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Critical Mandate… IBA Ireland backs new Trust with €1 million funding

Irish betting/gambling stakeholders have agreed to establish the ‘Gambling Awareness Trust’, aiming to improve Ireland’s problem-gambling harm networks, counselling, research and treatment. The Trust has been established as an independent charity and has received a commitment of €1 million in initial funding from the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA). In its mandate, the Gambling Awareness Trust seeks to fund research of …

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Betfred donates £1.25m Cheltenham profits to charity

Betfred’s appeal to help fund the Royal Manchester Hospital £4 million appeal for vital equipment has reached its halfway point, with Fred Done donating all profits made from all over-the-counter bets during the Cheltenham Festival to the iMRI appeal. On the first day of the festival, which is said to traditionally be one of the busiest days in the racing …

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Golden Race to present 3D Virtual Football upgrades at Betting on Football

Virtual Football

Golden Race, creator and global provider of virtual sports and betting solutions, is presenting the latest version of its multi-awarded 3D Virtual Football at next week’s Betting on Football. This enhanced version features a new virtual stadium created with on-site scanning, advanced animations based on real players movements, and new player models applying proprietary scanning technologies. It also presents true …

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Czech PE’s split SAZKA European gambling assets

Czech private equity firms KKCG and EMMA Capital have confirmed that they will move to split the ownership of assets in pan-European betting and lottery operator SAZKA Group. SAZKA is the Czech national lottery operator, which holds majority/significant holdings in European operators – OPAP Greece (33%), Casinos Austria (30%), LOTTOITALIA (33%) and SuperSport Croatia (67%). Agreeing on undisclosed terms, the …

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William Hill advances ‘Nobody Harmed’ campaign with Dan Whitlam appointment

As part of the advancement to its ‘Nobody Harmed by Gambling’ campaign launched in July 2018, William Hill has appointed Dan Whitlam as its Head of Responsible Gambling for retail. Whitlam will be tasked with working alongside the Compliance, Gaming, L&D and Data Science divisions to strengthen and develop the ways in which the operator identifies, interacts and intervenes with …

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Major board restructure sees Bragg Gaming unveil three appointments

Bragg Gaming Group has today announced that it will undergo a major restructure of its Board of Directors after appointing Akshay Kumar, Jim Ryan and Paul Pathak to its executive team. Akshay Kumar was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for Bragg Gaming, after holding positons at NetPlay TV PLC, and sports spread betting specialist Sporting Index. Throughout his career, …

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Bede Gaming’s European Lotteries membership accepted

Online gaming software supplier Bede Gaming has been inducted into the European Lotteries Association (EL) as an Associate Member. It comes at a time when the supplier is trying to strengthen its portfolio of lottery partners, and is expected to be formally announced by the EL General Assembly in May 2019. Alex Butcher, Managing Director, Bede Gaming, commented on the …

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Sportium continues racing revolution with ARC’s ‘European Racing Channel’

Ladbrokes and Grupo Cirsa‘s Spanish sports betting joint-venture Sportium continues its directive on revamping horseracing as a wagering proposition for Spanish market consumers, announcing that it has launched Arena Racing Company’s ‘European Racing Channel’ across its entire retail network. Expanding its existing broadcast agreement with ARC, Sportium’s + 3,000 betting point network will transmit European Racing Channel content, showcasing some +45,000 …

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BHA debuts new Jump technology at Cheltenham Festival

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in collaboration with Cheltenham Racecourse and Racetech, has launched its new official Jump race timing technology, set to be rolled out across this year’s Festival. The new technology aims to met the demands from bookmakers for accurate and consistent timing data from Jump fixtures. Developed by Racetech, the system will use break-beam technology. Emma Marley, …

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Second jockey is charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences

Australian jockey Daniel Schmitt has become the second rider to be charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences, after it was found that he had placed over 71 bets across a two-and-a-half period. In February, apprentice jockey Chris Casareta was also charged with placing 6 bets on thoroughbred racing, something that is forbidden for Australian racers. Racing Victoria stewards have …

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