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Sarah Gardner: Refreshed UKGC committed to improving all levels of gambling protection

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Sarah Gardner, Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has stated that the regulator and industry must share an ‘understanding of the task at hand’ to improve UK gambling for the benefit of society.    Delivering the keynote address at the Annual Convention for BACTA members, Gardner underlined that 2021 has been a year of wholesale changes for the …

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Ben Haden: Wider perspectives needed to improve research on gambling prevalence 

At the start of 2021, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) launched a pilot scheme to test new research methodologies on how data is collected on the participation and engagement of UK adults with gambling products and services.  Project lead Ben Haden, the Commission’s Director of Research and Statistics, has shared his reflections on the pilot’s first-stage developments, which will be …

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BoyleSports strengthens retail presence with acquisition of last 10 Tully Bookmakers

Irish independent bookmaker Tully Bookmakers has made the decision to sell its ten remaining retail venues to BoyleSports, as reported by the Racing Post. Also taking on Tully’s telephone betting business, the acquisition will see BoyleSports maintain its position as the largest independent operator in Ireland with a suite of 268 retail betting shops throughout both the Republic and Northern …

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Flutter Entertainment enters long-term streaming partnership with RMG

Flutter Entertainment and Racecourse Media Group (RMG) have confirmed the signing of a long-term partnership, lasting until 2028, focusing around streaming rights and marketing. The deal will see Flutter Entertainment leverage RMG’s horse racing streams to supply more content to its customers across its online and retail Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Bet verticals. Meanwhile, RMG will look to utilise …

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Camelot attributes Tokyo Games for ‘highest-ever’ first-half lottery sales

Camelot has revealed that its H1 National Lottery ticket sales for the 2021/22 financial year were its ‘highest-ever’, attributing its success to the brand’s connection to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Publishing an update this morning, the National Lottery operator announced ticket sales of £3,961.4 million for the first six months of the year – covering 1 April …

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Orenes and R. Franco merge to form new Spanish gambling giant 

A transformative union has been struck for Spanish gambling as Grupo Orenes and R. Franco have agreed to merge businesses. The merger will establish Spain’s biggest gambling machines manufacturer and distributor of games for casinos, arcades and café premises operating across Spain’s 17 autonomous communities. Dealmakers outlined that the merger was a necessary outcome for both heritage firms to overcome …

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Rank to collect +£80m HMRC VAT settlement

Rank Group Plc has reached an agreement with HMRC in relation to its outstanding VAT refund claim on slot machine income.  Providing a market update, Rank disclosed that HMRC has agreed to issue a refund of £77.5 million paid machine duties paid from April 2006 to January 2013. In April 2020, an Upper Tribunal judgement voted in favour of Rank …

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Codere liquidation ‘expected to begin shortly’ as financial restructuring is completed

Codere SA has confirmed that its financial restructuring process, first initiated earlier this year, has been completed, with the planned liquidation of the international gambling group ‘expected to begin shortly’. The corporate reorganisation will see Codere SA relinquish its status as the parent company of the wider Codere operating group, 95% control of which will be transferred to new holding …

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National Lottery Fund backs DCMS £107m emergency winter grants protecting UK heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is one of several funds to provide an emergency grant of £107m to 925 cultural organisations at risk of closure because of the pandemic and winter periods. Administered by the NLHF as well as Arts Council England, British Film Institute and Historic England, the fund is intended to support regional theatres, local museums, independent cinemas throughout …

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RMG & Timeline to lead distribution of Bahrain racing fixtures

Racecourse Media Group (RMG) and Timeline Television will lead the international production and distribution of media rights for Bahrain’s Sakhir Racecourse for its 2021/2022 season. The British racing media incumbents were selected by the Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club following a competitive tender. The partnership will see RMG work alongside Timeline’s production and broadcast facilities unit to develop a ‘one-hour …

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