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

Ladbrokes and Coral Merger Could Be Completed by January

Ladbrokes’ planned merger with Coral could be completed sooner than many anticipated after the two British gambling companies asked the UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to speed up its investigation.

As with all high profile mergers, a number of checks have to be completed before money exchanges hands and the final contracts are signed.

A Few Hurdles to Clear Before the Ink Dries

One of the first issues the deal faced was opposition from Ladbrokes shareholder, Dermot Desmond, after he stated that he was against the company’s decision to merge with the smaller entity, Coral. However, after a vote … Read more

Unibet To Work with RGT On UK Online Gambling Study

The ongoing assessment of online gambling in the UK by the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) will see a new study look at the behavioural patterns of Unibet players.

Following a call by the UK’s Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Tracey Crouch, that the UK gambling industry needs to do more to prevent “gambling-related harm,” the RGT will be carrying out the third phase of its £750,000 research project.

Latest Phase in Major Project

Set to take 18-months, the study will provide the RGT with a complete overview of the remote gambling industry in the UK and, potentially, highlight any … Read more

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