article Playtech boosts responsible gambling donation following customer suicide
(UK) -- UK-listed gambling operator Playtech has dug into its wallet to demonstrate its remorse over the suicide of a young customer of its online gambling sites. On...
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article Data: Betting shop closures lead to overall gambling revenue decline in Great Britain
(UK) -- The closure of betting shops was a contributing factor for the 0.5% decrease in gross gambling yield (GGY) in Great Britain, between October 2018 and September...
article Operators set for major boost, with Premier League set to return 17 June
(UK) -- The Premier League is set to restart on 17 June, in a major boost to sports betting operators. The English top flight has been suspended since 13 March due to...
article Saudi Sheikh who owns £45m London mansion is locked in fight with Mayfair casino over '£2 million gambling debt'
(UK) -- A Saudi Sheikh estimated to have assets of more than £100 million is locked in a alleged gambling debt dispute with an exclusive London casino which...
article Jonathan Hobbs on greyhound racing: Open questions as racing nears return
(UK) -- Monday sees greyhound racing join horse racing in returning to the sporting fray. Meetings will be staged behind closed doors with strict social distance and...
article Online casino plied 25-year-old with a £400 booster just hours before he took his own life
(UK) -- A high-flying engineer killed himself hours after an online casino ‘groomed’ him with £400 in cash bonuses. Gambling addict Chris Bruney, 25,...
article Gamblers using bank apps to freeze accounts as they battle lockdown temptation
(UK) -- Thousands of gamblers are using banking apps to freeze their accounts as they battle lockdown temptation. Since last October addicts have been able to halt...
article Online gambling increases in Northampton during lockdown - and gamblers are spending more time and money, according to new report
(UK) -- Search interest in casinos online has soared in Northampton since the coronavirus lockdown began, according to Google. The town is in the search engine's top...
article Online casino searches at 'all-time high' during lockdown
(UK) -- Search interest in online casinos has hit an all-time high in the UK since lockdown began, data shows. Google Trends shows gambling has moved online amid the...
article Ex gambling addict who lost £100k says lockdown could drive addicts to lose everything
(UK) -- The coronavirus pandemic has left most of us feeling isolated and anxious as we look ahead to an uncertain future. It's enough to drive anyone to despair and...
article Nicklas Bendtner reveals he frittered around £5.4m gambling on poker
(UK) -- Former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has admitted to losing £5.4million through his addiction to poker. Bendtner revealed the details of his addiction...
article UK online gambling ops face still more pandemic restrictions
(UK) -- UK-licensed online gambling operators have been given new marching orders from their regulator regarding how they operate in our current pandemic purgatory. On...
article Gambling firms' social messages are ‘thinly veiled’ adverts, say MPs
(UK) -- Gambling firms are undermining their pledge not to advertise during lockdown by showing “thinly veiled” commercials disguised as social...
article 'It's a hidden addiction': Psychologist warns of rise in online gambling during Covid-19 lockdown in Leeds
(UK) -- Matthew Gaskell from the Northern Gambling Service says a public health approach at government level is the most effective way of tackling what he has branded...
article Families face risk of huge bills from online games during coronavirus lockdown, claims MP
(UK) -- FAMILIES risk running up huge bills from on-line games during the coronavirus lockdown, an MP has claimed. And he wants tougher rules and better enforcement of...
article 'I'm at risk of gambling again in lockdown'
(UK) -- For two addicts in recovery, the gambling industry's pledge this week to halt radio and TV advertising during the lockdown doesn't go far enough. It...
article UK gambling charity to get £9m from operators' screwups
(UK) -- UK gambling operators’ regulatory failings are now helping to fund problem gambling charities, while the National Lottery has committed £600m to...
article Casino operator Rank furloughs nearly 90% of UK staff
(UK) -- Casino and gaming operator Rank Group Plc (RNK.L) said on Monday it had furloughed nearly 90% of its workforce in the UK as its venues remain closed due to...
article Online gambling ops’ advertising limits fail to impress critics
(UK) -- Prominent online gambling operators have released their first ‘pan-European’ code for advertising, but the UK market is demonstrating that nothing...
article Why gambling firms could claim back hundreds of millions of pounds from the public purse
(UK) -- The Treasury should fight a court decision which could allow gambling and betting companies to reclaim huge sums of money in VAT, a Swansea MP has said. Carolyn...
article Gambling advertisements to be pulled from TV and radio while lockdown in force
(UK) -- All TV and radio advertising for games and products will be removed by the UK's biggest gambling firms during the coronavirus lockdown. The Betting and Gaming...
article BGC members suspend TV and radio advertising during lockdown
(UK) -- Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) will voluntarily remove all TV and radio product advertising during the COVID-19 lockdown. The announcement is...
article Gamblers betting more despite shutdowns: study
(UK) -- People who gamble regularly online are doing so just as often or more frequently during the coronavirus lockdown, despite the lack of sporting events, according...
