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3 September 2014 - 8:08am

Red Flush telling me to join Betway?

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I received an email from red flush casino saying that they were no longer allowing me to play there because I am in the UK and instead they are telling me to sign up at betway. Did anyone else get one of these and can anyone explain what is going on?

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3 September 2014 - 8:29am
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The same thing is happening at quite a few different casino groups at the moment. The reason is that the UK is changing its rules with regards to recognition of accredited online casinos and other gambling sites. Casinos that wish to continue to accept UK customers after the start of next month (October 1, 2014) need to apply for a license with the UK Gambling Commission.

More info from the Gaming Commission here:
http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/gambling_sectors/remote_eg_online_g...

Basically after that date, any unlicensed casino that continues to accept UK players will be breaking UK law. It remains to be seen what that means for offshore casinos that have no physical or financial presence in the UK.

As for why they are moving all their UK players into one casino, I don't have a definitive answer for that. It could be that they are only applying for a license for that one casino because its easier or cheaper.

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3 September 2014 - 8:38am
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I found some more information in the Gambling Commission FAQ about license fees here:
http://licensingadvertisingact.blogspot.com/2014/07/9-how-much-will-it-c...

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9.4 So it would cost just over £3k for the smallest remote betting operator to apply whereas a betting operator expecting to clear between £200m and £500m in gross gambling yield (GGY) would need to pay just under £20k.

That suggests that if they migrate all their UK based customers into a single casino and only apply for a license for that one casino, then they will save money as the license fee will be based on the turnover at that one casino rather than the whole group. The risk of course is that they will inevitably lose customers that don't bother making the transition. It would appear that they have made the call that they expect to save more money than they will lose from customers that don't transfer.

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3 September 2014 - 4:42pm
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Licenses licenses licenses
Not the best times for online gambling i think. But still great.

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3 September 2014 - 10:23pm
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Its a mixed result. UK players should have better protection and the casinos that are licensed should be more accountable. On the other hand judging by the actions of these casino groups like Digimedia, it looks like players who want to play at accredited sites will have less choice.

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