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Digital slot machine limit of £2 set to cost gambling operators in UK millions

The government is set to impose new limits of as little as £2 a spin for online slot machines, the Guardian understands, in a move that could cost casino companies hundreds of millions of pounds. Ministers have been consulting on imposing a maximum stake for the digital casino-style games since publishing a white paper on gambling reform last…
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Gambling reform: Where’s the evidence?

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has once again issued a call for evidence on key topics such as gambling harm and the priorities the White Paper on gambling reform should focus on. In this column, Pavlos Sideris, Director at Double Up Media, explains what this means for the UK industry. The call by the Department for Digital,…
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Gambling reform: Where’s the evidence?
The Guardian

Ban all gambling adverts, say more than half of Britons

More than half the public would like to see a ban on gambling advertising, according to a new poll taken as ministers prepare to unveil an overhaul of the industry. In the survey, carried out for the charity Gambling with Lives, 52% of respondents said they supported a ban on all gambling advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and nearly…
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Betting industry will ‘keep back funds from gambling harm charity’

The betting industry has threatened to redirect a quarter of the funds expected to go to a charity tackling harms caused by gambling, the Guardian understands. The four largest members of the Betting and Gaming Council have in the past pledged to use GambleAware as the main commissioner of any money it gave to tackle problems caused by its…
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Rishi Sunak shows support for the Gambling Act Review, says report

In December 2020, the UK launched a review of the Gambling Act. The country's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) initiated the review of the main gambling law in the country in an effort to make it more suitable for the digital age and increase customer protection. Plenty of deadlines were set, yet the review of the gambling…
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Rishi Sunak shows support for the Gambling Act Review, says report
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BGC congratulates Paul Scully for taking Gambling Minister role

Last week, Paul Scully MP was appointed as Minister responsible for the betting and gaming industry. Consequently, the single industry body for UK betting and gaming, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), congratulated Scully for his recent appointment. Michael Dugher, BGC's Chief Executive, commented in a statement released on October 28, 2022. He…
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BGC congratulates Paul Scully for taking Gambling Minister role
The Guardian

How UK gambling safeguards fail to defend online punters

When Everton FC's players ran out to face bitter Merseyside rivals Liverpool last month, their shirts were emblazoned, courtesy of a £10m-a-year sponsorship deal, with the name Stake.com. Until recently an obscure online betting firm, Stake.com, which specialises in controversial cryptocurrency gambling, has followed traditional bookmakers in…
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'Reformer's shopping list': gambling laws review starts next week

A wide-ranging review of gambling laws to be launched next week will consider banning sports sponsorship and limiting online casino stakes among a "reformer's shopping list" of proposals to overhaul gambling laws, the Guardian can reveal. The long-awaited review, which could roll back vast swathes of the Gambling Act 2005, will begin as soon as…
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UK Will Not Ban Video Games Loot Boxes Despite Problem Gambling Findings

Loot boxes in video games will not be banned in the UK, despite a government consultation finding evidence of a "consistent" association between the features and problem gambling. Loot boxes have attracted comparison with gambling because they allow players to spend money to unlock in-game rewards, such as special characters, weapons or outfits,…
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UK Will Not Ban Video Games Loot Boxes Despite Problem Gambling Findings
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UK will not ban video games loot boxes despite problem gambling findings

Loot boxes in video games will not be banned in the UK, despite a government consultation finding evidence of a "consistent" association between the features and problem gambling. Loot boxes have attracted comparison with gambling because they allow players to spend money to unlock in-game rewards, such as special characters, weapons or outfits,…
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Entain Tumbles as Slowdown in Online Gambling Hits 2Q By Investing.com

Stock Markets 29 minutes ago (Jul 07, 2022 07:53AM ET) By Geoffrey Smith Investing.com -- Entain (LON:) shares fell 12% on Thursday to an 18-month low after the owner of the Ladbrokes and Coral betting chains reported a sharp slowdown in online gaming revenue in the first half of the year, suggesting that the boost it had from locked-down customers…
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UK Gambling Minister Philp resigns with white paper imminent

Philp - who cited "events over the past few weeks and months" as his reason for departing - has become the latest in a long line of ministers that have resigned citing a lack of confidence in Boris Johnson, and to call for the Prime Minister himself to resign. The exit comes with a white paper forming part of the government review of the Gambling…
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UK Gambling Minister Philp resigns with white paper imminent
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Special attention in United Kingdom’s upcoming ‘white paper’ review

In the United Kingdom and the upcoming'white paper' review of the nation's gambling laws will reportedly look to target online casino and slot games over fears that these activities are associated with higher rates of addiction. According to a Tuesday report from the Evening Standard newspaper, this revelation came from the Parliamentary…
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Special attention in United Kingdom’s upcoming ‘white paper’ review
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UK’s Upcoming Gambling Reform Continues to Attract Controversy

