Betfred Avoids Another Regulatory Bashing After ASA Clears Bingo Ad

British betting operator Betfred is in the clear after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) failed to uphold a lone grievance.

Publishing its report on April 17, the advertising watchdog said that a recent commercial didn’t contravene its guidelines.

Fuelling the latest investigation into a UK betting operator was a single viewer complaint. As per the ASA summary, the complainant believed a January advert “normalised gambling.”

ASA Backs Betfred Bingo Ad

Responding, Betfred stated that the TV ad showed people in everyday situations enjoying bingo. Crucially, however, they weren’t being encouraged to play excessively or prioritise the game over other things … Read more

FA Scolds Paul Scholes Over Alleged Football Betting Infractions

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association (FA) for alleged betting infractions.

Despite being retired as a player, Scholes has remained part of the game. Prior to his unceremonious exit as Oldham Athletic boss in March, the 44-year-old was co-owner of non-league Salford City.

Paul Scholes Gambles as Salford City Gaffer

During his time at both clubs, FA investigators believe Scholes breached the organisation’s betting rules.

“Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Betting Rules. It is alleged he placed 140 bets on football matches, contrary to FA Rule

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Responsible gambling is on the rise across the UK thanks to the Senate Group and a quintet of new partners.

Although fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have dominated this year’s gaming headlines, social responsibility is slowly gathering steam.

Already this year, UK gaming operators have received guidance from the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).

Suggesting ways the industry could improve, the RGSB produced a 20-page report that has led to a wave of positive changes.

Following innovations such as William Hill’s enhanced social responsibility initiative, five operators have upped their games. Announced on April 15, Aspers, Caesars, Genting, Playtech … Read more

No Regrets as M&C Saatchi Ad Promotes Responsible Gambling

International ad agency M&C Saatchi is behind a new responsible gambling campaign dubbed Bet Regret.

Working alongside Fat Media and Good Stuff Media Buyers, the renowned agency is helping to tackle problem gambling in young men.

No Regrets Betting Message

The main aim of the new BeGambleAware campaign is to prevent people from doing something they might later regret.

In defining what Bet Regret means, the advertising agencies have put a particular emphasis on gambling when drunk.

“Bet Regret (noun) – the sinking feeling you get the minute you make a bet without thinking it through. Often when chasing losses,

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Englishman Neil Slater Upsets Locals by Winning GUKPT Edinburgh

Englishman Nathan Slater has overcome the odds to snatch the GUKPT Edinburgh title from local pro Michael Kane.

As Grosvenor Poker’s live tour hurtles towards its summer schedule, the chips were flying in Scotland. Taking place inside Edinburgh’s Grosvenor Casino Maybury, the latest main event attracted 309 entries.

Comparing like-for-like, this year’s £560 showdown welcomed 51 more players than it did in 2018. As well as live satellites, the GUKPT’s recent online innovations helped the numbers swell as things got underway on April 4.

Englishman Rocks Scottish Event

With the £100,000 guarantee broken, the champion in waiting was set to … Read more

Online Betting Records Fall As Grand National Interest Peaks

The 2019 Grand National has shown the strength of online gaming and betting as multiple operators set new records.

As Tiger Roll made history by winning back-to-back Grand National titles, bookmakers across the country were celebrating.

Although favourites often cost bookies money, the Grand National is a different beast. With 40 runners, casual punters often take advantage of long odds which lessens the financial impact of a favourite winning.

Winner All Round in 2019

Irrespective of this year’s result, the latest data suggests that records may have fallen.

Although gathering industry-wide data is tough, BGT Sports processed twice as many … Read more

Grand National Betting Favourite Betway Extends Sponsorship Deal

Betway and the Grand National will continue to work in unison for the next five years after agreeing a new deal.

The two company’s formed a partnership in 2017 when Betway became a headline sponsor for the annual horse racing festival. With the current deal set to expire in 2020, the betting operator has negotiated a four-year extension.

Betway Retains Grand National Sponsorship

As part of package, Betway will retain its sponsorship of races during the Grand National festival, including the Betway Aintree Hurdle.

However, what the deal won’t include is sponsorship of the Grand National itself. That privilege will … Read more

Betfred and Paddy Power Remove FOBT Workaround Following Regulatory Heat

Betfred and Paddy Power have pulled their fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) alternatives following heat from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Paddy Power FOBT

With complaints suggesting Virtual Cycling bore more than a passing resemblance to roulette, the UKGC moved to review the new game.

Giving his take on what he saw as an FOBT alternative, shadow culture minister Tom Watson called them as a “back door” way of skirting the rules.

Bookies Put Brakes on Virtual Cycling

Available in select Betfred and Paddy Power betting shops, Virtual Cycling allowed customers to bet up to £500 on the outcome of a race. … Read more

UKGC to Investigate Back Door FOBTs Inside Betfred and Paddy Power Stores

Even as new restrictions came into force on April 1, fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have attracted yet more negative press.

Despite warnings from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) not to ignore FOBT changes, certain bookmakers are now under investigation.

Just 48 hours after bookmakers were obligated to reduce FOBT betting limits from £100 to £2, the UKGC is reviewing the status of a new product.

Virtual Cycling Offers Alternative to FOBTs

Launched by Betfred and Paddy Power, Virtual Cycling allows customers to bet on the outcome of a virtual cycle race.

Featuring what looks like a roulette board, … Read more

GVC Holdings CEO Kenneth Alexander has been forced to reassure investors that his recent share increase won’t jeopardise the company’s financial future.

In a March 27 trading update, GVC announced that Alexander had been given an additional 450,000 shares.

Part of a target-based incentive scheme, the reward means the CEO now owns more than one million shares in the company.

Alexander Says He Won’t Sell

To counter any fears over GVC’s future, Alexander said he wouldn’t offload any shares during his time as CEO.

“I remain totally committed to GVC for the long-term, and as such I will not sell

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