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Government Gambling White Paper to Relax Rules For Brick-and-Mortar Casinos

Charlie Rhodes
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The UK government’s Gambling White Paper, which is expected imminently, is likely to see significantly more stringent rules for online gambling operators, while brick-and-mortar casinos will benefit from several relaxation measures.

Reports suggest that the long-awaited Gambling White Paper, which will introduce wide-ranging, all-encompassing regulation on the gambling industry, will finally be published by the end of this week.

With a particular focus on digital operators, law makers are hoping to accelerate regulations in order to protect players from the harms of online gambling, but also introduce responsibility measures for companies themselves, such as a statutory levy that will help fund research into addition.

The introduction of maximum stakes (£2) for online slots for people under 25 years of age, and a £15 limit for anyone older, will combat the current state of play where no restrictions currently exist, leading to a dangerous rabbit hole for those exposed to addiction.

However, this will also be coupled by a simultaneous relaxation for brick-and-mortar casinos.

For example, is believed that smaller-scale casinos can now house up to 80 slot machines, as opposed to the maximum of 20 currently imposed at the time of writing.

At the other end of the spectrum, casinos that attract high rollers may have the chance to offer credit for overseas customers, in order to lure bettors willing to part with large stakes.

Finally, a reduction to regulation on prospective casino purveyors will make it simpler for planning permission to be granted in order to build new casino projects.

The revision to gambling law has been three years in the making, after the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) ordered a full-scale review in December 2020.

It is believed culture secretary Lucy Frazer and gambling minister Stuart Andrews will appear before the House of Commons on April 27th, which is when, if reports are to be believed, the new legislation will be officially published.

Charlie Rhodes
Charlie Rhodes

Charlie is an accomplished journalist with years of experience producing content across sport, gambling, crypto and fintech. Possessing considerable experience writing news, long-form content and betting, he has previously worked alongside former Goldman Sachs executives on a peer-to-peer fintech trading start-up, as well seen work published on leading sports content brands such as 90min and FootyAccumulators.