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Bookmakers remain exempt from latest money laundering rules

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Bookmakers already celebrating a successful start to Cheltenham week will have further cause for celebration with the news that the betting industry will continue to be exempt from European money laundering rules. There was a real danger that the Fourth EU Money Laundering Directive would encompass bookmakers given the classification of gambling as a high risk area for money laundering. ... Read More »

Easyodds releases new version of Cheltenham app

Odds comparison company Easyodds.com has released its 2017 Cheltenham Festival app in time for next week’s major festival. After a successful version last year, which had over 3000 users and garnered a positive review in the Racing Post on Sunday, the 2017 edition already features the latest ante-post odds from UK bookmakers so punters can find the best value bet for the Festival. ... Read More »

Bookmakers to fund young person problem gambling initiative in Scotland

The Association of British Bookmaker‘s Scottish division has launched a new project aimed at tackling the ‘hidden addiction’ of problem gambling among young people.  The Association of British Bookmakers in Scotland (ABB Scotland) will fund the six month project, working in partnership with Paisley based charity RCA Trust to deliver education and counselling support for 2,500 young people across the West ... Read More »

Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen: ‘take a serious look at the facts’ on FOBTs

Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen has appealed to politicians to ‘step back from the fray’ and take a serious look at the facts in highly fractious debate around FOBTs. Writing a piece in the Daily Telegraph, replicated below, Mullen argues that the only impact that cutting stakes to £2 from £100 will have is the loss of thousands of jobs and ... Read More »

£175.6m acquisition of 32Red expands Kindred’s multi-brand strategy

Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group, has said that his firm’s £175.6m acquisition of 32Red is consistent with the firm’s ‘multi-brand strategy and stated desire to grow our business in regulated and soon to be regulated markets’. 32Red will now join Kindred’s stable of brands which includes Unibet, Stan James, Maria Casino and Bingo.com. Commenting on the deal, announced this morning, ... Read More »

SBTech signs up Azerbaijan operator eTopaz to its platform

eTopaz, the exclusive sportsbook of the monopoly state lottery of Azerbaijan, part of Azerinteltek‘s Topaz brand, has announced that it will power its future growth with SBTech’s award-winning fully managed platform to benefit from SBTech’s sportsbook experience in a deal with of one of the industry’s leading providers of iGaming platform and sports betting solutions and services. EL member Azerinteltek offers ... Read More »

FOBT research suggests simple stakes drop not effective in problem gambling battle

The responsible gambling charity GambleAware (formerly the Responsible Gambling Trust) has produced research which suggests that the so-called £50 journey actually saw players increase stakes around the new limit of £50 rather than meet the restrictions imposed for those wanting to bet at the higher £100 stakes limit. The £50 journey was introduced by the government and the UK Gambling Commission ... Read More »

Betcart – attention to detail when it comes to affiliates

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Natalie Berenato, Head of Marketing and Affiliates at operator Betcart, explains the firm’s attention to detail when it comes to customer, and affiliate, care. SBC: Hi Natalie, Can you provide SBC readers with a breakdown of Betcart services and provisions? What does this new brand bring to the betting market? Natalie Berenato: Betcart, although young, is not exactly new to the ... Read More »

Virtuals growth relies on the betting experience

Golden Race’s Jimmy Bone explains why the future of virtual sports will be about creating the perfect betting experience for players, which is completely manageable and customisable for each operator, market, and player tastes. And why the fact that Golden Race have been doing this since the beginning is what makes it the best. Virtual sports are a huge part ... Read More »

Bet.pt adds iSoftBet slots to its SBTech powered offer

SBTech-powered Portuguese sports betting operator Bet.PT has announced the launch of a range of casino slots and table games supplied by iSoftBet. Bet.PT’s journey from start-up to being the Portuguese market’s biggest sports betting operator has been driven by technology from SBTech, the first and still the only B2B provider to supply a licensed sportsbook in the Portuguese regulated market. ... Read More »