Europe

Neil McArthur: Finance industry has a key role to play in player protection

Neil McArthur, the chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has urged the UK finance industry to join a ‘multi-sector collaborative approach’ to tackle gambling-related harms, stating that ‘there is always more that can be done’ to protect vulnerable customers. Building on the previous efforts to ban gambling with credit cards, the UKGC CEO addressed the ‘important role’ that …

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Betfair warns ADM of Italian exit should turnover taxes continue unadjusted 

Marcello Minenna, the new Director-General of Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency, has been urged to exclude horseracing and licensed betting exchanges from Italy’s new blanket 0.5% turnover tax increase which will be enforced across all wagering verticals – retail, digital and virtual sports.   Italian betting’s latest tax increase was authorised this summer after the Parliament approved a set of …

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Betting on Sports Europe – Digital unveils high-level speaker line-up

Betting on Sports Europe - Digital

The Betting on Sports Europe – Digital conference and exhibition will feature one of the highest level speaker line-ups the industry has seen, with senior executives and specialists from Betsson, Danske Spil, FIFA, GVC, Kaizen Gaming, Kindred Group, Pinnacle, and Superbet among those set to take part. The agenda for the event on 21 – 22 October tackles head on …

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Lockdown 2.0 – are you prepared if we lose live sports again?

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Uncertain times remain as we enter the final quarter of 2020, and the sports betting industry is fully aware that further lockdowns could follow as the number of COVID-19 cases start to climb sharply. We asked four key industry stakeholders about the lessons learned from lockdown earlier this year and how operators should prepare themselves in the event of future …

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BGC: Merseyside closures ‘hugely disappointing’ 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has expressed its disappointment over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decisions to close betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres across Merseyside. During an address to the nation last night, Johnson outlined a new nationwide three tier system to combat the rising spread of COVID-19, which is expected to come into force from tomorrow.  Responding …

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Leadstar launches ApostasBrasil.com to advance LatAm profile

Leadstar Media has continued to expand its international footprint after announcing the launch of dedicated Brazilian sports betting portal – ApostasBrasil.com (BrazilBets.com). Marked as a key strategic launch, ApostasBrasil.com will serve as Leadstar’s flagship property for the imminent launch of Brazil’s regulated online gambling marketplace, expected in 2021 (dependent on regulatory developments). ApostasBrasil.com is Leadstar’s second Portuguese language website following …

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Cardiff City names 888Sport as training kit sponsor

888 Holdings flagship sportsbook brand 888Sport has bolstered its network of football partners after confirming that it has signed a new partnership with Cardiff City. Under the terms of the agreement, 888Sport will become the club’s first training wear sponsor and global betting partner for the remainder of the current 2020/21 season.  888 SVP head of B2C Guy Cohen said: “We’re …

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FA stands by ‘golden share’ to thwart Premier League power grab

The Times has reported that the FA is willing to implement a ‘golden share’ in a move to block Premier League giants from pursuing a radical overhaul of English football’s competition and reward structures. Dominating this weekend’s football headlines, the Daily Telegraph published its exclusive report outlining the objectives and changes that had been drafted by the owners of Liverpool …

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BHA calls for evidence-based approach to betting shop closures

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has called upon the government to make a ‘fully evidence-based decision’ on potential betting shop closures and to consider the financial ramification that such measures can have on the betting and racing industry. Speaking ahead of announcements due to be made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening, the BHA has issued a statement which …

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Dunder confirms full UK exit by end of October

Malta-based online casino operator Dunder (Dunder.com) has confirmed that it will exit the UK’s online gambling marketplace by the end of October trading. The online casino operated by Malta gaming group MT SecureTrade issued a statement to its players and media partners outlining that it would begin a ‘phased close down’ of its UK operations, ceasing operations by the end …

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