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GVC finalises Ladbrokes Coral migration

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GVC Holdings has reached a ‘milestone’ after confirming that it has completed the migration of Ladbrokes onto its proprietary technology platform. The Ladbrokes migration marks the final stage of a ‘complex integration process’ after acquiring the brand in 2018. All brands acquired by GVC have now been migrated onto the GVC platform, including Ladbrokes, Coral, Gala Bingo, Gala Casino and …

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Winning Post: Advertising kerfuffle paints a cynical picture

The betting and gaming industry has, undoubtedly, been tested when it comes to mitigating the impact of the coronavirus crisis both for its stakeholders and players. Regulus Partners begins the week by looking at the new guidance for operators issued by the UK Gambling Commission, the ban on advertising from BGC members and the pending return of UK horse racing …

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HBLB ups prize-money contribution to offset inevitable cuts

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has boosted its prize money contributions to support the industry as it continues to deal with the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis. With no crowds on racecourses, nor betting shops open, a drop in prize money was previously considered to be ‘inevitable’. The HBLB has since confirmed that it would boost its prize-money …

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William Hill reduces cashburn as focus shifts to reopenings

William Hill has reduced its ‘cashburn’ and further restructured terms on its debt bonds, as the company secures full financial flexibility navigating COVID-19 headwinds. Publishing both a Q1 trading update for the unaudited 17 weeks to 28 April 2020 as well as a COVID-19 update, William Hill revealed that retail closures, a drop in sports betting markets and international coronavirus …

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BGC commits £10m to fund GamCare & YGAM’s education support programme

Strengthening its safer gambling mandate, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has confirmed the launch of a new £10 million funded ‘education and support programme’ across the UK. The learning programme, co-developed by GamCare and YGAM, is seeking to educate 11-19 year olds on problem gambling awareness, addictive behaviours and the real-life consequences of gambling addiction. The BGC explained that the …

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UKGC wipes ‘disproportionate’ Royal Ascot fines for on-course bookies

In light of the challenges facing on-course bookmakers as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that it will review the fines issued to seven bookmakers at last year’s Royal Ascot. The seven bookmakers had reportedly allowed a 16-year old to place a £5 bet at the Royal Ascot festival. Initially, the UKGC ordered the bookmakers …

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GBGB responds to Peterborough concerns

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has responded to concerns raised by Peterborough Greyhound Track regarding the resumption of the sport. Following confirmation that the sport would be targeting a 1 June restart date, Richard and Rob Perkins published an open letter to GBGB explaining that the track at Peterborough would be unable to commence trials until it receives …

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Stian Hornsletten, EveryMatrix: Closing the gap from sports to casino

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Multi-vertical operators have been keen to narrow the gap between sportsbook and casino content, boosting the cross-sell opportunity in the absence of live sports.  We asked Stian Hornsletten (pictured above), CCO for igaming software provider EveryMatrix, about appealing to sports punters with casino-integrated content. He discussed where virtual sports fit in, how his company’s game development unit has added a …

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bet365 enhances esports offering with SIS Competitive Gaming

Sports Information Services (SIS) has secured a further esports client after confirming that bet365 has agreed to integrate its ‘Competitive Gaming’ services package. Under the agreement, SIS will deliver its end-to-end esports solution for bet365, which will include services live-streamed pictures, commentary, on-screen graphics with betting triggers. bet365 will be further complemented by further game data, as well as a …

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Betting community pays tribute to Punters Lounge founder Paul Ross

Industry tributes have been paid to Paul Ross, founder and managing director of sports betting player community Punters Lounge (PuntersLounge.com), who passed away last weekend after losing his battle against cancer. Ross took over the Punters Lounge website in 2005, developing one of the first UK online sports portals to review online bookmakers and refer players to trusted websites. Having …

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