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Fine levied on 888 Holdings PLC

Request date: 5 July 2023

This version was printed or saved on: 1 December 2023

Online version: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/about-us/freedomofinformation/fine-levied-on-888-holdings-plc

Request

A detailed breakdown of the fine levied on 888 Holdings PLC, including but not limited to the penal element in respect of the Notice issued by the Gambling Commission on 1 March 2022.

Response

Thank you for your request which has been processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

In your email you have requested a detailed breakdown of the fine levied on 888 Holdings PLC.

The Commission is a regulatory body with licensing, compliance and enforcement functions. Through our regulatory activity, the Commission aims to protect consumers and the wider public, and to raise standards in the gambling industry. We release details of our enforcement activity through public statements.

The public statements will detail the nature of the failings by the operator and the amount of the fine or settlement. Further to this, the Commission also publishes a list of recent regulatory sanctions we have imposed on licence holders.

When we publish these statements and sanctions, we take care to present as much information as possible to ensure that lessons can be learned by operators.

Section 21 of the FOIA provides that information is exempt where it is reasonably accessible elsewhere. A detailed breakdown in relation to the findings, and the financial penalty relating to 888 Holdings PLC can be found on the Commission website: £9.4m fine for online operator 888 (gamblingcommission.gov.uk)

The overall financial penalty for 888 was £9,409,756.48, made up of a penalty element of £6,984,000 and an element to eliminate financial gain of £2,425,756.48.

In addition, for future assurance, the Commission has ordered an independent audit of 888’s processes relating to both anti-money laundering and social responsibility.

The Commission has also given 888 a warning under section 117 (1) (a) of the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act).

Review of the decision

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Please note, internal review requests should be made within 40 working days of the initial response. Requests made outside this timeframe will not be processed.

If you are not content with the outcome of our review, you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have already exhausted the review procedure provided by the Gambling Commission.

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Information Management Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP