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Betfred enters High Court dispute over £1.7m payout infringement

Betfred has entered a UK High Court dispute over refusing a £1.7 million jackpot pay-out to a customer on the grounds that its casino game had suffered a ‘software malfunction’.  The lawsuit was filed by Andy Green from Lincolnshire who hit the jackpot in 2018, wagering on the Playtech-licensed ‘Frankie Dettori Magic Seven Blackjack’ game.  Betfred is reported to have …

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Foreign operators seek ADM reassurances on licensing extensions

Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency faces a series of legal battles with foreign-based online gambling operators unless Italy’s government provides reassurances to operators allowing for licence extensions.  Confusion reigns within Italian igaming, following the Senate’s refusal to review two separate appeals to extend online betting, casino and bingo concessions for a further 18-months up to December 2022.   Legal certainty …

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GVC maintains FTSE4Good listing expanding duties with the Carbon Trust 

GVC Holdings has retained its position as a ‘FTSE4Good Index’ business following its annual review of corporate practices.   A London Stock Exchange CSR directive, the FTSE4Good Index was launched in 2001 tracking the performance of listed firms’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.   GVC Holdings has retained its listing on FTSE4Good Index having undertaken an independent assessment of its corporate …

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SPFL launches Championship OTT powered by StreamAMG

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has launched an exclusive online streaming platform operated by OTT specialist StreamAMG, broadcasting all Scottish Championship matches. The OTT platform has been launched to cater for international audiences, helping overseas fans follow live action of Scotland’s second tier of professional football. Meanwhile, domestically Scottish Championship clubs will be allowed to use the platform for …

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iGaming Academy secures Asian vision with Raffles Training

Online gambling workforce training and skills development agency iGaming Academy has expanded its resources for the South East Asian gambling market partnering with Philippines counterpart Raffles Training Inc. Announcing a ‘first of its kind’ partnership, iGaming Academy will develop a series of dedicated courses, engineered to improve all-levels of across employee training and skills development. iGaming Academy will promote its …

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UK racing launches ‘Racehorse Relief Fund’ to maintain stud welfare

UK racing has announced the launch of a ‘Racehorse Relief Fund’, managed by the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) in support of stud owners, trainers and UK stables mitigating the financial hardships brought on by the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis. The ROA’s fund has been granted approval by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to serve as a relief programme for UK …

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UKGC: Pent-up sports demand slows in August 

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published a further ‘market update’ tracking how COVID-19 has impacted gambling behaviours and participation across the UK.  Since March, the Commission has gathered data from licensed betting operators (retail and online) representing 80% of the UK gambling’s regulated marketplace. The UKGC has maintained that its market updates reflect how ‘gambling behaviours evolve as the …

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Stable Q3 performance sees FDJ focus on crucial 2020 closing

A strong ‘sports recovery’ combined with the reopening of its retail point-of-sales network has seen Groupe Française des Jeux (FDJ) upgrade its full-year 2020 corporate forecasts. Publishing its Q3 2020 trading update (period ending 30 September), FDJ underlines that it has recorded an ‘accelerated recovery since mid-June’ as group wagers increase 6% to €4.4 billion. The Paris Euronext firm states …

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Colossus Bets confirms Bernard Marantelli CEO departure

Colossus Bets has confirmed via a Linkedin update that company founder and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Marantelli has ended his tenure of leading the ‘super pools’ betting technology provider. David O’Reilly, Colossus Bets’ founding Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Marantelli as company chief executive. He will be supported by the promotion of commercial lead Eva Karagianni-Goel (Chief Commercial Officer), who …

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FDJ switches to Publicis to lead critical 2021 media agenda  

France’s national lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) has concluded its six-month marketing review by appointing Publicis Media as its new lead advertising agency. FDJ confirmed that from 1 January 2021 its multi-million euro advertising account will be handled by ‘Publicis 13’, a dedicated unit formed by Publicis Media to take charge of FDJ’s media buying, planning, coverage and creative …

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