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UK Gambling Commission outlines public trust strategy

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UK Gambling Commission chief executive, Neil McArthur, has asked operators across the UK's betting industry to work together and make Britain the safest and fairest gambling hub in the world. Speaking at the Raising Standards Conference at the International Conference Centre, Birmingham, McArthur said: “I want consumers in Britain to be able to enjoy the fairest and safest gambling in...

GiG Games receives approval to supply games to B2C operators in the UK

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. has been granted permission to offer its in-house games under its B2B licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The licence complements GiG’s software and B2C licence in the UK. It will enable the Company to offer its new games services to its existing white label customers as well as external brands operating in the...

Gambling Commission’s shop floor initiative receives industry plaudits

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Bacta has welcomed the recent initiative undertaken by the Gambling Commission, which saw its chief executive, Neil McArthur, spend a day working at Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, helping to refill change machines, shadow workers on the shop floor and give out redemption prizes in the shop. McArthur was launching a new regulator programme aimed at giving its staff a greater...

Commission hits two operators hard for SR breaches

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The Gambling Commission has levelled £2.7 million in fines to two key operators for breaches of SR and AML rules. It’s been a busy week at the Gambling Commission which has handed out two considerable fines to operators considered to be at the harder end of the gambling spectrum. First the Rank Group, at £500,000, for failing to intervene in problem...

Do the banks hold the key to tackling problem gambling?

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Two so-called ‘challenger banks’ are living up to their reputation. Monzo and Starling banks have introduced a block to help problem gamblers control their gambling habits. And it’s working. Now, the Gambling Commission and doctors are calling for the big five banks to follow suit. The industry, which has long called for bank intervention, is expected to drive the...

Commission sets out new complaint standards

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The Gambling Commission has published new standards, coming into effect from 31 October, which are intended to improve how complaints are handled by alternative dispute resolution (ADR) providers in the gambling industry. The new guidance sets out how consumer com- plaints should be handled, and according to the regulator, make it clear what the Commission’s expectations are regarding; the types of...

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

Oft criticised for being out of touch with life on the shop-floor of British amusements, the Gambling Commission has risen to the challenge and experienced it first hand. New chief Neil McArthur spent a day with Weston’s Grand Pier to see how operations really work.   Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur rolled up his sleeves to learn first-hand how family...

Stuart McPhee assumes new role at Bell-Fruit

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Bell-Fruit has confirmed the appointment of former Gambling Commission senior manager, Stuart McPhee to the newly created post of Director of Compliance. ..

Bacta’s first Social Responsibility Exchange to precede Parliamentary Reception and Annual Convention

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Kate Lampard CBE, chair of GambleAware, has been named as the keynote speaker at Bacta’s first Social Responsibility Exchange, a free to attend one day educational initiative being held on 21 November, the day prior to the Bacta Annual Convention. The event, which will also feature Lee Willows from YGAM, GamCare’s Anna Hemmings and Helen Rhodes from the Gambling Commission,...

Problem gambling rate stable, says findings of latest Health Survey

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The most recent national survey of gambling behaviour shows that - despite frequent rhetoric to the contrary - the incidence of problem-gambling within the UK populace is flat. The latest combined Health Survey published by the Gambling Commission suggests that there has been no discernible rise in the rate of problem gambling in the UK over the course of the past...

Everything counts or just can’t get enough, says Dan Waugh

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In it’s Winning Post blog last month, Regulus Partners’ Dan Waugh questioned how much licensees trust the Gambling Commission. As those great sages of 1980s pop, Depeche Mode once sang, much in life boils down to a question of trust. The regulatory establishment issued a test of the gambling industry’s trust by putting operators on notice that requests for...

An olive Branch and a call for a charitable change of heart by the Gambling Commission

The push me-pull me life of a pulltab lottery innovator is not an easy one. For years, Alan Branch has been championing the charity based lottery game which has stuttered ever since the Gambling Commission issued its unchallenged ‘opinion’ on pub operators’ engagement. The evergreen Branch is asking the regulator to revisit its position. The pulltab lottery sector is to...

“I absolutely refute the idea that we simply see what money comes in, and then decide how it’s spent”

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Coinslot engaged with GambleAware chief Marc Etches recently covering a whole range of issues. A further extract of that exchange appears here, featuring some forthright posturing. CS: How much do you think it would cost to fix the problem of problem gambling in terms of the next five years? ME: I don’t think that’s an easy answer to give you. CS: But...

Rank’s profits suffer amidst new regulatory landscape

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The Rank Group’s first raft of financials under the leadership of John O’Reilly see the company’s management facing an uphill battle, as the real impact of the Gambling Commission’s new due-diligence measures on the UK’s landed casino sector starts to be felt Chief executive of the Rank Group and industry stalwart John O’Reilly has insisted that the company is “undervalued”...

Customer, operator, Commission: With cashless technology, everyone’s a winner

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When a government-owned institution as old as The Royal Mint believes that it must have cashless payment options to survive in modern Britain, it creates a convincing picture for the amusements industry’s need to follow suit as soon as possible - and what better time before the Gambling Commission’s upcoming data drive? We need to be relevant to younger people...

