Oceania

William Hill in search of new Australia CEO as Sullivan leaves

William Hill has confirmed the departure of its Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Sullivan, who agreed to leave the company on Monday. William Hill announced that Group of Director of Operatins James Henderson would take temporary charge of the regions operations, while it looked for Sullivan’s replacement. Sullivan retained his position as CEO of William Hill Australia, following the operator …

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Strong quarter for Ladbrokes

One of the UK’s oldest and largest retail bookmakers has warned of potential shop closures and job losses in 2015, because of regulatory uncertainty and a 5% hike in Machine Games Duty (MGD). Speaking as Ladbrokes released its Q1 Interim Management Statement, Chief Executive Richard Glynn, said: “The unexpected recent tax increases and ongoing uncertainty surrounding regulation are unwelcome. We …

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NextGen Gaming engages Betdigital for Gala Coral gaming machines launch

Betdigital has been chosen by NextGen Gaming, the Sydney, Australia based slots studio of NYX Gaming Group, to launch their Foxin’ Wins and 300 Shields online slots titles exclusively to Gala Coral’s licensed betting offices and bingo clubs. Foxin’ Wins is NextGen’s finest online slot of the year to date – five reels of comic capers set in the mansion …

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Australian expedition paying off for William Hill

The gaming company, which marks 80 years in business this year, has seen massive increases in growth down under, with net revenue alone rising by almost 500 per cent. Commenting on the release of its Q1 results for the 13 weeks ended 1 April 2014, and the platforms currently in place in Australia, Chief Executive Ralph Topping, said: “Our focus …

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Judge Dredd to make slots debut

NextGen Gaming, the Sydney, Australia based slots studio of NYX Gaming Group, is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive licensing deal which allows for the creation of slot games featuring 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd character. Judge Dredd stories have for over 37 years generated millions of fans worldwide through comic books, graphic novels, role-playing games, video games and …

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No Carnival for Robbie Waterhouse

Victoria’s Premier Denis Napthine has come under fire for lobbying to allow Robbie Waterhouse, father of high profile bookmaker Tom Waterhouse, to take bets at Warrnambool Racecourse. Australian gambling state regulator Racing Victoria confirmed that it will stand by its decision not to allow the Tom Waterhouse business (now owned by William Hill) to accept wagers at the upcoming Warrnambool’s …

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Betfred plan mobile first strategy for Aussie market entry

Betfred announced plans to launch its brand in Australia, applying a mobile first strategy to its marketing and operations, as it aims to establish itself in the market. Betfred believes that utilising mobile channels for the Australian igaming market will create a point of difference between them and their competitors. Luke Brill Managing Director of Betfred Australia, announced that the …

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Odobo partner with games developer Probability Jones

Odobo, the game developer program for the regulated real-money gambling industry, announces its latest developer partnership with game architects, Probability Jones. Beat the Croupier and Imperial 7’s will be the first of several games planned for release on Odobo by Probability Jones, a company that has established a reputation for developing original game concepts. Their titles retain the core appeal of traditional format …

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Ladbrokes set to acquire Australian Sportsbook – Eskander Betstar

Ladbrokes are set to increase its presence in the Australian igaming market, with the purposed acquisition of Melbourne based sportsbook Eskander Betstar. Industry news reports speculate that the UK listed gambling operator is set to finalise the acquisition of Betstar within the next 24 hours, for a reported AUS $20 million sum  (£11 million). Betstar operations will be merged with …

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William Hill announces technical migration of Australian brands into one platform

William Hill has announced the complete migration of its three acquired Australian brands- Centrebet, Tom Waterhouse and Sportingbet Australia. The integration will see all brands managed under a single platform, promoting unified technologies and products to its Australian customer base. William Hill will maintain all three brands active, which counters previous industry speculation that the operator would be looking to …

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