The UK government will likely unveil its new gambling reforms within days. The changes are motivated by the explosive growth of online betting and the increased threat of gambling addiction. Recent rumors about some suggestions getting removed from the white paper caused an uproar among anti-gambling campaigners. The UK's gambling regulation has…
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Lobbying concerns hit British gambling review

Some of the largest online casino and sportsbetting operators in the United Kingdom have reportedly been quietly lobbying the government not to implement a wide range of proposed safeguards including new affordability checks. According to a Saturday report from The Guardian newspaper, executives from Flutter Entertainment, Entain and Bet365 met…
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Lobbying concerns hit British gambling review
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UK Gambling Companies Lobby with Lawmakers to Sway Upcoming Regulation

While the review of the Gambling Act in the UK is ongoing, a new report reveals that major gambling industry players lobbied Treasury officials. The report claims the industry warned that tough restrictions may increase the share of the black market. Launched in December 2020, the review of the Gambling Act in the UK is still ongoing. It was…
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Consumer concentration from the Gambling Commission

In the United Kingdom and the Gambling Commission regulator has released a new set of rules that have been designed to prompt locally-licensed iGaming operators into more effectively identifying and protecting at-risk consumers. The authority used an official press release to describe the fresh directives as'stronger and more prescriptive' in…
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How Much Tax Do Casinos Pay Uk?

of profits will rise from 15% to 21% on 1 October 2019, though that rate will still remain low by comparison. A UK casino's earnings determine how much it is taxed. The income tax rate can range between 15% and 50% on winnings from games such as poker, poker, and blackjack, depending on the location. In contrast, the tax rate for land-based slots…
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Jack Ritchie death: gambling addiction began as teenager, inquest hears

A 24-year-old English teacher developed a chronic gambling addiction that started with betting small amounts on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) when he was in the sixth form, an inquest into his death has heard. His parents, Charles and Liz Ritchie, from Sheffield, argue that government failures contributed to their son's death…
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UK Government Review of Gambling Laws Now Not Expected Until May

Long-awaited government proposals to reform gambling laws are now unlikely to be published until May, according to a report by The Guardian. The department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) launched a review of gambling laws in December 2020, amid mounting concern over addiction and children's exposure through advertising and football…
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UK Government Review of Gambling Laws Now Not Expected Until May
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Vulnerable and addicts being 'enticed' into gambling in city's poorest areas, fear councillors

Bookies and online gambling companies operating in Birmingham have come under fire from councillors worried about the dire impact on families and the vulnerable - particularly in the city's poorest neighbourhoods. One stretch of Washwood Heath Road in Ward End - with three bookies next to each other and another just metres away - was held up as an…
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Vulnerable and addicts being 'enticed' into gambling in city's poorest areas, fear councillors
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Online gambling soars by £1bn during the first year of Covid pandemic

Takings from online gambling soared during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic - with experts warning the growth of "addictive" digital betting could cost lives. Campaigners also say "relentless advertising" of online gambling is irresponsible and have called for more regulation. Gambling Commission figures show that the remote betting, bingo…
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Online gambling soars by £1bn during the first year of Covid pandemic
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UK Government Must Take BGC Advice in Gambling Reform

One of the world's oldest gambling markets is getting a regulatory makeover this year. The UK government was supposed to publish the results of its gambling regulation review at some point last year, but COVID-19 and other complications have delayed the process into 2022. Now, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has confirmed it…
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UK Gambling Act Review Nears an End, Concerns Remain

UK Gambling Minister Chris Philp is concerned with "extremely troubling practices" from some of the market's gambling operators. The MP raised the issue during the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DMCS) minister questions session in the House of Commons. Philp commented on the progress made so far with the government's review of…
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UK Gambling Act Review Nears an End, Concerns Remain
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What might the next Gambling Act look like?

