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UKGC begins recruitment for advisors by forming ‘lived experience advisory’ unit

Neil McArthur

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has alerted its network of partners that it seeks to recruit ‘12 lived experience advisors’, helping its research unit gain a deeper understanding of the social intricacies of gambling addiction.    The roles have been promoted on the UKGC’s job board, with the advisors forming a critical component of the Commission’s ongoing ‘Lived Experience Advisory Group’ …

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GamCare highlights privacy and boredom concerns as UK heads towards a winter lockdown

Publishing its ‘Lockdown Report’, gambling harm prevention charity GamCare has expressed concerns that vulnerable gamblers are hindered in their ability to seek help due to privacy issues. GamCare’s report monitors how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people experiencing gambling harms and their adjustments in securing support and treatment. As the operator of the ‘National Gambling Helpline’ (funded by GambleAware), GamCare …

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EFL stands by betting sponsorships ahead of Gambling Act review

The English Football League (EFL) has backed its approach to betting advertising and its relationship with the UK gambling sector amid heightened political scrutiny. Publishing a statement on Sunday following a Sunday Times report suggesting that gambling sponsorship is going to be banned, the EFL underlined its duties in maintaining that betting advertising and sponsorships across its leagues and competitions …

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CAP consultation places gambling content and messaging under the spotlight

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) the body that governs UK Advertising Codes has launched a consultation aimed at strengthening its rules and guidance to better protect children (under-18s) and vulnerable audiences from gambling harms. Outlined as its key objective, CAP will update its codes to restrict the potential for gambling and lottery adverts to engage and adversely impact with …

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Betsson orders immediate UK market downsize

Betsson AB has significantly reduced its UK market presence after announcing that all active brands and licences will be transferred to its Rizk (Rizk.com) domain, effective immediately. The decision shows Betsson AB following through with its group-wide transformation directives. The operator has continued to reduce its UK exposure since 2018 – terminating the NetPlay TV subsidiary and closing down its …

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Betfred enters High Court dispute over £1.7m payout infringement

Betfred has entered a UK High Court dispute over refusing a £1.7 million jackpot pay-out to a customer on the grounds that its casino game had suffered a ‘software malfunction’.  The lawsuit was filed by Andy Green from Lincolnshire who hit the jackpot in 2018, wagering on the Playtech-licensed ‘Frankie Dettori Magic Seven Blackjack’ game.  Betfred is reported to have …

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UKGC: Pent-up sports demand slows in August 

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published a further ‘market update’ tracking how COVID-19 has impacted gambling behaviours and participation across the UK.  Since March, the Commission has gathered data from licensed betting operators (retail and online) representing 80% of the UK gambling’s regulated marketplace. The UKGC has maintained that its market updates reflect how ‘gambling behaviours evolve as the …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Tight deadline to comply with new High Value Customer requirements

Let’s start with some context… It is more than six years now since the Gambling Commission flagged up concerns about the insulation of high-value “VIP customers” from the social responsibility obligations and practices applying elsewhere in gambling operators’ businesses. This was accompanied by a series of regulatory failings where operators had appeared reluctant to interact with commercially valuable customers on …

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SAZKA moves full steam ahead on National Lottery tender

Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group has officially confirmed that it has entered the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) competition for the 4th licence to operate the National Lottery. Since the UKGC published its competition timetable at the start of the year, SAZKA has long been viewed as a ‘National Lottery suitor’ seeking to win the multi £ billion operating contract from …

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Winning Post – Flip-flopping Number 10 wants control of Gambling Act reforms

Regulus Partners observes odd Downing Street movements, as PM Boris Johnson seeks direct control of UK gambling reforms. Facing a daunting end-of-year schedule, ensuring that the UK economy can withstand a COVID-19 winter and Brexit fallout… Regulus asks why is Boris picking on gambling? UK: in Parliament – Casinos reel from ‘curfew’ as Johnson preaches morality “As flies to wanton …

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