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Rank Group CEO: Sector in “heap of trouble” if casino reopening delayed further

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 the Rank Group CEO.

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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...
article Irish racing puts the livelihoods argument first
(Ireland) -- Irish racing can be an incestuous echo-chamber at the best of times. But its decision to keep going behind closed doors in the face of a national health...

3/22/2020

article Coronavirus: gambling firms urged to impose betting cap of £50 a day
(UK) -- MPs have implored online gambling firms to impose a temporary betting cap of £50 a day during the Covid-19 crisis, as evidence emerged that they are...

3/21/2020

article More than 550,000 punters turn their backs on online betting as they use bank account gambling block
(UK) -- More than half a million people are so concerned about their online gambling that they have blocked themselves from using their bank account for their habit....
article UK orders betting shops, casinos to close to halt COVID-19 spread
(UK) -- UK betting shops and casinos have been ordered to close their doors effective immediately, part of the government’s efforts to reduce spread of the COVID-...

3/20/2020

article Why has the UK gambling industry been excluded from business rate relief?
(UK) -- On 17 March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK ensured the House of Commons the Government would "do whatever it takes to support our economy...
article Corona-related affiliate marketing earns ire of operators, regulators
(UK) -- Online gambling may be a safer option than visiting a casino (assuming you can find one that’s still open) in these pandemic times, but claiming so in...

3/19/2020

article Gambling Addiction Blocking Firm Issues Coronavirus Isolation Warning
(UK) -- A gambling addiction blocking company in the United Kingdom; Gamban, has today issued a stark warning regarding gambling addiction and coronavirus isolation.
article UK online gambling ops warned not to exploit coronavirus crisis
(UK) -- The UK’s gambling regulator is warning its online licensees not to abuse opportunities provided by the COVID-19 pandemic, while the industry’s lobby...

3/18/2020

article Coronavirus: history shows it could provide racing with an opportunity for change
(UK) -- As now, in 2001 British racing was in crisis - then because of a severe outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that affected everyday life across the country. The...

3/17/2020

article Better Collective targets unchanged despite sports shutdown
(UK) -- Better Collective has said its financial targets remain unchanged despite ongoing postponements and cancellations throughout the world of sport. The affiliate...
article Gambling industry calls for government support to mitigate impact of coronavirus
(UK) -- The British government has been urged to provide emergency help to save thousands of jobs across the gambling industry, which has been left reeling by the...
article UK gambling seeks gov't help as sports and racing cupboard bare
(UK) -- UK sports betting and gambling operators are pleading for the government to help offset the cancellation of all UK racing fixtures and the postponement of the...

3/2/2020

article Betting body secures services of top political journalist
(UK) -- Renowned political journalist Kevin Schofield is to leave his job as editor of the PoliticsHome website to become director of communications and digital at the...

2/29/2020

article Are Gambling Winnings Taxable? – UK Gaming Laws and Taxes Explained
(UK) -- One of the players’ biggest concerns sometimes may not be whether they will lose money or not, but will there be taxes on their winnings. After all,...

2/27/2020

article Gambling Commission 'is being outgunned' by betting companies
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission is outpaced and outgunned by betting companies, according to a government report warning that the watchdog is struggling to protect...

2/25/2020

article Gambling in football: Call on Prime Minister to ban betting sponsorship
(UK) -- Campaigners will deliver a letter to the prime minister on Wednesday calling for an end to gambling sponsorship in football. Gambling with Lives and The Big Step...

2/24/2020

article TROUBLE FOR PUNTERS: Brexit Could Cut Britain’s iGaming Options
(UK) -- BRITAIN waited a long three-and-a-half years from the Brexit vote to actually come to fruition, with the Leave Means Leave celebration part at Parliament Square...
article ‘Most gambling ads are disposable’: Why Ladbrokes and Coral are relaunching their brands
(UK) -- Bookmakers Ladbrokes and Coral are relaunching with new and more upmarket brand positionings and propositions in a bid to get ahead in a competitive sector.

2/23/2020

article Gambling charity ‘censors’ addicts in chatrooms
(UK) -- Britain’s leading gambling charity, which is funded by the industry, has censored addicts on its forums who lobby against the predatory behaviour of...
article Gambling is probably the toughest addiction of them all - and yet it remains virtually unregulated
(Ireland) -- Whenever they start talking about the 'housing issue', I start thinking about the 'gambling issue'. Housing is difficult, with many vested...

