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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Last chance saloon

In all my 35 years advising the UK’s gambling industry I can think of no time when it has been so besieged with adverse criticism from the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition, regulators, the media and the general public alike.  Clearly opinions on gambling (whether justified, exaggerated or prejudiced) expressed in the media heavily influence public opinion. The opinions expressed by …

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Lottoland Nigel Birrell slams DCMS for ‘judgement with no evidence’ on EuroMillions betting

Nigel Birrell, the Chief Executive of online lottery operator Lottoland, has slammed the UK government’s decision to ban betting on non-UK EuroMillions’ games.  “We believe that today’s decision is unjustified, and sets a dangerous precedent for policy-making on the basis of no evidence,” he said. “It will do nothing but stifle innovation in the sector.” Yesterday, remote lottery operators were …

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UK DCMS bans third party betting on EuroMillions’ games

The UK government has moved to ban all third party bets on the outcome of EuroMillions lottery draws. Issuing a market update this morning, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) states that it undertakes it decision following an industry consultation launched back in March 2017. DCMS will introduce new licencing provisions, which will ban UK consumers …

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MPs emphasise the importance of the DCMS review on the horse racing industry

This week’s long awaited triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes not only led to a 12 week consultation period, but also incited an incredibly heated debate in Parliament on Tuesday. As part of the debate, the case was made for how future regulations on terminals could have implications on the horse racing industry, both co-chairs of the all-party …

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Paddy Power Betfair – Breon Corcoran leaves ‘fine-tuned machine’ for Peter Jackson

Taking on his last investor conference call as Paddy Power Betfair CEO, outgoing leader Breon Corcoran details that PPB’s executive team has achieved its enterprise year 2 ambition of securing ‘structural advantages’ within the firm’s enlarged operations. Closing a solid Q3 performance, in which PPB governance ups its 2017 year-end guidance to an EBITDA range of £450-465 million. Corcoran details …

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Long awaited gambling triennial review met with mixed reaction

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) finally released its triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes this morning, ushering a 12 week period of proposals and consultation on industry changes. As part of the review, the Gambling minister Tracey Crouch underlined the importance of ‘striking the right balance between socially responsible growth and protecting the …

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DCMS confirms FOBT stake cut and demands enhanced player protection

Updating the market this morning, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has opened a ’12-week consultation period for proposals on ‘changes to gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the UK gambling sector’. The three Parliamentary Secretaries leading the government’s triennial industry review; Karen Bradley (Head of DCMS), Tracey Crouch (UK Sports Minister) and Lord Ashton …

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October pains… UK DCMS expected to delay final judgement on FOBTs wagering

UK newspapers The Times and The Guardian have reported that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will seek to open a further ‘12-week consultation period’ for its ongoing review of FOBTs wagering levels. At present, it appears that DCMS will delay its judgement on whether to reduce FOBTs wagering from £100 max-bet to the reported options of £50, …

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What the numbers say on problem gambling

The UK gambling industry has faced some heavy criticism in the media in the past few months. Most of it began when 888 was rightly castigated for its failure in its social responsibility with no-one in the industry, or at 888, dissenting at the Gambling Commission’s judgment. But a good deal of criticism has been sown longer-term by anti-FOBTs campaigners …

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Breon Corcoran comes out in support of slashing FOBT stakes

The Financial Times has revealed that Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran has issued his support for significantly cutting the stakes of  fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). In a letter to the minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Tracey Crouch, Corcoran stated that due to the ‘toxic’ nature of the debate that now surrounds the terminals only significant action would …

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