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Norder moves to Yggdrasil

Casino games developer Yggdrasil Gaming has hired an experienced business development director, after opening a new hub in Gibraltar.  The group, which specialises in slots and lottery games, as well as pooled progressive jackpots, expanded its senior team with the appointment of online gaming expert Ulf Norder. Norder joins the company following demand for casino and lottery games content from …

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Colin Cole-Johnson joins Rank Group as Director of Digital Gaming

Henry Birch, Rank Group’s recently appointed CEO, has recruited former William Hill colleague Colin Cole-Johnson to head up Rank Group’s digital gaming division. Cole-Johnson will be in charge of Rank digital assets for Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos, plus potential future brands. Cole Johnson joins Rank as former director of igaming for William Hill, representing Henry Birch first significant appointment, …

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GTECH preps $4 billion IGT takeover

Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported this weekend that Milan stock listed gambling/lottery technology and provisions supplier GTECH SpA were preparing a bold $ 4 billion (£2.33 billion) acquisition offer to purchase International Game Technology – IGT. The Italian news source confirmed that senior GTECH management, were currently studying the financing dynamics of the deal in order to purchase the New …

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Vincent van ‘t Riet – Mbolo.nl- Dutch gambling reform throws up winners & losers

The die is finally cast. The Dutch Council of Ministers (cabinet) has given state secretary Fred Teeven the go ahead for his gambling reform. Last Friday, Teeven finally got the approval he sought after on three main issues: online gambling, lottery reforms and privatisation of the state owned Holland Casino. But Teeven is not home and dry yet. Or to …

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NRL suspends five players over betting allegations

The NRL has suspended five players for betting on rugby league matches in which their clubs were involved.A media statement announced the following bans: David Williams (Manly Sea Eagles)- suspended for the rest of the 2014 season after placing multiple bets on games – including several in which he was involved. Ethan Lowe (North Queensland Cowboys) – suspended for two …

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Traders using inside information could breach Gambling Act

Bookmakers have been advised to tighten up their employment conditions in order to make sure that traders who spot an emerging coup on the books don’t look to profit themselves by placing bets with rival firms and also to protect themselves from such behaviour. The Gambling Commission has written to the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to highlight the potential …

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Malta asks for ECJ clarity on illegal betting definition

Malta’s Economic Secretary Jose Herrera has urged the European Court of Justice (ECJ), for further clarity over the European Unions definition of illegal betting. Herrera made the appeal in light of the publication of the European draft convention on sports competitions. The convention purpose is to prevent  and detect corruption and manipulation of professional sports within EU member states. Furthermore …

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Spreadex sees annual profit rise of 30%

Spread betting and fixed odds operator Spreadex has seen profits rise by nearly 30% according to the latest financial accounts filed at Companies House. The firm, which offers sports betting and financial trading from one account, posted profits before tax of £18.5m from turnover of £35.4m for the year ending 31 May 2014. Spreadex, originally formed in 1999, has seen …

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