Europe

Irish bookmakers to close their doors as racing continues in new lockdown

After confirmation that the country would be entering a six-week lockdown, Irish bookmakers will close their doors to the public, with horse racing and greyhound racing exempt from the new measures. The measures, which will see the entire country enter Level 5 lockdown protocols, will affect more than 800 betting shops across Ireland – a move which BoyleSports has said …

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Top five by 2024? RTSmunity tracks the growth of esports betting

RTSmunity

The overall esports betting market size is projected to double in 2020, from $7 to $14 billion, but how does this total number translate to both gross gaming revenues (GGR) and profits for esports operators?  Writing for the latest issue of SBC Magazine, Ondřej Šilhavý from RTSmunity said that the GGR generated by esports betting globally – tracking at $343 …

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Trustly: What do you need to know about Open Banking in the UK?

Open Banking

Open Banking, as the name would suggest, is a directive designed to ‘open up’ banking data by forcing the UK’s nine biggest banks to release their data in a secure, standardised form so that it can be shared online more easily. It brings more competition and innovation to financial services, which in turn leads to better products for customers to …

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Fabio Schiavolin: Resilience in a time of uncertainty

COVID has undoubtedly had far-reaching implications for the betting industry across the world, putting a halt on live sporting events and – according to Fabio Schiavolin, Chief Executive of Snaitech – accelerating the migration of customers from retail to online betting. Delivering his keynote speech on day one of Betting on Sports Europe – Digital 2020, Schiavolin touched on a …

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Liverpool and Manchester United in discussions to join new European Premier League

Liverpool and Manchester United are taking part in negotiations to join a new European Super League, according to reports. Earlier this month, the top flight duo were spearheading a campaign, titled ‘Project Bigger Picture’, to reform the Premier League. The new campaign would have axed two teams from the league, giving the ‘big six’ “enhanced voting rights”. However, this was …

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William Hill delivers on group-wide recovery as US takeover priorities loom

William Hill has stated that it is tracking ‘solid progress across all divisions’, as the FTSE betting group returns all operating units to robust trading during a transformative Q3 period. Publishing its Q3 trading update for the 13 week period to 29 September 2020, William Hill noted an ‘encouraging’ performance across all verticals, particularly highlighting growth across its ‘online international’ …

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Tier 3 restrictions in Greater Manchester close the region’s betting shops

After several days of negotiations between local leaders and Downing Street, Greater Manchester has become the latest city to enter a tier 3 lockdown, forcing betting shops and casinos across the region to close their doors. The lockdown measures, which come into force at 00:01am on Friday, will be imposed by the government after discussions over financial support for local …

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Buzz Bingo appoints Harry Lang as marketing lead

Buzz Bingo has confirmed the appointment of Harry Lang as its new Marketing Director, leading the brand development and customer acquisition campaigns of the UK’s biggest bingo operator. A 15-year industry executive, Lang has led the marketing strategy and delivery for numerous tier-1 igaming brands including WMS Interactive, bwin.party, Mecca Bingo, Foxy Bingo and Pinnacle Sports. Lang joins Buzz Bingo’s …

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Betting on Sports Europe – Digital to provide 2020’s best learning opportunity for industry executives

Betting on Sports Europe - Digital

This week’s Betting on Sports Europe – Digital conference and expo is set to be 2020’s best opportunity for the senior management teams of sports betting operators, affiliates, suppliers, and regulators to learn from each other about the issues shaping the future of the industry.   The free-to-attend virtual event on 21 – 22 October features an agenda with more than …

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BGC slams ‘unfair and unnecessary’ betting shop closures

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the Business Secretary Alok Sharma to block the ‘unfair and unnecessary’ closure of betting shops and casinos across the country, citing concerns over potential mass job losses. Across Lancashire and Liverpool, and soon to include Wales and potentially Greater Manchester, betting shops have been included in the list of businesses having to …

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