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Betfred hires Bryan Bennett as US operations lead

Betfred has advanced its US market ambitions by appointing Bryan Bennett as the bookmaker’s first US Chief Operations Officer (COO). Bennett, a seasoned executive in US gaming, sports and digital enterprise strategies, confirmed via LinkedIn that he had joined the UK betting outfit, leading its initial US market drive. Bennett is the former VP of Marketing for RocketPlay a developer of …

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Select Committee hears of industry systems failing problem gamblers

Chaired by Lord Michael Grade of Yarmouth, on Tuesday 8 October the House of Lords’ Select Committee listened to the experiences of four gambling addicts, gathering further research on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry’ on UK society. The victims` shared their experiences of engaging with gambling products and businesses, detailing personal insights on their ‘journeys towards …

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National Lottery launches new campaign celebrating 25-years of UK support

The National Lottery has launched its new UK-wide advertising campaign ‘The Magic Number’, celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Developed by London advertising agency Adam&eveDDB on behalf of Camelot UK, the campaign celebrates 25-years of the National Lottery supporting UK charities, social directives, sports development programmes, the arts, culture and heritage conservation. Having drawn its first lottery on 19 November 1994, the National …

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Rank appoints Liam Wallwork as digital transformation lead

London-listed Rank Group Plc has confirmed the appointment of Liam Wallwork as inbound Director of Transformation for its Interactive division. Wallwork joins Rank’s executive management team from William Hill, where he formerly served as Commercial Director and Director of Gaming (2017-2019). A digital strategy expert for mass-market igaming brands, Wallwork holds further industry experience having served as an operations and …

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GamCare & YGAM to offer free workshops for RGWeek

UK problem-gambling treatment and support charities GamCare and the Young Gamblers Education Trust – YGAM will offer free training and educational workshops, as a key directive of the IGRG’s third ‘Responsible Gambling Week’ (RGWeek7-13 November). Both organisations have developed comprehensive training programmes supporting all-levels of industry management and wider community stakeholders – ‘tailored to provide guidance on how to start conversations …

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Hollywood duo Sagansky & Sloan monitoring DraftKings’ options

Top Hollywood financiers Jeff Sagansky and Harry E Sloan are reported to be engaged in a takeover of DraftKings Inc, through their LA-based sports entertainment fund ‘Diamond Eagle Corp’. This morning, Bloomberg reports that the media and finance duo have entered negotiations to buyout Boston-based DFS and sports betting operator DraftKings – with Bloomberg reporting that ‘no transaction has been …

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ICSS ‘integrity hotline’ gives snapshot of global reach of sports corruption

Publishing its first report, the International Centre for Sports Security’s (ICSS) ‘Sports Integrity Hotline (SI Hotline)’ reveals that it has received more than 240 incidents of corruption, reporting allegations of match-fixing, fraud and sexual abuse. ICSS established its hotline in 2018, providing athletes and sports stakeholders a ‘secure whistleblower platform’ for reporting sports misconducts. In its first report, the SI …

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Bookies Corner: A Snap Christmas is betting’s most intriguing market

In a bid to break Brexit’s three-year deadlock over British politics, the UK will head to the polls on 12 December, as Parliament delivers the nation’s first ‘Christmas Election’ since 1923. How do bookmakers assess a General Election of multiple variables, divided constituencies, seasonal factors and fractured parties…  SBC gets the bookies lowdown! ________________________ SBC: For the Conservative Party to …

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NatWest launches GamCare ‘walk-in consultation’ pilot scheme

UK retail bank NatWest in collaboration with GamCare is set to trial a ‘ground-breaking’ pilot scheme offering counselling sessions to vulnerable/addicted customers inside its high-street branches. NatWest is set to launch the GamCare pilot scheme across 13 branches based in London, the South East and Midlands of England. The bank’s chosen outlets will allow any person to walk-in and book …

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Greece sets affiliate licensing conditions for revamped gambling market

Further requirements published in Greece’s approved new gambling bill, will require affiliate marketing partners to register and pay a €1,000 licensing fee with the Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC). This October, following a year of deliberation, the Greek Parliament progressed final amendments of its new gambling bill, which will introduce a modern regulatory framework for online gambling services. Serving as lead …

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