Ladbrokes is taking on HMRC once again after its tax avoidance case was granted a hearing at the Court of Appeal.

Ladbrokes Court of Appeal.

Ladbrokes’ legal team will appear at the Court of Appeal in an effort to overturn a £71 million tax liability. (Image: leighday.co.uk)

Prior to its 2016 merger with Coral, Ladbrokes found itself in hot water with the UK’s tax authority because of a scheme devised by accounting firm Deloitte.

When the initial case went to tribunal in 2015, judges ruled that Ladbrokes’ bid to exploit a 2008 legal loophole (which was closed months later) wasn’t legal.

In February 2017, … Read more

Bgo is bucking the online casino bonus trend by scrapping wagering requirements in favour of a new, fairer, system of rewards.

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Verne Troyer announces a new restriction-free bonus system at bgo Casino. (Image: YouTube/bgo)

Launched on October 16, the “fair play” scheme has removed wagering requirements, max bets and max wins linked to every bonus and reward. Under the old system, players were given a particular bonus, but then had to complete certain steps in order to unlock its full value.

Despite being standard across the industry, these restrictions are often unknown or misunderstood by new players. This lack of … Read more

UK gambling laws and the computer games industry could be set for a collision course after their interaction became the source of a debate amount Members of Parliament (MPs).

Tracey Crouch loot boxes.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Tracey Crouch responds to the issue of gambling and loot boxes. (Image: standard.co.uk)

At the start of October, a petition calling for the regulation of gambling features in video games was posted online and has since gone on to receive more than 11,000 signatures.

Although Conor Rhys Deeley’s petition will remain open until April 4, 2018, one MP has already pushed the … Read more

Gambling in video games may soon become a matter for Parliamentary review after an official petition was submitted to the UK government’s website.

Video game gambling Overwatch.

New petition aims to bring more transparency to the growing trend of gambling in video games such as Overwatch. (Image: YouTube/Unit Lost Great British Gaming)

Started by Connor Rhys Deeley, the petition notes the recent trend among video game companies that gives players that chance to purchase add-ons.

However, instead of trading cash for a known item with a comparative in-game value, developers are using a mechanism known as loot boxes.

Set Fees but Mystery Wins

Much … Read more

Another million-pound house lottery is underway, but the owner has come up with a novel way to find a winner in order to avoid the wrath of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Donna Pirie house lottery.

Scottish businesswomen Donna Pirie wants to sell her home and give £1 million to charity with a unique house lottery. (Image: LinkedIn)

Donna Pirie, a former gift business owner, is given punters a chance to win her six-bedroom Georgian house worth £1.7 million by entering a £25 crossword competition.

After reading the story of Dunstan Low and his wife Natasha Doboz who raffled off their £845,000 mansion back … Read more

A mix-up between a payment processor, a UK casino and a shop owner has landed one man in prison and more than £700,000 sitting in the wrong account.

Rubicon Casino Sandeep Singh.

Sandeep Singh used £75,000 of Rubicon Casino’s (pictured) money to buy himself a house. (Image: Yell.com)

According to a recent report by the Leicester Mercury, Sandeep Singh received £766,098 in mistaken payments between October 2014 and 2016. Sentenced to 12 months in jail on October 9, Singh was charged with stealing money and using a “not insignificant” amount to buy a house.

Singh Hits the Jackpot

When Singh installed an ATM in … Read more

888 Holdings took a hit on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday after the heirs of one of its founders sold the entirety of their shares in the company.

Aharon Shaked’s heirs sell stake in 888

The late Aharon Shaked, who came up with the idea of an online casino at a dentists’ convention in Monte Carlo. (Image: Globes.co.il)

The O Shaked Shares Trust, which holds the shares of deceased founder Aharon Shaked on behalf of his family, sold 46.3 million shares in the company, or around 12.9 percent of the company’s total share capital, for around $112 million. The trust offered no reason for the sale.… Read more

Staff in bookmakers’ shops are woefully ill-equipped to spot problem gamblers and are more likely to offer them shoddy strategy advice than due concern, according to a new report commissioned by the gambling industry itself.

Tom Watson

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said the report demonstrated a “litany of poor practise from an industry that is out of control.” The report itself was commissioned by the industry in recognition of the need to raise its own standards. (Image: David McNew/Reuters)

The study, conducted by research group Revealing Reality and published by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, found that staff were poorly … Read more

Thousands of National Lottery players failed to get their tickets for the big draw on Saturday night, although we might point out that this only made them marginally less likely to win.

The UK National Lottery hit by DDoS attack

The National Lottery site was walloped by a DDoS attack during peak hours, suggesting it was held to ransom. (Image: Camelot)

The reason? The entire lottery website was hit by a DDoS attack. Lottery operator Camelot apologized for the situation on Saturday, but only admitted the following day that cyber criminals had taken the site down.

DDoS (or distributed denial of service) attacks use thousands, or even … Read more

PaddyPower Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran has been accused of stabbing the betting industry in the back over his sudden dramatic call for tighter regulations on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

PaddyPower Betfair CEO Brendan Corcoran denounces FOBTs

PaddyPower Betfair’s Breon Corcoran says FOBTs are “toxic” and undermine the reputation of the industry as an entertainment provider.  (Image: The Business Post)

Corcoran, who has announced that he will shortly step down from his role as head of the company, told the UK government this week that it should slash the maximum stakes on the machines from $100 per spin to “£10 or lower,” thus breaking ranks with the betting … Read more