Brits Thrive But Swede Steals Show at WPT UK

Another major poker title has been decided on British soil, this time at the World Poker Tour (WPT) event in Nottingham.

Following on from the British Poker Open, WPT UK welcomed the great and the good from around the world.

Kicking off the festival with a win on October 3 was Jack Hardcastle. The young Englishman managed to outlast 1,355 entries to win the WPT UK Opener and £56,000.

Home Advantage Helps Brits

As local pros such as Paul Jackson, Simon Trumper and Richard Trigg joined the action, it wasn’t long before another Brit scooped a WPT title.

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GVC Holdings Hits New Heights Online as Retail Revenue Slips

GVC Holdings’ finances are holding up despite retail revenue taking a 36 percent hit due to fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) changes.

In its Q3 trading report published on October 9, the parent company of Ladbrokes Coral said its current status was positive.

Leading the charge and helping boost overall earnings for the quarter was GVC’s online platforms.

Online Revenue Gaining Momentum for GVC Holdings

As per the report, net gaming revenue across the company’s online network was up 12 percent year-on-year.

That figure is made even more significant by the fact Q3 2018 featured the World Cup.

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Responsible Gambling Takes New Spin as UKGC Bans Slots Add-Ons

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has informed licensees that they can no longer offer “feature buy” options on their slot games.

In a series of correspondence sent out in recent days, the UK gaming regulator has called for an end to add-on.

Although the notice hasn’t been made public, it’s understood the UKGC is concerned the feature encourages potentially harmful betting habits.

No More Added Extras Says UKGC

Not available on all slots, the add-on is used to create extra bonus opportunities. By paying a premium – typically the size of their base bet – players can improve their chances … Read more

UKGC Chief Praises AI Innovations as Consumer Care Standards Improve

UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) chief Neil McArthur has praised local gaming licensees for a demonstrable improvement in consumer care.

Speaking at a gathering of 70 industry CEOs and senior executives, McArthur said noticeable improvements have been made.

Although he stressed the push for greater controls was far from over, he acknowledged that UK gaming operators are moving in the right direction.

AI Improves Responsible Gambling Standards

For the UKGC CEO, the most encourage signs of improvement have come from modern technology.

There has been an encouraging increase in the number of operators investing in and developing algorithms and machine learning

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Dublin-based Flutter Entertainment is looking to spread its influence outside of Europe following a major merger with The Stars Group (TSG).

News of the multi-billion-pound merger broke on October 2 and instantly pushed up the share price of both companies.

According to the announcement, the deal will be a non-cash transaction facilitated by an “all-share combination.” Once complete, Flutter Entertainment shareholders will own a 54.64 percent stake in the new company, while TSG will hold 45.36 percent.

Flutter Entertainment Becomes Industry Behemoth

Based on 2018’s combined earnings of £3.8 billion, the new entity will become the largest online gaming company … Read more

Responsible Gambling Week to Reach Beyond Betting Industry

November 7 will mark the start of Industry Group For Responsible Gambling’s (IRIG) Responsible Gambling Week 2019.

Designed to promote responsible behaviour among operators and consumers, the initiative will involve more than 120,000 industry members.

As well as the leading UK gaming operators, many bars, clubs and racecourses will feature promotional material between November 7 and 13.

Responsible Gambling Week for Everyone

Getting across the message that gambling has its pitfalls is the IRIG’s main aim. However, chairman John Hagan also wants Responsible Gambling Week to open up the conversation to a much wider audience.

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WPT UK to Keep Poker Boom Alive with £1.2 Million Nottingham Showdown

Following a sizzling summer of poker action in the UK, players from across Europe will be back on our shores this week for another round of action.

Flying in from afar to take part in the World Poker Tour (WPT) UK festival, the game’s finest will be hoping the recent tournament boom continues.

As per the schedule, the WPT UK main event will get underway inside Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn card room on September 30.

However, before the £2,680 showdown starts, the organisers will oversee a selection of side action.

WPT UK Keeps Interest High

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Rank Group Making Strides as UKGC Approves £115 Million Takeover Deal

The Rank Group has been given the green light to complete its £115 million takeover of Stride Gaming.

After making an offer back in May, the UK gaming operator was forced to put negotiations on hold.

With the UKGC needing to ensure the deal falls in line with gaming regulations, Rank was asked to divulge the specifics of its offer. Reviewing the small print, the regulator gave its blessing late last week.

UKGC Approval Sets Wheels in Motion

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EveryMatrix has closed part of its operations in the UK citing irreparable damage caused by recent action from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Posting an update on September 23, the gaming supplier said its white label division will no longer operate in the UK.

The company’s B2B services will remain active, meaning EveryMatrix can continue offering gambling software to licensed UK operators. However, by relinquishing its B2C operating licence, it won’t be able to run a network of white label partners.

End of an Era for EveryMatrix

Commenting on the decision, EveryMatrix CEO Ebbe Groes said the decision was regrettable … Read more

Leeds Problem Gambling Clinics Signal Start of New Consumer Care Era

The first NHS problem gambling clinics located outside of London have officially opened their doors in Leeds.

Part of a multi-billion-pound initiative, Leeds Community Gambling started on September 18 and will offer support at various locations around the city.

Each venue will treat those with severe gambling addictions and be overseen by GamCare, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and Leeds City Council.

Comprehensive Problem Gambling Support

As well as help for individuals with problem gambling issues, the service will assist families and friends. What’s more, there will be treatment plans for other mental health conditions.

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