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Betting companies in Kenya face competition as Betsafe move in

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It wasn’t long before the gap left by SportPesa in Kenya was filled by a number of international sites that look set to dominate the country’s betting landscape, writes Adam Grimshaw, who manages Leadstar Media affiliate brand BetBlazers.com. With the Kenyan-born betting site SportPesa barred from trading in the country since a dispute with the government and the Betting Control …

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Aymen Ikhlef served lifetime ban by TIU following TACP breaches

Aymen Ikhlef served lifetime ban by TIU

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has handed a lifetime ban and $100,000 fine to Algerian tennis player Aymen Ikhlef after he was found to have breached the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) on multiple occasions. Following a TIU investigation, it was revealed that Ikhlef was in breach of sections ‘D.1.d’, ‘D.1.e’ and ‘D.2.a.i’ of the 2016 TACP, as well as section …

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Phumelela ‘winds up business’ as it delists from JSE

Phumelela ‘winds up business’ as it delists from JSE

South African horse racing operator Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Group will delist from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in early 2021 as the company is broken up to repay creditors.  The heritage racing operator has faced financial difficulties for a number of months, following the forced closure of its racetrack venues due to South African coronavirus restrictions in May.  Johannesburg’s …

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Scientific Games expands SISAL contract to cover Morocco

Scientific Games has announced it will supply and deploy lottery instant games, e-instant digital games and WAVE lottery retailer terminals to Italian gambling group SISAL SPA‘s Moroccan business subsidiary starting this month. This deal represents an important step in the company’s objective of dramatically growing its footprint in the rapidly developing African lottery market. Scientific Games will provide e-instant games …

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Oatbet finds ‘ideal technological partner’ through BtoBet

Oatbet finds ‘ideal technological partner’ through BtoBet

BtoBet has continued its growth strategy within the Nigerian sports betting market after signing a new agreement with Oat Gaming Network to supply its Neuron 3 platform. Through the partnership agreed in collaboration with STM Gaming, BtoBet’s certified partner in Africa, Oatbet will see its online sportsbook powered by Neuron 3. Sabrina Soldà, BtoBet’s Chief Marketing Officer, commented: “We are …

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Betsson places ‘market responsibilities’ at the forefront of Betsafe Kenya launch

Betsson AB has launched its first African market sportsbook property ‘Betsafe Kenya’, pledging the deepest commitment to promoting safer gambling participation amongst customers. This summer, the Stockholm-operator announced its intentions to launch a Kenyan subsidiary by partnering with Kenya Betting Control Board (BCLB) licence holder Bet High Ltd. Forming a strategic partnership, Betsson has commissioned Bet High to operate Betsafe …

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Pronet Gaming grows African presence with Sahara Games deal

Pronet Gaming grows African presence with Sahara Games deal

Pronet Gaming has strengthened its position in another key market after agreeing to supply its full omnichannel solution for Sahara Games. The offering, which boosts Pronet Gaming’s position in Africa, made its debut in Uganda this week and will soon go live in Kenya and Nigeria. It includes a new online sportsbook and casino, as well as retail platforms that …

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Ramaphosa orders investigation of South Africa’s National Lotteries Commission

Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, has signed an executive order authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe alleged corruption and maladministration of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). Signed by President Ramaphosa on 20 October, the order came into effect when it was published in the Government Gazette on 6 November. The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act’s …

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BCLB order spoils SportPesa Kenyan relaunch  

SportPesa’s return to its home market of Kenya has been impeded following a licence suspension authorised by Kenya’s Betting Control & Licensing Board (BCLB).  Following a year-long hiatus from Kenya’s sports betting market, SportPesa intended to relaunch its betting services this weekend under a licence held by new operating firm ‘Milestone Bet’. Prior to its planned re-launch, SportPesa CEO Ronald …

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