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BGC: GRG APPG approach will only serve the black market 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued an immediate response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm’s (GRH APPG) radical demand for an overhaul of UK gambling laws.  Yesterday, the cross-party group published ‘30 evidence-based recommendations’, calling for the government to overhaul Gambling Act laws, as well as a restructuring of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Publishing independent …

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SIS lands exclusive Czech and Hungarian racing deals

SIS will expand its racing broadcast and data gathering services within Eastern Europe after confirming that it has secured new agreements with the Czech Republic’s LAB racetrack operator and Hungary’s Kincsem Park racecourse. The new partnerships will see SIS broadcast ‘at least 300 races across the year’ from LAB Czech racecourses in Prague, Most, Pardubice, and Karlovy Vary regions.  Meanwhile, …

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Tote adds Superpools for all Royal Ascot races

Ahead of this week’s Royal Ascot (16-20 June), the UK Tote Group has confirmed that its Tote Superpools markets will be available for all 36 festival races. Tote Superpools offer pools that are combined with those from Hong Kong and other major racetracks, boosting prize pool liquidity for punters. The Tote has since outlined plans to expand Tote Superpools to …

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BGC: UK betting to donate all Royal Ascot ‘Britannia Stakes’ profits to charity

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) will launch the betting industry’s latest charity initiative on Gold Cup Day (Thursday 18 June) at Royal Ascot. Regarded as the festival’s ‘biggest wagering day’, the BGC confirmed that 13 UK betting brands will commit to donating all win and each-way profits taken from the heritage handicap Britannia Stakes (race-start: 16:10 BST). Profits raised …

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Arcades denounce DCMS reclassification postponing June reopening  

DCMS has confirmed that operators of UK ‘adult gaming centres’ (AGCs) in England will not be allowed to reopen their venues as anticipated on Monday 15 June.  Listed as retail venues, UK arcades had been scheduled to reopen from the start of next week alongside betting shop counterparts, a decision previously communicated by the government on the weekend of 23 …

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SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm

Citing novel coronavirus impacts across its European network, Czech gambling and lottery conglomerate SAZKA Group saw its consolidated Q1 revenues decline by 11% to €405m (Q1 2019: €458m). In an overview of Q1 performance, the group cited trading under unprecedented circumstances, in which subsidiaries OPAP Greece, Casinos Austria and LOTTO Italia have been forced to suspend their entire retail presence …

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Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos

Finland’s national gambling monopoly Veikkaus OY is looking for a new sports betting chief, after long-term Vice President of Wagering Sami Kauhanen departed the organisation to lead Finnish horseracing. This June, Suomen Hippos – Finland’s horseracing and stud breeding association – confirmed the appointment of Kauhanen as inbound President and CEO effective 1 September 2020. Hippos underlined Kauhanen’s credentials as the …

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Intralot appoints Byron Boothe as US CEO

Athens-listed gambling technology and lottery systems provider Intralot SA has confirmed the promotion of US executive Byron Boothe as Chief Executive of its North American subsidiary INTRALOT Inc. Since 2019, Boothe has led the firm’s US operations as Interim CEO of INTRALOT Inc. The 13-year company executive has formerly served as INTRALOT Inc’s Vice President of Government Relations, leading the …

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Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance

OPAP SA has disclosed double-digit declines across all core operating metrics as a result of closing its entire retail network (betting shops, gaming venues and lottery stalls) following Coronavirus restrictions enforced across Greece and Cyprus. Publishing its Q1 2020 results, OPAP recorded group revenues of €328m down 17% on corresponding 2019’s €396m, as the Athens-listed gambling group disclosed that first-quarter …

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NZ Select Committee proposes changes to Racing Industry Bill

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The New Zealand Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has proposed that changes are made to the charges imposed for the use of betting information in a bid to limit data used by offshore bookmakers. Over 30 changes to the Racing Industry Bill were proposed by the Select Committee as it submitted its report to the House of Parliament, with the …

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