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    Default Paddy Power and Betfred accused of cheating new FOBT rules

    Well, that didn't take long . . .

    Paddy Power Betfair and BetFred have pulled new roulette games in betting shops after the Gambling Commission said it was concerned the new products "undermined" the reduction of the new stake limit for FOBTs from £100 to £2 that was introduced on Monday.

    The commission said the firms could face regulatory action. William Hill, which planned to launch a similar new product, has also been warned, the commission said.

    From The Guardian, which uncovered the situation following its own investigation:

    The commission said the firms had withdrawn the products from shops, while their rival, William Hill, abandoned plans to launch its own after a stern warning from the regulator.

    Senior staff responsible for bringing the games to market could also be investigated, the commission said.

    Richard Watson, executive director for enforcement, said: “We have been absolutely clear with operators about our expectations to act responsibly following the stake cut implementation this week.

    “We have told operators to take down new products which undermine the changes, and we will investigate any other products that are not within the spirit and intention of the new rules.’’

    Paddy Power and Betfred had both launched games with multiple similarities to roulette, dubbed Pick ’n’ 36 and Virtual Cycling respectively. Betfred’s game allows a stake of up to £500, five times what was possible on FOBTs, albeit less frequently.

    A William Hill game called Wonderball had yet to be launched, although staff in one bookmaking shop said on Monday that they expected to be offering it soon.

    “We’ve taken down Virtual Cycling to allow further discussion with the Gambling Commission,” said Betfred.

    Paddy Power declined to comment. William Hill said on Tuesday that it had no plans to launch Wonderball.
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    So, Will Hill initially thought the new roulette games were legal w/ the new stake cut?

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