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Licensing fees weigh heavy on Ukraine’s gambling reforms

Ukraine’s First Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has sanctioned the release of the Servant of the People (SoP) party’s ‘draft law on legislating gambling services’, which aims to retire Ukraine’s 10-year ‘Prohibition of Gambling law’ mandate. Published three-weeks later than originally anticipated, SoP ministers blamed the delay on vested parties trying to influence the development of legislation. SoP’s draft frameworks will seek to …

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GVC Holdings confirms Barry Gibson as new Chairman

GVC Holdings has confirmed the appointment of Barry Gibson as the operator group’s Non-Executive Chairman, with the appointment taking effect from today. Over the weekend, Sky News, The Times and The Daily Telegraph reported that Gibson would assume the new position, due to succeed Lee Feldman who will step down on 27 February 2020.  Stephen Morana, GVC’s Senior Independent Non-Executive …

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HMRC stats reflect changing regulatory dynamics of UK Gambling

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published its national statistics update on duties generated by the industry’s seven different tax verticals – Bingo Duty, Gaming Duty, General Betting Duty (GBD), Lottery Duty, Machine Games Duty (MGD), Pool Betting Duty (PBD) and Remote Gaming Duty (RGD). Reporting betting & gaming tax statistics for the six month period of April-to-September 2019, HMRC reports …

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Sportium declares its ‘Panama intent’ for 2020

Spanish bookmaker Sportium has confirmed that it will enter Panama’s sports betting marketplace in 2020, and plans to launch 20 new betting points across the nation. Accompanied by Panama’s most famous sporting son, boxing legend Roberto ‘Hands of Stone’ Duran, last week Sportium leadership held a conference in Panama City’s Majestic Casino – a property which will serve as one of …

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GVC expected to confirm Barry Gibson as new Chairman

This weekend, UK business news sources have reported that GVC Holdings will confirm the appointment of Barry Gibson as new Group Chairman of the FTSE gambling firm. Sky News, The Times and The Daily Telegraph report that Gibson is regarded by GVC’s board as the man to soothe investor relations, following the firm’s governance dispute in relation to outgoing Chairman …

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Select Committee hears of industry systems failing problem gamblers

Chaired by Lord Michael Grade of Yarmouth, on Tuesday 8 October the House of Lords’ Select Committee listened to the experiences of four gambling addicts, gathering further research on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry’ on UK society. The victims` shared their experiences of engaging with gambling products and businesses, detailing personal insights on their ‘journeys towards …

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GamCare & YGAM to offer free workshops for RGWeek

UK problem-gambling treatment and support charities GamCare and the Young Gamblers Education Trust – YGAM will offer free training and educational workshops, as a key directive of the IGRG’s third ‘Responsible Gambling Week’ (RGWeek7-13 November). Both organisations have developed comprehensive training programmes supporting all-levels of industry management and wider community stakeholders – ‘tailored to provide guidance on how to start conversations …

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Ruud Gullit and Kirsty Gallacher to host SBC Awards 2019

Ruud Gullit and Kirsty Gallacher to host SBC Awards 2019

Dutch football great Ruud Gullit and former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher have been confirmed as the hosts for the SBC Awards 2019, which take place on 3 December at London’s stylish Battersea Evolution venue.  The event recognises excellence among sports betting and igaming operators, affiliates and suppliers, with the winners set to be announced in front of an audience …

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ICSS ‘integrity hotline’ gives snapshot of global reach of sports corruption

Publishing its first report, the International Centre for Sports Security’s (ICSS) ‘Sports Integrity Hotline (SI Hotline)’ reveals that it has received more than 240 incidents of corruption, reporting allegations of match-fixing, fraud and sexual abuse. ICSS established its hotline in 2018, providing athletes and sports stakeholders a ‘secure whistleblower platform’ for reporting sports misconducts. In its first report, the SI …

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NatWest launches GamCare ‘walk-in consultation’ pilot scheme

UK retail bank NatWest in collaboration with GamCare is set to trial a ‘ground-breaking’ pilot scheme offering counselling sessions to vulnerable/addicted customers inside its high-street branches. NatWest is set to launch the GamCare pilot scheme across 13 branches based in London, the South East and Midlands of England. The bank’s chosen outlets will allow any person to walk-in and book …

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