Oceania

Favourit announces Gary Harris as new CEO

Gary Harris has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Australian based social sports betting operator, Favourit. Harris worked at Sportingbet Australia as both IT Director and Board member from 2004 until 2013, during which time he oversaw technological developments and online turnover going from AU$10m (£4.5m) to AU$2.4bn (£1.1bn). February 2013 also saw William Hill Group acquire …

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Abbott Government calls for interactive betting review

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot (Liberal Coalition), has personally tasked Social Services Minister Scott Morrison with leading a review of the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act (IGA). The review follows ongoing federal probes into international licensed online bookmaker’s use of ‘call’ systems which mirror live betting, prohibited by the 2001 IGA. Various ministers and gambling stakeholders have stated that the 2001 …

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Stefan Berak – Favourit – Tapping into betting’s social capital

Favourit is a bookmaker with a difference based in Australia. The operator aims to capitalise on the burgeoning social aspect being incorporated into traditional sports betting; indeed it calls itself a ‘social online sports betting site designed like a social network.’ Favourit adds an option to challenge others players, and you’ll also be ranked alongside other users via the BetIQ …

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William Hill stands by ‘Click to Call’ system for the Australian betting market

Facing a probe by Australia’s Federal Police of its ‘Click to Call’ betting system, William Hill is standing by its controversial mechanism. During its interim results, the bookmaker revealed that its Australian betting division had seen wagers triple following the introduction of ‘Click to Call’, which follows live betting procedures by allowing customers to connect to live betting markets through …

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Racing Victoria & Seven Network launch Racing.com

Australia’s Seven broadcast network and Racing Victoria have launched a new free to air channel devoted to Victoria racing events, Racing.com Racing.com will be made available using the full range of Seven Network services and devices, as the channel makes its debut this Saturday. Details on Racing.com were announced today by Tim Worner, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of …

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New Zealand re-appoints Graeme Reeves as Gambling Commissioner

New Zealand’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed the re-appointment of Graeme Reeves as Chief Gambling Commissioner. Reeves, a commercial lawyer with experience in commercial and property law, previously served as a director of the Airways Corporation for New Zealand and spent time as a director of New Zealand Post. The re-appointment of Reeves is announced as New Zealand Racing …

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Synot Group invests in Australian slot manufacturer Atlas Gaming

Eastern European gambling and betting operator Synot Group has acquired a minority stake in Australian machine gaming manufacturer Atlas Gaming. The investment in the manufacturer is part of its strategic partnership with South African gambling investment firm Grand Parade Investments (GPI). The Synot Group investment in Atlas Gaming, will see the Czech based gambling operator provide global distribution services as …

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Tatts Group marks UBET future expansion for retail betting performance overhaul

Tatts Group CEO Robbie Cooke, has outlined that the unifying UBET brand and operations, will be the key driver of Tatts Group future corporate growth. Presenting 2014/2015 year end results (period ending 30 June), Tatts group posted net profits of AUS $252 million (£117 million) up 25% on the corresponding years performance of AUS $200.4 million. Driven by record sales …

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Australian FCA urges for ban on bookmaker credit lines

South Australian Senator Nick Xenephon wants Australia’s financial authorities to ban g credit lines facilities being offered to national consumers. A new report released on Monday calls for a blanket ban on online betting companies extending credit to gamblers, including accepting credit cards as a form of payment. The senator supported by the Australian Financial Counselling (FCA) has warned government bodies that …

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Ladbrokes Australia boosts racing inventory with Racing Victoria streaming partnership

Ladbrokes Australia has confirmed that it will integrate Racing Victoria broadcast services, as it looks to enhance its Australian racing inventory in the coming months. The bookmaker has agreed a multi-year content agreement to allow Racing Victoria meetings to be live streamed to active account holders on Ladbrokes Australia betting platform and on subsidiary brands BetStar and Bookmaker.com.au. Ladbrokes becomes …

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