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Spain’s Ombudsman calls for complete ban on gambling advertisements

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Spain’s acting ‘Civic Ombudsman’, Francisco Fernández Marugán, has urged the Spanish government to issue a complete ban on advertising gambling products and services which would extend to the media, radio, television and internet. The proposed ban, which specifically excludes the state-run lottery operators Loterias and ONCE, comes as a ‘soon to be formed’ Spanish coalition government is expected to implement new …

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Richard Mifsud, Helio Gaming: The lottery cross-sell opportunity for sports betting operators

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Malta-based lottery provider Helio Gaming is gearing up for another busy period after a hectic first quarter in 2019. SBC caught up with CEO Richard Mifsud (pictured) to see what’s happening in the world of lotteries, and how other operators are getting in on the act. SBC: Can you give us a quick summary of where the world of lotteries is …

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PlayOJO launches £10m ‘Thumbs Up OJO’ UK campaign

Fair play’ online casino PlayOJO has launched its new UK £10 million advertising campaign ‘Thumbs Up OJO’ across TV, radio and digital platforms. The campaign sees PlayOJO continue to promote its commitment towards ‘fair play’ and ‘fair treatment’ of players, operating as an online casino ‘with no wagering requirements whatsoever, no minimum or maximum withdrawals and where players receive money …

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Bill Moyes – NHS must be clear on its role tackling problem gambling

Speaking on the Health Service Journal‘s ‘The Bedpan’ interview series, Bill Moyes, Chair of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has warned NHS leadership of side-lining problem gambling as UK public health issue. Having chaired the UKGC since 2016, Moyes is the former founding Executive Chairman of ‘Monitor’ the independent regulator for NHS’ trusts. In the interview, Moyes breaks down gambling …

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Racing industry pulls together for community engagement project

Over 50 organisations from the British racing industry came together for the Racing Together Community Day which saw over 250 employees dedicate time to engaging with the local community. Employees volunteered at a number of locations across the country such as Age UK in Camden and Riding for the Disabled in Cheltenham. The Racing Together Community day comes as the …

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Bettor collaboration… GVC backs Safer Online Gambling Group

FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings Plc has strengthened its ongoing ‘Changing for the Bettor’ corporate campaign by partnering with new industry non-profit organisation Safer Online Gambling Group (SOGG). Founded this year, SOGG is a public health non-profit formed by father and son team, David and Adam Bradford, to raise awareness and collaboration across all UK health networks on tackling problem …

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Denmark urges further EU collaboration on Macolin Convention

The Danish contingent of the Council of Europe has called for European Union (EU) member states to further address matters pertaining to the fight against corruption and sports integrity. It comes as a bid to ensure that the EU is fully participating in the Macolin convention, which aims to establish a cross-border legal framework to combat match-fixing. The Danish delegation …

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German states back Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework

The parliament for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed that Germany’s sixteen federal Bundesland (provincial governments) have backed its proposed framework on regulating online gambling services by a majority. German states will back the adoption of the Schleswig-Holstein provisional framework, allowing operators to extend existing igaming licenses until June 30, 2021.  Proposed last March, the Schleswig-Holstein framework will allow …

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UK heavyweights form ‘Responsible Affiliates in Gambling’

New UK industry trade association ‘Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAIG)’ has been formed in recognition of the role ‘affiliate marketing providers must play’ as part of wider UK industry initiatives promoting social responsibility and safer gambling standards. RAIG is founded by leading UK betting affiliate publishers; the Racing Post, Better Collective and Oddschecker, backing the RAIG’s mandate of ‘promoting social …

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Tom Watson demands thorough review into online casino licence holders

The UK Labour Party has emphasised that online casinos which received licences after 2014 should have to reapply for operating licences after it was found by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) that over one third of operators were asked to improve their standards. The party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has penned a letter to both the UKGC CEO Neil McArthur and Jeremy …

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