GAMBLING MACHINES IN THE UK UPDATED WITH AI SYSTEM
The gambling machines in the UK are being updated with an AI system designed to detect and prevent problematic behaviour.
UK.- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) launched earlier this month the Anonymous Player Awareness System, an artificial intelligence (AI) system that is designed to detect and prevent problematic behaviour. That AI system is not being implemented in gambling machines in UK betting shops.
The AI system detects erratic behaviour and locks gamblers for 30 seconds. While in effect, it displays warning messages about safe gambling. Some of the effects are chasing losses, big spending and playing a succession of games rapidly, explained the BBC.
A spokesman for Betfred told the news outlet that the AI system was rolled out at all of their machines in 1,600 shops in early November. William Hill also confirmed that the software had been installed as well.
”These alerts are now operational on machines in all 3,200 Ladbrokes and Coral shops,” a Ladbrokes Coral spokesman added.
Tax revenue up in the UK
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has released a report in which it detailed tax revenue from the six months up to September 30. The UK Betting & Gaming Statistics report shows that tax revenue increased 0.5% year-over-year to £143 million approximately.
While the total wasn’t much different from the one a year back, the changes are noticeable when verticals are analysed. One of the biggest differences can be seen in the online casino tax vertical. The activity rose from 18.1% to 22.7% from April to September to £332.4 million, representing a 26% increase.
Remote Gaming Duty increased by 26% compared to the previous period, potentially linked to the increased rate of 21% from April 21. The 2019/20 year-to-date Machine Gaming Duty decreased by 24.3% compared to last year, potentially linked to the policy changes from April 2019.