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The 2019 GUKPT Goliath is set to awake from its slumber on July 25 and, this year, the organisers are hoping for another cracker.

Part of a packed 2019 GUKPT schedule, the Goliath will return to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for another record attempt this summer.

GUKPT Goliath Continues to Grow

As its done since 2011, the summer tournament has set the standard for mass participation.

During the inaugural season, 1,765 players sat down for the first of what’s become the largest live event outside of the WSOP.

Running through the numbers, the 2019 GUKPT Goliath could attract more than 8,000 … Read more

William Hill is staying active following recent changes to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) by going live in Sweden.

Just six weeks after new laws reduced FOBT stakes to £2 per round, William Hill is expanding its digital network.

As noted by CEO Philip Bowcock in 2018, moving into new online markets will play a crucial role in the company’s ongoing success. Although William Hill isn’t removing itself from the UK’s high streets, it is exploring new opportunities.

Offline to Online Movements

In tandem with 900 planned betting shop closures, the operator completed the acquisition of the MRG Group in … Read more

ASA Cautions Paddy Power Over Giggs Advert

Paddy Power has incurred the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) wrath once again, this time for an ad featuring Rhodri Giggs.

Created by VCCP and released back in February, the tongue-in-cheek promo made light of Giggs’ now infamous breakup.

Giggs Scandal Makes Perfect PR for Paddy Power

Being the brother of ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs, Rhodri is no stranger to the spotlight. However, in 2011, he was thrust into the full glare of the media.

At the heart of the matter was an eight-year affair between Rhodri’s wife Natasha and his brother Ryan. A messy split ensued, with Rhodri and … 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

UKGC Parts Ways With CMA But Vows Show Must Go On

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have ended their joint regulatory efforts but not the drive to improve standards.

In letter sent out to British gaming operators on April 29, the two authorities praised the progress that’s been made.

“The CMA’s work with the Commission has resulted in significant changes by the sector. The impact of this work has been felt across the entire sector,” reads the letter.

However, in announcing the end of the working relationship, the UKGC said more changes are needed.

Joint Effort Improves Consumer Trust

The two bodies joined forces in … Read more

GVC Wants New Responsible Gambling Laws to Ban TV Betting Ads

Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC Holdings has made a daring move in an effort to become the UK’s leading responsible gambling advocate.

Taking its Changing for the Bettor campaign further than anyone would have expected, the operator wants a blanket ban on gambling ads.

Announcing a series of new initiatives on April 25, GVC CEO Kenneth Alexander said he wants to up the ante on safer gambling. At the heart of his proposals are calls for an end to “all UK sports betting broadcast advertising.”

Proposals Put Pressure on GVC Peers

For the rules to become a reality, the UK Gambling … 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

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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