Tag Archives: Neil McArthur

Black market betting websites in Australia targeted by ACMA

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) intends to request that Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the country remove 18 offshore black market betting websites. An official statement by the ACMA revealed that 222 illegal gambling operators have been removed from the web in Australia since its first blocking request was made in November 2012. The websites removed were Syndicate …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Gambling Commission dominates early 2021 headlines

As I write this, the last week has seen a huge amount of information emanating from the Gambling Commission. We have seen it publish a short online survey, seemingly aimed at the general public, urging them to have their say on how gambling companies interact with their customers, with a particular focus on affordability. It runs until 9 February, the …

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UKGC bans online slots’ autoplay and quickspin features

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced a ‘package of strict measures’ to be enforced as new protections and controls on online slots games. The decision follows feedback from its public consultation carried out in July 2020 around ‘making online games safer by design’ – in which the Commission reviewed the risk and intensive play elements of online slots. Following …

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Sunak monitors Gambling Review closely

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has raised direct concerns with the DCMS about further ‘enhanced affordability checks’ being imposed on bookmakers.  Reported by the Racing Post, local racing delegates of Sunak’s Richmond North Yorkshire constituency wrote to the Chancellor opposing a consultation proposal being reviewed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Forming part of the government’s ongoing review of …

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UKGC seeks guidance on customer interactions


The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has launched a further consultation seeking guidance on ‘how online gambling companies interact with their customers’.  The Commission aims to gather wide-ranging insights and opinions from businesses, employees and their customers on ‘what protections should be offered by online gambling operators to prevent harms to their customers’. UK online gambling laws require licensed operators to …

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UKGC confirms there is ‘no evidence of a sustained increase in gambling activity’

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published data delving into the potential impact thatCOVID-19 lockdowns have had on gambling activity. Data from the report has demonstrated that ‘there has not been a significant or sustained increase in gambling activity since the COVID-19 pandemic began’. Breaking down the statistics in a nationally representative sample of over 3,000 adults, six in 10 …

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BGC highlights industry’s safety record in ‘A Safer Bet’ animation

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new animation, ‘A Safer Bet,’ in which the gambling industry standards body highlights the UK industry’s safety record and economic contribution. In the video, the BGC argues that the UK’s gambling market is one of the safest in the world, and warns against overregulation by the government. In particular, the BGC …

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Gambling Commission criticises black market claims

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has criticised claims from some betting operators of a thriving UK gambling black market, ahead of the upcoming review of the 2005 Gambling Act. According to a report earlier this month by data and analytics firm PwC, nearly 9 to10% of all gambling related searches online were for black market sites, and unregulated operators accounted …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: 10 forecasts and a hope for 2021


12 months ago, 2019 ended with a promise within the Queen’s Speech from the then newly elected Conservative Party government to “carry out a Review of the Gambling Act”. Now, 2020 is ending with that promise being fulfilled. On 8 December 2020, the Gambling Act Review was launched, with a Call for Evidence that runs until midnight on 31 March …

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GamCare, GamBan and Gamstop team up for TalkBanStop launch

Three responsible gaming awareness organisations – GamCare, GamBan and Gamstop – have joined together to launch a 12 month pilot, starting today. The pilot, known as TalkBanStop, will offer free tools to support problem gamblers in managing their betting behaviours, with the aim of helping those struggling over the Christmas period. Support will be provided via trained advisors available on …

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