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Clock ticking for UK licence application

Offshore operators only have until midnight on Tuesday 16 September to apply for licences allowing them to continue to provide gambling services to consumers in Britain after the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act comes into force on 1 October. Offshore gambling operators – currently regulated overseas but transacting with consumers in Britain – wishing to continue to provide services in …

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UK operators to set up independent gambling standards commissioner

The UK’s four biggest betting operators – William Hill, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Gala Coral have set up an independent gambling standards commissioner to monitor industry advertising practices. The independent initiative has been set up in order to co-operate with UK advertising standards authorities and government regulators, in order to bring clarity to gambling advertising practices and to avoid any …

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William Hill – 80% of bets favour Scottish YES vote

William Hill revealed that 80% of the bets taken on their Scottish Independence market backed the yes vote for the upcoming on referendum on Thursday 18 September. William Hill, Scotland’s biggest bookmaker revealed that it had so far taken more than £2 million in betting money for the market. The Scottish Referendum has become the biggest political market the operator …

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Coral launches OpenBet retail Bet-in-Play solution

Gala Coral announced the launch and integration of the Bet-in-Play (BIP) retail betting solution by betting and gaming software provider OpenBet. The solution offers an in-play/ real time betting experience in a retail environment. Designed for running on a self-service touchscreen tablet device, BIP enables cashless wagering on a range of betting opportunities available within the Coral retail shops. It …

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Pinnacle Sports exits UK betting market

Curacao-licensed Pinnacle Sports are the latest online betting operator to withdraw from the UK market, ahead of pending changes in UK gambling regulations and taxation that come into play on 1 October. This Thursday, the operator issued an email to its UK player base asking player to withdraw all remaining funds from their player accounts by the 30 September. The …

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BiG Foundation Sports Dinner raises over £12,000 for charity

The BiG Foundation Sports Dinner, the only sports dinner in the Betting and Gambling industry, raised over £12,000 alone from the raffle and auction in its inaugural year. £2,000 was pledged by some gaming executives to join John Barnes on stage while he performed his legendary World Cup Rap. Rugby star Austin Healey hosted the event that aims to improve …

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Ainsworth expands European sales team with Challenor & Miller

Ainsworth Gaming Solutions has expanded its European business development team with the hiring of Ben Challenor and Stephen Miller. Ben Challenor joins the Ainsworth team having been Principal Account Manager for Clarion Gaming. Challenor managed key accounts for Clarion international exhibitions including ICE Totally Gaming and EIG Expos. Challenor will take the role of Sales Manager for Ainsworth Gaming Solutions …

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Ladbrokes – Alex Donohue – Novelty Bets

Ladbrokes’ Public Relations Officer Alex Donohue discusses and charts the continued rise of novelty and political betting ahead of this month’s Scottish Independence Referendum. SBC: How would you describe the phenomenon of novelty betting, the pros and cons? Alex: It’s a phenomenon that has been around for longer than many people are aware of – the first political bet was struck on the general election of 1966. I’d say the general …

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NetPlay TV hit by 50% profit slump

Interactive gambling operator, NetPlay TV Plc, recorded a decline in H1 2014 profits of 50%, reporting corporate profits of £1.2 million (H1 2013: £2.4 million) Reporting on the opening six months of 2014, the operator recorded improved performance indicators, which an 24% increase in new player acquisition (H1 2014 – 40,500) and a further 29% increase in active players (H1 …

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Betfair release % chance charts on Scottish Referendum outcome

On 18 September, Scotland’s voters will decide whether to stay part of the United Kingdom or go it alone. Betfair’s political trading desk has released a set of charts monitoring % chance of the Scottish Referendum’s Yes and No campaigns. The charts published by Betfair’s Exchange demonstrate the implied % chance of each voting outcome. Betfair’s Exchange has so far …

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