888Poker handed a record fine worth £7.8m for technical failings

Those who follow poker in India might be aware of 888Poker, a UK-based online poker platform. A statement from the UK Gambling Commission said that a record fine of GBP 7.8 million has been imposed on 888 for not assisting vulnerable customers to limit the damage of their gambling addictions.

The Gambling Commission statement also revealed that, due to a technical failure in 888’s systems, upwards of 7,000 customers who had chosen to self-exclude themselves from their poker, casino or sports betting platform were still granted access to their accounts on 888’s bingo platform.

“Safeguarding consumers is not optional. This penalty package of just under GBP 8 million reflects the seriousness of 888’s failings to protect vulnerable customers.” Said Commission CEO Sarah Harrison.