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Digital confidence sees GVC up 2019 profits guidance

A combination of continued online growth and better than expected UK retail performance has allowed FTSE online gambling group GVC Holdings to upgrade its full-year corporate guidance. Citing market share gains across all major territories, the group recorded group ‘pro-forma’ revenues of £1.8 billion up 5% on corresponding H1 2018’s £1.7 billion. During the trading period, GVC’s enlarged multi-regional online …

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Acting Premier League chief executive claims betting attracts viewers 

Richard Masters, Interim Chief Executive of the Premier League, has told BBC Sports’ Dan Roan that he believes betting attracts people to football and has in turn become part of the game.  The revelation comes shortly after Wayne Rooney’s controversial transfer to Derby County, involving betting company 32Red, which concluded with the former England captain being given the number 32 …

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Unibet invests into mental health initiative with Newbury sponsorship

In a move which seeks to improve the accessibility to racing for those suffering with mental health problems, Kindred Group-subsidiary Unibet has confirmed it has made an investment into #GoRacingGreen.  Unibet will invest in the initiative, spearheaded by Debbie Matthews, which will see the duo partner at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 17 August for Unibet Hungerford Day.  #GoRacingGreen aims to: …

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Football integrity trio reports suspicious betting decrease

The ‘Global Football Report 2019’, released today by the working partnership of Stats Perform’s integrity unit, Starlizard Integrity Services and TXODDS, found that matches identified as having suspicious betting patterns decreased from 397 to 377 in the last year.  The report, which aims to provide stakeholders of the sports integrity community with an informative overview of current trends related to suspicious football …

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LeoVegas posts record Q2 revenues despite big market challenges

LeoVegas

LeoVegas said it has found a more balanced geographical mix despite finding the UK market “challenging” and delivering just satisfactory results in Sweden. The operator’s Group CEO Gustaf Hagman said that Q2 2019 was its best quarter ever, with revenues of €94.4 million (up 8 per cent from Q2 2018) contributing to “good underlying growth and profitability” for H1 2019 …

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Trustly study finds 94 per cent support for instant withdrawals

Trustly

94 per cent of players want instant access to their winnings, according to research from Trustly on nine of Europe’s leading countries for online sports betting and gaming. The online payment solutions provider was testing the hypothesis that payments, specifically fast payments, can create player value for a sample size of 1,700 across Spain, Poland, UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, …

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ComeOn launches AI responsible gambling tool

Igaming operator ComeOn has confirmed that it has been working alongside data science specialist neccton to launch a new responsible gaming tool based on artificial intelligence in a bid to help players avoid problem gambling behaviours. The tool has been developed in collaboration with  psychology academics, and ensures that it tracks player data, detects risk patterns, changes in behaviour as …

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Check please… Degree 53 publishes Age ID ‘UX Review’

Industry design, innovation and software development agency Degree 53 has published its latest ‘UX Review’ focusing on evaluating the impact of new age and identity verification processes, enforced by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in May this year. The report assesses how incumbents have approached the challenge of adjusting/addressing to the UKGC’s customer age verification requirements from a customer UX …

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No-deal Brexit ‘is a real risk to racing’ warns Flutter’s Peter Jackson

With only 79 days until the UK is pencilled in to leave the European Union, horse racing stakeholders continue to make preparations in anticipation of potential disruptions to the sport and further impacts on betting markets.  The Financial Times reported this morning that a no-deal Brexit – which at present appears to be the UK’s likely outcome – will threaten …

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JPJ Group navigates UK headwinds as firm prepares for Gamesys enlargement

The governance of London-listed JPJ Group Plc maintains confidence in the firm’s future prospects, as the company moves to fully integrate operating partner Gamesys, enlarging its commercial capacity. Publishing its interim H1 2019 trading update (period ending 30 June), JPJ records a 14% increase in corporate revenues to £170 million (H12018: £149 million), driven by the ‘strong organic growth’ of …

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