Tag: Legislation

Two weeks into lockdown, and the anti-gambling rhetoric already begins

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New research linking a high-frequency of betting ad exposure to a young online audience has sidetracked fear-mongers temporarily away from Coronavirus..

NAO White Paper: So what happens now?

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Coinslot spoke to its colleagues across the media channels to reflect on some of their take-aways from the Audit Office’s evaluation of the Gambling Commission and what it means for the impending reconstruction of the UK’s gambling legislation...

Betting’s trade chiefs outline aspirations for changes to the UK’s legislatory structure

Brigid Simmonds aspirations changes UK’s legislatory structure
The new chief of the UK’s gambling industry Brigid Simmonds was joined by consolidated betting business heads at Parliament recently, arguing the industry’s..

“Another really extraordinary year” – Interel reviews 2019 and beyond

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As 2020 approached, bringing the promise of further political and regulatory upheaval, Interel deputy managing partner Katherine Morgan hailed just how..

Ireland’s Dáil bows to pressure on bingo prizes

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Irish lawmakers have ceded to the concerns of bingo operators when it comes to prize payouts - with new legislation no longer meaning smaller prizes.

Maximum stakes and prizes slashed in Ireland’s new Irish gambling bill

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Another development in the bewildering world of Irish gaming legislation has had some media outlets reporting that the latest proposals for fit-for-purpose gaming machine legislation in the Irish Republic

Ireland rife with opportunity as regulatory countdown begins

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Following March’s Irish Gaming Show, the country’s government has confirmed a regulator will be in place within the next 18 months. John Purcell explains..

Pub owners urged to embrace vaping

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With the practice of vaping continuing to grow as smoker numbers decline, embracing the practice in British pubs and entertainment centres could increase footfall. Following the advice from Public Health England that no health risks have been identified through passive vaping, a report from the Morning Advertiser stated that allowing the activity could boost revenue. “Vaping can definitely reverse the smoking...

Bolton hikes up cost of gambling licence

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Bolton’s local licensing committee voted nearly unanimously in favour of a fee increase - fresh on the back of an underage gambling crackdown in pubs. A review of gambling policy in Bolton has seen the price of a gambling licence hiked up to the statutory maximum. 12 out of 13 councillors voted in favour of the dramatic rise in licensure cost...

Britain’s B2 ban: The impact of heightened regulations

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With Britain’s B2 ban now formally enacted into law, Regulus Partner’s Dan Waugh explains that the first practical signs of impact are starting to be felt. So far, he says, these signs have been seen in machine contracts, rental pleas, horseracing funding and M&A - but what else will change come April 2019? The most heavily analysed (and/or guessed at)...

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 sentence for perjury in 2001, made the argument in a column published in the Radio Times. “A...

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...

FOBT cut won’t count for Northern Ireland

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While England and Wales look forward to moving past the FOBT debate, the issue will remain a cause of contention in Northern Ireland, with the country continuing without devolved government as it decides if the controversial terminals are even legal. Northern Ireland’s Department of Communities has said the country cannot consider following England and Wales’ lead on last week’s cut...

Ban introduced on third-party betting in non-UK EuroMillions

Almira Mohamed, director at Lotto Social, explains why she believes new legislation against EuroMillions betting is a step forward by the government. The new legislation proposed in March 2017 set out to prohibit people from betting on non-UK EuroMillions lotteries. This law came under the Gambling Act of 2005 which altered the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1963, stating that...

Data experts call for clarity on GDPR and AML

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A leading industry data expert has called for clarity from gambling regulators on balancing GDPR and AML   With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to impact upon the industry in May 2018, a leading identity data intelligence expert is warning of the regulatory conflict that may arise, and the unintended consequence that may hinder the industry’s attempts to...

Pub body calls for rise in Cat C stakes and prize

BBPA Responds to Latest Government Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the Government’s consultation on gaming machines and social responsibility proposals, and has called on the Government to ensure that Category C amusement machines (also known as fruit machines) in pubs remain attractive to customers, so that they...

