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Betting awaits critical verdict on Northern restrictions

Betting faces yet another major blow this week after growing media speculation has suggested that betting shops and casinos will be forced to close their doors across the north of England. UK businesses await another tense week of Downing Street verdicts, with regards as to how the government will handle further covid restrictions seeking to avoid a further national lockdown.   …

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Casinos attempt to avoid ‘catastrophic closures’ with ban on alcohol sales

Casinos have outlined plans to ‘avoid catastrophic closures’ and potential job losses by offering to halt the sale of alcohol within their venues. It comes after Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that casinos and hospitality venues across the central belt of Scotland will close their doors following a recent surge in coronavirus cases. While the measures have attracted criticism from the hospitality …

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Scottish restrictions ‘a huge blow’ for casinos says BGC

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at the new restrictions imposed by the Scottish government, warning that the measures ‘will come as a huge blow to casinos’. The new temporary measures, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday, came into force at 18:00 last night, and will run until Friday 25 October.  Casinos and bingo halls, in …

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UK Racing moves forward on joint approach to reform Levy

UK racing leadership has formed a ‘steering group’ which will present a ‘single set of proposals’ to reform horseracing’s Levy to the government at a critical time for all racing stakeholders. The formation of a new steering group tackling Levy reforms was agreed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Jockey Club and The Horsemen’s Group – representing all levels of …

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Exemptions could be made for racing if Ireland re-enters lockdown

As Ireland mulls over whether to impose further lockdown measures, a letter published by the chief medical officer of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has suggested that Irish racing could be exempt from a level 5 shutdown. In a letter to the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, NPHET CMO Dr Tony Holohan made a specific reference to racing being …

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Distribution fallout sees IGT and Scientific Games cancel LOTEX Brazil contract 

IGT Plc and Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) have published a joint statement confirming that they have withdrawn their consortium to operate Brazil’s exclusive LOTEX instant lottery concession.  The lottery technology groups cited that they have been unable to form a ‘crucial distribution arrangement with CAIXA Federal’, Brazil’s state-owned bank and the incumbent retail distributor of lottery products across the country.    …

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African betting needs to move from its dependence on mobile money

The management of effective payment services has long been maintained as the critical discipline for betting operators servicing Africa’s unique market-by-market challenges. Expert insights detailed at the SBC Digital Summit Africa outlined that betting incumbents should prepare for new compliance demands, as all African markets will yet again be disrupted by rapid consumer changes and distinct technology take-ups.    “Not …

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Colossus Bets backs greyhound Grand National in five-figure deal

Bernard Marantelli, CEO and Founder of Colossus Bets, has agreed a five-figure sponsorship deal with the Greyhound Grand National. It comes after Central Park promoter Roger Cearns admitted that this year’s event was in danger of not being staged after an intended sponsor pulled out due to the threat of the competition being staged behind doors. Commenting on the sponsorship …

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SAZKA moves full steam ahead on National Lottery tender

Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group has officially confirmed that it has entered the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) competition for the 4th licence to operate the National Lottery. Since the UKGC published its competition timetable at the start of the year, SAZKA has long been viewed as a ‘National Lottery suitor’ seeking to win the multi £ billion operating contract from …

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Racing Post launches QR code for betting shop paper download

The Racing Post will allow customers in betting shops to download its daily newspaper to their mobile devices after launching a new QR code system. The new initiative was launched post-lockdown to support high street betting shops increase footfall to their shops and offer customers a chance to read the paper in a safe manner. Discussing the new QR codes …

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