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SkyBetting And Gaming Fined £1 Million By Gambling Commission

Tuesday, Apr. 3rd 2018 7:58 AM

Gambling Commission - SkyBet

SkyBet Fined
Over £1m

Another hefty fine has been levied against a gambling operator and once again it’s for shortcomings in the social responsibility area! This time it is Sky Betting and Gaming and whilst the fine is a lot less than that of 888, £1 million is still quite a hit on the bottom line for this operator!

The failures that the Gambling Commission found all related to Sky Betting and Gaming customers who had self-excluded. Players who are having trouble controlling their gambling use this tool. A self-exclusion requests the operator to refuse their custom.

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More Plans For Safer Online Gambling

Saturday, Mar. 31st 2018 7:31 AM

Safer Online Gambling - Gambling Commission

Safer Online
Gambling Plans

The Gambling Commission have made many changes to the world of online gambling over the years and over the last few months there has been quite the fluffy of activity. We’ve seen operators become more transparent in their wagering requirements, changes in the overall design of web pages and stricter rules implemented around the appeal of gambling to younger people.

New plans have recently been announced by the Gambling Commission which means there could be even more changes coming to the way we gamble online. With an estimated nine million people across Britain gambling online, improvements on safety are always welcome.

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Rehab Bingo Re-Branded Because Of ASA

Thursday, Mar. 15th 2018 7:11 AM

Advertising Standards Authority

ASA Ban
Rehab Bingo

Rehab Bingo first launched into the world of online bingo back in 2005 as part of the Rehab Group. Since launch, a percentage of the money spent at the site has been donated regularly to the Rehab Group charity. The charity provides health and social care services in Ireland.

As we reported yesterday, Rehab Bingo is no more as it has been rebranded as Rosy Bingo but it was only after we published the news that we became aware of the reason for the rebrand. Some 13 years after launch, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have ruled that the word ‘rehab’ and ‘rehabbingo’ suggest that online bingo was a form of rehab that could be used to alleviate personal problems!

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More Changes Afoot As CMA Announce Enforcement Action!

Tuesday, Mar. 6th 2018 7:09 AM

CMA

Enforcement Action
Coming From CMA

For many years now we have always questioned some of the rules around withdrawals from various bingo sites; you’ll find many examples in multiple articles on our site. For a long time we believed the Cozy Games product to be the worse. The reasons were many (high wagering requirements, minimum withdrawal amount of £50 and of course, the previous low cap on withdrawals).

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) seem to be catching up with the issues that we have been raising for many a year. There is an investigation underway around the restrictions put in the way of players withdrawing their money from online gambling accounts.

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William Hill Hit With £6.2 Million Fine

Saturday, Feb. 24th 2018 7:56 AM

Over the last few months we have seen a number of online gambling operators hit with some pretty hefty fines from the Gambling Commission. The largest to date was £7.8 million against 888 but on Tuesday 20th February, the Commission published details of a £6.2 million fine levied against William Hill.

The majority of the fines that have been dished out by the Gambling Commission have been around failures in social responsibility and anti-money laundering. In the case of William Hill, the Commission described those failings as ‘systematic’ and upon reading the examples that are given in the article published on the official website here, you can’t help but wonder how the systems failed so badly.

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Was Blighty Bingo Setting A Precedent?

Thursday, Jun. 29th 2017 7:05 AM

Bingo News

Changes To
ID Requests

When Blighty Bingo launched back in January 2017 we noticed something a little different in the cashier after we made a deposit. At this point we were informed that we had three days to verify our account [read more here]. This was done by entering either our passport or driving licence number.

A recent news article on the Gambling Commission website tells of how many operators are putting their licences in jeopardy by breaching conditions of their licence. This is linked to failing to meet anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility requirements.

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CMA Probe Gambling Companies

Thursday, Nov. 3rd 2016 7:39 AM

Bingo News

CMA
Investigate

When it comes to being able to withdraw your winnings if you get lucky at an online bingo site (or any other gambling site), we’ve all come to expect that we have to meet certain wagering requirements. However, it would appear that not all sites are making this as easy as it may be should be.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have launched an inquiry as to whether customers of gambling sites are being treated as fairly as they should be. The industry as a whole has agreed to cooperate fully with the CMA’s investigation.

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Daytime TV Ban Expected For UK Gambling Adverts

Tuesday, Oct. 18th 2016 4:56 AM

Gambling Adverts

Gambling Adverts

Adverts for the gambling industry look set to vanish not only from our daytime TV screens but also social media due to fears that they are influencing the young, resulting in gambling problems. Under current rules, adverts are allowed to be shown before the 9pm watershed, but recent figures from the Gambling Commission have shown the number of 18 to 24-year old’s with gambling problems has trebled over the past three years.

Figures from The Advertising Standards Authority show that last month they received a total of 3,395 complaints about 2,301 different adverts. Of these complaints, only 224 (7%) were about betting / gambling adverts. In total 3% of the adverts complained about were betting / gambling related.

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