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Casinos in London offer to shut their bars after 10pm in bid to avoid thousands of curfew job losses

London’s casinos have offered to close their bars if plans for a Covid curfew in the capital go ahead amid warnings the shutdown could cost thousands of jobs.

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10/23/2020

article Camelot completes first stage of National Lottery tender process
(UK) -- A spokesperson for the operator told iGB that it was “only natural” the business was interested in bidding, having run the lottery since its...

10/22/2020

article Dugher: Industry will change regardless of Gambling Act review
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article Government risking gambling industry collapse — and 7,200 jobs — due to ‘moral judgement’ says casino operator
(UK) -- A senior executive at UK’s largest casino operator has accused the Government of making a “moral judgement” on the gambling industry, warning...
article Grovenor Casino in Bolton forced to close for third time since start of coronavirus pandemic
(UK) -- THE Grovenor Casino in Bolton has been forced to close once more after Greater Manchester was moved into Tier 3 of the Government's coronavirus alert level....

10/21/2020

article Betsson Group adopts one brand UK focus in business consolidation
(UK) -- Betsson Group has cited relatively small market share and unsustainable changes to regulatory frameworks as prime reasons in announcing a UK business...
article Our crippling coronavirus rules just make no sense
(UK) -- A bingo boss has launched a scathing attack on 'illogical' rules that have forced sites to close in some Covid hotspots – but not others. John O...
article Crackdown on UK gambling ads expected to ban use of celebrities
(UK) -- The use of celebrities such as sports personalities and reality TV stars in betting and gambling ads is expected to be banned under new rules designed to crack...

10/20/2020

article BGC urges rethink over casino and betting shop closures
(UK) -- Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) chief executive Michael Dugher has written to UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma, urging him to block “unfair and...
article YouGov: UK spend and problem gambling levels down in lockdown
(UK) -- Overall gambling rates in the UK, as well as problem gambling rates and median customer spend, declined during lockdown, according to a new two-part study...

10/19/2020

article Welsh ‘firebreak’ lockdown to see casinos and betting shops close
(UK) -- Casino, betting shops and gaming arcades in Wales will close from 23 October, after First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that the country will enter into a...

10/17/2020

article Closure of betting shops a 'disastrous' move for racing warn chiefs
(UK) -- Leaders of the British racing and betting industries have joined forces to warn ministers of the financial consequences of them using "optics" rather...

10/16/2020

article Nearly 200 betting shops to close in Lancashire in 'hugely disappointing' move
(UK) -- The gambling sector suffered another major blow on Friday with news that Lancashire would move into Tier 3 of England's lockdown system, with the closure of...

10/14/2020

article Gambling firms unveil new online games rules as reforms loom
(UK) -- British gambling firms today unveiled a new code of conduct for the design of online games as they look to tackle problem gambling in the face of looming...
article Glasgow thug glassed teacher in casino
(UK) -- A thug who permanently scarred a teacher on a night out faces a prison sentence. Beau Campbell, 29, glassed stranger Wayne Smith, 33, at Glasgow city centre...

10/12/2020

article Merseyside gaming venues to close amid new Covid-19 measures
(UK) -- Casinos, betting shops and adult gaming centres in Merseyside are to close from 14 October after the UK government announced a number of new measures in an...
article Liverpool jobs under 'serious threat' after casinos told to close
(UK) -- Pubs, bars, betting shops and casinos are set to close across Liverpool City Region this week when the area is placed into tier three on the Government’s...

10/11/2020

article Third of UK football fans put off buying kit if it has betting sponsor
(UK) -- A third of football supporters are put off spending money on their team’s shirt if it has a betting sponsor, according to a survey that reveals widespread...

10/9/2020

article BGC issues further UK casinos plea following Rishi Sunak’s statement
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council has issued a further plea to the government, after Chancellor Rishi Sunak issued a statement documenting a UK wide support plan...
article BGC warns government against "needless" casino closures
(UK) -- Gambling industry trade body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has again warned that closing casinos in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (...

10/5/2020

article Town hall grants licence for gambling arcade in Canning Town despite neighbours’ objections
(UK) -- Amuse East London Ltd’s licence application for an adult gaming centre (AGC) in Barking Road, Canning Town got the thumbs-up at a meeting of Newham’s...

