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NEWS 3 September 2019

Exclusive: Gambling Commission denies reports it has approved Gamstop scheme

By Nathan Joyes

The Gambling Commission has informed Gambling Insider it has not confirmed the approval of Gamstop’s proposed scheme, which will see betting operators lose their licenses if they decline to sign up to Gamstop’s service.

Gamstop allows gambling addicts to self-exclude from gambling websites.

Despite reports claiming approval for Gamstop’s scheme is set to take place this week, a spokesperson for the Gambling Commission told Gambling Insider the information is inaccurate.

He said: “Gamstop will be a helpful additional tool for users, and it is important to get it right. Gamstop is working towards providing us with the necessary assurances to allow us to trigger the requirement for all operators to become members. 

“We cannot bring the condition into force until that information has been received, considered and taken to our board for a decision on commencement.

“Our board would also decide on the length of the implementation period, but there will be at least four weeks between notification of license commencement and the condition coming into force.

“It should be recognised the majority of operators are already fully integrated with Gamstop.”

Gambling Insider has contacted Gamstop for comment.

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