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UK government expands NHS problem gambling treatment

The UK government has announced a significant increase in problem gambling treatment funding as part of its ten year strategy for the NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan, announced on 7 January, outlined the provision of £2.3bn annually for mental health treatment by 2023

Alderney regulator calls for collaboration in Europe and overseas

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Alderney eGambling boss Susan O’Leary has praised the co-operation between operators and regulators as the key to promoting a thriving and well-respected industry. The CEO of The Channel Islands regulatory body has spoken out in favour

Ladbrokes defends £1m payment to victims of problem gambler

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Ladbrokes has dismissed accusations of misconduct made by the Guardian newspaper in a report of the bookmaker repaying £975,000 stolen from five victims by a problem gambler, providing they did not “bring any complaint or make any report to any regulator.”

Racing ahead – UK online market continues upward trajectory

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The UKGC has reported that the UK online gambling industry GGY hit £5.3bn for the year ending March 31, with the sector now accounting for 37 percent of the country’s £14.4bn market. Total yield was up 4.2 percent on the same period ending 2017

UK government to assess links between video gaming and gambling

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The UK parliament will investigate the links between video gaming and online gambling, as part of an assessment of VR, AR, esports and the growing trend toward gamification. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will appraise the effect games such

Sky announces advertising restrictions across UK channels

Sky has announced it will reduce gambling advertising on its affiliated channels to one advert per commercial break. The self-imposed limit, which will come into effect at the start of 2019’s Premier League season, comes amid wider calls

Gambling not alone as ‘sin’ taxes increase across tobacco and alcohol

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The latest budget from UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has increased tax on online casino games in a bid to cover the £1.15bn lost by the treasury in capping FOBTs. However, gambling wasn’t the only so-called ‘sin’ sector to be hit by the government’s...

Archer takes aim at former party for not stealing Labour proposals

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Lord Archer has stated that Conservative ministers should “steal” the gambling advertising ban put forward by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson at the party’s September conference. The former Tory deputy chairman, no stranger to such appropriation himself having served half of his four year

Sky Betting reshuffles executive deck as Stars Group takeover approved

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Sky Betting and Gaming has announced the appointment of Ian Proctor as CEO, ahead of its $4.7bn integration into The Stars Group, following CMA approval. The former CFO of the Leeds-based operator will take over the role from Richard Flint…

GambleAware board becomes entirely independent of industry

GambleAware has announced the appointment of Paul Simpson and Marcantonio Spada to its board of trustees, as part of the charity’s attempt “to secure public trust and confidence.” Simpson, CFO of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust, will join Spada, head…

Sky Bet promote safer gambling with Three Simple Tools campaign

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Sky Bet has launched its latest consumer protection campaign Three Simple Tools, fronted by Sky Soccer Saturday presenters Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier and Phil Thompson. The three pundits will represent the safer gambling functions Deposit Limits…

LCG offers cryptocurrency trading as volatile market proves profitable

London Capital Group has expanded its trading platform to include CFD products in cryptocurrency. The fixed rate investment provider will provide trading options on established blockchain currencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Funfair withdraws UK licence application amid market uncertainty

The threat of a “disorderly Brexit” and increasing regulation has dissuaded blockchain casino game developer Funfair from pursuing a UK gaming licence. Having submitted an application to the UKGC in January for a Remote Gambling Software License…

UK Government prohibits gambling firm sponsorship after Wembley sale

The UK government has advanced plans to prohibit gambling company sponsorship at Wembley Stadium, following its proposed £600m sale to Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan. The proposal follows an ongoing reduction in gambling involvement for Wembley, which last year saw…

LeoVegas revamps BetUK with sportsbook offering

LeoVegas has announced the relaunch of online casino BetUK, acquired from IPS for $84.5m in January, with a sports betting focus powered by SBTech. The site, integrated by platform supplier Bede, will allow the Swedish online operator to leverage…

SBGI 2018 Summit prepares to go live next week

After a robust start in planning the Sports Betting & Gaming India 2018 Summit, Eventus International is scheduled for the 27th and 28th of February 2018 at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa. Ahead of the summit, Yudi Soetjiptadi, the managing director of Eventus International has issued an advance vote of thanks to all the speakers and attendees who...

