Bgo Entertainment Has UK Gambling Licence Suspended
All details below were correct when published on 19th October 2021. 18+. UK Only. Wagering terms and conditions apply. Please gamble responsibly.
If you’re a regular UK visitor to Bgo.com, Power Spins, Vegas Luck or Chilli Casino then you may have discovered that you currently can’t play at these sites. This is because Bgo Entertainment Limited who operate these brands have had their gambling licence suspended by The Gambling Commission of Great Britain. The suspension came into effect on the 15th October 2021 and was implemented immediately. Bgo are working with the commission to remedy the situation.
Why Have Bgo Been Suspended
According to a release by The Gambling Commission Bgo are being investigated because they have “concerns that activities may have been carried out contrary to the Gambling Act 2005, not in accordance with conditions of their licence and that the Licensee may be unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities”. No further information has been released but Bgo acted swiftly to notify players and suspend their UK operations. Players who have accounts at the four brands can still login and withdraw funds if they so wish.
This isn’t the first time Bgo Entertainment have been hauled across the coals by The Gambling Commission of Great Britain. Previous issues have included failure to identify problem gambling behaviour and failure to have in place appropriate AML (ANti Money Laundering) controls. As a result of this particular case Bgo undertook measures to imporive their services and also paid out a £2million payment in lieu of a financial penalty. This payment goes towards delivering the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.
What Happens Next?
This is the million pound question and the answer could cost Bgo Entertainment a lot more. For now everyone has to sit and wait for the Commission to conclude their investigations. Once that review is concluded there will have to be a decision as to whether to reactivate Bgo’s license. If the licence is activated then Bgo can return to providing gambling options to UK residents. If a license is not granted then the company cannot offer gambling services in The UK. In this scenario they may well opt to focus on overseas audiences with Alderney Licenses (as they do for 7Casino).
When Will Bgo Be Back?
How long it takes before Bgo returns to provide slots and bingo to UK players is all dependent on the Commission’s findings. Assuming that after review and any settlements all is well then Bgo can get back to business. However previous suspensions (e.g. Genesis Gaming) ran for several months so we might not see anything change until the start of 2022. The key difference to this suspension over others is Bgo’s previous. Could The Commission decide to make an example of a company failing to keep their house in order?