Tag Archives: UKGC

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – A potentially lethal parting shot

Sarah Harrison departs from her position as Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission at the end of February 2018. Before she goes, she is leaving a potentially lethal parting shot for a substantial number of operators within the gambling industry.. I am referring to the Commission’s letter sent to all of its licensed online casino operators on 4 January, in which …

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UKGC warns of Children’s gambling exposure and its consequences

The Gambling Commission has published its young persons survey, a report into the gambling behaviours of 11-16 year olds in England, Wales and Scotland, which warns of children’s exposure to gambling, and its long term impacts. Relating to situations within which youngsters could experience gambling where risks are not always explained, new data has raised questions of the impacts these …

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UKGC appoints James Mackay as ‘National Lottery 2023’ competition director

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today confirmed the appointment of James Mackay as new Executive Director, charged with leading the next competition process for the licence of the UK National Lottery. A regulatory compliance and policy expert, Mackay joins UKGC leadership from UK rail networks’ supervisory body the Rail Delivery Group, where he most recently served as Head of …

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Business Briefs – featuring Christmas cheer, profits and parties

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The round up includes news of a fresh UKGC license being granted, Australian and American full year and Q3 results and Christmas promotions getting underway as the festive season begins. Aristocrat posts positive results A record revenue figure of $2.45bn has been announced by Aristocrat in its full year results, a 15.3% increase from the $2.1bn shown for the previous …

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Nick Tofiluk departs UKGC to lead The Cyprus National Gaming Commission

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has informed that Executive Director and Regulatory Operations lead Nick Tofiluk has departed the organisation to become the Chief Executive of Cyprus’ National Gaming & Casino Supervision Commission. As a UKGC executive, Tofiluk has led the UK governing body’s regulatory operations since 2007, overseeing the implementation of a number of industry-wide UK mandates, regulations and …

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Scott Longley – Sky Bet’s undeserved brickbats over EFL deal

Scott Longley details industry charity GambleAware’s bizarre criticism of Sky Bet’s English Football League (EFL) sponsorship extension, in which the online betting firm has placed consumer responsibility and safety at the heart of its marketing initiatives.    _______________ Sky Bet might be forgiven a measure of bemusement after the company found itself under attack from the problem gambling charity Gamble …

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Thanks Philip! No betting industry tax hike but industry faces tough 2018 context

The UK betting industry breathes a sigh of relief, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has detailed no industry tax hike for the governments annual budget. Prior to yesterday’s budget presentation, a number of industry stakeholders had outlined concerns regarding further taxes being demanded from the UK betting sector. At Lunchtime, Hammond would present Commons a budget ‘designed to …

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Tom Mitchell – RISQ – “Power is nothing without the right controls”

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Following a year of growth, SBC catches up with Tom Mitchell, B2B Director of London-based tech firm RISQ. Bringing new insurance/risk products to market, RISQ’s commercial team has  announced a number of new Tier1 partnerships. SBC gets the full lowdown from Mitchell… ______________________ SBC: Can you begin by introducing RISQ as a company and describing what it is you do? Tom …

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Philip Bowcock – William Hill sees international growth as the fix for potential UK downturns

Updating investors on William Hill Plc Trading, Group CEO Philip Bowcock has detailed that the  FTSE bookmaker will move to prioritise expansion within overseas markets in an attempt to combat any potential growth impacts felt from forthcoming UK regulatory increases. William Hill recorded positive results for its 17-week trading period to 24 October, however, Bowcock believes further international growth will plug any …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Death knell sounded for FOBTs?

On 31 October, Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch announced the launch of a 12-week consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures that will run until 23 January 2018. The consultation covers Government proposals relating to: maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 (including a reduction in the maximum stakes …

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