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UK Review: Could cashless and positive regulatory change be on the cards?

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David Clifton, co-founder of Clifton Davies Consultancy discusses the UK government’s new Gambling Review, noting that “time is well overdue” for a reassessment of the large and small casino experiment introduced by the Gambling Act 2005.

Viewpoint: Creating an unlevel playing field

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Warwick Bartlett, CEO of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, explains that while a decision to cut the maximum stake for online slots to £2 in the UK would benefit land-based casinos in the short-term, it could well see the Treasury looking to recoup the lost revenue from other sectors of the gambling industry

Grosvenor Casinos launches Pier Nine after £5m revamp

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Casino Review spoke to Amy Culora, head of marketing at Grosvenor Casinos, about the company’s multi-million-pound relaunch of its Brighton property as..

UK’s land-based casino sector facing headwinds

UK land-based casino sector facing headwinds
It's been a tough few years for the UK’s land-based casino sector, with operators waiting to see what the future will hold as a new government takes the reins.

Plans for new large UK casino in Southampton

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While Aspers’ casino plans for Southampton had been stuck in limbo, the city council has given the company an additional three years to get the project of the ground.

Online casinos operators could face tighter regulatory restrictions

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Online casinos in the UK should be subject to maximum stake limits similar to the £2 limits imposed on fixed-odds betting terminals, according to a report released by a cross-party group of legislators.

Blueprint Machines launches Avantgarde Trio for UK casino market at ICE 2019

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After 12 months of unprecedented research and meticulous planning, Blueprint Machines has utilised proven content from fellow Gauselmann Group members to create a brand new B1 product for UK casino operators. Gavin Wright talks to Casino Review about the project. Gauselmann Group member Blueprint Machines is set to inject fresh competition into the UK casino market with the launch of...

UK government expands NHS problem gambling treatment

The UK government has announced a significant increase in problem gambling treatment funding as part of its ten year strategy for the NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan, announced on 7 January, outlined the provision of £2.3bn annually for mental health treatment by 2023, including dedicated problem gambling services. “There will be a new guarantee that investment in primary, community and...

Genting Casino UK Raise £121,000 for CHIPS Charity

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Members of staff from leading casino operator Genting Casino UK have raised more than £121,000 through various running fundraising initiatives over the course of a four-year partnership with CHIPS Charity. CHIPS Charity was founded on behalf of the UK gaming industry in 2001 in order to raise funds to purchase specialised wheelchairs for young people living in the UK with...

British government to introduce fixed-odds betting terminal stake cut in April 2019

The British government will bring forward a planned cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs or Category B2 gaming machines) by six months to April 2019, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) secretary Jeremy Wright confirmed on 14 November. While the majority of FOBTs - which offer both table and slot games - are found...

Greentube live with LeoVegas brands in the UK

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Greentube, the Novomatic Interactive division, is set to further deepen and continue to grow its relationship with the LeoVegas Gaming Group. Building on the long-standing and continued success of the company in UK gaming markets, Greentube has launched its games on certain LeoVegas Group brands in the UK such as, and A selection of market-leading slot games,...

SG Gaming inks new five year deal with Aspers Casino

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The deal has seen SG Gaming install additional Riviera terminals across all four Aspers casinos in the UK. Scientific Games’ UK Division, SG Gaming, has signed a new five-year contract with Aspers Casino to supply its gaming product across all Aspers’ UK venues. SG Gaming has installed additional Riviera terminals across all four Aspers casinos. Riviera offers an advanced gaming experience...

British casino operators see fall in profits during 2017FY

Operators in the UK saw profits fall during 2017 due to a number of different factors. The Ritz Hotel Casino in London chalked up an £11.7m loss in 2017 which cancelled out the previous year’s pre-tax profit of £8.9m. GGR dropped from £33m to £22.3m during the period, which the casino’s operators, the Barclay brothers, attributed to players’ success on the...

William Hill strikes gold with Eldorado

With the UK retail market stagnant in the wake of government regulation, William Hill has set its sights across the Atlantic in a major distribution agreement with Eldorado. William Hill has confirmed a partnership with US casino operator Eldorado in a bid to establish its place in the country’s nascent sports betting market. The Nasdaq-listed operator, valued at $3.7bn and responsible...

A year in the life of the British regulator: Rising costs, expanding reach and not everything is exactly what it

While the British model is frequently lauded as the way forward for gaming regulation, the UK’s gaming industry takes a more critical view of its regulator, calling out its high-handed treatment of operators and failure to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the sector. In an article originally published in our sister title Coinslot, Ken Scott reads between the...

Gambling Commission to crackdown on operators who don’t treat consumers fairly

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New rules from the Gambling Commission, which come into force from 31 October 2018, mean gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law will face tougher action. The new requirements, which follow an open consultation, provide "stronger protection for consumers" and ensure they are treated fairly by gambling businesses The changes mean: - It will be easier to take action,...

