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Sportech strengthens product and commercial teams with three new hires

International betting technology firm Sportech has confirmed the appointments of Paul Rietdyke, Leon Hosking and Chris Rogers, who will join the group’s product and commercial teams. Rietdyke’s appointment is hoped to ‘elevate clients’ online digital experiences to the next level’ as he joins the company as the new head of product user experience and design. Prior to his new role, …

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FSB names Andrew Bowen as new CFO

Sports betting platform and systems provider FSB has strengthened its leadership team after appointing Andrew Bowen as its new chief financial officer.  Prior to his new role, Bowen has accrued a number of years of senior-level experience in corporate and operational finance across the gambling sectors having previously served as the Finance Director of the eGaming Division at Ladbrokes.  From …

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Marathonbet nets Man City upgrade to become training kit sponsor

Closing 2019, Marathonbet has announced its second major football partnership as the Panserve Ltd online sportsbook subsidiary expands its sponsorship agreement with Premier League champions Manchester City. Upgrading partnership terms, Marathonbet will serve as ‘training kit partner’ of ‘The Citizens’, with the European sportsbook brand appearing on the training shirts for both Manchester City senior men and women’s teams. Expanding its English …

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Betting and Gaming Council names Michael Dugher as new CEO

Former Labour MP and shadow secretary for Culture, Media & Sport Michael Dugher has been confirmed as the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Issuing a market update this afternoon, BGC governance confirmed the appointment of Dugher inbound for Spring 2020, as he departs his current role as Chief Executive to UK Music, the …

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Netflix shows the way for iGaming says BtoBet

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Netflix provides an excellent example of the power of a company with a simple, clear customer strategy and business model adapted for the digital age, according to new insight on the player-first betting experience from BtoBet CMO Sabrina Soldà. Soldà explained that iGaming companies should take note of how Netflix is “redefining the concept of customer centricity through technological innovations”. …

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GambleAware publishes ‘Bristol study’ findings on young gambling trends

The research and findings of the ‘Bristol Children of the 90s’ study will be published and analysed at today’s GambleAware annual conference which focuses on ‘keeping children and the young safe from gambling harms’. The study commissioned by GambleAware and undertaken by Bristol Medical School’s Centre for Child Health measured young gambling interactions by researching audiences aged 17, 20 and …

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GVC’s Mark Chambers to step down

GVC Holdings has confirmed that its Managing Director for retail in the UK and Ireland Mark Chambers will step down from the position in March 2020, due to be succeeded by Andy Hicks. The announcement marks a shake-up for the operator’s retail division, which has already undergone a number of changes due to FOBT legislation and subsequent shop closures. Hicks …

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Ascot ups prize money for Royal Ascot 2020

Ascot Racecourse has confirmed a £765,000 increase in prize money available at Royal Ascot 2020, making the total prize money available £8,095,000. Of the 30 races taking place at the royal meeting, 16 will see an increase in prize money, with no race due to be run for less than £95,000 in 2020 – a £5,000 increase from 2019. Guy …

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New NHS figures shed more light on problem gambling levels

Figures from the latest Health Survey for England show that around 13% of the country’s population engaged in online betting with a bookmaker in 2018, with the percentage of people who had gambled overall dropping to 51%. The Health Survey also measured problem gambling rates using two different measures – DSM-IV and PGSI – both of which recorded rates below …

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Stars Group sanctions full buyout of BetEasy Australia

The Stars Group governance has enforced its majority rights to acquire the remaining 20% shareholding in Australian market subsidiary BetEasy. Issuing a corporate filing, Stars Group confirms that it has agreed with minority investors to purchase BetEasy’s remaining shareholding for AUS $151 million (€93m) – with governance further agreeing to settle AUS $100 million (€60m) in previous performance incentives related …

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