ASA Removes Gala Spins’ “Irresponsible” Video Ad After Finding It Particularly Appealing to Children

ASA Removes Gala Spins’ “Irresponsible” Video Ad After Finding It Particularly Appealing to Children

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld a complaint against a gambling operator for using an advert that could be found particularly appealing to underage individuals. The gambling advert, which features fluffy animals, has been suspended after the regulator tagged it as “irresponsible”. The Gala Spins ad, which appeared as a paid-for post on Facebook, was seen by the complainant on August 12th, 2020. The post included a video that features five toy animals, as well as a caption “It’s a rollercoaster of cuteness!” The person who filed the complaint to…

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GVC Holdings Sells 106 UK- and Ireland-Based Racecourse Pitches to Exit On-Course Betting Operations

GVC Holdings Sells 106 UK- and Ireland-Based Racecourse Pitches to Exit On-Course Betting Operations

Two of the most popular British betting brands – Ladbrokes and Coral – will no longer operate on the betting rings in the UK and Ireland after it was confirmed that the owner of the two companies, GVC Holdings, has reached an agreement to sell its 106 pitches to a competitor and exit on-course operations. In a statement released on October 27th, the trading director of GVC Holdings, Rom Ritzema, said that it was not an easy decision to make and explained that a number of factors had been taken…

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NatWest Bank Unveils Gambling Ban Feature for Debit Card Transactions and 48-Hour “Cool-Off” Period

NatWest Bank Unveils Gambling Ban Feature for Debit Card Transactions and 48-Hour “Cool-Off” Period

One of the major retail and commercial banks in the UK, National Westminster Bank (NatWest), unveiled a gambling ban option on the use of debit cards that would provide the bank’s customers who may be problem gamblers with a “cooling-off” period of 48 hours before they are able to make such payments again. The new feature is part of the bank’s efforts to help customers who could suffer from gambling addictions to better control their spending on gambling services. As mentioned above, NatWest customers will be forced to wait 48…

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BHA Says British Horseracing Industry Faces Financial Difficulties with Prize Money Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

BHA Says British Horseracing Industry Faces Financial Difficulties with Prize Money Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

The restrictions implemented by the UK Government because of the coronavirus pandemic are responsible for the decrease in prize money in the British horseracing sector. The trend has raised concerns that horse owners will disregard the prestige of the sector that has been built over centuries of tradition and shift their interests to overseas races. According to reports, the British horseracing, which is estimated at £4 billion on an annual basis, is asking the UK Government for some reforms and financial help that is supposed to help it survive the…

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The Rank Group Accuses the Government of Targeted Attack to the UK Retail Gambling Sector with Recent Casino and Bingo Halls Closures

The Rank Group Accuses the Government of Targeted Attack to the UK Retail Gambling Sector with Recent Casino and Bingo Halls Closures

The boss of one of the largest casino and bingo operators in the UK – Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo – Jonathon Swaine – has criticised the country’s Government for what he called “senseless” closures of gambling venues in Tier 3 regions. Mr Swaine explained that the decision for the closures was extremely unfair and described it as a “targeted attack” to the gambling industry that had no justification at all. The Rank Group’s managing director shared his disappointment with the stricter rules that will be imposed by the Government…

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Betsson Withdraws Eight Brands from the UK Gambling Market with Immediate Effect

Betsson Withdraws Eight Brands from the UK Gambling Market with Immediate Effect

The Nordic online gambling company Betsson AB has decided to make a significant reduction in its presence in the UK market. On October 21st, the Stockholm-based operator made an official announcement that it was to reduce its current market presence in the UK to a single brand from nine brands operating under four licences on three different platforms. The brand that will remain operational, Rizk, was purchased from Gaming Innovation Group earlier in 2020 along with other gaming brands. The Group is to hand three of its four licences back…

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New GambleAware Study Shows Decline in UKGambling Addiction and Gambling Spending Levels during Coronavirus Lockdown

New GambleAware Study Shows Decline in UKGambling Addiction and Gambling Spending Levels during Coronavirus Lockdown

A new two-part study commissioned by the local charity organisation GambleAware and conducted by YouGov showed that overall gambling rates in the UK declined over the coronavirus lockdown. The same trend applied to median customer expenditures and gambling addiction rates. A total of 12,161 individuals took part in the survey conducted by YouGov in the period from September 24th and October 13th, 2019. A recontact survey was held in May 2020, with 9,067 respondents from the first phase taking part in it. As revealed by GambleAware, the survey used the…

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Latest Probe against Crown Resorts Shows Some Changes in Money Laundering Practices Have Begun

Latest Probe against Crown Resorts Shows Some Changes in Money Laundering Practices Have Begun

Some analysts have blamed Australian regulators for dealing with businesses of little importance for far too long. Now, they have been optimistic that the situation is starting to change considering the ongoing investigations and inquiries of the Crown Resorts’ casino business. The shares of the Australian casino giant Crown Resorts fell by 8.2% yesterday after the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) confirmed it started an investigation into the company’s practices related to high-risk patrons of its Melbourne casino. Apart from that, the gambling operator has been subject to…

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DGOJ Provides William Hill’s Subsidiary Mr Green with Operating Licence Despite Stricter Regulatory Policy

DGOJ Provides William Hill’s Subsidiary Mr Green with Operating Licence Despite Stricter Regulatory Policy

No matter the Spanish Government has been imposing more restrictions on the country’s gambling sector, the market seems to have preserved its attractiveness to operators from all over the world. Spain hosts a large number of gambling companies and the list has just gotten even larger. As revealed by the local gambling watchdog – the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) – William Hill’s subsidiary Mr Green has received an operating license under which it would be able to offer its services in Spain. William Hill may have…

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AUSTRAC to Investigate Crown Melbourne Casino for Alleged Due Diligence and Money Laundering Issues

AUSTRAC to Investigate Crown Melbourne Casino for Alleged Due Diligence and Money Laundering Issues

Casino giant Crown Resorts is now facing a new challenge for its operating licences and the prospect of being imposed massive monetary fines after the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) informed that it has recognised potential non-compliance issues at the company’s Crown Melbourne casino. As revealed in a statement by the Australian casino company, the potential non-compliance involved some concerns associated with ongoing customer due diligence, as well as with complying with, adopting and maintaining a counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering financing program. The casino giant shared that the…

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