Flutter imposes £500 monthly loss limit for players under 25

Flutter Entertainment, proprietors of major UK gaming brands such as Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Betting & Gaming, is taking a bold, new move to protect younger players against the ravages of problem gambling. Starting this week, all players under the age of 25 will subject to a new £500 ($692 USD) monthly loss limit.…

UK betting shops pass ID check test with flying colors

If you're a young person who is considering trying to place a wager at a UK betting shop anytime in the near future, you might want to think twice before attempting anything. A secret shopper employed by the UK government found that betting shop clerks checked for identification 90 percent of the time. Those are…

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…

BGC praises Snapchat’s gambling ad opt-ad option

Officials at the UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) are praising Snaphcat's recent decision to allow end-users to opt-out of seeing gambling advertisements on the platform. It's a significant move for Snapchat and it's one that other social media platforms will likely follow in the future. The move towards allowing Snapchat users, who tend to…

Betting and Gambling Council wants ombudsman

The Betting and Gambling Council (BGC), a UK trade group that promotes the interests of online gambling operators, is calling for the installation of an ombudsman to help process consumer complaints. Suggestions of an enhanced framework for dealing with complaints comes as UK lawmakers initiate a long-planned review of the UK's 2005 Gambling Act, an…

UK bingo operators warned to operate responsibly

The regulators at the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have a message for UK bingo operators: you're not so special when it comes to rules governing gambling. That appears to be the gist of a recent effort by the ASA to gently remind bingo operators that the products they offer are a form of gambling…

Activists call for UK gambling ad ban and ‘affordability’ checks

Anti-gambling activists in the UK are calling for a complete ban on gambling advertisements and a new series of affordability checks on UK players. If enacted into law, these new restrictions would be enforced a newly created ombudsman whose sole responsibility would be to keep gambling operators in check. The new ideas for keeping problem…

UK operators rejoice as casinos and bingo halls reopen

UK land-based casino and bingo hall operators caught some great news this week when government officials lifted its most recent coronavirus closure notice. Though they'll be allowed to open their doors again, the casinos and bingo halls will still be operating under some restrictions and will not be at full capacity. Regardless, it's an era…

London Underground poised for gambling ad ban

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to ban all forms of gambling advertisements across his city's fabled London Underground. It's a move that makes a major point about the proliferation of gambling media in daily life, but it's also a move that could cost the city millions of pounds in badly needed revenue. Either way, it's…

BGC hails reopening of British betting shops

Over the course of the pandemic, few segments of the gambling industry have been hit harder than retail betting shops and land-based casinos. During the complete shutdown they weren't able to host any players and are operating at a very limited capacity when they are allowed to open their doors. But that's all about to…