GLMS and the Gambling Commission of Great Britain formalise their partnership
Lausanne, 30 August 2018, The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the Gambling Commission of Great Britain (the Commission) share a commitment to protect the integrity of sports and sports betting. This agreement formalises the informal partnership that has been in place for some time. Under the agreement, GLMS and the Commission will exchange information on suspicious betting to help safeguard the interests of British consumers.
The Commission leads Britain’s national platform, as per article 13 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions. They also play an active role within the Group of Copenhagen (GoC), the network set up by the Council of Europe, bringing together the national platforms of several Member States. Working together with a number of regulatory authorities and national platforms – as well as the GoC – GLMS is looking forward to supporting the Commission and notably its Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) in its role in gathering intelligence related to potentially corrupt betting activities.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “We are very excited to formalise our partnership with one of the most responsible and active regulatory authorities in the world. The Gambling Commission of Great Britain has played a significant role in recent years in the fight against sport competitions manipulations in Britain and beyond and we always valued their pioneering attitude and investigative approach. I am convinced that this partnership will further enhance our mutual efforts to address the phenomenon of sport competition manipulations globally and effectively".
Richard Watson, Executive Director of Enforcement and Intelligence of the Gambling Commission adds “We are pleased to be signing this MOU. GLMS have shown they have considerable experience in monitoring betting data and access to information from Lotteries all over the world. This will help continue to build our sources of information to tackle the issue of betting integrity and prevent match fixing”
About GLMS (glms-sport.org)
GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.
GLMS currently has 31 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria, Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia, Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece, Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy, Maltco Lotteries Ltd – Malta, Norsk Tipping – Norway, Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal, STOLOTO – Russia, Sportna Loterija – Slovenia, Svenska Spel – Sweden, Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisslos – Switzerland, Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore, Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association)
About the Gambling Commission and the Sports Betting Intelligence Unit
Considering the provisions of the Gambling Act (2005) the Gambling Commission of Great Britain regulates gambling in Great Britain, apart from spread betting. It does so in the public interest and through its statutory licensing objectives to:
a. Prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime;
b. Ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and c. Protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
The Commissions Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) collects information and develops intelligence about potentially corrupt betting activity involving sport. Members of the SBIU receive information from a number of sources which includes (but is not limited to) alerts from operators about suspicious activity on betting markets, concerns from sports governing bodies or information captured through its confidential intelligence line.
The intelligence gathered by the SBIU informs the Commission’s decision making process. The SBIU will share, where appropriate, specific intelligence or information with other partners (for example, betting operators, sports governing bodies, overseas regulators, and so on) both nationally and internationally.