Using industry data to understand patterns of play

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Chaired by Sir Christopher Kelly KCB, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board has published a research brief which sets out the proposed approach for the Gambling Commission and GambleAware’s latest research programme. We need to understand how gambling behaviour and patterns of play vary across different products and environments. We also need to understand if, how and why some gambling environments,...

We need more research: Ignorance or something else more worrying?

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The British gambling industry knows where moral redress is required, so, asks Chris Webster, why on earth is the Gambling Commission claiming so virulently to be in-the-dark? Here’s what a man does when he knows he isn’t fit for a task. He says he doesn’t have the right tools. I’m about to save the Gambling Commission four years of research...

UKGC heralds launch of four-year data drive

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The Gambling Commission and its partners are, apparently, still in the dark as to the characteristics of UK problem gambling - as they choose an extended exercise in number-crunching over expediting the passing of common-sense legislation. In the latest move to tighten its grip on the industry, the Gambling Commission will soon reach out to operators throughout the land, in an...

Commission reveals new rules for October

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Advertising, restrictions on withdrawals, and text marketing are to be more tightly regulated from 31 October, the Gambling Commission has announced, but which new rules are actually relevant for the amusements industry? New rules from the Gambling Commission, which come into force from 31 October 2018, mean gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law will face tougher...

The good, the bad and the ugly: Commission delivers first enforcement report

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What was startling about the Gambling Commission’s first ever Enforcement Report wasn’t the detail of its actions taken against the misdemeanours of gaming operators, but the relatively low number of cases it needed to act on within the coin-op sector. Part of a wave of pronouncements from the UK regulator recently, the contents of this particular missive carried the...

Gambling Commission to crackdown on operators who don’t treat consumers fairly

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New rules from the Gambling Commission, which come into force from 31 October 2018, mean gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law will face tougher action. The new requirements, which follow an open consultation, provide "stronger protection for consumers" and ensure they are treated fairly by gambling businesses The changes mean: - It will be easier to take action,...

Branch: “Why the almost fanatical war on our industry?”

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The “pub” pull tab initiative is now run totally by the charities themselves. They opt to rent the machines from suppliers and similarly from ticket manufacturers. Because of the complexity of responsibility asked for by the charity applied to the public house, the charity gives the site expenses. The charity takes a minimum of 35 percent which is far greater than...

Fairer, safer – shaping the future of gambling

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In the Gambling Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-2018, chief executive Neil McArthur provides his perspective on the regulator’s progress over the last year. This has been a year of change across the gambling sector - a year that has seen increased public scrutiny of the industry and of the Gambling Commission as the regulator of commercial gambling and...

Commission’s annual report points to a busy year, and an expensive one too

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The Gambling Commission issued its 2017-18 Annual Report this week and laid bare its soul. More spending, more staffing and a little bit more money are the fiscal highlights - or lowlights. And for the regulator’s more touchy-feely audience, there was a huge dose of hard work and extensive activity to report on. The Gambling Commission published its Annual Report...

Chasing rabbits

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As the Gambling Commission takes aim at Cat D, Sam Spencer mixes his metaphors to suggest the regulator is wasting energy on chasing rabbits, while allowing wolves to prowl. When the DCMS suggested Bacta must provide potential player protection measures on Cat D to allow stakes and prizes to be increased,the industry was setaback. Quite simply,there has never been any evidence,...

Children, young people and gambling

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Introduced by executive director Tim Miller, the Gambling Commission outlines its view on the potential need for player protections on Cat D, based on advice from the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board...

Gambling Commission targets Cat D for player protections despite “no compelling evidence”

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After giving provenly harmful FOBTs an easy ride in their recommendations on the Triennial Review, the Gambling Commission is taking an aggressive approach on Cat D machines, calling for player protection measures despite self-confessed lack of evidence. The very same self-described ‘evidence-based’ regulator that suggested a £30 maximum stake on FOBTs - contrary to both statistical data and popular opinion...

Industry must persuade Commission on cashless

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Despite no movement on cashless and contact- less payments in the Triennial Review, the DCMS has encouraged the industry to continue its engagement with the Gambling Commission. “There appears to be continued industry wide support for the introduction of contactless payments, especially given the potential for corresponding player protection measures that could be introduced alongside this form of payment,” the...

Gambling Commission unveils 2018-19 plan

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The Gambling Commission has released a detailed plan outlining its focus and priorities for 2018-19, the first release of an overall three year strategy. Managing change and responding to emerging risks are two of the most prominent points of the report which seeks to set out a roadmap for progress following on from a detailing of high-level plans and priorities...

Cashless and Cat B3 top bingo sector’s agenda

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Innovation and the future were on the agenda of the Bingo Association’s AGM last week, with speakers discussing the bingo sector’s response to Britain’s increasingly cashless society. Indeed while Miles Baron, CEO of the BA, covered the topics of regulation and compliance in his opening speech, this year’s meeting centered more on the commercial concerns facing the industry. To break down...

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