Erin-Marie Gallagher

Irish bookmakers to close their doors as racing continues in new lockdown

After confirmation that the country would be entering a six-week lockdown, Irish bookmakers will close their doors to the public, with horse racing and greyhound racing exempt from the new measures. The measures, which will see the entire country enter Level 5 lockdown protocols, will affect more than 800 betting shops across Ireland – a move which BoyleSports has said …

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Fabio Schiavolin: Resilience in a time of uncertainty

COVID has undoubtedly had far-reaching implications for the betting industry across the world, putting a halt on live sporting events and – according to Fabio Schiavolin, Chief Executive of Snaitech – accelerating the migration of customers from retail to online betting. Delivering his keynote speech on day one of Betting on Sports Europe – Digital 2020, Schiavolin touched on a …

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William Hill delivers on group-wide recovery as US takeover priorities loom

William Hill has stated that it is tracking ‘solid progress across all divisions’, as the FTSE betting group returns all operating units to robust trading during a transformative Q3 period. Publishing its Q3 trading update for the 13 week period to 29 September 2020, William Hill noted an ‘encouraging’ performance across all verticals, particularly highlighting growth across its ‘online international’ …

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Tier 3 restrictions in Greater Manchester close the region’s betting shops

After several days of negotiations between local leaders and Downing Street, Greater Manchester has become the latest city to enter a tier 3 lockdown, forcing betting shops and casinos across the region to close their doors. The lockdown measures, which come into force at 00:01am on Friday, will be imposed by the government after discussions over financial support for local …

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BGC slams ‘unfair and unnecessary’ betting shop closures

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the Business Secretary Alok Sharma to block the ‘unfair and unnecessary’ closure of betting shops and casinos across the country, citing concerns over potential mass job losses. Across Lancashire and Liverpool, and soon to include Wales and potentially Greater Manchester, betting shops have been included in the list of businesses having to …

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GambleAware calls for greater awareness for support services

New research commissioned by GambleAware has highlighted a ‘concerning lack of awareness and use’ of problem gambling support services. The study, which forms part of the charity’s ongoing ‘Treatment Needs and Gap Analysis’ work to better understand the demand, need and awareness of help and support, explores the impact of the first few months of lockdown up until May on …

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William Hill drives retention with SportCaller’s Free Or 4

Free-to-play (FTP) sports game provider SportCaller has made its new Free Or 4 game available to William Hill, helping the operator drive both engagement and retention. Free Or 4 asks players to select six games in which they believe three or four total goals will be scored from the Saturday long-list of 3pm UK kick-offs. If players are able to …

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National economies: What role does sports betting play?

The ethical implications of introducing a legalised betting framework can be considered ‘controversial’, said Alexandra Kalchuk at BetInvest. She explained that there is a balance to be achieved for countries that wish to benefit from the economy boost betting can bring while acknowledging – and containing – some of the problems or reputational issues that come with the decision. In …

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Spelinspektionen inks MoU with Kansspelautoriteit

The Swedish Gambling Authority, Spelinspektionen, has enhanced its cooperation with its Netherlands counterpart after signing a memorandum of understanding with Kansspelautoriteit. The strengthened partnership has been designed to facilitate the ongoing exchange of information and streamline supervision between the two European regulators. René Jansen, Kansspelautoriteit’s chairman, stated that he is “delighted that agreements with international regulators are formalised and captured …

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Martina Åkerlund to lead Triggy as new CEO

Triggy AB has strengthened its senior leadership team after confirming that Martina Åkerlund will lead the company as its new CEO. Confirming Åkerlund’s appointment, Triggy lauded her wealth of experience in leadership positions, having amassed more than 20 years of leadership experience from predominantly the banking and finance industries. Celebrating the new appointment, Åkerlund said: “I’m super excited to have …

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