Europe

German states back Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework

The parliament for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed that Germany’s sixteen federal Bundesland (provincial governments) have backed its proposed framework on regulating online gambling services by a majority. German states will back the adoption of the Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework, allowing operators to extend existing igaming licenses until June 30, 2021.  Proposed last March, the Schleswig-Holstein framework will allow …

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UK heavyweights form ‘Responsible Affiliates in Gambling’

New UK industry trade association ‘Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAIG)’ has been formed in recognition of the role ‘affiliate marketing providers must play’ as part of wider UK industry initiatives promoting social responsibility and safer gambling standards. RAIG is founded by leading UK betting affiliate publishers; the Racing Post, Better Collective and Oddschecker, backing the RAIG’s mandate of ‘promoting social …

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Tom Watson demands thorough review into online casino licence holders

The UK Labour Party has emphasised that online casinos which received licences after 2014 should have to reapply for operating licences after it was found by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) that over one third of operators were asked to improve their standards. The party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has penned a letter to both the UKGC CEO Neil McArthur and Jeremy …

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Jaap Kalma to bring blue chip experience to SBC commercial team

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SBC (Sports Betting Community) has confirmed the permanent appointment of Jaap Kalma as Group Chief Commercial Officer. Kalma has been working with SBC for the past four months in an interim role as Business Development Director overseeing the growth into the sports sponsorship industry, having already partnered with SBC to launch the SBC Sponsorship Forum at last year’s Betting on …

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Ross Haselhurst, Bede Gaming: Rising above the noise in fast-growing Spanish market

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Having received full licensing from the Spanish gambling regulator (DGOJ), Bede Gaming kick-started 2019 with a concerted expansion in the country. We caught up with Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director at Bede Gaming, to discuss why Spain is “well primed” to provide players with a richer gaming experience, positioning Bede as the “safest place to play”, and strengthening its market presence …

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Winning Post – PASPA… One year on

A year following PASPA’s downfall, Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners details why the US market has delivered in value and expectations for all betting incumbents… ________________ A year on from the Supreme Court’s historic overturning of PASPA and there are no suggestions so far that expectations will be disappointed. On a run rate basis, the US sports betting market has …

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FAI investigates suspicious betting on Irish football matches

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) are set to investigate this weekend’s League of Ireland First Division match between Cobh Ramblers vs Limerick FC in relation to suspicious betting. A 3-2 victory for underdogs Limerick has been placed under scrutiny with regards to betting activity witnessed on a market that is reported to have attracted ‘significant volume’ for an encounter that …

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ASA places more focus on consumer protection

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) has hit a new high with the number of withdrawn or amended ads, as revealed in a newly published annual report. Online advertisements have outnumbered television adverts by almost three to one. While new projects to be undertaken by both organisations, as part of a new five year …

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Retail pro Lynne Weedall joins William Hill advisory

FTSE betting group William Hill Plc has moved to strengthen its corporate governance advisory, confirming the appointment of Lynne Weedall as a new Independent Non-Executive Director. A figurehead in UK retail and leisure, Weedall is an expert in human resources and corporate transformation strategies for large scale enterprises. During her thirty-year executive career, Weedall has led HR and group operations …

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Playtech to power RETAbet casino drive

Playtech Plc has become lead online casino platform and live table games supplier for Spanish online bookmaker RETAbet (Retabet.es). RETAbet is the online sportsbook property of Basque country gambling group Euskal Kirol Apostuak SA, which has sanctioned Playtech to boost RETAbet’s online casino capacity. The partnership sees Playtech provide RETAbet with a tailored casino suite featuring the technology firm’s high-performance gaming …

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