Retail

Britbet issues apology over Lingfield non-runner error

Britbet and the Tote have vowed to ensure that similar errors aren’t made in the future after the favourite in the last race at Lingfield on New Year’s Eve was marked as a non-runner on Tote screens at the course. The mistake came after well backed sprinter Stopdworldnletmeof was double declared at the meeting, therefore withdrew from an earlier race, …

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Hot Swap delivers “instant win” for Inbet’s retail betting clients

Hot Swap

Inbet Games has delivered an “instant win” to kick off 2019 through Hot Swap, a new feature designed to boost both traffic and revenues for its retail betting partners. Now running on Inbet’s Lima platform, Hot Swap allows players to swap out any symbol on any reel, as long as there are at least two of the same symbols across …

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Year in Review: The impact of FOBT regulations

It has proven to be a very tumultuous year for the retail betting sector, with 151 stores closing to the public between March and September. The big four – Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Betfred and Paddy Power – continued to dominate the retail scene, holding 87 per cent of betting shops in Great Britain. Generally, however, stores have been struggling …

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Year in Review: Racing’s broadcasting rejuvenation

Racing has once again seen a variety of changes throughout 2018, with new partnerships being forged as well as betting operators offering to showcase more fixtures across a wider range of race meetings. 2018 saw Sports Information Services (SIS) unveil a partnership with Unibet, which allowed it to deliver horse racing and greyhound racing’s live pictures and data from domestic and …

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CJEU denies Stanleybet on Italian ‘sole lottery concession’ appeal

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has delivered its judgement on Stanleybet’s challenge of the Italian Customs & Monopoly Authority – ADM’s sole lottery concession model/framework. The CJEU rejected the joint appeal of Stanley International and Stanleybet Malta, which stated that the Italian government and its regulatory counterparts had denied betting incumbents services by enforcing an ‘exclusive national concession’ for …

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Bill Miller appointed as President and CEO of the AGA

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has appointed Bill Miller as the trade lobby’s new president and chief executive officer, effective as of 14 January, 2019. Miller replaces Geoff Freeman, who stepped down from the position in August of this year. Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming and Chairman of the AGA Board of Directors said: “The Board is extremely …

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Undaunted Boylesports to establish UK northern profile in 2019

Whilst all UK bookmakers undertake major adjustments to their retail portfolios in 2019, countering FOBTs reduction impacts, Irish bookmaker Boylesports is reported to be preparing for its UK highstreet debut. The Irish Examiner reports that Dundalk-based Boylesports, Ireland’s second largest retail bookmaker is the final stages of acquiring a number of independent bookmakers located in northern Britain. Ever since 2014, …

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GVC Holdings announces second extension to B2B deal with DLS

GVC Holdings announced a second multi-year extension to its already existing B2B supply agreement with Danish state owned gambling operator, Danske Licens Spil (DLS). The group have supplied online gaming and poker content to DLS since the Danish market first became regulated in 2012. Through its agreement with GVC, DLS has access to the Group’s extensive portfolio of gaming content …

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William Hill US appoints Kenneth Fuchs as President of Digital

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Kenneth Fuchs will bring “deep digital expertise” to William Hill US after the former CEO of STATS was appointed as President of Digital. Fuchs spent more than two years with STATS, a global sports data firm that counts Google, Apple, Amazon, ESPN, Microsoft and William Hill amongst its clients, as well as teams such as the New England Patriots and Golden States …

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BHA strengthens safeguarding measures with new policy

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is aiming to strengthen racing’s safeguarding methods, with the publication of a new, overarching Safeguarding Policy, Regulations and Code of Conduct for the sport, . The policy, which will come into effect from 1 January 2019 will work alongside the existing safeguarding methods and will cover areas such as abuse, inappropriate relationships, reporting safeguarding concerns …

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