UK Government Considers Tightening Gambling Laws 30.10.2011

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John Penrose, the UK’s Minister of Tourism and Heritage is pushing for an overhaul in the UK’s gambling licenses and taxation laws in the face of soaring online gambling habits.

In a statement he released he claimed that “the current system for regulating remote gambling doesn’t work. Overseas operators get an unfair advantage over UK based companies, and British consumers who gamble online may have little or no protection.”

Penrose's statements comes after the UK Gambling Commission (UGC) released its latest stats about the gambling habits of the British public that show a great increase in online gambling.

According to Penrose there are very lax laws governing games such as bingo and the National Lottery, while associated games such as roulette, blackjack and poker that are offered on some bingo sites have little regulation.

Penrose’s office introduced new measures at a hope to curve the gambling habits of Britons and provide them with better protection when they do gamble. He states that “we will create a level playing field, so all overseas operators will be subject to the same standards and requirements as those based in Britain, as well as being required to inform the Gambling Commission about suspicious betting patterns to help fight illegal activity and corruption in betting.”

The latest figures from the UGC show that 12% of those polled admitted to some form of gambling with over 50% of those using the National Lottery. However it is estimated that the figures of actual gamblers are much higher and are constantly rising.

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