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Greentube ordered by UKGC to pay anti money laundering settlements

Operator Greentube Alderney has been ordered to pay £685,000 by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).  The UKGC told the company to pay this money in anti-money laundering settlements, and it follows an investigation launched last December.  Why has Greentube been ordered to pay these settlements?  On 16th December 2020, the UKGC began investigating Greentube — …

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GambleAware highlights success of National Gambling Treatment service in 2020/21 annual update

The UK gambling charity GambleAware has published its annual update for 2020/21, revealing an improvement in gambling addiction treatment outcomes of the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS). According to the charity, 92% of patients that completed treatment during the 2020/21 year, improved their Problem Gambling Severity (PGS) index score. During 2020/21, the NGTS provided structured …

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888 receives regulatory approvals to move forward with William Hill acquisition

Online gambling group 888 Holdings has announced it has secured regulatory approvals for its takeover of William Hill’s non-US assets. This comes after 888 confirmed it won the bid for William Hill’s non-US assets with a £2.2bn ($3bn) offer. 888 receives regulatory approvals In an update this morning, 888 revealed it has secured mandatory antitrust …

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HitSqwad to expand into Great Britain after receiving licence

The games studio HitSqwad is set to launch in Great Britain’s regulated gambling market after receiving approval for a remote gambling software licence. This comes after the Gambling Commission awarded Oryx Gaming, a subsidiary of Bragg Gaming Group, a supplier licence to operate in the UK. HitSqwad receives GB licence The British Gambling Commission, which …

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Gambling Commission’s Sarah Gardner highlights regulator’s progress on sustainable gambling in speech

The Gambling Commission’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Sarah Gardner delivered a speech at the 2021 Bacta Annual Convention, highlighting the Commission’s progress towards a more sustainable gambling market, earlier this week. Bacta is the trade association for the amusement and gaming machine industry in the UK. What did Gardner say? In her speech to the …

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BGC welcomes Facebook’s decision to allow users to opt out from receiving gambling ads

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the news that Facebook is set to introduce an opt-out option for the vast majority of betting adverts on its platform. This comes after the BGC hailed Safer Gambling Week 2021 as a major success. BGC welcomes Facebook betting ad opt-out Last week, the BGC welcomed the …

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Flutter Entertainment announces plans to acquire Tombola

Online gambling giant Flutter Entertainment has announced plans to acquire the UK online bingo operator Tombola for an enterprise value of £402m ($543m). In the announcement, the online bingo operator Tombola was described as “the UK’s most recreational online bingo operator.” Flutter to acquire Tombola Today, Flutter announced plans to acquire the UK-based online bingo …

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IGT announces plans to spin off sports betting business

The London-based technology provider International Game Technology (IGT) has announced plans to spin off its online gambling business. The announcement was revealed during the firm’s investor day on Tuesday and is intended to maximize value from its Digital & Betting operation. What is IGT’s plan? As outlined on the investor day, IGT plans to establish …

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BGC hails Safer Gambling Week 2021 as a “huge success” thanks to online engagement

The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has branded Safer Gambling Week 2021 as a “huge success” after data revealed the event generated 25 million social media impressions. According to the data, 2021’s social media impressions were up 19% on last year’s Safer Gambling Week. Safer Gambling Week 2021 performance According to data released for …

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