Tag Archives: Carolyn Harris

Winning Post: UK gambling sleep walks into a review of stakes & prizes

Regulus Partners analyses the events of what could become a defining week for UK gambling, as an under-pressure Gambling Commission commits to a review of stakes and prizes, whilst the conservative government appoints its eighth DCMS leader. _______________________ When the story of the prohibition of gambling in Great Britain comes to be written, this week’s events in Parliament may well …

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APPG criticises UKGC’s collaborative approach on VIP conduct

The UKGC has come under criticism for allowing GVC Holdings to lead the development of a ‘code of conduct on high-value customers’ (VIP programmes). MPs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm criticised the UKGC’s decision as revealed by Chief Executive Neil McArthur at last week’s ‘CMS Gambling Conference’, where he addressed industry leadership on the UKGC’s 2020 …

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UKGC faces pressure to release Betway ownership details

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is facing pressure to reveal the details of Betway’s ownership, with the Daily Mail claiming the operator’s ownership structure is lacking transparency. Betway has recently come under fire from some anti-gambling campaigners regarding its use of gambling incentives. According to the UKGC, however, UK licence holders are required to provide detailed information to the regulator …

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DCMS ‘very angry’ over FA streaming rights deal

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has weighed in on the debate surrounding the Football Association’s streaming rights, with Sports Minister Nigel Adams saying that the government is ‘very angry’ with the current arrangement. Reported by the BBC, Adams has confirmed that the government is due to be holding talks with the FA regarding the sale of its …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – A restless November is just getting started

There are times when writing a monthly column for SBC News presents a challenge. This is one of those months. It’s not because of the paucity of potential content. It’s because of the sheer volume of potential content. As it happens, there is a common thread running through all that I write about below, particularly with a General Election looming …

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Tom Watson resignation leaves question over gambling review

In the latest major political news in the UK, Labour’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson has announced his resignation and that he will not be sitting in the upcoming General Election. The surprising news has sent shockwaves through the UK political scene but also has implications for the gambling industry, given that it was Watson who was spearheading a review into the …

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Winning Post: What Google giveth, it can taketh away

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners breaks down a week in which Google wades into sports betting advertising in the US, and the scrutiny of safer gambling initiatives in the UK shows no signs of slowing down.  ________________ US: sports betting – still searching for the answer? This year’s G2E set out the stall for sports betting in the US. Optimism …

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Bacta trials new measures on ‘category D’ fruit machines

Bacta the UK trade association for amusement/arcade sector stakeholders has moved to update its ‘code of- conduct’ and further trial new safety measures on ‘category D’ machines. The directive follows the conclusion of Bacta’s ‘general meeting’ on 9 July, in which associate members discussed new provisions to be sanctioned on category D fruit machines. Bacta members have agreed to evaluate …

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Jeremy Wright blasts bookmakers for bypassing FOBT rules

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has hit back at bookmakers who have supposedly undermined the restraints imposed on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), describing the actions as “disgraceful” in a recent Parliamentary session. The new restrictions on the terminals came into play on 1 April. Earlier in the month, however, The Guardian accused Paddy Power and Betfred of trying to circumvent …

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Winning Post: Is horseracing + slots a cold turkey?

Have global racing stakeholders, hidden the sport’s structural shortcomings through a dependence on gaming machines to generate revenues. Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners investigates this complex dependence partnership… ____________________ Horseracing and gaming machines have a curiously intertwined history on both sides of the pond. In the UK, the reduction in LBO gaming machine stakes from this week is already causing a …

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