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  • Final Hurdle Cleared For Ladbrokes Coral GVC Deal

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the green light to the Ladbrokes Coral GVC deal after the competitions watchdog said “the deal does not give rise to competition concerns”. It added that they are not close rivals and there are many other providers of betting and gaming...
  • Lessons about risks of gambling piloted in British schools

    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...
  • Ladbrokes Coral could lose 1,600 jobs after Foxy Bingo takeover

    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?

    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...
  • UK limits online gambling bonus offers

    The Competition and Markets Authority has branded online gambling bonus offers as potentially “unfair” and “misleading”. UK.- Online gambling operators have suffered a setback as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that some bonus offers’ terms are “likely to be unfair, in breach of consumer protection law, and...
  • Nasal spray aimed at tackling gambling addiction to be trialled in Finland

    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

    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...
  • 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...
  • Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000

    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...
  • Genting hit with another punto banco scandal; London casino in court

    Genting has been hit with another Punto Banco scandal as the Scottish Sun reveals an internal investigation is ongoing in Genting Glasgow, and Les Ambassadeurs is in court fighting a mystery man from Singapore. Phil Ivey is an inspiration to many, and under normal circumstances ‘the many’ are poker players....
  • 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...
  • 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....
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