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Pronet: Understanding the ‘new normal’ for the Premier League

Premier League - Leicester City's Jamie Vardy shoots at goal during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.

With the Premier League well and truly back, albeit with a noticeably different look and feel, SBC News spoke to Bobby Longhurst, Chief Commercial Officer at Pronet Gaming, about what it has learned since the return of the world’s most popular football competition. With a significant mid-season break, a host of safety stipulations in place and empty stadia, it was …

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Glynn Carroll to head up Roar Digital’s US trading operations

Roar Digital, the joint venture between GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts in the USA, has promoted Glynn Carroll to head up its sportsbook operations. Carroll has taken on the role of Vice President of Sportsbook Operations and will be relocating to the States once the COVID-19 outbreak subsides.  Carroll originally joined Ladbrokes in 2015 as Director of Trading Operations and …

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BGC praises Kenneth Alexander for driving critical change

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has praised the work of outgoing GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander and his contribution to improving industry standards and driving change through greater responsibility. Yesterday, GVC announced that Alexander had chosen to end his 13-year leadership tenure, and confirmed that the executive would be replaced by COO Shay …

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UK and Irish tote launch ‘single unified online betting pool’

Tote Ireland has built upon its strategic partnership with UK Tote by launching a new website, allowing a ‘single unified online betting pool for Irish and UK Tote customers’. From next month, Irish Tote customers will gain access to new products such as an instant Tote Guarantee (Best Price Guarantee) on all Irish racing, with the Tote due to pay …

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SIS doubles esports output with Competitive Gaming expansion

Sports Information Services (SIS) has strengthened its esports coverage after doubling its output of content available through its SIS Competitive Gaming product. The additional output will feature a greater number of live head to head competitions between skilled and qualified gamers, including the SIS Blitz League. Rohini Sardana, Head of Product Proposition at SIS, said: “Following the successful launch of …

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Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown

Further to announcing its leadership change this morning, GVC Holdings has published a H1 post-close trading statement informing investors of the firm’s performance under challenging global conditions.  Navigating COVID-19 complexities, GVC underlined that the company was robust and decisive in implementing cost management actions to ensure that the group achieved its objective of operating at a cash neutral position during …

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All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world

All-in Global, the number one language service provider in the gaming industry, has gathered the most relevant data to highlight hot fantasy markets for SBC News readers, and advise interested companies on how to prepare “local” fantasy content. In 2019, it was estimated that almost 46 million adults (18+) played fantasy sports in the US. In comparison, the Fantasy Premier …

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GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women

New research from GambleAware has highlighted that perceived stigma can be a barrier to accessing treatment for female gamblers. The research, which was commissioned by GambleAware and completed by YouGov, aims to develop a deeper understanding around the experiences of women and gambling. The study found that 39% of women ‘who would not want treatment, advice or support to help …

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GVC marks a ‘new era’ as Segev replaces Alexander as CEO 

Kenny Alexander is to step down as CEO of GVC Holdings after 13 years with COO Shay Segev taking control of the FTSE-100 operator almost immediately. Alexander will remain at GVC in the short term as a company executive to support the leadership transition. Confirming the leadership change, Chairman Barry Gibson said: “Kenny has built a remarkable global business, and has …

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Buzz Bingo to close 26 UK venues placing 570 jobs at risk 

Buzz Bingo has revealed plans to close 26 of its UK venues in a move that will place 570 employees at risk of losing their jobs.  The UK’s largest bingo hall operator stated that it had undertaken the drastic actions to ‘protect the future of its business’ as it seeks to mitigate pandemic circumstances affecting the entire leisure and hospitality …

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