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August 2018


State should restrict gambling ads seen by children, industry says
10/08/2018 – Senior gambling industry figures have admitted concerns that children are being exposed to too many betting adverts on TV and have called on the government to act. The growing consensus among of industry bosses prompted calls from Labour for the government to crack down on “out of control” gambling ads. Philip…
Man behind FOBT curb wins case against machine manufacturer
09/08/2018 – The man behind a successful campaign to reduce stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has scored a second victory over the machines’ biggest manufacturer, after a court ordered the company to pay damages of $315m (£244.5m). Derek Webb, 68, who funded the anti-FOBT Fairer Gambling group, is expected to pocket tens of millions…
William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops after FOBT clampdown
03/08/2018 – William Hill blamed the government’s clampdown on fixed-odds terminals (FOBTs) as it warned that up to 900 betting shops could close, putting 4,500 jobs at risk. The bookmaker reported a loss of £820m in the first six months of the year, as the decision to slash maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100…
UK betting firms face complaints deadline and ads crackdown
01/08/2018 – Betting firms face a crackdown on breaches of advertising rules and consumer law in a drive to ensure fairer treatment for gamblers. From October the Gambling Commission will have powers to impose unlimited fines for promotional campaigns that appeal to children or glamorise gambling. The watchdog will also introduce an eight-week…


July 2018


It’s incredibly widespread’: why eSports has a match-fixing problem
31/07/2018 – In 2017, the global eSports economy was estimated to stand at around $696m, attracting an audience of over 385 million people, according to Newzoo. But the industry’s formidable growth has attracted more than just hordes of professional gamers, avid viewers and brands offering lucrative sponsorship deals. Organised criminals and low-level chancers…
Number of clubs sponsored by betting firms is ‘disturbing’, say campaigners
30/07/2018 – Experts on problem gambling have described the growing number of football clubs with betting firms and online casinos on their shirts as “disturbing” and “worrying” and said a national debate on the potential harm is overdue. Nearly 60% of the clubs in England’s top two divisions will have gambling…
Casino owners donated to IEA after thinktank’s pro-gambling report
30/07/2018 – The casino industry donated thousands of pounds to the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) after the thinktank published a report on gambling policy that called for restrictions on the number of casinos to be lifted. The National Casino Industry Forum (NCIF) confirmed it donated £8,000 to the IEA having…
Bookmakers land £1bn tax rebate in fixed-odds betting VAT
26/07/2018 – Bookmakers are in line for a £1bn tax rebate after a court ruled they were wrongly charged VAT on revenue from controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The finding, in a case brought against HM Revenue & Customs by the high-street bookmaker Betfred, will be seen as a major victory for an…
Macau authorities to care for 600 greyhounds after notorious track closes
20/07/2018 – Authorities in Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, will care for more than 600 greyhounds after their owner renounced them ahead of the closure of China’s only dog-racing track on Saturday. The move is likely to save former Australian racing dogs, which were exported to Macau in huge numbers and…
Watchdog reviews complaints about World Cup betting ads
18/07/2018 – The UK’s advertising watchdog is examining complaints about World Cup ads by Bet365, William Hill and Coral that potentially broke new rules designed to crack down on problem gambling. The Advertising Standards Authority received 115 complaints from viewers about TV gambling ads during the four weeks of the 2018 World Cup. This…


June 2018


As the World Cup brings joy to fans, it brings misery to online gamblers
24/06/2018 – Kevin McKenna Opinion After a while, you find yourself getting accustomed to the absurd chauvinism of English commentators at World Cups. The BBC and ITV seem to vie with each other every four years to provide the most asinine and uninformed coverage of this global extravaganza. There are 32 nations…
£20,000 losses and late-night casino binges: the student gambling epidemic
20/06/2018 – The cocktail of new-found freedom at university, easy availability of borrowed money and the ever-present opportunity to gamble has driven some students to academic failure, bankruptcy and mental health problems. Gambling is a growing issue for students at British universities. The Gambling Commission estimated that more than 100,000 students are in debt…
Online casino 32Red fined £2m for failing problem gambler
20/06/2018 – The online casino company 32Red has been fined £2m for missing 22 opportunities to help a problem gambler, offering the customer VIP status and free bonuses instead of advice. The Gambling Commission said 32Red should have intervened after the customer, who deposited £758,000 over more than two years, admitted to staff…
Fixed-odds betting delay unacceptable
18/06/2018 – We applaud the announcement that there will be a stake reduction of highly addictive fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 a spin to £2. The ability of players, including the most vulnerable in society, to place bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds is a matter of the deepest concern…
The ‘cash for patients’ scandal sabotages addicts
15/06/2018 – Graham Beech opinion This weekend, hundreds of people from all walks of life will gather for a party in the splendid grounds of a former stately home in Wiltshire to celebrate the fact that they are alive and well. There will be music, yoga sessions and a stall selling…
Banning ads is not the best way to protect gamblers
11/06/2018 – Many people within the gambling industry would agree with one contention in your editorial (Live gambling ads during sporting events are a sure bet against the vulnerable,9 June): that there is too much advertising of gambling products around live sport. The more intractable question you don’t address is what…
The Guardian view on betting advertising: not during the games
08/06/2018 – Editorial – Opinion The World Cup starts next week, a truly global festival that unites bookmakers all around the planet in pursuit of gamblers’ cash. Whichever team wins on the pitch, the firms which advertise on the virtual hoardings all around it and in the commercial breaks will profit. Sports gambling is…


