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    Default No more free spins in UK casinos?

    So we just got this email from Rizk Affiliates with the following notice about free spins:


    "Due to recent events and changes in rules and regulations in the UK, free spins are no longer allowed to be called free spins. You must now call them "extra spins". This new rule will also be a part of our renewed T&C's, so please ensure that you follow it."


    This is the first time I've heard about such a regulation and, if true, this would mean updating a lot of pages!




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    If you are using WordPress then use search and replace plugin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Online-casinos.co.uk View Post
    So we just got this email from Rizk Affiliates with the following notice about free spins:


    "Due to recent events and changes in rules and regulations in the UK, free spins are no longer allowed to be called free spins. You must now call them "extra spins". This new rule will also be a part of our renewed T&C's, so please ensure that you follow it."

    Yes, this is new UKGC standarts. Read Bet365 forum.
    http://www.gpwa.org/forum/gambling-i...tml#post868024

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    "If you are using WordPress then use search and replace plugin"


    Currently in process of upgrading to Wordpress but probably won't be done for a few months yet.. hope we don't get busted before then!
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    Without reading through 50 pages of regulations.. are there any other obviously difficult or significant changes we absolutely should be aware of asap?

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    Trouble is every brand is interpreting this differently which makes it very difficult like you said to implement on to sites.

    There was an ad for a well known brand on tv last night in the UK and it very much highlighted the free spins offer.

    So has it all kicked in now or is there a cut off date?
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    I've no idea mate, changed the wording on our home page at least, until we find out more.

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    As a writer, what's the best way to keep on top of announcements like these? Sorry if that seems a dumb question - I just wouldn't want to be producing inaccurate content!

    I follow the forums here, but am curious as to how everyone here finds this information, themselves!

    Alex

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    You should also prepare yourselves for bonuses no longer being bonuses any more. There was talk last year of the UK Treasury implementing a Tax on Free Spins and Bonuses, looks like that is beginning to happen and Casino swill either stop doing them or change the way they offer inducements to players. I can't find the exact article, but will post when i do.
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    Can i just add translation table on the top, stating Free Spins means Extra Spins in the UK

    Like they need to do for cookies over there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonlight Cat View Post
    Yes, this is new UKGC standarts. Read Bet365 forum.
    http://www.gpwa.org/forum/gambling-i...tml#post868024
    Have you a link to standards that are concerning the wording of free spins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkytoe View Post
    Have you a link to standards that are concerning the wording of free spins?
    I am not the expert of UK law, and English is not my native language.


    But i think that it is not necessary to forbid every separate word like "free spins", "free bonuses" e.t.c., because this is impossible. This document provide only basic principles, some basic rules. And UK courts and UKGC have a right to interpreting this rules.

    So i think, gambling operators worried about Rule 18:

    advertisements must be legal and not misleading;
    In most cases "Free bonuses" and "Free spins" is not Free in real. So we have big probability, that UKGC or/and UK Court may interpreting such advertising as a violation of Rule 18. This is my point of view.

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    Can you not just say Extra spins (formerly known as free spins)???

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    Not seen any other operator request the change and looking across a few casinos "free spins" is still being used in their promos.

    Just more confusion in what is a mass of confusion.

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    Some casinos are now using the word "Free" (free spins, free bonus...) only for something you get after registration, without any deposits.

    The other spins, given on top of the deposit bonuses, are usually named "Bonus Spins".

    And it kinda makes sense, if you have to deposit to get something then it isn't free, right? Otherwise you could call all deposit bonuses "free bonus".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Online-casinos.co.uk View Post
    So we just got this email from Rizk Affiliates with the following notice about free spins:


    "Due to recent events and changes in rules and regulations in the UK, free spins are no longer allowed to be called free spins. You must now call them "extra spins". This new rule will also be a part of our renewed T&C's, so please ensure that you follow it."


    This is the first time I've heard about such a regulation and, if true, this would mean updating a lot of pages!



    Hi Online-casinos.co.uk,

    Can you please elaborate more on this topic?

    It's such a shame to hear about this.

    Thanks very much for letting us know.

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    I really hope the UK eradicates all bonus making the status quo bonus free... that "Should" result in a huge comm hike as it's less monopoly money that we actually pay for

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    "Hi Online-casinos.co.uk,

    Can you please elaborate more on this topic?"




    I don't have much more to say apart from what was in the email, here's the full text:



    Rizk is always in motion; adding, removing and changing things, all for the better!

    This time we are making some changes to the welcome offer in both the UK and RoW (Rest of the World).

    From Monday, the 16th of October, new players will be greeted by the updated welcome offer of 100% up to /€ 100. On top of the match bonus, players will also be getting free spins upon first deposit.
    Due to resent events and change in rules and regulations in the UK, free spins are no longer allowed to be called free spins. You must now call them "extra spins". This new rule will also be a part of our renewed T&C's, so please ensure that you follow it.

    For more T&C's regarding the UK market, please check this link.

    Creatives will be updated in the dropbox latest on Monday.

    These are the welcome offers that are changing:
    UK
    - 100% up to 100 + 50 Extra Spins

    RoW
    - 100% up to €100 + 50 Free spins

    These are remaining the same:
    Sweden
    - 200% up to 1000 SEK + 50 free spins

    Norway
    - 400% up to 400 NOK + 25 free spins, on 1st deposit
    - 50% up to 1500 NOK + 15 free spins, on 2nd deposit
    - 25% up to 5000 NOK + 15 free spins, on 3rd deposit
    - 25% up to 5000 NOK + 20 free spins, on 4th deposit
    - 100% up to 1100 NOK + 50 free spins on 5th deposit

    Finland
    - 200% up to €100 + 50 free spins

    Germany
    - 200% up to €100 + 50 free spins

    Canada
    - 200% up to $100 + 50 free spins

    Netherlands
    - 200% up to €100 + 50 free spins

    New Zealand
    - 200% up to $100 + 50 free spins


    For more information, please feel free to contact us!

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    There's certainly a lot of change happening lately and Extra Spins makes sense if a deposit is required. I heard a lot of slot games may need to change so as not to appear appeal to children, slots like Wolf Cub is a good example, but I think there's probably hundreds of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PromoteCasino View Post
    Trouble is every brand is interpreting this differently which makes it very difficult like you said to implement on to sites.
    This is very much the case.

    We are working through with bet365 - and BOTH parties know their directives are ridiculous - but in their view also mandatory .

    Bet365 have given a October 20th deadline to be compliant.

    Given what I am seeing out there at the moment, and almost complete lack of action, I foresee a HUGE number of affiliate sites being suspended ... and then the squealing and wailing will be huge from affiliates.

    Meanwhile, we have other UK licensed programs carrying on - situation normal - asking for push of new promotions with plenty of FREE offers.


    Madness - but there is little choice but to comply.

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