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BGC – Casinos ready to reopen from 4 July

Communicating on behalf of its members, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has declared that England’s casinos will be ready to reopen and service the public safely from 4 July. As part of the government’s ‘stage 3’ arrangement of lockdown easings, hospitality and leisure businesses across England will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, providing that they adhere to …

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SIS upgrades streaming network with Phenix solutions 

Redeploying its broadcast services following lockdown, Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will optimise its streaming capacity by utilising Phenix real-time video solutions.  Updating its global partners, SIS revealed that it has installed Phenix streaming provisions which will significantly reduce network latency across its 24/7 live broadcast programming. Phenix’s technology upgrades will be deployed across SIS’ 24/7 Live …

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HBLB funds additional fixtures as racing returns

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is due to fund nine additional racing fixtures across June and July, in recognition of the ‘high level of immediate demand to run’. With Scotland and Wales resuming racing later this month, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has revised its current racing programme to include race meetings at Scottish and Welsh courses. Tom Byrne, …

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National Lottery hits peak sales to help support critical causes

Camelot Group has reported that the National Lottery returned £1.85 billion to good causes, reflecting an increase of £198.4 million (+12%) on 2018/2019 financial results. The increase in returns to Good Causes is ‘even more significant at this critical time’, and will see ‘up to £600 million of National Lottery funding being directed towards UK charities and organisations to help …

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Blackstone reviews CIRSA options as pandemic wipes out IPO potential

US private equity fund Blackstone Group has moved to safeguard its investment in Spanish gambling operator Grupo CIRSA purchasing €120 million of the firm’s debt notes. Last week, CIRSA published headline Q1 trading figures, revealing that company growth had been wiped out during March, with the company being forced to shut down its entire retail presence across Spain and South …

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Ladbrokes eyes strong TV return for UK racing 

Ladbrokes has accepted a strong return for UK racing, as the general public yearns to watch live sports again following a near three-month hiatus. During lockdown, Ladbrokes commissioned research data firm Perspectus Global to undertake a survey of 2,000 sports fans to find out their views on what they missed most about watching live sport. Ladbrokes stated that an ‘absence …

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Tote Ten to Follow returns as UK racing resumes

As UK racing makes its return today, the Tote Group has revealed a number of new features that will be made available to punters. The new features will ‘enhance the pool betting experience for customers’, and will feature the return of Tote Ten to Follow and bigger pools. Alex Frost, Chief Executive of the UK Tote Group, said: “Like so …

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Lord Goldsmith to lead Howard League’s ‘deeper research’ on crime and problem gambling links

Penal reform charity The Howard League is set to undertake further research, examining the ‘links between criminal activity and problem gambling’. Having sanctioned an academic literature review conducted by Sarah Ramanauskas, Senior Partner at Gambling Integrity, Howard League revealed that’s there is ‘a dearth of knowledge’ related to the subject matter. In its review of academic reports, the charity found …

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BGC calls for continued flexibility from government as lockdown relaxed

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to ‘keep being flexible’ following the latest update to the Government’s COVID-19 furlough scheme. Welcoming Sunak’s extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the standards body acknowledged that a number of its members ‘will be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for the foreseeable future’. …

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Scottish racing gets green light for 22 June restart

In accordance with the Scottish Government’s route map for exiting lockdown, Scottish racing has been given the green light to resume behind closed doors from Monday 22 June. Discussions are currently taking place between Scottish Racing and the Scottish Government to support the resumption of race day fixtures. Scottish Racing’s Manager, Delly Innes, said: “The public can have confidence in …

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