingdale backs DCMS’ evidence-led approach against APPG criticism

John Whittingdale MP, the DCMS Minister overseeing the 2005 Gambling Act review, has responded to a letter from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) calling on the government to ‘act in an informed way’ on gambling advertising. Sent on 5 July, the letter concerned a parliamentary discussion held on 25 May, during which Whittingdale responded to …

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BGC welcomes Snapchat gambling ad opt-out feature

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued a statement welcoming a new feature added to social media platform Snapchat that enables users to opt out of gambling-related advertising. Snapchat developer Snap has been ‘working closely’ with the betting industry trade association over the past year, and intends to use the feature to give its customers greater control over the …

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10 MPs received match tickets from betting firms throughout Euro 2020

The BBC has reported that 10 MPs from the two largest political parties received tickets to UEFA Euro 2020 Championship, in addition to other prominent sporting tournaments. Overall, eight Conservative Party MPs and two Labour Party MPs were gifted tickets worth between £1,537.60 and £3,457, with the two members of the latter party serving as members of the Shadow Cabinet. …

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BGC calls for ombudsman to enhance consumer complaints process

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the government to strengthen the gambling sector’s customer complaints process by establishing an industry ombudsman. Although a system for dealing with customer complaints already exists, the betting and gaming industry standards body has argued that the creation of an ombudsman would improve consistency of the process as well as its general …

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UKGC issues update on BetIndex administration as investigation continues

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released an update on the situation regarding BetIndex, the parent company of football trading exchange Football Index, which remains in administration. Explaining its stance, the regulator stated that it is the responsibility of BetIndex administrators and the courts to resolve the return of funds to customers affected by the collapse of Football Index. The …

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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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