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Bookies Corner: US 2020… Pandemic adds more spin to betting’s biggest market

Under normal circumstances, April and May should have been key campaign months for the US 2020 Elections (3 November), with the Democratic Party crowning Joe Biden to challenge President Trump. However, US 2020’s script has been flipped by COVID-19 consequences, adding further divisive factors to the campaign trail, as bookies tell SBC to buckle up for this year’s biggest wagering …

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UKGC warns of white label conduct following FSB failings 

White-label services have come under further regulatory scrutiny as the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has ordered FSB to pay £600,000 after the regulator identified responsibility failings attached to the management of its ‘subsidiary licensed’ partners.  Conducting an investigation, the UKGC found that FSB white label partners had breached industry standards on customer interactions, AML deficiencies, inappropriate advertising, self-exclusion protocols and …

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BHA cautious on racing resumption date amid mid-May rumours

Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has emphasised that it will take ‘every possible step’ to ensure a safe return for racing before naming a date for resumption. The sport has been suspended since 17 March, however there has been speculation that the sport could restart on 15 May. Speaking to Sky Sports Racing, Wayman …

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EveryMatrix: Sports titles drive huge esports betting growth

EveryMatrix - Trent Alexander-Arnold (bottom left) during his FIFA 20 match against esports player Ryan Pessoa streamed via Twitch TV.

The 40% growth in esports betting volume between 9 March and 19 April was fuelled by two sports-based esports titles, FIFA and NBA 2K, which accounted for 80% of the total. That was one of the key findings from The State of Esports Betting Report 2020, launched this morning by B2B provider EveryMatrix to “empower bookmakers with up-to-date insights on …

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Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman

RPM Gaming, a supplier of bespoke gambling hardware and API solutions, has confirmed the appointment of Ian Hogg as new company Chairman. Bringing with him over 20 years’ betting and gaming experience, Hogg has served as a Director of Arena Leisure and Managing Director for horse racing network At The Races. He has also served as the COO of Sportech, …

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GBGB reveals ‘five-phase approach’ to resume sport

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has outlined a five-phase approach to resuming the sport behind closed doors once government restrictions are lifted. The GBGB has worked alongside an industry-led working group to establish a balance between the necessary requirements for health and safety, greyhound welfare and the sport’s integrity. Each phase is expected to last ‘at least two …

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Martin Lycka – April lockdown can never be forgotten

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka reviews the events of a world-changing April 2020, in which tough lessons have been learnt by the lived experience of working and adjusting to national lockdown orders… _____________________________ Dear Diary,  What a month this has been. In the UK, we are told the virus has peaked and is now hopefully ebbing. However, we are …

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Midnite partners with ESIC to combat esports corruption

New esports betting operator Midnite has committed to ensuring the integrity of esports events is prioritised after securing a new partnership with the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC). Under the new partnership, Midnite will join ESIC’s anti-corruption programme and will also contribute to ESIC’s suspicious bet alert network. ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith said: “In reaching our goal which is to make …

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Nick Rust: British racing could resume within a week of getting the green light from the government

Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Nick Rust, has revealed that racing could resume within a week of being given the green light from the government. No date has yet been confirmed for the return to racing, with the sport being on hold since 17 March. The BHA has been working to develop plans to resume the sport …

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SMP eGaming ‘seeks individuality’ with Amber Gaming rebrand

Isle of Man compliance advisory SMP Partners has confirmed that it will rebrand its gaming division to ‘Amber Gaming’ after it was presented with ‘an incredible opportunity to carve out its own identity and forge ahead with its own plans for growth’. Under the rebrand, the products and services offered by Amber Gaming will include licensing consultancy, compliance 365, ISO …

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