Oceania

New Zealand plans to revamp racing industry with governance restructure

The New Zealand government has set out new plans to completely revamp the country’s horseracing industry, with proposals to impose new taxes on offshore bookmakers and establish new governance structures. Following an industry-wide review carried out by John Messara, two new pieces of legislation are set to be rolled out by the country’s deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. The first …

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NZ ASA launches new ‘Gambling Advertising Code’ emphasising ‘fair representation’

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New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has published its new advertising code, updating, policy, guidance and standards on promoting gambling services. Updating NZ media and gambling stakeholders, ASA details that its new code will be effective from 5 August 2019 for new adverts, with all incumbents expected to comply with the new laws by 4 November 2019. The new code …

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Ainsworth confirms Lawrence Levy as inbound CEO

Novomatic Group AG’s Australian gaming machine manufacturer and supplier Ainsworth Game Technology (Ainsworth), has confirmed the appointment of Lawrence Levy as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment, sees Ainsworth complete its 6-month executive search to find the leadership replacement of long-term CEO incumbent Danny Gladstone, who last September announced his pending departure set for June 2019. A seasoned industry executive in gaming …

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Sportschamps becomes latest operator to be fined by New South Wales authorities

New South Wales authorities have continued their crackdown on illegal gambling advertising this week, as Sportschamps becomes the latest operator to be sanctioned for a deposit bonus promotion published on its site last year. The advert in question stated that customers would be able to sign up to the site for free, while also adding: “Matched first time deposit bonus …

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Sportsbet fined for displaying illegal gambling advertisements

Australian operator Sportsbet has been hit with an AUS$10,000 (£5350) fine from New South Wales’ authorities after being convicted of displaying illicit gambling advertisements on its website. The advert in question displayed cartoon depictions of two male characters with their thumbs up, alongside the text: “Refer a Friend – Get a $100 Bonus Bet for every friend you refer to …

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Second jockey is charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences

Australian jockey Daniel Schmitt has become the second rider to be charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences, after it was found that he had placed over 71 bets across a two-and-a-half period. In February, apprentice jockey Chris Casareta was also charged with placing 6 bets on thoroughbred racing, something that is forbidden for Australian racers. Racing Victoria stewards have …

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Sky Racing World Launches OZ simulcasting for North America

Tabcorp Holdings’ international racing subsidiary Sky Racing World (Sky World) has announced the launch of an Australian racing High Definition (HD) simulcasting channel for the North American marketing. The launch of the channel marks Sky World’s continued focus on the North American market, with its racing content accompanied by a new customised graphics package for North American clients. David Haslett, President and CEO, …

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Q4 revenues highlight growth potential for enlarged Stars Group

Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has published its Q4 and full-year 2018 accounts, detailing that it has completed a ‘landmark year’, laying the foundations for its future global growth initiatives. Incorporating the assets of Sky Bet and BetEasy Australia, an enlarged Stars Group records group revenues of $2.1 billion (FY2017: $1.3bn), with the company detailing that it now operates …

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Player props from DST to drive Neds Australian market growth

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Digital Sports Tech (DST) has agreed a deal to launch its Props Data Feed service with Neds, which will enable the operator to deliver the most extensive player props portfolio in the Australian market. Integration of this low latency push service feed for Neds – part of the GVC stable of online brands – is powered by DST’s industry-leading props …

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BetEasy pens Australia sports betting agreement with NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has penned an exclusive agreement with Stars Group-owned BetEasy to enter into its first ever sports betting partnership in Australia. As part of the agreement, BetEasy will have access to and be able to use official NBA betting data and marketing materials. In addition, BetEasy will work closely with the NBA to protect the game’s …

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