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Thursday, Dec. 14th 2017 7:16 AM

New Look For Online Bingo

New Look For
Online Bingo

As regular readers of our pages will know, there have been some quite significant changes in the world of online bingo recently. We’ve seen a change in the bonus structure for many sites and more recently, alterations to the design and feel of many to ensure they hold no appeal to children. This was something that was requested by the UK Gambling Commission in a letter to all operators which can be read here. In it they instruct operators to remove any ad ‘likely to appeal particularly to people aged 17 or younger (‘under 18’)’ and, ‘generally available to view (‘freely accessible’).’

Further in the letter it states ‘The use of particular colours, cartoon and comic book images, animals, child- and youth-orientated references’. This looks to have had quite an impact on the aesthetics of online bingo!

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Social Responsibility Failures Cost Butlers Bingo

Tuesday, Dec. 12th 2017 7:26 AM

Over the last few months we have seen some quite large fines levied against a number of gambling operators for failures around the social responsibility policies. Gala were fined £2.3 million and 888 a massive £7.8 million. Broadway Gaming (the company responsible for Butlers Bingo and a number of other online bingo sites) appear to have got off quite likely with a fine of £100,000 for their shortcomings.

The Gambling Commission (UKGC) chose to investigate the company after an Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that was published back in June 2016. There had been one complaint about an onsite advert that focused on the welcome offer, an offer that was ‘Deposit £10, play with £25’. The complainant felt the ad was misleading because the significant terms around wagering were not clear. The ASA agreed and upheld the complaint.

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888 Fined For Responsible Gambling Error

Thursday, Sep. 7th 2017 7:06 AM

888 Fine

888 £7.8M

A few months ago now I started receiving emails from Security at Cassava telling me my accounts had been closed at a number of different bingo sites on the Dragonfish network. The same happened with all sites powered by the same software. I thought at the time they were doing what had happened with other players, that I was being banned for what they consider to be bonus abuse.

This was not the case, and when I started receiving emails from them requesting bank details, I asked what was going on. It turns out that when I closed my 888 Poker account a few years ago, 888 should have closed all associated accounts.

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bgo Fined By UK Gambling Commission

Saturday, May. 13th 2017 7:35 AM

bgo Entertainment recently received a rather hefty fine from the UK Gambling Commission for breach of their license requirements. bgo fell foul of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) after they were approached time and time again with regards to how they marketed and advertised free bets and bonuses. The fine they were landed with was £300,000 and is the first of its kind issued to a gambling company.

If you’re a regular reader of our pages then you will know that many online bingo and gaming companies have had their virtual wrists slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over how they advertise their products. We have seen many commercials banned because of a breach of the BCAP or CAP codes but the ASA do not have the power to impose a fine. The UKGC

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Review Updates At Playing Bingo

Tuesday, Nov. 11th 2014 7:48 AM

On 1st November legislation came into force in the UK that meant all sites with UK players have to be licenced by the Gambling Commission. Previously it was considered acceptable to have UK players if the licence was held in one of the ‘White List’ territories like Gibraltar or Malta for example. These changes mean that operators who do not have a UK licence cannot accept UK based players at their sites, or even advertise to players in the UK for that matter.

For this reason we have spent the last few days checking and double checking all of the sites that we have reviewed over the years and where necessary, removed any links to the sites who are not compliant with the new Gambling Act.

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G2 Gtech Sites Announce Impending Changes

Thursday, Oct. 30th 2014 1:01 AM

As a bingo player you may not be aware that behind the scenes things are changing in the online bingo industry. One of these changes comes into force on 1st November and requires that all sites online who wish to accept players from the UK are regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. As such G2 Gtech, the company who run sites like Butlins Bingo, Ok! Bingo and a number of others, have announced some changes to their sites.

All of the sites are set to relaunch on 1st November and players are being advised that if they have funds in their account, be it bonus or loyalty points, to ensure that they are spent as these will not be transferred to the new sites. If you have cash in the account, it will not be able to be withdrawn now but will be in your account when the new sites open.

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Titan Bingo Becomes Titan Bet Bingo

Saturday, Sep. 13th 2014 7:43 AM

On 1st October changes come into play the mean any gambling operator who wishes to advertise to, or transact with, consumers that are British must have an operating licence from the UK Gambling Commission. This means that the sites who are currently licensed in Gibraltar and Alderney (and other jurisdictions) have to make some changes. Titan Bingo is one such brand who has made changes, part of which is moving to a different domain. Titan Bingo has become Titan Bet Bingo, a small change but a necessary one it would seem.

We won’t be changing the names on our reviews or references to Titan Bingo simply because we think it makes little difference. The brand remains on the same software, Virtue Fusion so it is just a name change.

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Should The Same Laws Govern Facebook As Pay To Play?

Tuesday, Jul. 17th 2012 7:06 AM

As someone who loves to play free games on the social networking site Facebook a recent debate regarding the site and responsible gambling caught my attention. For a little while now there have been rumours that the UK Gambling Commission were to investigate the rise in social gaming and whether it should be regulated in the same way as the gambling industry (Daily Mail article).

These rumours were quickly quashed according to eGaming review (Gambling Commission Dismisses Social Regulation Rumours) but it got me thinking about my journey into Facebook gaming and how things quickly changed for me.

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