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William Hill’s subsidiary group, Mr Green, have been involved in a spot of bother. The online gambling operator has been fined by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) after investigations into online casinos. With the news of Mr Green penalized, William Hill are set to pay £3m to the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. Let’s read on.
Mr Green casino is certainly no stranger when it comes to scandals. This is partially credited for belonging to William Hill. If you browse through reports from a year ago in the latest online gambling news, you’ll find that the operator has been heavily involved in several incidents.
Why was Mr Green Penalized?
Why indeed. The online gambling site has been targeted by the UKGC for failures in preventing money laundering and maintaining protection for customers against gambling harm.
Now, don’t just think that this is all because of William Hill. In truth, it does actually boil down to Mr Green as well.
Before William Hill bought Mr Green back in 2019, Mr Green had already been in trouble with the UKGC. On one occasion, it was for failing to handle a payment of £50,000 to a winning customer.
However, William Hill revealed in late 2019 that they had already set aside £3m just in case. It turns out that was a good move.
The Gambling Commission Executive Director, Richard Watson has commented on the matter:
“Our investigation uncovered systemic failings in respect of both Mr Green’s social responsibility and AML controls, which affected a significant number of customers across its online casinos.
“Consumers in Britain have the right to know there are checks and balances in place which will help keep them safe and ensure gambling is crime-free.”
It will be interesting to see how William Hill will follow-up. After the whole Mr Green penalized incident, we await a response from the gambling firm.