Retail

Bookies Fund Wi-Fi at Cheltenham

UK Bookmakers have donated a vast sum of money in order to improve the Wi-Fi  network at the historic Cheltenham Racecourse. The group consisting of Coral, BetVictor, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Paddy Power and bet365, have donated to the racecourse management in order to improve mobile access and connection for punters at the Cheltenham Festival. In previous race years certain areas …

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Susan Boyle wanted ‘normal’ betting shop job

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has explained her application for a cashier’s job in her local betting shop as a ‘desire to be normal’. The performer, who shot to global recognition after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent with a rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Misérables, had picked up an application form from a Ladbrokes shop in her West …

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Boylesports to buy up its HQ

Irish bookmaker Boylesports is planning on investing €1.5m (£1.2m) to buy its headquarters in Louth as the property comes up for sale at auction. According to the Irish Independent, it is part of a wider trend within the business to start buying up the properties from which the bookmaker does its business – it suggested that Boylesports is in active …

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Ladbrokes to offer Williams B3 gaming content online

Ladbrokes has agreed to add the full portfolio of Williams Interactive online slot games to its casino offering after signing a multi-year agreement with the Scientific Games-owned company. Through integration with the Williams Interactive Remote Game Server, Ladbrokes.com players will have access to a library of authentic Vegas-style slot games. Many of these games are already popular with players in …

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New push for greyhound racing in Eastern Europe

Satellite Information Services (SIS), provider of end-to-end products and services to the betting and broadcast industries, has joined with international operator INTRALOT to help promote greyhound racing to punters in Eastern Europe. The companies have a long-term relationship, with SIS supplying live and virtual dog racing which INTRALOT localises, distributes and operates in a range of territories. Retail operators from …

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House of Lords Amendments to Help UK Horse Racing

Lord Gardiner of Kimble supported amendments to UK Gambling Bill focusing on licensing and advertising, which he believes will aid further support for UK horseracing. The peer of the House of Lords, raised concerns that foreign operated bookmakers targeting UK customers were excluded from compensations to the UK Horseracing Betting Levy Board (HBLB), who make grants to support the sport. Furthermore …

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Industry video explains new machine measures

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has published a video in which bookmakers explain the new measures that have been introduced onto betting shop gaming machines, more commonly known as FOBTs. In a statement, the ABB commented: “Even though problem gambling levels are at record low in England, we do acknowledge that some of our customers will have problems with …

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Fortuna performance driven by sportsbook

European bookmaker Fortuna Entertainment Group has announced a 21.2% increase in turnover to €567.2m (£465.7m) for 2013 with a 5.1% increase in gross win to €116.5m (£95.7m). The company also recorded net profit of €15.6m (£12.8m), 26.4% more than in the previous year, thanks to a ‘better operating performance’. The bookmaker, which operates in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, …

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Call for anti-problem gambling measures to be standard

The two main suppliers of gaming machines to betting shops in the UK have called for the new responsible gambling measures introduced this weekend to be extended to all gaming machines in all sectors. Inspired Gaming and SG Gaming have issued a joint statement calling for the mandatory introduction of these measures across all categories of UK gambling. The new …

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5% profit growth marks ‘good year’ for Paddy Power

Paddy Power chief executive Patrick Kennedy has hailed another ‘good year’ for the bookmaker, which has marked growth in every division, particularly online which now delivers over three quarters of the group’s profits. The firm has reported a 17.5% upturn in revenues to €745m (£613m) for 2013, and record profit before tax of €141m (£116m), up 5% on 2012, despite …

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