UK's Best Online Casinos- Top Casinos 4 British Players http://www.casinouk.com UK's biggest online casinos Tue, 30 May 2017 16:26:39 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Premier League Betting http://www.casinouk.com/news/premier-league-betting Fri, 12 May 2017 09:45:26 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13239 The long haul is over, and the EPL season is coming to an end. Sadly, there is no Leicester City-style fairy tale this year to celebrate. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have been in full command of the EPL since October and with three games to go need only one more win to secure the title. Only […]

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The long haul is over, and the EPL season is coming to an end. Sadly, there is no Leicester City-style fairy tale this year to celebrate. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have been in full command of the EPL since October and with three games to go need only one more win to secure the title.

Only Tottenham can catch Chelsea, but it would be a remarkable feat for Spurs to succeed. If you do fancy an upset, then you can still get 50/1 (51.00) at Ladbrokes for a Tottenham miracle.

Hull C v Liverpool

Liverpool and Manchester City seem to have the other two UEFA Champions League spots tied up, but Arsenal and Manchester United both have a decent enough chance of catching them. If you fancy a flutter on Arsene Wenger’s boys, then you can get 5/2 (3.50) at Betfair. Qualification for Mourinho’s men is thought much less likely, as the Red Devils are out as far as 28/1 (29.00) at SkyBet.

Who else will be playing Championship football next term?

At the wrong end of the table there’s going to be a North-East swap during the close season, as Sunderland and Middlesbrough are already confirmed as heading towards the Championship next term. Newcastle United will be one of the teams replacing them, having secured the EFL Championship last Sunday.

The question remains though who will be the third team also making the dreaded drop? Most bookies feel that Hull City will be playing Championship football next season, and the Tigers are priced at a meagre 2/9 (1.22) at Betfred. Swansea City are thought next most-likely to plummet through the relegation trap-door, with the odds of them being relegated set at 5/1 (6.00) at Paddy Power.

Crystal Palace are not completely safe, but are outsiders to face the drop – 14/1 at 32Red. Finally, if you fancy that one team’s season is going to end in utter disaster, you can get a mammoth 475-1 (476.00) at Paddy Power that Burnley will finish in the bottom three.

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European Rugby Champions Cup final http://www.casinouk.com/news/european-rugby-champions-cup-final Wed, 10 May 2017 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13228 Saracens are bidding to become only the second British team in history to retain the European Rugby Champions Cup. On Saturday, the UK giants take on French side Clermont Auvergne at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. The last British team to retain the trophy – then known as the Heineken Cup – were the Leicester Tigers who […]

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Saracens are bidding to become only the second British team in history to retain the European Rugby Champions Cup. On Saturday, the UK giants take on French side Clermont Auvergne at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. The last British team to retain the trophy – then known as the Heineken Cup – were the Leicester Tigers who won the top European rugby title in 2001 and 2002.

As for Clermont, they will be hoping for a case of ‘troisième fois chanceux’ as they lost in both their previous final appearances in 2013 and 2015. They lost both times to fellow French side Toulon. Toulon also won the title in 2014, when they defeated none other than Saracens in the Hendon-based side’s only other final appearance.

Saracens defeated Toulon in the group stages, as well as Welsh side Scarlets and Sale Sharks, to progress to the quarter-finals. Toulon qualified as one of the three best runners-up, but lost to Clermont in the first knock-out round. Saracens beat Glasgow Warriors in the quarter finals and Munster in the semis. Clermont qualified for the final by defeating Leinster 27-22.

Saracens, favourites to win for the second year in a row?

Most betting tipsters are under the impression that Saracens will prevail and retain their title. The best odds currently available for a Saracens win are 8/15 (1.53) at Bwin.com. If you think the French can pull off an upset, then you can get 9/5 (2.80) at 32Red, with odds of 25/1 (26.00) for the draw if you like to gamble on genuine wild shots.

