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MP Jeremy Wright Happy with £100 Million Problem Gambling Strategy

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright has addressed the issue of problem gambling in Parliament.

Delivered on July 2, the statement centred on the responsible gaming provisions currently in place across the country.

His opening gambit focused on the gaming industry’s importance for the economy. Acknowledging the contributions operators make to the national coffers, Wright said a “healthy” industry was important.

Operators Working to Protect Consumers

However, to ensure problem gambling doesn’t become an epidemic, he said the industry needs to protect consumers.

We can all agree that it’s best to prevent harm before it

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David Haye is inching ever closer to his showdown with the GUKPT Goliath but a recent video diary reveals he’s taking it in his stride.

In the lead up to his appearance in the largest live poker tournament outside of Las Vegas, the retired boxer sought help from a fellow heavyweight.

Looking to escape his recent downswing, Haye met up with Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison. Aiming to have some fun in the sun, the pair went through the finer points of poker on a beach in Manila.

David Haye Documents His Journey

To document his experience in Asia, David … 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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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

David Haye Knocked for Six by Poker but Loves It

David Haye has told TalkSPORT that poker isn’t as easy as he thought it would be despite his competitive nature.

Appearing on the Kelly and Quinney show, the retired world champion admitted overconfidence was almost his downfall. Despite his initial ego, he has since become a solid player according to his coach Jeff Kimber.

Poker Bug Bites David Haye

The man himself admits that he’s now caught the poker bug and that’s allowed him to work on his weaknesses.

Last night we went to the Vic and David played with us watching on cameras from another room and we couldn’t

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GUKPT Travels to Luton for £100,000 Tournament Debut

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is set to land in Luton this weekend where it will offer a £100,000 guaranteed prizepool for the first time.

Part of the tour’s improved schedule, the £560 main event will get underway on June 6. As well as a six-figure guarantee, this will be the first of two stops in Luton for the GUKPT this season.

GUKPT Building on Previous Success

Running two separate events in the Bedfordshire city is Grosvenor’s bid to give more value to more players.

In 2018, the GUKPT hosted its more familiar £1,110 main event inside Grosvenor … Read more

Paddy Power Betfair Becomes Flutter Entertainment

Paddy Power Betfair has officially changed its name to Flutter Entertainment to reflect its new universal business strategy.

Following its latest investment, the Irish operator implemented the new branding on March 28. In becoming Flutter Entertainment, Paddy Power Betfair’s stock market listings have also changed.

For investors, the company will now be represented by the ticker symbol FLTR on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin.

Universal Outlook Prompts Change

The name change was approved during the company’s annual general meeting. Presented as a way of representing its new business model, board members voted unanimously in favour of Flutter Entertainment.… Read more

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

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

David Haye Describes APT Win as Better than His Boxing Millions

Retired British boxer David Haye has described his first live poker win as more satisfying than the money he made in the ring.

Despite being a two-weight world champion and earning millions, cashing at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila is one of career highlights.

Although Haye stopped short of calling it the best moment in his life, he said the £532 winnings made him prouder than his “last few” boxing purses.

David Haye Still Swinging

For followers of boxing, Haye’s final outings left a lot to be desired. After retiring from the sport, he return to face Tony Bellew … Read more