Tag Archives: UKGC

ASA launches Russia 2018 betting probe investigating new CAP breaches

The UK Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has launched a probe examining the number of gambling/betting related TV adverts broadcast during the FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup. The month-long football tournament saw 115 complaints filed with ASA, as UK viewers expressed concerns relating to the high proportion of gambling adverts served during Russia 2018 TV programming. ASA officials will review whether …

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UKGC urges betting leadership to set the right tone on fair practices

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its ‘Enforcement Report – a new guidance to help operators make gambling fairer, safer and crime free’. The UKGC urges betting leadership to pay close attention to the document which outlines the enforcement actions taken against UK licensed operators in the past year. Presenting the Enforcement Report, Neil McArthur new Chief Executive of …

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UKGC issues “call to action” in enforcement report

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today published an enforcement report, in light of action it has taken against operators in the past year. Just last week 32Red were ordered to pay a £2m penalty package, for failing to protect a consumer from gambling-related harm and money laundering failures, following similar such actions against LeoVegas (fined £600,000 for self exclusion …

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The Senet Group appoints policy & comms pro Sarah Hanratty as new CEO

Industry-independent watchdog The Senet Group has confirmed the appointment of Sarah Hanratty as new Chief Executive, replacing former incumbent George Kidd who announced his leadership departure last May. Hanratty who will take leadership on 6 August 2018, joins the Senet Group from UK alcohol standards association The Portman Group, where she most recently served as Deputy Chief Executive & Director …

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RGSB – Tough actions & cooperation will drastically reduce UK children gambling

Gambling harm research and education body The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has published its UKGC commissioned study – ‘Gambling, children and young people: A case for action’. The study seeks to inform the UKGC and further government stakeholders on the UK’s ‘young persons’ (under the age 18) gambling trends, exposure and personal safety. Furthermore, the RGSB recommends its appropriate …

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Scott Longley: UKGC stats provide virtual insight & vision

Following last May’s publication of the UKGC’s statistics on gambling trends, Virtual Sports sits third amongst bookmaker’s revenue channels. As industry technology providers seek to optimise data and in-play dynamics of Virtual Sports content, what now lies ahead for this once niche betting vertical…   ____________________ The spotlight rarely falls on virtual sports, one of the least talked about yet increasingly significant …

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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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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Collaboration – The Name of the Game

Virtually all national newspaper reports on last month’s UK Government review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures focused on the headline-grabbing decision to reduce the maximum stake on B2 gaming machines (FOBTs) from £100 to £2. Industry media was not slow to pick up an accompanying announcement on the DCMS website that said: “In order to cover any negative impact on the public …

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UK government to implement online tax rise before FOBT stake cuts

The Times has this morning reported, that the UK government will delay its implementation of an industry-wide £2 FOBT machine stake reduction until April 2020, citing that the UK Treasury has struck a ‘backroom deal’ with betting leadership. Last May, UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the government’s decision to reduce FOBTs wagering levels to £2 limit, stating that the …

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New Dawn… UK Racing prepares for new levy authority

The structure of British Racing governance is set to be revamped, in order to meet the demands of distributing the new horseracing betting levy which is inbound for April 2019. Last week, the governances of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Horsemen’s Group and Racecourse Association moved to install a new Racing Authority which will oversee the management of racing’s upcoming levy …

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