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Intralot secures further Greek OPAP lead lottery supplier extension

Updating the market, Athens-listed lottery and gaming systems provider Intralot has confirmed that it has secured a three-year extension to its lead lottery provisions arrangement with leading Greek market gambling operator OPAP. Intralot will continue to act as the main supplier of OPAP’s ‘numerical lottery products’ and related services. The partnership extensions will see Intralot upgrade OPAP’s lottery management platform, …

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Brazil stalls again on Bill 186 gambling progress

It appears that Brazilian betting stakeholders will have to wait until 2018, for any clarity with regards to a new national gambling framework, as this week Brazil’s Senate has stalled on its decision to progress federal level betting provisions. Brazilian Media reports detail that legal stakeholder the Constitutionality and Justice Committee (CCJ) was meant to approve Bill 186 this Wednesday, but …

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Gambling Commission on the hunt for new CEO

The UK Gambling Commission is looking for a new CEO after Sarah Harrison revealed she will be leaving the Commission at the end of February 2018 to take up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Neil McArthur, the Commission’s Chief Counsel and Executive Director, will be appointed by the Commission as Acting Chief Executive with …

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Playtech BGT appoints Lee Drabwell as UK & Ireland Operations lead

Playtech sports betting technology subsidiary, Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has bolstered its executive leadership team confirming the appointment of former Ladbrokes Managing Director Lee Drabwell as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) for PBS’ UK and Ireland division. A seasoned industry veteran, Drabwell spent 29-years with Ladbrokes serving a number of senior executive roles within the firm’s retail arm. Drabwell left …

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Bookmakers say it’s a ‘Perfect’ Christmas for Ed Sheeran and Beyonce

Bookmakers are backing the UK-US duo of Ed Sheeran and Beyonce Knowles to be the UK’s Christmas Number One on December 25. This week Sheeran, the UK’s highest selling record artist released a special version of his single ‘Perfect’, featuring US RnB Queen Beyonce. Opening markets, all bookmakers currently back ‘Perfect’ as clear 4/7 favourite to land the Christmas Number …

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Ladbrokes apologises for Scottish football tweet

Prime sponsors of the Scottish Premier League Ladbrokes, have apologised after Aberdeen complained to the SPFL about a tweet posted by the betting operator, during the Don’s 2-1 defeat to Rangers. The tweet read “GOOOOOOALLLLL! Danny Wilson puts Rangers ahead! “Fantastic news for Derek McInnes.” Referencing the heavy speculation surrounding the future of Don’s manager and former Ranger’s player Derek …

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BBC & ITV publish Russia 2018 TV Schedules

UK terrestrial broadcasters the BBC and ITV have published their respective Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup TV schedules (tournament dates: 14 June – 15 July). The two lead UK World Cup 2018 broadcasters have chosen to split of the 64 matches at the tournament in Russia following negotiations after the draw was made in Moscow last Friday. As a result, …

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UKGC appoints James Mackay as ‘National Lottery 2023’ competition director

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today confirmed the appointment of James Mackay as new Executive Director, charged with leading the next competition process for the licence of the UK National Lottery. A regulatory compliance and policy expert, Mackay joins UKGC leadership from UK rail networks’ supervisory body the Rail Delivery Group, where he most recently served as Head of …

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All eyes on Capitol Hill as Chris Christie seeks Supreme Drop of PASPA

Today, US Supreme Court Justices’ will hear initial ‘oral arguments’, put forward by New Jersey officials seeking to repeal provisions of 1992’s ‘Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)’. New Jersey continues its decade-long battle to implement ‘state-licensed sports betting’, which had been previously rejected in 2015 by the US Justice Department. Arguing that PASPA regulations interfere with US states’ …

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ACCC will not stand in way of Tabcorp-Tatts merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has detailed that it will not challenge the Australian Competition Tribunal’s (ACT) decision to approve the AUS $11 billion merger of Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group. Issuing a short market update, ACCC still believes that the Tabcorp-Tatts combination will impact industry competition within Australia’s gaming and betting markets. Nevertheless, ACCC governance will not challenge …

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