UK-Based Online Casinos Hit By Eight-Month CMA Investigation


UK-Based Online Casinos Hit By Eight-Month CMA Investigation

Government Watchdog Targets Online Gaming Providers with Enforcement Action

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LAS VEGAS, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently accused several online casino firms of treating their customers unfairly and potentially breaking the law. The issue has come to light after an eight-month investigation in which the CMA found that customers who signed up for a number of online casinos were not given the sign-up promotions they were promised. They also claim that firms were holding on to customers’ money in a way that could be illegal.

Approximately 800 customers have gone on record to say that they were misled by sign-up promotions with shady terms and conditions. Sign-up promotions are not a new concept for online casinos and are one of the most popular ways of attracting new customers. Many sign-up promotions do come with a catch, often hidden away in long terms and conditions which players must sign before joining.

While online casinos should not be attempting to mislead their customers, it is an unfortunate reality. There are ways that players can educate themselves on promotions and potential online casino scam. There are many guides for new online casino players, such as the ones located at Due to the often risky nature of online gambling, guides are popping up all over the internet to help prevent users from falling victim to scams.

The CMA has given the online casino firms in question time to respond. If necessary, they will be taking legal action to force said companies to end their illegal activities. While this will keep many UK-based firms at bay, there are still hundreds of online casinos operating out of other countries, particularly in Asia. These countries often have different rules regarding online gambling, making it easy for unaware users to fall into a potential scam.

As stated previously, many websites are now writing guides to help new players avoid these scams. Shady websites are turning casual players away from online casinos, so it is in the best interest of credible casino firms to educate potential users. One popular suggestion is to avoid google when it comes to finding a credible online casino. Shady websites often have methods of pushing their url to the top of google, so they can draw in new, unaware players. Lists like the ones found at help new users find reputable online casinos that won’t take advantage of their customers.

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Joint Statement by the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission on reaching a date for the provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Joint Statement by the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission on reaching a date for the provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

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HAMBURG, Germany, July 8, 2017 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today issued the following joint statement:

“The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement marks a new chapter in the relationship between the European Union (EU) and Canada.

“It is by opening up to each other, by working closely with those who share the same values that we will shape and harness globalisation.

“It is important that our companies and citizens, the real winners with this agreement, start reaping its benefits without further ado.

“Both at the EU level and in Canada, the necessary steps were taken to ratify the agreement.

“Meeting at the G20 in Hamburg, reconfirming our joint commitment to the rules-based international trading system, we agreed to set the date of September 21, 2017 to start the provisional application of the agreement, thus allowing for all the necessary implementing measures to be taken before that date.

“The agreement will now be provisionally applied and will enter definitively into force once the parliaments in all Member States of the EU ratify the text according to their respective domestic constitutional requirements.”

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Members of European Parliament Condemn Armenian Shelling that Resulted in Civilian Deaths

Members of European Parliament Condemn Armenian Shelling that Resulted in Civilian Deaths

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STRASBOURG, France, July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

We, the undersigned Members of the European Parliament, strongly condemn the murders of Allahverdiyeva Sahiba Idris (age 51) and Guliyeva Zahra Elnur (age 2) on the evening of July 4 by Armenian armed forces. The indiscriminate killing of civilians, women and children is unacceptable in any circumstances and must be stopped immediately.

It has emerged that this killing was the result of a mortar and grenade attack committed by Armenian armed personnel against Azerbaijani unarmed civilians in the village of Alkanli in the Fuzuli province. There is no justification for such a grave, heinous crime and we call for an immediate investigation into the acts and a full, criminal investigation launched to identify and prosecute the culprits. 

We call for a cessation of all military operation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Violence and the escalation of aggressive action can only lead to further conflict and loss of life of innocents. Such thoughtless provocations and destruction is dangerous for the stability of the entire region of the South Caucasus.

Furthermore, we call on the Armenian and Azerbaijani governments to renew and accelerate negotiations in order to find a peaceful, stable and sustainable solution for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijani territories.

We also wish to extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to assure than of our thought and prayers go with them.


Norica Nicolai, European Parliament rapporteur for Azerbaijan

Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice-president of the European Parliament

Kosma Zlotowski, Member of the Delegation to the EU-Armenia and EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee

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