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William Hill aims for strong new year following tough 2015 readjustments

Having issued an unaudited 2015 trading statement this morning, William Hill governance is positive that the company is well placed for a strong 2016, following a year of re-adjustments to new market conditions and tax headwinds imposed on UK betting operators. Despite recording a 22% drop in its group operating profits to £290 million (FY 2014: £371 million), William Hill governance …

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James Fleming – Quick payments ‘the most important retention tool available’

James Fleming, Commercial Director at emerchants Europe, talks about how his firm’s payment service has transformed the way customers get funds from bookmakers. Emerchants is providing gaming operators with the ability to give their customers instant access to funds via a prepaid card. Can you give a bit of flavour how it works? Our original goal was to dramatically improve …

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24/7 ESports drops former Skyred CS:GO team

Australian eSports company 24/7 Esports has announced that it has terminated relations with a Vietnamese CS:GO team amidst allegations of match fixing. The team were formerly signed to Skyred, an eSports organisation which is one of the biggest in Vietnam.   It’s key to note that these remain only allegations, and no evidence has been provided as yet. The decision …

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Sportsbet adds in-play betting markets

The Australian subsidiary of Paddy Power, Sportsbet has added the popular in-play betting function to its offering.  In-play betting is made complicated in Australia due to the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act which restricts in-play bets to personal ones made at betting shops, or via a phone line. Betting operators get around this in a variety of ways, the likes of …

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Tom Seymour – Cricket offers superb branding opportunities for betting

Tom Seymour, Commercial Director at Durham County Cricket Club (CCC), aims to take SBC readers on a cricketing’ tour of discovery over this year, focusing on the biggest players, grounds and opportunities the sport has to offer. Durham County Cricket Club may be a new kid on the block within the national game, but in terms of winning trophies and …

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Australian Football League announces media betting restrictions

The Australian Football League (AFL) has announced its planned betting restrictions on those in the media that are accredited with the organisation.   The league has stated that from the 2016 season, which kicks off on March 24th, media wishing to bet on matches will only be allowed to do so during a specified time window on match days. The precise …

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UFC 193 betting ban due to corruption concerns

It has been reported that Tabcorp was banned from taking bets on the UFC 193 event in Melbourne in November by Victoria’s gambling regulator. The ban arrived amid warnings that UFC was vulnerable to money laundering by figures in organised crime and corruption. This became the first time that the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation had refused an …

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Ladbrokes Australia reactivates live betting functionalities

Ladbrokes Australia has reactivated its in-play live betting feature, ‘LivePlay’, following a review of failed legal proceedings against the service by the Australian Communication Agency (ACMA). The operator had withdrawn the live betting feature in July (at the time called ‘Ladbrokes – Quickcall’), following the announcement of a federal probe by the ACMA regarding the breaching of national online betting …

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Tabcorp to enter UK market in partnership with The Sun

Australian bookmaker Tabcorp Holdings has teamed up with News UK, publisher of The Sun newspaper, to launch a new online wagering and gaming business in the UK and Irish markets. The business will be known as Sun Bets and will launch in 2016. The new business will bring together Tabcorp’s capability in global wagering with News UK’s vast customer base …

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New South Wales’ OLGR gets tough on advertising inducements

New South Wales (NSW) betting regulator, The Office of Liquor Gaming & Racing (OLGR) has warned the Australian betting industry that it will not tolerate any form of promotional/marketing consumer inducement for gambling products. The OLGR industry warning comes as the regulator announced last week that it launched advertising charges against operators’ Tabcorp, Crownbet, bet365 and Unibet. In 2015 OLGR …

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