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Unibet named as official betting partner for Glorious Goodwood

Goodwood Racecourse has revealed that Unibet will become the official betting partner and exclusive feature-race sponsor for the upcoming Qatar Goodwood Festival week, as part of a new three-year agreement. The new agreement will mean that Unibet will hold exclusive ownership and naming rights, applicable to the historic Stewards’ Cup, Golden Mile and Nursery Stakes. The sponsor will present the …

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The Rank Group MD Alan Morgan steps down “to pursue other opportunities”

Announced in a statement this morning, The Rank Group Managing Director Alan Morgan will be stepping down, effective as of July 21, 2019. The resignation comes as Morgan wishes “to pursue other opportunities”, with his duties set to be assumed by the Chief Executive until a successor is found, with the search set to begin immediately. John O’Reilly, chief executive …

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Ainsworth confirms Lawrence Levy as inbound CEO

Novomatic Group AG’s Australian gaming machine manufacturer and supplier Ainsworth Game Technology (Ainsworth), has confirmed the appointment of Lawrence Levy as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment, sees Ainsworth complete its 6-month executive search to find the leadership replacement of long-term CEO incumbent Danny Gladstone, who last September announced his pending departure set for June 2019. A seasoned industry executive in gaming …

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Ladbrokes Belgium and ARC join forces to broadcast UK content

Ladbrokes Belgium has penned a new long term agreement with Arena Racing Company (ARC) which will see the bookmaker roll out ARC’s European Racing Channel (ERC) across its Belgian retail division. The new deal will mean that British horseracing and BAGS greyhound racing can be broadcast to a growing Belgian audience via the Ladbrokes stores, which is currently listed as …

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Playtech BGT Sports tops Grand National turnover record

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Self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) provided by Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) took more than double the number of bets from last year’s Grand National. This weekend, the omni-channel sports betting solutions provider enjoyed record turnover from the biggest National Hunt horse race, first held at Aintree in 1839. PBS confirmed that turnover increased by 135% when compared to 2018, highlighting the …

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Viewing figures for Grand National rise as Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum feat

This year’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse has continued to grab the attention of the nation, as viewing figures for the ITV-covered race have increased by 12 per cent. The broadcast, fronted by Ed Chamberlin, is reported to have hit figures of 9.6 million at peak viewing time, which is up from the 8.5 million viewers in 2018. …

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Historic Tiger Roll triumph sees bookmakers anticipate record breaking payouts

The historic triumph of Tiger Roll securing back-to-back victories at this weekend’s Grand National may lead to bookmakers paying out their most expensive result ever. Becoming the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Grand Nationals, the Gordon Elliot trained nine-year-old stud has been branded ‘racing’s rockstar’ and the ‘punters dream‘. Reacting to Tiger Roll’s victory, initial …

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Grand National no-fly zone put in place to prevent drone use

In a bid to crack down on illegal betting activity, the Merseyside Police and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have put a 2,000ft high, one mile wide no-fly zone which is hoped to prevent the use of drones at this week’s Grand National at Aintree Racecourse. Drones have persistently caused problems for horse racing over the last few years. Footage at The …

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SpringOwl targets restructuring Playtech’s executive pay policy

The Financial Times reports further boardroom drama brewing at FTSE250 gambling technology group Playtech Plc, as US hedge fund SpringOwl, pushes governance to restructure the firm’s executive remuneration policies Led by renowned activist investor Jason Ader, SpringOwl is reported to want Playtech governance to install a more incentivised executive pay package, structured on share options over cash rewards. SpringOwl’s reported …

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Racecourse Media Group strengthens Director Board with three appointments

UK Racing media rights holding firm Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has strengthened its directorial board through appointing Jim Mullen and Britt Boeskov as independent non-executive directors. The new appointments come as a bid to facilitate further understanding of the regulatory challenges that face the gaming industry in 2019, with hopes that Mullen and Boeskov will help provide strategic advice at …

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