888 decision heightens interest in WrB symposium

Last week's announcement that 888 had been fined a record £7.8m for technical shortcomings which served to undermine its self exclusion processes, has given added importance and interest to the forthcoming WrB Responsible Gambling Innovation C-Level symposium organised by Clarion Gaming (September 12, OXO2, London). The fine followed a 13 month long investigation by the UK Gambling Commission which found...

Ireland’s raised age limit a “piecemeal effort” at gambling reform

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The beginning of long-awaited gambling reform in Ireland has finally come to fruition, however the Irish Amusements Trade Association believe “this piecemeal effort” does nothing to bring the country’s legislation to where it should be.   The minimum age limit for all forms of gambling in the Republic of Ireland is to be set at 18 years old under new legislation...

Gambling Commission unveils enforcement strategy

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The Gambling Commission has unveiled a new enforcement strategy to tackle operators perceived to be in breach of regulations, following on from a consultation on the issue.   Under the new policy, operators found to be non-compliant over issues are to be faced with higher penalties and a greater chance to be put up for licence review. Key points in the new...

Court overturns council decision to refuse new Derry AGC

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Following a permit refusal from the council for its new AGC site, operator Oasis Retail Services has successfully appealed the decision in court.   Derry court has granted permission for a new AGC to open in the city centre after a judge quashed the council’s decision to refuse the permit. The decision was made at a hearing of the Court of Appeal...

Right to Reply: bacta’s John White on Government review

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In a response to last week’s article from Malcom George, bacta’s John White responds with reference to the Government’s impending review.   The entire industry is awaiting with great interest the outcome of the Government’s review into gaming machine stakes and prizes. Rightly, much of the focus has been on B2 machines, which have become increasingly controversial as their imprint on the...

Peer calls for local communities to have more say in the fate of pubs

Pub conversions have been called into question by Lord Marlesford who wants more input from local residents with regards to their fate.   Lord Marlesford, conservative peer, former county councillor and chairman of Marlesford Parish council, has called for changes over pub conversions. Lord Marlesford said: “There are two reasons why pubs close. The main one is that there is not the...

ABB’s continuing onslaught gaining traction

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The ABB’s onslaught of inflammatory statements continued this week and, as Joseph Ewens explains, it’s concerning that this strategy is starting to gain traction in the press.   This week has seen a continuation of the ABB’s verbal onslaught on the coin-op industry. When it began a few weeks ago, the ferocity of the rhetoric suggested that it was a last...

Government criticised over new £1 coin ‘nightmare’

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An arcade operator has hit out at the government for the huge cost of adapting his equipment to the new £1 coin, going as far as to call for some form of compensation.   A Southend family entertainment centre operator has described the introduction of the new £1 coin as a “nightmare”. Martin Richardson, owner of Happidrome Arcade on the resort’s seafront,...

Looming business rates overhaul raises questions

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Whilst some may be looking forward to be a proposed FOBT stake reduction restoring betting parity on the high street, a revision of business rates may render positive legislative gains null, suggests Tom Rush.   April will see an overhaul of business rates for the first time in a decade, taking into account the rise in property valuation in the interim...

BIL and GBG propose to save pub sector minimum of £500,000 a year

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Business In Licensing and Gambling Business Group partnership proposal receives support from British Beer & Pub Association and the Gambling Commission. Business In Licensing (BIL) in partnership with the Gambling Business Group (GBG), has formulated a proposal to remove the requirement for pubs and clubs to notify Licensing Authorities that they wish to use their ‘automatic entitlement’ to two machines. The...

Gambling Commission included under “snoopers” umbrella

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The Government’s introduction of controversial new privacy laws, known pejoratively as the “snooper’s charter”, has some unexpected ramifications for the gambling industry. Among the 48-strong list of agencies which now theoretically have complete access to the internet history data of regular citizens is the Gambling Commission. The new law, dubbed the Investigatory Powers Bill, requires telecoms companies to retain records of...

US casino industry pushes for sports-betting at G2E

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It wasn’t just promo girls and slot machines at this year’s Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas – where the US casino trade set its sights squarely on the legalising of sports-betting. The casino trade’s annual Global Gaming Expo (2016) in Las Vegas may have boasted the year’s  latest and greatest in terms gaming product, but it was the legalisation of...