Tag Archives: DAVID CLIFTON

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Operator closures raise questions on voiding bets

The last month has witnessed the cessation of trading in the UK of two licensed betting operators, BetBright and 188BET, prompting questions that go to the heart of both (a) the contract between bookmaker and customer and (b) the role of the Gambling Commission, as regulator, when a bookmaker decides to void unsettled bets, resulting in a mass of complaints …

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Assessing the football and betting sponsorship dynamic

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Much has been written regarding the industry’s relationship with sports, none more so than football, where criticism has suggested measures must be put in place to curb what is seen as an over saturation of marketing, sponsorships and advertising. This topic is set to fall under the microscope at the sixth annual Betting on Football, taking place this week at …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Pondering some opposites on either side of the pond

News from either side of the Atlantic Ocean within the last month shows a yawning gap between the UK on the one hand and the U.S. on the other, not only in terms of social responsibility and player protection requirements but also in relation to attitudes towards gambling generally. I am not for one moment suggesting that responsible gambling is not a matter of …

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David Clifton – Licensing expert: Could affordability checks follow age & identity verification changes?

SBC News has already reported on last week’s Gambling Commission “consultation response” confirming the forthcoming LCCP changes on age and identity verification for remote gambling. In adding my own take on those changes, I also include a comment below on another highly relevant matter flowing from this latest emanation from the UK’s gambling regulator, namely its encouragement to remote gambling …

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David Clifton – Licensing expert – Crystal ball gazing for 2019

After a tumultuous 2018, what does 2019 hold in store for the UK sports betting sector? I have dusted down my crystal ball. It may be a bit cloudy in areas, with perhaps the odd crack beginning to show in parts, but here is my best bet on what the regulatory future may bring. On the plus side, I do …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Don’t forget to read the new “Complaints & Disputes” guidance

UK licensed B2C gambling operators are all hopefully aware of the LCCP changes that come into effect on 31 October. If not, they have a range of options to find out more before it’s too late, for example: the Gambling Commission has published on its website a summary of the key changes, originally announced in August, it has also now …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Time to start a constructive gambling marketing & advertising debate?

The UK Gambling Commission’s Programme Director for Consumer Protection & Empowerment, Ian Angus, has recently made a speech in which he called for “a proper and constructive debate about gambling marketing and advertising, including sponsorship arrangements in sport”. His speech included the following stark message to holders of operating licences granted by the Commission: “My advice to you is this: a storm is gathering, …

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Industry should expect ‘No Rationale’ in quid pro quo tax game

Amid the hopes and expectations of the industry’s future, deliberated at the Betting on Sports 2018 conference, was the hard reality of the ‘UK Tax Hike’ on online gambling services awaiting industry leaders. “Its seems a long distance now, the days of Tessa Jowell, the former Minister of Culture, Media & Sports under Tony Blair, stating that the UK would …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Who are you & how old are you?

We all knew it was coming. Back in March, the Gambling Commission published its “Review of Online Gambling”, expressing the clear opinion that “progress by the online industry to minimise harm has been significantly slower than we expected and required”. I wrote about it in my “No surprises from UKGC’s review of online gambling” article for SBC  that month. So …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – More of the same with yet more to come…

You’ve already read the headlines arising from the Gambling Commission’s 1 August response to its January 2018 consultation “Proposed changes to licence conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“. With effect from 31 October 2018 – just a matter of weeks away – changes to the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) will mean that gambling …

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