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DCMS appoints ‘Boris Man’ Nigel Adams as new UK Sports Minister

UK gambling sees its third ministerial leadership change in less than nine months, as the government confirms the appointment of Nigel Adams MP for Selby & Ainsty (North Yorkshire) as new ‘Minister of State for Digital & Sports’. Working for DCMS, Adams will replace current incumbent Mims Davies who was appointed as UK Sports & Civic Society Minister last November, …

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Merkur begins Polish journey by overhauling Totolotek assets

Merkur Sportwetten, the sports betting subsidiary of German gambling conglomerate Gauselmann AG, has begun its rebrand and restructuring of newly acquired Polish asset Totolotek SA. Last April, Merkur acquired Polish heritage bookmaker Totolotek outright from Greek gambling group Intralot SA, targeting Poland as the fifth active market for Merkur’s sports betting expansion. Merkur governance details that from this July ‘the …

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GamCare commits to expanding Youth Outreach Programme

Problem gambling support and treatment charity GamCare has announced that it will expand its ‘Youth Outreach Programme’ across the UK, having secured additional funding for two-years. GamCare has operated its Youth Outreach Programme since 2017, which has seen the charity develop educational ‘youth hubs’ across five UK regions. Targeting young people aged between 11-19, the youth hubs have been developed …

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IGT reduces credit facility arrangement

New York-listed gambling technology group International Game Technology Plc (IGT) has amended and extended the terms of its multicurrency revolving credit loan facility. The group said it has extended the ‘maturity date’ of its corporate credit facility from 26 July, 2021 to 31 July, 2024. IGT’s multicurrency credit loan facility was originally sanctioned in July 2017. Moving to lower its ‘aggregate …

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UKGC plays key role in developing government’s ‘Economic Crime Plan’

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has supported the publication of the government’s new ‘Economic Crime Plan 2019-2022’, setting out the UK’s strategic priorities and agenda for combatting economic crimes threatening UK industry. Established by new government task force the ‘Economic Crime Strategic Board’, and backed by the UK Treasury and Home Secretary, the crime plan covers ‘7 priority areas’ for …

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BetTracker boost helps PBS to record Wimbledon revenues

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Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) recorded a 300 per cent year-on-year (YOY) growth on mobile during this year’s Wimbledon. Over the two weeks of tennis action at the All England Club (24 June-14 July), PBS saw more than £9 million staked across all of its channels.  Yet mobile was the most eye-catching component of this ‘record turnover’ for the omni-channel sports …

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SISAL Italia secures ‘big win’ through SuperEnalotto contract

Italian gambling operator Gruppo SISAL has confirmed that it will continue to operate Italy’s ‘SuperEnalotto’ lottery concession for a further nine years. SISAL continues to service its lead lottery contract having submitted to Italy’s Customs & Monopolies Agency (AAMS) a €222 million tender combined with a further 0.5% commission on ticket sales. Italian industry news source AgiproNews reports that SISAL’s …

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SIS delivers greyhound content to WatchandWager.com

Racing content and data provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has agreed to supply its British greyhound racing content with US operator, WatchandWager.com.  Under the terms of the new agreement, SIS will deliver both data and live-stream coverage on 28,500 British greyhound races per year, with coverage from tracks including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford. Paul Witten, Product Director at …

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Cabinet comeback sees Nicky Morgan take charge of DCMS

The office of new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the appointment of  Nicky Morgan MP for Loughborough as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). DCMS the government department which oversees the regulatory development, implementation and oversight of gambling laws formed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) changes leader for the fourth time in three …

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BHA delivers integrity-focused education programme

In a move to deliver further education on integrity measures in horse racing, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has launched an online Integrity Education Programme.  The new programme seeks to offer both the racing and betting public additional information on integrity across the industry as a whole, with the purpose of ‘offer protection against potential integrity threats and help to prevent participants …

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