Sarah Harrison the punters’ champion at the Gambling Commission

‘We want people to enjoy gambling but we want them to do it safely, we want them to be treated fairly,’ says the chief executive
17/07/2017
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    Slots was the star and poker the ugly duckling of Spain’s regulated online gambling market in Q4 2016. Figures released this week by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) show healthy gains in the online gambling market in the three months ending December 31, with...
  • Rivera resigns from DGOJ

    The Director General of Spain’s La Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), Carlos Hernández Rivera, has stepped down following a proposal by the Minister of Finance and Public Administration and the subsequent decision by Spain’s Council of Ministers earlier this month. Rivera, who has held the position for...
  • French And Spanish Sports Betting Revenues Soar After Euro 2016 And The Olympics

    THE EURO 2016 GAVE FRENCH AND SPANISH OPERATORS A REVENUE BONUS IN Q2: THE OLYMPICS WILL HELP IN Q3 Q2 reports issued by DGOJ and ARJEL, the Spanish and French regulators respectively, show that this year’s top sporting events have given onlinesports betting revenues a huge boost. The ARJEL...
  • Gambling Commission publishes discussion paper on eSports and virtual currencies

    The Gambling Commission (GC) has published a discussion paper outlining its concerns on virtual currencies, eSports and social gaming. The GC’s assessment that the lines between “some social gaming products and gambling are blurring”, and that “technological developments and the expansion of digital or virtual currencies mean that operators...
  • Marathonbet warned by ASA over misleading free bet promotion

    The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has issued a warning to operator Marathonbet concerning a misleading promotion, which failed to make clear that a portion of customer’s winnings would be paid out in free bets. The promotional text stated: “New customer offer… 2/1 Willie Mullins top trainer”, while smaller...
  • Philippine regulator freezes issuing of online gaming licenses

    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), the Philippine gaming regulator, is temporarily halting the processing and issuance of all online gambling license applications. The move follows comments made last week by the new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, who pledged to crackdown on online gambling in his...
  • Protected: Gambling Commission warns UK operators over novelty markets

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  • Gambling Commission orders Betfred to pay £800,000

    The bookmaker Betfred has agreed to an £800,000 settlement after accepting stolen cash from a “VIP” customer, who was allegedly offered free drinks and day trips to encourage him to keep betting. Betfred, based in Gibraltar, was found to have failed to meet its obligations on social responsibility and...
  • Czech President signs gambling bills into law

    The office of the president of the Czech Republic confirmed Wednesday that president Milos Zeman has signed a number of bills into law to re-regulate the country’s gambling market, with the new laws set to come into force on January 1st, 2017. The new legislation allows gambling operators from...
  • France submits poker liquidity-pooling proposals for EC approval

    The French government is moving forward with plans to allow its poker licensees to pool liquidity with other jurisdictions, submitting draft legislation to the European Commission (EC) for approval. The proposed legislation aims to allow customers of licensed French poker sites to play against players registered with companies operating...
  • Czech Republic gambling legislation awaits Presidential approval

    Czech Republic President Milos Zeman has thirty days to decide whether to sign the country’s new gambling act into law after legislation was approved by the country’s Senate. The Czech Senate passed the bill with a large majority, delivering it to President Zeman for approval on June 1st. In...
  • Finland sends Lotteries Act amendments to European Commission

    The proposed amendments to Finland’s Lotteries Act were notified to the EC on May 31st and are subject to a standstill period ending September 1st. Under the current Lotteries Act, gambling in Finland is only authorised through the state-controlled operators Fintoto Oy, Raha-automaattiyhdistys (RAY) and Veikkaus. The amendments would transfer this...
  • Poker organisers pay £32,000 after illegal gambling crackdown

    Two men have been ordered to pay over £32,000 in fines and legal costs to Kingston Council following a crackdown on illegal gambling at a London private members’ club. Nicholas Clark and Luke Flack pleaded guilty to gambling offences at Kingston Crown Court on Friday 29 April. The offence...
  • Gala Coral pays out £880,000 over gambler who stole to feed habit

    The bookmaker Gala Coral has agreed with the gambling regulator to pay out nearly £880,000 after taking hundreds of thousands of pounds from a “VIP” problem gambler who was using the proceeds of theft to feed his habit. The Gambling Commission said Gala Coral had failed in its duty...
  • The bookies regulator is taking a gamble over protecting the vulnerable

    This week it emerged that Paddy Power was the subject of a Gambling Commission report that found the bookmaker had encouraged a gambler until he lost his home, five jobs and his family. The man was a frequent user of fixed odds betting terminals (Fobias) – roulette machines that...
  • Paddy Power ‘encouraged gambler until he lost his home, jobs and family’

    Bookmaker Paddy Power encouraged a problem gambler to keep betting until he lost five jobs, his home and access to his children, according to a report by the Gambling Commission. The company also failed to perform sufficient checks to ensure customers were not using its betting machines to launder the...
  • Spain’s New Regulator Committed to Opening Up Player Pools

    Carlos Hernandez, the newly-appointed Director General of the Spanish online gaming regulator DGOJ, has drawn a clear path towards opening the online poker market in Spain from a segregated player pool to internationally-shared liquidity. In an interview conducted with Poker-Red Editor Jairo Moreno, Hernandez spoke in detail about...
  • Spanish Regulator “Optimistic” of Italy/Spain Shared Player Pool in 2013

    Enrique Alejo, Director of Spanish online gaming regulator the DGOJ, is “quite confident” that the online poker player pools in Spain and Italy will combine by the end of the year. The words come from multiple Spanish poker media reports (poker-red, poker10, pokerviu) of a recent meeting between regulators, players,...
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