The final will commence at 5pm, and is part of a rugby union double-header at Murrayfield. The Challenge Cup final between Gloucester and Stade Francais will be played at the famous old stadium the evening before. The Champions Cup final is broadcast live on Sky Sports 3 and BT Sport 2.

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Japanese casinos to emphasise slots over table games http://www.casinouk.com/news/japanese-casinos-emphasise-slots Thu, 04 May 2017 13:14:57 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13193 There mightn’t be any Japanese casinos at the moment but if and when they are constructed, they’ll be placing far greater emphasis on slots machines than table games. By and large, Asian casinos are very big on table games such as poker, blackjack and roulette. This is certainly true of Macau and Sinapore. However, according […]

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There mightn’t be any Japanese casinos at the moment but if and when they are constructed, they’ll be placing far greater emphasis on slots machines than table games.

By and large, Asian casinos are very big on table games such as poker, blackjack and roulette. This is certainly true of Macau and Sinapore. However, according to Global Market Advisors, Japanese resorts should disregard the lessons learned elsewhere in Asia.

According to the GMA, while baccarat and other table games might be very popular in other markets, “slot machines will have a far more prominent place [in Japan’s] machine-centric gaming culture.”

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GMA stance draws on the Japanese love of tech

The GMA doesn’t deny that there’s a market for baccarat and blackjack in Japan. It just believes that the tech-friendly nation will be quicker to embrace slots.

The report authors came to this conclusion based on the popularity of Japan’s pachinko and pachi-slot venues. Furthermore, the GMA’s confident that Japanese electronic gaming giants will see how big an opportunity this could be for them. After all, who’s better placed to produce slot games that will appear to Japan’s gamblers than Konami and friends?

Going into further depth, the study projects that slots will take up 45% of Japanese casino gaming floor space with a further 5%  dedicated to electronic table games. The remaining 50% is going to be used for traditional casino table games.

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Japanese casino industry could be worth over$20 billion a year

Of course, Japan’s government hasn’t granted casino gambling its full approval. Still, this hasn’t stopped industry insiders from speculating about the market’s potential value. Melco Resorts CEO Lawrence Ho’s suggested that the Japanese casino market could be worth $20 billion annually. However, the final figure will depend upon the number of licenses the government’s willing to issue.

For example, if the government grants two large integrated resort licenses, the GMA estimates annual revenues in the range of $12.5 billion. But if the authorities issue six licenses for a variety of large and small gaming houses, that figure could rise to $24.2 billion.

What’s more, if there’s one country that’s primed for a casino boom, it’s Japan. Tourism’s been growing at an annual rate of 30% since 2012. It’s now estimated that 60 million people will visit the country annually by 2030.

And with the nation set to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup (above) and the 2020 Summer Olympics, you have to conclude that Japan’s about to hit the casino jackpot!

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MGM Resorts bent on bringing online poker to New Jersey http://www.casinouk.com/general/mgm-launches-new-jersey-online-poker-site Thu, 04 May 2017 11:57:05 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13179 MGM Resorts is bringing online poker to New Jersey, in partnership with British online gambling operator GVC Holdings. On Wednesday 3rd May, MGM announced its deal with PartyPoker’s parent company. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will launch an online casino site in New Jersey under the same playMGM brand that the company […]

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MGM Resorts is bringing online poker to New Jersey, in partnership with British online gambling operator GVC Holdings.

On Wednesday 3rd May, MGM announced its deal with PartyPoker’s parent company. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will launch an online casino site in New Jersey under the same playMGM brand that the company uses in Nevada. Although no official launch date has been revealed, the firms are confident the site will be ready “later this year”.

The new playMGM will be incorporated into MGM’s M Life Rewards programme, so allowing point redemption across the company’s land-based resort business.

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MGM and GVC to build on existing relationship

MGM and GVC have something of a history what with the former operating Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino for which the latter provides online gambling technology.

The gaming colossus champions its free-play social casino product myVEGAS as a customer acquisition tool. However, playMGM is significant since it represents the brand’s very first direct association with real-money online casino and poker games.

