Tag Archives: Gambling Commission

BOFCON 2016 – Is the betting industry doing enough in the fight against corruption?

BOFCON afternoon schedule begins with a panel discussion on the betting industry’s ongoing fight against corruption and match-fixing. Presenting a diverse panel, Suzanne Davies (Director of Clifton Davies Consultancy) outlines the level of multi-stakeholder cooperation needed to undertake any effective fight on the matter. Davies introduces a panel representing the diverse actors/organisations needed in the battle against match-fixing and wider …

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Culture Secretary appoints new Gambling Commissioners

The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has appointed five new Gambling Commissioners. As reported on Gov.uk, Sarika Patel, John Baillie and Catharine Seddon will join for five years, with Simone Pennie and Stephen Cohen for a period of four years. Sarika Patel is a business leader with over 25 years of public and private organisational experience. She is currently a partner …

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Bookmakers ‘think local’ to reduce the risks of problem gambling

Bookmakers must now set out how they will reduce social risks in their local area, such as if they are located near a school or homeless shelter, in order to reduce incidence of problem gambling. The new guidelines will see operators consider their individual betting shop environments and introduce sufficient safeguards for any particular areas of concern specific to each premises. …

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Current Levy level unsustainable for LBOs

Horseracing and the government has been warned that the current level of Horseracing Levy being paid by betting shops is unsustainable and will need to be lowered if the sport is going to thrive in betting shops. Speaking at the Association of British Bookmakers AGM in London yesterday, Paul Darling QC underlined the fact that betting shop operators are paying …

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Time for bookmakers to wake up and smell the coffee on AML rules

Licensing expert David Clifton, of gambling consultancy Clifton Davies, takes a look at the recent movement by the regulator to tighten up money-laundering processes and doesn’t see any good news for bookmakers. The recent publication on the Gambling Commission’s website of a public statement highlighting failures in Paddy Power’s anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility processes is the latest in what …

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Hello Madam? Paddy Power releases spoof complaint ads with Kayvan Novak

Kayvan Novak, the star of Fonejacker and Facejacker, has teamed up with Paddy Power to feature in a new series of adverts for the bookmaker. Novak plays the role of head of complaints for the betting operator which has a reputation for touting controversy and has received extensive complaints in the past. Thanks to its Oscar Pistorius ‘It’s Oscar Time’ advert, …

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Paddy Power pulled up for anti-money laundering failures

Paddy Power has been pulled up for ‘serious failings’ in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes following a Gambling Commission investigation. The bookmaker has also agreed to contribute £280,000 to socially responsible causes after failing to keeping crime out of gambling and protect vulnerable people. The failings relate to the way Paddy Power handled relationships with two customers at …

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End of Year Report – How Britons gambled in 2015

The Gambling Commission has published its latest report which sheds some light on gambling behaviour in Britain in the past year. Vitally, and for the very first time, this research includes extensive information about how people gamble in terms of which devices they use, where they gamble and how many accounts they use for it. Paul Hope, Gambling Commission Programme Director, …

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Gambling Commission wins Greene King appeal

The Upper Tribunal has found that the Gambling Commission acted within its powers when it refused to grant Greene King a bingo operating licence to provide commercial bingo in its pubs. At a hearing in London, Greene King’s lawyers argued that the Commission had exceeded its powers when it refused to grant a licence enabling Greene King to offer bingo …

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ICE 2016 – Impact of 4th money laundering directive

A panel of speakers in a Cybercrime, Security and Regulatory Compliance session at ICE 2016 have expressed concern about the revised customer verification and enhanced due diligence (DD) as part of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The European Union 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive was officially published in June 2015 as a review on the 2007 regulations, covering all gambling services. …

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