May 2018


Gambling website adverts for games based on fairytales banned
30/05/2018 – Adverts on a gambling website for games called Fairytale Legends and Fairies Forest have been banned because of the likelihood that they would appeal to children. The m88.com website promoted three games – Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood, Fairytale Legends Hansel and Gretel, and Fairies Forest – in January….
Gambling ads must have serious addiction warnings, demand MPs
27/05/2018 – Gambling companies should be treated like tobacco firms and forced to display prominent health warnings about the potential harms of betting, according to a cross-party group of MPs and peers concerned about rising levels of addiction. They call for gambling to be treated as a public health issue, with companies…
Regulator unconvinced by industry problem-gambling measure
18/05/2018 – Online gambling firms could be banned from sending promotional material to customers amid concern from the industry regulator about “unacceptable” flaws in a system designed to help problem gamblers bar themselves from betting. In a letter obtained by the Guardian, the Gambling Commission warned the industry trade body, the Remote Gambling…
Culture secretary deserves credit for cutting maximum FOBT stake to £2
18/05/2018 – Nils Pratley Opinion t was New Labour, during its brief and bizarre flirtation with “supercasinos” as a tool for urban regeneration, that gave the green light to fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) on the high street. The only generous interpretation is that ministers didn’t know what they doing when they set maximum…
Ministers expected to cut FOBT stakes to £2
16/05/2018 – The government will announced its final decision on whether to curb stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) on Thursday, with the maximum bet widely expected to be cut to £2. The machines have become a focal point for campaigners’ concerns about problem gambling and the potential for racking up large losses on machines…
The real battleground in gambling isn’t betting shops – it’s online
18/05/2018 – Adam Bradford Opinion have been dubbed the crack cocaine of betting, having destroyed thousands of lives over the past few years and become the topic of heated public debate. On Thursday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport finally ruled that the stakes on the highly addictive machines…
The Guardian view on fixed-odds betting terminals: the bookies lose, at last
17/05/2018 – Editorial – Opinion (Fixed-odds betting terminals) The government’s promise to slash the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to just £2 is both welcome and long overdue. Matt Hancock, the digital, culture, media and sport secretary, was right to describe the UK’s 33,000 machines as a “social blight” preying…
Paddy Power Betfair in talks to buy FanDuel after US sports betting ruling
17/05/2018 – Paddy Power Betfair has made the first move in an expected wave of takeover activity prompted by the legalisation of sports betting in the US, as it launched a bid for fantasy sports league company FanDuel. Shares in UK gambling companies soared earlier this week as investors responded to the US supreme…
Maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals cut to £2
17/05/2018 – The maximum permitted stake on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be cut from £100 to £2, the government has announced after ministers ignored pleas from bookmakers and branded the machines a “social blight”. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) opted for £2 after more than a year…
Bookies are struggling – but they’ve got a dead cert coming up, honest
06/05/2018 – In the moaning and whingeing stakes, bookmakers are the thoroughbreds. The government expects us to pay too much tax! Horseracing is always asking for too much money! Sporting results have gone against us! These are familiar refrains that usually provoke cheers rather sympathy. So, last week, one of the…
LeoVegas fined for accepting bets from problem gamblers
02/05/2018 – LeoVegas has become the latest betting firm to be fined for accepting bets from problem gamblers who had asked to be barred, as a planned industry-wide self-exclusion scheme is delayed. The Gambling Commission forced LeoVegas to pay a £600,000 penalty for a series of transgressions after a review of the company’s licence to…


April 2018


Revealed: how bookies use AI to keep gamblers hooked
30/04/2018 – The gambling industry is increasingly using artificial intelligence to predict consumer habits and personalise promotions to keep gamblers hooked, industry insiders have revealed. Current and former gambling industry employees have described how people’s betting habits are scrutinised and modelled to manipulate their future behaviour. “The industry is using AI..
Belgium is right to class video game loot boxes as child gambling
26/04/2018 – Yesterday, the Belgian minister of justice, Koen Geens, announced the result of an investigation that the country’s Gaming Commission conducted into video game “loot boxes”, a mechanic that lets players pay real money for a chance at winning virtual items. It found that three popular games – Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive…
Gambling Commission fines Sun Bets firm over ‘piegate’ incident
13/04/2018 – The betting firm behind last year’s “pie-gate” controversy has been fined and told it risks losing its licence for its role in a publicity stunt that led to Sutton United’s goalkeeper eating a pie during a televised FA Cup tie with Arsenal. Tabcorp, which owns the Sun Bets brand,…
National lottery profits surge as good causes garner less – MPs report
05/04/2018 – The government’s Gambling Commission should pressure Camelot to change the way it runs the national lottery to ensure more money goes to good causes amid rising profits for the company, a cross-party committee of MPs has said. The current lottery licence, which runs until 2023, is overly long and too inflexible,…
Lottoland deal with newsagents ‘the last thing’ Australia needs, Tim Costello says
05/04/2018 – A Gibraltar-based company that allows Australians to bet on overseas lottery results should “simply take their bat and ball and go home”, the anti-gambling advocate Tim Costello has said. Lottoland, which runs synthetic lotteries allowing punters to place wagers on the outcome of overseas results, is seeking to expand…


March 2018


Sky Bet fined £1m for failing to protect vulnerable customers
28/03/2018 – Online gambling firm Sky Bet has been fined £1m for allowing hundreds of potentially vulnerable people to keep betting after they asked to be barred from doing so, while sending promotional material to 50,000 more. Industry regulator the Gambling Commission said Sky Bet was guilty of failings in its self-exclusion…
Gambling Commission considers ban on credit card betting
26/03/2018 – The Gambling Commission is considering banning people from using their credit cards to place bets. The regulator said on Monday gambling on credit cards “increases the risk that consumers will gamble more than they can afford” and it would “consider prohibiting or restricting the use of credit cards” in order to…
Gambling Commission recommendations may have significant impact on punters
25/03/2018 – When the Gambling Commission published its long-awaited review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures last week, the final document ran to nearly 50,000 words. Yet the news reports and analysis that followed concentrated almost exclusively on a number, £30, which was taken by some at least to be the…
‘A vicious circle I couldn’t break’: the software helping tackle online betting
21/03/2018 – “Iself-excluded from the major online casinos but there was always a new company I could open with and some of them don’t make it easy to self-exclude,” says Michael, a bricklayer from Glasgow, who started betting on football and greyhounds when he was 15, before developing a serious gambling…
Lessons about risks of gambling piloted in British schools
15/03/2018 – Thinktank trials scheme to teach children about problems that can ‘wreak havoc on people’s lives’ Lessons about the risks of gambling have been trialled in secondary schools in an attempt to address high levels of gambling among school-age children. Around 25,000 children in the UK are currently classed as problem gamblers, with one…