“A historic moment” is how MGM chief operating officer Corey Sanders heralded Wednesday’s announcement. Sanders added that GVC’s already provided itself to be “a first-rate partner” in New Jersey’s online space.

“[Both parties are] “excited about the possibilities of extending that partnership as regulated markets open up in the US,” Sanders concluded.

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GVC thrilled to be working with “biggest and best in the business”

GVC’s COO Shay Segev was every bit as enthusiastic. Indeed, he described MGM as “one of the biggest and best names in the business. As a result we’re looking forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Long an advocate for legal online gambling in the US, MGM’s New Jersey developments haven’t gone unnoticed. Nor did Caesars Entertainment’s decision to set up shop in the Garden State. The gambling world awaits the next move…

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Update – Salomon Ponte sparks controversy on Poker Night In American http://www.casinouk.com/general/salomon-ponte-sparks-controversy Thu, 04 May 2017 07:24:46 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13162 Saloman Ponte has turned the air blue at Poker Night In America. The self-proclaimed ‘Hashtag King’ hurled insults at all and sundry at this weekend’s PNIA. And these weren’t your common-or-garden ‘you suck at poker’ barbs, either. Far from it – Ponte (below) called card sharp Doug Polk a “fucking retard”. He then described Polk […]

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Saloman Ponte has turned the air blue at Poker Night In America.

The self-proclaimed ‘Hashtag King’ hurled insults at all and sundry at this weekend’s PNIA.

And these weren’t your common-or-garden ‘you suck at poker’ barbs, either. Far from it – Ponte (below) called card sharp Doug Polk a “fucking retard”. He then described Polk and fellow player Shaun Deeb “the biggest bitches in poker”.

'Hashtag King' Salomon Ponte

Ponte insults fellow pro Deeb, then turns on his wife

And it didn’t stop there.  Polk was so surprised by Ponte’s behaviour that he asked the TV production team whether they had a muzzle. “Yeah, ” the self-proclaimed poker celebrity piped up, “for Doug because he is a little bitch.”

He then turned his scorn upon Shaun Deeb. Or rather, he tore into Deeb’s wife – a low move even scumbags usually think twice about.

Ponte’s consistently unpleasant conduct meant that it was rather amusing when, after losing his stake money, he was reduced to asking Polk and Deeb to lend him money to get into a $25/$50 cash game.

The whole sorry mess concluded with Ponte being instructed to apologise to Deeb. The latter then demanded that the ‘Hashtag Kid’ be banished from the venue as Ponte was filming Deeb with his camera phone.

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What next for the ‘Hashtag King’?

The poker press is now rife with speculation over what a major body like the World Poker Tour would do were young Salomon to behave in a similar manner at a televised event. For while Ponte was on PNIA to cause ructions, few could’ve predicted he’d fly off the handle so dramatically.

All of which said, if Ponte was a ratings success, you can expect to see the ‘Hashtag King’ rather more than you’d like in the weeks and months to come.

Update – In the wake of his PNIA behaviour – and his subsequent social media explosion – Salomon Ponte has been granted poker pariah status. First up, sunglasses manufacturer Blue Shark Optics terminated its sponsorship agreement with the ‘Hashtag King’. Then LA’s Bicycle Club decided that it wouldn’t be welcoming Ponte to its Live At The Bike event.

“We are cancelling next week’s scheduled appearance [by] Salomon Ponte,” explained a Bicycle Club spokesman. “His recent activities on social media have gone way too far over the line. Despite his antics, we gave him a chance. We asked him not to use racist/homophobic/sexist slurs, and despite agreeing he wouldn’t, he continued to use these extremely offensive words at an even higher volume. This left us no choice.”

The Bicycle Club’s change of heart might also have something to do with his PNIA opponent Shaun Deeb stating that he wouldn’t attend the Live At The Bike event if the ‘Hashtag King’ was there. Deeb has also confirmed that he will boycott Poker Night In America should Ponte be invited back on the show.

