Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Following the publication of a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) report into gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has pledged to “keep up the momentum” in its quest to raise standards across the industry.  Data from the UKGC showed that problem gambling rates across the UK had dropped from 0.6% to 0.3% over 2020, however …

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BGC backs Grand National delay to give betting shops a reopening boost

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the proposal to delay the Grand National until after 12 April to allow betting shops to take advantage of the event. Under the government’s current roadmap out of the UK’s ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, betting shops are due to reopen on 12 April, whilst the iconic horse race will take place on 10 …

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BGC calls for reopening of gambling industry after lockdown

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) insists that retail betting shops and casinos must be allowed to reopen when the UK begins to exit its most recent national lockdown. Over 44,000 people in the UK are employed in betting shops and casinos, and the BGC has argued that these businesses are prepared to support the post-lockdown economic recovery, and must …

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Black market betting websites in Australia targeted by ACMA

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) intends to request that Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the country remove 18 offshore black market betting websites. An official statement by the ACMA revealed that 222 illegal gambling operators have been removed from the web in Australia since its first blocking request was made in November 2012. The websites removed were Syndicate …

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BGC sets out new rules on football clubs’ gambling social media posts

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has introduced new rules aimed at preventing football clubs from promoting gambling offers and operator websites through official social media accounts. Last week, a handful of Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Scottish Premiership clubs received a letter from a group of ‘50 former gambling addicts’ warning of the risks of advertising betting …

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Flutter’s Ian Proctor outlines affordability approach

Ian Proctor, Chairman of Flutter Entertainment, the bookmaking holding company behind Paddy Power and Betfair, has released a statement concerning the ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. In the statement, Proctor acknowledged that: “Gambling has gone through a technical transformation over the last 15 years, and the rules have not kept pace.” The main focus of Proctor’s statement concerned …

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Affordability checks could have ‘devastating impact on sport’ says MP

Affordability checks could have ‘devastating impact on sport’ says MP

Conservative MP Laurence Robertson has expressed concern to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) about the potential ‘devastating impact’ of enhanced affordability checks on UK racing. The new affordability checks are currently being discussed in a consultation which will close tonight [9 February]. If introduced, the new regulations could enforce affordability checks once a customer has experienced a net monthly loss …

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UK football clubs warned against gambling adverts on social media

UK football clubs have received a letter from a group of ‘50 former gambling addicts’, warning of the dangers of promoting betting websites through their social media channels. A total of 11 clubs across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Scottish Premiership were subject to a letter which informed how addicts might feel ‘distressed’ to see links to …

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PWC report highlights consumer ease and indifference towards black market threats

PWC report highlights consumer ease and indifference towards black market threats

A report commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), with the support of William Hill and Entain Plc, has provided evidence of black market threats to the UK’s gambling industry. The BGC commissioned ‘Big 4’ auditor PWC to undertake the ‘evidence-backed primary research’ on black market threats to the UK gambling sector. Findings indicate that although the number of …

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Entain launches consumer representation initiative ‘The Player’s Panel’

Entain plc has launched ‘The Player’s Panel,’ a new initiative aimed at ‘giving consumers a voice’ on issues relating to betting and gambling in the UK. The Panel consists of a range of Entain’s customers from across the UK, who participate on a voluntary, unpaid basis. The members will interact with ‘political decision -makers, stakeholders and the media to give …

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