iGB Diary: Nagging rights, Settle down, We're all going on the EU submarine

14 March 2014

Nagging rights
As it's Gold Cup day at Cheltenham today, capping off a marvellous week’s racing (although we’ve yet to get a winner!), we thought what better way to celebrate than to get in touch with Sheikh Mo and see if he can spare a few nags for some of the industry’s biggest names.

Surprisingly he was very approachable and instantly DM’d us right back. Here’s a list of the horses he’s willing to send over:

Rule The World (Playtech)… [isn’t that a real horse? Ed]

Value Not Volume (bwin.party)

Fine Green Line (Paddy Power)

WHO’s The Daddy (William Hill)

And the Point of Consumption is? (Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association)

Asian Star (bet365)

Settle down
Talking of the GBGA we haven’t heard any further news of its fight for a fairer UK taxation framework as launche date for new the licensing regime draws ever closer and hits operators in the coming months. They haven’t updated their site since November last year in fact. However something tells us things can’t be going that well and their cause hasn’t been PR-d to full effect; it has all of 41 Twitter followers and the majority of those aren’t even their own members. Something tells us they might have resigned themselves to the UK government’s plans and perhaps aren’t going to mount a legal challenge, as so many people think they might do.

We're all going on the EU submarine (what are you on about?!, Ed)
As the UK catches up with other EU Member states and eventually sets up its own protectionist policies towards igaming (sorry, of course we mean the Point of consumption tax), it was good to see the Remote Gambling Association make the clear point this week that the 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive-related amendments adopted by the European Parliament were, quite simply, a load of bunkum. Well that's our take on it anyway. Of course, we all know the point is not to establish evidence- or risk-based policies, because, well, that's just too reasonable when you have all the lobbying power money can buy. Instead, best to push for policies that make life as difficult, and expensive, as possible for the igaming industry. Thing is, these votes and directives don't register that highly on people's radars (it's not like they're the most enthralling of topics to bring up at the pub), but they define so much of our working environment. Apparently, the European Council might overturn the Parliament's vote and no doubt there will be some serious lobbying going on after the EU elections in May, but as dedicated europhiles (it's not like we really have a choice is it?), the Diary ​just wanted to big up the good folk of Brussels for their sterling work (now where did I put those Euros I need for my skiing holiday?).