Tabcorp taking proactive steps to atone for UKGC ‘Piegate’ penalty

Tabcorp taking proactive steps to atone for UKGC ‘Piegate’ penalty

Monday, April 16, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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The company agreed to an £84,000 settlement with the UK regulator

Tabcorp UK is taking “proactive steps to address any weaknesses” in compliance after admitting to a number of breaches as part of an £84,000 settlement with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

The organisation, which runs the Sun Bets operation on behalf of News International, has had conditions around the offer of novelty betting attached to its gambling licence, and been told to pay the £84,000 fine to socially responsible causes.

The UKGC found that Tabcorp had failed to properly risk assess two novelty betting markets for the FA Cup tie between Sutton United and Arsenal on 20 February 2017.

One of the markets was dependent on a football player eating a pie during the match, while the other was dependent on a streaker running across the pitch.

Tabcorp has accepted that the “Piegate” special should not have placed reliance on the eating of the pie being broadcast live on the BBC as being sufficient to fully manage the potential integrity risks involved, while acknowledging that encouraging a streaker was both inappropriate, and at odds with the licensing objective to keep crime out of gambling.

A statement from Tabcorp UK read: “Tabcorp UK has admitted to a number of regulatory breaches as part of a negotiated settlement with the UK Gambling Commission and will pay a penalty package of £84,000, of which £50,000 will be donated to charity.

“Tabcorp UK takes its regulatory compliance obligations seriously and has taken proactive measures to improve practices and policies in relation to its running of the Sun Bets partnership business. 

“The UKGC notes in its statement on this matter that Tabcorp UK reported these issues to the Commission in a timely fashion, shared the findings of its internal investigations with the Commission and undertook proactive steps to address any weaknesses.

“The changes implemented are designed to prevent self-excluded customers creating duplicate accounts using different personal details and to ensure more comprehensive risk assessments are conducted when considering posting novelty markets.”

Totally Gaming says: The UKGC has come down hard on Tabcorp for failing to maintain standards with its novelty markets, particularly for these selections which failed to manage integrity risks and involved the commissioning of a criminal offence. The Commission has added specific conditions to the firm’s UK licence including the need for a proper risk assessment of all novelty markets, a guarantee that improper markets will not offered, and that an audit trail should identify a named individual who takes responsibility for the approval of each such market.

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