New UK Licensing Regulations Delayed By GBGA Lawsuit
The October 1 implementation of the new UK Gambling Commission’s License and Advertising Bill has been postponed until the 1st of November to allow the judge presiding over the lawsuit, brought forward by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, time to consider his verdict.
The United Kingdom’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced that the implementation of the new Gambling, Licensing and Advertising Act has been delayed until the 1st of November to allow time for Lord Justice Green, who’s trying the case, enough time to consider his verdict and the possible implications for involved parties.
The legal action brought forward by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, which includes members such as William Hill and Ladbrokes, was touted by some to be foolishly speculative. Now though, it seems as if the court case warrants some attention as it has not only managed to stall the implementation of the new regulations, but potentially stop them altogether.
UK Government Tired of Loopholes
The new November 1st might also be in peril should the presiding judge order that the bill be revised accordingly. If the judge rules that the new act is unlawful and, exclusively favors British operators as the GBGA has suggested, the decision may be made to scrap the bill entirely. Although this is a long shot as the UK Government has grown tired of wayward operators using loopholes to avoid paying tax.
Many an online gambling operator has been quick to capitalize on the delay. Those who have already announced their October 1st closure dates, have used their various websites to inform their members of the postponing and some have even urged them to carry on playing, although they will not be accepting new members.
As good as it is for some online casinos, there are those that are still awaiting their new licenses, even the ones that applied before the extended September deadline. The deadlock in the court case means they will still have to stay shut and due to the delay, could mean the loss of substantial amounts of income.
There are also those online casinos, poker sites and sportsbooks that still plan to leave the UK market. These would include the operators that do not have the legal basis to apply for a new license as they operate in jurisdictions where they may not be allowed to offer some form of online gambling, be it casino, poker or sportsbooks.
Whatever the eventual outcome may be, it’s clear that the UK Gambling Commission plans to make radical changes to the way casinos operate within the country. What these changes are, only time will tell and we shall report them as they become known.
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