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  • Labour plans to make betting firms pay levy to treat gambling addiction

    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

    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’

    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

    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...
  • William Hill sees online sports betting increase by 13% in a year

    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

    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...
  • 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. ‘Far more willing to show her teeth than her predecessors were” is the first thing a betting industry source says when asked to assess...
  • Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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...
  • Gambling Commission delivers damning verdict on dispute procedures

    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

    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

    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...
  • Betting turf war is torpedoing efforts to help problem gamblers

    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...
  • Gambling tax blow as Gibraltar is deemed ‘one entity’ with UK

    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...
  • Bookmakers face losing their licence and huge fines over problem gambling

    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,...
  • ‘Addictive’ high-stake betting machines under review by sport minister

    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...
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