The UK regulator confirms it is carrying out an investigation into online gambling operator Mansion’s M88 brand.
UK.- The Gambling Commission is investigating “various aspects” of Mansion’s M88 and Mansion Europe operations.
Observers have said the investigation may be the reason that English Premier League football club AFC Bournemouth has decided not to renew its sponsorship deal with M88.
The Gambling Commission said in a statement that it was “currently looking at various aspects of the M88 and Mansion Europe model and operations.”
It has not clarified what aspects of M88 and Mansion Europe’s business it was investigating, but one of Mansion’s brands, MansionBet, came under fire recently after the Guardian newspaper published a story in April that claimed it had accepted a customer’s redundancy payout as proof he could afford the amounts he was gambling, and rewarded him with VIP status.
Sports publication The Athletic reported that Premier League football club AFC Bournemouth decided not to renew its shirt sponsorship deal with M88 which began in June 2017.
The club will finish the remainder of the current season, which is set to resume on June 17, using a different kit, although a sleeve sponsorship deal with parent company Mansion that began in 2015 is reported to be unaffected.
The Mansion Group has a range of brands including Mansion Casino, Casino.com and Slots Heaven. M88 is the casino provider’s Asian-facing affiliate site.
It received a €150,000 fine from the Netherlands Gambling Authority in 2017 for serving Dutch customers without approval from the licensing authority.