Tag Archives: UKGC

UKGC sets out key focus areas in 2019-20 strategy

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has set out its key areas of focus for the next 12 months as part of its 2019-20 Business Plan, detailing the ways it plans to protect customers, prevent harm, raise industry standards and improving regulation. As the regulator moves into the second year of its 2018-2021 strategy, the UKGC intends to “secure a more …

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UKGC outlines new guidelines on settling bets

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released a number of ‘top tips’ for operators to ensure that bets are being settled in accordance with the regulator’s social responsibility code provision 4.2.6. The advice comes after the UKGC has been made aware of operators breaching the licence conditions and codes of practice, examples of which have included “using a new settlement …

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Winning Post: Industry heading towards more Euro uncertainties

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners reflects on another week of UK and European setbacks for gambling incumbents. Despite broader regulatory frameworks in-place, political relationships appear more complicated than ever before… ___________ Sweden: online regulation – losing the war… Most online gambling operators that comment on their regulatory strategy or policy tend to state that they favour growing domestically regulated markets …

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Jeremy Wright blasts bookmakers for bypassing FOBT rules

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has hit back at bookmakers who have supposedly undermined the restraints imposed on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), describing the actions as “disgraceful” in a recent Parliamentary session. The new restrictions on the terminals came into play on 1 April. Earlier in the month, however, The Guardian accused Paddy Power and Betfred of trying to circumvent …

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Winning Post: Retail Games… a crime or a mistake?

Regulus Partners dissects a new era for UK retail betting incumbents which has begun with a very predictable opening chapter as Betfred and Paddy Power face scrutiny for circumventing gaming machine laws… This week saw the implementation of GB’s B2 ban and the rollout of some operator mitigation plans. Betfred and Paddy Power launched OTC products which used Virtual betting …

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Neil McArthur – UKGC backs Leeds Clinic to develop stronger community networks

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has visited the site of the commissioned ‘Leeds Gambling Support Clinic’, which is due to open this summer. Backed by the NHS Foundation and GamCare with a budget of £1 million per year, the clinic will be the first dedicated problem gambling support centre outside of London. In its mandate the …

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How to get ready for the UKGC’s new UK age verification regulations

Age Verification

The UK Gambling Commission has announced its new Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP). These regulations introduce stronger requirements on age and identity verification requirements for operators. But are all operators up to date with the changes? Identity verification specialist HooYu is used by gaming operators to verify customer age and identity at point of first-time deposit or payout. …

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David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019

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At last month’s Betting on Football conference, we caught up with David Webb – Compliance Manager for BetConstruct – to discuss a couple of “major changes” to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regulations, how customer confidence impacts an operator’s growth potential, and why technological innovation is so important to enhancing fan engagement. SBC: What are the biggest challenges facing the …

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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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bacta underlines responsibility commitment in updated charter & code

bacta – the trade association for UK amusement and gaming machine industry stakeholders has moved to update its social responsibility charter and code of practice. Seeking to develop its strongest responsibility code, starting this month bacta will demand that all its 490 members abide by ‘thirteen pledges’ on principals relating to player protections, staff training, premises maintenance and age verification. Supporting …

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