Europe

BGC: Betting retail reopening ‘great news’ for industry and economy

 Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has described the reopening of the retail betting sector as ‘great news’ for both the industry and the UK economy. Under the UK government’s four-stage plan for the easing of national lockdown restrictions in England and Wales, around 6,000 retail bookmakers will unlock their doors and resume trading for the first time …

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Betsson gains a Big Bola kick-start to its Mexico ambitions

Betsson AB continues its South American expansion agreeing to form a strategic joint-venture with Mexico’s Big Bola Casinos. The Stockholm-listed online gambling group has announced that Big Bola, one of Mexico’s fourteen federally approved SEGOB gambling operators, will carry its new ‘Betsson Mexico’ sports betting and igaming brand. Big Bola is recognised as one of Mexico’s leading gambling groups, operating …

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GambleAware: Government must clear gambling disorders social hurdles

GambleAware has published its response to the UK government’s call for evidence in its ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Trustees of the charity have urged DCMS to continue to maintain a concentrated focus on combatting and reducing the social impacts of problem gambling on UK society. Noting the impact on the public resources of healthcare, criminal justice, welfare …

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Smarkets builds on Cheltenham success at Aintree

Rachael Blackmore was not the only one who set records at the Aintree Grand National this weekend, as Smarkets recorded a 21% increase in betting volume from 2019. A total of £92.8 million was traded on the platform in comparison to the 2019 figure of £76.5 million, and the 2018 earnings of £57.4 million, whilst from Thursday to Saturday over …

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Evolution progresses with €450m takeover of Big Time Gaming

Evolution Gaming Group AB has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Time Gaming for a total cash bid of up to €450 million. Identified as a ‘thought leader in online slots,’ the acquisition of Big Time Gaming will enable Evolution to take advantage of popular titles such as Bonanza and Extra Chilli as well as the Game Mechanic Megaways, …

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SISAL makes a late call to join National Lottery pursuit  

SISAL, the operator of Italy’s Superenalotto lottery, has entered the competition to win the UK government’s fourth National Lottery licence.  This weekend, SISAL confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that it was preparing to launch its bid, backed by US private equity fund CVC Capital Partners. SISAL Chief Executive Francesco Durante revealed that the Italian heritage gambling group had partnered with …

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How Swish Analytics is boosting Sky Bet’s player engagement with top US sports

Swish Analytics

Swish Analytics, a leading US-based data and odds provider, has continued its partnership with UK gambling operator Sky Bet to drive expansion of the Request-A-Bet offering across the top four sports leagues in the US – the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL.   Swish’s Pre-built Accumulators and Bet Request products have allowed Sky Bet to exponentially expand its Request-A-Bet offerings and …

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BetBuilder: The perfect entertainment backup for Euro 2020

BetBuilder

We sat down with Malte Hegeler, Head of Product Development at OddsMatrix – the sportsbook platform for EveryMatrix. He explained how he sees the development of sports betting and the technology behind it in a future shaped by accelerated digitalisation. SBC: It’s been more than a year since the pandemic took the world by surprise, changing so many things including …

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UK Ministers to launch Football Index probe

UK government Ministers are reportedly planning to launch an investigation into the collapse of ‘football player trading exchange’ Football Index. The Times reported that legislators are ‘deeply concerned’ by the collapse of the operator, after users lost over £100 million following its crash into insolvency. “This case further reinforces the need for our comprehensive review of gambling laws,” a government …

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ESIC responds to ‘false narratives’ on its relationship with betting

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has declared that it carries no special interests for the sports betting sector, maintaining its independence as an organisation strengthening all esports integrity dynamics. This weekend, ESIC issued its statement ‘to clear false narratives’ regarding recent legislative developments related to the US market, its relationship with games developers and its duties policing integrity matters. “Whilst …

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