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“there’s a long way to go yet before we see online gaming licensed from the UK”
Upon publication of the government’s response to The Budd Report the world news flooded with ‘Las Vegas is coming to Blackpool’ headlines. Behind that, the next biggest headline was that legalised online gaming was coming to the UK. Great news, on the surface of it; ‘Britain will become a leader in online gaming’ was the general consensus of opinion. But how true is that? Now that the dust has settled and the headlines have become fish and chip wrappers, it’s time to look more closely at the government’s proposals with regard to online gaming. Sadly, it may be the case that if the UK is to become the world leader in online gaming, it will not be for a number of years yet.
On March 26th the DCMS published its response (‘A Safe bet for Success’) to the Gambling Review body’s report, known as ‘The Budd Report’. Apart from a couple of footnotes, it accepted all the recommendations made by Budd in relation to online gaming (recommendations 137 – 151). It accepted that online gaming should be permitted in the UK under the legislation of the proposed Gambling Commission, and that, as Budd had stated, it would be ‘entirely unrealistic to prohibit’. In summary, the other points accepted covered testing and development of games and probity of operators to be under the auspices of the Situs Judi Slot Gaming Commission, the protection of the vulnerable (underage and problem gamblers) through checks and self-limits, the identification of, and payment of winnings to, players, the issuing of a ‘kitemark’ to licensed operators and which sites could and could not advertise. Through accepting these recommendations the government feel that ‘the UK could potentially catch a significant proportion …