February 2018


The Guardian view on gambling: a system ripe for exploitation
20/02/2018 – Editorial – Opinion The fine of £6.2m levied on the bookmakers William Hill today by the Gambling Commission represents a small victory in the constant struggle against the abuses of a system that lends itself to exploitation. In this case, the firm was found to have been astonishingly trusting about where…
William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission
20/02/2018 – Betting group William Hill has been fined £6.2m by the gambling industry regulator for failing to protect consumers and prevent money laundering. The Gambling Commission said that over the two years to August 2016, the company failed to spot obvious signs of problem gambling, and in doing so breached anti-money laundering and social..
Foxy Bingo owner fined £350,000 for misleading ads
14/02/2018 – GVC, the online gambling firm behind Foxy Bingo, has been fined £350,000 for “repeatedly misleading consumers” with offers of free bonuses, on the same day that regulators announced a crackdown on gambling adverts. The fine comes as GVC is in the process of taking over Ladbrokes in a deal worth…
Ladbrokes Coral could lose 1,600 jobs after Foxy Bingo takeover
11/02/2018 – The takeover of Ladbrokes Coral by GVC, the Isle of Man-based firm behind Foxy Bingo, could trigger up to 1,600 job losses, the companies said, as they published fresh details of a deal worth up to £3.9bn. Online casino company GVC and bookmaker Ladbrokes said up to 6% of their combined 26,800 workforce…
Scratchcards: harmless flutter or costly addiction?
10/02/2018 – The Co-op is taking on the National Lottery with the launch of its own scratchcards, which will give as much as four times more to good causes. The member-owned business says a minimum of 20% from the sale of each of its own-brand cards will go to “local good…
National Lottery: on some scratchcards it’s impossible to win top prizes
10/02/2018 – The National Lottery’s blue “Millionaire 7s” scratchcard game, which costs £5 a go, boasts of “six top prizes of £1m”. But if you go and buy one today, the shopkeeper probably won’t tell you that all six £1m jackpots have already been snapped up. Meanwhile, the Camelot-owned lottery’s £250,000…
Ladbrokes Coral could lose 1,600 jobs after Foxy Bingo takeover
09/02/2018 – The takeover of Ladbrokes Coral by GVC, the Isle of Man-based firm behind Foxy Bingo, could trigger up to 1,600 job losses, the companies said, as they published fresh details of a deal worth up to £3.9bn. Online casino company GVC and bookmaker Ladbrokes said up to 6% of their combined 26,800 workforce…


January 2018


Cabinet reshuffle could threaten gambling curbs, say campaigners
10/01/2018 – Anti-gambling campaigners have voiced fears that new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, will shy away from strict curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals, as it emerged the machines are taking more revenue than ever from British punters. Anti-FOBT campaigners warned that Hancock, who replaced Karen Bradley in this week’s cabinet reshuffle by Theresa May,…
Nasal spray aimed at tackling gambling addiction to be trialled in Finland
08/01/2018 – Could gambling addiction be treated with a nasal spray? A group of Finnish researchers are launching a study to find out. The fast-working spray contains naloxone, which is commonly used as an emergency treatment for overdoses of opiates such as heroin, opium and morphine. It blocks the production of…
Five UK online casinos may lose licence over money-laundering fears
05/01/2018 – Five online casino companies could lose their licence to operate, after industry regulator the Gambling Commission warned they were not doing enough to stop criminals using their websites to launder money. The commission has written to 17 online casino companies, flagging up the “serious nature” of its findings on their controls…


December 2017


Games Video games are unlocking child gambling. This has to be reined in
28/12/2017 – Alex Hern Opinion In a tale of gambling addiction posted to Reddit shortly before Christmas, the numbers were as shocking as they were unsurprising. First the anonymous addict frittered away $200 (£149), in November 2016. Then $700 more, later that month. Then $300, $400, $1,500 … eventually, by December 2017, a credit…
Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks
27/12/2017 – The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals(FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction. Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of..
Spread-betting firms’ shares plunge as EU watchdog plans crackdown
18/12/2017 – A crackdown by the European regulator on high-risk online bets has sent shares in spread-betting firms plummeting. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said late on Friday it was considering a ban on the marketing, distribution or sale to retail clients of binary options, amid fears they are too…
The Guardian view on teenage gambling: staking on dopamine
17/12/2017 – Editorial | Opinion The worlds of late childhood and early adolescence are absorbing, often overwhelming, and at best partially accessible to the adults orbiting them. So it is shocking, but not perhaps surprising, to discover that around 25,000 11- to 16-year-olds are problem gamblers, according to new research. Another 36,000…
Gambling addicts still hooked on machines as bookies fail to enforce scheme
17/12/2017 – A government scheme that is meant to allow staff at betting shops to bar problem gamblers has drawn fresh criticism after an investigation found that addicts are still being allowed to bet. An undercover reporter posing as a known problem gambler who should have been ejected from bookmakers when attempting to…
25,000 children in Britain are problem gamblers, report finds
12/12/2017 – About 25,000 children aged between 11 and 16 are problem gamblers, with many learning to bet via computer games and social media, according to a report that has prompted warnings that Britain is “sleepwalking into a future public health storm”. In its annual survey of youth gambling (pdf), industry regulator the Gambling Commission…
GVC and Ladbrokes Coral: David gambles on Goliath
08/12/2017 – Nils Pratley on finance | Business Ladbrokes Coral’s bosses will try to sound cheerful about the prospect of being taken over by GVC Holdings, the company behind Sportingbet and Foxy Bingo. But, on the long view, this deal would be a corporate humiliation. Ladbrokes is one of the oldest names in…
Labrokes Coral reopens £3.9bn takeover talks with Foxy Bingo owner
07/12/2017 – Ladbrokes Coral and online gambling rival GVC have renewed talks about a takeover which could be valued at £3.9bn – but with the proviso that the deal could be cut by £800m depending on the final result of a government review of controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). GVC, owner of…
UK gambling charity chair says attitudes in industry stunned her
06/12/2017 – The chair of the UK’s leading gambling charity, who previously led the inquiry into the role of the NHS in the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal, said she was stunned by industry attitudes towards concerns about problem gambling. Kate Lampard, chair of GambleAware, warned gambling firms that they faced an “existential threat”…
Problem gamblers – no one knows how many exist or cost to the state
05/12/2017 – The government has no idea how many problem gamblers are being treated by the NHS or how much their addiction is costing, prompting concern from leading charities that people in need of help are slipping through the net. The Department of Health also conceded, in response to questions from…
Supreme court hears case that could make sports betting widely legal in US
04/12/2017 – The supreme court on Monday suggested it may side with New Jersey in its effort to make sports gambling legal, a case that could make betting on football, basketball and other sports widely available. The justices heard New Jersey’s challenge to a federal law that bars states from authorizing gambling in…


