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Bookmakers commit to £3m funding scheme for Greyhound welfare

The UK greyhound scene secures a much-needed uplift, as this morning the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed a new funding deal of £3 million for the ‘Greyhound Trust’, focusing on animal welfare, training and protections. The funding commitment will be paid for by UK bookmakers, with the UKGC securing a voluntary agreement with – Betfred, William Hill, Sky Betting & …

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NZRB launches new betting portal with OpenBet technology

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The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has hailed a ‘new era for Kiwi punters’ after launching its long-awaited fixed odds betting portal. Operating under the ‘New Zealand TAB’ domain – www.TAB.co.nz, the new racing platform is powered by Scientific Games’ OpenBet as lead systems provider, supported by Paddy Power Betfair. Launching TAB NZ’s new property, NZRB Chief Executive John Allen stated that …

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Ian McLoughlin CEO leads SKS365 executive departures

Italian news sources have reported that Ian McLoughlin has stepped down as Chief Executive of SKS365 Group, the operating company of ‘PlanetWin365’ Italy’s second largest retail and online bookmaker. McLoughlin’s departure is further followed by the resignation of Angela Gemma as General Counsel of SKS365 and the exit of Aaron Meli as Group Financial Controller. The company has quickly instigated …

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MGM-GVC appoints Matt Prevost as first marketing lead of Roar venture

MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings strategic US interactive joint venture ‘Roar Digital’ has confirmed the appointment of Matt Prevost as first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), leading the venture’s customer engagement strategy. A seasoned industry executive, Prevost joins Roar following a four-year tenure as CMO of Coral Interactive in Gibraltar (2011-2015). While at Coral, he led digital marketing activity operations in …

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Uncertainty continues as February Towcester meeting is moved

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that Towcester’s 13 February fixture has been moved to Musselburgh. It comes after the historic venue entered into administration due to trading difficulties causing its three scheduled meetings for the end of 2018 to be moved. Prior to entering into administration, a statement from the course revealed: “Towcester Racecourse Company Limited, proprietors of …

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Oneida Indian Nation’s NY prep continues with Scientific Games

The Oneida Indian Nation has followed up its alliance with Caesars Entertainment, by partnering with Scientific Games for the provision of its OpenBet technology at its three upstate New York properties. Deployment of the platform, embedded with player centric technology, in-house pre-game and data feed from the recently acquired Don Best Sports, is to commence as soon as sports betting …

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Government commits to opening further clinics to tackle problem gambling

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to address compulsive gambling as part of a £20.5bn NHS shake-up. The proposed treatment centres will provide access to mental health services for the 500,000 adults and young people with gambling problems. There is currently only one clinic that specialises in treatment for compulsive gamblers in the UK, which is insufficient for …

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Fine Gael adamant on delivering Irish gambling overhaul in 2019

David Stanton, Ireland’s Minister of State for Equality & Integration, has outlined that 2019 will be the year of wholesale regulatory change for Irish gambling’s regulatory frameworks and governing structures, as Fine Gael is adamant on delivering its comprehensive new ‘Gambling Control Bill’. Speaking to the Irish Times last week, Stanton detailed Fine Gael MPs frustrations at not being able …

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No-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications” for racing

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A no-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications for Irish and UK horse racing,” according to Irishracing.com Editor Vincent Finegan. Speaking to AffiliateINSIDER yesterday, Finegan stressed that the “movement of horses from one country to the other will virtually stop” in the event of no deal.   “The success of major racing festivals such as Cheltenham, Royal Ascot and the Aintree …

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Euro quartet demands that Andorra expel Jocs SA

A quartet of European gambling operators’ formed by Casinos Austria, Genting Group, Partouche France and Grupo CIRSA (Spain) have confirmed a combined lawsuit against the Principality of Andorra for awarding its sole national casino licence to regional enterprise Jocs SA. Last October the gambling operators demanded that Andorra’s executive and Gaming Control Board (CRAJ), move to annul the decision to …

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