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William Hill announces technical migration of Australian brands into one platform

William Hill has announced the complete migration of its three acquired Australian brands- Centrebet, Tom Waterhouse and Sportingbet Australia. The integration will see all brands managed under a single platform, promoting unified technologies and products to its Australian customer base. William Hill will maintain all three brands active, which counters previous industry speculation that the operator would be looking to …

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Paddy Power target breaking even on Italian market

Paddy Power management expects its Italian focused operations to break even this year, despite suffering loses of €16.8 million (£13.8 million) in 2013. The betting has operated its Italian betting and igaming services since 2012, the operator is yet to post profits for its operations in the region. In 2012 the operator posted loses of €14.7 million (£11.56 million) Paddy Power management …

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UK Gambling Commission strengthens Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice

New changes to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) were published this week by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). These changes are set to come into effect on August 1 2014, and will relate to anti-money laundering and widening the scope for detecting suspicious betting patterns which may relate to match fixing. The changes that are set to be …

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Greek OPAP suffers 72% profits drop following tax hit

Former Greek state run gambling operator OPAP, posted a bigger than expected drop in profits for 2013. The operator had been hurt by new corporate gaming taxes implemented in the region. The operator had been burdened with a new 30% levy on its gross gaming revenue, which saw 2013 net profits drop to €141 million (£117 million). The new 30% …

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SBC – BOF Interview – Matchbook CEO Mark Brosnan on marketing football betting

Ahead of the Betting on Football Conference, team SBC caught up with  online betting exchange Matchbook.com’s CEO Mark Brosnan. Having recently re-launched Matchbook.com, Brosnan gives insight into building new brands in igaming and forming deeper bonds with sports betting customer s whilst being to optimise football betting marketing This April Matchbook.com has partnered with charity ‘Right to Play’, donating all commissions generated …

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David McMorrow: The changing face of the betting shop

BettorRetail frontman David McMorrow, former marketing guru at William Hill and Ladbrokes, discusses with SBC’s David Kelly how loyalty cards and gaming machines have energised retailers, although difficulties remain. How has Odds On!-Ladbrokes’ loyalty reward programme, changed the retail betting industry? Odds On! was the first betting loyalty card on the high street and was launched back in 2008. While …

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Maxymiser Soundbite – iGaming Sector – Getting Ready for Brazil 2014

With the football World Cup in Rio offering a fantastic potential revenue boost, Tim Axon, Head of Gaming, Maxymiser, insists betting companies need to get their mobile Big Event Betting strategies in shape – and fast. Trying out new content and ideas at Cheltenham and the Grand National could be the key to re-engaging customers, increasing average customer value and …

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Rational Group appoint Dominic Mansour as MD of Full Tilt Poker

The Rational Group the holding company of igaming poker brands – PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker  have announced the  appointment of Dominic Mansour as Managing Director of Full Tilt Poker, responsible for the day-to-day management of the Full Tilt Poker brand and its operations. Mansour joins the Full Tilt Poker having served the past two years as CEO of Richard Desmonds …

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Global Social Media Group – launch TheSportsBible.com

The Global Social Media Group (GSMG) the owners of the popular entertainment website   TheLadBible.com have announced the launch of its new sports and humour led portal –  TheSportBible. TheSportsBible, will feature daily humorous content, articles and features as GSMG try to recreate the success of its original vertical – TheLadBible.com 2013 proved to be a successful year for GSMG, Growing …

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BOF Interview: Bernard Marantelli talks betting innovations & starting up

Ahead of the upcoming Betting on Football Conference on May 8,  SBC caught up with session speaker Bernard Marantelli CEO and founder of Colossus Bets. Colossus Bets is a football pool betting operator offering guaranteed jackpot prizes and consolations for easy to play correct scores and correct outcome predictions. Bernard Marantelli set up Colossus Bets to bring lottery-sized prizes, with interactive fractional cash-in …

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