At the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas this week, Tim Miller, Executive Director of the Gambling Commission, addressed the recent developments in the British gambling markets. He highlighted the impact of international trends on all jurisdictions, regardless of their size or history.

Miller provided statistics regarding the Gross Gambling Yield, which amounted to £14.1bn ($17.3bn) in the year ending March 2022, excluding an additional $10bn from lotteries. By March 2023, 44% of adults had participated in some form of gambling activity in the previous four weeks.

Acknowledging the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry, Miller noted that despite the changes, the current numbers resemble those from early 2020. He then explained the significant changes occurring in UK markets, with the Gambling Commission handling the largest enforcement case in history and setting two records for the largest settlements. In total, the Gambling Commission resolved 24 cases, resulting in over £60m in payments, compared to three operators paying out £1.7m in 2016/17.

The suspension of In Touch Games due to potential violations of the Gambling Act was one of the recent cases concluded by the Gambling Commission. However, Miller also discussed the Gambling Commission’s efforts to establish collaborative relationships with the North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) and the Gambling Regulators European Forum (GREF) for improved communication on regulatory matters. He emphasized a 46% reduction in traffic from the UK to illegal gambling sites in the past year.

In conclusion, Miller emphasized that the gambling industry is global and requires collaboration among regulators to achieve safety, fairness, and crime-free gambling for all jurisdictions and consumers.

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