The UKGC Cracks Down on Gambling Operators

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The UK Gambling Commission doesn’t mess about when it comes to iGaming operators playing fair – which is why they have issued plenty of warnings, fines and have even revoked licenses from gambling operators after their latest investigations.

Recently, Daub Alderney was under fire for money laundering and for failing to protect problem gamblers, but now, two more online casino companies have hit the spotlight! Casumo Casino has been ordered to pay £5.85m and VideoSlots Casino was subjected to a £1m fine in lieu of a financial penalty – but there’s more!

The UK Gambling Commission say that the previously announced fines come as a “result of their failings to put in place effective safeguards to prevent money laundering and keep consumers safe from gambling-related harm.”

The Casumo Casino fine came as a result of a “Breach of conditions relating to anti-money laundering and failure to comply with social responsibility codes.”

VideoSlots Casino was due to a breach of anti-money laundering.

No Longer Allowed to Operate

CZ Holdings, it may not be familiar to most, butt his gambling operator has been ordered to surrender its license and will no longer be allowed to offer services to the UK. Nine other gambling operators were issued with Advice to Conduct letters (warnings) and there are six more still under investigation!

After an in-depth investigation it was revealed that Three Personal License Holders (PLH) have effectively given up their licenses. An additional four have had the ‘warning letters’ plus two have been sent Advice to Conduct letters. That’s not all! A further three are still under investigation!

Speaking on the clap down of rogue casino companies and their management, the UKGC CEO, Neil McArthur said;

I hope today’s announcement will make all online casino operators sit up and pay attention, as our investigations found that a large number of operators and their senior management were not meeting their obligations. It is not enough to have policies and procedures in place. Everyone in a gambling business must understand its policies and procedures and take responsibility for properly applying them. We expect operators to know their customers and to ask the right questions to make sure they meet their anti-money laundering and social responsibility obligations.”

He continued;

Anyone in a position of authority needs to be aware that we will not only act against businesses when we take regulatory action – we will also hold individuals to account where they are responsible for an operator’s failings.”

 

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