Oceania

Bookmakers celebrating 100/1 Melbourne Cup winner

Bookmakers were cheering yesterday after the Melbourne Cup was won by 100/1 shot Prince Of Penzance, the longest winner in Australia’s most famous race since 1940. It is also the first time a female jockey has ridden the winner in the race’s 155-year history, giving Michelle Payne the opportunity to speak out over the sexism she has encountered. “It is …

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Sullivan returns to market with BlueBet Australia

Australian betting industry veteran Michael Sullivan has announced his return to market with the launch of new bookmaker BlueBet. The former William Hill Australia Chief Executive, Sullivan told Australian business news sources that BlueBet would offer a level of customer service and personalised engagement that foreign owned bookmakers could not facilitate. Sullivan who had led Sportingbet Australia and Centrebet operations …

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Tabcorp seeks new CMO as Michael Smith exits

Australian gambling operator Tabcorp is seeking a new marketing chief, as CMO Michael Smith announced that he had left the company following just 10 months in the leadership role. Smith a former telecoms marketing senior executive for Optus and Singtel, confirmed to Australian Media news source Mumbrella, that he had chosen to leave the operator stating “it had not been …

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Tabcorp maintains wagering & revenue performance despite tough Q3 comparative period

Tabcorp governance stated that it was pleased with corporate performance, as the Australian operator maintained bet wagering levels in-line with 2014’s corresponding period which featured the FIFA 2014 World Cup. Issuing a Q3 2015 trading update, Tabcorp detailed that wagering turnover had been maintained at AUS $3.1 billion (£1.5 billion). Tabcorp’s maintained wagering activity would record a group revenue increase …

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William Hill Australia wins ‘Click to Call’ battle

William Hill Australia appears to have won the battle to keep its controversial ‘Click to Call’ betting feature, after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced that it would not investigate the operator for breaching online gambling laws regarding wagering on live sports markets In August, the operators ‘Click to Call’ feature had been referred to the AFP by the Australian …

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William Hill becomes first ever betting partner of the Australian Open

William Hill Australia has announced that it has become the first ever betting partner of the Australian Open Tennis Championships. William Hill Australia CEO Tom Waterhouse confirmed the partnership to the media today, as the operator becomes the first betting partner of a tennis Grand Slam tournament. The operator agreed its partnership with Tennis Australia and will work with event …

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AFL clubs move to end gambling sponsorships

Australian Football League (AFL) clubs are turning their backs on betting sponsorships by signing up to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s ‘Gambling’s Not a Game’ program. The program which has gained significant political support, aims to remove betting advertising from AFL grounds. AFL Clubs Hawthorn, Collingwood, North Melbourne, Melbourne Victory, St. Kilde, Essendon, and the Western Bulldogs have announced that …

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SportsBet Australia reveals “Take a Break” campaign

Australian online betting operator SportsBet (sportsbet.com.au) has committed AUS $1.5 million to promote its new “Take a Break” campaign. Planned for launch in November, SportsBet aims to raise awareness of problem gambling, addiction and other risks associated with online betting. The operator revealed its campaign to the media, which promotes its self-exclusion system which allows players to temporarily bar themselves …

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Ladbrokes gains Sandown Park Racecourse title

Sandown Park Racecourse in Springvale Victoria (Australia), is set to be re-named Ladbrokes Park under a new sponsorship agreement with between Ladbrokes Australia and race operator Melbourne Racing Club. The racecourse will attach the Ladbrokes title from January 1 2016 as part of a three year partnership. The deal sees Sandown drop William Hill as title sponsors, as the operator …

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Australian authorities getting pedantic over ‘in-play’ definition

The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) and Federal Police (AFP) are stepping up their campaign against the betting industry over its in-play services by threatening action over bets taken during multiple day sporting events such as golf and cricket. Australian news sources report that the ACMA has asked William Hill, Crownbet and Sportsbet AU to clarify how wagers taken …

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