UKGC Threatens to Spoil Operators’ Fantasy Football Dreams For Licence Breaches

Fantasy football operators have been warned that they face stiff penalties if they breach the UK’s gambling regulations ahead of the new football season.

With just a few weeks to go until the new football seasons start across England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has reconfirmed its position on fantasy leagues.

In a public note dated July 17, the UKGC pointed out that any fantasy football competition that has a commercial interest could fall under its remit.

New Spotlight on Fantasy Football

Although fantasy football tournaments have long been a popular activity in the UK, the … 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

UK Betting Apps Could Boom Thanks to New Access to Google Play

Gambling apps and Google Play are set to become an item in August and that means greater distribution for iGaming operators across the UK.

According to a piece by Degree 53, an app development company that works with the likes of Bet Fred, Google has announced that will soon lift its ban on gambling content.

Under Google’s current set of guidelines, any apps that facilitate gambling, either directly or indirectly, are restricted.

“We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting, lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of Read more

Research Claims to Have Found the “Luckiest” Lottery Numbers

Lottery number crunchers claim to have discovered that some digits are “luckier” than others based on a year-long statistical study.

Random results are main reasons lotteries around the world are not only deemed legal, but entertaining. However, according to a study by Jackpot.com, there are some numbers that appear to be more popular than others.

Is There a Statistical Bias?

Reviewing the results of 1,500 separate lottery draws from 15 international lotteries, analysts found that instances of the following numbers were higher than others:

16 (drawn 191 times)

22 (drawn 179 times)

28 and 37 (each drawn 167 times)

6 … Read more

UK Betting Firms Link Up with Footballing Powerhouses

UK betting operators might not part of the Football Association’s (FA) starting line-up anymore, but that hasn’t stopped Unibet and Betfair signing deals with two new teams.

With Championship teams already looking towards the 2017/2018 season, Aston Villa has recently made a play for a new sponsor in the form of Unibet.

Announced on July 1, the partnership will see Unibet’s logo adorn the front of Villa’s home shirts as well as the women’s first team strip.

Betting Firms Score with Sponsorship Deals

Additionally, Unibet and Aston Villa will be working in unison to offer fans some exclusive promotions and … Read more

UK Gambling Commission Pushes Operators to Shape Up with New Enforcement Policy

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has upped its game and that means operators need to move accordingly or face losing their licences.

Since taking control of the UK’s online betting industry, the UKGC has sought to establish itself as the best regulatory body in the world. The latest layer of gloss to be added to its gold standard licencing regime is a new enforcement strategy.

A More Balanced System

Outlined in a July 5 press release and coming into force the same day, the new policy is designed to tackle operators that breach gambling regulations. Following a three month … Read more

WSOP Online to Close in the UK Following Stakeholder Meeting

If you’re a WSOP Online player in the UK, you have just over two weeks to withdraw your funds before the site goes offline and you potentially lose your bankroll.

According to a recent email sent out the registered players, WSOP Online UK will be closing its virtual doors on July 20. The news appears to have come out of the blue for many, but that hasn’t stopped the operator from ceasing gaming activity with immediate effect on July 3.

Stakeholders Decided the Time is Now

At this stage, the reason for the closure isn’t clear. We put in a … Read more

New Deals for Playtech BGT Sports Reshaping the UK Betting Industry

Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has extended its ever-growing stable of betting partners by signing deals with five new operators.

As part of its corporate mission to stretch its betting expertise beyond the online gaming world, PBS has been gradually extended its network of live betting partners in recent years.

Earlier in 2017 the sports betting software provider extended its deals with many of the UK’s top operators such as Betfred.

Playtech BGT Sports on the Move

In addition to these contract extensions, PBS rolled out new self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) at Chester Racecourse and finalized a deal with Coral.… Read more

Lottoland Forced to Pay £150,000 Following Advertising Failures

Lottoland has become the latest online betting operator to feel the wrath of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) following advertising failures.

According to a recent press release from the UKGC, the third-party lottery site failed to clearly explain the nature of its games on radio and in print ads. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) was first alerted to a potentially misleading radio advert back at the start of 2017.

After investigating the details of the advert, the ASA upheld the complaint on February 1, 2017, and used it as platform to launch a further review of Lottoland’s adverts.

The … Read more

UK Betting Operators Face Action Over Unfair Bonus Conditions

UK betting companies could be set for major repercussions following an investigation into unfair practices by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

As part of the UKGC’s ongoing effort to clean up the online betting industry and ensure its policies and regulations are adhered to, it’s been looking into issues linked to free bet offers.

Despite being a staple of the iGaming industry for more than a decade, the UKGC and the CMA are concerned that some free bet and sign-up offers have too many conditions attached to them.

Those involved in the online … Read more