UK

Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance

Gamesys Group has lauded its ability to mitigate COVID-19 complications, implementing ‘more restrictive advertising and bonusing requirements’ across its active European markets domains. Publishing its H1 2020 interim results (period ending 30 June), Gamesys revealed that regulatory headwinds in Sweden had contributed to the decline in revenues, with implications hampering its European operations falling by 4% from £36 million to …

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Leeds United nets record breaking SBOTOP sponsorship for EPL comeback

Isle of Man-based operator Celton Manx has signed a multi-year partnership with Leeds United, with the firm confirming that its sports betting brand SBOTOP will be the Premier League club’s front of shirt sponsor. The sponsorship agreement, which is the largest commercial deal in the club’s history, also sees SBOTOP appear as a sponsor on the club’s official training kit.  …

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Fitzdares to launch Mayfair private members’ club

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has confirmed that it will be launching a permanent private members’ club in the heart of Mayfair. Following a series of pop-up events, including a drive-in Derby and a virtual royal enclosure for Ascot, Fitzdares hopes to give its members a chance to watch live sport ‘in both comfort and luxury’. Discussing the launch of the members’ …

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BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has demanded that the government extend its furlough scheme for casino employees, mitigating the impact of its decision to postpone the reopening of England’s casino venues this August.   Claiming that the maintained closure of casinos risks the UK ‘permanently losing part of its rich tourism and entertainment heritage’, the BGC pointed out that the …

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Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners kicks off the week by breaking down the Social Market Foundation’s pre-review report on the Gambling Act 2005. UK: regulation – Justified and Ancient? SMF is gonna rock you The publication this week of the Social Market Foundation (SMF) pre-review report conducted on the 2005 Gambling Act brought some things old, some things new, some …

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Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments

Sarbjit Bakhshi, Smarkets Head of Politics has joined forces with GVC Holdings counterpart Matt Shaddick to launch ‘Art of the Possible’ (@PossiblePod) – a podcast analysing political betting markets, predictions and further events. Ahead of the US 2020 Election on 3 November, @PossiblePod forms part of the ‘Old Bull’ audio series by the American Civics Exchange, providing its listeners expert …

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Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand

Paddy Power has committed to raising awareness of the charity Missing People by launching a campaign which involves filling a stand at Motherwell with ‘missing’ fans. As Scottish Premiership action returns to the stadium this weekend, Fir Park’s south stand has been filled with 1190 silhouetted cut-outs to represent the thousands of people across the UK that are missing from …

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Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has named Mark Moisley as its new Executive Commercial Director, who will be tasked with overseeing ‘the development and implementation of greyhound racing’s new commercial strategy’. As part of his new role, Moisley will work alongside stadia and stakeholders across the sport to raise the profile of greyhound racing, widen its appeal to …

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Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO

Richard FitzGerald, the chief executive officer of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), has confirmed that he will step down from the position after nearly 12 years in the role. Having joined RMG in 2008, FitzGerald has been responsible for a decade of year-on-year increases in licence fees payable to its racecourse shareholders. In addition, he oversaw the relaunch of Racing UK …

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BGC dismisses ‘arbitrary’ deposit limits in SMF report

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at proposals made by The Social Market Foundation (SMF) which called for new caps on player deposits. The report by the cross-party think-tank claimed that it is ‘inevitable that gamblers will sometimes spend more than they can afford’. In response to the report which was presented to MPs, the BGC highlighted …

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