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Government commits to opening further clinics to tackle problem gambling

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to address compulsive gambling as part of a £20.5bn NHS shake-up. The proposed treatment centres will provide access to mental health services for the 500,000 adults and young people with gambling problems. There is currently only one clinic that specialises in treatment for compulsive gamblers in the UK, which is insufficient for …

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William Hill secures all regulatory greenlights for MRG €270m acquisition

The governance of FTSE250 bookmaker William Hill Plc has this morning confirmed that it has secured approval of ‘all necessary authorities across related jurisdictions’, to complete its €270million acquisition of Stockholm-listed MRG Group. The transaction which has been approved by MRG governance was first propositioned on 31 October 2018, with William Hill seeking to boost its European regulated markets profile, …

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Nektan on course to ‘€ break-even’ in 2019

London AIM-listed igaming platform and games provider Nektan Plc has this morning published its Q2 2019 trading update (period ending 31 December) reporting record KPI growth, new commercial partnerships and progress on its US market foundations. Updating investors, Nektan reports record cash wagering across its active business verticals of £222 million, a £40 million increase (22% growth) on Q1 2019’s …

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‘True in-play personalisation’ – Graphyte AI founders seek to crack betting’s toughest nut

New industry data science and engineering development studio ‘Graphyte AI’ seeks to solve online betting’s ‘in-play customer personalisation conundrum’,  a key dynamic for sector leaders in 2019. Graphyte AI is founded by the enterprise team of former Ladbrokes Coral sports data and customer insights directors’ Damien Evans (CEO) and Rob Davis (CTO), delivering relevant personalised experiences administered within betting’s live environment, optimising end-to-end …

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David Clifton – Licensing expert – Crystal ball gazing for 2019

After a tumultuous 2018, what does 2019 hold in store for the UK sports betting sector? I have dusted down my crystal ball. It may be a bit cloudy in areas, with perhaps the odd crack beginning to show in parts, but here is my best bet on what the regulatory future may bring. On the plus side, I do …

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Three more banks develop functions to block gambling transactions

Three more UK high-street banks have announced plans to allow customers to control and block particular payments via mobile applications, following Barclays’ lead. Lloyds, Santander, and RBS have approved proposals to develop payment-blocking functions that are set to affect transactions made in high street bookmakers and online betting sites and provide greater protections to those who have an issue with …

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Red Tiger ups regulated market reach through EveryMatrix deal

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Red Tiger Gaming has secured extra access to regulated markets including the UK and Denmark after signing a content distribution agreement with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine. The CasinoEngine platform, which features around 8,000 games, already includes those from top providers such as NetEnt, Evolution Games, Microgaming and Play’n GO. It has been designed to accommodate those operators that want to differentiate through …

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No-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications” for racing

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A no-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications for Irish and UK horse racing,” according to Irishracing.com Editor Vincent Finegan. Speaking to AffiliateINSIDER yesterday, Finegan stressed that the “movement of horses from one country to the other will virtually stop” in the event of no deal.   “The success of major racing festivals such as Cheltenham, Royal Ascot and the Aintree …

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Founder Craig Nicholson departs Black Type

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The end of the 2018 has seen a change in the senior management team at online operator Black Type with the departure of the remaining Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Craig Nicholson. The company, launched in 2016 by founders Nicholson and Dave Gowers in conjunction with Mylo Sangster, has seen have recently moved into new offices in Fenchurch Street in the …

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SBC to celebrate 10th birthday at London Baby

Sports Betting Community (SBC) will mark its 10-year anniversary by hosting next month’s London Baby, the largest networking party held on the first night of  ICE London, one of the biggest gaming industry exhibitions in the world. On Tuesday 5 February, around 900 industry guests will be joining in the celebrations at one of the hottest party destinations in central …

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