Tag Archives: Wes Himes

Betting and Gaming Council focuses on VIP interactions

The Betting and Gaming Council (BG Council) has confirmed that it will be rolling out a new code of practice which will focus on outlining new protocols regarding VIP customers and operator enticements to gamble.  The details of the code of practice, which will be published in Spring 2020, have not yet been published, however, it is expected that it …

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SBC Webinars Exclusive: Betting and Gaming Council – Committed to Change

Betting and Gaming Council - Committed to Change

The SBC Webinars series continues on Thursday 5 December with Betting and Gaming Council – Committed to Change, an exclusive in-depth look at the newly-launched trade body’s role in the industry. The BGC, which has replaced the Remote Gambling Association, the Association of British Bookmakers and the National Casino Forum, aims to provide a unified voice for the sector at …

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BGC introduces ‘cooling-off’ measures to UK betting shops

In a bid to support its ongoing commitment to responsible gambling, the newly-formed Betting and Gaming Council has developed a new ‘cooling-off’ feature for gaming terminals, which is due to be introduced across UK betting shops. The Anonymous Player Awareness System (APAS), which has been developed over the last two years, has been designed to identify signs of  potentially harmful gambling behaviour. The …

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Wes Himes, RGA: How the industry can play a role in driving Safer Gambling

In recent years, there has been a conscious effort made by gambling operators to ensure that responsible gambling practices are promoted to punters. However, a topic that has arisen when considering responsible gambling is the issue of whether regulations can become overbearing. Speaking to Wes Himes, interim Chief Executive of the Remote Gambling Association, at iGB Live in Amsterdam he …

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Voluntary whistle-to-whistle ban comes into force

The industry-wide voluntary ‘whistle-to-whistle’ advertising ban is due to come into force today (1 August 2019), which will see bookmakers ban all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport broadcasts. The self-enforced ban, will not be applicable to horseracing and greyhound racing coverage, was suggested by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) after it received public and political criticism …

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Simon Stevens – Betting should pay ‘NHS tab’ on problem gambling

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has stated that UK licensed betting operators should compulsory fund the treatment of problem gambling networks across the UK. Stevens is the latest UK public health figurehead to call for the government to implement a ‘mandatory levy’ on UK betting incumbents, stating that it would be unfair for taxpayers to ‘pick-up the huge tab for …

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Wes Himes: RGA – An effective responsible gambling message starts with awareness

Industry figureheads and wider health and education stakeholders gathered in May to discuss whether ‘the gambling industry is giving players enough control?’ at the most recent meeting of the Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group  –APBGG – (7 May 2019). The subject matter was discussed by Sarah Hanratty, Chief Executive Officer at the Senet Group; Damon De Ionno, Managing …

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APBGG: There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to tackling problem gambling

Industry figureheads and wider health and education stakeholders addressed the issue of whether ‘the gambling  industry is giving players enough control?’ – at the latest meeting of the Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group  –APBGG – (7 May 2019). The subject matter was discussed by Sarah Hanratty, Chief Executive Officer at the Senet Group; Damon De Ionno, Managing Director …

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