Erin-Marie Gallagher

Wales closes betting shops as country enters ‘firebreak’ lockdown

UK gambling faces another shock as First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford confirms that the country will enter a ‘time-limited firebreak’ from 6pm on Friday. The measures, which will last for 17 days, will take Wales back to the lockdown restrictions introduced in March and will result in the closure of 366 betting shops. Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses …

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RecoverMe gains Southampton FC backing

RecoverMe, a mobile health app tailored towards empowering individuals to manage gambling addiction, has received the backing of Southampton Football Club. Supporting the app’s launch, Southampton FC ‘will contribute significantly to support the growth and accessibility’ of the mHealth app, forming part of what the team calls ‘a responsibility to raise awareness of the support available for those that might …

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Sportradar takes MTS solution live with 888sport

Sportradar has agreed to deliver its risk management solution for 888sport’s tennis offering after securing a new partnership with the operator’s umbrella company, 888 Holdings. Under the partnership, Sportradar will supply its data and risk management solution, Managed Trading Services (MTS) Return Guarantee, for the operator’s extensive tennis offering. Nick Soye, Business Development Manager, Management Trading Services at Sportradar, commented: …

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SBC Magazine Issue 11: Ralph Topping, SPACs and the best way to spend £100m

Kicking off Issue 11 of SBC Magazine, we have an exclusive interview with former William Hill CEO Ralph Topping, who reflected on his journey from a part-time cashier in one of Glasgow’s independent betting shops to the boardroom of William Hill. He looked back on the ways that UK betting shops have evolved in recent years and how bookmakers have …

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Mr Green makes Spanish debut with DGOJ licence

William Hill’s pan-European igaming subsidiary Mr Green has secured its Spanish market entry after receiving a licence from the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ). The new market entry will strengthen William Hill’s presence within the Spanish market by building upon the bookmaker’s multi-brand strategy to deliver online gaming and casino content. The FTSE betting group has maintained …

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Lancashire betting shops the latest to close their doors as county moves into Tier 3

Lancashire is the latest region to be moved into Tier 3 of England’s new lockdown system, which will see approximately 100 betting shops across the county forced to close their doors from Saturday. Downing Street made the decision to move the entire region including the cities of Lancaster and Preston – into the ‘very high’ alert tier, which has been …

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Gamesys among top H1 donors to GambleAware

Gamesys has topped the list of donations made to industry charity GambleAware after figures showed the online operator group donated a total of £450,000. Publishing its industry donation figures for 1 April – 30 September 2020, GambleAware revealed that it had received a total of £2,286,000 in contributions from the industry, not taking regulatory settlements into account. Betway was the …

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YGAM selects Dr Ali Lutte-Elliott to lead Mindful Resilience programme

The Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has confirmed that Dr Ali Lutte-Elliott will head up the charity’s ‘Mindful Resilience’ programme. Launched in September, the ‘Mindful Resilience’ programme is the result of a collaboration between YGAM, Bournemouth University, the Responsible Gambling Council and Betknowmore UK which aims to ‘deliver specialist training on gambling, gaming, and digital behavioural addictions to healthcare …

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Ben Cove joins Pinnacle as new CMO

Pinnacle has strengthened its marketing efforts after confirming that Ben Cove will join the company as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Under his newly formed role, Cove will oversee the company’s strategy to deliver its brand to the wider mainstream audience, offering insight into the strategic focus at Pinnacle as the bookmaker plans for 2021 and beyond. Commenting on the …

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GamCare addresses barriers to treatment for female gamblers

The perceived stigma that problem gambling is a ‘male issue’ has been considered a key factor in the reluctance to access support services for female gamblers, a GamCare report has found. The report, produced by GamCare’s Women’s Programme, aims to deliver outreach, education and awareness on the subject. The Women’s Programme, according to the support and treatment provider, aims to …

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