Europe

EC investigates Bundesland casino tax regimes

The European Commission has confirmed this week that it will investigate German state regulatory frameworks attached to land-based casino taxation policy to assess whether certain tax grants favour state-owned operators. Confirming its investigation, the EC details that it has received several complaints branding Bundesland (German state) tax grants and guarantees offered to ‘public casinos’ as forms of state aid, breaching …

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Purebred Arabian racing to be integrated into British calendar

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has teamed up with The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) to further integrate Purebred Arabian (PA) racing into the British racing calendar in 2020. The integration will see a standardisation of regulatory practices within PA racing with thoroughbred racing and follows approval from British racing’s Executive Committee and the BHA Board. Charles Gregson, ARO Chairman commented: …

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STS gets green light to expand into UK

Building on its European and global expansion strategies, STS has been given the green light by the UK Gambling Commission to provide services across the UK, based on an ‘independent licence’. The expansion into the UK will make STS the first Polish bookmaking business to secure a licence in the regulated UK gambling market, having already secured licences in Germany, Iceland, …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – The future is within the industry’s power!

For the first time that I can recall, all four major UK political parties have featured gambling reform within their respective General Election manifestos. As a result, it’s clear that, regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s voting, the industry’s regulatory landscape will experience some fundamental change in the not too distant future. Online is the clearly declared focus but the …

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Oskar Mühlbach chosen as Raketech CEO

Online affiliate and content marketing provider Raketech has named its chief operating officer Oskar Mühlbach as the new President and CEO, taking over from Michael Holmberg with immediate effect. Mühlbach has played a pivotal role in developing the company’s strategy for future expansion. Prior to his time with Raketech, Mühlbach held a three year tenure at Mr Green, having served …

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Weather betting with 1xBet: Not just a Christmas market

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1xBet has added a new betting market to its portfolio as the operator continues to develop new markets that might appeal to a wider demographic than the regular sports offering.  In the UK, betting what the weather will be like on Christmas Day has been a traditional betting market for decades, but 1xBet is now offering year-round weather markets to …

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Luckbox launches Abios powered ‘comprehensive data widget’

Esports wagering platform Luckbox has announced the launch of further player engagement functionalities with lead esports data partner Abios. New platform developments see Luckbox launch a new ‘stats widget’ powered by Abios, allowing Luckbox players to view esports team performance and stats over the past twelve months. Abios stats will be displayed as a percentage to give players more information …

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EU betting market grows as punters switch to mobile betting

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has revealed an 11% growth in the online gambling market across Europe, with the UK accounting for 32.4% of the market. According to market data published by the EGBA in partnership with H2 Gambling Capital, the market expansion saw gross gaming revenue rise from 2017’s €20m to €22.2m year-on-year. Maarten Haijer, secretary general …

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GVC appoints ‘digital pro’ Jette Nygaard-Andersen as corporate advisor

FTSE gambling group GVC Holdings has bolstered its corporate governance capacity, confirming the appointment of Jette Nygaard-Andersen as an Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect. A 20-year executive in media, entertainment and digital enterprise, Nygaard-Andersen is the former VP and Chief Executive of Stockholm-listed media conglomerate Modern Times Group’s EMEA division. Recognised as one of Scandinavian businesses top digital executives, …

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Kindred Group strengthens EFDN partnership

Kindred Group has been named as the first commercial Community Partner of the European Football Development Network (EFDN), which will see the two ‘promote the power of football as a tool for social development.’ The announcement comes as the betting and gaming group builds upon its initial agreement made in Spring 2019, which saw Kindred sponsor EFDN’s ‘Active Fans’ programme. …

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