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RGSB Wants More Focus on Responsible Gambling

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has published a 20-page document on changes it believes will help reduce problem gambling in the UK.

Spun out of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) need to have an advisory board, the RGSB now offers advice on all sectors of the industry. As well as liaising with the UKGC, the organisation also works alongside the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Responsible Gambling Strategy Board Maintaining Momentum

Building on Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge to fund problem gambling clinics as part of her £20.5 billion NHS plan, the RGSB has outlined … Read more

New Guidelines Force UK Gaming Brands to Avoid Child-Like Adverts

UK gaming companies will no longer be able to use young celebrities or animations that might appeal to children thanks to new advertising guidelines.

Coming into force on April 1, the new rules follow a review of gaming and the effects it can have on children. Highlighting the results and subsequent guidelines, the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) said new restrictions will help protect minors.

For Adult Eyes Only

Over the last three years, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken action against operators using potentially child-like material. In 2015, Ladbrokes pulled an email campaign that featured former Manchester United Read more

PokerStars Casino Capitalises on FOBT Turmoil with Innovative Slot Game

PokerStars Casino is bidding to revolutionise the way we play online slots and capitalise on changes to UK gaming rules with a new community-based innovation known as Victory Tribes.

Announced on February 12, the slot game was developed in-house and will introduce a selection of unique features. As per the press release, Victory Tribes will offer the usual mix of wilds, free spins and fixed payouts.

However, as part of its mission to embrace the social gaming revolution, PokerStars Casino has added a cooperative element to the game.

PokerStars Casino Takes Social Gaming to New Levels

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Online gaming operators will have to improve their ID checks following the publication of new guidelines designed to protection minors.

Announced on February 7 following an open consultation, the regulations will make it harder for people to bet without proving their identity.

No ID, No Action

Under the previous system, operators had 72 hours to complete age verification prior to a customer’s first withdrawal request. After reviewing the system and consulting with online gaming operators, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) concluded that changes were necessary.

“To guard against the risk of children gambling, new rules mean operators must verify customer

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UK Casino Companies Told Not to Gag Consumers with NDAs

UK online casino operators have been warned that forcing consumers to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) could lead to disciplinary action.

UKGC warns against NDAs
UKGC warns operators that gagging consumers with NDAs could lead to disciplinary action. (Image: iStock/Parade)

In a statement published January 31, UK gaming companies have been told that certain NDAs could breach their licensing conditions. After being alerted to several potential breaches, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) reminded operators that silencing customers is unacceptable.

Stop Silencing Customers

The crux of the matter is the use of NDAs in relation to settlement agreements. Although each operator is different, it’s common for … Read more

2019 GUKPT Schedule Introduces More Online Innovations

Season 13 of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has just been announced and this year the organisers are bidding to increase participation with more online opportunities.

2019 GUKPT
The 2019 GUKPT will not only feature guaranteed prizepools topping £2.3 million but a host of online events. (Image: GUKPT)

Disseminating details of the thirteenth season on January 23, Grosvenor officials confirmed the 2019 GUKPT will give away at least £2.3 million over the course of nine legs. Kicking off with a stop in the capital, the new season will also feature a selection of low stakes events.

GUKPT 2019 Schedule

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GVC to Tackle Problem Gambling with Harvard Medical School Help

The parent company of Ladbrokes Coral, GVC Holdings, is building on its recent responsible gambling push by partnering with Harvard Medical School.

GVC and Medical School Division on Addiction
GVC has partnered with Harvard Medical School to tackle problem gambling. (Image: YouTube/Harvard Medical School)

Part of a new £3.8 million initiative called Changing for the Bettor, the campaign will run in conjunction with Harvard’s Division on Addiction.

As well as investing money over the next five years, GVC will open up its databases. By providing anonymized player statistics from its stable of poker, casino and sports betting sites, GVC will help to shape a new data driven … Read more

Lord Kirkhope Pushes for a Complete Ban on Gambling Adverts

A complete ban on gambling adverts may be the only way to protect the vulnerable according to Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate.

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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate believes a complete ban on gambling adverts may be necessary. (Image: Twitter/@LordKirkhope)

Raising the question during a House of Lords meeting on January 16, Lord Timothy Kirkhope called for clarity on the government’s plan to curb all forms of gambling advertising.

As the Conservative Minister responsible for gambling during the 1990s, Lord Kirkhope was behind a move to block gambling ads on TV. Highlighting this, he made it clear to the House that changes made … Read more

Transatlantic Shockwaves as Wire Act Opinion Shakes UK Betting Shares

Legal uncertainty in the US has caused the share price of UK operators to fall as experts suggest the Wire Act could now apply to all forms of online betting and gaming.

Following pressure to review its 2011 interpretation of the Wire Act, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has performed a 180 on the legal document. Having previously ruled the Wire Act only applies to cross-state wire communications for sports betting, the latest opinion is that was incorrect.

Poorly Written Wire Act Leads to Legal Uncertainty

In a notice published on January 14, the DOJ stated that the Wire … Read more

GamStop Ineffective at Preventing Problem Gambling Says BBC Report

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is set to implement new ID verification checks following an undercover report by the BBC exposing GamStop’s self-exclusion failures.

Revealed during an episode of 5 Live Investigates on January 13, the independent review of responsible gambling schemes found that current protection measures are falling short.

GamStop Doesn’t Stop Excluded Punters

Testing the current systems, BBC Radio 5 Live researchers found they were able to join online gaming sites despite being part of GamStop’s self-exclusion program.

When the software was rolled out in April 2018, it offered a one-stop-shop for those wanting to block themselves from … Read more