Andrew McCarron

Lords call for ban on sponsorship in wide ranging gambling report

A Lords report into gambling regulation has called for ‘urgent action’ to address harms caused by gambling.  House of Lords Gambling Select Committee’s report ‘Gambling Harm – Time for Action‘ has taken over a year to compile and the results do not make pretty reading for the industry, the regulator and the government. On its launch, Committee Chair Lord Grade …

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Parliamentary report brands Gambling Commission as ‘toothless’

The UK Gambling Commission has come in for extreme criticism from a group of MPs reporting on how gambling regulation is protecting vulnerable people. The regulator is described as ‘toothless’ and in need of a ‘radical overhaul’. In a report published this morning, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee also branded the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport …

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William Hill plans for future with new share placing

William Hill is raising a war chest to fund its long-term growth ambitions, mainly in the US sports betting market. Alongside a positive trading statement on Tuesday 16 June, the FTSE250 betting group said it intends to issue a new ordinary share placement for 19.99% of its existing share capital. CEO Ulrik Bengtsson was upbeat about the company’s performance over …

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Betway to pay record £11.6m after Gambling Commission finds VIP customer failings

After a Gambling Commission investigation, online gambling operator Betway has agreed to pay £11.6m, alongside implementing a package of measures, for a series of social responsibility and money laundering failings linked to dealings with seven of its high spending customers. The regulator said that in one instance, the operator had failed to carry out source of funds checks on a …

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Mr Green to pay £3m for failures in gambling harm and money laundering prevention

William Hill-owned online gaming brand Mr Green has been told to pay £3m to the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms by the Gambling Commission after it found failures in the operator’s procedures for preventing harm and money laundering. The settlement agreement consists of a £3m payment in lieu of a financial penalty and Commission costs of £10,349.77. The Gambling Commission found that Mr Green: did not …

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Campaigners call on Boris to ban gambling sponsorship in football

Problem gambling campaigning groups Gambling With Lives and The Big Step will deliver a letter to the prime minister ,Boris Johnson, today calling for an end to gambling sponsorship in football. The groups claim that football’s relationship with betting is at ‘saturation point’, with the letter to be delivered as The Big Step completes its journey from Reading to Downing Street …

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Scottish FA sponsorship deal with William Hill to end

The Scottish FA and William Hill have announced that their partnership will not be renewed at the end of the current agreement after almost a decade of working together. William Hill has been title sponsor of the Scottish Cup and Official Betting Partner of the Scotland National Team since 2011, and the national bookmaker became sponsor of the South Stand …

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BGC welcomes GAMSTOP roll out and credit card ban

The betting and gaming industry has taken the new restrictions on credit card payments and enhanced self exclusion requirements as a mainly positive move from the regulator, although there is still some confusion around why there remains some products outside the scope of the new regulations. Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), welcomed the move …

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First-time exhibitors out in force at ICE London 2020

Organisers of next month’s ICE London claim the event is on course to deliver a comprehensive account of what’s new in international gaming with confirmation that 73 exhibitors from 37 jurisdictions will be ‘stepping into the future’ for the first time as part of the world’s largest gaming technology event which is being held on 4-6 February 2020. The list …

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Only GambleAware, GamCare and YGAM approved by UKGC for problem gambling funding

The Gambling Commission has published the list of approved organisations to which gambling companies are permitted to make social responsibility financial contributions in order to meet their licence conditions.  In an unexpectedly short list, only GambleAware, GamCare and YGAM (Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust) have been approved by the regulator, although other organisations are knocking on the door.  As …

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