If you've been keeping up with gambling-related news over the past year, the chances are you will have come across at least one reference to the'review of the Gambling Act'. The term often appears tacked on to the end of articles as an afterthought, with a development described as something that might be looked at'as the government continues its…
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UK Online & Casino Revenue Reported Healthy Even with Current Pandemic Conditions

PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- FinancialNewsMedia.com News Commentary - Gambling experts have long contended that the industry is not recession-proof, and data has recently supported this claim. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the entire world upside down, and the gambling industry is no exception. Financial information is starting…
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Almost £225,000 in wages and freebies taken from gambling industry by 28 MPs

On 7 July, the Conservative MP for Blackpool South, Scott Benton, took his seat at Wembley to watch England take on Denmark in the semi-final of Euro 2020, courtesy of the Ladbrokes Coral owner, Entain - a freebie worth £3457. Less than four hours earlier, Benton had warned parliament that a review of betting laws, widely expected to result…
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Almost £225,000 in wages and freebies taken from gambling industry by 28 MPs
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The creeping hypocrisy of Safer Gambling Week

This November, we have seen the return of Safer Gambling Week for its fifth year. Organised by several trade associations involved in the gambling industry, the week is supposed to be all about raising awareness of problematic gambling habits and starting a dialogue between operators and customers about how to keep an eye on their gambling. So far…
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EXCLUSIVE: National Lottery adverts should be banned, demand politicians

The comments were published last week as written evidence submitted to a government inquiry titled' What next for the National Lottery? ', examining the ongoing process to pick the next National Lottery operator. The inquiry, which closed on 10 September, received statements from the Gambling Commission, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for…
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EXCLUSIVE: National Lottery adverts should be banned, demand politicians
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Gambling or player choice? The furious debate around FIFA’s loot box system

The pageantry when opening FIFA's Ultimate Team packs is an inviting spectacle. The bright colours, the drama and, if you are very lucky and land a special card, the walk-out, fireworks and confetti raining down. Cracking open a FUT pack creates a carnival atmosphere. FUT has become a core part of the game's experience since its debut in FIFA 09.…
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Gambling or player choice? The furious debate around FIFA’s loot box system
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UK: Betting and Gaming Council launches new safer gambling campaign

ritish standards body Betting and Gaming Council has launched a new campaign called "Take Time To Think" , which aims to promote safer gambling, announced the BGC on Friday. The campaign encourages customers to use the wide range of safer gambling tools offered by the body's members, states BGC in a press release. It replaces the previous "When The…
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United Kingdom to look at new problem gambling protection

In the United Kingdom and the Information Commissioner's Office authority has reportedly advised the government that it'may be lawful' to introduce a'single customer view' solution in order to help prevent problem gambling. According to a Thursday report from the Racing Post newspaper, the at-issue innovation would allow online and land-based…
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Gambling Commission to be investigated

In the United Kingdom and the Parliamentary All-Party Betting and Gaming Group has announced the launch of an official inquiry into the effectiveness and competence of the country's Gambling Commission regulator. Comprised of twelve legislators from the House of Lords and House of Commons, the body used an official Sunday press release to detail…
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Operators Should Keep Educating Players on Responsible Gambling

The push for a safer gambling environment has resurfaced time and again, but it wasn't until 2018 and the ban of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that industry and lawmakers saw eye-to-eye and came up with a united front against the increase in problem gambling numbers. The issue at the time was not that problem gamblers constituted a…
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Operators Should Keep Educating Players on Responsible Gambling
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Gambling logos feature 700 times in football match, says Ch4 documentary

Gambling logos can appear more than 700 times in a single football match, according to a documentary in which former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson calls for a "radical rethink" of the relationship between the sport and betting. In her first outing as a TV presenter, Davidson describes the gambling industry's relationship with football…
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Slot Games in GB to Receive Betting and Deposit Limit, Suggests a New Report

Report published today suggests mandatory betting limits and deposit limits for online slot games in Great Britain. Besides those changes, the report proposes changes on taxation, licenses and regulatory framework changes. A report published today by the Social Market Foundation suggests a mandatory betting limit for online slot games between £1…
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Slot Games in GB to Receive Betting and Deposit Limit, Suggests a New Report
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British GGY totals £546.2m in March as slot revenue hits record high

The figures were compiled using data from operators representing around 80% of the online gambling market. While the Commission has now reported 13 months of data since lockdowns began, it said it was "not advisable" to compare year-on-year figures, due to "different operating circumstances". In the final full month of lockdown in England, online…
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British GGY totals £546.2m in March as slot revenue hits record high
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The UK's gambling review has to be free of industry influence and political dithering

More than a year after the Conservatives committed to gambling reform in their election manifesto, the long-awaited review of the 2005 Gambling Act is finally here. For years a coalition of cross-party MPs, peers and campaigners have called for the reform of a maligned piece of legislation that botched the liberalisation of the market and opened…
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Compliance for UK gambling businesses: What changed in 2020 and what to expect for 2021

As the world ground to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online gambling industry has seen a rapid increase in the number of players, and as a consequence more compliance and fraud breaches, writes Sumsub co-founder Jacob Sever (pictured). The lockdown's imposed to halt the spread of the virus were a "recipe for disaster" for the gambling…
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Compliance for UK gambling businesses: What changed in 2020 and what to expect for 2021