2/19/2020

article Alderney gambling company suspended from operating in the UK after review
(UK) -- Online betting company, TripleBet has had it's license suspended by the UK Gambling Commission. The firm, which is registered in Alderney, is not allowed to...

2/18/2020

article Gambling laws 'could have saved our son's life'
(UK) -- The parents of a County Fermanagh man who took his own life as a result of a gambling addiction say his life could have been saved if laws were stricter. Peter...

2/17/2020

article Gambling Commission 'temporarily suspends' licence of betting exchange Matchbook
(UK) -- The Gambling Commission has "temporarily" suspended the licence of betting exchange Matchbook but the reason for the move is unclear.

2/16/2020

article Everton to drop lucrative deal with gambling giant two years early
(UK) -- Everton are to end their sponsorship by the Kenyan gambling giant SportPesa at the end of this season, two years early, the club has announced. The lucrative...

2/14/2020

article House of Lords Questions UK Gambling Commission
(UK) -- A House of Lords select committee has questioned the members of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) during a hearing researching “the social and economic...

2/13/2020

article Shares in betting firms plunge over suggested £2 cap in online casinos
(UK) -- Shares in gambling companies have plunged in value by hundreds of millions of pounds after the industry regulator said it would consider slashing the maximum...

2/10/2020

article Dave Allen reacts as Gambling Commission launch betting investigation
(UK) -- If you use this content, you legally agree to credit World Boxing News and backlink to our story Dave Allen reacts as Gambling Commission launch betting...

2/9/2020

article UK gambling market comes under siege
(UK) -- When the little-known betting website, Royal Panda, was snapped up by the Swedish group LeoVegas in 2017, it was supposed to be a gateway to the booming UK...

2/8/2020

article Gambling firm owned by one of Czech Republic's richest men is preparing a bid to run National Lottery
(UK) -- A gambling firm owned by one of the Czech Republic's richest men is preparing a bid to run the National Lottery – and the company claims it could do a...

2/4/2020

article Mr Green instructs UK affiliates to cease casino advertising immediately
(UK) -- Mr Green has instructed its UK-facing affiliate partners to halt all casino marketing activity with immediate effect. The William Hill-owned brand issued an...
article Whistleblower Claims Rainbow Casino Infested With Mice
(UK) -- Rainbow Casino in the English city of Bristol is reportedly infested with mice. A former employee of the city center venue has spoken exclusively to Bristol Live...

2/3/2020

article MPs want total ban on TV gambling adverts to stop epidemic destroying lives
(UK) -- MPs want a total ban on TV gambling adverts. They say bookies’ voluntary acceptance of a ban during live sports and pre-9pm is not enough.
article We can't turn a blind eye to the gambling epidemic any longer
(UK) -- When you consider the gambling industry’s omnipresence today, it is difficult to believe betting shops weren’t even legal in the UK until 1961.
article Tony Adams: Former Arsenal captain calls for football to cut ties with gambling companies
(UK) -- Former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams says football needs to cut its ties with gambling companies. Adams' charity Sporting Chance, which supports...

2/2/2020

article Gambling Act review: TV and online betting crackdown on the cards
(UK) -- Campaigners who succeeded in getting the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals slashed to £2 last year now want the same limit for TV and online...
article UK amusement suppliers prepare for new £20 banknote
(UK) -- In 2016, the new £5 notes came into service with the larger denomination the following year and were dubbed “more durable” than the paper...

2/1/2020

article Magnificent seven for Honeysuckle as unbeaten mare lands Irish Champion
(UK) -- Honeysuckle stretched her unbeaten run to seven when landing the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday, but had to be game to deny Darver Star an...

1/26/2020

article DCMS to judge whether football needs to blackout betting
(UK) -- Nigel Adams, the UK Minister for Sports and Digital (DCMS), has stated that ‘football’s link with betting’ will form a key part of the...
article bet365 gambling tycoon Denise Coates named UK top taxpayer with £276 million bill
(UK) -- Gambling tycoon Denise Coates has been named the country's largest taxpayer - after landing an estimated £276 million bill. The founder and joint chief...
article The BBC hate everything about racing. I should know – they sacked me too
(UK) -- For those of you who have enjoyed listening to the gravelly, rich tones of Cornelius Lysaght on BBC radio over the past three decades, as you may have seen in...

