Erin-Marie Gallagher

Legislation submitted to authorise 32 casino licences across Brazil

Brazilian democrat, Paulo Azi, has submitted a bill that calls for the authorisation of 32 casino licenses across the country as reported by Games Magazine Brazil. If passed, the bill would approve the opening of resort hotels with attached casinos in Brazil. As part of the proposal, the government would receive 10 per cent of the gross revenues generated by …

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Winning Post – Industry faces compliance demands on all fronts

Strategic consultancy, Regulus Partners, focused on international gambling and related industries, taking a look at some of the key challenges the gambling industry faces in its ‘Winning Post’ Column. UK: gambling regulation – nothing minor about age verification changes The GB Gambling Commission has confirmed a tightening of age verification rules for licensees to protect minors. From 7 May (three …

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Bookmakers continue to take the hit after equine influenza outbreak

Bookmakers have reported that revenues have taken a hit following the news that new cases of the Equine Influenza virus have been identified, resulting in an industry-wide halt on the sport. The horseracing industry is currently facing its largest health and financial challenge since the the 2001 outbreak, with Ladbrokes-Coral owner GVC reported to be down 1.45 per cent, while …

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BHA cancels UK horseracing following Equine Influenza outbreak

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has made the decision to halt all horse racing across British racecourses on 7 February following the outbreak of Equine Influenza, casting worries about this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The shut down follows the Animal Health Trust confirming three positive cases of the virus in vaccinated horses at an active race yard. Horses from the infected …

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SIS launches esports live betting at ICE

Multi-channel data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has expanded its reach into the esports market by launching its industry-first Competitive Gaming betting product tailored to esports sportsbooks. The product was showcased at this year’s ICE conference, which showed attendees a live broadcast of players competing against one another. The match was  moderated by a dedicated integrity referee, specifically trained …

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Simon Banks: Star Sports – Delivering on talent resources amid changing industry values

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With the aim of diversifying its business portfolio, Star Sports launched its new recruitment contingent Star Recruitment back in January with the aim of providing tailored staffing solutions to the global gambling industry. SBC caught up with Simon Banks, a sector resourcing and talent development veteran, who is heading up the new vertical as its Chief Executive Officer. We asked …

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Matthew Imi: Sky Racing – The first month and adapting to industry challenges

On 1 January of this year, Sky UK launched its new channel, Sky Racing , which took Sky’s dedicated sports channel tally up to 11, has been broadcasting race fixtures from both the UK and around the world. It has been headed by the long term At the Races chief executive, Matthew Imi. SBC caught up with Imi to discuss how Sky …

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Jacob Lopez: OPTIMA – Technological innovation in the sports betting industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a growing part of business in the 21st century, with more and more industries integrating it into everyday solutions. In fact, gaming operators have started to base their choice of platform provider around the adoption of new technologies, including AI, which can ensure a  better quality of service for its customers. In an interview originally …

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Sportech completes acquisition of LOT.TO

London Stock Exchange (LSE) listed Sportech PLC has completed its outright acquisition of iLottery systems and games provider  LOT.TO. The acquisition is set to provide Sportech with a new digital gaming vertical for iLottery, as well as enhancing its internal capacities incorporating LOT.TO’s product proven technology development teams. It intends to cement the racing and wagering systems provider’s global gaming …

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Paddy Power Betfair enters Georgian market with Adjarabet acquisition

FTSE100 Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has expanded its reach into the Georgian regulated gambling market acquiring a 51 per cent shareholding in leading betting and gaming group Adjarabet. The initial cash consideration put forward for Adjarabet’s  majority shareholding totals £101m, with the UK operator granted first right to acquire the remaining 49 per cent within a period of three years. …

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