November 2017


Gambling regulators to investigate ‘loot boxes’ in video games
24/11/2017 – Australian gambling regulators are considering whether pay-to-win “loot boxes” in video games constitute gambling and may be in breach of state laws. The recent release of Star Wars Battlefront 2, one of the year’s gaming blockbusters, has renewed a global debate about the convergence of gambling mechanisms and video games. Authorities…
Can councils stop bookmakers’ push into poor areas? Don’t bet on it
21/11/2017 – In the runup to Christmas, Bradford’s imposing city centre is littered with festive lights. They give a little cheer to a somewhat run-down Victorian shopping district dominated by building societies, banks, charity shops, and, more recently, a growing concentration of betting shops. There are 11 in barely a 250m radius,…
Ladbrokes Coral hit by £2.3m penalty over rogue bets
06/11/2017 – Ladbrokes Coral has been ordered to pay £2.3m by the gambling regulator for failing to intervene after two problem gamblers lost £1.3m of stolen money on its casino website. Days after a government review warned online gambling firms to tighten up controls or face tougher legislation, the Gambling Commission said it found “significant..
Fears over betting lobby’s influence on MPs in fixed-odds terminal debate
05/11/2017 – A new row over fixed-odds betting has erupted, amid claims that potential conflicts of interest are distorting parliamentary debate on the issue. Last week, MPs debated proposed reforms that include reducing the stakes on the electronic games of roulette and blackjack played on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops…..
High stakes battle on the high street: Newham’s fight against FOBTs
03/11/2017 – “I see them come up and down, betting shop to bank machine, back and forth. They walk past me like I’m a ghost,” says Kelly, a young homeless woman sitting on the pavement between Lloyds Bank and Betfred in Newham, east London. She prefers to spend what little change she collects…
The Tories don’t have the guts to scrap fixed-odds betting terminals
01/11/2017 – When I first moved to the capital in 2010, I worked in Newham, in east London. It looked similar to the places I’d grown up and where I lived while at university, but for one difference: the number of betting shops seemed obscene. I’d pop…


October 2017


Fixed-odds betting crackdown will barely restrict the bookmakers
31/10/2017 – Greg Wood | Sport betting When the department for digital, culture, media and sport finally announced a range of options for the new maximum stake in fixed odds betting terminals on Tuesday, the most interesting alternative was arguably the one that wasn’t there. The stake limit could be halved to £50, cut…
Newham’s residents suffer from high-stakes gambling machines
31/10/2017 – Further to your article (Crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals unveiled, theguardian.com, 31 October) the UK government looks set once again to dodge the hard decisions around high-stakes gambling. It is over a year since the review was launched and the response is to kick the issue into the long…
This failure to reform betting lets down gambling addicts such as my dad
31/10/2017 – Adam Bradford | Opinion On Tuesday, the long-awaited report into the gambling machines known as fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and social responsibility was released by the government. In 2014, my father David, an accountant, was sent to prison for fraud. He had stolen £50,000 from his employers to fund his gambling addiction….
Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment
31/10/2017 – Gambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by law, the UK’s leading problem-gambling charity has said. GambleAware told the Guardian it had lost patience after companies’ failure to pay left it facing a…
Casinos gamble on their credibility
29/10/2017 – It is rare to see Phil Ivey, the greatest poker player of our time, losing seriously. This man is a genius. He can get inside other people’s heads. The first time I played poker against him, I think he found me a little unsettling. People do, the first time….
James Packer says more transparency on gambling harms may be needed
26/10/2017 – The chairman of Crown Resorts, James Packer, has been questioned by anti-pokies activists at the company’s annual general meeting in Melbourne, conceding that more transparency around gambling revenue and harms may be required. Alliance for Gambling Reform representatives Tim Costello and Stephen Mayne pressed Packer and the board on Thursday morning about..
Poker player loses court battle over £7.7m winnings from London casino
25/10/2017 – The poker player Phil Ivey has lost his court bid to recover £7.7m ( $10.2m) of winnings from a London casino. The 40-year-old American has been fighting to recover the sum since successfully playing a version of baccarat known as Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in Mayfair in 2012….
Child gambling: remove ‘unacceptable’ online ads, regulators demand
22/10/2017 – Regulators have launched a crackdown on child gambling by demanding online gambling sites remove “unacceptable” adverts featuring cartoon characters likely to appeal to children. The Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority are among the signatories to a letter sent to online gambling operators that orders them to remove games promoted…
Bet your shirt on it: the changing face of Premier League sponsorships
08/10/2017 – Fun88 is an online gaming business focused on the Asian market, owned by a holding company in the Isle of Man whose directors are residents of the City of Westminster. The brand offers the chance to play Kino, a kind of lottery popular in China, endless “slot” games (including…


September 2017


Ladbrokes under investigation over gambler’s payday loans claim
29/09/2017 – Ladbrokes is being investigated by the Gambling Commission over an allegation that staff watched a gambling addict take out payday loans to fund hundreds of pounds of bets on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The claim, which comes as the government considers whether to slash the £100 maximum stake on the machines, drew…
Inaction on growing debt is a risky gamble
26/09/2017 – Philip Inman’s article (Britain’s rising debt problem needs urgent attention, 25 September) not only highlights the limited role of the OBR in not questioning the Treasury’s assumptions about the future path of the economy while merely checking the calculations. It also points to a more important truth: that the…
Labour plans to make betting firms pay levy to treat gambling addiction
26/09/2017 – Deputy leader Tom Watson accuses companies of targeting poor communities and vulnerable people Labour will force gambling companies to pay a levy to fund research and NHS treatment to help problem gamblers deal with their addiction. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said that if elected the party would “finally confront…
Betting and media firms offer to fund addiction awareness ad campaign
17/09/2017 – Offer to government is revealed as ministers prepare to publish review covering regulation of gambling adverts Betting firms and broadcasters have made an offer to the government to fund an £8m addiction awareness campaign, in a move Labour warned must not be a “stitch-up” to stave off tighter regulation…
Betting firms could be fined over ads ‘targeting vulnerable people’
13/09/2017 – Advertising disguised as news claimed gambler cleared debts and funded medical treatment using online casino games Four betting firms could face fines over adverts disguised as news articles that “targeted vulnerable people” with claims about a gambler who cleared his debts and paid for his wife’s medical treatment by…
Problem gambling is soaring. Labour is right to pledge radical reform
07/09/2017 – The promise to ban football shirt sponsorship is a good start to tackling this crisis, but cross-party action to mitigate the suffering of addiction is urgently needed When Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson was challenged on Newsnight last week about his party’s role in liberalising gambling, he signalled a long-awaited shift…