article UK minister urges betting firms to do more for problem gamblers
(UK) -- The government has urged gambling companies to work harder to stop vulnerable people spiralling into addiction to online casino games during the Covid-19...
article Frequent gamblers betting more despite coronavirus sports lockdown, study says
(UK) -- Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Eldorado Resorts, Inc. to acquire Eldorado Shreveport Resort and...
article The credit card ban on gambling in the UK not planned very well
(UK) -- An attempt by U.K. authorities to protect the country’s citizens from themselves includes a recently-implemented ban on the use of credit cards for...
article Online poker is booming during lockdown – but beware of pitfalls
(UK) -- Friday and Saturday nights in with no pubs, cinemas or anywhere else to go to are becoming more of a challenge the longer this lockdown goes on. Books, Netflix,...
article Bookies seek winning formula 'to survive' coronavirus slump
(UK) -- Bookmakers at an "emergency summit" this month will be trying to find a way to "survive the slump" triggered by the coronavirus pandemic....
article Bookmakers are accused of trying to lure back problem gamblers during coronavirus lockdown
(UK) -- Bookmakers have been accused of using ‘predatory’ tactics to lure back former gambling addicts during the coronavirus lockdown. With betting shops...
article BetFred accused of withholding funds from punters despite pledge
(UK) -- BetFred, one of Britain’s most familiar betting brands, has been accused of backtracking on a pledge to honour outstanding customer balances in the failed...
article MansionBet allowed VIP gambler to use redundancy payout to keep betting
(UK) -- MansionBet accepted a gambler’s redundancy payout as proof that he could afford to place thousands of pounds in bets, and then rewarded him with “VIP...
article Stars Group Revenues Hit All-Time High in Q1 as Customers Isolate with Online Poker, Slots
(UK) -- Revenues for the three months to March 31 increased 27 percent to $735 million when compared with the same period last year, the group said.TSG is less exposed...
article Hardship Package Announced for British Racing Industry
(UK) -- Racing faces "an incredibly tough battle" to recover from the coronavirus pandemic but took a significant step forward April 17 as a £22 million...
article Revolut suspends UK deposits to gambling sites
(UK) -- Fintech bank Revolut has suspended payments to and from gambling sites in accordance with the Gambling Commission’s review of online gambling and the...
article YGAM appoints former Gambling Commission exec as Head of External Affairs
(UK) -- The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has announced the appointment of former Gambling Commission Communications Executive, Daniel Bliss, as its...
article UK Bans Use Of Credit Cards To Pay For Gambling
(UK) -- From today (14 April 2020) gamblers in the UK can no longer use credit cards to pay for bets. The move has been welcomed because online gambling has increased...
article UK racing hopes to resume events on May 1, but will gov’t okay?
(UK) -- The UK racing sector is preparing to vote on a plan to resume operations as the true cost of its pandemic shutdown becomes apparent. The board of directors of...
article Coronavirus: Gambling addicts 'at greater risk during lockdown'
(UK) -- Gambling addicts may be at greater risk during the coronavirus pandemic despite a lack of top-level sport, the leading UK charity for problem gamblers says....
article Despite coronavirus uncertainty, Mayfair casino the Clermont Club plans reopening
(UK) -- Over recent weeks, we have become accustomed to the sight of formerly bustling businesses, shops and leisure facilities taking on a look of desolation and...
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article William Hill and GVC expected to claim back £350m in FOBT tax
(UK) -- William Hill and GVC are expected to reclaim up to £350m from HMRC after bookmakers and casinos won a £1bn legal battle over tax paid on fixed-odds...
article William Hill gets mugged by COVID-19, shares rise anyway
(UK) -- UK bookmaker William Hill’s year-to-date performance has been beaten badly by COVID-19, with revenue down more than one-quarter through the first four...
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article Can anything be done to stop the rise and rise of gambling company sponsorship in sport?
(UK) -- In football, anyone remember the Watney Cup? The pre-season tournament - sponsored by brewers Watney Mann - lasted for four years in the early 1970s, and was...
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article Flutter Entertainment Earns Junk Mark From Moody’s in First Post-Merger Rating
(UK) -- Moody’s Investors Service assigned a Ba1 credit rating with a “stable” outlook to Flutter Entertainment, the research firm’s first grade...
article Flutter revenues more resilient than expected to sports shutdown
(UK) -- Paddy Power Betfair parent Flutter Entertainment said revenues had been more resilient to coronavirus disruption than expected, with the U.S. gaming market and...
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article U.K. Betting Firms to Remove TV, Radio Ads During Lockdown
(UK) -- The U.K.’s largest betting and gaming firms will voluntarily remove all television and radio gaming advertising during the lockdown period, the Betting and...
article More Than a Third of Regular Bettors Gambling More Frequently During Coronavirus Lockdown, Poll Finds
(UK) -- Thirty-eight percent of Brits who class themselves as “regular gamblers” said they were betting more during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a...
article Tell us: how is life in lockdown affecting your gambling?
