“Fair Play” Initiative Appears to Misappropriate UK Gambling Commission Logo

The so-called “FairPlay” Initiative launched by Rob Yong has allegedly misappropriated the logo of the UK Gambling Commission, potentially deceiving poker players into thinking that the initiative was approved by the regulator.

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In the Media: The History of Legalised Gambling

I was quoted in this article about the history of legalised gambling: “Legalized gambling was the default, and was very mainstream in many societies,” explained Michael Josem (@MichaelJosem), a global expert in online gambling security and safety. “It has never been illegal in Western societies to gamble privately (eg, ‘I bet you $10 that I can beat you to the end of the street’) but there have … Continue reading In the Media: The History of Legalised Gambling

Stop Making Slot Machines for Children

The UK’s Labour Party recently announced new policy outlines on gambling. There were two key areas: that online gambling rules would be updated to be broadly consistent with offline gambling rules, and that gambling-like services (such as computer game loot boxes) are regulated in a sensible way. In an interview with Paul Moulton on the Isle of Man, I discuss how these ideas may improve … Continue reading Stop Making Slot Machines for Children

Overlays are good for poker

With the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary failing to meet its guarantee just now (attracting just 43,975 players, when it needed 50,000 players) it’s worth addressing a  theme has risen in the poker world over time: that it is “bad” when a tournament fails to attract enough entrants to cover the guaranteed prize pool, and that it is “good” when a tournament wildly exceeds the guaranteed … Continue reading Overlays are good for poker