10/4/2020

article Hairdresser's '£86k reward for luring a gambler from rival bookie'
(UK) -- Britain's biggest bookmaker signed a deal with a hairdresser that entitled her to £86,000 for luring an addicted gambler from a rival, court documents...
article Teenage gambling loophole is closed
(UK) -- Ministers are to close a legal loophole that lets 16 and 17-year-olds spend hundreds of pounds a week on the National Lottery website. The announcement is...

10/2/2020

article Death of High Street betting shops as more than 460 close this year
(UK) -- More than 460 high street betting shops have shut this year, exclusive figures reveal. A surge in online gambling, lockdown and a crackdown on fixed-odds betting...

9/30/2020

article Betting companies to monitor high-spending ‘VIP’ gamblers under new rules
(UK) -- Betting companies will have to make sure high-value gamblers are spending sustainably under new guidance aimed at cleaning up “VIP customer” schemes.
article BGC: New VIP guidance demonstrates commitment to improving industry standards
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the new guidelines rolled out by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), stating that the new measures are a clear...
article Strict guidelines released by the UK Gambling Commission
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission has announced strict new guidance for operators in order to clean up the malpractice of so-called VIP schemes – stating that if the...

9/28/2020

article Controversial plans for 24-hour 'slot casino' in town centre
(UK) -- A new 24-hour gambling venue could soon open in Southport town centre – despite objections from nearby businesses. Merkur Slots wants to open the new...

9/27/2020

article Suicide by a gambling addicted youth opens up UK Govt. to investigation over liability
(UK) -- A 24 year old youth from Sheffield, UK had committed suicide over gambling addiction in Vietnam in 2017. Jack Ritchie had jumped off the building in November...

9/26/2020

article Jack Ritchie: Parents say state 'does not want to know' about son's death
(UK) -- The parents of a gambling addict have said government bodies "do not want to know" about the reason their "perfectly happy and healthy" son...

9/25/2020

article Betting watchdog betrays gambling addicts as it refuses to ban tactics
(UK) -- The gambling watchdog has refused to ban the 'grooming' tactics used by bookmakers to encourage gamblers to bet more. 'VIP' schemes have faced a furious backlash...
article Inquest into suicide of gambling addict will explore if UK state failed him
(UK) -- The parents of a gambling addict who killed himself have said government bodies “do not want to know what killed a perfectly happy and healthy 24-year-old...

9/24/2020

article Does the 10pm curfew apply to hotels or casinos?
(UK) -- The 10pm curfew across the entire hospitality industry starts tonight in England and Wales, and tomorrow (September 25) in Scotland. Pubs, restaurants, and bars...
article United Kingdom to debut coronavirus-induced Job Support Scheme
(UK) -- In the United Kingdom and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak (pictured), has unveiled a new program that is aiming to prevent any large-scale job...

9/23/2020

article England's Covid Curfew is ‘Death Knell’ for Casinos: Industry Body
(UK) -- A 10 p.m. curfew imposed on all leisure facilities across England could “signal the death knell” for its casino industry, according to trade body the...

9/22/2020

article The Rising Trend Of Online Casinos In The UK
(UK) -- The British are passionate about online gambling and betting. For centuries, they have gambled on everything, from dogs and horses to football teams.
article Betting shop objects to slot-machine plan next door in Brum
(UK) -- A betting shop is objecting to another gambling venue opening over fears it will contribute to crime and antisocial behaviour problems in the city centre.

9/21/2020

article Casino sector slammed on concerns over 'return to normalcy' timeline
(UK) -- Casino stocks are having trouble getting out of the way out of broad market concerns over the impact of COVID-19 setbacks. Tighter restrictions in Europe have...
article Casinos in London offer to shut their bars after 10pm in bid to avoid thousands of curfew job losses
(London) -- London’s casinos have offered to close their bars if plans for a Covid curfew in the capital go ahead amid warnings the shutdown could cost thousands...

9/20/2020

article Boss of Britain's biggest casino complex warns 10pm curfew will be 'disastrous' for night-time industries
(UK) -- The boss of Britain's biggest casino complex has warned that a 10pm curfew would be 'disastrous' for night-time industries. Simon Thomas, chief...
article Downing Street to spearhead gambling reforms, say insiders
(UK) -- Downing Street has taken control of the upcoming review of gambling legislation, due to be launched within weeks, amid a growing appetite for sweeping reform of...
article Gambling addiction in women growing into a 'silent epidemic' across Ireland with 260 a year seeking help
(Ireland) -- Some 260 women each year are contacting an Irish addiction service for help with a gambling problem, RSVP has learned. Problem Gambling Ireland CEO Barry...

