New Fines by the UK Gambling Commission

Kosta Kostadinov | Published 12 Oct 2022, 11:40 a.m.

The UK Gambling Commission is restless regarding players' safety and monitors operators' activity to prevent abuse or negligence. After the latest news that Betfred is facing a heavy fine due to failings in social responsibility, the UKGC has also revealed similar failings in other operators' activity.

NSUS Limited penalised for severe failings

After looking further into the activity of NSUS Limited, an operator that trades under the brand GGPoker, the UKGC has revealed some concerning discoveries. Namely, the regulator asserted that these failings were related to social responsibility and anti-money laundering.

The social responsibility failings encompassed not interacting with players susceptible to gambling harm. Moreover, the UKGC also revealed that GGPoker was sending marketing emails to players that have self-excluded.

According to the UKGC, "The operator also failed to take all reasonable steps to prevent any marketing material being sent to self-excluded customers when it sent marketing emails to 125 self-excluded customers."

Anti-money laundering failings were also part of the findings. Namely, the operator failed to properly assess the situation and ensure that the protocols were sufficient to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

GGPoker has to pay a heavy fine

As I mentioned above, Betfred is one of the most recently penalised operators whose failings were of similar nature. However, unlike Betfred, whose sanction is £2.87M, GGPoker will need to pay a total of £672,829. Moreover, the operator also received a warning from the UK Gambling Commission regarding the situation.

The UKGC continues to be vigilant when it comes to concerning activities and failings to ensure players' safety. Meanwhile, the process of creating and publishing the White Paper of Gambling Reform, which many believe to be of utmost importance.

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