Execs Crow about New Unibet Voice Betting Technology

A new Unibet voice betting service, Paddy Power in trouble with the Gambling Commission and Ireland taking a stand against gambling ads told the story of the UK betting world this week.

Unibet’s drive to innovate and bring their mobile betting platform into the 21st century took another step forward recently after it announced that it was trailing new voice recognition technology.

Unibet Plays Siri Says

Taking a leaf out of Siri’s book and allowing users to speak their commands instead of typing them, the latest updates to Unibet’s sports betting app could see more people using their voices to … Read more

UK Gambling Commission Report Shows Problem Gambling Remains Low

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released a report into the nation’s gambling habits for the first time and that stats reveal some surprising insights.

Using data from the past 12 months and comparing it to statistics from previous years, the UKGC found that gambling participation in the UK has dropped by 57 percent (2012) to 45 percent (2015).

However, while that might seem like bad news for the industry, the decline has been largely attributed to the drop in lottery participation.

Although still the most popular gambling activity in the UK, participation rates fell from 46% to 32% over … Read more

UK Gambling News: Gambling Addition Drugs Raises Concerns for UK Operators 

Doctors are now prescribing gambling addiction drugs to people that can’t be treated using conventional methods says a report by the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT).

According to statistics published by the RGT, almost 1,000 people were referred to its clinics last year after GPs identified patterns of serious problem gambling habits.

The RGT, which operates as a charity and is part funded by gambling operators, was set-up to help tackle problem gambling in the UK through a combination of education, direct action and treatment services.

As part of the latter service, the RGT set-up the National Problem Gambling Clinic in … Read more

UK Casino News: Grosvenor Cheats, Tennis Gambling Scandal & DraftKings UK

In UK casino news this week there’s been tales of light-fingered poker players in London, another twist in the tennis gambling scandal and the emergence of a new player in the sports betting market.

In the wake of the chip stealing scandal at London’s Cromwell Mint, another UK casino has found itself dealing out a round of justice to a group of poker cheats.

Back in April of 2014 a group of five men, including Ozgur Aytekin, Murat Kolcak, Ali Kuyar, Ergun Yasar and Tarik Nergiz, all started playing three card poker inside London’s Grosvenor Casino on Edgware Road.

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Paddy Power Betfair Receives Positive Reception from Stock Market

The £5 billion merger between Paddy Power and Betfair was made official this week after the newly formed company was listed on the London and Dublin stock exchanges.

Paddy Power Betfair, as the two companies are now jointly known, will have its headquarters in Dublin, but it will continue to serve players in a variety of markets, including the UK, Ireland, Australia and the US.

In the 24 hours before Paddy Power Betfair went live on the London Stock Exchange, Paddy Power’s individual valuation increased by 4 percent after shares worth £750 million changed hands.

Market Bullish Over Paddy Power

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MP Tristram Hunt in Gambling Payment Row

Labour MP and public critic of British bookmakers Tristram Hunt was caught in the firing line recently after is emerged that he received a £40,000 payment from bet365.

As reported by the Daily Mail’s Andrew Price, Hunt’s register of interests (the document all MPs have to complete in order to disclose their financial interests) shows that he received a £40,000 payment from the CEO of bet365, Peter Coates.

Hunt’s Gambling Connections

The payment was made as a donation to Hunt and there is no suggestion it was for any direct services. In fact, Coates has long been a supporter of … Read more

Neil Goulden Resigns from RGT Amid Conflict of Interest Claims

Neil Goulden, the former chief executive of Gala Coral, is to step down from his role as the chair of the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT).

It’s been just over a week since it emerged that Goulden had potentially exploited his relationship with the RGT to help boost his relationship with the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) and now he’s announced his decision to leave the Trust.

According to reports, Goulden worked on a 2013 paper that called for the ABB to refocus its marketing efforts in order to “position gambling as an economically valuable and socially responsible leisure pursuit.”

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UK Betting News: Biased Reports, Twitter Rows and some Trumptastic Betting

It’s been another busy week in the UK betting world, with a number of stories making the headlines including the gambling charity accused of bias towards British bookmakers.

One of the most intriguing stories to hit the headlines in the last week was the news that the Chair of Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT), Neil Goulden, had been at the head of an effort to reform the image of the British gambling industry.

Working alongside the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) in 2013, Goulden helped pen a paper that urged gambling operators to be vigilant of a “vociferous anti-gambling lobby” and … Read more

Dealer Steals £12,000 from London’s Genting Casino Cromwell Mint Using Tube in Trousers

A poker dealer in the UK at London’s Genting Casino Cromwell Mint has been sacked after security staff found him with stolen chips stuffed in his socks.

The man, who hasn’t been named, is from Romania and earned £30,000 per year as a dealer at one of the oldest casinos in London.

However, despite his stable salary (that was often topped up by tips), the dealer concocted an elaborate system for stealing chips from live poker games.

Security Surprise the Chip Thief

After security staff at the Genting Casino Cromwell Mint became suspicious of the dealer, they arrange to … Read more

2015 Year in Review: Highlights of the UK Online Casino Gaming Market

The UK online casino world was turned inside out and back in on itself in 2015.

Thanks to a flurry of mergers, regulatory shifts and new players entering the game, the online casino market in the UK has become a new look entity over the last 12 months.

Mergers, Mergers, Mergers

The one story that dominated the online casino, poker and sports betting world in 2015 was the trio of mergers that took place.

At times complex, convoluted and uncertain, the sales and acquisitions between some of the leading iGaming operators in the UK made for endless pages of content … Read more