Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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Approaches to problem gambling must be based on the evidence alone

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As the industry braces itself for the latest developments in the Government’s review of stakes and prizes, Malcom George, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, argues that the recommendations should be based on evidence rather than prejudice.   Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is now considering the evidence submitted by the betting industry, academics, charities and campaign groups to the...

Bookmakers call for end to war of words between UK sectors

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As the DCMS gears up to release the findings from its investigations into gaming machine stakes and prizes, Britain’s bookmakers are calling for an end to industry in-fighting and an ‘evidence-based’ approach to the issues.   Gambling industry stakeholders are calling for a cease-fire between warring industry sectors as the turf battle over the government review of stakes and prizes becomes...

Bookmakers demand inquiry into “anti-betting shop” FOBT review

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British bookmakers have hit out at the parliamentary review of fixed-odds betting terminals, claiming the group was “deeply flawed” and funded by a consortium of anti-bookmaking interests.   The All-Party Parliamentary Group of British MPs gave their recommendations to government on FOBTs early December, suggesting the maximum reduction in machine stakes, from £100 to £2 per spin. The Association of British Bookmakers...

Bookies deliver 325,000-name petition to No.10 in fight to save UK industry

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A petition signed by more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers from across the country was presented to No.10 Downing Street by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) last month. The petition, collected as part of the recent ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, calls on the government to support the industry by eschewing the regulation and tax hikes that...

City fears the financial impact of an FOBT clampdown

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The potential change to legislation governing FOBTs in betting venues as part of the Triennial Review could see huge losses for companies such as Ladbrokes Coral.   A tightening of the regulations governing FOBTs in betting shops, could wipe a quarter off Ladbrokes Coral’s earnings, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph. The revenue from FOBTs accounts for 60% of...

Proof of Age Standards Scheme changes structure following strategic review

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The Proof of Age Standards Scheme confirms that it is now a Community Interest Company following a structural review.   The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) which accredits UK proof of age card issuers to a standard endorsed by the Home Office, Scottish Government, police and retailers of age-restricted goods & services, has announced that it is to become a Community...

ABB boss says RGT research will “greatly help” them improve PAS

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The ABB’s chief exec Malcolm George welcomes RGT verdict of Player Awareness Systems.   In response to the RGT announcement that, following its programme of research in collaboration with PwC, it finds that Player Awareness Systems need further development before they can be proven to minimise harmful play on gambling machines, Malcolm George, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers,...

PAS needs more development to protect players, says RGT research

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New Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) and PwC research reveals more work was required before innovative ‘Player Awareness Systems’ (PAS) can be proven to minimise harmful play on gambling machines.   Earlier this year, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) asked the Responsible Gambling Trust to commission independent research to assess the initial implementation by UK bookmakers of new ‘player awareness systems’...

Association of British Bookmakers slams rising media rights costs

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In an exclusive interview with Betting Business, ABB CEO Malcom George spoke out against the wave of expenses that are hitting the independents hardest of all.   The CEO of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has renewed calls for an “equitable deal” with horseracing and sporting associations, citing the threat of closure to smaller betting shops if the two parties...

Gambling Commission sets out wide-ranging fee reforms

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A string of new Gambling Commission recommendations for reforming licence fees, including a move to a GGY-based model, could see the majority of licensees making savings. Nevertheless, some critics say the proposals have been too long in the making.   The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has laid out a series of fee reforms aimed at lowering licence fees for smaller operators...

Betting industry to open up machine data for PwC evaluation

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The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to evaluate a recent Association of British Bookmakers initiative - Player Awareness Systems (PAS) - designed to help people avoid gambling-related harm when using gaming machines in LBOs. Independent research commissioned and published in December 2014 by RGT demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to distinguish between problem...