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Review of gambling industry’s voluntary ‘whistle-to-whistle’ (W2W) advertising restrictions

Published by the ‘Betting and Gaming Council’ (BGC) Data collected and provided by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) Data described and limited analysis undertaken by Enders Analysis Commentary provided by the BGC Link to full report: https://bettingandgamingcouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Review-of-Gambling-Industry-W2W-Advertising-Restrictions_v8.pdf What follows is a review of this report by ‘Justice for Punters’ (J4P), including the methodology, data…

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Not been the best in class in the past

Last evening I listened to ‘The Moral Maze’ (podcast here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kp96). My learning involved the impression that gambling disorder is all the person’s fault and that large corporations should be allowed to do as they wish, so long as libertarians don’t have their rights of freedom infringed.  Everyone is entitled to their views, but surely…

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Did somebody really sit and watch?

“Tragic gambler who was ‘groomed’ with a bonus: How online casino plied 25-year-old with a £400 booster just hours before he took his own life” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8359275/Online-casino-plied-Chris-Bruney-25-400-boost-hours-took-life.html In late May this article was published.  To say it caused a bit of rumpus is an understatement. Firstly, it’s very important to praise and respect the bravery of…

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When you fall help should be there

As a number of people, both in and around the gambling industry and others know J4P is struggling with some of the work it is doing, e.g. helping with awful gambling disorder cases and having to keep them private, whilst gambling companies continue to behave badly. J4P hastens to add that this is the right…

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MoPlay/Betfred deal

J4P promised on Twitter about three weeks ago to find out more about this deal and its legality. On Twitter and on our forum we asked for people who were willing to share their experiences both positive and negative concerning the deal.  Unsurprisingly, the responses were primarily negative.  J4P thanks all who replied.  Those who…

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Passion isn’t prohibition

Alcohol being poured away during prohibition  https://www.millracenorthville.org/events-1/lecture-series-bathtub-gin-and-rum-running-in-detroit-and-michigan It’s fair to say that the last few weeks has seen a ramping up of the debate on all sides of the arguments concerning the gambling industry. Some of the debate has been worthwhile, but a fair amount has also been extremely unhelpful, not least some of the…

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The strange case of four corners and a guide dog

When betting online with traditional sportsbooks, those very rare, genuine old style punters who win and those who show a betting style that they may win know the consequences – stake restricted accounts; £50 bets become £5 or even 5p bets. For those determined enough this has led to a daily game of ‘hide and…

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A New World of Bookmaking

The trilby is perched, braces hoist trousers above the waists of the mostly stout framed bookies. There’s a ciggie on the go in the corner of the mouth which leaves enough space to talk if required. Its race day. A bookmaker is the one who writes up your bet, sets the odds and pays the…

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I was there at the APPG’s ‘kangaroo court’

I chose this blog title from many possibilities, because some of the ‘bookie social media crowd’ were calling it this. Of course none of these people attended the meeting unlike many who paid their own costs to be there despite having little money to do so due to gambling losses.  This is to be expected…

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Corporate philanthropy

Corporate philanthropy often called corporate social responsibility (CSR) is hitting the headlines in the gambling world. Why gambling companies are now rushing to partner with charities and not-for-profit organisations is not difficult to understand.  After many years of being able to keep the ‘darker side’ of how the modern corporate gambling industry trades the ‘genie…

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To win gambling in the UK you need to cheat

Cheat, noun: “A person who behaves dishonestly in order to gain an advantage.” The recent BBC programme ‘Can you beat the bookies’ (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07hjnl6) has thrown the spotlight on the modern gambling industry again. No doubt many discussions in pubs and clubs following the broadcast of this programme will have focussed on ‘courtsiding’.  Huge numbers of…

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Dealing with the myth of problem gambling

Quite rightly the UK has a legal gambling industry, but it presently has a challenge like no other it has ever faced.  This challenge is ‘hanging over its head’ like a big dark cloud.  Those in the gambling industry who don’t recognise the extent of this danger are doing immense damage to their own industry….

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Twitter poll on private data deletion

If a bookie restricts your account, which choice is most commonly quoted for the retention of your data due to UK law & regulation?   Answers: 10% 3 years 24% 5 years 36% 7 years 30% 10 years Thank you to everyone who voted on this important topic. J4P’s experience is 5 years, but the…

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Bet24-7 finds Bet24-7 not guilty

The Bet24-7 social responsibility team confirmed today, following a 4-week internal investigation, that they are not guilty of social responsibility failings. Their internal investigation found there were no failings in their social responsibility processes despite evidence that their customer Mr PY Together had 120 failed deposits on 11 different debit cards, 422 reverse withdrawals, and…

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Silence, denial and bullshit will no longer ‘cut-it’

Like many people I like to gamble for entertainment.  In my opinion gambling should be legal in a modern democracy, but legalisation comes with huge responsibilities for those providing gambling services. Nobody can deny that the UK gambling industry has been a fantastic success since its liberalisation in 2005 when it’s judged simply on expansion…

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Is it best to win a war or to avoid one?

Emotive language to get the reader interested, but very relevant to the modern gambling world… read on. This job description for a major gambling company appeared over a week ago: “What will you be doing?  Prohibiting Bonus Hunters from abusing promotions. Ensuring registrations are clean from multiple accounts and fake accounts. Liaising with the Fraud…

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Minimum Bet (liability) Law: Where are we going?

Today SkyBet has announced their version of an online minimum bet, more correctly, a minimum liability law (MBL).  This follows recent announcements by BetVictor, Betfair Sportsbook and William Hill. Ladbroke-Coral now GVC has a MBL in shop. J4P welcomes these announcements, albeit they don’t meet our Charter. We welcome the announcements, because it’s some progress…

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Another meeting at the Gambling Commission

The primary objective of our latest meeting at the Gambling Commission (GC) was to find out what may happen after the imminent departure of Sarah Harrison their CEO.  We had major worries; we were meeting with Sarah and other senior staff. We’re pleased to report that it’s unlikely that much is going to change; in…

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