Odds On review – Dante Or Die’s compelling online gambling drama

Available onlineFiona Watson plays a GP who is drawn, at retirement, into an immersive game that threatens to swallow her up Odds On is an exemplar of the way online theatre has developed in the past few years. Dante Or Die’s interactive production is both for and about the virtual world, with a focus on […]

UK will not ban video games loot boxes despite problem gambling findings

‘Foxes are guarding hen house,’ says expert after ministers seek tougher industry-led protections instead Loot boxes in video games will not be banned in the UK, despite a government consultation finding evidence of a “consistent” association between the features and problem gambling. Loot boxes have attracted comparison with gambling because they allow players to spend […]

Dismay as UK gambling reform white paper shelved for fourth time

Delay follows advice to PM that proposals cannot be published until new Conservative leader in place Proposals to reform gambling laws have been postponed for a fourth time amid turmoil at top of the Conservative party, sparking outrage from campaigners who warned the delay would cost lives. Advisers to Boris Johnson concluded that a white […]

Macau shuts all casinos in bid to contain worsening Covid outbreak

More than 30 closed for a week – with extension thought likely – and dozens of city zones locked down in gambling hub Macau has shut all its casinos for the first time in more than two years as authorities struggle to contain the worst coronavirus outbreak yet in the world’s biggest gambling hub. The […]

MPs to raise concerns over No 10 advisers with links to gambling industry

MPs write letter expressing fear that policy advisers may be opposing regulation of gambling industry MPs will this week write to the prime minister to voice concern that No 10 policy advisers with past ties to the gambling industry may be opposing tougher regulation designed to protect vulnerable people and addicts. It comes as Guardian […]

How the light gets in on the darkest days | Brief letters

Leonard Cohen’s Anthem | Champagne socialists | Betting on high blood pressure | Relatives at Wimbledon | Country diary’s play on words Another song by Leonard Cohen, Anthem, is one that I would like played at my own funeral, rather than Hallelujah (Editorial, 1 July). Cohen died in November 2016, just before Trump was elected. […]

Tory donors behind Betfred pay themselves and family £50m dividend

Rise in online gambling in pandemic offset temporary closure of firm’s 1,470 high street bookmakers The billionaire Conservative party donors behind the gambling firm Betfred paid themselves and their family a £50m dividend, as an increase in online gambling in the coronavirus pandemic offset the temporary closure of its 1,470 high street bookmakers. Betfred’s customers […]

Plans to ban gambling firms sponsoring football shirts in disarray after Tory rift

Ban and ‘polluter pays’ levy on gambling firms could still happen, government sources say Ministers’ plans for reforming Britain’s gambling laws were in disarray on Wednesday as a rift emerged at the top of the Conservative party over whether to ban football shirt sponsorship and impose a levy to fund addiction services. Multiple sources said […]

Camelot continues national lottery battle with damages claim

Gambling Commission made wrong decision to name Allwyn as ‘preferred applicant’ for next 10-year licence, claims Camelot Camelot’s legal fight to avoid losing its licence to operate the national lottery has failed but the Canadian-owned company will press ahead with a damages claim that could cost the government £600m. The company launched a high court […]