Another high profile gambling operator in the European market is under scrutiny following a number of unspecified concerns about its operations.
The UK Gambling Commission has announced that it is launching an investigation into the Mansion Bet brands, M88 and Mansion Europe. At the same time, the company has also been hit by the end of a key sponsorship deal. Premier League club AFC Bournemouth have announced that they have terminated their sponsorship arrangement with the M88 name.
Speaking about the investigation, a spokesperson for the UKGC confirmed that the licences held by each brand had not been revoked. But they confirmed that the Commission was looking into various aspects of the businesses, focusing on what they described as Mansion Bet’s ‘model and operations’
Mansion Europe currently holds a remote betting and casino licence, through which it operated two brands alongside the Mansion Bet name; Slots Heaven and Casino.com. The Asia-facing subsidiary M88 had previously traded in the UK betting market using a separate remote betting and casino licence owned by Vivaro Entertainment. That company also operate the Vbet brand. They are also linked to ProgressPlay, who operate brands a number of brands including Lottozone and Betsteve.
Coinciding with the news of an investigation into the operations at Mansion Bet, AFC Bournemouth have made a formal announcement that the sponsorship deal with M88 would be coming to an end. The operator had been the club’s main shirt sponsor from the 2017/18 season. In an official statement, the club thanked the gambling company for their support over the last three years.
The news will come as a blow to the company, but it occurs at a time when football is under considerable political and public pressure to reduce its links with the betting industry. The current Premier League season is set to resume in the middle of this month, following the coronavirus shutdown.