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Labour Limits On FOBTs Rejected By UK Coalition MPs 09 Jan, 2014

Demands from the Labour Party for stricter control of gambling machines in betting shops were defeated last night, but government ministers said their future was still “unresolved”.

No Rise In English Problem Gambling, Finds Health Study 19 Dec, 2013

A major new health survey has found that problem gambling affects around 0.5 percent of adults in England, a decrease from the last study on gambling prevalence in 2010.

Spanish Battle Over Online Slots Intensifies 19 Dec, 2013

Spain’s gambling regulator faces mounting resistance from Spanish regions and the country’s €3.4bn slot machine sector as it looks to push ahead with plans for online slot games at the start of 2014.

Perform Group Profit Warning Puts Betting Deals In Spotlight 13 Dec, 2013

Perform’s negotiations with online bookmakers over sports rights were put under intense scrutiny yesterday as shares in the media group halved on the back of a heavy profit warning. 

GVC On Course To Hit ‘Upper End’ Of 2013 Forecasts 04 Dec, 2013

GVC Holdings said it expects full-year results to be at the “upper end” of analysts’ guidance after coping with the punter-friendly sports results that have knocked its online betting rivals.

UK Online Gambling Bill Approved By Commons 27 Nov, 2013

The House of Commons unanimously approved the UK government’s online gambling bill on Tuesday, but time has run out for the licensing and advertising changes to be passed into law this year.

Special Report: European Commission Gambling Infringements 22 Nov, 2013

For the first time in more than five years, the commission has opened a new series of infringement proceedings against countries for restricting the supply of gambling services. 

Sweden Court Threat Leads Fresh Batch Of European Commission Infringements 20 Nov, 2013

The European Commission’s threat to take Sweden to Europe’s highest court was the most eye-catching decision yesterday, as EU regulators also opened a fresh set of infringement cases against six other countries.

Deregulation Increased Gambling Ads Six-Fold, Says Ofcom 20 Nov, 2013

Evidence of an advertising feeding frenzy for gambling products emerged yesterday after UK media regulator Ofcom reported that the number of gambling-related adverts on UK TV had multiplied six-fold since deregulation.

European Commission Draws Up Gambling Infringement Targets 18 Nov, 2013

The European Commission has identified several countries, including Belgium and Sweden, that it hopes to launch fresh infringement proceedings against over accusations of breaking EU law on online gambling.