ICE 2017 – ICE VOX secures high level support

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The new learning experience at ICE 2017, ICE VOX, has received significant support from a host of gaming’s top thought leaders and commercial partners.   ICE VOX, the new concept in learning, which is being launched at ICE 2017, has gathered widespread support from gaming’s leading thought leaders and commercial partners. Gaming’s newest knowledge exchange and educational platform, which replaces ICE Conferences,...

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...

UK gaming licence for online operator Cherry iGaming

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The online operator Cherry iGaming has been granted a UK licence from the UK Gambling Commission continuing the company’s expansion to new markets.   Cherry iGaming's subsidiary PlayCherry Ltd has been awarded a local UK licence for gaming operators from the UK Gambling Commission allowing it to continue growing into new markets. The licence will allow PlayCherry Ltd to provide Casino and...

ICE team set out transport plan for 2017 show

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ICE organisers have provided detailed transport plan for visitors to the next show in February following the announcement of London Crossrail development closures.   ICE organisers have moved swiftly to implement a logistics and communications plan following confirmation that the Custom House Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station will be shut for 12 months as part of the London Crossrail development. Visitors will...

Comment: What does Brexit really mean?

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While Nigel Farage threatens to lead 100,000 anti-EU supporters down to the Supreme Court, Edward Lowton ponders whether forcing the Government to state its terms is the worst thing that could have happened. While the Brexiteers are planning to march on London to fight for the UK’s right to determine its own laws - ignoring the irony of this...

Britain’s AGCs confronted with looming MLD

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The Government will conclude a consultation on the implementation of the EU’s Fourth Money Laundering Directive this week which could have consequences for the UK’s gaming industry as a whole. Beware - the UK’s family run businesses will be facing more red tape and bureaucracy.   Despite the outcome of June’s Brexit referedum, the UK remains a full EU Member State...

Gambling Commission issues forthright challenge to operators

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The Gambling Commission’s Sarah Harrison calls to industry to aim higher in terms of consumer safety and social responsibility.   The Gambling Commission is calling for operators to accelerate the pace at which they are putting consumers at the heart of business decisions. The call came from Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison during a speech to operators at the Commission’s first Raising...

Government announces long-awaited FOBT review

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The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has taken the first steps in a wide-ranging review of gambling machine stakes and prizes; a review which is expected to place Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) under severe scrutiny.   The UK government has launched an investigation into gaming machines and social responsibility measures, with B2 stakes and prizes expected to be...

Rumour mill: UK government may review FOBT policy

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According to one British tabloid, newly incumbent prime minister Theresa May has agreed to revisit the government’s stance on B2 gaming terminals.   The UK government has been rumoured to be contemplating a new review of its gambling legislation pertaining to the operation of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). According to a report in British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, the UK’s new...

ITV plans 40 days of horse racing coverage in 2017

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Taking over from Channel 4 as the UK’s horse racing broadcaster, ITV has announced it will show 40 days of racing in 2017.   Taking over from Channel 4 as the UK’s horse racing broadcaster, ITV has announced it will show 40 days of racing in 2017. ITV racing has announced that 40 days of racing will be shown on ITV’s main...

21Bet sponsors up-and-coming boxer Charlie Edwards

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In the bookie’s second major deal in a month, 21Bet will be sponsoring Charlie Edwards as he prepares to contend for the IBF flyweight world title.   21Bet has revealed that it will become the official sponsor of IBF flyweight world title contender and emerging boxing talent Charlie Edwards, giving the online bookmaker its second major partnership deal in a month. Edwards,...

Intertain pushes ahead with UK move and Jackpotjoy rebrand

Canadian bingo-led operator Intertain has confirmed that it will be seeking a listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the title of its leading brand Jackpotjoy.   Intertain Group, one of the largest online bingo operators in the world, will apply to be listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in October as part of a strategic rebranding and relocation...

Rank and 888 withdraw from William Hill takeover

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Rank Group and 888 have announced the withdrawal of their proposed takeover bid for London-based bookmaker William Hill on 19 August.   Rank and 888 said in a joint statement that they would abandon a possible deal after failing to ‘meaningfully engage with the board of William Hill’. On 14 August, William Hill received a revised £3.1bn (€3.6bn) bid from the consortium,...