Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley

Hi, I'm Mike Ashley, an avid follower of the UK gambling scene and an online gaming expert with over 15 years of experience. Welcome and thanks for visiting my website which focuses on helping players who are unclear as to where they can gamble due to Gamstop bans. We provide useful guides and an array of options that have been tested and reviewed for all gamblers alike.

I started this website with the single purpose of helping players and bettors, who may have been left behind, better understand the nature of GamStop – what it is, why it exists, what benefits there are as a result, and naturally - what downsides.

Today, gambling in the United Kingdom is facing serious regulatory pressure and while many will argue that this is for the better, it's forcing the industry to size-back on its offer to meet with stretched safety norms. GamStop is definitely a force for good in the gambling climate of our country, but it has also forced bookies and casinos to turn down players who have excluded themselves on one occasion or another.

While this is not the norm, I have felt the urgency to create a website that helps you play not only at those GamStop websites, but also explore some of the viable alternatives that may yet bring some excellent value to your next gaming session.

Put another way, GamStop has been around for only a few years now while respected and well-established brands now have a decade of experience and more. With this said, I am keen on exploring what alternatives to these types of bookies and casino sites there may be.

In fact, my experience of over 20 years as a gambler has taught me that there are many viable alternatives. Yet, I won't side with gaming sites where no moderation exists. I believe self-exclusion is a force for good, but it must be enforced in an intelligent way that strikes a balance.

Another thing I want to clarify right now is that I am not going to help you to "get around GamStop," as many people have been asking me via email. I will instead explain the upsides and downsides of picking one casino over another and why GamStop shouldn't be taken at face value despite its immense value.

Over-regulating gaming can have its downsides that need to be avoided at all costs and I am here to promote this mindset and stress that personal choice should be valued and everyone should be given an opportunity to play with the frequency and intensity they desire, so long as they do so within their means and without experiencing life-altering consequences.

You will read detailed guides on how to pick the best gaming portals that offer the best variety of a given game as well as learn about how to self-exclude on non GamStop websites in order to preserve your physical and mental well-being.

I want to use this website as a platform to communicate with like-minded players and share my experience with you so we can all find the gaming options that make us happy and bring us a quality gaming experience.

While on it, I will focus on covering both casinos and bookmakers as well as answering popular questions, such as what the best of each type are and where to find them. I will provide you with a detailed look into the nature of each casino and bookie and help you decide if a specific brand is something you like or need at the time.

I am Mike Ashley and I am happy to bring you the latest and most accurate information from the world of non GamStop casinos and non gamstop bookies today.

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October 8, 2020 October 8, 2020 Mike Ashley

UKGC Partners With Facebook To Limit Gambling Content Exposure

UKGC Partners With Facebook To Limit Gambling Content Exposure
Gambling advertisements are a major concern for the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Their prevalence is blamed for the increasing rate of problem gambling in the UK. The UK gambling regulator has been pushing hard to restrict gambling ads on various social media channels for some time now. The UKGC recently announced that it has teamed...

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CMA Launches Inquiry Into Evolution Gaming & Netent Merger

CMA Launches Inquiry Into Evolution Gaming & Netent Merger
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BGC Confirms Whistle to Whistle Ad Ban A Success

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The UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) released a statement that confirmed that the ban on gambling ads from “whistle to whistle” was a success. The BGC pointed out that there has been a significant reduction in underage individuals being exposed to gambling ads since the ban’s introduction in August 2019. The ban imposes a...

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UKGC Confirms Open Bidding Process For 4th National Lottery License

UKGC Confirms Open Bidding Process For 4th National Lottery License
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UKGC Repeals Suspension of Matchbook’s Betting License

UKGC Repeals Suspension of Matchbook’s Betting License
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has officially repealed its license suspension of Matchbook, an online sportsbook after the firm’s owner, Triplebet, completed the regulator’s suggested remedial measures. Matchbook’s license was suspended in February 2020, after the UKGC determined that the firm failed to abide by Section 116 of the UK Gambling Act. The UKGC disclosed...

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BGC Opposes New UK Gambling Rules Proposed By SMF

BGC Opposes New UK Gambling Rules Proposed By SMF
Think tank Social Market Foundation (SMF) announced the release of a framework for new gambling regulations in the UK. Notable recommendations include larger taxes on gambling firms that operate offshore, a spending cap of £100 a month to prevent financial harms, and an independent gambling ombudsman that can investigate affordability checks for punters who want...

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New UK Study Suggests Video Game Strategies Increase Problem Gambling Stats

New UK Study Suggests Video Game Strategies Increase Problem Gambling Stats
A new study revealed that a number of practices used by video game developers such as social casino spending and token wagering to engage players significantly increase their chances of them becoming problem gamblers later on in life. Dr. David Zendle, a professor in Computer Science from the University of York, noted that potential precursors...

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Scotland’s Sportsbooks Call For More Lenient Regulation Post-COVID-19

Scotland’s Sportsbooks Call For More Lenient Regulation Post-COVID-19
Scotland has close to 900 sportsbooks which employ roughly 4,500 people. Sports betting operators have called for the government to ease restrictions preventing them from recouping losses incurred during the lockdowns enacted in mid-March. The bookmakers claim that the current rules prohibit them from making a profit, which may jeopardize the future of their industry....

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