Europe

BetVictor strengthens board with Luke Alvarez appointment

Vegas Kings

BetVictor has strengthened its senior board after confirming the appointment of Luke Alvarez as its Chairman from 1st December 2018. With a proven track record of leading global technology, media and telecommunication (TMT) companies over a 28 year career, including 18 years in regulated gaming and sports, the hiring of Alvarez significantly strengthens the BetVictor board. Alvarez joins BetVictor Limited during …

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Irish Dáil to review IBA backed betting tax proposals

The Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) is set to review a proposal to replace the Treasury approved ‘doubling of betting turnover duty’ – inbound for January 2019. Independent Kerry province TD Michael Healy-Rae has proposed a number of alternative amendments to the Finance Bill which are set to be debated later this week. The amendments, which are backed by the Irish …

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PGA Tour tasks IMG Arena with delivering ‘innovative and safe’ betting content

IMG Arena, the newly formed ‘betting innovation division‘ of leading global sports agency IMG announces its first comprehensive data partnership with golf’s PGA Tour. Securing a multi-year partnership, IMG Arena becomes the lead distributor of PGA Tour (US + North American golf) data to sports’ media, news, betting and entertainment organisations worldwide. Further commercial provisions, see IMG Arena become the …

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Peter Schmeichel: “Gambling can be a little fun as long as people are wary”

Schmeichel

Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel will be co-hosting this year’s SBC Awards alongside Kirsty Gallacher on Tuesday 4 December. Just a few weeks before the event, which returns to The Artillery Garden at the HAC, we caught up with him to discuss his dalliance with the gambling industry through Tipico, the size of the market in his native Denmark, and a …

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The Biggest Miss: How Sweden might inadvertently create a black market for betting

SafeEnt

Ismail Vali, Senior Consultant for iGaming Leaders, delivers a two-part explanation about how operators in Sweden have been forced to act upon regulatory changes that are only vaguely specified but affect the day-to-day operational realities of running a sportsbook. The lack of clarity provided by the Lotteriinspektionen has led Vali, who authored the recent Bricks vs Clicks article and a …

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Sportium CEO Alberto Eljarrat seeks to deliver ‘new horizons’ for Spanish racing

Grupo Cirsa and Ladbrokes Spanish sportsbook joint-venture Sportium continues its commitment to modernizing Spanish horseracing, announcing that it has secured an exclusive partnership with ‘Gran Hipódromo Dos Hermanas’ – Andalucía’s biggest and most prestigious racetrack. The agreement sees Sportium become the lead betting services supplier to Apuesta Hípica y Deportiva Iberia (AHD Iberia), the province’s sole racetrack operator. Moving forward, …

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OPTIMA picks up Rising Star prize at the LinkedIn Talent Awards

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Sports betting and gaming solutions provider OPTIMA has been crowned by LinkedIn – the world’s largest professional networking site, as the firm’s Rising Star in Spain. The recognition came as part of the LinkedIn Talent Awards, which are awarded to companies based on their utilization of LinkedIn solutions and activities across the platform. OPTIMA was selected for the award based …

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UKGC seeks ‘fresh ideas’ for National Lottery 2023 concession

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) seeks fresh ideas, new innovations and modern customer experiences, to revamp the National Lottery. Last week, the UKGC confirmed that it was seeking bidders for its National Lottery 2023 concession, challenging current incumbent Camelot Group Plc, who have operated the lottery since its inception in 1994. To date, Camelot details that it has raised £38 …

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Better Collective stresses importance of responsible gambling

Better Collective, a leading developer of educational platforms in igaming, has stressed the importance of responsible gambling in a recent interview with CasinoBeats. Representing the firm, Philip Lach, Director of Group Brand Sites at Better Collective, proposed plans to class gambling more as entertainment, as opposed to simply a moneymaker.   He said: “There’s a large number of things the …

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DAZN eyes further European market expansions in 2019

The recently rebranded and restructured DAZN Group, has confirmed that it will launch its OTT services for the Spanish market in early 2019. The OTT technology group, which seeks to become the ‘Netflix of Sports’, details that it will make its Spanish debut securing the streaming rights for English Premier League (EPL) matches and MotoGP racing – highly popular content …

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