August 2017


Gambling firm 888 penalised record £7.8m for failing vulnerable customers
31/08/2017 – The online betting firm 888 has been penalised a record £7.8m for “outrageous” failings, after more than 7,000 people who had voluntarily banned themselves from gambling were still able to access their accounts. One customer was allowed to make 850,000 bets worth £1.3m in one year, using money stolen…
The Guardian view on regulating gambling: don’t leave it to chance
31/08/2017 – Editorial | Opinion The record fine levied on 888, an online gambling company, today, is a sign that Britain has a gambling problem. A technical failure meant that 7,000 customers who had chosen to bar themselves from the firm’s betting terminals were still able to gamble. The public is starting…
Revealed: how gambling industry targets poor people and ex-gamblers
31/08/2017 – The gambling industry is using third-party companies to harvest people’s data, helping bookmakers and online casinos target people on low incomes and those who have stopped gambling, the Guardian can reveal. Traditional online gambling ads have become more expensive, which has encouraged betting firms to resort to alternative means…
UK gambling industry now takes £14bn a year from punters – report
31/08/2017 – The British gambling industry has ballooned in size over the past decade, thanks to the growth of online games and the liberalisation of gambling laws by Tony Blair’s government. The Gambling Act 2005, which came into force in 2007, opened the door to TV advertising for sports betting, online casinos and…
Reduce fixed-odds betting stake to £2
30/08/2017 – As this newspaper has reported (Problem gambling ‘a risk to over 2m in UK’, 25 August), the Natcen report found evidence of an increase in addiction among those playing controversial fixed-odds betting terminals, which have been criticised for allowing betting shop customers to spend up to £100 every 20…
Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000
24/08/2017 – Gambling Commission report finds more than 2 million people are addicted to gambling or at risk of developing a problem. ‘The temptation is always there’: readers on the rise of problem gamblers in the UK More than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or at…
William Hill sees online sports betting increase by 13% in a year
02/08/2017 – Increased online revenues and dividend push bookmaker’s share prices up, even as profits fall due to string of wins for football teams. Bookmaker William Hill has reported a big increase in online sports betting in the UK over the past six months, despite feeling the absence of a major international football…
Gold Coast casino: Queensland government rejects $3bn plan
01/08/2017 – The Queensland government has rejected plans to build a $3bn casino on the Gold Coast’s Southport Spit. The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, says community desire to preserve the parkland site for future generations and transport issues associated with the development had driven the Labor government to reject the plan. “This is a unique…


July 2017


Sarah Harrison the punters’ champion at the Gambling Commission
17/07/2017 – ‘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. ‘Far more willing to show her teeth than her predecessors were” is the first thing a betting industry source says when asked to assess…


June 2017


Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn
30/06/2017 – A long-awaited review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until the autumn, following a rift between the Treasury and the government department responsible for the gambling industry over regulation of the controversial machines. The government’s decision has been further complicated by the fact that MPs in the Democratic Unionist…
Bet365 faces legal action over delay in paying winning punter £54,000
28/06/2017 – Bet365, one of the internet’s biggest bookmakers, is facing legal action from a customer over its failure to transfer a £54,000 balance to her bank account despite repeated requests over a period of months. While refusing to release the backer’s winnings on a series of horse racing bets, Bet365…
Ladbrokes could face inquiry after betting addicts’ details found in bin bag
27/06/2017 – Ladbrokes could face an investigation from the gambling regulator over an incident in which confidential information about betting addicts, including photos, names and addresses, was found in a bin bag on the street. The Gambling Commission said it was looking into the bookmaker’s compliance with data protection laws after a passer-by found…
To my wife and family, I apologise: how I lost £130,000 spread betting
24/06/2017 – Sitting on the toilet, Chris Stringman stared intently at the rows of flashing numbers on the computer screen in front of him. It was 6.30pm. Downstairs, his partner, Claudia, was cooking dinner after a long day at the primary school where they both worked as teachers. Now Chris had…
Online gambling firms face clampdown after watchdog’s probe
23/06/2017 – The online gambling industry is facing a clampdown after the UK competition watchdog accused companies of unfairly treating customers and potentially breaking consumer law. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said people were not getting the deal they expected from sign-up promotions and operators were unfairly holding on to customers’ money….
FA announces end to all sponsorship deals with betting companies
22/06/2017 – Decision comes after three-month review into betting sponsorship. FA’s current partnership with Ladbrokes to be terminated this month. The Football Association will no longer have a betting partner after terminating a contract with Ladbrokes worth around £4m a year following a string of high-profile gambling controversies in the sport….
The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success?
16/06/2017 – If you had been away from the planet for the past quarter of a century, one of the few things you might find comfortingly familiar on your return is the world of sport. While the digital revolution has transformed the way we shop, chat, date, do politics and consume…


May 2017 

Why gamblers are on a losing streak – and the industry is cashing in
28/05/2017 – Greg Wood | Opinion There is an old gambling story about the late Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer, and an irritating Texan oil magnate who tried to goad him into a high-stakes head-to-head in a casino. “I’m worth $60m,” the oil man boasted, at which point Packer is said to…
UK gamblers lose record £13.8bn as industry braces for FOBT crackdown
25/05/2017 – British gamblers lost a record £13.8bn in the year ending September 2016, including an all-time high of £1.82bn on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The figures, released by the industry regulator the Gambling Commission, come just weeks before a long-awaited government review of the industry is due to be published. The review has seen…
Online betting firm 888 investigated by watchdog
15/05/2017 – Online gambling company 888 is being investigated by the industry regulator, which has the power to strip betting firms of their licence to do business, amid concern over the tools it uses to help problem gamblers. The Gambling Commission is examining 888’s “self-exclusion” regime, a system betting firms use to allow…
MPs’ report on FOBTs found to breach parliamentary standards
03/05/2017 – An MPs’ report calling for a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals, published in the midst of a government review into the controversial machines, has been found to breach parliamentary standards. A cross-party group of politicians, backed by casinos, amusement arcades and pubs, was deemed to have broken the rules four times in…


April 2017


Experts warn of £12.6bn scale of UK gambling problem
27/04/2017 – Experts are warning that the UK must face up to the scale of its gambling problem with a lack of research, and industry influence, preventing proper scrutiny of a growing national habit. Joey Barton’s 18-month suspension from football on betting-related charges, and the player’s response in which he spoke of an…
Problem gambling ‘takes a £30bn toll on nation’s happiness’, says study
15/04/2017 – Can you put a price on misery? When it comes to problem gambling the answer, apparently, is yes. A team of economists has calculated that if the UK’s hundreds of thousands of problem gamblers were to be cured of their addictions, the boost to the nation’s collective happiness would be equivalent…
Inside one county’s big casino bet: economic boom or Atlantic City bust?
05/04/2017 – When Toya Mitchell first learned MGM Resorts International had won a contract to build a new casino down the street from her house in Prince George’s County, Maryland, she was cautiously optimistic. Mitchell, the owner of Lord & Mitchell, a small, women-run business specializing in customized promotional and printed…


