Haley Genting Casino.

A look inside Genting Casino Hanley where a special charity tournament in memory of Emma Fryer will take place on May 6. (Image: onestopweddingshopstaffordshire)

Emma Fryer, who was killed in a car accident during the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), will be remembered in a special poker event on May 6.

As reported by local newspaper The Stoke Sentinel, Hanley’s Genting Casino will be hosting a memorial tournament to raise money for the Donna Louise Trust.

The special event is being held as mark of respect to Fryer who started playing poker at the venue before to turning … Read more

The Senate Group is insisting that its responsible gambling campaign be adopted by operators across the industry.

When the fun stops, stop.

The Senate Group wants all UK operators to embrace its “when the fun stops, stop” campaign. (Image: YouTube/Sky Bet)

In a letter to UK licence holders, the organisation dedicated to tackling problem gambling highlighted the effectiveness of its “when the fun stops, stop” adverts. According to independent findings, the Senate Group’s campaign has reached 82 percent of gamblers in the UK and, in turn, helped 33 percent bet more responsibly.

The Most Effective Message

Following the success of the awareness effort, the Senate … Read more

The issue of loot boxes and skin betting in the UK has come to the fore once again thanks to recent legal developments in Belgium.

 Loot boxes Star Wars: Battlefront II.

Loot boxes like the ones available in Star Wars: Battlefront II are now illegal in Belgium. (Image: theverge.com)

Following on from a 2017 review into the nature of loot boxes in popular video games, Belgium’s Minister of Justice has announced the special features are a form of gambling.

In a statement released on April 25, Koen Geens concluded the five-month investigation by saying that loot boxes violated the country’s gambling laws.

Heavy Fines for Loot

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Pool betting for horse racing in the UK is now the subject of a regulatory consultation as Betfred’s exclusive licensing deal draws to a close.

Betfred Totepool

When Betfred’s Totepool ceases to be the exclusive provider of racecourse pool betting, the UKGC wants to maintain full transparency. (Image: ajwcreative.com)

Opened on April 18, the review is designed to assess the current rules on horse racing pools, which are set to expire on July 12, 2018. Under the current system, only Betfred is allowed to offer pool betting for horse races.

However, once its license expires on July 12, other operators will be … Read more

Sky Betting and Gaming looks set to become part of The Stars Group following a takeover bid worth £3.4 billion.

Sky Betting and Gaming.

Has Sky Betting and Gaming hit a hole in one with The Stars Group takeover deal? (Image: skybetcareers.com)

News of the deal broke on April 21, with Reuters’ sources suggesting that negotiations had been taking place for the last few weeks.

Prior to the deal, Sky Betting and Gaming’s parent company CVC Capital Partners had hired Rothchild’s bankers to assess the potential of a stock market floatation.

With the owners in the market to sell, executives at The Stars Group … Read more

property raffle.

A new property raffle website claims to be within gambling laws and offer a legitimate way to sell your house. (Image: fundraiserinsight.org)

The man behind a new house raffle site believes his venture is not only an affordable way for people to get on the property ladder but a legitimate gambling entity.

Following the launch of his website, Raffle House, Londoner Benno Spencer told This is Money that his plan is to run a business within the parameters of UK gambling laws.

The first property users can buy raffle tickets for is a one-bedroom flat in Brixton worth an … Read more

New research suggests that loot boxes will become a £32 billion industry by 2022, prompting further calls for so-called skin gambling to be regulated.

Loot boxes Overwatch.  

Loot boxes like the one shown in this image from Overwatch could be worth £32 billion by 2022. (Image: overwatch.wikia.com)

According to a report by Juniper Research, the video game feature that allows players to unlock special prizes is becoming increasingly popular.

Outlining the latest findings in a paper published on April 17, Juniper’s researchers believe the market will be worth £32 billion within the next four years.

Skins Are Worth Something

Otherwise known as skins, … Read more

Tiger Roll Grand National

A record number of punters made bets online prior to Tiger Roll crossing the finish line first in the 2018 Grand National. (Image: uk.sports.yahoo.com)

The 2018 Grand National prompted an increase in online betting activity as multiple companies reported record-breaking figures.

Following the completion of the world’s most anticipated steeplechase event on April 14, the numbers have shown just how important the race is for the British betting industry.

Reviewing the number of online payments processed in the lead up to the Aintree race, SafeCharge recorded a 60 percent increase in activity compared to 2017.

Fast and Furious Action Online

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Snaitech stand.

A Snaitech conference stand shows off the companies wares ahead of its £252 million deal with Playtech. Image: investindustrial.com)

UK software supplier Playtech has agreed to buy a 70.6 percent stake in Italy’s largest gaming company, Snaitech.

Announced on April 12, the deal will cost Playtech £252 million and see the company increase its presence in another regulated market.

Under the terms agreed, the initial transaction is expected to conclude in the third quarter of 2018, with things being wrapped up by the close of the year.

A Move Away from Unregulated Markets

Also contained within the agreement will be … Read more

All-In Diversity Project.

Microgaming is set to work with the All-In Diversity Project and push for more equality in the gambling industry. (Image: YouTube/Kelly Kehn)

Microgaming has partnered with British-based initiative the All-In Diversity Project to help establish a set of industry standards for measuring and implementing inclusion and equality.

Announced on April 10, the deal will see Microgaming become a founding member alongside other gaming providers such as IGT, Kindred and GiG.

Although the All-In Diversity Project isn’t an official regulatory or rule-making entity like the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), it hopes to create a set of accepted codes of … Read more