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UKGC places extra demands on Casino 36 management

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sanctioned the management of Wolverhampton-based ‘Casino 36’ to undertake ‘extra training’ as part of a £300,000 penalty package for money laundering and social responsibility failures. A UKGC investigation has revealed that Casino 36 had failed to ensure adequate AML provisions with regards to undertaking customer ‘enhanced-due-diligence (EDD)’, ‘source-of-funds (SOF)’ and source-of-wealth (SOW) check carried out …

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UKGC cracks AML whip issuing £4.5m penalty packages for ‘weak controls’

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has imposed £4.5 million in penalty packages on four online casino operators in relation to failed AML procedures and maintaining inadequate consumer safeguards. The penalty packages form part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into the UK online casino sector. In its update, the UKGC confirms that InTouch Games will pay £2.2 million in lieu of financial penalties for …

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UKGC forces Paddy Power & Betfred to terminate new retail games

Issuing a short industry update, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has forced bookmakers Paddy Power and Betfred to terminate their newly launched retail betting products. On Monday, The Guardian newspaper accused Paddy Power and Betfred of trying to circumvent the government’s enforced FOBTs £2 reduction, launching new ‘roulette-style’ games ‘Pick-n-36’ and ‘Virtual Cycling’. The Guardian reports that the Pick-n-36 game …

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DCMS ups sports integrity dynamics as new Macolin member

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has this morning confirmed that UK sports will join the ‘Macolin Convention’ – a European wide initiative seeking to prevent, detect and punish match-fixing. Mims Davies signs off her first directive as new UK Sports & Civic Society Minister, which sees the UK join the inter-state cooperative convention/body dedicated to eliminating …

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UKGC calls for drastic improvements in pub under-age machine monitoring

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sent a letter to a number of nation-wide pub and hospitality trade associations detailing its concerns that venues are not protecting under-age consumers from engaging with gaming machines. Working with local licensing authorities, the UKGC has carried out tests on a sample of pubs within England, which indicate that ‘almost 90% failed to prevent …

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Paddy Power Betfair issued £2.2m penalty package

Paddy Power Betfair has been fined £2.2m after an investigation by the Gambling Commission found that the UK operator was guilty of various social responsibility shortcomings. The UKGC investigation brought to light that the firm had failed to intervene when a bettor played with large sums of stolen charity money on its site, as well as falling short when it …

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UKGC fines independent bookmaker Mark Jarvis £94,000 for interaction failures

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has fined independent bookmaker Mark Jarvis £94,000 for failing to interact with a customer that displayed problem-gambling traits. Reporting over a period of 19-months, the UKGC details that Leicester highstreet bookmaker Mark Jarvis failed to follow adequate social responsibility procedures, relating to a customer who spent £34,000 on its B2 gaming machines. In its report, …

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Self-exclusion and credit check failures cost Rank Plc £500,000

Issuing a market update, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has fined London-listed gambling operator Rank Group Plc £500,000 for failing to meet standards on customer gambling protections. A UKGC investigation has revealed that Rank failed to interact with a customer who displayed ‘problematic behaviour’ whilst wagering at Rank Interactive property GrosvenorCasinos.com The customer is reported to have lost £1 million …

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UKGC issues Camelot a £1.15 million penalty package

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has accepted a £1.15 million penalty package for various shortcomings, including with the firm’s mobile app and the publishing of an incomplete list of raffle prizes following a Lotto draw. The Gambling Commission has ruled that as part of the company’s sanctioning, the sum of  £1.15 million will be distributed to National Lottery good causes. The …

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32Red handed £2m penalty package for consumer failings

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32Red has been handed a £2m penalty package by the UKGC, for failing to protect a consumer from gambling-related harm and money laundering failures. Focusing its investigation on dealings with a customer between November 2014 and April 2017, it’s detailed that the individual and the online gambling firm, acquired by Kindred Group in June 2017, established a business relationship from …

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