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Labour Party Proposes Ban on Betting Ads and Credit Card Deposits

The Labour Party has vowed to tackle what it describes as a “public health emergency” by imposing strict new rules on the betting industry.

Announcing his plans on September 19,  deputy leader Tom Watson highlighted three main areas for change. Topping the bill was a “whistle-to-whistle” ban on betting adverts during live sports broadcasts.

Labour to Build on Existing Restrictions

During the recent World Cup in Russia, ITV showed almost 90 minutes’ worth of betting ads according to a report by The Guardian. In tandem with the increase, the Advertising Standards Association (ASA) received 115 complaints from viewers about the … Read more

Sky Betting and Gaming Makes New Owner Happy with £670 Million Revenue Win

Sky Betting and Gaming (SBG) raked £670.5 million during the fiscal year ending June 2018 according to the company’s latest financial report.

The revenue summary is the first one published since The Stars Group completed its £3.36 billion acquisition of the gaming company back in July. For the new parent company, the latest figures will make for pleasant reading as improvements were made across the board.

World Cup Win for Sky Bet

Sports betting revenue from Sky Bet increased by 37 percent to £407 million, thanks, in part, to favourable football results. With punters spending an estimated £2 billion on

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UKGC Forms Multistate Pact to Investigate Loot Boxes

Loot boxes are back in the news and this time the whole of Europe is in on the investigation fronted by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Announced on September 17, the “declaration of gambling regulators” is the first multistate effort to tackle the issue of gambling content in video games. As part of the initiative, the UKGC will work alongside the Malta Gaming Authority, the Norwegian Gaming Authority and 14 other regulators from Europe and the US.

“We are increasingly concerned with the risks being posed by the blurring of lines between gambling and other forms of digital entertainment such Read more

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Lottery May Breach UK Gambling Laws

A Labour Party prize draw couAld be in breach of UK gambling laws according to September 13 BuzzFeed article.

Citing a recent email to Labour Party members, BuzzFeed reporter Hannah Al-Othman has said a competition to meet leader Jeremy Corbyn appears to be illegal. Although the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has declined to comment on the case, the assertion is that the wording of the email goes against promotional guidelines.

It Looks Like a Labour Lottery Draw

Under UKGC rules, lotteries are a regulated form of gambling and, therefore, must operate under a strict code.

“Lotteries are illegal unless they … Read more

ASA Rulings Show British Gambling Firms Are Becoming Socially Responsible

British gambling firms have come under scrutiny from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) again, but this time it’s not all bad.

Following a string of negative rulings against operators in 2018, two brands have had their promotional material validated. Looking into three separate cases this month, the ASA has ruled in favour of Betfair and PlayOjo.

ASA Sides with Betting Firms

Publishing their reports on September 12, the ASA disregarded the complaint that Betfair had used an actor who appeared to be under the age of 25. Featured in two adverts, the man can be seen walking in various settings … Read more

Alleged Lottery Cheat Edward Putman Charged Over £2.5 Million Fraud

Edward Putman has been charged following a three-year investigation into a £2.5 million lottery win that never was.

Putman was initially released without charge in 2015 following a lack of evidence that he used a fake ticket to claim the seven-figure jackpot back in 2009. Although the alleged fraudster escaped a conviction, lottery operator Camelot was fined £3 million by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for paying out on what was “highly likely” to be a fraudulent claim.

Alleged Fraud and Suicide

Not letting the issue rest, Camelot went in pursuit of the prize money while Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud … Read more

Bet365 Gets Court Date for £1 Million Racing Win Dispute

Bet365 is set for a legal showdown with Irish racing fan Megan McCann on November 13 as the two parties look to settle a £1 million payout dispute.

Although the court date set on September 5 isn’t a full hearing, it could prove to be a significant turning point in a case which dates back to 2016.

When legal representatives for Bet365 and customer Megan McCann meet inside the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast, the former will look to strike out certain points from the latter’s statement of claim.

If Bet365’s team can remove enough of the claim on … Read more

Gambling adverts won’t be welcome in or around Wembley Stadium even if the Football Association (FA) sells the venue to Pakistani-American billionaire Shahid Khan.

Following a £600 million bid from Khan back in April, the FA has been keen to move the sale forward. However, an unnamed source speaking to the Financial Times has said that various organisations with an interest in the stadium could be set to veto the plans.

Government Flexes Its Muscle

With Sport England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport both helping to fund Wembley’s redevelopment, they have a right to decide its future. … Read more

LeoVegas Launches New Sports Betting Venture on BetUK

LeoVegas has added sports betting to recent purchase BetUK just two years after adding its own non-casino options.

Launched on August 29, the new platform will increase the number betting options on the site LeoVegas acquired back in January.

Following its £65 million takeover of Intellectual Property & Software Limited, LeoVegas assumed control of its assets, including BetUK.

LeoVegas Building Its Sports Betting Base

The operator quickly agreed a sponsorship deal with Swansea City FC and has now given the casino-only site a selection of sports betting options. In addition to pre-event markets on 32 different sports, BetUK will also … Read more

British Gaming Sites Told to Stop Unfair Withdrawal Policies

Two British gaming sites have been instructed to alter their withdrawal policies following an investigation by the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA).

Announced by the government on August 29, the news means that members of Progress Play and Jumpman Gaming will no longer have to cashout their funds in stages. As per the report, both betting sites had previously paid players in instalments rather than single payments.

CMA Hits Out at Unfair Withdrawal Policies

However, following action by the CMA, this condition has now been removed as have the charges for having an inactive account for a certain period of … Read more