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Evolution strikes roulette deal with Grand Casino Bucharest http://www.casinouk.com/general/evolution-strikes-bucharest-roulette-deal Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:38:24 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13174 Evolution Gaming is installing a bespoke ‘Dual Play Roulette’ at Romania’s Grand Casino Bucharest in Romania. The new solution is based on the casino’s main gaming floor and will bring together land-based and online play. Evolution ready for new roulette revolution The new arrangement means that, while players place bets at the actual roulette table, […]

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Evolution Gaming is installing a bespoke ‘Dual Play Roulette’ at Romania’s Grand Casino Bucharest in Romania.

The new solution is based on the casino’s main gaming floor and will bring together land-based and online play.

Evolution Gaming logo

Evolution ready for new roulette revolution

The new arrangement means that, while players place bets at the actual roulette table, online punters can play alongside each other in the same game rounds with the same dealer.

The new table is due to launch before the end of the second quarter. It’ll be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to all Evolution licensees across the company’s network.

Casino Association Romania president Sorin Constantinescu has nothing but good things to say about the new wheel. “The Dual Play table will bring the unique atmosphere and excitement of the Grand Casino to an extended online audience. This is further evidence of the market’s move to support online gaming.”

The Grand Casino Bucharest

Evolution exec excited to be doing business with Bucharest

As Evolution’s business development director, James Stern can’t wait to get roll out the new game.

“An increasing number of top venues select Evolution Dual Play to deliver truly convergent solutions,” said Stern. “[Dual Play solutions] give players get a great deal more than is offered by an ‘off the shelf’ product.

“Streaming numerous live, interchangeable HD quality feeds, Dual Play Roulette captures the thrill of live table action. It also offers players the most immersive and engaging experience – just like they were sitting and at the actual table.”

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British government ditches free play tax http://www.casinouk.com/general/british-government-ditches-free-play-tax Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:37:55 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13170 The UK government is removing a tax on free plays and bonuses from the Finance Bill 2017. It was in December of last year that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs said the Finance Bill would introduce new rules concerning free bets, free plays and discounted betting. These changes were due to come into effect from accounting periods […]

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The UK government is removing a tax on free plays and bonuses from the Finance Bill 2017.

It was in December of last year that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs said the Finance Bill would introduce new rules concerning free bets, free plays and discounted betting.

These changes were due to come into effect from accounting periods that begin on or after 1st August 1st. But then, on Wednesday 16th April, the government dropped the new laws from the Finance Bill.

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Government puts change of heart down to imminent election

When asked to explain the decision, the government said it didn’t believe the plans would receive sufficient scrutiny.

With parliament set dissolving on 3rd May, MPs have greater concerns than the Finance Act. And what concerns could those be? Making sure they retain their seats at the general election, that’s what.

In an interview with CalvinAyre.com, Cenkos Securities’ Simon French remarked that, should the Conservative party be returned to power, it may be that these provisions, as well as others that were removed, will be introduced into a revised Finance Act.

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Expert claims Tories could reintroduce measures post-election

French added that Cenkos expects some “financial respite” for operators anticipating a £5m-£10 million annualised hit from the law change.

“We do not believe this signals any change in stance in government’s view towards the gambling industry. We continue to favour online-focussed operators with proprietary technology and geographic diversity.

“However, we will not change forecasts at this stage. [Still] this will provide support to companies’ meeting 2017 market expectations as the original plan is unlikely to be met.”

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PokerStars and 888 stage celeb-heavy events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona http://www.casinouk.com/news/pokerstars-888-stage-celeb-heavy-events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:42:18 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13165 Online poker behemoths PokerStars and 888 have invited a bevy of stars to their Monte Carlo and Barcelona tournaments. PokerStars’ continued use of celebrities is interesting given that last month they seemed to have called time on the marketing technique. However, while they might have bid farewell to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Neymar […]

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Online poker behemoths PokerStars and 888 have invited a bevy of stars to their Monte Carlo and Barcelona tournaments.

PokerStars’ continued use of celebrities is interesting given that last month they seemed to have called time on the marketing technique.

