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Talk to Frank… Paddy Power launches first sitcom series ‘The Mascot’

Keeping audiences entertained during lockdown, Paddy Power has become the first bookmaker to launch a comedy mini-sitcom series titled ‘The Mascot’, which will be broadcast across its social media profile.  The four-part sitcom scripted by Noel Slevin and Steven Quick of Paddy Power’s Social Media team follows ‘Frank the Dinosaur’, the former disgraced mascot of Basildon Athletic FC.  The Mascot …

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GambleAware calls for collaboration to expand National Gambling Treatment Service

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GambleAware has called for ‘continued collaboration’ between the industry, treatment providers, healthcare agencies and local authorities to ensure ‘the success and expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service’. In an open letter in response to the House of Lords Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee, the charity clarified the overall structure of the organisation and addressed any …

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Werner Becher – Sportradar goes big on Simulated Reality to re-energise betting market

Last week, Sportradar announced the launch of ‘Simulated Reality’, which offers clients a new sports betting category matching real-life sports engagements. Speaking exclusively to SBC, Werner Becher, Sportradar Managing Director for US Betting, outlined the journey to launch and tech capacity for Simulated Reality – a product arriving at the most critical time for the industry. ______________ SBC: Can you explain …

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GVC in ‘robust’ position after halving COVID losses to £50m a month

GVC Holdings has predicted that EBITDA could fall by £50m per month, a figure significantly smaller than the initial £100m predicted in March. The drop comes after the gambling group has continued to initiate a number of mitigating actions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. GVC estimated the average monthly cash outflow would be limited to approximately £15m per month, …

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Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has revealed that this weekend’s ‘Virtual Grand National’ (Saturday 4 April) raised ‘over £2.6 million’ in donations for NHS charities. The BGC said the event to replace UK racing’s marquee meeting was as an ‘unbridled success’, and was left delighted with the level of public engagement which saw a reported 4.8 million viewers tune-in to …

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UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that it has suspended two operator licences with immediate effect for failing to fully integrate the GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme. Earlier this year, the UKGC notified all online operators that participating in GAMSTOP by 31 March was a requirement of their licence conditions and social responsibility code provision 3.5.5. The suspended incumbents are Dynamic, …

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Kindred suspends dividend payouts to protect company’s liquidity

Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has reported a strong start to 2020 trading as part of a corporate update on COVID-19 developments but has been forced to suspend dividend payments as a result of the outbreak. Despite facing unprecedented circumstances, Kindred has forecasted group gross win revenues within the £247-252 million range, maintaining growth against Q1 2019’s £225 million.  This is …

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Smarkets tips Starmer as new Labour Leader

There’s just one day left until the Labour leadership vote is concluded, and betting exchange Smarkets has said that Sir Keir Starmer is ‘effectively guaranteed’ to be the new leader. Starmer, who is currently trading at 99%, has held the lead in the vote since Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would be stepping down. Meanwhile Rebecca Long-Bailey now stands at …

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GVC promotes ‘proven talent’ Hurst to Group Corporate Affairs lead

GVC Holdings has this morning confirmed the promotion of Grainne Hurst to the position of Group Corporate Affairs Director, becoming a member of the FTSE250’s firm’s executive leadership team. Hurst has formerly served as GVC’s Director of Responsible Gambling, a position she held since the Group’s acquisition of the Ladbrokes Coral Group in March 2017, where she led the company’s …

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Cillian Barry: SportCaller – How FTP is adapting to the new world with soft-touch engagement

Cillian Barry, SportCaller’s Managing Director, underlines why free-to-play games (FTP games) can help fill in the void for both sportsbooks and their social responsibility initiatives during the untimely hiatus of global sports disrupting all business components… ___________________ When we eventually look back at this time of tragedy and unsettling uncertainty which has defined the coronavirus pandemic, it seems The Great …

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