Dutch land-based slot machine operator Fair Play has now launched a problem gambling prevention app.
UK gambling firms that fail to tackle problem gambling and money laundering will soon face heftier fines and a higher risk of losing their operating license, The Guardian reports:
The regulator has yet to publish the details of its harsher regime but chief executive Sarah Harrison recently warned gambling firms to expect tougher policing to ensure they were not used for money laundering and “terrorist financing”. In a speech to senior figures in the industry, Harrison said the regulator’s recent work had uncovered “a lack of curiosity, and at worst, a leadership culture which puts commercial gain over compliance”.
She said the commission would abandon the “blanket approach” of reaching settlements with firms that transgress and would be more likely to review their licence to operate in the UK.
Belgian charity King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) will receive €39m from the country’s National Lottery over the next four years.
Holland Casino’s head office is looking to hire an acquisition marketeer.
Employees of UK bookmaker William Hill reportedly waved torches to “lure punters from rivals:”
William Hill has been accused of “appalling” behaviour after encouraging torch-waving staff to visit rival bookmakers and lure gamblers into its own shops with the promise of free bets.
The bizarre tactic is part of William Hill’s efforts to exploit a dispute between two of its competitors – Ladbrokes-Coral and Betfred – and horse-racing TV channel the Racing Partnership.
The row, over the fee that the Racing Partnership charges bookies to show races, has left Ladbrokes-Coral and Betfred unable to broadcast the channel to punters.
An internal William Hill memo seen by the Guardian encourages staff to exploit the impasse by taking part in what it calls the “torch challenge”. This involves turning up at a rival bookmaker wielding a torch and shining it through the shop window to attract the attention of gamblers.
Speaking of horse racing, bookmakers who take bets on British horse races from UK gamblers could have to pay a 10% levy on their profits, under new government plans.
Nevada casinos posted profits in fiscal 2016, the first time the industry has been in the black since 2008.
The government-run gaming monopoly in the Canadian province of Ontario has cut its online gambling profit forecast by 75%.