A record contribution in lottery duty in 2019 helped to offset declines in Machines Games Duty and push total UK gambling duty past GB£ 3 billion.
Gambling duty paid by UK operators surpassed GB£ 3 billion in 2019, a new record amount for the sector. The enforced shutdown of retail gambling in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that it could mark a peak for the near future.
The UK’s bookmakers have been successful in their case against HMRC over the VAT treatment of FOBTs, as first reported by GBGC last month. Now HMRC has decided not to appeal, the listed firms are revealing their estimated winnings.
The Colorado Belle Casino and Resort, Nevada, is closing indefinitely, with the loss of 400 workers. The Colorado Belle has been closed since mid-March, in line with Nevada’s efforts to tackle COVID-19.
Casino operator Silver Heritage Group has entered voluntary administration, with the impact of the pandemic proving the final straw for the company.
Gambling and travel data from various Asian jurisdictions highlight the catastrophic impact of COVID-19 and the measures taken to tackle it.