William Hill Increases US Footprint with New Mexico Tribal Deal

William Hill is taking its brand of sports betting to New Mexico as its transatlantic expansion continues.

In a June 24 update, the British operator announced a deal with the Mescalero Apache Tribe. As part of the link-up, William Hill will install its preparatory sports betting technology inside the tribe’s Inn of the Mountain Gods casino.

The new provisions will be installed inside the casino’s Big Game Sports Bar and Apache Spirit Club. When they go live, patrons will have access to “innovative wagering technology,” including electronic kiosks and in-play betting.

William Hill Continues US Play

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Problem Gambling Clinics for Children Part of New NHS Plan

The UK’s battle against problem gambling has taken another step forward thanks to the NHS and its new plan to help minors.

As per an announcement on June 24, a network of gambling clinics for children are to be set up.

Following a report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) that classed 55,000 children as having a problem, the government has greenlighted 14 treatment centres.

Significant Step for Problem Gambling Efforts

Described as a “major turning point” by NHS England’s national director for mental health Claire Murdoch, the plans have been well received.

However, the UKGC has noted that many … Read more

Loot Boxes Are More Like Kinder Eggs than Gambling Says EA Boss

EA vice president of legal Kerry Hopkins has reignited the loot box debate after likening them to chocolate treats rather than a type of gambling.

Addressing UK MPs in Parliament, the video game executive said the add-ons were “ethical” and “fun” rather than a social concern.

Over the past two years, loot boxes have made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Following a petition by one gamer, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) was called to investigate.

Loot Boxes Continue to Cause Debate

Reviewing the way loot boxes appear in video games, the regulator acknowledged that they blur the lines. … Read more

UK Betting Firms Pledge £100 Million to Tackle Problem Gambling

UK betting and gaming companies have pledged to increase their charitable donations in effort to raise £100 million for problem gambling.

News of the change was first reported by the BBC. As per a letter obtained by the media network, William Hill, Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Bet and bet365 have all pledged to increase their contributions.

Letter of Intent from UK Betting Firms

Outlining their plans to the Department for Media Culture and Sport, the UK betting firms will raise the bar from 0.01 percent to 1 percent. Although the change won’t be immediate, it will up the … Read more

Royal Ascot is underway which means horseracing fans around the world will be tuning in to watch one of the sport’s top festivals.

With Queen Elizabeth II set to make her annual appearance at the Berkshire racecourse, attendance figures will swell over the coming week.

Indeed, with at least Group One event each day, including the Gold Cup, more than 300,000 punters will attend Royal Ascot between June 18 and 22.

Royal Ascot Another Racing Bonanza

Heading into Europe’s best-attended racing event, a number of runners are attracting the interest of bettors.

In the Queen Mary Stakes, Good Vibes is … Read more

Platinum Gaming, the company behind Unibet, will pay a £1.6 million settlement package after a convicted fraudster used its services.

Owned by the Kindred Group and holding the licence for Unibet’s operations, Platinum Gaming is a major player in Europe. However, despite its size and experience, it failed to carry out the necessary security checks on a rogue customer.

Platinum Gaming Misses Fraudulent Bets

Following reports of suspicious activity, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) launched an investigation. Reviewing the account of an unnamed player, the regulator found the person in question was a convicted fraudster.

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Inspired Entertainment is set to increase its network of live betting terminals after acquiring the UK arm of Novomatic.

Adding to its current selection of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), Inspired Entertainment will add Category B3, C and D machines to its mix.

The £94 million acquisition will see the gaming provider “increase the size, scale and scope” of its business according to executive chairman Lorne Weil.

Time is Right to Expand

What’s interesting about the deal is that it follows a major overhaul of the UK’s live gaming sector. After sustained pressure from anti-gambling advocates, the government reduced the … Read more

Prospective prime minister Matthew Hancock has set his sights on the UK betting industry with a new £100 million tax initiative.

With Theresa May stepping down, Conservative Party candidates are currently throwing their hats into the ring. Laying out their plans for change, the would-be prime ministers are all playing their opening hands.

For Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Hancock, responsible gambling is high on his agenda.

Inside Track Prompts UK Betting Tax Proposal

Should he make it to the top position inside Downing Street, the 100/1 outsider wants to impose a mandatory 1 percent levy on … Read more

MaxEnt Hits Back at UKGC After Losing Gaming Licence

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and MaxEnt are currently at loggerheads after the former flexed its regulatory muscle.

As part of its bid to raise standards, the UKGC has questioned the business practices of MaxEnt. At the heart of the matter is a change of ownership and a lack of details pertaining to certain operational measures.

UKGC Gets Tough

Although the new owner of MaxEnt Limited isn’t named in the UKGC filing, a takeover appears to have taken place in 2018. Reviewing the situation 12 months later, the gaming regulator found a number of issues.

The Commission is not satisfied

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888 Relies on Casino Revenue as Poker Flops in 2019

London Stock Exchange-listed 888 Holdings has seen casino profits soar at the expense of its poker interests this year.

Publishing a trading update on June 4, the gaming operator noted ups and downs across its verticals. The highlight of the report was a 29 percent uptick in sports betting revenue.

Also coming in strong for the period between January 1 and May 18, 2019, was casino revenue. Comparing stats on a like-for-like basis to the previous accounting period, 888 showed a 13 percent increase in casino earnings.

Poker Problematic for 888

While sports and poker soared, poker and bingo fell … Read more