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Operators charged over unfair bonus terms as CMA gets tough

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching enforcement action against a number of online gambling operators suspected of breaking consumer law with their labyrinthine bonus terms and conditions. As part of an ongoing investigation, the CMA is acting because it believes people aren’t getting the deal they expect from sign-up promotions and operators are unfairly holding on to people’s money. The ... Read More »

Health Lottery advert censured for ‘exaggerating the chances of winning a prize’

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has censured a TV advert by the Health Lottery for  ‘exaggerating the chances of winning a prize’. Twelve complainants had challenged whether the claim “You’ve a very good chance of winning” used in the TV advert misleadingly exaggerated the chances of winning the Health Lottery.  The ASA decided that this was the case. It said: “We ... Read More »

HiPay uses Intelligence to analyse customer payment data

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HiPay, a fintech company specialising in payments, has launched HiPay Intelligence – an innovative solution that will give merchants a 360° view of their client data. While merchants already have several existing tools that enable them to further understand their clients’ browsing behavior, HiPay believes that payment data is still under-exploited. It is an unparalleled source of information analysis of ... Read More »

Snapshot – how bookies are using free bets with football

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At last year’s European Championships in France, enhanced odds for new customers around the biggest games was recognised as the ‘go to’ offer for leading operators. Now, at a time where high profile ‘season-defining’ matches are coming thick and fast, we cast our eye over the football specific bookmaker offers demanding market attention. Whilst the standard welcome offer of matched ... Read More »

Why operators need to be aware of the new data protection rules

Professor Alessandro del Ninno, an advocate at Italian law firm Tonucci & Partners, will be presenting an update on the incoming rules over data protection that operators have to be mindful of at next week’s Betting on Football Conference. SBC caught up with him ahead of the show to discuss why it is so important. SBC: The EU General Data ... Read More »

Gambling Commission reviewing point of consumption licensing

The point of consumption licensing introduced in 2014 is being reviewed by the Gambling Commission to check its effectiveness. Speaking to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Betting and Gaming at Westminster on Wednesday, the regulator’s CEO Sarah Harrison revealed that the Commission is looking again at the general framework to see how it is functioning and whether any improvements can ... Read More »

JackpotJoy CEO hails strong results despite ‘turbulent year’

JackpotJoy Plc has posted impressive growth figures in its maiden results on the London Stock Exchange after the online operator’s move from Toronto and rebranding from the Intertain name. The firm has announced strong group financial performance on a like-for-like basis with revenue growth of 15% and adjusted EBITDA growth of 19%, with record cash generation for the year in the ... Read More »

‘Very successful start’ for combined Ladbrokes Coral

Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen has hailed the merged company’s first annual results announcement as a ‘very successful start’ for the enlarged group, with the combined results delivering 11% growth in revenues and a 22% increase in gross profits after tax. The standout performers are Ladbrokes Coral are the Digital division, which saw operating profit increase 125% and European Retail ... Read More »

Bookmakers remain exempt from latest money laundering rules

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Bookmakers already celebrating a successful start to Cheltenham week will have further cause for celebration with the news that the betting industry will continue to be exempt from European money laundering rules. There was a real danger that the Fourth EU Money Laundering Directive would encompass bookmakers given the classification of gambling as a high risk area for money laundering. ... Read More »

Easyodds releases new version of Cheltenham app

Odds comparison company Easyodds.com has released its 2017 Cheltenham Festival app in time for next week’s major festival. After a successful version last year, which had over 3000 users and garnered a positive review in the Racing Post on Sunday, the 2017 edition already features the latest ante-post odds from UK bookmakers so punters can find the best value bet for the Festival. ... Read More »