UK FOBTs to Get New Player Protection Software

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK will soon include features designed to curb problem gambling.

Since FOBTs became a permanent feature of betting shops across the UK, anti-online gambling lobbyists have continually spoken out against them.

Likening them to drugs for those prone to problem gambling, opponents of the machine have campaigned to outlaw them on the high street.

Until now the betting industry has held its position and the government has been reluctant call for an outright ban on them.

However, with the end of the year approaching and the prospect of further issues in 2016, betting … Read more

Gambling Machines Under Scrutiny by UKGC

The fate of gambling machines in the UK is set to come under scrutiny from the UK Gambling Commission 9UKGC) after calls for tighter regulations on the industry.

Announced earlier this week, the UKGC has opened new consultation which will propose, discuss and eventually implement new guidelines that will ensure greater control over the highly divisive gambling machines.

Gambling Machines a Popular Choice

Although anti-gambling activists refer to these machines as “crack cocaine” for gamblers, the machines are highly popular and have become a common feature of betting shops across the UK in recent years.

However, after reviewing the laws … Read more

Max Whitehouse Sentenced after Online Gambling Attack

A British teenager who caused £18,000 worth of damage to an online gambling site has received a 12-month sentence.

Max Whitehouse, who is 19 and from Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottingham, carried out the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack last year after announcing his plans via his mother’s Twitter account.

Cyber Attack Costs Site

Vowing to target a certain online gambling site (a site which hasn’t been named) in a Tweet, Whitehouse went on to disrupt the site’s operation so  much that it had to be taken offline a number of times.

The end result was a security clear up and … Read more

Paddy Power Profits Pushed to New Heights in 2015

Irish eyes were smiling at Paddy Power HQ this week after the company revealed its profits have jumped by 23 percent in some areas during the last quarter.

Revealing its latest profits in a statement this week, Paddy Power is now looking to capitalise on this good fortune complete its £6.2 billion ($9 billion) merger with Betfair “in the coming weeks.”

Looking specifically at the stats, Paddy Power’s network of UK and Ireland betting shops banked 7 percent more money in the 19 weeks to November 2015 than it did in 2014.

Additionally, the amount staked on sports bets improved … Read more

Ladbrokes Warned by ASA for Underage Gambling Ad

Sports betting, casino and poker operator Ladbrokes has been warned by the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after complaints regarding one of its recent promotional emails.

Keen to pick up on the next Premiership stars and use their image to generate some interest in their latest sports betting offers, Ladbrokes decided to feature Manchester United midfielder Memphis Depay in an email ad campaign.

Old but Not Old Enough

Despite being a rising star and someone capable of producing a number of highlight reel moves on the football pitch, Ladbrokes fell afoul of the ASA’s advertising laws because of his age.… Read more

Monster Bet Slashes Odds on Sam Riley for Next James Bond

Hill, William Hill, has announced that it was left shaken and actually quite stirred also after a customer attempted to place an enormous bet on relatively-lesser known British actor Sam Riley to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.

Fearing insider information, Hills immediately slashed the odds on the raven-haired thesp, who made his name portraying punk/new wave rock legends such Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and The Fall’s Mark E. Smith in British indie movies.   

Hills declined to say how much the bet was for, but did reveal that it would only accept three quarters of the stake the … Read more

New strides are being made in technology that seeks to identify problem gamblers from their behavioral patterns on online gaming websites.

Many licenced online gaming sites already employ sophisticated algorithms designed to flag-up customers who may be at risk of gambling addiction, but this week there was news of a project that claims to be the most effective yet.

It’s a joint effort by online gambling data analytics firm BetBuddy and City University London, which aims to enhance the accuracy of the computer models while bringing them in line with the most contemporary understanding of the psychological pathways to gambling … Read more

Genting Opens Doors to £150 Casino Complex in Birmingham

The largest casino complex in Europe has just opened its doors in Birmingham thanks to the Asian casino operator, Genting.

Dubbed Resorts World Birmingham, the £150 million complex will span 538,000 sq ft, reach 12 storeys high and contain a range of entertainment options, including: 50 shops, 18 bars and restaurants, a cinema and, of course, a casino.

According to Genting, the aim of the project is to bring more tourism to the UK and, to make it a viable destination for international gamblers, it has constructed an onsite hotel and spa.

Sprawling Complex Gradually Rolling into Life

As … Read more

Brit Soldier Scoops £13 Million Slot Jackpot

An army veteran with time spent touring the frontline in Afghanistan has become a multi-millionaire after spending just 25 pence on an online slot game.

Jon Heywood, a UK citizen who is 26 and from Crew in Cheshire, often plays slots online in his spare time, but late last week his life changed after one of the industry’s most popular titles released its progressive jackpot.

Mega Moolah is a game that often harbours bounties worth in excess of £1 million, but owing to a drought of big money winners in recent months, the top prize had swelled to more than … Read more

Ladbrokes Investigating Great British Bake Off Scandal

The final of this year’s Great British Bake Off has caused a stir for more reasons than one this week after it emerged that Ladbrokes is conducting an investigation into potential illegal betting.

In keeping with tradition, Ladbrokes has been offering a market on the potential winner of this year’s TV baking contest; however, earlier this week it was revealed that plans to offer future markets might be scrapped.

A Half-Baked Scheme Uncovered

According to reports, Ladbrokes’ fraud detection team has linked dozens of newly opened accounts to BBC employees.

Described as “people in the know”, these employees have allegedly … Read more