Europe

Horseracing prize money facing cuts as levy drops £17m

British horseracing stakeholders have had to urgently initiate a plan of action following the recent Horserace Betting Levy Board’s (HBLB) announcement that estimated Levy income for the year ended 31st March 2019 will be some £78m, a fall of £17m from last year. News of the fall in yield were presented to racing’s HBLB representatives, Andy Clifton from the Racecourse …

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EU member states ratify Macolin Convention for 1 September 2019

The Council of Europe (CoE) has this afternoon confirmed that the mandate of the ‘Macolin Convention’ on the manipulation of sports will be enforced from 1 September 2019. Established in 2014, the Macolin Convention seeks to develop an EU member-wide cooperative framework to eliminate all-levels of sports corruption/manipulation, through information sharing and data exchange. Furthermore, the Macolin Convention seeks to …

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Technology catch up drives huge African opportunity says BtoBet

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African countries combine to form an “interesting betting market” that is marked by an “exponential growth” in technology, according to a new industry report from BtoBet. ‘Francophone Handbook: Augmenting user experience through tailored content‘, provides operators with essential data and statistics for the region’s 26 countries in regards to internet and smartphone penetration, mobile internet usage, the local population’s access …

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Romain Vez hired as Genius Sports’ global basketball lead

Genius Sports has appointed Romain Vez to head up the company’s global basketball strategy, significantly enhancing the data supplier’s senior team. Vez will be tasked with overseeing the management and expansion of Genius Sports’ partnerships with over 250 basketball leagues and federations worldwide. Commenting on his new position, Vez stressed: “Genius Sports has an unrivalled reputation for delivering major digital …

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Bojoko.com focus sees Good Game Ltd offload esports portal Eurheilu.com

Industry affiliate marketing publisher, Good Game Limited has confirmed that it has sold esports news portal Eurheilu.com to Esports Media Solutions for an undisclosed sum. Updating the market, Good Game Limited details that it has undertaken the transaction to focus on managing flagship online casino community – Bojoko.com. Launched in 2016, Eurheilu.com is a dedicated Finnish language esports portal, featuring daily …

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Coral continues with ‘Sports Rodstein’ as lead advertising campaign

Coral (GVC Holdings) will continue to use Sports Rodstein as its lead UK advertising campaign, as the bookmaker launches two new TV adverts this weekend. Launched in May last year ahead of the FIFA World Cup, Sports Rodstein was the first campaign developed by Alpha Century as Coral’s new creative marketing agency. The campaign sees Hollywood actor and comedian Danny McBride reprise the …

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Gbet: Where KYC is a self-imposed standard not a regulatory obligation

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‘Know your customer’ is a phrase that almost always applies in the betting space to the person at the sharp end of the betting equation, namely the punter placing the bet. But it has equal if not greater importance further up the supply chain, especially if you’re a bespoke software supplier to those wanting to establish or enhance their sports …

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UKGC fines a “timely reminder” of AML stance, says Credas

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The penalty charges handed down by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) this week “won’t be the last of this size” according to Rhys David, CEO of Credas, who said the fines serve as a “timely reminder” of the regulator’s stance towards substandard anti-money laundering (AML) safeguards. The reaction of Credas – a provider of identity verification technology – came in …

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Spillemyndigheden establishes new whistleblower scheme

The Danish industry regulator, Spillemyndigheden, has reached out to employees of gambling operators who wish to report evidence of money laundering in the gambling industry through the establishment of a new whistleblower scheme. Spillemyndigheden has detailed that employees can report a company’s violation or potential violation of the anti-money laundering legislation to the regulator via a dedicated, anonymous contact form …

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ARC purchases 45% share in i-neda

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has purchased a 45 per cent stake in i-neda Limited which will see them become an equal shareholder in the business alongside Dermot Desmond. The purchase is set to complement ARC’s position in the British horse racing industry, with i-neda set to offer a wealth of experience in developing betting and wagering technology. Kevin Robertson, ARC …

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