NHS Boss Calls for Largest UK Gambling Operators to Help Tackling Gambling-Related Harm

NHS Boss Calls for Largest UK Gambling Operators to Help Tackling Gambling-Related Harm

The head of the National Health Service (NHS) has addressed a number of UK gambling companies and urged to take the actions on tackling gambling-related harm and gambling addiction as soon as possible. Claire Murdoch, head of England’s mental health services wrote a letter to bet365, GVC Holdings, Flutter Entertainment, William Hill and BetFred to share her concern with some allegations that gambling companies were targetting problem gamblers. She explained that providing incentives such as free bets, free tickets and VIP gambling experiences to people who find it hard to…

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Participation in Nation-Wide Self-Exclusion Scheme GAMSTOP Will Be Obligatory for All UK Online Gambling Operators as of March 2020

Participation in Nation-Wide Self-Exclusion Scheme GAMSTOP Will Be Obligatory for All UK Online Gambling Operators as of March 2020

Apart from the ban that is set to be imposed on the use of credit cards for gambling, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has also announced that all iGaming operators would be required to take part in GAMSTOP, the nation-wide self-exclusion scheme. As Casino Guardian has previously revealed, the scheme had been specially developed to provide local customers with the chance to ban themselves from online gambling by making one request only rather than filing requests to each operator. The GAMSTOP scheme is expected to make self-exclusion easier for people…

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UKGC Announced Credit Card Ban for Online Gambling Transactions as of April 14th, 2020

UKGC Announced Credit Card Ban for Online Gambling Transactions as of April 14th, 2020

The gambling regulatory body of the UK has officially confirmed that credit cards would no longer be allowed to be used for gambling transactions as of April 2020. The decision follows the calls for stricter regime in the online gambling sector that have been made by charity organisations and other anti-gambling campaigners. The move that was announced by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) after a number of reviews is also aimed at tackling rising problem gambling rates and ensuring better protection for the most vulnerable members of society, including compulsive…

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UKGC Expected to Officially Announce Credit Card Use Ban for Gambling Transactions Within Days

UKGC Expected to Officially Announce Credit Card Use Ban for Gambling Transactions Within Days

The main regulatory body of the British gambling sector is already making preparations to suspend bookmakers from accepting online gambling deposits. The move is part of the latest efforts of the UK government to prevent the exploitation of customers who are vulnerable to the negative effects of gambling-related harm. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is expected to officially unveil the ban on credit card use for gambling as soon as January 13th. As revealed by sources close to the matter, have revealed that such an announcement by the gambling regulator…

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AUSTRAC Inks Memorandum of Understanding with UKGC to Better Oppose Serious Criminal Practices

AUSTRAC Inks Memorandum of Understanding with UKGC to Better Oppose Serious Criminal Practices

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) has bolstered its relationship and cooperation with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in order to better oppose serious terrorism and financial crime practices. The two parties have signed a regulatory Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in London, under which the agencies would be able to share regulatory data and compliance information. That information would be used to bolster the internal financial system against various international crime, including corruption, financing of terrorist organisations, money laundering, etc. The Chief Executive Officer of AUSTRAC, Nicole Rose…

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Scandalous FA Cup Rights Sale to bet365 Fuels Public Shaming of the Football Association

Scandalous FA Cup Rights Sale to bet365 Fuels Public Shaming of the Football Association

Last night, the decision of the Football Association to sell the FA Cup rights to the UK betting giant bet365 fuelled much concern and strong criticism. Under the provisions of the six-year deal, bet365 would be allowed to show FA Cup matches both on its official website and its mobile application. Last weekend, in order to be able to watch the matches on the gambling company’s website, users were required to place a bet before the beginning of the match or create an account with a £5 deposit. Furthermore, the…

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NHS Set to Open New Sunderland Clinic to Fight Gambling Addiction in the Region

NHS Set to Open New Sunderland Clinic to Fight Gambling Addiction in the Region

Later this week, a new National Health Service (NHS) clinic is to start operation in Sunderland as part of the authorities’ efforts to tackle problem gambling that has been spreading across the country. As the NHS itself revealed, its Northern Gambling Service base situated at the Beacon of Light is set to offer help to people who suffer severe problems due to compulsive gambling, as well as the ones suffering from associated mental health conditions. The new clinic, which is set to open doors in a few days, will offer…

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Wayne Rooney Reveals Details about Former Gambling Addiction as Part of 32Red’s “Stay In Control” Campaign

Wayne Rooney Reveals Details about Former Gambling Addiction as Part of 32Red’s “Stay In Control” Campaign

Wayne Rooney, one of the most successful England footballers, has revealed some details about his gambling addiction at the time he started playing at Manchester United FC. The 34-year-old player has opened up about his problem gambling even though several months ago, he agreed to join Derby County Football Club after an agreement that is being sponsored by a local gambling operator. In August 2018, Derby County revealed that under a recently-signed agreement, Wayne Rooney would become part of the club. The move, however, has been obscured by the fact…

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British Betting Firms Are Heavily Dependent on Losing VIP Customers, UKGC Report Indicates

British Betting Firms Are Heavily Dependent on Losing VIP Customers, UKGC Report Indicates

Documents unveiled by the British regulator, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), indicate many bookmakers operating in the country rely heavily on problem and high-spending VIP customers. According to the data gathered by the watchdog, such bettors bring in £4 out of every £5 wagered with online gambling operators. It is a widespread practice in the industry to incentivise losing customers and big spenders by granting them membership in VIP schemes. VIP members are rewarded with different perks like free wagers, cashbacks on their losses, and free tickets for major sporting…

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Northern Ireland Ladbrokes Betting Shop Robbed on New Year’s Day

Northern Ireland Ladbrokes Betting Shop Robbed on New Year’s Day

A Ladbrokes betting shop located in Derry was robbed on New Year’s Day, giving the two female employees present at the office the fright of their lives. Detective Sergeant Marshall from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) stated in front of local media the robbery was conducted by two unidentified males who entered the premises shortly before 5:45 pm yesterday. One of the robbers forced and restrained one of the present female employees to the ground while his accomplice searched the Ladbrokes office. The robbers departed the shop just…

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