9/19/2020

article Gambling Industry has Embraced Facial Recognition Technology
(UK) -- The gambling industry has finally decided to implement Facial Recognition Technology for the security of both the players and the casinos. Is it surprising? No....

9/18/2020

article British iGaming revenues hit by re-opening of land-based retail betting shops
(UK) -- In the United Kingdom and the Gambling Commission regulator has announced that the amount of money spent by domestic online gamblers in July fell by 4% when...

9/12/2020

press release Barclays to implement 72-hour cool-off period on gambling spending
(UK) -- Customers of Barclays, one of the UK’s largest banks, will have to wait 72 hours as a cooling-off period once they switch off their spending on gambling....

9/11/2020

article Threats traded by CNMI Govt and troubled casino
(Saipan) -- The government said Imperial Pacific could lose its licence because it failed to make the payment last month. But our correspondent said Imperial Pacific...

9/6/2020

article Why Is The Impact Of Gambling On Women Still Largely Underreported?
(UK) -- Gambling in 2020 has moved well beyond fruit machines in pubs and trips down to the bookies. Today, you can pretty much gamble on anything via the internet and,...

9/3/2020

article UKGC calls for final input on slot design
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) will close its public consultation on online slot design and in-game features today (3 September), concluding its gathering of...

8/28/2020

article Gambling Commission outlines changes as it launches National Lottery licence process
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission has begun the process to award the UK’s fourth National Lottery licence with key changes outlined. The successful licensee will now...
press release UK gambling regulator to press ahead with job cuts despite outcry
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission is to press ahead with job cuts aimed at saving more than £1m despite criticism that it is underfunded and failing to regulate the...

8/27/2020

article Gambling body cracks down on underage ad exposure
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which represents the regulated betting industry excluding the National Lottery, unveiled the crackdown just a day after the...

8/26/2020

article Covid-19 and its impact on gambling: What we know so far
(UK) -- The Coronavirus pandemic has affected every industry in one way or another. Some have thrived, while others have suffered, and some have remained relatively...

8/24/2020

article Mind blowing 2,922% increase on Casino operator gross gambling yield YoY
(UK) -- The data analyzed and published by SafeBettingSites.com revealed that eSports gambling has experienced a spectacular 2,922% rise YoY in gross gambling yield (GGY...
article Leisure and entertainment venues reopen across Scotland
(UK) -- More lockdown restrictions have been eased across Scotland, allowing for further entertainment and leisure facilities to reopen. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon...
article Musselburgh and Chester staff hit by redundancies as racecourses feel the pinch
(UK) -- Richard Thomas of Chester Race Company has confirmed that three of Musselburgh’s six groundstaff face redundancy and revealed that 20 members of Chester’s full-...

8/22/2020

article Gambling recovered from Covid, but could now be laid low by legal hurdles
(UK) -- The house always wins, even in the midst of a pandemic. In the early days of lockdown, as the stock market lurched into stomach-churning freefall, the share...
article UK Bookmakers Paddy Power, Ladbrokes Accused of Abetting Gambling Addict
(UK) -- Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, two leading bookmakers in the United Kingdom, have been accused of allowing a disabled person to gamble away much of his settlement...

8/21/2020

article The future of the UK’s luxury casinos, post Covid-19
(UK) -- From London to Las Vegas, Monaco to Macao, wherever you are in the world, gambling is big business – and with billions of pounds pouring in and out of casinos...
article Welsh casinos get green light to reopen from 29 August
(UK) -- Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford has announced changes to COVD-19 restrictions in the country, which will see the nation’s casinos reopen from August 29.

8/20/2020

article Betting and Gaming Council welcomes confirmation Scottish casinos will re-open safely on 24 August
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council has welcomed confirmation that Scottish casinos will re-open their doors on 24 August. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the...

8/19/2020

article Cash poker games return to Grosvenor Casinos
(UK) -- Having reopened 35 of its venues across England, Rank Group-owned Grosvenor Casinos has relaunced cash poker games at the Poker Room at Grosvenor Casino The Vic.

8/17/2020

article UK online sports betting roars back as major events resume
(UK) -- UK online gamblers welcomed the return of major sports in June, resulting in sports betting revenue more than doubling from the previous month. Figures released...

