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Could UK Online Poker Sites Benefit from Pennsylvania Regulation?

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.

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 to the fore.

UK Online Betting Industry Increase

Between 2015 and 2016, the gross gaming yield (GGY) for the … Read more

UK Gambling Adverts Spark Social Responsibility Debate

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

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 Stacking Up

In addition to the headline stat, the report analysed the ad breaks before, during and after 25 … Read more

Paddy Power in Trouble After Offering Odds on a Dead Man

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.

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 Backlash

Birmingham native Ozzy Osbourne was one of the exotic options rated at 2,500/1, but the one outlier that … Read more

UKGC Hits 888 with Record Fine for Failing Players

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

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 that it was investigating 888 back in May, the publically traded company’s shares dropped by 8 percent. With the UK axis … Read more

UKGC Proving Clear Regulation Works as it Licenses GoWild Casino  

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

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 trend, Zak has now completed the licensing procedure in the UK.

According to the UKGC’s official list of licensees, GoWild has an active … Read more

UK Betting Sites Inspire Laws Governing Pornographic Content Online

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

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.

iGaming Operators Showing the Way

With all sites providing adult content on a “commercial basis” being asked to implement age restrictions by April … Read more

Phil Ivey Missing WSOP Main to Fight Edge Sorting Case in the UK

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.

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 hearing on July 13, Ivey’s lawyer Richard Spearman QC told the court his client had gained an advantage over the house during … Read more

Paddy Power Chatbot Ready to Take Your Bets

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

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 use the “entertain me” button. However, all that seems to have changed in recent weeks thanks to … Read more

Islam Uddin Jailed for Holding Up Betting Shops with Nerf Gun

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.

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.

Uddin on a Rampage with Nerf Gun

Concealing the toy gun under a black bin bag, Uddin demanded the tills to be opened before escaping with an unreported … Read more

William Hill Could be Sold While Lottery Winner Tries to Sue Camelot

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

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 in any deal that goes down.

Evidence of this came to light in the summer of 2016 when talks of a deal between the Rank Group, … Read more