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ASA clears Betfair advertisement of being irresponsible

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has cleared a TV ad for Betfair after concerns were raised over whether the decision to focus upon the excitement of a betting experience could be deemed irresponsible. The ad in question, broadcast on 11 November 2018, showed a young man checking his mobile phone while walking down the pavement and going through what appeared …

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BHA plans Board changes amid need to improve industry collaboration

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will be making changes to its Board composition, in a bid to increase industry involvement among its members. It comes as a move to improve its decision-making process at the BHA, including the ways in which it consults both the racing industry and wider stakeholders, in addition to strengthening collaboration between the sport’s leadership and …

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MansionBet sponsors Matchroom Boxing hot UK prospects

Gibraltar-based online betting group MansionBet has announced its official sponsorship of unbeaten British boxing prospects Anthony Fowler and Jordan Gill. The sportsbook’s branding will make its first appearance as a sponsor on 2 March as Gill faces Emmanuel Dominguez for the vacant WBA International Featherweight title – followed by the highly anticipated all British affair on 30 March, when Anthony …

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GamCare looks to invest in computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

National problem gambling support charity, GamCare, has released an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the provision of computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) software, tailored to those requiring the support services offered by GamCare. The charity’s face-to-face, online and telephone treatment services, which come in addition to the National Gambling HelpLine and NetLine, are largely focused upon CBT practices. The new software …

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Arc takes a firm stance on prize-money position

Arena Racecourse Company (ARC) has responded to threats of further boycotts from trainers over the cuts to prize-money contributions, by pointing out that the racing group will not be changing its position. The group’s CEO, Martin Cruddace, was on hand at Lingfield this Saturday to observe the Betway Winter Derby card. The meeting had been reduced from seven to five …

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The Senet Group: UK gambling responsible strategy needs collective business input

Industry independent watchdog The Senet Group has published its response to the UKGC’s stakeholder consultation on developing new policy initiatives/directives for the ‘National Responsible Gambling Strategy – NRGS’. Seeking to develop a new cooperative framework, the UKGC’s three-year national strategy will primarily focus on i) reducing gambling harms, ii) expanding stakeholder cooperation, iii) improving UK health and community networks’ knowledge and …

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Rumoured RGA and ABB merger seeks to alter industry perceptions

UK betting seeks to revamp its public image and wider perception as UK news sources report a potential merger between trade associations Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). A job post on executive search site Ellwood Atfield reports on the formation of ‘NEWCO’, “the working title for a new industry body representing the gambling sector, …

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David da Silva: “EasyOdds has a natural role to fulfil”

EasyOdds CEO David da Silva believes his firm has “a natural role to fulfil as an independent body sitting between consumers, operators and the UK Gambling Commission”. The comments were made during an interview with AffiliateINSIDER, when da Silva was probed on what kind of strategy the sports betting affiliate has implemented to deal with compliance and social responsibility. “To …

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Trainers blast ‘ridiculous’ cuts to Arc prize-money

Mark Johnston, a leading horse trainer, has blasted the Arena Racing Company’s (Arc) contribution to the prize-money as the racing group prepares to offset the government cuts to FOBT stakes. Arc announced in December 2018 that it “simply cannot continue” to maintain its current contributions to the prize-money fund, and would be issuing a reduction to its contribution by £3m. …

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Gaming Realms agrees on takeover of Bear Group

London-listed Gaming Realms has confirmed the sale of Bear Group, its real-money gaming operating subsidiary to River iGaming, whilst further offloading its 30 per cent share in River UK Casino. The sale was agreed for a cash consideration of £11.5m, which is set to include the settlement of the contracted deferred consideration of £4.2 million owed to Gaming Realms by …

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