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UKGC Consultation Could Lead to Ban on Credit Card Casino Deposits

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has doubled down on its pledge to tackle problem gambling by reviewing credit card casino deposits.

Following a call for evidence on the potential impact of a ban, the UKGC has confirmed a consultation will now take place.

Set to get underway in mid-August, the 12-week review will give operators and members of the public a chance to comment on the issue.

Credit Card Casino Ban Up for Debate

As per the regulator’s July 24 press release, removing credit card deposit options from licensed UK casino sites is the main topic of debate. However, the … Read more

International Online Innovations Push Up Paddy Power Profits

Online betting and gaming have helped Paddy Power deliver a 17 percent uptick in revenue for the first quarter of 2019.

Publishing its Q1 report on May 2, Paddy Power not only noted improvements at home but abroad.

In fact, it was the company’s ventures in the US and Australia that provided “excellent growth” according to chief executive Peter Jackson.

Sports Stumble but Revenue Soars

Delving into the details, revenue from Sportsbet and FanDuel helped offset unfavourable sports betting results in the UK.

In Australia, Sportsbet delivered a very strong quarter with revenues increasing by 20%. In the US, FanDuel

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Golden Oldies Love Online Gaming More than Ever Says UKGC Survey

Online gaming is no longer reserved for the younger generation according to a recent survey by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

According to the latest figures, the number of so-called “grey gamblers” has increased by almost 10 percent.

Surveying 4,000 people, the UKGC found that 6.8 percent of 55-to-64-year-olds had gambled online in 2016. Fast-forward three years and that figure has jumped to 16.3 percent.

More Golden Oldies Gaming Online

Today, an extra 740,000 over 55s now enjoy online casino games, poker, bingo and sports betting.

One of the main factors driving the increase is the People’s Postcode Lottery. Despite … Read more

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