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bet365 has won part of its bid to trademark “BET 365” within the European Union (EU). (Image: democratlive.com)

Bet365’s long running battle to trademark its brand name within the European Union (EU) has, in part, come to a positive conclusion.

After fighting the trademark case since 2007, the EU General Court has said that the company’s push to own “BET 365” in Europe is permissible with regards to the provisions of betting and gambling.

At the heart of the matter is bet365’s assertion that it has built up enough of a brand name to warrant trademarks covering a range of … Read more

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New research shows that 12 percent of 11-to-16-year-olds are gambling on a regular basis. (Image: gamblingcommission.gov.uk)

Betting in video games has caused a stir in the media once again, just weeks after the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) commented on the issue of loot boxes.

According to research published by the UKGC, new technology is making it easier for young children to access various forms of gambling.

Detailed in the regulator’s annual Young People and Gambling report is the finding that 12 percent of 11-to-16-year-olds had gambled in the week prior to being surveyed.

Although higher than the UKGC would like, … Read more

RGA’s Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood.

RGA Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood wants operators to pay a fixed fee to support problem gambling projects. (Image: events.bizzabo.com)

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) wants better funding to tackle problem gambling awareness projects through the implementation of a fixed levy.

In a press release published on December 11, the trade association for online gaming companies licensed in the UK called for a statutory tax to help fund research and treatment of problem gambling.

Under the current system, operators aren’t obliged to pay anything towards the running costs of organisations such as GambleAware. Instead, the majority make individual donations.

RGA Wants

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is pushing to make all forms of betting in the UK more fair and safer for consumers with its new regulatory strategy.

UKGC Executive Director Sarah Gardner.

UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Executive Director Sarah Gardner outlines the regulator’s new plans to make betting more consumer friendly. (Image: YouTube/Gambling Commission)

Published on November 14, the new guidelines will cover five key areas in a bid to improve services for customers while simultaneously reducing the risks for individuals and society as a whole.

In a short video summarising the UKGC’s new strategy, Executive Director Sarah Gardner explained that consumers were at the … Read more

Bet365 boss Denise Coates was the highest paid CEO in the UK last year thanks to her online betting company’s continued growth.

Denise Coates

Denise Coates has paid herself £217 million following a major jump in Bet365’s operating profits. (Image: charitytoday.co.uk)

According to a recent financial statement, Coates noted “significant growth” as the primary reason she received an annual pay packet worth £199 million.

On top of her annual earnings, Coates also received a dividend of £18 million to take her 2016/2017 payout to £217 million.

Coates is Britain’s Biggest Power Player

As well as being more than 1,300 times the annual … Read more

Positive developments in the US could help the UK’s online poker industry if longstanding ideas of a liquidity sharing pact can be put into practice.

US UK online gaming pact.

Recent regulatory moves in the US could have a ripple effect that helps the UK’s gambling industry. (Image: careerindia.com)

As part of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) drive to improve its services and make its market the best in the world, sharing resources with other countries has long been discussed. In light of this, the regulation of online poker, casino gaming and daily fantasy sports in Pennsylvania could bring talks of a possible deal back … Read more

The way UK gambling sites advertise their services has come under fire following a recent report aired on the Victoria Derbyshire show.

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UK Gambling Commission to take a tough stance on betting ads that breach its social responsibility policy. (Image: YouTube/TelevisionVault)

Investigating the prevalence of gambling related adverts on UK TV, reporters for the BBC Two show found that 95 percent of breaks during live football matches contained at least one betting ad.

Although advertising laws state that gambling promos can only be shown after the 21:00 watershed, there are exceptions when it comes to live sporting events.

Gambling Ads

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Betting operator Paddy Power has landed in hot water after offering odds on an ex-footballer coming back from the dead to manage Birmingham City FC.

Ugo Ehiogu

Paddy Power receives a public lashing after offering betting odds on the recently deceased Ugo Ehiogu. (Image: Wiki/Ben Sutherland)

Following the sacking of Harry Redknapp on September 16, Paddy Power was quick to jump on the action and put up a betting market speculating on his replacement.

Alongside established coaches such as Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer, Paddy Power’s odds makers decided to have add some of customary outside bets.

A Critical Oversight Causes

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888 UK Limited has been has been hit with a record fine by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for failing to protect vulnerable players.

UKGC Sarah Harrison.

UKGC chief Sarah Harrison has said that player protection isn’t “optional” as 888 is hit with a record fine. (Image: sbcnews.co.uk)

Following a lengthy investigation into the way 888 handles problem gaming behaviours and self-exclusions, the UKGC has issued a fine topping £7.8 million. The fine is the largest ever issued by the UKGC because, as the regulator has stated, player protection isn’t “optional.”

Investigation Hits 888 in More Ways than One

When the UKGC announced … Read more

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

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