United Kingdom

  • GVC gaming group calls for ban on betting ads during sport

    GVC, the global sports-betting and gaming group and owner of Ladbrokes and Coral, has called for an end to all UK sports-betting broadcast advertising, at any time of the day, on live and repeated sporting events (exempting horse racing). Under GVC’s proposals advertising specifically promoting responsible gambling and safer...
  • Government under fire for failing to back mandatory betting levy

    Sports minister defies call from UK regulator to raise funding for addiction treatment. The government has come under fire for its “outrageous” failure to back a mandatory levy on betting firms to increase funding for addiction treatment, in defiance of a call from the industry’s regulator. Labour’s deputy leader,...
  • New National Strategy to tackle problem gambling

    The Gambling Commission says under its three-year strategy they will cut gambling-related harm “much faster”. The national strategy focuses on prevention, education and treatment and support for problem gamblers. Ahead of the announcement, two UK betting giants said they would change how they advertise as part of their attempts to...
  • Theresa May reveals plans to open gambling addiction clinics in NHS shake-up

    EXCLUSIVE: As part of £20.5bn ‘health boost’, problem gamblers will gain access to more mental health support Prime Minister Theresa May will target gambling addicts as part of her £20.5billion NHS shake-up. They will be among the extra 380,000 adults and 350,000 young people given access to mental health...
  • Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m

    One of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the industry regulator. Ladbrokes showered the gambling addict with thousands of pounds-worth of gifts over two...
  • UK sports minister resigns in protest at gambling reform ‘delay’

    LONDON (Reuters) – British sports minister Tracey Crouch resigned from government on Thursday, accusing it of delaying a proposed reform of gambling regulations. The government is to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from 100 pounds ($130) to just two pounds, but announced this week the...
  • UK government announces plan to increase taxes

    UK.- The UK gambling industry has been waiting for new regulations for quite some time, especially for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Chancellor Philip Hammond was pressured for months to announce a decision on when the reduction would take place, and he has now revealed that besides pushing the...
  • Record numbers of gambling addicts were hospitalised last year, new NHS figures reveal

    Record numbers of  gambling addicts were hospitalised in the NHS last year, figures reveal, amid calls for the £2 cap on stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals to be brought forward. Data released for the first time reveals more than 100 people were admitted because their “pathological” gambling  addiction was so severe they...
  • Gambling adverts are ‘out of control’ and should be banned before the 9pm watershed, says Ladbrokes boss

    Kenny Alexander, chief executive GVC Holdings – the owners of Ladbrokes Coral – is set to call for a ban on gambling adverts before the 9pm watershed at a parliamentary launch this week. Ladbrokes boss calls for gambling advertisement ban before 9pm watershed Kenny Alexander said amount of ads...
  • Rank Group fined £0.5m for failing to stop gambling addict

    Online gambling operator Rank Group has been slapped with a £0.5m fine for failing to follow Gambling Commission rules on dealing with problem gamblers. An investigation by the commission found that the London-listed outfit had failed to interact with a gambler who was displaying problematic behaviour, contacted him during a self-exclusion...
  • Spurs’ new online betting partner allows gamblers to bet on illegal cock fights

    Gamblers were able to bet on the cruel sport while watching a live stream from the Philippines by Russia based company 1XBet  — the company also allows betting on children’s football SPURS’ new online gambling partner is being probed over claims it illegally allowed UK punters to bet on...
  • THE GUARDIAN NEWS

    World Gambling News … 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...
  • State should restrict gambling ads seen by children, industry says

    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

    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

    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

    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...
  • It’s incredibly widespread’: why eSports has a match-fixing problem

    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...
  • Casino owners donated to IEA after thinktank’s pro-gambling report

    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...
  • Number of clubs sponsored by betting firms is ‘disturbing’, say campaigners

    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...
  • Bookmakers land £1bn tax rebate in fixed-odds betting VAT

    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...
  • Watchdog reviews complaints about World Cup betting ads

    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...
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