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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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bacta underlines responsibility commitment in updated charter & code

bacta – the trade association for UK amusement and gaming machine industry stakeholders has moved to update its social responsibility charter and code of practice. Seeking to develop its strongest responsibility code, starting this month bacta will demand that all its 490 members abide by ‘thirteen pledges’ on principals relating to player protections, staff training, premises maintenance and age verification. Supporting …

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BHA appoints ‘UK sports figurehead’ Annamarie Phelps as inbound chair

Moving to refresh its governance, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed the appointment of Annamarie Phelps as inbound Chair (appointment expected to commence – 1 June 2019). Phelps a former Olympian rower, is the current Vice-Chair of the British Olympic Association and is set to replace current incumbent Atholl Duncan. Updating stakeholders, the BHA’s nomination committee stated that it …

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UKGC forces Paddy Power & Betfred to terminate new retail games

Issuing a short industry update, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has forced bookmakers Paddy Power and Betfred to terminate their newly launched retail betting products. On Monday, The Guardian newspaper accused Paddy Power and Betfred of trying to circumvent the government’s enforced FOBTs £2 reduction, launching new ‘roulette-style’ games ‘Pick-n-36’ and ‘Virtual Cycling’. The Guardian reports that the Pick-n-36 game …

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Tabcorp adds new pari-mutuel dynamics with Longitude Nasdaq

Tabcorp Holdings has moved to strengthen its racing pari-mutuel provisions, launching the ‘merged pool’ betting services of racing technology developer Longitude, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nasdaq.  Led by an executive team of technology and racing veterans, Longitude seeks to disrupt traditional tote betting systems, offering racing customer broader market selections with deeper engagement. In its partnership with leading Australian …

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