Erin-Marie Gallagher

LeoVegas growth profile interrupted by Swedish home woes

An ongoing structural shift from land-based gaming to online has allowed LeoVegas to offset the far-reaching impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, but the operator exercised caution over the tumultuous regulatory landscape within its home market of Sweden. Publishing its Q3 results for the period 1 July – 30 September, the operator praised its ability to  ‘to quickly adapt to new, …

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Crucial Compliance: Responsible gambling must be at the heart of every boardroom

Compliance, regulations and responsible gambling have been three areas which have become a key focus for the gambling industry in recent years, as companies look to ensure that they are deploying the most effective player protection measures.  SBC spoke with Andy Masters, the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of Crucial Compliance, and Paul Foster, Managing Director, to discuss company expansions, …

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Rank MD hits back at ‘senseless’ casino closures

The closure of casinos across Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire has been branded as a ‘senseless’ move by Jonathon Swaine, managing director of Rank Group, after the regions entered England’s new tier three restrictions. The new measures will mean that a number of Rank’s Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo venues will be forced to close their doors, having only recently …

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Inside Edge: The race is on as Calvert-Lewin chases the golden boot

Nick Haynes from Form Labs – a division of Bettorlogic – rounds off the week by giving a breakdown of this week’s sporting activity. In this edition, goalscoring runs are at the top of the agenda, as Haynes considers whether Dominic Calvert-Lewin can match a record set by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. As the Premier League slowly begins to take …

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HBLB commits to £31.9m funding in early 2021

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has committed to providing £31.9 million in funding for the first four months of 2021, continuing the ‘significantly increased support’ that it has provided since the resumption of racing in June 2020. The contribution will include £24.4 million which will be designated for prize money, a 46% increase on the normal level paid by …

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Why prohibiting betting markets ties the hands of the licensed market

As countries around the world were plunged into lockdown, punters turned towards the more niche betting markets such as Belarussian football, table tennis and lower-league Swedish football. But one issue that arose, in the case of the Swedish market, was the growing concern that the lower tiers of football may be more susceptible to match-fixing and betting corruption – which …

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Michelle Evans: We can’t underestimate the impact of lived experiences in tackling problem gambling

When it comes to raising awareness of problem gambling and issues associated with sporting integrity among athletes, the only way to ensure that players understand the implications is through education and hearing from those with lived experience. That’s according to Michelle Evans, Head of Communications and Wellbeing at PFA Scotland, who was speaking on a panel entitled ‘The Link Between …

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William Woodhams: Racing is the perfect product for gambling on

Racing has come up against a number of challenges in recent months, with cuts to levy contributions, racecourse closures and – most recently – a complete halt of the sport due to the pandemic.  Yet, Wiliam Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares believes that now is the perfect time to re-engage with those punters which may have drifted away from the sport. …

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Time for growth: Triggy’s new CEO, data and the US market

SBC sat down with Triggy’s new CEO Martina Åkerlund and co-founder Björn Nilsson to discuss what the future holds for Åkerlund in her new role, as well as how her previous experience in the banking industry will influence her leadership especially when Triggy is expanding and entering the US market. SBC: Firstly, congratulations on the new role! Why did you …

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GVC strengthens Board’s expertise with two appointments

GVC Holdings has strengthened its corporate governance confirming the appointment of two new directors to its board. Issuing a statement, GVC revealed that David Satz has joined the company as an Independent Non-Executive Director, effective immediately. Robert Hoskin will also be promoted to the board as an Executive Director on 1 January 2021, assuming the role of Chief Governance Officer. …

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