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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has continued to bring more offshore betting sites under its jurisdiction by licensing Maltese casino site GoWild.

UKGC licenses GoWild Casino.

The UKGC continues to prove that clear regulation is the way forward for the iGaming industry as it licences GoWild Casino. (Image: casinobrian.com)

Despite being a feature of the iGaming scene since 2008, GoWild has embarked on an international expansion plan since Itai Zak became CEO in July 2016.

As well as moving into Germany and Canada, GoWild is looking to become a major player in the Nordic market by launching sites in Sweden and Finland.

Continuing this … Read more

UK betting sites and their software are being used as a template for the government’s new regulations regarding online pornography.

Age verification adult sites.

The UK government is asking adult websites to look at gambling operators as an example of how to stop underage consumption. (Image: leviathyn.com)

Following the publication of the government’s new Digital Economy Act, adult websites will be required to impose age verification checks on customers.

In a bid to improve child protection, the Digital Economy Act has outlined the need for pornographic sites to stop children accessing explicit material and the UK betting industry is being used as an example.… Read more

Phil Ivey is back in a UK court, this time in a bid to clear his name and overturn a £7.7 million baccarat loss.

Phil Ivey edge sorting.

Phil Ivey is missing out on the WSOP Main Event to fight for £7.7 million in the UK’s Supreme Court. (Image: Getty/sports.yahoo.com)

The ongoing battle between Ivey and Crockfords Casino resumed on July 13 when the poker pro and his legal team appeared at the Supreme Court, London.

Despite losing an appeal in November 2016, Ivey has taken his case to the UK’s highest court in an attempt to reverse a previous ruling.

During the … Read more

Paddy Power is about to make sports betting even easier by launching a fully integrated Facebook chatbot service.

Paddy Power Facebook bot.

Paddy Power has released the first ever Facebook chatbot that can place bets for customers. (Image: fintechist.com)

As of November 2016, Facebook was home to approximately 34,000 chatbots and now Paddy Power is joining the party with its own betting focused product.

Paddy Power first launched its Facebook chatbot back in April when it was branded as a “betting and entertainment” hub.

According to the site’s literature, users could only use the early chat service to get betting news, find odds and … Read more

Islam Uddin from London has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of robbing a string of betting shops using a Nerf Gun.

Islam Uddin Nerf Gun robberies.

Islam Uddin has been jailed for ten years after pleading guilty to a spate of betting shop robberies using a Nerf Gun like the one pictured. (Image: uk.pinterest.com)

Despite sounding like something out of a movie, the spate of incidents left a number of cashiers at properties owned by Paddy Power and Betfred with lasting mental scares.

According to police reports, 32-year-old Uddin originally burst into Paddy Power in Camden Town on February 28, 2016.… Read more

William Hill could be put up for sale later this year if its biggest shareholder, Parvus Asset Management, get its way.

Parvus Asset Management wants to sell William Hill.

William Hill could be put up for sale in 2017 following a drop in share price and a push from Parvus Asset Management. (Image: BBC.co.uk/Press Association)

Despite a series of acquisitions and mergers taking place around it, William Hill has resisted the urge to partner up with another iGaming operator in 2016.

Almost an act of defiance against the current movement of the market, William Hill appears to have taken the opinion that it should be the main player … Read more

UKGC Police Scotland initiative.

UKGC and Police Scotland join forces to make the UK gambling and betting industry a safer place for operators and customers. (Image: comrie.org.uk)

The UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) mission to increase the safety and quality of the industry moved another step forward recently thanks to a join initiative with Police Scotland.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving awareness of gambling issues between betting shops and local police forces, the UKGC recently set-up a project that will see Police Scotland educate officers across the country.

At the heart of the operation is a two step process that will not … Read more

UK online gambling bigger than ever.

UK online gambling is now the leading light in the industry after revenue topping £4.5 billion. (Image: gamerlimit.com)

The UK’s online betting industry is now a bigger cash cow than the National Lottery and high street betting shops.

According to a recent report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), online betting revenue now accounts for 33 percent of all gambling in the UK.

Reviewing the period between April 2015 and March 2016, the industry’s Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) hit an impressive £4.5 billion.

The Biggest Player in Town

On top of making online betting the most lucrative sector in the … Read more

Justin Bieber poker in London

William Hill and Amaya’s grand plans fall through, while Justin Bieber plays poker in London. (Image: @_Hetrick/Twitter.com)

The William Hill and Amaya dream merger is all but dead according to a spokesperson for the former.

Ever since news of a potential deal hit the headlines at the start of October, financial experts have questioned the terms of the merger. Bloomberg was the first to point out that ongoing legal issues for PokerStars (an Amaya asset) as well as potentially unsustainable levels of debt would be highly unappealing for shareholders.

Best Deal for Both Parties

Following Bloomberg’s analysis, William Hill shareholder … Read more

William Hill Amaya merger.

William Hill and Amaya could become the largest betting operator in the business if £5 billion merger goes through. (Image: Glassdoor.co.uk)

William Hill, one of the UK’s largest bookmakers, is reportedly looking to complete a merger with Canada’s Amaya.

Although news of the deal only came to light at the start of October, sources close to the negotiations have stated that talks got underway back in February.

That timeframe means William Hill was already sizing up a deal with Amaya long before 888 and Rank made a joint offer for the company.

A Multi-Billion Dollar Deal

At this stage the … Read more

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