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Ulrik Bengtsson stands down as CEO of William Hill as 888 takeover nears completion

William Hill has confirmed that Ulrik Bengtsson has stepped down as Chief Executive of the company, which expects to complete its sale to 888 Holdings on 1 July. Issuing a statement, Bengtsson told investors that he had accomplished the objectives of his leadership tenure, which saw William Hill internationally diversify its business, followed by its £3 billion sale to Caesars …

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Catena Media expands horse racing content with Spotlight Sports Group’s Superfeed

Catena Media will integrate Spotlight Sports Group’s Superfeed engine into its horse racing-focused websites after the two companies agreed a new partnership. Under the terms of the deal, CatenaMedia’s GG.co.uk and racingtips.com will benefit from the full international offering of data and content from more than 60,000 races annually, made available via the Superfeed engine. Daniel Smith, Spotlight Sports Group’s …

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Smarkets: chances of Boris Johnson departure more likely after by-election blow

The prospect of Boris Johnson leaving Number 10 before the year is out look increasingly likely today, with Smarkets indicating a 35% chance of the Prime Minister being ousted – up from 28% last night. Following what can only be described as a challenging night for the Prime Minister’s leadership, Smarkets revealed that the results of the two by-elections were …

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Steve Beason returns to Scientific Games as Digital lead 

Victor Blanco to join Scientific Games as new CTO

Light & Wonder has confirmed the appointment of Steve Beason as President of Digital and Sports Betting for Scientific Games’ lottery unit.  The appointment sees Beason return to Scientific Games, where he previously served Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the firm’s Lottery System division between 2005 and 2016. Following his executive tenure at Scientific Games, Beason would serve as a …

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Betfred invests in LottoStar to accelerate South African drive  

Betfred has significantly expanded its presence within South Africa, taking a ‘major shareholding’ in LottoStar to advance the market leader’s online betting offering.  Marked a major corporate initiative, Betfred will invest in LottoStar, which is recognised as South Africa’s leading brand for fixed-odds numbers betting and Live Games. “LottoStar has quickly developed itself as a leading brand, recognised nationally across …

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Aspire Global delists from Stockholm Nasdaq.

Aspire Global has announced that its application to delist from the Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market has now been approved by the Stockholm Nasdaq. On June 15, 2022, following a request from its then takeover bidder NeoGames, Aspire detailed that it had lodged an application to be omitted from trading. Under the terms of the acceptance, the last day of trading in …

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Veikkaus postpones lottery ID checks to 2024

The Finnish gambling and lottery state monopoly Veikkaus Oy has called on lawmakers to delay the introduction of mandatory identification checks of coupon games, including lotteries. Veikkaus started to upgrade its sales terminals ahead of the introduction of Finland’s new Lotteries Act, which came into force on January 1, 2022, though some points in the law were granted a transitional period and can be …

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SOFTSWISS debuts Hunting Tournaments campaign

SOFTSWISS Sportsbook has set out plans to enhance levels of gamification across its platform with the launch of Hunting Tournaments.

SOFTSWISS Sportsbook has set out plans to enhance levels of gamification across its platform with the launch of Hunting Tournaments. The new promotion will feature “simple rules and captivating mechanics” which it believes will help its partners to drive further engagement. “We’ve made another move to expand our portfolio of exclusive bonuses to gamify sports betting,” said Alexander Kamenetskyi, Product …

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ANJ begins review of French betting media contracts

The media contracts of French-licensed bookmakers are to be examined and evaluated by a ‘working group’ reporting to l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) – France’s Unified Gambling Authority. This week, ANJ announced that it had established its ‘working group of experts’ that will examine bookmaker’s planned marketing campaigns as part of the regulator’s ongoing review of advertising standards. The initiative …

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