Ted Menmuir

Baillie and Seddon renewed as UKGC commissioners

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has extended the tenures of John Baillie and Catharine Seddon as commissioners of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for a further year.  Baillie and Seddon have served on the UKGC board since 2016, having been appointed by former DCMS Secretary John Whittingdale under the cabinet of PM David Cameron. A former …

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Paddy Power returns to Cheltenham with ‘thoroughbred Crouchy’

Paddy Power has given adman Peter Crouch its ‘thoroughbred treatment’, as the bookmaker returns to the Cheltenham Festival.  Releasing its new advertising campaign, Paddy Power has reappointed Crouch as its Cheltenham Festival frontman – with the Irish operator putting the former England striker in tip-top shape to carry out his duties. Crouch is shown at home preparing for Cheltenham with …

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Videoslots appoints Ulle Skottling as Deputy CEO

Videoslots.com has confirmed the promotion of Chief Operations Officer Ulle Skottling to the position of Deputy CEO. The executive has served as Videoslots COO since 2016, having joined the Malta-based firm from former Stockholm-listed games developer NetEnt AB, where he served as Deputy Managing Director and Head of Account Management (2014-2016). As Deputy CEO, Skottling will be charged with ‘building …

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Parimatch secures full Ukraine online gambling rights

CIS online gambling group Parimatch, has become the first operator to fully validate its Ukraine online gambling services, having secured licencing approval for online casino, sports betting and poker. Yesterday, Parimatch communicated that it had completed its full Ukraine licensing provisions, becoming the first operator to obtain a sports betting licence validated by the newly established Commission for Regulation of …

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Safer gambling trio launch #TalkBanStop campaign

GamCare, GamBan and GAMSTOP have teamed up to launch new campaign #TalkBanStop, promoting their tools and services to the UK general public. The campaign, which will be launched this spring, aims to encourage the UK public to make the most of free tools to control their gambling spend and utilise support services to seek professional advice about gambling concerns. Promoting …

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Salsa Technology appoints Alberto Alfieri as COO to lead South American drive

Stephenson

Salsa Technology (formerly Patagonia Gaming) has appointed Alberto Alfieri as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), as the South American full-service iGaming turnkey services provider accelerates its growth momentum.  A seasoned industry executive, Alfieri served as CCO of European multi-brand iGaming operator Evoke Gaming (2016-2018) prior to the firm’s acquisition by Mr Green&Co. Alfieri maintains further industry experience, having led …

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Jason Ader: Mattingley must awaken Playtech’s US future 

Brian Mattingley’s appointment as the new company chairman of Playtech Plc has been welcomed by company investor Jason Ader and his asset management company SpringOwl. Though the appointment was branded as conservative in some quarters with Mattingley due to finish his 15-year CEO and Chairmanship tenure at 888 Holdings, Ader has branded the appointment as critical to Playtech’s recovery. In …

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William Hill lauds online performance as Caesars chapter begins

William Hill Plc has branded 2020 as a ‘challenging but transformative year’, as the heritage bookmaker moved to finalise its £2.9 billion takeover by US partner Caesars Entertainment. Adjusting for the H1 closure of its UK retail betting estates, William Hill recorded a full-year net revenue decline to £1.3 billion, down 16% on corresponding 2019 results of £1.5 billion.  Nevertheless, …

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BGC praises relief focused Budget

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has joined wider leisure and hospitality trade bodies in welcoming Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s COVID business support and economic measures.  This lunchtime’s Budget announcement saw the government extend its much-needed rates relief on highstreet retail and hospitality venues – a decision welcomed by the BGC on behalf of England’s betting shops. Also positively received was …

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UKGC deepens Lived Experience Panel’s policy feedback role 

Neil McArthur

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has cited a successful first meeting of its Lived Experience Advisory Panel, which will maintain a prominent role in how the Commission reshapes its public policies.  This week, panel members held their first meetings with the Commission’s Experts by Experience Group, providing first-hand accounts of lived consequences of gambling harms and addiction. Established as a …

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