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Vermantia and Kiron Interactive sign virtual racing content deal

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Omni-channel content provider Vermantia has strengthened its offering of greyhound content after joining forces with virtual games supplier Kiron Interactive to deliver virtual racing using real greyhound racing content. Under the terms of the new partnership, Vermantia will combine footage from its fully-licensed pre-recorded greyhound races with Kiron’s virtual games engine and technology to create the new virtual product.  Commenting …

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Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The industry needs to do a lot more’

At the inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum, which took place at the CasinoBeats Summit in September, industry leaders came together to discuss some of the most pressing responsible gambling topics at the minute. During Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019), which runs until 13 November, SBC will look at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the …

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Kindred: The industry has a role to play in tackling problem gambling

With Responsible Gambling Week 2019 well underway, Kindred Group has been utilising its sponsorship of UK sports teams and fixtures to ensure that safer gambling messages can gain the maximum level of exposure possible. In an interview with CasinoBeats, sustainability manager at Kindred Group Anna Jein explained that the operator group’s sponsorship of UK teams offers a ‘huge opportunity to …

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BGC introduces ‘cooling-off’ measures to UK betting shops

In a bid to support its ongoing commitment to responsible gambling, the newly-formed Betting and Gaming Council has developed a new ‘cooling-off’ feature for gaming terminals, which is due to be introduced across UK betting shops. The Anonymous Player Awareness System (APAS), which has been developed over the last two years, has been designed to identify signs of  potentially harmful gambling behaviour. The …

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SportNation.bet rewards allows players to make instant charity donations

Bolstering its social responsibility commitments Argyll Entertainment flagship subsidiary SportNation.bet will allow its players to make ‘charitable donations’ utilising reward points earned through the bookmaker’s revamped customer loyalty scheme. Detailing its initiative as an ‘industry-first’ SportNation.bet informs that customers will be able to convert reward points into cash donations to charities such as Prostate Cancer UK, the Injured Jockeys Fund, …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – A restless November is just getting started

There are times when writing a monthly column for SBC News presents a challenge. This is one of those months. It’s not because of the paucity of potential content. It’s because of the sheer volume of potential content. As it happens, there is a common thread running through all that I write about below, particularly with a General Election looming …

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GVC hosts ‘research symposium’ on gambling addiction

FTSE betting group GVC Holdings is today hosting a ‘symposium on research into safer gambling’ showcasing the academic progress of its partnership with the Cambridge Health Alliance – a Harvard Medical School. A key directive of its ‘Changing for the Bettor’ social responsibility mandate at the start of 2019, GVC formed a $5.5 million multi-year partnership supporting Cambridge Health’s ‘Division of …

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Paddy Power’s Sandra Gilmartin wins ‘Betting Shop Manager of the Year’ award

Sandra Gilmartin has been announced as the new Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year, becoming the first Paddy Power store manager to take the title. Gilmartin, 49, operates Paddy Power’s Cross Cheaping branch in Coventry and was announced as the winner earlier this week when she received her award from TV personality Chris Hughes at the JW Marriott Grosvenor …

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Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The buzz word is understanding’

At the inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum, which took place at the CasinoBeats Summit in September, industry leaders came together to discuss some of the most pressing responsible gambling topics at the minute. During Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019), which runs until 13 November, SBC will look at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the …

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Norway calls for a review of Rikstoto racing monopoly

The Norwegian government is reportedly assessing whether gambling state monopoly Norsk Tipping should absorb the horseracing services of Rikstoto, simplifying Norway’s gambling frameworks. Norway’s Ministry of Culture will undertake its review of Rikstoto in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture – the department which to date has managed regulatory oversight of the racing monopoly. The review will evaluate whether to …

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