Tag Archives: UKGC

‘Fair Spins’ – BGO commits to scrapping bonus wagering requirements

Backing its decision to ‘drop minimum wagering requirements’ on player bonuses, online casino operator BGO Entertainment (bgo.com) has launched new marketing campaign ‘Fair Spins’. Last September, BGO detailed that it would scrap ‘wagering requirements, maximum wins and maximum bets’ attached to its bonus promotions. Moving forward, the online casino will simply reward its active players through ‘real-cash bonuses’ or with …

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Timeline – How the fate of fobts became such a deep seated issue

As the long awaited triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes looms, it’s seemingly becoming increasingly likely that the result will be a crippling clampdown on the maximum stakes on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs). Since the introduction of the Gambling Act in 2005, the political maelstrom that has engulfed FOBTs has inevitably intensified the levels of tension, and decreased the levels …

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UKGC strengthens its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm

An article published in the Times on Sunday 8 October accusing online betting operators of using cartoons to ‘lure kids to online gambling’, has caused the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to reaffirm its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm. The article claimed that gambling operators utilised flaws in the guidelines enforced by the UKGC and promoted games that appeal specifically to …

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New affiliate NoWagering.com aims for ‘full transparency’ on bonuses & promotions

New affiliate portal NoWagering.com has launched with the aim of bringing full promotional transparency to online casino players on bonuses and wagering requirements. The website is launched following a recent crackdown by the UKGC and UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on online casino promotions deemed to have ‘misleading offers and predatory terms associated with bonuses and free spins’. Pavlos Sideris …

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Ladbrokes Coral reviewing ‘all options’ ahead of October industry judgement

Ladbrokes Coral Plc is reported to be reviewing all corporate options, as it prepares for this October’s much anticipated UK government triennial review of industry FOBTs wagering and advertising standards. This Weekend, The Sunday Times reported that Ladbrokes Coral governance has hired Deutsche Bank, Greenhill, and UBS as corporate advisors on ‘consolidation matters’ in preparation for the government’s decision. Industry executives …

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Jim Mullen – Industry is now in ‘burn the witch territory’

In an interview in the Racing Post, Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen has again addressed concerns regarding this October’s industry review by the UK government of FOBTs wagering levels and advertising standards. As leader of the UK’s biggest retail bookmaker, Mullen admits to the Racing Post, that he has “probably invested far too much thinking time” on the outcome of …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Assessing a month of mounting challenges for the betting industry.

August 2017 was not a kind month for the online gambling sector. David Clifton breaks down three standout events that have placed social responsibility practices at the forefront of industry debate and concerns…. _______________________ There are three standout stories in the betting licensing and regulatory sphere from the last month. There is a common social responsibility thread running through all …

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‘Next Chapter’…Malta MGA licence approval sees Sportito target Germany

Daily fantasy sports operator Sportito has accelerated its international expansion by securing a Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) ‘Online Gambling Licence’. Having gained Malta MGA approval, Sportito confirms that it will now push to launch its DFS services for the German market. Sportito expands its European licensing provisions, which further includes a UK Gambling Commission operator licence secured in 2016. Following …

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UKGC publishes comprehensive Gambling Behaviour report

Updating the market, The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today published its social research paper; ‘Gambling Behaviour in Great Britain 2015’. The report provides a comprehensive update on gambling trends across the UK, examining the rates of participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling, and explores the associated characteristics and behaviours. Furthermore, the paper represents the first social update on UK …

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UKGC – Betwatch bids to make Birmingham bookmakers a safer place

As part of a new Betwatch scheme to make Birmingham bookmakers a safer place, five people have been banned from 24 betting shops across Birmingham City Centre. Launched 18 months ago, Betwatch is a partnership between the Gambling Commission, the police, local council and bookmakers designed to tackle localised anti-social and criminal behaviour in and around betting shops. Betwatch issued …

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