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Kenyan business community embroiled in KRA betting tax dispute

The Kenyan Revenue Authority (KRA) states that it will not shy away from its tax battle with bookmakers SportPesa and Betin, in a row that could pit multiple Kenyan business stakeholders against licensed betting incumbents. This week, Asha Salim KRA debt enforcement manager demanded to Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, a payment services provider for SportPesa and Betin, pay the …

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Lord Goldsmith QC to head up new commission on ‘crime and problem gambling’

UK prison reform charity, the ‘Howard League for Penal Reform’ has launched a new commission investigating links between problem gambling and criminal behaviours. The Howard League has disclosed that the first meeting of its ‘Commission on Crime & Problem Gambling’ took place in London on 20 June, kick-starting a three-year research project led by Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC …

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UK ‘Top 5’ pledge voluntary 1% commitment to tackling problem gambling

The governances of bet365, William Hill Plc, Flutter Entertainment, Sky Bet and GVC Holdings have pledged to the UK government that they will commit to increasing ‘voluntary contributions to 1% of gross-gaming-yield revenues’ –  helping raise funds for UK problem gambling addiction, treatment and research initiatives. This morning the BBC reports that the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has …

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Operators dominate CasinoBeats Summit 2019 line-up

When the CasinoBeats Summit returns to London in September, it will do so with leading operators at the forefront as the event hosts up to 1,000 senior executives from across the online casino sector. The second staging of the CasinoBeats Summit – the premier online casino conference and exhibition – will also attract around 30 exhibitors to Olympia London, at …

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Tom Watson – ‘Gambling ombudsman is needed to protect UK consumers’

UK media, this morning reports that Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has stated that his party will establish a ‘new gambling ombudsman to protect UK consumers’. Watson follows his tough narrative on gambling, which last month saw the Labour deputy urge the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to undertake a thorough review of online casinos licensed after 2014. Addressing ‘cross-party’ thinktank ‘Demos’, …

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William Hill seeks new European appeal with 72andSunny Amsterdam

William Hill marketing has disclosed that Amsterdam agency 72andSunny has won its ‘four-way pitch’, becoming the creative lead of its £ multi-million advertising account. Issuing a corporate update, William Hill confirms the appointment of 72andSunny as ‘Lead European creative agency’, working on a remit of establishing William Hill betting and gaming brands as ‘first choice in the gambling category’. This …

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Spelinspektionen suspends Global Gaming’s Ninja Casino property

Spelinspektionen, Sweden’s gambling inspectorate has moved to suspend Ninja Casino, the flagship online casino property of Stockholm-listed Global Gaming AB with immediate effect. Issuing a market update, Spelinspektionen has discovered ‘major deficiencies’ in the running of ‘SafeEnt’, a Global Gaming subsidiary operating the Ninja Casino brand. Moving to suspend SafeEnt, The Swedish inspectorate has found several operator failures related to …

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Conor Gray: Boylesports ready for UK breakthrough

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Conor Gray Chief Executive of Boylesports has outlined the firm’s UK retail ambitions, as Ireland’s second-biggest bookmaker faces home market adjustments. Operating 254 betting shops within Ireland, Gray reveals that the doubling of betting tax duties to 2% of gross turnover, ‘will whip €10 million off Boylesports bottom line’. Facing a new Irish tax regime, …

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Vbet outlines UK intent through Arsenal FC partnership

BetConstruct’s B2C online sportsbook brand Vbet has announced its biggest commitment to the UK betting market, confirming that it has become the official betting partner of Arsenal FC. Updating the media, Vbet marketing confirms that it will serve as ‘official betting & gaming partner’ of the North London Premier League club until 2022. Detailing further partnership provisions, Vbet has hired …

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Ladbrokes appoints Children with Cancer UK as lead Charity Partner

Ladbrokes has this morning informed that ‘Children with Cancer UK’ will serve as its new Charity Partner, agreeing on a three-year arrangement which will see the bookmaker raise funds to help the organisation improve survival rates of young patients. Children with Cancer UK has been selected by Ladbrokes staff and will see the bookmaker utilise its marketing assets and sports …

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