New All Party Group to Review High Street FOBTs

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) came under the spotlight once again this week following the formation of an All Party Political Group.

Tasked with investigating the impact of FOBTs on players and the wider community, the cross-party committee’s first order of business will be to analyse the effects of the much-maligned betting machines.

Chaired by Labour MP for Swansea East Carolyn Harris, the group is made up of five politicians from around the country who will each hear evidence from parties on both sides of the FOBT debate.

A Forum for All

While the main aim of the study is … Read more

NYX Gaming Expands Empire with Betdigital Deal

NYX Gaming has just agreed to purchase UK gaming company Betdigital in a deal reported to be worth £24.5 million.

NYX Gaming, the Canadian technology company that provides live and online products for many of the world’s leading platforms, will pay an undisclosed upfront fee for Betdigital and issue further payments over a three-year period.

Big Moves by NYX

Betdigital launched in 2011 and offers a variety of content for online, mobile and TV betting platforms and NYX Gaming will be hoping to leverage these resources to increase its Omni-channel software.

News of the takeover deal comes just a week … Read more

UK Lottery Cashes in for £7.6 Billion

UK lottery owner Camelot hit the jackpot in 2015 after ticket sales across its range of products reached new heights.

Despite certain lottery products seeing a drop in sales, Camelot revealed that overall betting activity increased by 4% (or £317 million) to the year ending March 2016, an increase which resulted in total sales worth £7.6 billion.

From that figure, a total of £1.9 billion was handed out to good causes, including various art projects and athletes preparing to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

However, it’s also players that have benefited from the recent boom in lottery sales Read more

Man City’s Martin Demichelis Pays £22K Fine After Betting Mistake

Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis has been fined £20,000 by the FA but won’t have to serve a match ban after admitting a string of betting infractions.

German defender Demichelis found himself in hot water with the FA earlier this year after evidence emerged that he’d breached the FA’s rules on match betting.

According to the FA’s code of conduct, players, managers and backroom staff are not allowed to wager money on any football match anywhere in the world.

Blanket Ban Covers All Demichelis’ Infractions

While it might seem overly strict to impose an outright betting ban on matches that players … Read more

Shane Warne Goes Walkabout As Charity Poker Limo Busts Out

Several poker celebrities, including Shane Warne and former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem, were left without transport for a high-profile charity event after their luxury stretch limo was stolen.

The limousine, a white Chrysler stretch costing around $200,000, was taken as Warne and pals tucked into a celebratory dinner before attending a charity poker night at the Sphinx Hotel in Geelong. The party was left unamused, however, when the car was hotwired right outside the eatery and then found later, having been crashed on Eastern Beach Road.

The charity poker event was hosted by former AFL … Read more

The UK gambling industry is worth around £7.1 billion annually and a large portion of that revenue is now coming from female gamblers.

Thanks to the advent of mobile gaming through sites such as Facebook, more woman are now finding their way to online betting sites according to an article posted on refinery29.uk.

Women Turned on by Gambling

Profiling the case of 27-year-old Hope, the article cites data from the UK Gambling Commission which suggests that more young women in the “AB economic category” (those with high ratings in terms of education, income and social status) are now gambling online.… Read more

Leicester City Win Leaves Bookies with £25 Million Loss

Leicester City winning the Premier League has cost bookmakers more than a pretty penny according to the latest stats.

Heading into the final stages of the season many of the UK’s leading bookies were looking tentatively at the top of the table as the Foxes closed in on an improbable win.

Eventually, however, despite being ranked as 5,000/1 outsiders by most bookmakers, Claudio Ranieri’s managed to overcome the odds and earn thousands of fans millions of pounds in payouts.

Although the majority of the money wagered on Leicester was by the team’s loyal supporters, early estimates suggest that bookmakers, including … Read more

Gala Coral Pays £870,000+ for Gaming Control Faux Pas

The Gala Coral Group felt the full force of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) this week following a review of its anti-money laundering controls.

Since it was established in 2005, the UKGC has regulated live bookmakers as well as overseeing the National Lottery. However, since November 2014 it’s also been in charge of licensing and regulating online betting companies that operate in the UK.

Since that time it’s denied the requests of dozens of online betting sites that don’t meet its strict licensing criteria, but it’s also carried out checks on many of the industry’s established operators.

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UK Gambling Commission Gets Five New Experts

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced the appointment of five commissioners with immediate effect.

The government-backed body in charge of regulating iGaming operators in the UK will receive some fresh blood in an effort to make it the premier regulator in the world.

Since its formation in 2014 the UKGC has conducted more than 1,300 compliance visits to gambling sites, spent more than £1.8 million on responsible gambling initiatives, revoked 12 licences and ensured each licensed UK operator meets industry standards.

Experts to Guide the UKGC

The UKGC also employs around 270 staff and heading this network of employees … Read more

Gala Bingo on a Mission to Raise Responsible Gambling Standards

Gala Bingo has become the first online bingo site to join the Senate Group and will now work to improve player safety standards.

To earn a UK iGaming licence, an operator must comply with certain standards with regards to responsible gaming options.

Operators Looking to do More

Offering simple features such as accounts self-exclusions, permanent exclusions and self-imposed betting limits all fall under the umbrella of responsible gaming.

However, with gambling addiction and its portrayal in the mainstream media an ongoing concern for operators, Gala Bingo has joined the Senate Group’s gambling watchdog division.

The aim of the watchdog is … Read more