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UK Gambling Commission: make gambling in Britain the fairest and safest in the world

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Neil McArthur, the chief executive of UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has urged the betting companies to serve their customers better to make gambling in Britain the fairest and safest in the world.

He was talking at the Raising Standards Conference at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham, conducted by UKGC. About 170 leaders from more than 100 gambling businesses attended the event, which aims to encourage the most senior members of the industry to take action to boost fairness and safety.

He said: “I want consumers in Britain to be able to enjoy the fairest and safest gambling in the world and to achieve my aims I need your support: I need you to work together to make sure you are the best – the fairest, safest – gambling operators in the world.”

McArthur told delegates he wanted gambling businesses to collaborate and focus on three areas: understanding the early signs which could indicate a customer is experiencing or developing problems; interacting with those customers to ensure they can receive support and advice and rebuilding public trust by changing advertising strategies.

“This is a call to action to join the race to the top,” he said. “A race to put your customers, their enjoyment and their safety at the top of the agenda for your management meetings, your board meetings and meetings with your investors.

“A race to approach the minimum requirements we impose as exactly that: minimums not maximums. A race to look for real solutions to the public health issue of gambling-related harm.”

The conference also heard from Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and representatives from the Advertising Standards Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority, and Twitter UK.

Guy Parker, ASA chief executive, said: “The existing rules that regulate the content and targeting of gambling advertising are working effectively, but there is public concern about the timing and quantity. The Gambling Commission conference is a great opportunity for gambling firms to discuss how those concerns might be addressed.”

 

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Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Cambodia to Ban the Issuance of Online Gambling Policy and Licenses

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The Cambodian Government has issued a directive to stop the issuance of online gambling policy and licenses, both within and outside of Cambodia.

The government said that the industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money. The southern coastal city of Sihanoukville has emerged as a particular centre for gambling and many of the dozens of Chinese-run casinos that have sprung up there have online gambling operations.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia will stop the issuance of online gambling policy and licenses, both within and outside of the Kingdom of Cambodia, from the date of signing this directive,” said the directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“Some foreign criminals have taken refuge in the form of this gambling to cheat and extort money from victims, domestic and abroad, which affect the security, public order and social order,” the directive said.

China is Cambodia’s close ally, its biggest donor and investor. It has also been trying to crack down on cross-border gambling, criticising operations in the Philippines that are similar to those in Cambodia.

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Kindred to Appeal against €470,000 Dutch Fine

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Online gambling operator Kindred Group is going to appeal against a €470,000 fine for illegal activity in the Netherlands. The company said it remains committed to securing a licence in the country once new igaming laws come into effect.

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) issued a €470,000 (£430,344/$521,950) fine to Kindred’s Trannel International subsidiary after an investigation by the regulator found its Unibet.eu site targeted Dutch players between August 11 and December 27, 2018.

Kindred claims that it is fully compliant with the igaming rules set out by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security earlier in the year. With secondary legislation currently being developed by the Ministry of Justice and Security, as well as KSA policy rules on licence applications and eligibility requirements, it has decided to appeal the fine.

The secondary legislation will add more detail to the broader regulatory framework of the Remote Gambling Act. The Dutch government aims to have the secondary laws brought into force from 1 July, 2020.

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Police Expose Underground Online Casinos in Ukraine

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The National Police of Ukraine has exposed a network of underground online casinos and the organisers of this gambling business.

“It was found that in order to conspire the criminal activity, server equipment and processing centers for payments were located on the territory of the Russian Federation. To legalize funds received as online bets, a 32-year-old citizen used payment systems that are under sanctions,” Police said.

The officers also found an office space, located in a private house in the Kyiv region, from which the administration of the casino web resources was carried out. During the search, 520,000 dollars and 140,000 euros were seized, as well as computer equipment and draft records confirming the criminal activity of a citizen.

The law enforcement officers have opened criminal proceedings under art. 203-2 (engaging in gambling) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, establish persons involved in the operation of online casinos.

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