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Stuart Andrew: Research hurdles must be cleared for regulatory closure

Stuart Andrew MP

The UK has fallen behind on research into gambling, Stuart Andrew, Gambling Minister, admitted to MPs this morning, as he reiterated the need for a ‘balanced and proportionate’ approach to emerge from the White Paper consultations. These consultations, conducted by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and DCMS, are seeking to pave the way for adoption of the Gambling Act review …

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UKGC launches test hub for White Label compliance

Sarah Garnder: UKGC consultation conclusions due this summer

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has launched a new ‘test hub’ to facilitate the responsibilities and duties of working with non-licensed entities.  The hub is focused on providing information and guidance on the responsibilities of operators who choose to deal with ‘non-licensed entities’, including white-label partners. Located under the ‘Compliance’ tab, the hub defines the expectations and duties operators must …

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Sarah Gardner: UKGC to place spotlight on White Label management

SBC News Sarah Gardner: UKGC to place spotlight on White Label management

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) will initiate “two major projects to bolster the responsibilities of licensees in relation to third parties and white label arrangements” according to Deputy CEO Sarah Gardner during her address to the KPMG Gibraltar eSummit on 15 June 2023.  The projects form part of the Commission’s working mandate to put into practice the recommendations of the …

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Sarah Gardner: UKGC consultation conclusions due this summer

Sarah Garnder: UKGC consultation conclusions due this summer

Sarah Gardner, Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), projects that the UK gambling sector will learn the results of some planned consultations soon enough. One of the main conclusions the sector was able to glean from the Gambling Act review White Paper was that there really aren’t many conclusions. Although suggesting numerous proposals, the need for further proposals …

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Vivaro charged £337k in UKGC’s first regulatory action of the new year

Sarah Garnder: UKGC consultation conclusions due this summer

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is not letting up in its campaign against non-compliant gaming operators, handing out a £337,631 regulatory settlement to Vivaro Ltd. Prevention of money laundering and failures on safer gambling were once again the main reasons for the UKGC’s regulatory enforcement action against the VBet operator, with shortcomings identified across a number of areas. The Commission …

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Sarah Gardner: UKGC ‘cannot accept’ black market argument against regulation

Sarah Garnder: UKGC consultation conclusions due this summer

A recurrent argument against perceived overly-strict regulations in the UK over the past two years has been the threat of black market risks. Whilst acknowledging the existence of such sites, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has some issues with this line of thought.  Sarah Gardner, the Commission’s Deputy Chief Executive, addressed industry stakeholders at the Danish Gambling Authority’s (DGA) recent …

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UKGC penalty against Rank Group’s Daub Alderney upheld

UKGC penalty against Rank Group’s Daub Alderney upheld

Online casino operator Daub Alderney’s appeal against a UK Gambling Commission financial penalty imposed last year has been rejected.  The Rank Group brand, which operates the kittybingo.com, luckypantsbingo.com, luckyvip.com, magicalvegas.com, regalwins.com and spinandwin.com sites, was charged £5.85m in September 2021 for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures. Daub Alderney appealed the penalty to the First-Tier Tribunal, arguing that it was …

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Smarkets ‘fully accepts’ £630k Gambling Commission penalty

Sarah Garnder: UKGC consultation conclusions due this summer

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has handed out its latest penalty for social responsibility and anti-money laundering breaches, charging online operator Smarkets. A penalty of £630,000 was dealt to the Malta-based firm, which operates the SBK sportsbook, for failing to carry out ‘adequate’ source of funds checks as well as identifying or interacting with at-risk customers.  Of significance to the …

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Sarah Gardner: UKGC aware of blurred complexities governing novel product interactions

Sarah Garnder: UKGC consultation conclusions due this summer

The emergence of ‘new, novel products’ that have hit the UK’s online gambling market in recent years have presented a unique challenge for both regulators and operators. Speaking to industry stakeholders at last week’s ICE 2022 London expo, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Deputy CEO Sarah Gardner outlined ongoing concerns, noting that many of the products and their engagements are a …

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Andrew Rhodes’ role at UKGC reportedly set to become permanent

Andrew Rhodes, UKGC

Interim UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes is reportedly set to take on a more permanent role at the regulatory body, according to The Guardian. The newspaper reported that the government has made the decision due to Rhodes’ commitment to cracking down on ‘recidivist behaviour’ by betting and gaming operators, ahead of the publishing of the 2005 Gambling Act …

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