Member of Parliament Philip Davies has been joined by leading figures from across the UK gambling and sporting sectors in condemning the UK Gambling Commission’s intrusive affordability and source-of-funds checks, with veteran professional gambler Harry Findlay saying that the regulator “doesn’t know what it is doing.”
These latest observations came after leading newspaper Racing Post reported that renowned professional poker player Joe Beevers has closed accounts with both Betfair and Smarkets after they requested extensive documentation to allow his betting to continue. These even including bank statements from friends who had made payments to him.
Mr. Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire, described the regulator is “out of control”, adding that “we have got to get away from this idea that bookmakers, the Gambling Commission or the government can decide how much each person can afford to gamble. The only person who knows how much they can afford to gamble is the individual and yet individual responsibility has been removed from the equation completely.
“Each person going online should have to enter how much they are prepared to lose each month, or each year, and the operators should be on the hook for ensuring they do not allow anything beyond that.
“It is clear that the Gambling Commission, whose leaders know nothing about gambling, are out of control and the Gambling Review must curtail their extremism.”