8/16/2020

article Minimum age for playing National Lottery to be raised in gambling crackdown
(UK) -- The minimum age for playing the National Lottery is set to be raised in a bid to stop teenagers gambling. Those aged under 18 will be banned from playing Lotto...
article The lockdown life-changers: six people on their 2020 transformations – from giving up gambling to getting fit
(UK) -- As soon as he heard about the impending lockdown, Alex Harrison, 34, drove to his local casino in Liverpool and asked them to ban him for life. In the manager...

8/15/2020

article Casinos, bowling alleys, theatres, gig venues and wedding receptions can reopen
(UK) -- Casinos, bowling alleys, theatres, gig venues and wedding receptions can reopen from today, and unpampered Britons can finally get their facials. Businesses have...

8/14/2020

article No need for your poker face! Casino dealers will hand out cards face up
(UK) -- Gamblers who have spent years perfecting their poker face will be disappointed to hear they will no longer need one. As the government finally allows casinos to...
article When can casinos open again in the UK?
(UK) -- Casinos across the UK will reopen this weekend after the government stalled reopening earlier this month. They were forced to close on March 23 due to...

8/13/2020

article Sport's union with betting is never trumpeted but cheques are always cashed
(UK) -- Death threats used to be so much more sincere. Before social media arrived to make us all infinitely better humans, one would have to go out of their way to air...
article Industry analyst: UK casino reopening delay a “blessing in disguise”
(UK) -- The continued delay of reopening casinos in the UK is a “blessing in disguise”, according to a gambling industry analyst.
article Ladbrokes owner axes dividend after profits flatline
(UK) -- GVC Holdings is cancelling its interim dividend after coronavirus forced sports matches to be postponed or abandoned and the firm had to close betting shops.

8/10/2020

article U.K. Prime Minister Halts Casino Openings—Again
(UK) -- U.K.’s casinos came tantalizingly close to reopening this month, until Prime Minister Boris Johnson said no dice.

8/6/2020

article 7,000 casino jobs will be lost in days unless Boris Johnson reverses decision to keep them closed, MPs warn
(UK) -- More than 7,000 casino jobs will be lost within days unless Boris Johnson reverses last week’s decision to keep them shut, MPs have warned. Dozens of MPs...

8/5/2020

article Ministers consider plans for £100 loss limit on gambling websites
(UK) -- Gambling websites could introduce a £100 loss limit to protect lower-income customers under plans being considered by ministers. New industry-wide "...

8/4/2020

article Limit gamblers’ bets, urges UK think-tank
(UK) -- Gamblers should be limited to betting £100 each month unless they pass more stringent checks by betting companies, according to a report calling for reform...
article Online gamblers should prove they can afford losses, report finds
(UK) -- Online gamblers should not be able to lose more than £100 a month without proving they can afford it, according to a report that will also call for betting...

8/3/2020

article UK: casino reopening plan postponed "at least" two weeks
(UK) -- Last Friday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that in order to keep the coronavirus under control, the government has decided to postpone some of the...
article COLUMN: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos
(UK) -- Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners looks at the government u-turn to postpone the reopening of casinos in England, the growing support for a ban on...

8/2/2020

article Boris Johnson warned 6,000 jobs may be permanently lost in Casino industry
(UK) -- Government “wrecking ball” to casino industry is costing millions and half the jobs in England are now “at risk”, warns BGC. Industry...

8/1/2020

article Gambling probe launched amid fears of money laundering and spiralling debt
(UK) -- The Government has promised to review gambling legislation but patience is running out amid worries that the industry could be used for money laundering. A boom...
article Teen lottery players risk gambling addiction
(UK) -- Playing the lottery as a teenager leads to a bigger risk of problem gambling later in life, according to a groundbreaking new study. Researchers from the...
article Genting Malaysia subsidiary slams UK's 'whack-a-mole approach' in casino U-turn
(UK) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd's wholly-owned subsidiary Genting UK plc has expressed frustration over the UK government's announcement that casinos across England...

7/31/2020

article BGC expresses “utter dismay” at government casino u-turn
(UK) -- Industry standards body The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has expressed its “utter dismay” following the UK Government’s decision to delay...
article Rank Group CEO: Sector in “heap of trouble” if casino reopening delayed further
(UK) -- The casino sector could be in a “heap of trouble” if the reopening of venues is delayed further than the new planned date of 15 August, according to...
article UK casinos forced to delay reopening until Aug. 15 “at the earliest”
(UK) -- UK casinos are crying foul after the government delayed their planned post-pandemic reopening, while Scotland’s casinos are wondering if their launch...