March 2017


Gambling Commission delivers damning verdict on dispute procedures
30/03/2017 – The Gambling Commission, which regulates all betting and gaming in the UK, has delivered a damning verdict on the gambling industry’s procedures for resolving complaints and disputes and warned that operators must act now to halt a sharp decline in the number of customers who believe gambling “is fair…
House always wins: the dark side of life in Macau’s casino economy
12/03/2017 – She paid a smuggler and was tucked into the hold of a ship for the overnight boat ride away from extreme poverty and a dead-end life in rural China. But on her way to a brighter future, Auyeung Lai-sung never made it past the kitchen of one of the…
‘Poker was like being in a trance’: readers’ experiences of problem gambling
01/03/2017 – Problem gambling costs the UK up to £1.2bn according to a report by charity GambleAware, with spending related to police intervention, mental health services and homelessness putting pressure on the system. The charity warned of the “narrow” focus on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), known as the “crack cocaine of…



William Hill’s potential next CEO backs curbs on TV gambling adverts
24/02/2017 – The man tipped to lead the UK’s second-biggest bookmaker has broken ranks with the industry by offering support for a curb on TV gambling adverts. Betting companies have largely rejected suggestions that their ads are seen by too many vulnerable people and children, but William Hill’s finance director said he understood people’s…
20/01/2017 – Britain and Gibraltar count as one EU state in terms of a key aspect of the single market, a senior EU lawyer has said in an opinion that could affect the territory’s life after Brexit. The lawyer rebuffed a challenge by Gibraltar’s huge electronic gambling industry, the mainstay of…
Betting turf war is torpedoing efforts to help problem gamblers
21/02/2017 – Problem gambling experts have criticised rival factions of the betting industry for waging a “selfish” war of words to protect their own interests amid the threat of tighter regulation. The UK’s leading gambling charity also warned that a “narrow” focus on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), potentially ignoring online betting…
YouTubers fined over site that let children gamble using coins on Fifa game
06/02/2017 – Two men who admitted breaching gambling laws over a website that allowed children to bet on Premier League football matches using a virtual currency earned in the video game Fifa have been ordered to pay fines and costs. Dylan Rigby, 33, and Craig Douglas, 32, pleaded guilty to breaches…
My poker heroes were cowboys, but the internet saw them off
05/02/2017 – Iwas one of those who said it could never be done: that a computer wouldn’t ever manage to beat the best at the game of poker. I was romantic and wide-eyed at 18, when my heroes were the cowboys from Texas who ruled the felt. They were uneducated and…


January 2017


Bookmakers face losing their licence and huge fines over problem gambling
15/01/2017 – Gambling firms that fail to tackle problem gambling and money laundering face heftier fines and a higher risk of losing their operating licence under a tougher regime to be unveiled by the industry’s regulator. The Gambling Commission will lay out its new enforcement strategy this month, detailing how bookmakers,…
William Hill staff use torches to lure punters from rivals
13/01/2017 – William Hill has been accused of “appalling” behaviour after encouraging torch-waving staff to visit rival bookmakers and lure gamblers into its own shops with the promise of free bets. The bizarre tactic is part of William Hill’s efforts to exploit a dispute between two of its competitors – Ladbrokes-Coral and Betfred –…


December 2016

Camelot considers options after alleged fraudulent winner named as rapist
17/12/2016 – The National Lottery operator, Camelot, is “considering its options” after the man who allegedly claimed a £2.5m prize by fraudulent means was named in the media as a convicted rapist. The Gambling Commission said on Thursday that it had fined Camelot£3mfor paying out the £2.5m prize in 2009 on a ticket that..
Labour demands answers after Camelot pays £3m penalty for fraudulent claim
16/12/2016 – Labour has demanded an explanation from the government about the circumstances that led to National Lottery operator Camelot receiving a £3m penalty for paying out on a damaged ticket in 2009. The Gambling Commission said the situation only came to light last year and that the whole penalty will be given to good…
Casino operators ready to stake money on Japan as ban is lifted
15/12/2016 – Global casino operators are vying to move into Japan’s potentially lucrative market after a ban was lifted by lawmakers in Tokyo, despite warnings over gambling addiction and the involvement of organised crime. Japan’s parliament approved legislation in the early hours of Thursday allowing the construction of “integrated resorts” that…
Problem gambling costs UK up to £1.2bn a year, says report
13/12/2016 – Problem gambling costs the UK up to £1.2bn a year, according to a report that its authors say should serve as a “wakeup call” to the government. The report, commissioned by charity GambleAware and written by the IPPR thinktank, charts the costs associated with problem gambling, such as mental health…
Cut fixed-odds betting stakes to £2, MPs urge
08/12/2016 – The amount gamblers can stake on controversialshould be slashed and councils given powers to stop bookmakers “clustering” betting shops on high streets, an influential group of MPs has said. The recommendations, timed to coincide with a government review of betting machines, won support from gambling campaigners but were dismissed as…
Paddy Power founder lobbied against fixed-odds terminals
05/12/2016
The founder of Paddy Power Betfair, Britain’s biggest bookmaker, privately lobbied against betting machines frequently dubbed the “crack cocaine” of gambling, it has emerged. Stewart Kenny, the former chief executive of the betting giant he founded, wrote that there was “no public demand” for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), on…


November 2016

Nearly half a million children a week gamble, says UK regulator
30/11/2016 – Nearly half a million children a week gamble and 9,000 are problem gamblers, according to a study by the industry regulator. The Gambling Commission’s Young People and Gambling report(pdf) found that while rates of smoking, drinking and drug-taking among children have declined, gambling rates have remained largely static, with 450,000 11-..
Paddy Power faced with £4m bill after Republican’s victory
09/11/2016 – They say the bookie always wins, but not on Tuesday night. Three weeks ago, bookmaker Paddy Power paid out £800,000 in winnings to punters who had backed Hillary Clinton to be the next US president, only now to be left with a bill for £4m to pay clients who….