1/24/2020

article Gambling watchdog under fire over betting firms' role in addiction taskforce
(UK) -- The gambling regulator has denied allowing betting firms to “mark their own homework”, after it asked companies behind a string of high-profile...
article Sports Minister Nigel Adams says football is 'too dependent' on gambling
(UK) -- Football has "far too much dependency" on sponsorship from gambling companies, according to the sports minister. Nigel Adams MP says clubs "need...

1/22/2020

article Gambling tycoons getting rich on misery of others is a sign of the times – Kenny MacAskill
(UK) -- Gambling has been normalised as governments have failed to respond to the dangers on betting online, writes Kenny MacAskill. The curse of gambling has struck...
article ‘I was living a secret life’: the agonising rise of female gamblers
(UK) -- Nancy gambled away the £3,000 her father had saved up for his own funeral. It’s the thing she feels most ashamed of having done during her four-year...

1/21/2020

article Britain’s betting industry is out of control. A new gambling act must curb it
(UK) -- Not a day goes by without another horror story about gambling. A familiar theme now dominates the front pages: for too long, the betting industry has encouraged...

1/20/2020

article UK gambling ops refute claims of underage database access
(UK) -- The UK gambling industry is pushing back against hyperbolic media articles implying that online operators are using government data to target underage gamblers.

1/17/2020

article Bishop seeks law change to recognise role of gambling in suicide
(UK) -- The Bishop of St Albans is seeking a change to the law on inquests so that gambling addiction is noted as a factor if someone has taken their own life. Dr Alan...
article Operators remove slot feature after Gambling Commission warning
(UK) -- Six online gambling operators offering buy-in options on their slot games have now removed the features from their sites, after being contacted by the Gambling...

1/16/2020

article Betfred betting tycoons 'are making a fortune' from gambling addiction services paid for by taxpayers
(UK) -- The billionaire owners of BetFred are making millions from gambling addiction services paid for by taxpayers. Brothers Fred and Peter Done also own a company...
article Who are Fred and Peter Done, the brothers behind Betfred bookmakers?
(UK) -- The billionaire brothers have come a long way from their humble upbringing in Manchester. They grew up in what Peter Done has described as the “slums of...
article You won’t be able to use your credit card to gamble from April - here’s why
(UK) -- UK residents will be banned from using credit cards to gamble following an announcement from The Gambling Commission. The ban has been created in an effort to...

1/15/2020

article NHS should not have to pick up pieces from bookmakers' tactics, says health chief
(UK) -- The health service should not be left to pick up the pieces from gambling firms’ tactics to retain customers with addiction issues, the NHS’s mental...
article NHS tells betting firms to stop 'vicious gambling cycle'
(UK) -- The head of mental health services in England has written to five major gambling companies, demanding urgent action on tackling gambling addiction and its impact...
article First look inside Pier Nine - the new Brighton seafront casino
(UK) -- A casino has unveiled a new entertainment hub after transforming a former Art Deco cinema. The Grosvenor Casino in Grand Junction Road, Brighton, has been turned...

1/14/2020

article Betting with credit cards to be banned from April
(UK) -- A ban on using credit cards to place bets will come into force in mid-April as part of a crackdown by the industry regulator to protect vulnerable gamblers. The...
article Bookies William Hill, Flutter and GVC see shares fall after gambling watchdog announces ban on betting with credit cards
(UK) -- Shares in betting firms fell this morning after the Gambling Commission announced a virtual ban on gambling with credit cards. William Hill, Paddy Power owner...
article Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction
(UK) -- Britons will no longer be able to use credit cards to place bets under the latest move by the government to tackle problem gambling, hurting the owner of...
article Credit card gambling: 'It'll take me 10 years to pay off my debt'
(UK) -- Years of debt. No money to take a holiday. Mental health problems. These are just some of the issues affecting people who've gambled online using their...
article FA's controversial 'bet-to-view' deal under investigation by Gambling Commission
(UK) -- The Football Association’s controversial deal to allow betting firms to screen FA Cup matches on a so-called “bet-to-view” basis is being...

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