Europe

Betsson rides high on global profile following record Q3 performance

Betsson AB has continued its strong 2020 momentum after the Stockholm-listed online gambling group backed its domestic and international prospects closing year-end trading.  Publishing its Q3 2020 trading update, Betsson recorded group revenues of SEK 1.67 billion (€161m), up 31% on corresponding 2019’s SEK 1.27 billion.   Driving performance, Betsson noted a record 46% increase in active customers across its online …

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ANJ deepens Police cooperation with casino and racetrack security

L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), France’s new unified gambling regulatory authority, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Service Central des Courses et des Jeux (SCCJ) to secure better management and oversight of land-based gambling activities.  The SCCJ, a federal police unit, is responsible for the licensing and conduct supervision of French casino and racetrack venues. Meanwhile, established this June, …

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Giancarlo Sergi: Education is a key factor in combating match-fixing

The most effective way to combat match fixing is to ensure that players are educated on the subject matter and effective prevention measures are in place, according to Giancarlo Sergi, General Secretary, Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS). Taking part in a panel entitled ‘Assessing the impact of the Tennis review of integrity’ on day two of Betting on Sports Europe …

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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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AGCOM fines Google for failing on its ‘Decree duties’

AGCOM, Italy’s federal communications and media agency, has fined ‘Google Ireland Limited’ €100,000 for violating the advertising conditions and responsibilities of Italy’s ‘Dignity Decree’. The agency’s fine follows an inquiry launched last month which looked into Google Ads’ services promoting gambling-related adverts through its Italian search engine and display advertising network. In its notice, AGCOM stated that Google had been …

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BOSE Digital: The growth of esports demands a better standard of product

As the game and data standards become more robust, it is becoming much safer for bookmakers to take bets on the esports market. On a W2-sponsored panel titled ‘Esports – A Safer Bet?’ on day two of Betting on Sports Europe – Digital 2020, panellists discussed whether bookmakers are becoming more comfortable with taking bets on esports. Paris Smith, CEO …

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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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BetVictor and BILD form german power couple with launch of BILDBet

BILD, Germany’s highest-selling newspaper has confirmed that it has entered a ‘strategic brand cooperation’ with Gibraltar bookmaker BetVictor to launch ‘BILDBet’ for Germany’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace. Issuing a corporate statement, Axel Springer SE the publishing group of BILD confirmed that it had formed its strategic partnership with BetVictor, securing a German federal interstate sports betting licence. This October, BetVictor …

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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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