BGC introduces cooling-off measures in betting shops to “restore public trust”

By Tim Poole

The newly formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), announced in July, is introducing measures to reduce problem gaming in betting shops.

The BGC says the Anonymous Player Awareness System (APAS), a real-time algorithm for gaming machines, will be implemented in UK shops to enforce a cooling-off period after indications of harmful play.

According to the body, APAS demonstrates shops' "continued work to ensure customers have a safe and enjoyable experience."

The BGC also recently announced £10m ($12.9m) of funding would be provided for a national education programme, designed and delivered by GamCare and YGam for children and young people.

Interim BGC CEO Wes Himes said: "I see this as an opportunity to champion the highest standards and share best practice on safe betting and gaming; we hope these new measures are a sign of intent.

"I’m convinced this approach can help restore public trust and I look forward to working on further safer betting and gaming initiatives across our industry."

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