(UK) -- Though there is little live sport to gamble on and high street betting shops have closed, gambling charities are concerned that the combination of money worries...
article Bookies seek winning formula ‘to survive’ coronavirus slump
(UK) -- Bookmakers at an “emergency summit” this month will be trying to find a way to “survive the slump” triggered by the coronavirus pandemic...
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article Loot box warnings to be added to video games
(UK) -- Video game ratings in the UK and rest of Europe will warn if a game has loot boxes and other random paid-for items. Regulator Pegi has assigned a generic in-game...
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article ISLE OF WHITE UFC ‘Fight Island’ being built ‘right now’ says Dana White and will be ready to stage events in just a month
(UK) -- THE UFC will have a "fight island" ready to stage events ready within a month, says president Dana White. Originally set for Tachi Palace Hotel in...
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article TCSJohnHuxley releases chip sanitizer to launch new casino “Care & Protect” range
(UK) -- UK-based gaming product developer TCSJohnHuxley has revealed the launch of a new chip sanitizer, the first product in its “Care & Protect” range...
article Blockbuster return of racing planned with Guineas scheduled for start of June
(UK) -- British racing is planning for a blockbuster return as the first two Classics of the season remain scheduled for the first weekend in June within the latest...
article Jailed knife-wielding Gillingham casino robber had become "slave to gambling"
(UK) -- A robber who held a knife to casino staff members' throats and stole more than £11,000 had become a "slave to gambling", a court has heard....
article Betfred Accused of Backtracking on Pledge to Pay MoPlay Customers
(UK) -- UK betting operator Betfred is accused of reneging on a promise to honor the funds of former MoPlay customers. Betfred acquired MoPlay’s customer database...
article Fugitive who stole thousands from Slough casino jailed for 14 months
(UK) -- A man who fled the country after stealing more than £25,000 from a casino in Slough has been jailed for 14 months. Remus Pirlea, formerly of Mill Street,...
article GVC posts further gambling safeguards amid COVID outbreak
(UK) -- GVC Holdings, the global sports betting and gaming group, has welcomed the BGC’S coordinated industry approach that aims to provide a safer betting and...
article Watch: Philip Kirby hosts dramatic Dog Derby in bid to keep spirits up
(UK) -- Philip Kirby's horses may not be racing but his dogs are, as the Yorkshire trainer this week hosted the Green Oaks Dog Derby in a bid to brighten up social...
article Government’s business relief ‘will protect tens of thousands of jobs’ says BGC
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the recent government support, welcoming the confirmation that betting companies will now qualify for the same...
article Betway hit with record fine for lack of gambling checks
(UK) -- Betway has been hit with a record £11.6m fine for failing to verify the source of its customer's betting money as well as being socially irresponsible...
article Betway to pay record fine for AML, problem gambling lapses
(UK) -- The regulator cites an instance where Betway failed to do their due dillgence on a “VIP” customer who deposited £8 million and lost £4...
article Gambling firm Betway hit with record £11.6m penalty
(UK) -- Online betting firm Betway has been hit with a record penalty of £11.6m for failings over customer protection and money-laundering checks. The Gambling...
article BGC urges UK Chancellor to tackle unregulated market
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to help the retail betting sector and tackle the unregulated gambling...
article Jason Ader: Activist Gaming Investor Says UK on Verge of Catastrophic Mistake
(UK) -- A threatened regulatory crackdown on the UK online gaming market has made some investors take fright. With a $100 million-plus stake in gaming software giant...
article LEGAL BLOG: The Gambling Industry’s Anti-Money Laundering Obligations
(UK) -- With gambling company Mr Green having to pay £3M for failings relating to money laundering, Neil Williams of Rahman Ravelli details the relevant...
article Stake limits will send punters to black market, warns Kenny Alexander, boss of Ladbrokes owner GVC
(UK) -- The boss of the gambling operator behind Ladbrokes and Sportingbet has warned the government that “draconian regulation” such as a mooted £2...
article Central Park in Plymouth to become Native American settlement
(UK) -- Artists from over 30 Native American tribes will take over Central Park this summer as part of a huge contemporary-art festival in Plymouth. The highlight of...
article GBGC launches consultation on LCCP reporting changes
(UK) -- The British Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on potential changes to the licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) which all licensees must...
article BGC warns of impact of UK immigration changes on casinos
(UK) -- Gambling industry trade association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the UK government to make exemptions for employees in the casino industry...
article Jail for man who stole £1,500 from Swindon pub fruit machines
(UK) -- Robert Bernal-Soria, 38, of Haydon Place, Guildford, stole £1,110 from the slot machines at the Rodbourne Cheney Club, £400 from The Dolphin pub,...
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