UK

Trio of Racing stakeholders warns Parliament of No Deal implications

The conversation surrounding Brexit has been inescapable for the last two and a half years, with MPs still unable to agree upon a deal that would be most beneficial for the UK. Later in the week, Chief Executive of Irish racing Brian Kavanagh will be travelling to Westminster to liaise with senior officials from both the British Horseracing Authority and …

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Customer safety drives 1xBet two-factor authentication launch

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1xBet has put customer safety at the forefront of its business by launching a two-factor authentication system to clamp down on unauthorised access to its players’ accounts. Rather than gaining access through one login and password, customers on 1xBet – winners of the Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation at December’s SBC Awards – will now be encouraged to generate …

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GVC pledges to double research donation as part of new safer gambling campaign

FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings has pledged to double its donations towards research education and treatment of problem gambling as part of its new global responsible gambling campaign. The ‘Changing for the Bettor’ campaign will facilitate a new five year, $5 million partnership with problem gambling research unit – Division on Addiction, which will improve access to anonymised player data …

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Jesper Kärrbrink and Anthony Werkman talk regulations and public perceptions

Ahead of this year’s Betting on Football (19-22 March), SBC caught up with two of the event’s headline speakers – Jesper Kärrbrink (Mr Green) and Anthony Werkman (Betway). The pair will be taking part in the CEO panel, held as part of the ‘Leadership & Vision’ track on 20 March, which will be looking at the industry’s response to a …

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World Championship leads to “significant spike” for handball betting on LeoVegas

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Handball has become a major growth sport for LeoVegas, particularly around major international tournaments such as the sport’s ongoing men’s World Championship. The tournament, which runs in Germany and Denmark until 27 January, holds huge appeal for punters in LeoVegas’ core markets, particularly while Germany and the Nordics – including Denmark, Norway and Sweden – remain among the favourites for …

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William Hill expands on digital and international exposure as it announces 900 store closures

FTSE betting group William Hill Plc continues its strategic realignment focusing on international growth and digital transformation, as the bookmaker announces the closure of 900 betting shops across the UK. The operator revealed in its full-year trading statement this week that it had suffered a 15 per cent drop in operating profits. Despite numerous 2018 setbacks, the bookmaker’s digital division …

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Paddy Power upgrades 2019 terminal provisions with Playtech BGT

Updating the market, FTSE250 technology group Playtech Plc informs that its sports betting division Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has extended its retail services agreement with Paddy Power expanding the bookmaker’s self-service terminal capabilities. New provisions for Paddy Power will include PBS new Tap2Bet functionality, which will allow customers to place bets directly onto the terminals with their debit cards. PBS …

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Toby Bentall to take up CEO role at rebranded Oddschecker Global Media

Oddschecker Managing Director Toby Bentall will take up the role of CEO at the newly rebranded Oddschecker Global Media. The rebrand comes as Oddschecker merges with iBus Media, majority owned by Stars Group, to create a ‘new superpower affiliate business’, PokerTube has reported. The merger is a result of Stars Group’s acquisition of Sky Bet, with the Toronto TSX-listed firm …

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Coral pens historic sponsorship deal of RFL Challenge Cups

UK Bookmaker Coral have teamed up with The Rugby Football League as part of a “historic commercial partnership” that will see the bookmaker sponsoring both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups for the first time. The two-year deal will bring the two competitions together on 27 July, when the Coral women’s Challenge Cup Final shares the stage with the men’s …

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GVC reshuffles senior team following Humberstone departure

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FTSE100 online gambling group, GVC Holdings, has shifted around its senior leadership team, following Jim Humberstone’s departure as Group Director of Trading. Tom Ritzema, who succeeds Humberstone, has been appointed Group Trading Director. Ritzema has helped facilitate the integration of the trading teams of bwin.party (acquired February 2016) and Ladbrokes Coral (acquired March 2018). With eighteen years industry experience, Ritzema …

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