SBC News William Hill and Flutter top GambleAware Q1-Q3 donors

William Hill and Flutter top GambleAware Q1-Q3 donors

GambleAware has released its donor list for the first three quarters of 2020, with William Hill topping the list, followed by Flutter Entertainment and bet365.

Publishing its industry donation figures for 1 April – 30 December 2020, GambleAware revealed that William Hill made a pledge of £1.04 million, with £540,000 donated.

Following William Hill was Flutter Entertainment – the holding company behind Paddy Power and Betfair – with a donation of £874,000.

All UK licence holders are obliged to donate 0.1% of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) directly to GambleAware. Those companies with an annual gross gambling revenue of less than £250,000 per annum are requested to donate a minimum of £250.

The funds are used by the charity to help the development of initiatives targeted towards the prevention and treatment of problem gambling across the industry.

Other leading operators which have donated substantial sums include bet365 at £763,000, Gamesys at £450,000 and Petfre (Gibraltar) – the owner of Betfred – at £75,421, made in two separate donations.

Rank Group online subsidiaries and were both listed among the highest donors for the period, contributing £5,875 and £15,600 respectively

Additional donations, in the form of unclaimed winnings and credit from dormant accounts, were also received, with the two largest donors named as A&S Leisure Group, owner of Napoleons Casinos, at £10,000 and LeoVegas at £94,328.

For the Q1-Q3 trading period as a whole, GambleAware received a total of £4.46 million in voluntary donations from the gambling industry – a figure which does not include regulatory settlements or additional donations.

Further to its contributions, GambleAware received a series of pledges during Q1 – Q3. As mentioned, William Hill pledged a total of £1.04 million, followed by Praesepe Holdings which pledged a total of £85.500.

Among its list of donors, GambleAware also specified the donations made towards its sports betting focused BetRegret campaign, with Flutter Entertainment, Entain plc and Sky named as the top three donors.

The charity revealed that a total of £5.03 million had been raised by 20 different operators, suppliers and media companies.

Betting companies raised £3.94 million, of which the largest donors were Entain, Flutter, the Stars Group (Sky Betting and Gaming) and William Hill. Meanwhile, £1.08 million was raised by media firms, led by Sky, ITV and Facebook.

Tracking April-to-December, the charity received £8.8 million in regulatory settlements from William Hill and Betway.

William Hill’s Mr Green division was penalised as part of the Gambling Commission’s targeted investigation into online casinos, with the commission imposing a £3 million penalty after the operator ‘failed to have effective procedures aimed at preventing harm and money laundering’.

Meanwhile, Betway was ordered to pay £5.8 million ‘in lieu of a financial penalty which will be directed towards delivering the ‘National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’.

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