Main UK Gambling Regulator Remains Committed to Tackling Gambling-Related Harm and Providing Better Customer Protection

Main UK Gambling Regulator Remains Committed to Tackling Gambling-Related Harm and Providing Better Customer Protection

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) remains committed to its strategy to reduce gambling-related harm and guarantee that local customers are well protected against possible negative consequences of gambling. It was only last week when the regulatory body revealed that it has imposed s number of significant penalty packages totalling £4.5 million to companies which operate in the online gambling sector. The move was taken as part of the widespread regulatory actions of the Commission against companies which failed to make sure they put in place effective measures preventing money laundering…

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More Gambling Addiction Centres Needed in the UK, Sky Bet’s Boss Says

More Gambling Addiction Centres Needed in the UK, Sky Bet’s Boss Says

The executive chairman of Sky Bet shared his concern with the fact that the gambling industry as a whole had not been very supportive to people who suffer from problem gambling. In an interview for BBC News, Mr Flint said that the sector had not done enough to look after gambling addicts and suggested that gambling operators should consider providing some funding to a network focused on gambling treatment. According to the boss of one of the largest online gambling businesses in the UK, a network of gambling treatment centres…

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Online Sportsbooks in Victoria to Face Regulatory Crackdown as of May 26th, 2019

Online Sportsbooks in Victoria to Face Regulatory Crackdown as of May 26th, 2019

As part of the recent reforms introduced in the state of Victoria, sports betting companies will be fully suspended from directly marketing online services to local users unless customers opt in. In addition, sports betting businesses will no longer be permitted to offer so-called “free bets” which require customers to continue playing with the possible winnings. In a few days, the Government of Daniel Andrews is set to launch a bunch of tougher regulatory rules targeting online gambling. The measure comes as a result of a deal agreed a couple…

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Gambling Addict Steals Jewellery from His Family to Cover £20,000 Gambling Debt

Gambling Addict Steals Jewellery from His Family to Cover £20,000 Gambling Debt

Leigh Clewlow from Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, was handed a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of theft, a result of his serious gambling addiction. The 35-year-old man stole money and jewellery from his family to cover a £20,000 gambling debt after losing his job and marriage. Gambling addiction, which affects around 400,000 people in the United Kingdom according to official data, has been associated with mental health problems, job loss, financial debt, and even criminal behaviour. The latest case to come to light is of Leigh Clewlow, a 35-year-old man…

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Scottish MP Asks British Gambling Operators for Larger Contributions for Problem Gambling Charities

Scottish MP Asks British Gambling Operators for Larger Contributions for Problem Gambling Charities

Inverclyde Member of Parliament Ronnie Cowan has addressed the largest bookmakers in the UK and challenged them to provide more support to gambling addiction services through contributions from their profits. In a letter to William Hill, bet365, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and BetFred, MP Cowan states that each one of these five companies is responsible to make sure that their customers are protected against gambling-related harm so they have to guarantee that such negative consequences are minimised. The Scottish politician’s initiative comes after revelations that the voluntary scheme, under which gambling…

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Labour Party’s Deputy Leader Urges Online Gambling Operators to Reapply for UK Licences

Labour Party’s Deputy Leader Urges Online Gambling Operators to Reapply for UK Licences

The UK Labour Party believe that all online casino businesses should have to reapply for a gambling operating licence. The suggestion was made following the revelations of the British gambling industry regulatory body which said that more than one-third of the licensees were found to be failing their customers. The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, has sent a letter to both the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright and the CEO of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), questioning the integrity of a large number of operators, most of which…

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Japanese Gambler Sentenced to Jail after Stealing His Employer’s Money and Spending It at Crown Casino Melbourne

Japanese Gambler Sentenced to Jail after Stealing His Employer’s Money and Spending It at Crown Casino Melbourne

It seems like the Crown Casino is just destined to be involved in accidents lately. A young Japanese man has been imprisoned for stealing AU$140,000 from the suitcase of his boss and going to Crown Casino Melbourne where he spent it all only in a matter of a few hours. The incident happened in October 2018. At the time, the 23-year-old Takuro Yanagida was visiting Melbourne with his employer, who ran a sports marketing business. The fact that he had access to the hotel room, with his boss sleeping and…

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Irish Government Pledges to Soon Establish Promised Gambling Regulatory Body

Irish Government Pledges to Soon Establish Promised Gambling Regulatory Body

According to the Junior Minister in the Department of Justice, David Stanton, the Irish Government’s plan to create an independent gambling regulatory body. These intentions were announced a couple of months ago as part of the Government’s efforts to make the regulation of the country’s gambling sector more efficient and up-to-date. Mr Stanton further noted that all stakeholders were unanimous on the regulator’s establishment and want to see it up and running as soon as possible. The Junior Minister took part in a seminar on licensing and regulation of gambling…

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UKGC Imposes Further Penalty Packages of £4.5 Million on Online Gambling Businesses for Safety Failures

UKGC Imposes Further Penalty Packages of £4.5 Million on Online Gambling Businesses for Safety Failures

Today, the UK Gambling Commission revealed that four gambling operators will be forced to pay penalty packages totalling £4.5 million as part of the British major gambling regulator’s investigation into the country’s online casino industry. All monetary penalties have been imposed due to the businesses failures to guarantee effective safety measures in order to prevent money laundering and protect their customers from being affected by gambling-related harm. As mentioned above, the penalty packages have been imposed on the operators as part of the UKGC’s ongoing investigation into the local online…

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New South Australian Government Survey Finds Online Gambling Has Risen Threefold Since 2012

New South Australian Government Survey Finds Online Gambling Has Risen Threefold Since 2012

A study released by the State Government has found that the number of South Australia residents who gamble online has risen nearly three times since 2012. The Government was set to release an extensive report into gambling trends, based on a research of held among 20,000 people. As revealed by the report, about 13% of the State’s population wagered online in 2018, with the figure representing a massive increase from 5% in 2012 and only 1% in 2005. What is even more disturbing of a trend was the fact that…

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