7/28/2020

article Project Red Card: UK Soccer Players to Sue Data Gatherers, Sports Books for ‘Royalties’
(UK) -- Hundreds of current and former soccer players from the English Premier League, the English Football League, National League, and Scottish Premiership plan to sue...

7/27/2020

article BGC adamant it’s “now time” for casinos in Scotland and Wales to reopen
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the Scottish and Welsh governments to provide clarity on when casinos can reopen in both countries.
article UK soccer stars may sue betting companies over player data profits
(UK) -- The business of elite sports is awash with cash, with pro athletes having specific deals to cover every aspect of their lives. Now, a group of British-based...

7/26/2020

article Are we creating a generation of problem gamblers?
(UK) -- Jack Ritchie was still at school when he had his first big gambling win. It was the start of an addiction to betting that would cause devastation to his family....

7/25/2020

article Online gambling: Tory MPs join push to place advertising curbs and limits on betting to safeguard vulnerable customers
(UK) -- The gambling industry faces a political reckoning after the Covid-19 lockdown, with Conservative MPs teaming up with Labour to push for greater controls on...
article Scottish Government urged to announce casinos reopening date to 'end uncertainty'
(Scotland) -- It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned companies she may not be able to announce many more relaxations when lockdown restrictions are next...

7/23/2020

article Coronavirus: Gambling addiction treatments paused as staff redeployed
(UK) -- Treatments for dozens of people with gambling addictions across Great Britain were paused as NHS staff were redeployed due to coronavirus. Ex-gambling addict...
article Grosvenor Casinos ready to get back on its feet
(UK) -- August 1 can’t get here soon enough for Rank Group. The U.K.’s casinos have been shut down since March, much like those in many other places, because of the...
article Gambling help paused while NHS battled coronavirus
(UK) -- Treatments for dozens of people with gambling addictions across Great Britain were paused due to NHS staff being redeployed during the pandemic.

7/22/2020

article Grosvenor Casinos to reopen 44 venues in England
(UK) -- Grosvenor Casinos will reopen sites in England that closed for the Covid-19 lockdown with the implementation of social distancing measures.The casino operator,...

7/20/2020

article New campaigns aim to highlight the issue of gambling addiction
(UK) -- With post-lockdown sport now being played, GambleAware has launched two initiatives to help tackle problem gambling.l

7/19/2020

article National Lottery lets children gamble £350 a week online sparking fears of a future betting addiction epidemic
(UK) -- The National Lottery is taking advantage of a loophole that allows children as young as 16 to gamble hundreds of pounds a week online. There are fears the...

7/17/2020

article Boris Johnson gives casinos green light to reopen on August 1
(UK) -- A Bradford casino will reopen its doors next month after being given the green light by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
article Bowling alleys and casinos in the time of coronavirus
(UK) -- It's been 16 weeks since bowling alleys and casinos closed their doors, but on Friday Boris Johnson gave them the go-ahead to reopen from 1 August in England.
article UK casinos to reopen August 1, but Genting UK staff face the axe
(UK) -- UK casinos have finally been cleared to reopen after their lengthy COVID-19 closure but the welcome news may have come too late for a large number of Genting UK...

7/16/2020

article Number of UK problem gamblers seeking help soars in lockdown
(UK) -- The coronavirus lockdown has triggered a huge rise in problem gamblers seeking help, indicating “the first signs of a storm”, according to a leading...

7/13/2020

article Gambling companies could lose their shirts
(UK) -- Banning betting companies from being front-of-shirt sponsors is "one of the most obvious things to do" within the new Gambling Act in the UK, MP...

7/12/2020

article Government urged to review outdated casino regulation
(UK) -- Casino operator Rank Group is in line for a major boost if ministers heed to recommendations by an influential House of Lords report on gambling. Under decades-...

7/11/2020

article ‘My son was shaking, trying not to go online’: how the gambling industry got its claws into children
(UK) -- In Jack Ritchie’s first term of sixth form, when he was 17, he started to spend his lunch breaks at the bookies down the road from his school in Sheffield...

7/7/2020

article Mayfair casino Aspinall's faces legal claim it 'allows millionaire members to racially abuse black croupiers
(UK) -- A Mayfair casino allowed some of its members to racially abuse black croupiers and refuse to be dealt by them, according to a legal claim brought at a tribunal....

