Finland to Launch Gambling Ethics Council

Finland’s national gambling operator has announced the launch of an independent council on gambling ethics, with the aim of ensuring that it meets its social responsibility obligations.  The news of the launch of the ethics council follows the introduction of a range of new gambling measures by the state-owned organisation Veikkaus, which included the significant …

Huddersfield Town Hit with Gambling Ad Charge Over Paddy Power Strip

The governing body of English football, the Football Association (FA), has once again taken action against alleged breaches of their gambling regulations.  The action relates to Huddersfield Town, who were relegated from the Premier League last season and now play in the English Football League (EFL). Earlier this summer, the club was involved in marketing …

Brazilian Sports Betting Moves Nearer

The Brazilian Economic Ministry has launched a public consultation that could result in a fast-tracking of legislation for the regulation of sports betting in the country.  The consultation, which has been announced this week, is part of the Ministry’s review of legislative features of Bill MP-846, which has already been conditionally approved by the legislature, …

Svenska Spell Stops Taking Bets on Swedish League

State-owned gambling operator Svenska Spell has taken the unusual step of refusing to take further bets related to one of the country’s football leagues.  The Sport and Casino igaming subsidiary of Svenska Spel was responding to a request by the SvFF, the Swedish Football Association, which asked for the suspension of betting on the Division …

Everton’s Yerry Mina Hit with Charge of Misconduct by FA

Following the case of Daniel Sturridge, who was fined and suspended following breaches of betting regulations, another Premier League footballer is in the firing line.  Everton’s Yerry Mina has been hit with a charge of misconduct by the Football Association (FA), following an investigation into potential flouting of the rules on betting. According to the …

Gambling Revenue Drop in New Mexico

The gambling sector in the US State of New Mexico appears to have contracted, according to evidence from the state’s lawmakers.  A brief published by the New Mexico State Legislature revealed that revenue and taxation from the state’s casino and racetrack gambling sectors were either at a standstill or had gone into decline.  The brief, …

UK Gambling Commission Links Up With Samaritans

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced a new partnership with The Samaritans as part of its campaign to tackle problem gambling. The announcement follows fresh research by GambleAware and UKGC into the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS). The new analysis found that almost one in five problem gamblers had attempted or contemplated suicide over a twelve month …

Dutch Regulator Proposes New Licensing Rule

The gambling regulator in the Netherlands has instituted a new rule that would implement a two year ‘cooling off’ period for potential gambling licensees.  The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) announced the new rule, which is still at the draft stage, on Friday. The rule requires all operators applying for a KSA licence to have refrained from providing …

GVC Shop Closures After FOBT Changes

UK betting company GVC Holdings has announced that as many as 900 of its retail betting outlets, under the Coral and Ladbrokes brand names could be set to close.  The news follows a similar announcement by William Hill and GVC attribute the drastic shake up of its retail operation to the new regulations governing Fixed Odds …

UK Gambling Commission Issues Free To Play Games Warning

The UK gambling industry’s regulatory authority, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued a warning to industry operators over the promotion of Free-To-Play (FTP) games.  The authority has issued a clarification on the rules associated with FTP games that are promoted through affiliate sites, reminding operators of their responsibilities. The warning comes after the UKGC …