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MPs Call for Online Gambling Reform

by Glenn Baird - November 5, 2019

A group of MPs in the UK have called on the Gambling Commission to implement changes, such as a maximum £2 wager on slots, in an attempt to help protect at-risk gamblers.

The group, referred to as the APPG, is led by Labour’s Carolyn Harris, the Conservatives’ Duncan Smith and Ronnie Cowan from the SNP. The results of a 6-month process, involving input from problem gamblers, suggests that the maximum stakes that were introduced for fixed odds betting machines should also be included on online slot games.

The over-riding argument coming from this report is that if people cannot walk into a bookies and spend more than £2 on a single spin, then they should not be able to do that at home.

The report is also asking for a ban on the use of credit cards to fund gambling accounts, greater restrictions on some of the offers being awarded to VIP gamblers and a further investigation into non-disclosure agreements.

On top of all of this the group have called for an overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act to better represent the digital environment that has come to dominate the industry.

The vice-chair of the APPG, Duncan Smith said: “It is outrageous that there are not stake limits online, that gamblers are still able to gamble using credit cards online and that operators are able to continue to offer inducements to the vulnerable without proper sanction.”

The UKGC have responded with a spokesperson saying: “We are disappointed that this report has been released before we have been given the chance to give evidence.”

They added: “The report does not reflect our considerable action and progress on most of the areas of concern set out in the report and we look forward to being given the chance to outline that work to the APPG.”