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Two men have been ordered to pay over £32,000 in fines and legal costs to Kingston Council following a crackdown on illegal gambling at a London private members’ club. 

Nicholas Clark and Luke Flack pleaded guilty to gambling offences at Kingston Crown Court on Friday 29 April. The offence involved the running of unlawful poker tournaments at the venue for over a year from November 2013 to December 2014. 

The Gambling Commission supported Kingston Council during the investigation 

Rob Burkitt, the Gambling Commission lead for shared regulation, said ‘Supporting our partners in the regulation of gambling, preventing illegal activity and protecting consumers is a vital part of what we do. 

“We are pleased with the outcome of this case and hope that it sends the very clear message that the Commission and our local authority partners will work very closely to prevent crime in gambling and protect the young and vulnerable.” 

Read Kingston Council release 

Notes to editors 

  1. More information about how we regulate the gambling industry.
  2. Useful statistics on the gambling industry
  3. More information on prevention of money-laundering.

Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Posted on 09 May 2016