October 2016


‘Addictive’ high-stake betting machines under review by sport minister
24/10/2016 – Fixed odds betting terminals, which let gamblers lose hundreds of pounds in less than a minute, have prompted widespread concern Ministers have launched a review of the gambling industry, including fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that have been accused of being highly addictive. The review was announced by Tracey…
Competition watchdog to investigate online betting firms
21/10/2016 – Bookies could lose licences over claims they use ‘misleading promotions’ and ‘unfair terms’ to deceive customers Online betting companies who overturn gamblers’ winning bets using loopholes buried in the small print of their websites face losing their licences, after the competition regulator launched a probe into the industry. The…

‘Addictive’ high-stake betting machines under review by sport minister
24/10/2016 – Ministers have launched a review of the gambling industry, including fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that have been accused of being highly addictive. The review was announced by Tracey Crouch, the sport minister, who said it would consider the maximum stakes and prizes for gaming machines. It will look…
Competition watchdog to investigate online betting firms
21/10/2016 – Bookies could lose licences over claims they use ‘misleading promotions’ and ‘unfair terms’ to deceive customers Online betting companies who overturn gamblers’ winning bets using loopholes buried in the small print of their websites face losing their licences, after the competition regulator launched a probe into the industry. The…
William Hill and online poker operator Amaya end merger talks
18/10/2016 – William Hill and its Canadian suitor Amaya have ended talks over a potential £4.6bn (CAD$7.2bn) merger following opposition from some of the UK bookmakers’ major shareholders. Earlier this month, the companies said they were pursuing a “merger of equals”, but on Tuesday William Hill said it was walking away from…
Packer’s Crown casino company unable to contact 18 employees detained in China
17/10/2016 – Crown Resorts has been unable to contact any of its employees since they were detained three days ago in a series of late-night raids in China and taken away for questioning. “To date, Crown has not been able to speak with our employees and is working closely with the Department of…
Bookmakers’ attempts to curb problem gambling ‘in disarray’
17/10/2016 – A system set up by bookmakers to address problem gambling is in disarray, according to campaigners, after a report exposed vast differences in how firms apply the measures. The report, produced by accountancy group PwC and seen by the Guardian, found flaws in how betting shops use “player awareness…
Proposed ban on daytime TV gambling adverts has racing chiefs worried
07/10/2016 – Rhododendron was a hugely impressive winner of the Fillies’ Mile on the opening day of Future Champions Weekend here on Friday, but as the applause died away, the background noise was the sound of racing’s administrators preparing to fight tooth and nail to stop any plan by the government…
Betting firms and TV channels oppose likely plan to ban daytime adverts
07/10/2016 – Betting firms and broadcasters have lashed out against the prospect of a ban on betting adverts on daytime TV, amid reports the government is planning a crackdown to protect children and problem gamblers. The two industries voiced their criticism as figures revealed that gambling firms’ spend on TV advertising has more…


September 2016


One in eight European teenage boys gamble online, says survey
20/09/2016 – Online gambling by teenage boys across Europe is becoming a huge public health concern with one in eight now gambling frequently, according to aEurope-wide survey of school students aged 15 and 16. The results of the four-yearly survey, in which 96,000 school students in 35 countries took part, reveal…
Panorama: Why Are Gambling Machines Addictive? review – scandal of the century
13/09/2016 – This personal and brave investigation by a woman whose partner killed himself after becoming addicted to gambling showed how our high streets have become gaming arcades of misery Go to any high street in the country – apart from perhaps the really posh ones, in very affluent places –…
Trump and Atlantic City: the lessons behind the demise of his casino empire
02/09/2016 – The night of 2 April 1990 is one Tina Condos will never forget. It was the opening night of Donald Trump’s new $1.1bn Atlantic City casino, and Condos was working as a cocktail waitress serving drinks to Michael Jackson, Elle Macpherson and the other stars and socialites who had…


August 2016


New betting site Black Type Bet promises not to ban customers
25/08/2016 – A prominent campaigner for increased consumer rights for punters has offered a cautious welcome to a new player in the crowded internet gambling market: a bookmaking site that claims it will not ban or restrict its customers for winning, and will guarantee to lay any price to lose at least…

Ladbrokes’ Iron Man 3 ad banned in case it appeals to children
24/08/2016 – An ad for bookmaker Ladbrokes featuring the popular superhero Iron Man has been banned over fears it would appeal to children. The email promoting the Ladbrokes casino featured an image of Iron Man and the text: “Enjoy this exclusive Ladbrokes welcome offer with Iron Man 3.” Ladbrokes said all its email offers…

Trump Taj Mahal closing after multiple bankruptcies and union strike
03/08/2016 – It was billed as the “eighth wonder of the world” when it opened a quarter-century ago on the glitziest stretch of the Jersey shore, but after multiple bankruptcies and the longest union strike in Atlantic City casino history, the Trump Taj Mahal is about to go the way of…


July 2016


More than 4,000 arrested over illegal gambling on Euro 2016
18/07/2016 – More than 4,100 people were arrested in coordinated raids across 11 different countries during Euro 2016, in the latest global police operation mounted against illegal gambling on major football tournaments. Nearly 4,000 raids were carried out in China, France, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as part of…
Spanish football clubs to repay tens of millions in illegal state subsidies
04/07/2016 – Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and five other Spanish football clubs must repay tens of millions of euros in illegal state subsidies, after the EU executive found they had received unfair financial aid from their government. Real Madrid, the world’s top-earning football club, will have to repay €18.4m (£15.4m), after…


June 2016


Bookies got EU vote wrong, Ladbrokes says
24/06/2016 – Ladbrokes has admitted that betting markets got the EU referendum outcome completely wrong and will have to “face up to some tough questions”. As the polls closed on Thursday night, Ladbrokes was offering 4-1 on an out vote, with its betting suggesting that a remain verdict was a 90%…
EU referendum is bookies’ biggest ever non-sporting event
23/06/2016 – The EU referendum will be the largest political betting market in history, with about £100m expected to be gambled on the outcome. Around a third of those stakes are predicted to be placed when voters go to the polls on Thursday, as punters starved of any Euro 2016 matches…
EU referendum is biggest political betting event in British history
20/06/2016 – At least£40.5m has been gambled so far on the outcome of the EU referendum, making it the biggest political betting event in British history. The looming vote has prompted some people to place bets for the first time, including a woman from central London who has placed her first…
Gambling Commission orders Betfred to pay £800,000
14/06/2016 – 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…
Is the new Paddy Power ad offensive to Scots?
11/06/2016 – Bookmaker Paddy Power is the master of “guerrilla marketing”, where a brand sneakily cashes in on an event’s popularity without paying it any money to do so. PP has been at it for years. It gets loads of coverage and pisses people off in the process. So it’s no…
Online bookmaker Bet365 fined $2.75m over misleading ‘free’ offers
10/06/2016 – An offer to give punters $200 in free bets has led to online bookmaker Bet365 being fined $2.75m for misleading and deceptive conduct. The UK-based wagering giant promoted “$200 Free Bets for New Customers” for nine months from March 2013. But, to receive the free bets, customers had to…
​​Inside the NHS’s only specialist gambling clinic
06/06/2016 – The Friday morning discussion of new referrals to the National Problem Gambling clinic provides a sharp picture of why pathological gambling is such a catastrophe for those who become addicted and their families. Medical staff gather in an airy upstairs room of the Fulham, south-west London clinic and take…
Derby glamour in sharp contrast to UK betting industry’s dark side
05/06/2016 – In an important, disturbing and often distressing investigation for the Guardian last Tuesday Tom Lamont laid bare the grim reality of daily working life for the staff in many of Britain’s 9,000 betting shops. He detailed violence, intimidation and long, unsociable hours, often worked under the modern regime of…


