Betting and Gaming industry

Charles Caine made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Competition and Markets Authority

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Dear Competition and Markets Authority,

Introduction

The suppliers to the betting and gaming industry are small in number and hold dominant positions in the market. These dominant suppliers disadvantage the customer, the betting public

The dominant companies that hold a dominant position are

SIS - supply 100% of the betting shops in the country with live pictures and data. SIS are in turn owned by Ladbrokes-Coral, William Hill and BetFred

Global Draw supply 50% of all betting shops in the country with gaming machine and 50% of the tills in the betting shops. They recently purchased the main tills supplier to betting shops Openbet

Inspired gaming supply 50% of all betting shops in the country with gaming terminals.

Between SIS, Global Draw and Inspired Gaming they control almost all the betting industry.

You predecessor over saw the purchase of Cyberview by Global Draw a few years ago and gave Global Draw the green light to purchase them. In so doing they reduced the already derisory competition from three suppliers to two supplies of games machines

I wonder if you have investigated the purchase of Openbet by Global Draw

Three suppliers supplying the industry is difficult reconcile with a functioning market place and competition

The customer are the losers and SIS, Global Draw, Inspired are the winners. With poor service and high prices the customer lose

FOI

1. Please provide any and all reports the Competition and Markets Authority have undertaken (or their predecessors) regarding the betting and gaming industry, SIS, Global Draw and Inspired Gaming

2. Please provide a copy of the Competition and Markets Authority policy on how they deal with complaints of companies abusing their dominant position and where the Competition and Markets Authority refuse to act what redress there is.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Caine

Stephen Bracken-Kemish, Competition and Markets Authority

1 Atodiad

Classification:Official

 

Dear Mr Caine

 

Please find attached the CMA’s acknowledgement of your FoI request

 

Yours sincerely

 

Stephen Bracken-Kemish

 

Stephen Bracken-Kemish

Information Management and Security Assistant

Information Access Team

 

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Stephen Bracken-Kemish, Competition and Markets Authority

1 Atodiad

Classification:Official

 

Dear Mr Caine

 

Please find attached the CMA’s response to your FoI request of 3^rd
December 2017

 

Yours sincerely

 

Stephen Bracken-Kemish

 

Stephen Bracken-Kemish

Information Management and Security Assistant

Information Access Team

 

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