Digital Expansion Continues as William Hill Starts Mr Green Takeover

William Hill has announced the compulsory acquisition of shares from Mr Green has started, signalling another step in its ongoing move away from the live betting sector.

Made public on February 4, the recent purchase means William Hill now owns 98.5 percent Mr Green & Co AB. With full control handed over to its UK counterpart, Swedish gaming operator Mr Green will be removed from Nasdaq Stockholm by February 15.

Digital Needs Inspire Mr Green Takeover

News of the £242 million takeover first broke in October 2018. Stating that it will facilitate the company’s online expansion, CEO Philip Bowcock … Read more

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

SafeCharge to Conquer US Gaming Market with UK Payment Tech

Payment firm SafeCharge is aiming to use its experience working with UK betting firms Ladbrokes and Rank to conquer the US market.

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SafeCharge has partnered with Mazooma to bring UK-level payment checks to the US market. (Image: IMRG)

Unveiling a new partnership with Mazooma on January 29, SafeCharge is now in a position to tap into the emerging US sports betting scene.

As part of the deal, the UK payment company will have access to Mazooma’s eCheck Select technology. Capable of accessing bank-level data, the software can conduct real-time ID checks on users as they make online payments.  

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Llama Loot Boxes Opened as Fortnite Makes Responsible Gambling Improvements

Loot boxes are back in the headlines but this time for positive reasons as the creators of Fortnite have tapped into the responsible gambling trend currently sweeping the UK.

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Epic Games has removed blind loot boxes from its smash hit Fortnite in a bid to become more socially responsible. (Image: Polygon)

In the wake of GVC introducing new social responsibility measures alongside recent innovations by Barclays and the UK government, Epic Games has done the same. Targeting their headline hit Fortnite, Epic Games has pledged to make loot boxes “see-through.”

Loot Boxes You Want

In a blog post published on … 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.

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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

FOBT Changes Force William Hill to Cull 900 Stores Ahead of Online Expansion

William Hill may close up to 900 high street shops as it aims to expand its online business ahead of forthcoming changes to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

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William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops and axe 4,500 jobs over the next two years. (Image: Image Creative UK)

Having previously hinted that closures would be inevitable if the maximum FOBT stakes were cut from £100 to £2, the operator has now confirmed changes will be made.

In a trading statement published on January 21, CEO Philip Bowcock said clarity on the government’s intentions will alter the company’s direction … 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