Tag Archives: Clifton Davies Consultancy

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UKGC review of 888 is not necessarily a 999 scenario

The shockwaves have subsided a bit since the 15 May announcement by 888 Holdings PLC that the UK Gambling Commission has commenced a review of the operating licence held by one of its subsidiary companies. The Commission has so far made no public comment on the subject but that is not unusual, as it will only announce publicly that it …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)…Change is on the way

Last month the Gambling Commission announced the results of its review of complaints processes in the gambling industry, carried out one year after the introduction of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme. As matters stand, ADR providers can look only at disputes about the outcome of a gambling transaction, rather than the way a gambling business is being run, which …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Affiliates (and operators) in the ICO’s firing line

Although they may not fully appreciate it, under British gambling laws, affiliates presently occupy a privileged position. Despite them providing marketing services designed to drive customer traffic to licensed betting websites, the Gambling Commission does not regard them as falling within the statutory definition of a betting intermediary, ie “a person who provides a service designed to facilitate the making …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Is a regulatory crackdown on gambling advertising around the corner?

Newspaper reports over the last week have focused on suggestions that Theresa May’s government is shifting its stance on gambling advertising, with so far unsubstantiated, but supposedly well-informed, rumours that we could see a blanket ban on all gambling advertisements before the 9pm TV watershed and incorporation of gambling advertising practices within the ongoing FOBT review. This has followed: comment …

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BOS – Future Shock – Money Laundering, Data Protection & Responsible Gambling

Kicking off the first day’s breakout sessions at BOS, Future Shock – Money Laundering, Data Protection & Responsible Gambling was an interactive workshop presented by David Clifton and Suzanne Davies of Clifton Davies Consultancy and Roy Ramm of Extrayard, together with comment from Jenny Williams, former CEO of the Gambling Commission. It focused on key regulatory issues affecting the betting …

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90 speakers across 28 topics finalised for Betting on Sports 2016

This week’s Betting on Sports Conference will offer the most comprehensive look at the betting industry ever seen, according to organisers SBC Events. From Brexit to Esports, marketing to integrity, money laundering to DFS, and US Sports to payments, the two-day conference will feature 90 speakers across 28 separate discussions. On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September, high level delegates from …

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SBC lines up expert panel for AML workshop at Betting on Sports

With the 4th anti-money laundering (AML) directive likely to bring the betting industry within the regulated AML sector for the first time, and forthcoming data protection changes rendering gambling operators liable for huge new financial penalties for data protection breaches, SBC Events has brought together an expert panel to deliver timely guidance for chief executives, heads of marketing, compliance teams and …

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International betting community gathers in London for Betting on Sports 2016

London will be subjected to a sports betting industry invasion on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September, as sports betting operators from around the globe arrive to network and discuss the latest trends and developments. Betting on Sports 2016 has attracted sportsbook operators from the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, US, Canada, Africa, Asia, and even Australia. Organised by SBC …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Drilling down into the latest Industry Statistics

An article has already been published by SBC News about the latest gambling industry statistics, recently published by the Gambling Commission and covering the period April 2011 to March 2015 (but updated to include October 2014 to September 2015); (see http://www.sbcnews.co.uk/retail/2016/07/04/gambling-commission-reveals) However, I am going to drill down a bit deeper into those figures with a particular focus on the …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Ever increasing regulatory requirements & the need for local assessments

When I first started advising the UK betting industry in the 1980s, it lived in a very different regulatory world than it lives in today. It was a land-based industry. Remote betting took place only by phone. The Gaming Board for Great Britain (the predecessor to the Gambling Commission) had no jurisdiction as far as the betting industry was concerned. The …

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