BGC Wants Tough Action on Illegal Gambling
by Glenn Baird - February 13, 2020
The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has insisted that action needs to be taken to prevent the operation of unregistered gambling operators.
The Council has revealed through its own research that four in ten search results using key terms associated with online gambling have provided results that are linked to unlicensed, unregulated black market operators.
The research also highlighted that 27 million visits were made to illegal gambling websites from IP addresses linked to the UK last year. They BGC estimates that this would equate to roughly 200,000 players in the UK visiting black-market gambling sites in 2019.
Chief Executive of the BGC, Michael Dugher said: “Search platforms are promoting black-market gambling operators for profit, putting the British consumers, including children, at risk. None of the UK’s strict licensed safeguards are in place on these illegal sites.
“Regulated bookies and online operators have a strict zero tolerance approach to underage gambling, yet unlicensed operators are free to prey on vulnerable consumers.
“We welcome the Government’s Online Harms Bill. But it also provides the Government with a chance to clamp down on the black-market and help protect punters who want a flutter in a safe environment.”
At the same time calls for this crackdown are being made the UKGC is being asked to consider reducing the maximum wager allowed at online gambling sites registered in the UK to £2 per spin, bringing online legislation in line with that of Fixed Odds Betting Machines. The obvious danger that could occur if demand is realised is the increased traffic that finds its way into black-market casinos that are entirely unregulated but willing to take the wagers that regulated site are not.