Once again is the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) stirring up some discussion in the UK in reference to responsible gambling. However, the suggestions and discoverings from a report that stems from March 2019 is nothing new. Where they once again call for an advertisement change and stake limit on online casino video slots, to mention some of the points. Indeed, basically rehashing the same narrative going on for a while now. Yet, the more outrageous claim is that the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is not doing a good job. In fact, they would like to see a comprehensive change in its operations. Saying that the UKGC is “not fit for purpose.” But wait there’s more on APPG’s action point list that according to them needs fixing. So let’s dive right into it.
In the risk of sounding like a broken record, this is the point brought forward by APPG this time that needs a more in-depth investigation. Starting with a ban on gambling-related advertisements. An equal stake limit of £2 like the fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) should also apply to the online video slot. But also the removal of all VIP schemes presence online. Plus, examine the current rules and regulations regarding deposits, affordability, prize pools, and limits. Though the hardest blow to the industry in the UK is the suggestion to kick in-play, or live betting to the curb. And making the option only available in direct extension to the sports venue itself or via telephone. It’s almost like the APPG wants to step back in time where you had a “bookie” in your phone contacts. Yet, it could open up for a new product line for the UK operators?
Although, the claims and suggestions are not entirely without merit. For instance, APPG does have a strong point in the need to invest some time in looking over the 2005 Gambling Act. In the end, a complete revision would be fitting to adjust it to the current digital climate. Still, keeping up with technology that can change with the flip of a switch in comparison to introduce new legislation is a heavier burden to carry. Now, what will actually materialize from the report and its finding, we don’t know. So keep tuning in and grab a comfortable chair and get the updates as they develop.