The Big Lottery Fund is using the UK’s love of lottery gaming to bring new learning opportunities to people in Scotland.

Scottish funding National Lottery.

Scottish community groups to receive more than £6 million in funding thanks to the National Lottery. (Image: Evan Lorne/Shutterstock)

Publishing its latest charitable venture, the National Lottery’s official funding body has earmarked 24 Scottish charities to receive donations totalling £6 million.

With the Big Lottery Fund responsible for distributing 40 percent of the money raised through ticket sales, its first beneficiaries of 2018 all work to inspire creativity and confidence.

“Because people play the National Lottery, then great things … Read more

Ipswich Town Ian Milne.

Ipswich Town’s managing director Ian Milne has defended the club’s decision to partner with betting firm Magical Vegas. (Image: ITFC)

Ipswich Town’s board came under fire from fans recently after it announced a new three-and-a-half-year sponsorship deal with Magical Vegas.

Following a decade with the same shirt sponsor, the Suffolk-based football club decided it was time for a change.

Now, where the eponymous company name of club owner Marcus Evans once was will be the logo of Daub Alderney Ltd.’s online casino site, Magical Vegas.

Deal Brings New Look and More Money to the Club

Part of the Stride Gaming … Read more

NJ Chris Christie.

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie wants to make sports betting legal across the US and, potentially, open up new opportunities for British bookies. (Image: app.com/AP)

America’s sports betting market could soon be open for business across the country after analysts suggest the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) could soon be overturned.

Unlike the UK and Europe, sports betting in the US has long been a source of contention with only four states having the right to offer it legally since 1992.

However, following a battle between New Jersey’s Governor and those in support of PASPA, things could … Read more

UKGC Chief Executive Sarah Harrison.

UKGC Chief Executive Sarah Harrison is leading an investigation into five UK operators for anti-money laundering issues. (Image: YouTube/Gambling Commission)

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is considering the licences of five operators after a thematic review revealed serious failures in tackling money laundering.

As part of its ongoing mission to run the tightest iGaming ship in the world, the UKGC has written to every licence holder to reiterate its policies regarding anti-money laundering and social responsibility.

Dated January 4, the letter points to licencing condition 12.1 which focuses on the processing of illegal funds.

Additionally, Gambling Commission Chief Executive Sarah … Read more

Irish Betting Tax Hike Scrapped

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Ireland’s Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe, scraps plan to double Irish betting tax. (Image: paschaldonohoe.ie)

Paschal Donohoe has scrapped proposals for an Irish betting tax hike over fears of business closures and job losses.

Following a review of Ireland’s tax system, the government was considering increasing betting tax from 1 percent to 2 percent in a bid to generate €50 million/£44.5 million in additional revenue.

However, after reading objections from gambling industry insiders, Finance Minister Donohoe has shelved the plans.

All Proposals Dropped

In total, Donohoe was considering three proposals including a move to double the existing levy. Another idea on … Read more

Matt Cole Blueprint Gaming

Blueprint Gaming’s Matt Cole is looking forward to diversifying his company’s products following the acquisition of Games Warehouse. (Matt Cole/LinkedIn)

The UK’s Blueprint Gaming has acquired Games Warehouse in a move that will see it increase its ability to offer omni-channel gaming solutions.

As part of the acquisition, Games Warehouse will no longer be a part of the Harbour Group. Instead, it will now operate under the Gauselmann Group banner.

Prior to the deal, Blueprint Gaming had been one of the leading players in the land-based gaming market.

Conversely, Games Warehouse had built up a portfolio of products in the … Read more

GUKPT

Grosvenor announces its 2018 poker schedule following a record breaking year in 2017. (Image: GUKPT.com)

The ever-popular Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) will be back in 2018 with nine main events on top of a full schedule of smaller festivals across the country.

As the sun was setting on 2017, Grosvenor’s media team published the final details for its GUKPT main events, Student Championship, Goliath and the 25/25 series.

In addition to the new roster of events, Grosvenor also offered a summary of 2017’s tournament highlights.

For its marquee series, the GUKPT, 10,852 players helped generate a cash prizes worth … Read more

Conor McGregor Uk Gambling.

Conor McGregor helped UK bookmaker Betfair reach new highs ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather. (Image: Vimeo/Oral Ofori)

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) had its hands full in 2017, while two of the country’s top online operators made a splash via betting odds.

As part of its mission to make Britain’s online gaming market the best in the world, the UKGC cast its regulatory net far and wide this year.

In addition to handing out fines to operators for failing to offer adequate consumer protections, the agency was pushed to consider the issue of loot boxes in computer games.… Read more

From legal changes and a football fallout to a high stakes robbery involving a toy gun, the UK gambling industry faced many challenges in  2017.

Tracey Crouch racing levy

The racing industry received a boost in 2017, thanks to a new levy imposed by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. (Image: skysports.com)

The year started well for the horseracing industry, but not so much for online operators, thanks to a government-backed funding scheme. Initially announced in January, the new 10 percent racing levy was finally given the green light by the European Commission in April.

New Levy Divides Opinion

Despite a long battle between operators and … Read more

 GVC takeover.

GVC disposes of Turkish asset to make way for its £3.9 billion takeover of Ladbrokes Coral. (Image: research-tree.com)

GVC Holdings has completed the sale of its Turkish asset, Headlong Limited, ahead of its potential takeover of Ladbrokes Coral.

After announcing the sale of Headlong in November, GVC has moved quickly to fully dispose of the subsidiary in an effort to bolster its £3.9 billion bid for Ladbrokes Coral.

“Further to the announcement made on 2 November 2017, the Board of GVC is pleased to advise that following receipt of the required regulatory approvals, the sale of Headlong Limited and other … Read more