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Wycombe footballer suspended after placing 183 bets

Wycombe Wanderers’ forward Scott Kashket has been sanctioned with a two month suspension and £3446 fine after he admitted placing 183 bets on football matches. Kashket had been charged by the Football Association (FA) last month following a period between 2014 and 2016, during his time at Leyton Orient, in which the bets had been made. Kashket lost a total of £1,067.75 …

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Camelot enters next phase of retail training initiative

Following a two-year research and development period, National Lottery operator Camelot has entered the next phase of its ‘Being A Responsible Retailer: Supporting Healthy Play’ retailer training. This next phase will offer Camelot retail partners access to face-to-face refresher training together with a new ‘Supporting Healthy Play’ leaflet outlining some key aspects of the training. Camelot’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, …

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Gambling-related harm APPG outlines 2020 strategy

The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) has outlined its 2020 strategy, as it continues to campaign for a reduction in gambling related harm. Carolyn Harris MP was re-elected as Chair of the Group. The Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Lord Foster and Sammy Wilson MP were also elected as Vice-Chairs of …

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UKGC faces pressure to release Betway ownership details

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is facing pressure to reveal the details of Betway’s ownership, with the Daily Mail claiming the operator’s ownership structure is lacking transparency. Betway has recently come under fire from some anti-gambling campaigners regarding its use of gambling incentives. According to the UKGC, however, UK licence holders are required to provide detailed information to the regulator …

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Fitzdares to pay out on Liverpool Premier League win

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has vowed to pay out all bets placed on Liverpool winning the Premier League this season, on the condition that the Merseyside team beat both Wolves and West Ham. Fitzdares has said that it will pay out all bets on 1 February, as Liverpool looks to be on track to win its first title since 1990. The …

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Neil McArthur – Industry cannot disconnect from its consumer responsibilities

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has challenged UK betting leadership to improve all-round consumer protections in 2020 or face further regulatory consequences. McArthur addressed an audience of industry leaders and wider stakeholders at yesterday’s ‘CMS Gambling Conference’ in London, in which he underlined the UKGC’s obligation of protecting consumers first and foremost. A stern McArthur opened …

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Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming

Over recent years, the UK racing sector has faced a number of difficulties including cuts to funding, concerns over age-verification measures and engagement with a wider audience. Speaking to Ben Keith, Owner of Star Sports, at Betting on Sports he explained that the on-course sector is doing everything it can to prevent under-aged gambling. He said: “I don’t really think …

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How sports betting operators can attract slot players with TVBET games

Sports betting operators now exist in a world where the player has the freedom to select from hundreds of online options, writes Peter Korpusenko, CEO at TVBET.  This choice might be based on the odds attached to betting selections, the layout of the site, proprietary features, or even the IT capacity behind the whole operation. However you look at it, …

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FSB selects Rob Wheeler as new Business Development Director

Industry platform provider FSB has strengthened its leadership team by confirming that Rob Wheeler has joined the company as its new Business Development Director. The new appointment is hoped to help support FSB’s global expansion, with further senior appointments due to be announced in due course. Commenting on his new role, Wheeler said: “I’m delighted to have joined FSB at …

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‘There’s still more to be done’ to address gender pay gap says BHA

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has said that ‘there’s still more to be done’ when it comes to closing the gender pay gap, as the racing body published its gender pay figures for 2019. The figures have shown a mean gender pay gap of 17% and a median gap of 9%, which the BHA has lauded as an ‘improvement’ from …

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