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Consultation response

Changes to information requirements in the LCCP, regulatory returns, official statistics, and related matters

Parts I and II of the consultation response that sets out our position in relation to the information the Gambling Commission requires licensees to provide us.


Proposal 8: Proposal to discontinue collecting monthly non-remote casino drop and win data


We proposed to stop collecting monthly casino drop and win data from non-remote casino licensees; and to stop producing our monthly 'Casino Drop & Win' publication. This data is provided to us on a voluntary basis and, while showing casino drop and win data monthly, duplicates data we collect via regulatory returns on a quarterly basis.

Consultation question

Question 2.8. Do you agree with the proposal?

Respondents' views

This proposal was well supported by the wider industry but opposed by non-remote casino licensees. Those who wanted casino drop and win data collection and reporting to continue stated that they used it for commercial purposes (for example calculating market share).

Operators offered to work with us to improve the efficiency of casino drop and win data collection or alternative collection approaches. They also suggested that eServices could be modified so that drop and win figures for regulatory returns could be entered monthly in lieu of quarterly returns.

Our position

We have reviewed our casino drop and win reporting requirements and concluded that the data non-remote casino licensees supply us on a quarterly basis, through regulatory returns, is sufficient to meet our regulatory needs.

We consider it disproportionate and burdensome for us to continue to ask non-remote casino operators for monthly data which we no longer need. It is also anomalous that we collect and publish monthly data for the non-remote casino sector (which represents about 7 percent of total industry Gross Gambling Yield (GGY)) but do not do this for other sectors.

Further to this, as casino drop and win reporting is a voluntary arrangement, the quality of the data varies as the number of participating casinos differs each month.

Currently, we do not intend to explore alternative collection arrangements for non-remote casino data (such as modifications to our eServices portal) as this investment would be uneconomical, given that we do not require monthly data from casinos to carry out our work.

We will continue to publish casino financial data from regulatory returns in our industry statistics publications, including breaking this down by quarterly periods.

Not collecting and reporting casino drop and win data for non-remote casinos will allow us to use our limited resources to improve the quality of the other data sets we publish.

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