7/6/2020

article Heavy-Handed Legislation No Substitute For Nuanced Gambling Policy
(UK) -- The United States has in recent years been hurtling full speed toward the widespread liberalization of gambling. Across the Atlantic, however, things are moving...

7/5/2020

article Bookies warn shops will close and staff laid-off because of 'draconian' restrictions imposed by Scottish Government
(Scotland) -- Betting shops in Scotland are facing job losses and closures after takings plummeted as a result of “draconian” restrictions imposed by the...

7/4/2020

article Gambling in football: Betting sponsorship on shirts should be banned - Lords report
(UK) -- Premier League clubs should not be allowed to have betting firms on their shirts, a House of Lords Select Committee report has recommended. The cross-party...

7/3/2020

article A sting in the tale: Industry positivity over House of Lords report is premature
(UK) -- The last month has been a tale of two reports. While the APPG push for a £2 stake limit was greeted with a mix of boos and jeers, the industry response to...
article 2 million affected by problem gambling, report reveals
(UK) -- A House of Lords report into the dangers of gambling estimates that around two million people are impacted. ‘Gambling Harm: Time for Action’ states that around a...

7/1/2020

article Gambling regulation has gone 'horribly wrong', says Lord Grade
(UK) -- The regulation of gambling has gone “horribly wrong” and should be radically overhauled without delay, a House of Lords committee has urged. Ministers have...

6/29/2020

article "The UK gambling regulator has an unacceptably weak understanding of gambling harm"
(UK) -- According to the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Gambling Commission it...

6/28/2020

article Vulnerable problem gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and out-of-date regulator, scathing report warns
(UK) -- Vulnerable gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and behind-the-times industry regulator, a scathing report has warned. The Gambling Commission was...

6/27/2020

article Bookmakers hail return of sports fixtures across Europe
(UK) -- Bookmakers heaved a sigh of relief last week as betting shops reopened in the UK and sports fixtures started to return across Europe after the pandemic-enforced...
article House of Commons committee slams gambling regulator for being ‘toothless’
(UK) -- A House of Commons committee criticised the gambling industry for failing to protect consumers, and recommended a league table of betting companies based on...

6/26/2020

article Coronavirus Scotland: Scots bookies hit out after shops hit with toughest restrictions in UK
(Scotland) -- BOOKIES hit out after Scots shops were hit with the toughest restrictions in the UK for opening after lockdown. SNP ministers gave the green light for them...

6/25/2020

article English Casino Industry Indignant Over UK Government Lockdown Snub
(UK) -- England’s casino sector remains in a state of reluctant lockdown this week after it was left out of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to restart...
article John O’Reilly: UK government needs to act now to avoid casino job losses
(UK) -- John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank Group, has stated his disbelief at the UK government refusing to allow England’s casinos to reopen on 4 July,...

6/23/2020

article Betting and Gaming Council expresses exasperation with continued casino closures
(UK) -- Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) CEO Michael Dugher has furthered his outspoken lobbying during the coronavirus pandemic, following the news casinos will not...

6/21/2020

article Lottery chief’s biggest gamble: ‘If we don’t bid, or don’t win, then Camelot UK will cease to exist’
(UK) -- Among the 22,000 football fans who attended the Third Division play-off final at Wembley on May 29, 1993 was British Rail accountant Nigel Railton. The ardent...

6/16/2020

article Lawyer: Don't be surprised if APPG proposals are implemented in not too distant future
(UK) -- Despite the major impact online gambling reform recommendations would have on the UK industry, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were implemented,...

6/15/2020

article Back in business: how one Leeds betting shop opened its doors again on Monday
(UK) -- Things took a step back towards normality for punters in England on Monday morning when betting shops finally reopened. In a scene replicated up and down the...
article Influential group of MPs calls for total ban on gambling advertising
(UK) -- Gambling adverts should be banned, an influential group of more than 50 MPs and peers has concluded in a report that calls for the biggest shake-up of Britain...
article UK government backs £100m RET commitment from ‘big four’
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new era for responsible gambling as the UK’s four leading operators have pledged to spend £100 million on...

6/14/2020

article Curbs on FOBT stakes fuel fewer police callouts to bookmakers
(UK) -- Government-imposed cuts to the amount of money gamblers can stake on betting machines has led to a near-40% reduction in police callouts to bookies to deal with...

6/13/2020

article José Mourinho urged to cut ties to Paddy Power
(UK) -- José Mourinho , the manager of Tottenham Hotspur football club, is facing calls to ditch a lucrative advertising deal with the gambling giant Paddy Power aimed...
article UK gambling activity still showing overall decline during pandemic lockdown
(UK) -- UK gambling activity has remained relatively flat during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, according to new stats by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

6/11/2020

article 'We don't need another betting arcade in Erdington' - councillor slams proposed £500 slot machine venue
(UK) -- A new “adult gaming centre” proposed by betting firm Cashino could lead to more problem behaviour and crime in Erdington, a councillor has claimed....

6/10/2020

article Famous London casino The Ritz Club will not reopen after lockdown
(UK) -- The Famous London casino The Ritz Club - which opened in 1998 - and hosted celebrities including Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton will not reopen after...
article Gambling Commission confirms credit card gambling ban includes MSBs
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission has provided additional guidance for British operators accepting payment by credit card through money service businesses (MSBs). In a...
article UK: Credit ban applies across all technology verticals
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this afternoon reminded operators that its ban on credit card transactions applies to all-digital payment processing...

6/9/2020

article First attraction to reopen at Clacton Pier as lockdown lifted
(UK) -- Customers will be allowed into the Pier Casino to play the adult gaming machines in line with government advice from 10am to 10pm. The over-18 attraction is...

6/8/2020

article BLOG: The Effects of the Economic Shutdown on the UK Gambling Industry
(UK) -- It comes as no surprise that the COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, crisis has caused worldwide problems in the health, business and economic sectors...

6/6/2020

article All betting slips are off as bookies return after coronavirus
(UK) -- Punters will not be offered a cup of tea when they walk back into betting shops next week. Nor will they be encouraged to use a betting slip to back their...

6/5/2020

article Betting and Gaming Council commit to continue safer gambling adverts
(UK) -- Betting and Gaming Council members have pledged to ensure that 20 per cent of their television and radio adverts will be devoted to safer gambling. In April, the...

6/3/2020

article GVC wins one, loses one in UK gambling ad watchdog rulings
(UK) -- UK gambling operator GVC Holdings has won one fight and lost another with the country’s advertising watchdog. On Wednesday, the Advertising Standards...

6/2/2020

article BGC plans to “unite industry” through Safer Gambling Week 2020
(UK) -- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced that Safer Gambling Week 2020 will take place from 19th to 25th November. The six-day event, a rebrand of the...

6/1/2020

article Report questions crime and problem gambling understanding
(UK) -- A dearth of knowledge about the links between crime and problem gambling is putting more people at risk of harm, according to a new report from the Howard League...

5/31/2020

article Gambling addict, 29, who blew hundreds of thousands of dollars begs punters to quit
(UK) -- A young gambling addict who blew hundreds of thousands of dollars on the pokies and tried to kill himself after a binge has opened up on his long-term struggle...

5/29/2020

article UK gambling revenue dips following retail betting shop closures
(UK) -- UK gambling revenue took a modest dip in the most recent UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) survey, as online growth failed to offset a double-digit decline in retail...

5/28/2020

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...

5/27/2020

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...

5/26/2020

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,...

5/23/2020

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...

5/22/2020

article Media rights from betting shops key factor in survival of Irish racetracks
(Ireland) -- Media rights and the potential reopening in July of betting shops in Britain are emerging as key factors in the survival of Ireland’s 26 racetracks...

5/21/2020

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...

5/20/2020

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...

5/17/2020

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...

5/12/2020

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...

5/10/2020

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...

5/9/2020

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...

5/4/2020

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...

5/1/2020

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...

4/30/2020

article Calls for gambling limits to be introduced during lockdown
(Ireland) -- Finland has become the latest European country to implement loss limits on online gambling during the Covid-19 pandemic while there have been further calls...

4/29/2020

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...

4/28/2020

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...

4/27/2020

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...

4/25/2020

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...

4/24/2020

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...

4/20/2020

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,...

4/19/2020

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...

4/18/2020

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...

4/17/2020

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...

4/16/2020

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...

4/14/2020

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....

4/12/2020

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...
article Watchdog warns operators of surge in online gambling by vulnerable customers
(UK) -- Bill Moyes has outlined the stringent measures taken by the UK’s £14.4bn industry to protect consumers through a continued campaign of tough...

4/11/2020

article ASA Enable Public To Report Corona Gambling Ads To Watchdog
(UK) -- This week, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) introduced a new service through which members of the public could warn the watchdog regarding ads that make...

