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6 of the Best: SEM Global’s Philip Canavan

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This week’s instalment of 6 of the Best comes from Philip Canavan, Director of SEM Global, who tells us why he did the conga through the club enclosure at Cheltenham racecourse and which Manchester band produced his favourite album. Best Holiday The Algarve is our most regular holiday destination and I love it every time we visit. The food, beaches, …

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Voluntary whistle-to-whistle ban comes into force

The industry-wide voluntary ‘whistle-to-whistle’ advertising ban is due to come into force today (1 August 2019), which will see bookmakers ban all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport broadcasts. The self-enforced ban, will not be applicable to horseracing and greyhound racing coverage, was suggested by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) after it received public and political criticism …

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Betting consolidation for Betdaq through fixed-odds sportsbook

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Betdaq has fulfilled a “key strategic aim” by launching a fixed-odds sportsbook to complement its 2% exchange and online casino.  The new sportsbook will be backed by a multi-channel marketing campaign that includes PR and social media activities with ex-England footballer Glen Johnson and above the line advertising starring renowned actor Ralph Ineson. The entirely new sportsbook offers a shared …

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Mansion Group announces raft of C-Level appointments

Gibraltar-based online gambling operator Mansion Group has moved to restructure its c-level management team, announcing both internal promotions and external appointments. Updating the market, Mansion confirms the appointment of David Murphy as inbound Chief Marketing Officer (COM), joining the company this September. A 12-year marketing executive, Murphy joins Mansion’s leadership team from online lottery operator Lottoland where he formerly served …

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Operator CEOs head 20/20 Vision track at Betting on Sports 2019

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Jesper Svensson, CEO of Betsson, and Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith are among the leaders offering their insights on the key issues shaping the betting industry as part of the 20/20 Vision – The Future In Focus track of Betting on Sports 2019.  The track, which takes place on the second full day (Thursday 19 September) of SBC’s flagship event at …

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Rebecca Pow to oversee gambling industry following cabinet reshuffle

As part of last week’s Cabinet reshuffle following Boris Johnson’s appointment, it has been confirmed that MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow will be tasked with overseeing both the horseracing and gambling sectors rather than sports minister Nigel Adams.  Pow was re-appointed as the parliamentary under secretary of state for arts, heritage and tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture, …

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Fitzdares bets big on ‘industry-first’ live chat app engagement

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has announced an ‘industry-first’ after launching a ‘built-in live chat function’ to support its mobile betting app. The premium bookmaker details ‘a game-changing service’ for its members, delivering a centralised hub to check prices, place bets or even ask for an opinion/advice from the Fitzdares trading team all from within the app. The launch of the live chat …

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‘Systematic failings’ cost Ladbrokes Coral £5.9m

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The Gambling Commission has found ‘systemic failings’ at the Ladbrokes Coral Group leading to the imposition of a penalty package consisting of £5.9m payment and a series of improvement measures that must be implemented by new owner GVC. The regulator has also revealed that more sanctions may be coming down the line as further investigations into the actions of Personal Management …

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UKGC reviews on-course age verification in new crackdown

Seven on-course bookmakers are having their gambling licences reviewed by the UK Gambling Commission after it was found they had allowed a 16-year old to place a bet at this year’s Royal Ascot. Following numerous age verification checks carried out between the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, supported by the Gambling Commission and Trading Standards, seven of the 17 …

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The Jockey Club names Delia Bushell as group chief executive

The Jockey Club has confirmed that former-BT Sport and Sky executive Delia Bushell will join the organisation as its new group chief executive, replacing outgoing chief executive Simon Bazalgette.  Bushell will join the Jockey Club in September, with a handover period of one month, before taking over from Bazalgette when he stands down in October.  It is understood that Bushell …

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