|Earlier today at the Wireless Gambling and Lotteries Conference in London, Mr. Elliot Grant of the U.K. Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) solidified the department’s previously announced intentions of making the licensed operation of an online casino from the United Kingdom a reality. |
Online Gambling, a dynamic subset of wider reaching U.K. gaming reform, took the center stage at today’s conference held in London, England. The crowd of e-commerce specialists in attendance hear of the four pillars in which the DCMS intends to build the UK I-Gaming industry upon.
Firstly, any gaming reform will protect minors who will not be able to bet if they are under 18. Grant indicated that age verification may be linked with the banking system and indicated that casinos would need to provide parents with “nanny” software to protect households on shared computers.
Secondly, Grant insured the attendees that any operator would be heavily vetted before a license was granted in an effort to stamp out criminals in the gaming business. Grant’s third pillar, anti-money laundering safeguards was closely related.
Finally, Grant assured the thirsty crowd that every British operator would be regularly scrutinized to insure that all games played to expected results, thus guaranteeing the player a fair shake.
When should we expect to see the proposed reform become reality…a 2003 – 2004 parliamentary entry was Grant’s guess.