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Marcus Boyle Ushers in New Age of Accountability for UKGC

When Marcus Boyle, the new UK Gambling Commission Chairman, made his first public statement in an op-ed in the Times this week, he didn't mince words. Boyle made it very clear that UK gambling officers will be facing additional scrutiny of their business practices, especially those that are used to identify problem gamblers, and they…

UKGC’s Problem Gambling Survey Methodology Questioned

Are there really 550 percent as many problem gamblers in the UK as there were two years ago? Or is the UK Gambling Commission's new survey methodology drawing from a subject pool that doesn't accurately reflect the true scale of the problem? These are questions that operators are asking in light of questionable information that's…

UK Gambling Commission Dishes Out $851,000 in Fines to Operators

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) hit two UK-facing operators with a combined £657,000 ($851,000 USD) in fines for a variety of anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility failings. Jumpan was hit with a £500,000 ($630,000) fine while Cyprus-based Progress Play will be paying out £175,718 ($221,000 USD). Though both operators were cooperative and worked with…

UKGC Comes Down on Marketing to At-Risk Players

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is instituting a new set of rules aimed at preventing operators from marketing to at-risk players (aka, problem gamblers). Under the new rules, operators will be continuously monitoring players for a range of factors that indicate that their gambling has turned from recreational to problematic. When the new standards go…

UKGC Chief Addresses Gambling’s Future at ICE ’22

The gambling industry's future is bright and crime-free. That's the vision that UK Gambling Commission Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes delivered as he addressed a group of gambling industry players at the ICE 2022 World Regulatory Briefing this week. Rhodes' words were no doubt of great interest to operators who are anxiously awaiting the outcome of…

UK Lawmakers Slam Gambling Commision in Critical Report

The Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group (APBGG) are calling for significant changes to the GB Commission and its oversight of gambling operators in recent draft report. Representatives of the Commission are accusing the APBGG of overreach, while other critics have questioned their financial ties to the very operators who are being regulated. At…

UK Gambling Commission Slams IMME and Maintains License Suspension

The UK Gambling Commission (GC) slammed International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited (IMME) in a recent investigation. Commissioners said that the company's gambling license would have been revoked at the conclusion of the investigation, had it not already been suspended in March 2021. IMME is licensed as a lottery operator and offers opportunities to wager on international…

UK Gambling Commission Says Operators Value Money Over Compliance

The UK Gambling Commission (GC) is calling out operators for emphasizing profit over compliance in its annual Compliance and Enforcement Report. In the report, commissioners slam UK operators for sloppy compliance practices, including weak practices for identifying customer risk and identities. Throughout the report, commissioners returned to the theme of profit over compliance as a…

GB Gambling Commission Fines Greentube £685,000

The GB Gambling Commission handed down a £685,000 ($912,00 USD) fine to Greentube Alderney for a variety of compliance and anti-money laundering (AML)violations. It's a case that shows how complicated compliance and AML can be, even for operators who are making serious efforts to work within the regulations. Investigators focused their efforts on Greentube's Greentube’s…

UKGC survey examines young people’s paths to gambling

What are the factors that influence a young person to start up a gambling habit? Is it repeated exposure to online sportsbook and casino advertisements on television and online? Or is the sinister flow of dopamine they get when unlocking loot boxes while playing their favorite video games? According to a recent study by the…