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A system that allows gamblers to block themselves from all UK online betting sites has finally been approved, 18 months after it was due to be released.

Although the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) hasn’t formally announced the news, source close to The Guardian have said regulatory approval is imminent.

The newspaper was one of the first media outlets to identify weaknesses in GamStop. As well as running its own tests on the self-exclusion software, The Guardian obtained a letter from the UKGC.

Ongoing Concerns with GamStop

Addressed to the Remote Gambling Association, the correspondence outlined UKGC executive director Tim … Read more

The value of online gaming will improve by 11.5 percent over the next five years according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc.

Disseminating its results on August 27, the research company believes online betting revenue will top $102.9 billion/£830 million by 2025.

Explaining its conclusion, Grand View Research pointed to the popularity of social gaming as well as key opportunities opening up in new markets as drivers of growth.

UK Holds Key Role in Online Gaming Industry

The UK was highlighted as a source of continued growth. Noting the role of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), the … Read more

VideoSlots Makes UK Online Gaming Safer with Mandatory Loss Limits

UK online gaming site VideoSlots has introduced a mandatory loss limit feature in a bid to become one of the country’s most socially responsible operators.

Announced last week, the move will force UK players to specify the amount they can afford to gamble each month. Additionally, VideoSlots will ask players to prove their occupation.

Only once the initial checks are complete and a loss limit has been set will they be able to bet for real money.

Flexible Settings – Mandatory Compliance

Naturally, as people’s circumstances change, so too may the amount they’re able to wager each month. To cover … Read more

ComeOn Looking to Improve UK Online Gaming with AI-Powered Innovation

Artificial intelligence (AI) looks set to make UK online gaming safer thanks to a new innovation from ComeOn.

The online casino operator recently revealed that it’s working with Neccton to develop a new responsible gambling tool. As per the August 13 press release, the AI software is a player tracking and personalised feedback tool.

Using Big Data to Solve Big Problems

In working with big data specialist Neccton, ComeOn’s developers are aiming to gain better insights into customers.

By combining resources and implementing the latest artificial intelligence technology, the operator believes it can detect problem gambling before it becomes an … Read more

Flutter Entertainment, the new trading name of Paddy Power Betfair, has seen revenue increase but profits take a knock in the first half of 2019.

Publishing its H1 results on August 7, Flutter Entertainment showed that revenue was up 18 percent year-on-year. However, despite income increasing from £867 million to £1.02 billion, underlying profit before tax was down 24 percent.

According to the interim report, the “strong” revenue increase was due to organic growth and acquisitions.

Flutter Entertainment Confident Despite Challenges

Alongside its takeover of Adjarabet, Paddy Power Betfair has been increasing its presence in the US this year.

However, … Read more

Goliath Breaks Records as David Haye Finds New Love for Poker

Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath has raised the bar for live poker in Europe once again by breaking its own attendance record.

Setting out to top last year’s event, Grosvenor enlisted the services of retired boxing champ David Haye.

A relative novice at poker but a familiar face to sporting fans around the world, Haye was drafted in as something of a sacrificial lamb.

With pros and amateurs alike looking to knockout the former knockout artist, interest in the 2019 Goliath was high.

Queues Form as Goliath Grows

In fact, ahead of the seventh and final starting flight, players were queuing inside … Read more

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

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.

In tandem with a criminal … Read more