However, while they might have bid farewell to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Neymar Jr, the companies still keen to use star power when appropriate.

As PokerStars’ communications chief Eric Hollreiser explained to CalvinAyre’s Lee Davy, PokerStars hasn’t changed tac. Indeed, the company is very keen to work again with big names from sport, film and television.

PokerStars ambassador Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart set for PokerStars Monte Carlo event

For proof of this look no further than the fact that comic actor Kevin Hart will attend the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo.

Hart previously collaborated with the company at the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas. He did pretty well, actually – Hart made it to Day 2 before losing out to Dan Colman.

This time around, the star of Get Hard and The Wedding Ringer is taking part in the $100,000 Super High Roller three-day event.

World Cup winner and 888 ambassador Denilson

Football greats liven up 888’s Barcelona bash

Meanwhile, 888 is staging the 888Live Barcelona next month. With over $700,000 up for grabs top pros such as Patrik Antonius, Cate Hall, Ema Zajimovic and Michael Mizachi on hand. And Brazilian World Cup winner Denilson will be present, together with European Championship victor Mario Basler.

Not that the celeb-related action is solely restricted to the continent. On the contrary, former world tennis number one Boris Becker recently paid a visit to Nottingham. The nine-time grand slam winner took part in the partypoker-sponsored LIVE MILLIONS Dusk Till Dawn tournament. Former world middleweight champion Carl Froch also took a place at the table.

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GamePoint acquires Israel’s Luck Genome http://www.casinouk.com/general/gamepoint-acquires-israels-luck-genome Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:29:24 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13152 GamePoint has acquired the Israeli social casino developer Lucky Genome. And if that second name rings a bell, it might be because Luck Genome are the clever chaps responsible for Slots Craze. It was on Tuesday 25th April, that the Dutch social gaming outfit announced the deal to acquire the Tel Aviv-based software firm. GamePoint […]

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GamePoint has acquired the Israeli social casino developer Lucky Genome.

And if that second name rings a bell, it might be because Luck Genome are the clever chaps responsible for Slots Craze.

It was on Tuesday 25th April, that the Dutch social gaming outfit announced the deal to acquire the Tel Aviv-based software firm.

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GamePoint CEO described deal as “major step forward”

Launched two years ago, Luck Genome’s Slots Craze mobile and Facebook platforms features over 60 social casino titles. And how popular have these games? Well, they’ve been downloaded over four million times customers!

Of course, GamePoint CEO Amon Endt sees the acquisition as marked “a major step forward in our growth ambitions in social casino games.”

‘But what are the terms of the deal?’ we hear you cry. Well, Luck Genome’s keeping its name while its 10-man staff will continue to work out of the firm’s Tel Aviv development centre. Luck Genome will be doubling the workforce over the next 12 months.

‘And how much is it worth?’ Reportedly $12.5 million, which is peanuts compared with the $825 million DoubleU Games paid for IGT’s DoubleDown Interactive.

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Luck Genome delighted to work with ‘significant player’ GamePoint

Still, Luck Genome founder Guy Ezra’s upbeat about the arrangement. As he later explained, the social casino market is “ruled by large companies in the field. In order to cope with them, small companies require resources.”

Hence teaming with GamePoint, “a significant player in this field. [The hook-up is] expected to help us in our global expansion efforts and the realisation of our potential.”

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What Brexit means for the British gambling industry http://www.casinouk.com/reports/what-brexit-means-for-the-british-gambling-industry Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:18:10 +0000 http://www.casinouk.com/?p=13150 CasinoUK talks to politicians, industry heavyweights and legal eagles to find out what might happen when the UK finally leaves he EU. It was on Wednesday 29th March that Tim Barrow, the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, informed the office of European Council President, Donald Tusk, of the UK’s intention to invoke […]

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CasinoUK talks to politicians, industry heavyweights and legal eagles to find out what might happen when the UK finally leaves he EU.

