UK GAMBLING OPERATORS FACING PUBLIC RELATIONS CRISIS OVER VIP CUSTOMER ACTIVITY

On 3 January, Calvin Ayre reported that the Guardian newspaper in the UK claims to have had access to a confidential Gambling Commission report regarding online licensees’ VIP gambling programmes.  The report is said to have analysed data from 9 unidentified betting operators who apparently offer both retail and online betting.  The Guardian is said to have focused on VIPs accounting for a disproportionate amount of gambling account deposits and VIPs being over represented in the ranks of the UK’s problem gamblers.  Of an estimated 47,000 VIP gamblers in the UK about 8% are suspected of being problem gamblers.  The article says that the Commissions is said to be considering several options including a complete ban on running VIP programmes.

https://calvinayre.com/2020/01/03/business/uk-vip-gambling-programs-govt-report/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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