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Football and betting have collided once again, this time thanks to Everton’s £27.5 million defender Yerry Mina.

Although he’s only been subject to Football Association (FA) rules since he joined the club in August 2018, Mina has already broken an important one.

After spotting a viral video of the Colombian circulating on the internet, the FA has launched an investigation. At the centre of the issue is Mina’s appearance in an advert for betting brand Betjuego.

English Football and Betting Don’t Mix

Despite being a Colombian company, FA rules state that players are banned from working directly with betting operators.… Read more

William Hill is staying active following recent changes to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) by going live in Sweden.

Just six weeks after new laws reduced FOBT stakes to £2 per round, William Hill is expanding its digital network.

As noted by CEO Philip Bowcock in 2018, moving into new online markets will play a crucial role in the company’s ongoing success. Although William Hill isn’t removing itself from the UK’s high streets, it is exploring new opportunities.

Offline to Online Movements

In tandem with 900 planned betting shop closures, the operator completed the acquisition of the MRG Group in … Read more

UKGC Parts Ways With CMA But Vows Show Must Go On

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have ended their joint regulatory efforts but not the drive to improve standards.

In letter sent out to British gaming operators on April 29, the two authorities praised the progress that’s been made.

“The CMA’s work with the Commission has resulted in significant changes by the sector. The impact of this work has been felt across the entire sector,” reads the letter.

However, in announcing the end of the working relationship, the UKGC said more changes are needed.

Joint Effort Improves Consumer Trust

The two bodies joined forces in … Read more

GVC Wants New Responsible Gambling Laws to Ban TV Betting Ads

Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC Holdings has made a daring move in an effort to become the UK’s leading responsible gambling advocate.

Taking its Changing for the Bettor campaign further than anyone would have expected, the operator wants a blanket ban on gambling ads.

Announcing a series of new initiatives on April 25, GVC CEO Kenneth Alexander said he wants to up the ante on safer gambling. At the heart of his proposals are calls for an end to “all UK sports betting broadcast advertising.”

Proposals Put Pressure on GVC Peers

For the rules to become a reality, the UK Gambling … Read more

William Hill is looking to hit back at regulatory changes with a new TV advert featuring heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.

Going live on April 24, the commercial sees the world champion throwing the same uppercut that downed Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.

Anthony Joshua Gives Betting Brand Heavyweight Status

After the fictional bout ends (see video below), Joshua dons his William Hill robe and starts throwing shapes on the dancefloor. The ad comes to an end with the tagline “heavyweights since 1934.”

Although the latest PR piece is jovial, it’s intentions are serious. With changes to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) … Read more

Betfred to Make US Debut at Betting on Sports America

British bookmaker Betfred is aiming to make an impact on the US sports betting scene at an industry convention in New Jersey.

Embracing the wave of regulation sweeping across the US, Betfred will debut its products at the Betting on Sports America 2019 conference.

US Connections Mark New Start for Betfred

The company’s attendance comes after it agreed a deal with SCCG Management. The Las Vegas company has been drafted in to represent Betfred in the US.

As well as explaining the company’s 50+ history to prospective partners, SCCG will promote Betfred’s OptimaMGS platform.

The software will give US operators … Read more

Betfred Avoids Another Regulatory Bashing After ASA Clears Bingo Ad

British betting operator Betfred is in the clear after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) failed to uphold a lone grievance.

Publishing its report on April 17, the advertising watchdog said that a recent commercial didn’t contravene its guidelines.

Fuelling the latest investigation into a UK betting operator was a single viewer complaint. As per the ASA summary, the complainant believed a January advert “normalised gambling.”

ASA Backs Betfred Bingo Ad

Responding, Betfred stated that the TV ad showed people in everyday situations enjoying bingo. Crucially, however, they weren’t being encouraged to play excessively or prioritise the game over other things … Read more

FA Scolds Paul Scholes Over Alleged Football Betting Infractions

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association (FA) for alleged betting infractions.

Despite being retired as a player, Scholes has remained part of the game. Prior to his unceremonious exit as Oldham Athletic boss in March, the 44-year-old was co-owner of non-league Salford City.

Paul Scholes Gambles as Salford City Gaffer

During his time at both clubs, FA investigators believe Scholes breached the organisation’s betting rules.

“Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Betting Rules. It is alleged he placed 140 bets on football matches, contrary to FA Rule

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Responsible gambling is on the rise across the UK thanks to the Senate Group and a quintet of new partners.

Although fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have dominated this year’s gaming headlines, social responsibility is slowly gathering steam.

Already this year, UK gaming operators have received guidance from the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).

Suggesting ways the industry could improve, the RGSB produced a 20-page report that has led to a wave of positive changes.

Following innovations such as William Hill’s enhanced social responsibility initiative, five operators have upped their games. Announced on April 15, Aspers, Caesars, Genting, Playtech … Read more

Betfred and Paddy Power Remove FOBT Workaround Following Regulatory Heat

Betfred and Paddy Power have pulled their fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) alternatives following heat from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Paddy Power FOBT

With complaints suggesting Virtual Cycling bore more than a passing resemblance to roulette, the UKGC moved to review the new game.

Giving his take on what he saw as an FOBT alternative, shadow culture minister Tom Watson called them as a “back door” way of skirting the rules.

Bookies Put Brakes on Virtual Cycling

Available in select Betfred and Paddy Power betting shops, Virtual Cycling allowed customers to bet up to £500 on the outcome of a race. … Read more