4/9/2020

article Coronavirus: NHS fears 'new wave' of gambling addiction
(UK) -- Gamblers could struggle during the coronavirus crisis as isolation leads them into addiction and debt, an NHS clinic has warned. The clinic, in Leeds, expects a...

4/8/2020

article GVC halts dividend, betting shop rent payments as COVID-19 bites
(UK) -- UK-listed gambling operator GVC Holdings says its “mitigating actions” have reduced its monthly earnings hit from the COVID-19 pandemic to £50m...

4/7/2020

article UK Gambling Commission Reducing Staff, Critics Pan Decision
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is reducing its number of employees, a decision that is being scolded by critics who feel the agency is already understaffed....

4/5/2020

article Gambling watchdog's plan to cut staff astonishes campaigners
(UK) -- The gambling regulator is to cut staff, the Guardian has learned, prompting dismay among campaigners after a report that found it was already too weak. The...

4/4/2020

article UKGC Revokes Dynamic And Sportito’s Licence Due To GAMSTOP Failures
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission has announced that it has revoked Dynamic’s licence, who trade as Prophet, along with Sportito’s with immediate effect...

4/1/2020

article Gambling Commission to introduce VIP, bonus and advertising reforms
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission (GC) has announced, in collaboration with a group of the market’s operators, it will implement a series of measures to make...

3/31/2020

article With live sports effectively cancelled, gamblers in London are placing bets on everything from animated horse racing to table tennis
(UK) -- For now, live sports is effectively over. On March 11, soon after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA indefinitely...
article OP/ED: UK gambling must respond positively to coronavirus crisis
(UK) -- The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a series of events on the gambling industry that no one could have foreseen as recently as three weeks ago.

3/30/2020

article Gambling addicts who search for help via iPhones get bombarded with adverts for betting firms instead
(UK) -- Gambling addicts who searched for phone apps to help them quit have been bombarded by adverts for online casinos. Those using Apple's App Store to look for...

3/28/2020

article Casino hostess wins sexual discrimination case against chief executive of the Ritz Club
(UK) -- A casino hostess at The Ritz has won a sex discrimination case after her boss called her 'a china doll' and mocked her for having a bottom 'like Kim...
article Digitain announces several alternative betting options
(UK) -- The company has instituted a remote working policy and revamped its in-house casino offering within 24 hours of the outbreak. Its upcoming alternate revenue...

3/27/2020

article Gambling firms are accused of luring punters in coronavirus lockdown by ramping up advertising
(UK) -- Gambling firms have been accused of exploiting the vulnerable by ramping up advertising and offers during the coronavirus lockdown. Bookmakers have filled...
article Gambling levels may have plummeted, but we get the concerns and are stepping up action on safer gambling
(UK) -- Gambling levels may have plummeted, but we get the concerns and are stepping up action on safer gambling during the COVID-19 crisis - writes Betting and Gaming...
article Online gambling sites begin taking bets on how the coronavirus will spread as professional sports leagues shut down and leave them struggling to make up lost revenue
(UK) -- Online gambling sites begin taking bets on how the coronavirus will spread as professional sports leagues shut down and leave them struggling to make up lost...
article GVC ups responsible gambling measures to support BGC call of duty
(UK) -- GVC Holdings has underlined its support for the Betting and Gaming Council’s (BGC) ‘coordinated approach’ to provide consumers with the safest...

3/26/2020

article BLOG: What London Casinos Can Learn from Vegas
(London) -- Gambling in London is great. The capital city vibe and the often-regal gaming venues can make for a really special evening. That said, Vegas remains number...
article How the Sports Betting Industry is Coping with Cancelled Football Matches and Liverpool Being Crowned as the Champions
(UK) -- Since the English Premier League announced that the remaining matches scheduled this season will have to be moved at least three weeks from now, there have been...

3/25/2020

article Stuck-at-Home Britons Provide Boost for Online Casino Companies
(UK) -- Britons stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak are hitting the online casinos, providing a boost for operators of virtual games such as blackjack and...
article Gaming and betting shops included in UK Covid-19 rates holiday
(UK) -- Gambling industry group the Betting and Gaming Council, which represents 90 per cent of the UK’s gaming companies, praised the Johnson administration after...

3/24/2020

article Lockdown 'leads gamblers from sports bets to riskier choices'
(UK) -- Gamblers are switching from wagers on sport to far riskier online casino and slot games amid lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to...

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