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AC Milan legend Franco Baresi to open Betting on Football 2019

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Legendary AC Milan and Italy central defender Franco Baresi has been confirmed as the star name to open this month’s Betting on Football conference. It is fitting that the sixth edition of the event, held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, will be opened by Baresi – a footballer that performed for AC Milan with such distinction that …

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Joe Petyt, Sky Bet: Taking a step forward from the defensive stance to VAR

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Amidst all the excitement, or intrigue, that surrounds the role of the video assistant referee (VAR) – particularly ahead of its impending introduction to the Premier League – bookmakers have so far been forced to take a defensive stance to the detriment of the customer experience. However, after a World Cup which passed “largely free of VAR incidents”, the bookmakers …

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BetBright ceases operations “on a permanent basis” following 888 takeover

Following its acquisition by operator 888 Holdings earlier this week, Irish betting operator BetBright has ceased its gambling operations to customers “on a permanent basis”, according to a statement on the platform’s website. Customers will still be able to gain access to BetBright accounts for a period of 30 days which will allow for the withdrawal of funds or winnings. …

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Paddy Power Betfair looks to rename to reflect growing brand portfolio

Bookmaker group Paddy Power Betfair has released a proposition to rebrand the group as Flutter Entertainments in a bid to reflect the group’s growing brand portfolio. In a release of the group’s preliminary full-year 2018 results, the group outlined that its recent merger and acquisition drive meant that a rebrand would be essential in order to represent its global range. …

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Betting on Football conference sharpens agenda around key sports betting topics

The latest agenda has been revealed for the sixth edition of the Betting on Football conference, being held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, which provides an insight into some of the key topics to be discussed at this year’s event. Betting on Football is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to …

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Brexit upheaval sees GVC shift focus to Ireland and Malta

With negotiations between the UK and the European Union (EU) still ongoing, and only 24 days until the formal departure date, GVC Holdings (GVC) has released its Brexit contingency plans which will see the online gambling company alter its operational strategy. No deal has yet been reached between the UK and the EU, and so it is difficult to say what …

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GVC embraces its digital capacity amid a changing UK landscape

Completing its first year as FTSE100 enterprise, GVC Holdings reports that the betting group has demonstrated its global scale and market diversification capacities, delivering growth across all operating territories. The firm’s enlarged portfolio of nineteen brands, operating across multiple European jurisdictions records full-year 2018 group revenues of £2.9 billion (FY2017: £800m) – as GVC governance continues to explore further new …

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Winning Post: Betting absorbs a bumper week of UK funny games

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners reviews a week of UK parliamentary debate on the future of betting/gambling’s regulatory structure,  which appears to be turning into a game of political manoeuvring and posturing… _______________ UK: Regulation – Labour speaks softly but carries a big stick UK gambling operators awoke yesterday to the sight of two senior parliamentarians striding towards them, wielding big …

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BetVictor strengthens greyhound product offering with SIS deal

BetVictor has signed an agreement with Sports Information Services (SIS), which will strengthen the operator’s current British and Irish greyhound content offering. Delivered as part of the operator’s new ‘Bet and Watch’ format, customers will have the opportunity to utilise regular short-form betting events, which is hoped to provide more engaging betting content designed to improve retention and dwell time. Eoin Ryan, …

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888 secures sports betting boost through BetBright deal

888 has secured the long-term product development strategy for its 888Sport division after acquiring the BetBright sports betting platform for £15 million. The platform will be integrated into 888’s proprietary gaming backend, giving the online gaming entertainment and solutions provider ‘complete ownership’ over its technology and product development across four key verticals – sport, casino, poker and bingo. However, more …

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