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BGC: New evidence shows UK gambling is ‘sleepwalking’ towards a black-market disaster  

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned the government about the ‘dangers of complacency’ in underestimating the growth of black-market threats on UK gambling.  The trade body referred to a PWC report published this morning which reveals that the number of British punters using black market websites to place bets has more than doubled. Tracking players over the period …

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BGC supports online slot safer gameplay changes

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed new safer gameplay and design rules on slots sanctioned yesterday by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). From the 31 October, the UKGC will enforce new measures banning, online slots’ autoplay and quickspin gameplay, whilst also prohibiting game design features such as images and sounds that ‘celebrate losses as wins’. The BGC maintains …

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BGC welcomes Kwasi Kwarteng as Business Secretary

BGC welcomes Kwasi Kwarteng as Business Secretary

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the government’s appointment of Kwasi Kwarteng as the new Business Secretary.  The Conservative Minister will replace Alok Sharma, who has been named president of the ‘UN COP26 Climate Conference’ – the UN’s headline climate emergency conference which will take place in Glasgow later this year. Recognised as a close ally to Boris …

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Michael Dugher: ‘Gambling review needs to be led by facts not fiction’

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Writing in Commons news source Politicshome.com, Michael Dugher – Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) – has warned MPs that there is ‘too much fiction swirled around the debate of gambling’.  As the review of the 2005 Gambling Act goes through its ‘call-for-evidence’ phase, Dugher and the BGC have welcomed the government’s ‘determination to drive big changes’ …

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November to December 2020 in Review: Frantic conclusion sees betting prepared for another year under the spotlight

Betting leadership was provided no time to reflect on the events of an unpredictable year, as November and December developments placed the industry’s future on the line… SBC – Betting shakes off its seasonal slumber as UK government triggers long-awaited gambling review…   Betting faces an uncertain end of year close, as country-by-country European governments reviewed their national lockdown policies seeking …

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March to April 2020 in Review: Betting tackles its Covid trauma

March to April 2020 in Review: Betting tackles its Covid trauma

SBC recounts the traumatic months of March and April 2020, as the deadly coronavirus spread across Europe, leading to nationwide lockdowns and the cancellation of sports fixtures across the world. SBC – COVID-19 shocks signal that 2020 will be no ordinary year… As COVID-19 triggered what has been described as an ‘unprecedented’ situation, the betting industry was forced to enact …

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Iain Duncan Smith: Radical change requires Gambling Commission to be axed

Senior Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has reiterated his call for the government ‘to get rid of the Gambling Commission altogether’, as DCMS begins its long-awaited review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Writing in Commons news source PoliticsHome, Duncan Smith stated that the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm had been the only committee to maintain pressure on the …

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BGC: Government must guarantee a December reopening for UK gambling

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) is seeking guarantees from the government that UK betting shops and gambling venues will be allowed to reopen without interruption once the latest England-wide COVID-19 lockdown ends on the anticipated date of 2 December. The BGC said that the government must take a ‘science-led approach’ to reopen high street venues, avoiding the decisions which …

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Rank MD hits back at ‘senseless’ casino closures

The closure of casinos across Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire has been branded as a ‘senseless’ move by Jonathon Swaine, managing director of Rank Group, after the regions entered England’s new tier three restrictions. The new measures will mean that a number of Rank’s Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo venues will be forced to close their doors, having only recently …

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BGC members commit to new design code on game safeties

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Maintaining the industry’s commitment to upholding safer gambling standards across all online gambling disciplines, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has unveiled its ‘new code conduct for the design of online games’. Last Spring, the BGC announced that its members would address concerns on ‘intensive slots and game designs’ as part of the industry’s ‘new action plan’ which had seen …

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