Europe

UKGC seeks wide business input on National Lottery contract

Addressing an audience of executives at the ‘Media & Telecoms 2019 & Beyond’ event in London, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Neil McArthur has urged media, technology, telecoms and publishing stakeholders to offer vital input on the next National Lottery licence. In 2019, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) working alongside the UKGC will launch the initial framework …

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Rafi Ashkenazi: Stars Group will take advantage of UK disruption

Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive of the Stars Group Inc, has stated that effective integration of Sky Betting and Gaming (SBG) assets will simply lead to an enlarged Stars Group taking a larger market share of UK gambling. During the close of 2018, all listed gambling operators detailed tough trading, adjusting to new UK market conditions. For Ashkenazi, this represents the …

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AC Milan legend Franco Baresi to open Betting on Football 2019

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Legendary AC Milan and Italy central defender Franco Baresi has been confirmed as the star name to open this month’s Betting on Football conference. It is fitting that the sixth edition of the event, held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, will be opened by Baresi – a footballer that performed for AC Milan with such distinction that …

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Joe Petyt, Sky Bet: Taking a step forward from the defensive stance to VAR

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Amidst all the excitement, or intrigue, that surrounds the role of the video assistant referee (VAR) – particularly ahead of its impending introduction to the Premier League – bookmakers have so far been forced to take a defensive stance to the detriment of the customer experience. However, after a World Cup which passed “largely free of VAR incidents”, the bookmakers …

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Irish Finance Minister disregards lottery betting worries

Claims that lottery betting could be a detriment to the Irish national lottery have been dismissed by the Irish Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, who cited a lack of evidence. Speaking in response to a Parliamentary question, Donohoe stated that he does not believe that there is “any evidence of a significant impact on the national lottery arising from online …

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Sampedro Investor dispute continues to hurt Codere

The battle between Grupo Codere investors and the enterprise founding Sampedro family intensifies as former Group President and Chief Executive Jose Antonio Sampedro refuses to sign-off the firm’s 2018 accounts. The embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling group, sees itself caught in the middle of boardroom feud between the Sampedro family who maintain 19% of the company’s shareholding and Codere’s multiple US …

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EveryMatrix confirms David Schjelde appointment

David Schjelde is set to rejoin EveryMatrix, after being appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for the industry platform and technology services provider. Schjelde will be tasked with overseeing the supplier’s Bucharest division, while optimising the company’s financial performance for its business units, including its flagship product CasinoEngine. Ebbe Groes, Chief Executive at EveryMatrix, commented on the reappointment: “Further expanding …

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BetBright ceases operations “on a permanent basis” following 888 takeover

Following its acquisition by operator 888 Holdings earlier this week, Irish betting operator BetBright has ceased its gambling operations to customers “on a permanent basis”, according to a statement on the platform’s website. Customers will still be able to gain access to BetBright accounts for a period of 30 days which will allow for the withdrawal of funds or winnings. …

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Paddy Power Betfair looks to rename to reflect growing brand portfolio

Bookmaker group Paddy Power Betfair has released a proposition to rebrand the group as Flutter Entertainments in a bid to reflect the group’s growing brand portfolio. In a release of the group’s preliminary full-year 2018 results, the group outlined that its recent merger and acquisition drive meant that a rebrand would be essential in order to represent its global range. …

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New Malta hub to power William Hill’s ‘digital multi-market’ vision

FTSE250 bookmaker William Hill will move to a new multi-brand operating structure, focusing on delivering long-term international digital growth, led by new asset Mr Green’s Malta hub. Operating an expanded portfolio which has absorbed the brands of Mr Green, RedBet and further acquired igaming domains, William Hill has established a new Malta ‘integrated team’ leading expansions across established European and …

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