Tag Archives: gaming machines

The attack of the killer B’s and the threat of player tracking!

SBC America’s Chris Murphy wonders whether the gaming industry will get on track with the latest proposals around machine play and social responsibility. We can only hope that anyone from the Category B gaming machine sector was seated when they read through the Gambling Commission’s latest missive this week, calling for evidence on said machines. The implied message is that …

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Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group to look at Future of Gaming Machines

The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group is to focus on gaming machines in the next installment of its ‘Future of Gambling Seminar Series’. Held on Monday 7 th June 2016, Future of Gaming Machines features speakers including BACTA CEO John White, IGT Senior Director for Europe Simon Dorsen, and John Appleton, Director of Electronic Leisure at Mitchells & Butler. Steve Donoughue, gambling consultant and Secretariat …

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Can greyhound racing win the battle to prove its worth?

Just when it looked like London’s last greyhound track was going to be replaced by AFC Wimbledon’s search for a new stadium, last month plans were ‘called in’ by the Mayor’s office. Scott Longley asks if this turn in fortunes can be reflected across the sport in general. The reprieve granted to Wimbledon greyhound stadium in mid-April was a rare piece …

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Gambling Commission wins Greene King appeal

The Upper Tribunal has found that the Gambling Commission acted within its powers when it refused to grant Greene King a bingo operating licence to provide commercial bingo in its pubs. At a hearing in London, Greene King’s lawyers argued that the Commission had exceeded its powers when it refused to grant a licence enabling Greene King to offer bingo …

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Industry Snapshot – Overview

The Gambling Commission in Great Britain releases bi-annual reports on the latest statistics from across the gambling industry. It covers betting shops, arcades, bingo, casinos, gaming machine manufacturers, lotteries and remote gambling. This is the first in a series of mini reports on the latest statistics released, and will give an overview of the gambling industry as a whole. The …

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Industry Snapshot – Betting Shops

With the industry focus on live in-play betting, and the ever increasing focus on mobile betting as a whole, the natural assumption would be that betting shops suffered in 2015. Indeed, one of the latest BetVictor adverts promotes the idea of placing a bet at a shop as an outdated and somewhat horrifying experience. Here’s an analysis of how betting …

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UKGC announces new public gaming machine consultation

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has invited industry stakeholders and members of the public to have their say in a new consultation about where gaming machines can be played.  The Commission considers that the current licence conditions and codes of practice and the accompanying guidance to licensing authorities are in need of revision in order to ensure that the following underlying …

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RGT greenlights further loyalty card player research

The Responsible Gambling Trust, the industry-funded organisation that commissions research, treatment and education initiatives around problem gambling, has commissioned NatCen Social Research to conduct a follow-up to a survey of bookmaker loyalty card holders first published in 2014. Researchers will measure problem gambling rates and study reasons for behaviour change since the original survey. The 2014 survey of bookmaker loyalty …

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Staff training the key for successful betting shop

Independent bookmaker Howard Chisholm believes that staff training is one of the most important parts of the business these days. In an interview in this month’s Betting Business interactive, Chisholm revealed that the constant evolution of the betting shop environment means that staff need to be kept up to speed. Director of North East betting chain Chisholm Bookmakers, Chisholm explained: …

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Tax environment needs new business culture in gambling

Paul Leyland, Principle Consultant at Regulus Partners, is of the opinion that a heavy tax burden will hit growth in the industry this year, although there are prospects for the industry to flourish longer-term. 2015 was always going to be a difficult year for gambling operators from a fiscal perspective: UK remote Point of Consumption taxes (15% revenue from December …

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