It was on Wednesday 29th March that Tim Barrow, the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, informed the office of European Council President, Donald Tusk, of the UK’s intention to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. With the point of no return now reached, people throughout the country began to ask themselves what Brexit will mean for them.

It’s a question those within the gambling industry have been weighing up ever since the 24th June 2016, the day we discovered that 52% of the country had voted to leave Europe. One of the country’s bona fide business success stories, the betting industry would – to some people, at least – appear to have much to lose from leaving the Europe Union.

Of course, in the very short term, Britain’s gambling behemoths did very well out of Brexit, The New York Times’ Peter S Goodman dedicated a lengthy piece to the money Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Co. pocketed from the vast army of punters who backed ‘Remain’ only to be left with empty pockets when the majority voted ‘Leave’. In the wake of that brief flurry of excitement, people in all quarters of the industry have been biting their nails as Brexit has started to bite and their position has become less uncertain.

Exactly what Brexit will mean for British gambling depends very much upon who you ask and what you ask them about. Take the technical side of the industry – The Guardian’s Jane McConnell sees the people responsible for the creation of your favourite online casino games as among the biggest Brexit losers:

Jane McConnell, “The Guardian”

The fact of the matter is that many homegrown employment candidates aren’t as well-equipped as their European candidates. Cherry-picking from Europe and its economic area is normal business practice for plugging gaps in the talent pool, especially for experienced programmers. These positions are notoriously difficult to fill in the industry.

From cherry-picking to lean pickings – it’s the same story throughout the gaming industry. Or is it? A quick tour of Google is all one needs to see that for every pundit predicting doom and gloom, there is another daring to dream that the sector’s halcyon days lie the other side of the EU exit.

Of the more optimistic seers, Carl Rohsler is among the most interesting for, as a partner at Squire Patton and Boggs, he’s weighed up Brexit from a legal rather than a straight business perspective. “[One’s] tempted to say, that given the degree to which national law in member states controls gambling legislation, the effects will be limited,” writes Rohsler enthusiastically. “Operators are used to having to seek a licence in each European state in which they intend to do business.”

But if things look good on the legal front, there are other areas so grey as to resemble charcoal. Take Gibraltar – Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has grave concerns over what a ‘Hard Brexit’ might mean for what has become a key British gambling hub: “I think a hard Brexit would be very, very challenging to the economic model that has been the source of our prosperity for 30 years.

Not only that but Picardo is painfully aware of the unique problems Gibraltar faces as a British Overseas Territory. “Yes, our reality is different,” he explains. “We are part of the physical continent of Europe. [As such] we’ll be looking for a relationship with the EU that may differ from the UK’s, perhaps an associate-style status. There are models: Andorra, Greenland, Liechtenstein. As part of the UK’s exit, we’d like an agreement to continue to give us single market access, and freedom of movement.”

In the wake of such remarks, one can sympathise with the itchy feet that Gibraltar residents such as 888 Holdings have begun to experience. “The proposed status of Gibraltar in relation to the United Kingdom because of Brexit is at present unclear,” commented a company spokesman.

888 Holdings PLC, “Company Spokesman “

If 888 were to remain registered, licensed and operating in Gibraltar in these circumstances, its ability to rely on EU freedom of services/establishment principles in supplying its services within the EU will be limited.

Michel Kopec, Better Collective’s senior business manager, is seeking a cure for similar headaches: “Gibraltar-based operators could suddenly find that they don’t have an EU licence. It remains to be seen whether they’ll struggle to operate in major regulated EU territories such as Germany.”

As Kopec further explains, the lack of a license “could also affect those companies who are based in Gibraltar but with operations on servers based in the EU. All of this means that bookmakers, online casino operators and their suppliers could soon be packing their bags.”

Away from ‘The Rock’, one is struck not only by the number of gambling insiders, lawyers and business journalists currently discussing Brexit but by the fact that their deliberations ultimately add up to little more than so much head-scratching. Take the online casino scene which has been enjoying a boom period these past five years – while Jack Prior at onlinecasinoprofiles.com makes a strong case for the sector’s position improving once the UK’s out of Europe, the team at vegasmaster.com fear that the industry is on the brink of ingesting a “potentially deadly concoction”. Little wonder the big names in the British online casino world appear to be keeping their opinions to themselves for now.

