Entain plc
("Entain" or "Group")

Response to the UK Gambling Act Review

Entain plc (LSE: ENT), the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group (“Entain” or the “Group”), welcomes the publication of the UK Gambling Act Review White Paper by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sports (“DCMS”) review of the UK Gambling Act 2005 (“GAR White Paper”).

The GAR White Paper is an important step towards having a robust regulatory framework in the UK that is fit for the digital age, raises standards across the industry and creates a level playing field for all operators. The GAR White Paper includes a number of important proposals, some subject to further clarification following consultation. The key areas that will have an impact on our UK online operations are:

  • £2 slot limit for under 25s
  • Staking limits of £2-£15 for online slots
  • The requirement for operators to carry out financial checks based on online customer deposits, principally being £1,000 per day, or £2,000 over 90 days
  • Controls over certain game features
  • Introduction of mandatory deposit limits and use of bonuses
  • Compulsory industry levy of 1% of Gross Gaming Yield (“GGY”)
  • Independent industry ombudsman funded by the industry

We continue to lead the industry on player protection and have proactively taken a number of actions to deliver a safer environment for our customers, many aligned with the proposals outlined to the GAR White Paper - the impact of which has already been absorbed in our financial performance and expectations across FY22 and FY23:

  • We have developed and rolled out ARCTM (Advanced Responsibility & Care), our innovative, AI-driven, proactive player protection programme, which is already delivering meaningful improvements to protecting our customers;
  • We have already implemented an affordability model across the UK – with soft checks on customers from as low as £100;
  • We have introduced personalised staking limits for online slots;
  • We terminated VIP schemes across the UK in 2020.
  • We were the first industry operator to voluntarily commit to donating 1% of UK gross gaming revenue to research, education and treatment in respect of problem gamblers; and,
  • We actively supported the proposal for an independent industry ombudsmen.

As a result of the proposals outlined in the GAR White Paper today, materially mitigated by the proactive actions we have already taken, we expect there to be no material change to our expectations for FY23 and an impact of less than 1% on Group Online net gaming revenue in FY24.

Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain, commented:
“The UK Gambling Act Review is an important step towards having a robust regulatory framework that is fit for the digital age and creates a level playing field for all operators. We welcome the clarity that it will bring to the industry and its customers. We look forward to working with the Government and the Gambling Commission on evidenced-based consultations and implementation of the proposals outlined today.

As a global and diversified business that operates in over 40 regulated or regulating territories around the world, all of which are regulated or regulating, we are firmly in favour of regulation that preserves the market for the vast majority of customers who enjoy recreational betting and gaming, whilst also ensuring appropriate protection to all players.”

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About Entain plc
Entain plc (LSE: ENT) is a FTSE100 company and is one of the world's largest sports-betting and gaming groups, operating both online and in the retail sector. The Group owns a comprehensive portfolio of established brands; Sports brands include BetCity, bwin, Coral, Crystalbet, Eurobet, Ladbrokes, Neds, Sportingbet, Sports Interaction and SuperSport; Gaming brands include Foxy Bingo, Gala, GiocoDigitale, Ninja Casino, Optibet, Partypoker and PartyCasino. The Group owns proprietary technology across all its core product verticals and in addition to its B2C operations provides services to a number of third-party customers on a B2B basis.

The Group has a 50/50 joint venture, BetMGM, a leader in sports betting and iGaming in the US. Entain provides the technology and capabilities which power BetMGM as well as exclusive games and products, specially developed at its in-house gaming studios. The Group is tax resident in the UK and is the only global operator to exclusively operate in domestically regulated or regulating markets operating in over 40 territories.

Entain is a leader in ESG, a member of FTSE4Good, the DJSI and is AA rated by MSCI. The Group has set a science-based target, committing to be carbon net zero by 2035 and through the Entain Foundation supports a variety of initiatives, focusing on safer gambling, grassroots sport, diversity in technology and community projects. For more information see the Group's website: www.entaingroup.com

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