May 2016


Sanders decries ‘casino capitalism’ on Trump’s turf – a decaying Atlantic City…
09/05/2016 – Bernie Sanders has spent much of his time on the presidential campaign trail admonishing “casino capitalism”. On Monday morning he did so again – this time literally. “What we’re seeing in Atlantic City encapsulates the ugliness and the greed,” the Democratic hopeful told a crowd just off the famous…


April 2016


Live-bets loophole to be closed as part of online sports betting review
28/04/2016 – A loophole allowing punters to place bets online during sporting events will be closed by the federal government as part of a comprehensive review. Gambling-safety advocates have broadly welcomed the recommendations of the O’Farrell review into the online sports-betting industry, released on Thursday, including the establishment of a national…
Gala Coral pays out £880,000 over gambler who stole to feed habit
27/04/2016 – 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…
Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads
08/04/2016 – Advertisements for gambling would be treated like tobacco promotions and banned completely under a policy announced by the Greens. The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, said on Friday the ban would “make it possible for people to sit down with their kids and watch a game of footy without…
Man hacked random-number generator to rig lotteries, investigators say
08/04/2016 – A lottery security director who was convicted of fixing a $16.5m lottery jackpot also allegedly rigged several other lottery random-number generators to be able to predict the winning numbers, according to Iowa investigators. For several years, Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the US Multi-State Lottery Association, installed…
New UK rules to stop problem gambling won’t work, campaigners say
04/04/2016 – A new regulatory system meant to allow staff at betting shops to identify and bar problem gamblers has been criticised as ineffectual by addicts and campaigners. From this week bookmakers will have to conduct local area risk assessments to explain how they are going to mitigate crime and the…


March 2016


Could DeepMind try to conquer poker next?
30/03/2016 – What next for Google’s DeepMind, now that the company has mastered the ancient board game of Go, beating the Korean champion Lee Se-Dol 4–1 this month? A paper from two UCL researchers suggests one future project: playing poker. And unlike Go, victory in that field could probably fund itself…
William Hill issues profit warning after Cheltenham and online losses
23/03/2016 – Dire horse racing results at the Cheltenham festival and high-value internet gamblers imposing restrictions on their own betting have triggered a profit warning for bookmaker William Hill. In a surprise trading update on Wednesday, the bookmaker said it expected operating profit for this year to fall to between £260m…
Italian prosecutor wants top tennis players investigated for match-fixing
15/03/2016 – An Italian prosecutor has called for more than two dozen top tennis players to be investigated by the Tennis Integrity Unit for possible links to betting rings. Roberto Di Martino has told the BBC that tennis authorities should be doing more with evidence he has gathered concerning at least…
Paddy Power targeting minorities with betting machines, data suggests
06/03/2016 – The bookmaker Paddy Power is targeting minority ethnic communities with controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), according to a new analysis. The study, which uses Gambling Commission data, reveals that 61% of Paddy Power’s 349 betting shops are located in areas with above average levels of non-UK born population. The…
The bookies regulator is taking a gamble over protecting the vulnerable
02/03/2016 – 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…
Shock government announcement expected to end racing Levy funding
02/03/2016 – Racing’s long search for a sustainable funding system from betting on the sport may finally be drawing to a close, with the government expected to announce a new regime on Thursday which will capture all bets on British racing, whether these are placed in betting shops or online. Details…
Paddy Power case highlights scourge of fixed-odds betting terminals
01/03/2016 – When Paddy Power launched a new advertising campaign with the tagline “You’re Welcome!” last year, its chief marketing officer told a trade magazine that “the Paddy Power brand has always been about two things – being as generous as we can with our customers, and behaving in a mischievous…


Paddy Power ‘encouraged gambler until he lost his home, jobs and family’
29/02/2016 – 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…
William Hill blames gambling taxes for profit slide
26/02/2016 – Bookmaker William Hill has announced a drop in operating profit of 22% for 2015, blaming gambling taxes imposed on its UK online and retail businesses. The company reported operating profits of £291.4m for last year, down from £372.2m in 2014. It said additional gambling duties of £87m resulted in…
Star casino says Sydney’s lockout laws should not apply to it…
16/02/2016 – The company that owns Sydney’s Star casino does not think it would make sense to extend the city’s controversial lockout laws to the venue, given its standing as a major tourist attraction. “I think that would make no sense at all,” Star Entertainment Group’s chief executive, Matt Bekier, said…


January 2016


What would drive a tennis champion to cheat?
19/01/2016 – Sporting reputations are tumbling so fast, I doubt even Usain Bolt can keep up with them. We’ve had match-fixing in cricket and snooker, corruption in football, and doping in cycling, rugby, baseball and athletics. Now it’s the turn of tennis – and back to fixing matches. A joint Buzzfeed-BBC investigation…
Gambling charity chair lobbied for bookmakers, documents show
06/01/2016 – The chair of the UK’s leading charity that aims to minimise gambling addiction also lobbied on behalf of Britain’s bookmakers and warned his corporate peers of the threat posed by “a vociferous anti-gambling lobby”, according to industry documents seen by the Guardian. In a paper drawn up in January…

Gambling Commission warns layers: don’t risk reputation over deductions
04/01/2017 – The Gambling Commission has entered a heated discussion over events at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, asking anyone to come forward who may have evidence of bookmakers forcing an unwarranted deduction from winnings on the last race, won by the favourite, Cap Soleil. A deduction of five pence in the pound…

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