Retail

William Hill appoints Kirsty Gallacher as new Brand Ambassador

William Hill marketing has confirmed the appointment of former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, as its ‘New Brand Ambassador’. Gallacher one of the most recognisable UK sports journalists/broadcasters joins William Hill’s brand ambassadorial team, working alongside Robbie Savage (football) and Sir Tony McCoy (racing). In its update, William Hill details that Gallacher has signed a ‘long-term’ brand representative contract and …

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Severe online restrictions see change at Norwegian regulator

Norwegian gambling regulator Lotteri- og Stiftelsestilsynet has reappointed Gunn Merete Paulsen as its Director General, as pressure increases on the government to further restrict remote online gambling services. Paulsen retakes leadership of the regulator, replacing former incumbent Atle Hamar who has been repositioned as Norway’s Environment Secretary. A former PWC executive, Paulsen had served as Deputy Director General of Lotteri- og …

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Buzzed Up! Playtech secures Gala Leisure omni-channel lead systems agreement

FTSE industry technology group Playtech Plc has confirmed that it will act as lead omni-channel systems provider for Gala Leisure, as the UK bingo operator transitions to its new identity as Buzz Bingo. Updating the market, Playtech will become the lead bingo and casino platform provider for Gala Leisure, servicing the retail and land-based provisions of Buzz Bingo future enterprise. …

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SG Digital to deliver full betting suite for British Columbia Lottery

SG Digital (Scientific Games Corporation) has announced its latest North American commercial partnership, confirming that it has secured an extensive sports betting solutions supplier contract with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC – Canada). BCLC a current partner of OpenBet sports betting solutions, will move to fully integrate SG Digital systems, upgrading its entire sportsbook portfolio. SG Digital upgrades for …

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En Marche to sell FDJ on the condition that France revamps gambling regulatory framework

As anticipated, Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche government has confirmed that it will privatise French state-owned gambling and lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ). However, FDJ’s sale comes with several strings attached, as the French Assembly demands that En Marche moves to restructure France’s national gambling regulatory framework. As a key initiative of Macron’s ‘France enterprise and innovation program’, En Marche will …

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MGM hires Scott Butera to lead US sports betting vision

New York-listed gambling and leisure group MGM Resorts International, has confirmed the executive appointment of Scott Butera as new President of Interactive Gaming. A 25-year gambling and hospitality leadership veteran, Butera has formerly served as President of Foxwoods Resorts and as Commissioner of the Arena Football League. In its corporate update, MGM governance details that Butera will be primarily tasked …

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188BET to sponsor next month’s Summer Plate Ladies’ Day

The biggest and richest racing day of the year at Market Rasen Racecourse has a new backer. Online bookmaker 188BET will become the sponsor of Summer Plate Ladies’ Day in association with Lincs FM, which this year falls on Saturday 21st July. The summer meeting regularly attracts over 8500 visitors, features the showpiece £50,000-listed steeplechase – the most valuable race …

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Optus feels wrath of Australia following shambolic Russia 2018 weekend broadcast

Socceroo fans have lambasted Australian media and telecoms firm Optus, for its shambolic handling of World Cup Russia 2018’s opening weekend. The SingTel subsidiary which has secured the rights to broadcast/stream all Russia 2018 matches has come under fire, as its digital platform Optus Yes could not handle the weekend demand for World Cup matches. Optus broadcast issues begun as …

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Betfred calls for Playtech BGT terminal expansion

Betfred is set to expand its in-store engagement capacity, commissioning Playtech BGT Sports to install a further 250 widescreen terminals across its UK estates. The expanded agreement sees Playtech BGT service more than 3,000 terminals across Betfred’s 1,700 retail betting shops. In its market update, Betfred retail management stated that further Playtech BGT terminal provisions were needed to satisfy the …

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SG Gaming renews & upgrades Ladbrokes Coral terminals

Nasdaq-listed industry technology provider, Scientific Games Corporation has confirmed that its European subsidiary SG Gaming will continue to act as lead retail terminals supplier to Ladbrokes Coral properties. Updating the market SG Gaming confirms that it has secured a further seven-year agreement to service Ladbrokes Coral’s 3,500 UK betting shops with its hardware solutions and games content. Further to the …

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