Alderny Takes Issue With Uk Gambling Study

Many bingo sites on the UK’s white list of approved licensing jurisdictions are licensed in Alderny. Alderny has its own gambling control body the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. (AGCC) The AGCC regulated eGaming on behalf of the states of Alderny. The group was established in 2000 and is non political and independent. Recent news reports by the UK media regarding problem gambling have prompted a response by the AGCC. The organization pointed out that gaming sites licensed in Alderny contribute significant amounts of money to responsible gambling initiatives.

The AGCC was concerned by news reports saying that Alderny does not meet the same standards for licensees and does not provide the same player protections as the UK gambling commission.  Many bingo sites and other egaming businesses are licensed in Alderny which is on the UK ‘white list.’ The recent Gambling Prevalence survey pointed to an increase in problem gambling in the UK. Andre Wilsenach the group’s chief executive said that Alderny licensees contribute large sums of money for problem gambling programs and research into problem gambling. Wilsenach stated, “At the moment we are putting in funds at a rate in excess of £1 million per annum. Our licensees are multinational, and are able to propose a charity or research vehicle relevant to their player base; but currently the majority of the money goes to the UK’s GREaT Foundation.”

Wilsenach also said the data from the Gambling prevalence survey should be analyzed by gaming experts and said that the slight increase in the number of problem gamblers in the UK was ‘at the margins of statistical significance.’ He also said there should be industry wide standards and said, “The industry would be much stronger if like-minded regulators co-operated on common standards to raise the level of protection for the young and vulnerable and to exclude those operators and jurisdictions that are not able to comply with such standards. We believe that the UK’s white-list approach is an excellent method of erecting such a fence.”

There have been no reported problems with the many online bingo sites licensed in Alderny. Part of the reason for this is the AGCC and the strict standards that sites licensed in Alderny must adhere to. Many in the industry have said that the interests of players would be better served if bingo sites were regulated by both authorities acting together.

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