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Martin Lycka: What Would Pelé Do?

In the fifth of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka wonders what might Pelé and his footballing band of brothers think about Brazilian sports betting regulation. In an exclusive fictitious interview, we have asked Brazil’s all-time leading goal scorers for their views on the regulatory works the Brazilian government has …

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Martin Lycka: Us versus Them – psychology of gambling regulation

In the fourth of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka debates the antagonistic relationship that can develop between the regulator and the industry. __________________ Operators v. Regulators, undoubtedly a top billing in the industry nowadays. Just pause and think how many times in recent past you have bumped into an …

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Martin Lycka: Sixteen kings trapped in a gambling Gordian knot

In the third of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka ruminates on the development of the online gambling market in Germany. __________________ Once upon a time, there were sixteen kings in a land in the heart of Europe. The land’s credo was thou shalt not gamble online. Nevertheless, the kings’ subjects …

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Martin Lycka: Supreme Court’s (sports betting) punt return and beyond

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In the second of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the current activity around sports betting in the US and tracks how the industry has arrived there and where it should go next. It is 14 May 14 2018, which may be the US football offseason, yet …

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Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

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In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations. When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Last chance saloon

In all my 35 years advising the UK’s gambling industry I can think of no time when it has been so besieged with adverse criticism from the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition, regulators, the media and the general public alike.  Clearly opinions on gambling (whether justified, exaggerated or prejudiced) expressed in the media heavily influence public opinion. The opinions expressed by …

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Winning Post – How 2017 shaped up for the gambling industry

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at how the gambling industry fared this year in its ‘Winning Post’ column. 2017 in review: growing up? Three key themes dominated the changing shape of the online gambling market in 2017: continuing channel shift, the continued march of Point of Consumption regimes, and increased …

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ESSA keeping tabs on integrity matters

SBC News’ Joe Plewes takes a look at the recent ESSA integrity report to see what the industry is doing to clamp down on incidences of match fixing. The recent ESSA integrity report for the first quarter of 2015 couldn’t have been more timely. It was released within a week of two former Football League players being jailed for a …

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How does alternative exchange Spiffx work?

Scandinavian start-up Spiffx markets itself as an alternative betting exchange. But what’s so different about it, and how does it work? Spiffx offers two different options, the ‘Spiffindex’ and the ‘Darkpool’. The Darkpool service works like a traditional betting exchange, offering users the chance to back and lay selections on popular football fixtures. The only real difference is that the …

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Ladbrokes – Alex Donohue – Novelty Bets

Ladbrokes’ Public Relations Officer Alex Donohue discusses and charts the continued rise of novelty and political betting ahead of this month’s Scottish Independence Referendum. SBC: How would you describe the phenomenon of novelty betting, the pros and cons? Alex: It’s a phenomenon that has been around for longer than many people are aware of – the first political bet was struck on the general election of 1966. I’d say the general …

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