Five Casinos Face UKGC Regulatory Action for Social Responsibility and AML Failings

by Ciaran McEneaney - Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 9:38

UK Gambling Commission Fines

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sanctioned five land-based casinos for failing to follow social responsibility and anti-money laundering (AML) rules.

The five casinos have had their operating licenses put under review after the UKGC discovered the discrepancies.

Shaftesbury Casino Limited and Clockfair Limited have both been ordered to pay a £260,000 regulatory settlement while Les Croupiers Casino Limited will pay a regulatory settlement of £202,500. Double Diamond Gaming Limited will pay a regulatory settlement of £247,000 while A&S Leisure Group Limited will receive a warning and pay a £377,340 fine.

The casinos have also agreed to undergo a programme of improvements that covers reviews and updates to their current AML and social responsibility procedures and policies.

In a press release issued on the UKGC website, Richard Watson, Commission Executive Director is quoted as saying:

“These failings were identified as part of our ongoing drive to raise standards across the whole gambling industry. Every single operator must ensure they are following rules that are in place to make gambling safer and prevent it being a source of crime.”

The investigation carried out by the UKGC found that Clockfair, Shaftesbury Casino, and Double Diamond had failed to identify customers at risk of gambling related harm and have the correct AML procedures in place.

Les Croupiers Casino failed to have appropriate safer gambling and anti-money laundering procedures and policies in place while A&S Leisure Group had failed to implement risk-sensitive policies and controls to prevent money laundering.

Ciaran McEneaney

Ciaran has a decade of experience writing for some of the biggest names in the eSports, poker, and casino industries.