New casino on the Horizon in Leicester Square

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One of the West End's best-loved casinos, Napoleons, has been transformed and re-opened as Horizons. Located in Queens House, Leicester Square, the venue has been expertly re-designed to include new games and slot machines while retaining its intimate feel. Horizons re-launched on 15th July. The site measures 3,817 sq ft and has a 400-person capacity (including staff) and says it...

600 IGT employees participate worldwide in company’s inaugural global giving week

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IGT employees from around the world volunteered with various charities and non-profit organisations as part of IGT’s inaugural “Global Giving Week – A Day For Doing,” which was held May 6-12, 2018. During this set week, employees were provided with an additional paid workday off to volunteer at a non-profit of their choice with the accumulated hours. 600 employees dedicated...

GeWeTe reports ‘most successful ICE ever’

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GeWeTe - the cash-handling expert of the Gauselmann Group - has reported its “most successful ICE ever”.   GeWeTe assumed the responsibility for redemption machines to the casino market within the Gauselmann Group three years ago. GeWeTe brought long-standing success from the AWP, AGC and amusement market where it has been successful for almost 25 years now. “GeWeTe has made a very...

National Casino Forum launches 2018 Dealer of the Year

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The National Casino Forum has launched the 2018 edition of the Dealer of the Year competition to find the UK’s top croupier. The UK Dealer Championships will see judges test dealers’ technical skill, game control and hospitality in a competition hosted by Caesars Entertainment at the Sportsman Casino in London on 27 February. “The UK Dealer Championships will showcase the wonderful...

National Casino Forum boss: UK needs ‘greater flexibility’ in regulation

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Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum, discusses the challenges facing the British casino industry, and suggests that more flexibility in the UK’s regulatory regime would help ensure a level playing field in the face of online and international competition.   International Casino Review: Following the underwhelming outcome of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s review of gambling...

Melco gambles on British and Russian visitors in Cyprus

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City of Dreams Mediterranean is aiming to capture visitors from the UK and Russia, but an uncertain geo-political situation could mean Melco will have to look to develop tourism from further afield suggests GBGC’s CEO, Warwick Bartlett.   Melco Resorts has announced that its new E550m resort development, City of Dreams Mediterranean - currently under construction in Cyprus - will seek...

World gaming comes to London for ICE 2018

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The international gaming industry was out in force at The ExCeL Centre, on day 1 of ICE London 2018. The world’s biggest gaming expo, comprising a record 589 exhibiting companies, occupying 43,500sqm of net space, has become the meeting place of choice for the international industry with streams of visitors passing through the doors at ExCeL for ICE London’s 10:00am...

Gaming’s Paradice dawns in London

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Industry leaders from trade associations representing some of the world's most influential gaming markets joined forces at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands this morning (Tuesday, 6 February, 2018) for the official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the 2018 edition of ICE London. The Trade Association leaders were joined by Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion...

UK under review: Can the casino sector force change?

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In the midst of stiff competition from iGaming and the bookies and apathy towards the sector on the part of the government, Great Britain's land-based casino industry faces a challenging 2018.   As 2018 gets underway, Great Britain’s 146 casinos are facing challenges on a number of fronts, amid intense competition from both iGaming and the high street bookmakers, and regulatory...

ICE 2018 to address the use of ‘KYC’ data to identify problematic gamblers

A panel debate at the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming event is set to tackle one of the industry’s most important issues of 2018. The role that data and technology play in the quest to identify problematic gamblers and manage risk, to ensure operators are Gambling Commission compliant. It is set to bring a raft of regulatory changes for gaming operators as the Gambling...

Medialive Casino opens UK office in Richmond, London

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  Medialive has announced the opening of their UK office in Richmond upon Thames.   The office will be headed up by Medialive’s commercial director, Rob Wheeler, who said: “We are delighted to have secured such a fantastic office space in the heart of Richmond to support the company’s expanding business, both here in the UK, Italy and further afield internationally. “Richmond...

Sarah Harrison to leave UK Gambling Commission top job

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The UK Gambling Commission has announced the departure of chief executive Sarah Harrison at the end of February next year.   She is expected to take a up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. “I am proud of the work that all at the Commission have delivered together,” Harrison said. “I am very confident that as the...

Hippodrome boss: “The casino sector cannot ignore the wider trends in the industry”

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  Casino Review spoke to Simon Thomas, CEO and chairman of the Hippodrome in London about his take on the British government’s latest review of UK gambling regulation.   International Casino Review: What is your response to the conclusions in the DCMS’ consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures? Simon Thomas: Overall very disappointed. The concerns over FOBTs...

Landmark ruling in UK establishes new precedent for cheating

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  The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the long-running dispute between poker player Phil Ivey and Crockford’s casino in Mayfair over the legitimacy of his edge-sorting technique.   In a landmark ruling, the UK’s Supreme Court has found that poker champion Phil Ivey cheated whilst playing Punto Banco to win £7.7m at a Genting casino in London. In a...