Andrew McCarron

Gambling Commission on the hunt for new CEO

The UK Gambling Commission is looking for a new CEO after Sarah Harrison revealed she will be leaving the Commission at the end of February 2018 to take up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Neil McArthur, the Commission’s Chief Counsel and Executive Director, will be appointed by the Commission as Acting Chief Executive with …

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CMA unhappy with six aspects of bonus terms & conditions

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Operators will have to extensively alter their bonus terms and conditions if they are to avoid being taken to court by the Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA). Speaking at the Gambling Commission’s Raising Standards Conference 2017 yesterday, CMA Project Director George Lusty outlined key areas where operator behaviour has to change. Lusty identified six areas of particular concern: Opaque terms …

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What the numbers say on problem gambling

The UK gambling industry has faced some heavy criticism in the media in the past few months. Most of it began when 888 was rightly castigated for its failure in its social responsibility with no-one in the industry, or at 888, dissenting at the Gambling Commission’s judgment. But a good deal of criticism has been sown longer-term by anti-FOBTs campaigners …

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Whole industry getting behind Responsible Gambling Week

The first Responsible Gambling Week has launched today with members of every sector of the gambling industry in Great Britain joining forces to raise the discussion around problem gambling. The gambling industry has been quick to embrace it on social media with many sharing official Responsible Gambling Week videos or creating bespoke ones, such as William Hill has done with …

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Gambling Commission bares its teeth with £7.8 million fine over 888’s social responsibility flaws

888, one of Britain’s biggest online gambling firms, is to pay a record penalty package of over £7.8m as a result of what the Gambling Commission has described as ‘serious failings’ in its handling of vulnerable customers. The action follows the discovery of significant flaws in 888 UK Limited’s (888) social responsibility processes, which aim to protect consumers from gambling-related …

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David Clifton – Don’t gamble on your affiliates

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In my December 2016 article for SBC News, I wrote about affiliates coming into the ICO’s firing line, which in turn leaves gambling operators facing liability for affiliates’ data protection misdemeanours – a situation that will hit home even harder when the recently announced Data Protection Bill is published by Parliament and, subsequently, when the General Data Protection Regulation comes …

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Checkd Media adds to affiliate consolidation with Oddschanger purchase

Checkd Media, the owner of affiliate brand FootyAccumulators, has joined the latest trend for affiliate consolidation and extended its brand portfolio with the acquisition of Oddschanger and its related assets for an undisclosed figure. Checkd Media has purchased UK based Oddschanger, a sports betting social media affiliate business, from founder Will Tyrrell. Oddschanger was established in 2013 and now has …

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Worldpay CEO brought in to replace Corcoran at Paddy Power Betfair

Breon Corcoran is stepping down as CEO of Paddy Power Betfair to be replaced by Worldpay CEO Peter Jackson. The operator informed the stock market this morning that Corcoran is leaving after 16 years with the Paddy Power Group and having overseen the successful merger with the Betfair betting exchange in February 2016. The news saw the share price drop 5%. Chairman …

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Clarion launches new hub for ICE visitors

Major gaming show organiser Clarion Gaming has made what it is calling an important enhancement to the customer experience for both ICE visitors and exhibitors following a comprehensive review and subsequent creation of a new show hub.  The new site has been developed to reflect the pivotal role ICE plays in the gaming industry calendar and provides exhibitors with the …

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