UK Gambling Commission Gets Five New Experts

UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale appoints new UKGC commissioners.

UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale (above) tasks five experts with improving the Gambling Commission. (Image: Reuters)

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced the appointment of five commissioners with immediate effect.

The government-backed body in charge of regulating iGaming operators in the UK will receive some fresh blood in an effort to make it the premier regulator in the world.

Since its formation in 2014 the UKGC has conducted more than 1,300 compliance visits to gambling sites, spent more than £1.8 million on responsible gambling initiatives, revoked 12 licences and ensured each licensed UK operator meets industry standards.

Experts to Guide the UKGC

The UKGC also employs around 270 staff and heading this network of employees will now be five business experts, including Sarika Patel, John Baillie and Catharine Seddon, Simone Pennie and Stephen Cohen.

Pennie and Cohen will join the organisation for three years, while Patel, Baillie and Seddon have agreed to five-year contracts with the UK’s Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

“I am delighted with the range of skills and backgrounds of our new commissioners. I am sure they will bring valuable experience and significantly contribute to our work,” said the UKGC’s chair, Philip Graf.

It’s expected that the quintet business, finance, and audit experts, will assume their roles immediately and begin working on new ways to improve the iGaming landscape in the UK for both operators and players.

Another Mega Win

In other betting news this week, the famous Mega Moolah jackpot was recently won an unnamed player. The progressive jackpot slot game is one of the most popular options for online gamblers and hit the headlines in the UK last year courtesy of Jon Heywood.

After anteing up for just a few pence in late October 2015, Heywood managed to scoop the largest online slot payout in history after the cash counter eventually stopped at £13,213,838.

Since Heywood scooped one of the largest jackpots ever recorded, the prize pool has been growing steadily and eventually hit £5,438,936 before a player spinning on Spin Palace hit the winning combination.

Although the winner’s identity is yet to be revealed, a spokesperson for Spin Palace Casino confirmed that the mega prize had been claimed by one of its players.

“It is always an incredible feeling to have one of our players become an instant millionaire. On behalf of everyone at Spin Palace, massive congratulations to our winning player on their near £6 million fortune,” announced Spin Palace Casino’s spokesperson.

As it customary when the progressive jackpot is hit, the counter has now been reset to a million, but thanks to Mega Moolah’s immense popularity it’s unlikely to stay at that level for very long.

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