UK Gambling Commission Donates £9 Million to GambleAware

The UK Gambling Commission has handed over £9 million to gambling addiction charity GambleAware. The British regulatory body has pledged to fight even harder to prevent predatory behaviour from providers during the COVID-19 lockdown.

By: Mark Patrickson

Keeping Up the Fight

In months gone by the UKGC has proven that they are not to be messed with. Fine to gambling behemoth Caesars Entertainment and Betway show that they are keeping a close eye on how these companies behave.

The gambling laws in the United Kingdom are strict and there is no room for leeway. Mess with the regulators at your peril seems to be the message.

Caesars Entertainment was hit with a £13 million and Betway £11.6 million for failing in their duties of social responsibility and money laundering checks for high rollers.

Failing by Caesars Entertainment were listed on the UKGC website, and included:

  • Inadequate interaction with a customer who was known to have previously self-excluded and lost £240,000 over a 13-month period
  • Inadequate interaction with a customer who lost £323,000 in a 12-month period and had displayed signs of problem gambling which included 30 sessions exceeding five hours

So, as you can see charities such as GambleAware have their work cut out to deal with the social fallout of problem gambling.

Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, said: “We welcome the receipt of these regulatory settlements at this uncertain time. Guided by a public health model, GambleAware commissions prevention and treatment services across England, Scotland and Wales in partnership with expert organisations and agencies, including the NHS. These funds will enable us to provide greater security around the funding of the National Gambling Treatment Service, and help keep people safe from gambling harms.”

It’s not all negative news on the part of the operators either. Back in April GambleAware released a statement showing all of their donors.

An incredible 956 different entities were contributing to the fight against problem gambling, including every big gambling industry company operating in the UK market.

GVC, owner of partypoker and Bwin even handed over a £1.46 million donation. Well above what is recommended based on their revenue.

The fight continues. Nobody in the poker community wants to see lives destroyed because of gambling, and it’s good to see everybody contributing however they can.

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