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UKGC reports drop in underage gambling but maintains its concerns

Publishing the results of its 2019 Young People & Gambling survey, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has found a decline in participation of gambling activities among 11 -16-year-olds in Great Britain.  The research, carried out by Ipsos MORI, looks at forms of gambling and gambling style games that young people legally take part in along with gambling on age restricted …

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Double zero roulette delivers income gains for Chisholm

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The introduction of double zero roulette has made a “small but definite improvement to gaming machine income” at Chisholm Bookmakers. Three weeks ago, the game was introduced on a trial basis by Howard Chisholm, the bookmaker’s managing director, to offset the huge loss of income as a result of the government reducing max stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) …

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IBIA records ‘significant downturn in alerts’ in Q3 report

Publishing its quarterly report for Q3, the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has noted a ‘significant downturn in alerts’ of suspicious betting activity to the relevant authorities. The IBIA has recorded 50 cases of suspicious betting during Q3, with tennis and football making up 90% of the alerts.  Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the International Betting Integrity Association, stated: “The …

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William Hill announces SBOTY2019 finalists

William Hill has announced the ‘final six’ books and authors that will compete for its ‘Sports Book of the Year’ (SBOTY2019) heritage award, a prize recognised as the most prestigious accolade in English sports literature. The bookmaker’s judging panel, which this year is led by The Times lead football journalist and author Alysson Rudd, has narrowed SBOTY2019’s initial longlist of …

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SIS drives international expansion with Ian Baynes appointment

Racing content and data provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed the appointment of Ian Baynes, who will drive the company’s international expansion strategy through his new role as Commercial Director.  In his new role, Baynes will be responsible for SIS’s Sales function, tasked with increasing the company’s international penetration and commercial revenues, as well as maximising opportunities with existing …

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BetVictor extends Cheltenham Gold Cup sponsorship

Online gambling operator BetVictor will renew its sponsorship of Cheltenham Racecourse’s Gold Cup for a further three years, with the deal expected to run until 2021.   The race, which will be named The BetVictor Gold Cup, takes place during the three-day long November Meeting at Cheltenham racecourse and sees runners compete for prize money worth £160,000.  Matt Scarrott, Director of …

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RCA backs Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The Racecourse Association (RCA) has committed to supporting this year’s Responsible Gambling Week, which is due to take place from 7-13 November.  The RCA’s support of the industry-wide campaign will focus on promoting responsible gambling messages across LED screens on racedays, and publishing information on #RGWeek19 on the course website and across social channels throughout the week.  Paul Swain, the …

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Downes departs Dons following FA charge

English League One side AFC Wimbledon has parted company with manager Wally Downes after he was issued with a four-week suspension from all football-related activity following a breach of betting rules.  Announcing his departure, the club cited that a change of manager was the best route to retaining its upturn of results in recent weeks, whilst Downes has served a suspension.  …

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CheckdMedia CEO Jamie Knowlson on the opportunity for growth and US expansion

SBC spoke to CheckdMedia CEO Jamie Knowlson on how new appointments are positioning the firm for significant growth, also highlighting the ‘once in a generation opportunity’ presented by US regulation. SBC: CheckdMedia is now part of CheckdGroup, what does this mean for the future plans of the business? Jamie Knowlson: We want CheckdGroup to be the leading full-service agency within the …

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Winning Post: What Google giveth, it can taketh away

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners breaks down a week in which Google wades into sports betting advertising in the US, and the scrutiny of safer gambling initiatives in the UK shows no signs of slowing down.  ________________ US: sports betting – still searching for the answer? This year’s G2E set out the stall for sports betting in the US. Optimism …

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