The British racing scene also has its share of concerns. Indeed, the British Horseracing Authority has published a memo entitled ‘Racing and EU Referendum Result’ which addresses everything from the effect Brexit might have upon the licensing and regulation of bookmakers to the possible implications for equine health.

As for individual opinions, it’s easy to warm to the optimism of:

Robin Oakley, “The Spectator”

Where Brexit might help longer-term,” Oakley wrote last July, “[is] in tackling the refinancing of racing by forcing bookmakers who have taken operations offshore to pay a bigger Levy contribution. Once Brexit has been achieved, the EU state-aid restrictions will no longer apply. The lawyers have always felt that they did rather better out of decisions in the European Court of Justice than at home in the UK.

As for the naysayers, it’s impossible to ignore the likes of SIS legal counsel Kevin Smith. In a lengthy editorial, Smith expressed his concerns about everything from the short amount of time available to negotiate new deals and partnerships to the fact that, “since betting is not seen as a strategic industry for the UK, it’s an open question as to what kind of priority the post-Brexit government will give to securing the betting industry’s access to EU markets.” It might make for compelling reading but Smith’s op-ed raises more questions than it answers.

Uncertainty was also to the fore at London’s 2017 ICE Totally Gaming expo where there were as many opinions about Brexit as there were people. From Spectrum Gaming Group CEO Rob Geller stressing that the industry should adapt to new conditions and the negative climate in terms of scaling to Caesars EMEA managing director Mike Rothwell weighing up potential difficulties in employee movement – the upshot was that, when it comes to Brexit, the only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.

At least we can take it as red that the UK Gambling Commission is committed to keeping the people without whom there wouldn’t be a gambling industry squarely in the know. Indeed, UKGC CEO Sarah Harrison used here appearance at ICE to discuss the importance of putting punters first and, more specifically, the role that needed to be taken in keeping customers informed with regard to any changes that occur during Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

As for the challenges presented by Brexit, Harrison quoted the May government line that ‘Out of the EU doesn’t mean out of Europe’. “There will still be the need for regulators – whether Europe-based or international – to share information and talk to each other, to share best practice,” Harrison added

And speaking of Theresa May, the situation confronting the gambling industry became that much more complicated when the Prime Minister announced that a snap general election is to take place on Thursday 8th June. Quite why Prime Minster May had decided upon this course of action has been debated in editorial columns and public houses the length and breadth of the country. However, former Labour Foreign Secretary David Milliband is in no doubt over why the PM has chosen to go to the polls at this particularly time:

“On the one hand, calling an election now is a sign of Theresa May’s strength – she’s 20% ahead in the opinion polls. But it’s also due the fact that, in six months’ time, the economy could be down and the European negotiations are going to be in full swing, and they’re going to be brutish, ugly and long. [May] needs her hand to be as strong as possible so she can force the UK’s position.”

‘Strong hands’, ‘forcing her position’ – it’s perhaps fitting that the language of the gambling world is so frequently applied to Brexit, a business the outcome of which seems to rely on the same combination of fortune, skill and instinct that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever played poker at an online casino.

But while little is for sure in what currently appears to be an especially uncertain world, it is not only refreshing to think that the British gambling industry will continue to flourish post-Brexit; it’s arguably the more realistic point of view.

As top lawyer Carl Rohsler writes, “Gambling businesses are very much part of the new era – the era that seeks to exploit intangible assets, data, human talent and international communication and, for that reason, it may well find that it faces many challenges in an environment in which barriers to such movement are being raised, not diminished.

Carl Rohsler,”Lawyer”

Online gambling businesses have grown and thrived in difficult circumstances, exploiting technology and imagination to deliver their services in quite hostile environments. They know how to push past difficulties and adapt.

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