Retail

John O’Reilly: UK government needs to act now to avoid casino job losses

John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank Group, has stated his disbelief at the UK government refusing to allow England’s casinos to reopen on 4 July, as previously anticipated and prepared for by licensed operators. Rank’s CEO branded the government’s latest easing orders on leisure and hospitality venues as ‘baffling’ and ‘incoherent’, with the government allowing England’s bingo venues to reopen …

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SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels

Sports Information Services (SIS) has outlined plans to return to ‘full strength’ with the resumption of its greyhound service from 29 June. In line with the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) guidance, which will see the removal of the 20 minute gap between races, SIS will be able to operate over 640 races a week, including a return to …

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National Lottery reimagines ‘It Could be You’ for a new century

Camelot Group has launched the National Lottery’s new nationwide advertising campaign, repurposing its flagship main lottery draw tagline ‘It Could be You’. The campaign, which was developed by London creative agency Adam&Eve DDB, will see the National Lottery return to its original tagline launched in 1994. Debuting this June across terrestrial TV, radio and digital formats, the campaign will feature …

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Casinos left in the cold by Boris’ final easing orders

UK Casinos have been excluded from the government’s list of leisure and hospitality venues that will be allowed to reopen for business on 4 July. In the House of Commons this afternoon, Boris Johnson announced  a series of final lockdown easing measures for businesses across England, in which pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen providing they …

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Danske Spil elects ‘political heavyweight’ Peter Christensen as new Chairman 

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Denmark’s gambling and national lottery monopoly operator Danske Spil has announced the inbound appointment of Peter Christensen as new Chairman. A former MP for Denmark’s Venstre Liberal Party, Christensen has previously served as Minister of Taxation (2011) and Minister of Defence (2015) under the cabinet of former Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen. The appointment was confirmed by Nicolai Wammen, Denmark’s …

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KSA issues technical requirements on ‘CRUKS’ self-exclusion register 

The Dutch gambling regulatory authority, De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has published its technical specifications and operator procedures relating to its national self-exclusion scheme. The Remote Gambling Act (KOA) stipulates that all licensed incumbents (digital and retail) must participate in the KSA’s ‘Central Register for Exclusion of Games of Chance’ (CRUKS).  The KSA will initially launch its CRUKS programme for land-based arcade …

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HKJC appoints Philip Chen as new Chairman

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has named Philip Chen as the new Chairman of the Club after being elected by the firm’s Board of Stewards. Chen will take over from Dr Anthony Chow, who has stepped down from the HKJC after 18 years as a Steward, two of which were as Chairman.  Chen has been a member of the …

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Scottish bookmakers to reopen for ‘transactional services’ on 29 June

Scottish betting shops have been given the green light to reopen on 29 June, but will only offer a transactional service. Under the government’s next phase for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the Scottish government will prevent betting shops from showing live races, while there will also be a ban on seating within the shops to discourage people from gathering. In a …

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Camelot secures six-month National Lottery operating extension

As reported by The Daily Telegraph, a six-month contract extension is set to be granted to National Lottery license holder Camelot Group as regulators look to temporarily suspend the tender for the rights to run the contest.  The official decision of Camelot’s license extension is now expected to be formally announced by the UKGC within the coming weeks according to …

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Codere avoids total collapse with 12-month credit line 

Codere SA will escape bankruptcy after the embattled Spanish gambling group secured new terms on its debt arrangement with US debt-holders.  The Bolsa Madrid gambling group is reported to have secured a 12-month funding arrangement with a US hedge fund which will guarantee a €120-150 million credit line for the company to fund its operations and repay its deferred debt …

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