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ASA forces Paddy Power to modify Rhodri Giggs loyalty advert

The UK Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has upheld five complaints made against Paddy Power’s ‘Rewards Club’ advertisement featuring Rhodri Giggs, the older brother of former Manchester United and Wales footballer Ryan Giggs. Complaints were sanctioned against the advert, which was broadcast last February, as five viewers claimed that the advert ‘glamourised gambling’ by suggesting that it can lead to a …

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William Hill launches Swedish property – WilliamHill.se

FTSE250 betting group William Hill Plc has launched its Swedish market licensed online sportsbook property – WilliamHill.se. William Hill had confirmed in April that it would launch its Swedish sportsbook rebranding Redbet, the former sportsbook asset of MRG subsidiary Evoke Gaming. In its update, William Hill details that it has completed a major directive of its post €270 million MRG …

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Bacta keeps its copper coins

The British Amusement Catering Trade Association (Bacta) has welcomed the decision by the UK Treasury not to remove any coins or notes from circulation. Last March, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond called for the reassessment of UK Currency’s ‘lowest denominations’, focusing on whether 1p and 2p coins had become ‘obsolete’. Acting on behalf of British amusement interests, Bacta …

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UKGC rolls out new framework assessing problem gambling impact on young people

In addition to its National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released a new ‘framework for action’ researching gambling harm among children and young audiences. The report places more focus upon the previous work to develop a framework for gambling-related harm amongst adults. The report has been specifically designed on questions included on ‘Ipsos MORI’s …

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Betting on Sports America debut receives overwhelming endorsement

Betting on Sports America

SBC’s inaugural US conference Betting on Sports America has been hailed a huge success, with 97.7% of delegates proclaiming they would recommend the event to a colleague. More than 1,500 delegates attended the event, held last week in New Jersey and New York, with more than 80% coming from North America. In fact, the total number of registrations reached almost …

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CIRSA demands that Ladbrokes offload stake in Sportium joint-venture

Spanish business news source Economia Digital reports that Grupo CIRSA has sued joint-venture partner Ladbrokes (GVC Holdings) in relation to the ownership structure of its ‘Sportium’ subsidiary. Economia Digital reports that, in July 2018, CIRSA governance filed a Madrid Court challenge against Ladbrokes stating that Sportium joint-venture terms and agreements had been completely altered by GVC Holdings £4 billion takeover of …

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Andy Hornby steps down from GVC to join The Restaurant Group

Co-chief operating officer of GVC Holdings, Andy Hornby, is to step down from his position at the gambling giant to join The Restaurant Group as its new CEO. Hornby will be replacing the outgoing CEO, Andy McCue, at the Restaurant Group once an official transition date has been confirmed. Originally joining Gala Coral in 2011, Hornby has previously held positions …

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Dinos Stranomitis, Altenar: ‘Listening’ to the operator to arrive at the best UX

Altenar

At this year’s Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge, Altenar COO Dinos Stranomitis more than played his part in a Q&A session designed to force the industry’s leading suppliers to face the questions ‘you’, as show delegates, want answered. Just six weeks on, we caught up with him to revisit some of the session’s key talking points, including key …

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Simon Bazalgette confirms he will step down from The Jockey Club

Simon Bazalgette, group chief executive of The Jockey Club, has confirmed that he will be stepping down from the role at the end of the year in a transition towards a non-executive career. Bazalgette, who has been with The Jockey Club for over a decade, has recently been named as an independent non-executive director on the EFL Board, replacing his …

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Global profile helps Paddy Power Betfair post strong 2019 opening

FTSE100 gambling group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has reported a strong start to 2019 trading, despite recording unfavourable sporting results in the UK and Ireland. Publishing its Q1 2019 trading statement (for the period ending 31 March), PPB reports a ‘good underlying momentum’, as group revenues grow 17% year-on-year to £478 million (Q12018: £408m) driven by ‘excellent growth in both …

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