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Praesepe confirm new operational structure for Cashino centres

Praesepe, owners of the 160 venue Cashino brand of adult gaming centres, has announced the appointment of Simon Gudgeon to the post of Northern Operations Manager.  The former Development Director of Odeon Cinemas joins colleague Steve Ambrose who is responsible for the Cashino centres in the South of the country. Heralding the appointments, Nick Harding, Chief Executive of Praesepe said: “I …

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Culture secretary quits over expenses scandal

UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller has quit following a long-standing row over expenses. In a letter to the Prime Minister, she said the controversy ‘has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing’. Miller had been sanctioned by the independent parliamentary commissioner for standards over expenses claims for a second home that her parents lived in and …

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ABB hits back at ‘misleading’ accusations

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has hit back at accusations from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling that it may have misled the UK government over the potential impact of a reduction in stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The Campaign made the claims following a report by NERA Economic Consulting, which suggested that lowering staking limits on FOBTs …

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NetPlay TV Post Strong 2013 as net profits rise

NetPlay TV PLC owners of interactive gaming brands Jackpot247 and SuperCasino posted  strong 2013 performance which saw an 31% increase in net revenues to £28.5 million (2012 – £21.8 million) and EBITDA revenues increase  21% to £5.2 million (2012 – £4.3 million) Further positive results saw the operator lift its final dividend by 42% to 0.32 pence per share from …

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Cameron to order review of FOBTs

UK newspaper The Guardian yesterday broke the news that Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a review of the UK Gambling Code of Conduct. Reports suggest that the Prime Minister is keen to issue wagering restrictions and add further amendments to the Code. In a supposed leaked letter to the newspaper, the PM asks that the voluntary code introduced in …

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William Hill announced as title sponsor of World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace

William Hill Online haved announced an initial two-year deal with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) to sponsor the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.The seven-figure deal will see Britain’s biggest bookmaker become the title sponsor of the event – which will now be known as the ‘William Hill World Darts Championship.’ The 72-player tournament, staged by the PDC …

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Turf TV funnels £45m of bookmaker money to racing

Live racing and data provider Turf TV recorded a year of strong growth in 2013, having secured record numbers of subscribers and returned £45m to the racing industry. Turf TV owner Amalgamated Racing Limited (AMRAC) owns live broadcast rights for 34 of Britain’s racecourses, including festivals at Ascot, Cheltenham and Epsom. It also provides TV pictures and data to betting …

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Bodugi licence fully revoked

Social sportsbook solution Bodugi has had its operating licence revoked by the UK Gambling Commission. The licence had been suspended since late February over concerns about the withdrawal of funds and the lack of response to official communications. The regulator issued a statement saying: “Following a review the Gambling Commission has revoked remote operating licence number 028788-R-310237-001 (Bodugi Limited). Having …

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Hills reports 9,000 National bets per minute

Record bet numbers were reported in Saturday’s Grand National as the Great British public flocked to celebrate the tradition of a bet on the iconic race. Unconsidered 25/1 chance Pineau de Re emerged the eventual winner – with veteran jockey Leighton Aspell aboard. It would be second-time lucky for the Sussex-based jockey, who retired back in 2007 after becoming disillusioned …

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Trinity Mirror & Racing Post launch – MirrorFreeBets portal

The Trinity Mirror  news group and UK betting specialists the Racing Post have announced a media partnership to launch the Mirror Free Bets – http://mirrorfreebets.com/ . The newly launched website is a paid per performance portal (affiliate betting site), designed to give  readers better insight and knowledge on sports betting combined with the best value betting offers from selected UK …

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