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    25.09.2023
    United Kingdom

    Gambling Commission suspends licence of online gambling operator In Touch Games Limited

    The Gambling Commission (the “Commission”) announced on 1 September 2023 that it had immediately suspended the operating licences of In Touch Games Limited (“ITG”) in accordance with section 118(2) of the Gambling Act 2005 (the “Act”). This comes after the Commission imposed a £6.1m fine on ITG in January 2023 and is therefore the fourth time that ITG has faced regulatory action – in 2019, it paid a £2.2m settlement for regulatory failures and in 2021, it received a £3.4m fine and warning for further failures.ITG’s operating licence...
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    22.09.2023
    United Kingdom

    Betfred (cash Betting) limited reaches regulatory settlement

    On 18 July 2023, the Gambling Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had reached a regulatory settlement with Done Bros (Cash Betting) Limited (“Betfred”), comprising a payment in lieu of a financial penalty totalling £3.25m.Betfred was subject to a compliance assessment which resulted in the commencement of a regulatory review under s.116 of the Gambling Act 2005 (“the Act”). The licence review found Betfred to be in breach of the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) between January 2021 and December 2022 in respect of...
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    21.09.2023
    United Kingdom

    Gambling White Paper Con­sulta­tions: Strength­en­ing Age Verification

    On 26 July 2023, the Gambling Commission (GC) published their first set of consultations on the Gambling White Paper, which cover four key areas:Improving consumer choice on direct marketingStrengthening age verification in premisesRemote game designFinancial vulnerability and financial riskThis article focuses on strengthening age verification in premises.Whilst online age verification mechanisms are generally thought to be effective, the current rules around access for under 18s in land-based premises vary. For example, whilst under 18s are not allowed in casinos or betting shops, they are allowed...
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    18.09.2023
    United Kingdom

    Gambling White Paper Con­sulta­tions: Financial Risk Checks

    On 26 July 2023, the Gambling Commission (GC) published their first set of consultations in respect of reforms proposed in the Gambling White Paper, covering four key areas:Improving consumer choice on direct marketingStrengthening age verification in premisesRemote game designFinancial vulnerability and financial risk checksThis article focuses on financial vulnerability and financial risk checks (previously known as “affordability tests”), one of the most significant and controversial areas of the White Paper.In the White Paper, the Government identified three key risks of gambling...
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    30.08.2023
    United Kingdom

    William Hill Group businesses reach regulatory settlements

    On 28 March 2023, the Gambling Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had reached regulatory settlements with WHG (International) Limited (“WHG”), Mr Green Limited (“MRG”) and William Hill Organization Limited (“WH Retail”); all owned by the William Hill Group (and, as of 1 July 2022, the 888 William Hill Group).The three operators were subject to compliance assessments which resulted in the commencement of licence reviews under s.116 of the Gambling Act 2005. The Commission found that the operators had breached certain of the Licence Conditions...
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    25.08.2023
    Romania

    Romania expects significant changes to its gambling legislation

    A recent draft legislative proposal initiated by the Romanian government is generating serious concerns due to the significant changes recommended by the proposal. The prospective changes are intended to address Romania’s increasing budgetary deficit (currently at 2.33% of GDP, but expected to rise to 6.4% by year’s end) and the need to combat tax evasion, discourage unauthorised gambling activities and strengthen gambling regulations, particularly in the field of responsible gambling.The substantial changes envisaged by the Draft include the following:The Draft introduces a requirement...
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