Sports Betting Progress in California

California’s sports fans could be a step closer to being able to bet on their favourite sports after the introduction of a new legal measure.  The Chair of the State Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, Adam Gray has officially filed a constitutional amendment that would effectively legalize sports betting throughout California, though any such changes would have …

NHS Chief Calls for New Gambling Levy

The head of the National Health Service has called for betting companies to pay a compulsory levy to help fund a network of problem gambling clinics all over the UK.  Simon Stevens becomes the most recent figure involved in the health sector to ask the government to implement a new tax on betting licensees, saying …

Scholes Punished by FA for Gambling Breach

Former England and Manchester United star Paul Scholes has been fined by the Football Association (FA) for breaching football’s rules on gambling.  The FA gave Scholes an £8,000 fine for the offence and also warned him about his future conduct, following an investigation into best placed by the former player over a four-year period.  The …

Gambling Regulator Kicks Off Colombian Campaign

Gambling authorities in Colombia have launched a new campaign to publicise the country’s gambling regulations, coinciding with the beginning of the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa America.  The tournament kicked off in Brazil on Friday and is the focus of intense betting activity throughout South America. Launching the campaign, the President of the Colombian gambling regulator Coljuegos, …

UKGC Warning to Industry after Platinum Settlement

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued another warning to the gambling industry that it needs to improve its performance on social responsibility in the wake of another failure. Platinum Gaming, which operates the Unibet.co.uk and uk.bingo.com brands, has agreed to pay a total of £1.6 million in fines following an investigation by the UKGC …

St Maarten Minister Urges Gambling Integrity

A leading figure in the St Maarten government has urged companies and individuals involved in the gambling sector in the Caribbean to tackle illegal practices.  Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson was speaking at the Dutch Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering and Gaming Regulation Forum  which was held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino in St. Maarten last …

Wire Act Stalls West Virginia Mobile Betting

Mobile sports betting fans in West Virginia will have to wait a while longer before they can bet on the go, due to the implications of the Federal Wire Act.  Officials at the West Virginia Lottery organisation have announced that the planned launch of a DraftKings sports betting app has been put on hold while …

Finland Takes Action On Illegal Gambling Ads

Finnish authorities have announced that there will be a greater degree of co-operation between two agencies of the government in an attempt to crack down on illegal gambling marketing practices.  The Finnish Police and the national Transport and Communications Agency Traficom will be working together to strengthen programs that are designed to monitor and combat …

New Zealand Set To Scrap Betting Levy

The New Zealand government is planning to scrap the nation’s betting levy as part of an overhaul of the New Zealand racing industry, according to Racing Minister Winston Peters.  Under the current system, funds generated by the levy go into the New Zealand government’s coffers, but under the new plan, the levy is set to …

Gambling Industry Backs Irish Regulator

The gambling industry in Ireland is backing the creation of a new independent gambling regulatory body, which will oversee all gambling licences in the country, according to the government.  Speaking to the media earlier this week, Fine Gael MP and junior minister David Stanton said that industry had given the plans, outlined in the Gaming …