For the first three quarters of 2020, GambleAware has announced its donor list, with William Hill leading the list, followed by Flutter Entertainment and bet365.
William Hill’s commitment
GambleAware announced that William Hill made a commitment of £1.04 million, with £ 540,000 donated, by releasing its industry donation figures for 1 April to 30 December 2020.
Next was the parent company behind Paddy Power and Betfair, Flutter Entertainment, with a donation of £ 874,000.
UK license holders are obligated to directly contribute to GambleAware 0.1 percent of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY). Those businesses with an annual gross gambling profits of less than £ 250,000 a year are asked to donate a minimum of £ 250.
The funds are used by the charity to help create programs aimed at preventing and managing problem gambling in the sector.
Further large amounts
Bet365 at £ 763,000, Gamesys at £ 450,000 and Petfre (Gibraltar)-Betfred’s owner-at £ 75,421, made in two different donations, are other leading operators who have contributed large amounts.
Online branches of the Rank Group, Grosvenor.com and MeccaBingo.com were also among the biggest donors , donating £ 5,875 and £ 15,600 respectively.
Additional donations were also made, with the two largest donors listed as A&S Leisure Group, owner of Napoleons Casinos, at £ 10,000 and LeoVegas at £ 94,328 in the form of unclaimed winnings and credit from dormant accounts.
£4.46m in voluntary contributions
GambleAware collected a total of £ 4.46 million in voluntary contributions from the gaming industry for the Q1-Q3 trading period as a whole, a sum that does not include administrative settlements or additional donations.
GambleAware received a series of pledges during Q1-Q3, in addition to its donations. William Hill pledged £ 1.04 million in total, as reported, followed by Praesepe Holdings, which pledged £ 85,500 in total.
GambleAware also specified the donations made to its sports betting-oriented BetRegret initiative among its list of donors, with Flutter Entertainment, Entain plc and Sky named as the top three donors.
The charity announced that 20 separate owners, manufacturers and media organizations had raised a total of £ 5.03 million.
Betting firms raised £3.94 million, of which Entain, Flutter, the Stars Group (Sky Betting and Gaming) and William Hill were the biggest contributors. Meanwhile, the media companies, led by Sky, ITV and Facebook, raised £ 1.08 million.
The charity collected £ 8.8 million in regulatory settlements from William Hill and Betway in the period from April to December.
As part of the Gambling Commission’s targeted inquiry into online casinos, William Hill’s Mr Green division was penalized, with the commission imposing a £ 3 million penalty after the operator “failed to have effective procedures to prevent harm and money laundering.”
In the meantime, Betway was forced to pay £ 5.8 million instead of a financial penalty aimed at delivering the ‘National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.’