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ECB launches cricket integrity hotline

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The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has partnered with independent crime-fighting agency CrimeStoppers to launch a confidential corruption hotline, titled – ‘The Cricket Integrity Line’. The ECB launches its integrity hotline, as the English cricket season begins this April/May period, with its service allowing players and officials to ‘report suspicious activity anonymously’. The integrity hotline will be managed by …

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Irish National Lottery appoints Andrew Algeo as new CEO

Premier Lotteries Ireland, the operating company of the Irish National Lottery, has confirmed the appointment of Andrew Algeo as inbound Chief Executive. The update sees, Premier Lotteries end its executive search to find Dermot Griffin’s replacement, who at the start of 2019, announced that he would end his 14-year tenure a leader of the company. Algeo is expected to takeover leadership …

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SIS may appeal High Court judgement on ARC data rights

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The High Court case around data rights between the two main horseracing broadcasters to the betting industry has come to an end, with  Sports Information Services (SIS) being found guilty of breaching the confidentiality of Arena Racing Company’s Raceday Data, but not on the more serious charges of conspiracy by unlawful means or copyright infringement of database rights. SIS said it may …

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Ascot and Chester due to host races from The Silk Series

Ascot and Chester racecourses have agreed to host races from the third series of The Silk Series in 2019, with the first race taking place at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday. The £150,000 series of races for female jockeys aims to promote the achievements of both amateur and professional female jockeys across Britain. Jockeys take part in a series of fifteen …

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Debt-focused Scientific Games posts strong 2019 opening

Publishing its Q1 2019 trading statement (period ending 31 March), Nasdaq-listed Scientific Games Corporation (SGC), details confidence in its corporate prospects as governance moves to reduce company debt. Q1 2019 revenues rose by 3% to $837 million (Q12018: $812m), driven by the growth of SGC’s social (+22%) and lotteries (+5%) divisions. SGC maintains its positive revenue momentum, despite the company …

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Intralot undertakes senior management overhaul as first act of recovery plan

As anticipated Athens-listed gambling technology firm Intralot SPA has announced the first actions of its ‘group operating review’, moving to overhaul senior management within its operations, technology, digital and commercial departments. Publishing Intralot’s 2018 results last April, company Chairman and majority shareholder Sokratis Kokkalis sanctioned a ‘full scale operating review’, as Intralot recorded declines across all core business verticals – licensed …

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Bacta keeps its copper coins

The British Amusement Catering Trade Association (Bacta) has welcomed the decision by the UK Treasury not to remove any coins or notes from circulation. Last March, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond called for the reassessment of UK Currency’s ‘lowest denominations’, focusing on whether 1p and 2p coins had become ‘obsolete’. Acting on behalf of British amusement interests, Bacta …

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UKGC rolls out new framework assessing problem gambling impact on young people

In addition to its National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released a new ‘framework for action’ researching gambling harm among children and young audiences. The report places more focus upon the previous work to develop a framework for gambling-related harm amongst adults. The report has been specifically designed on questions included on ‘Ipsos MORI’s …

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France Galop commits €350,000 to Au-Dela Des Pistes

French racing body France Galop has committed €350,000 a year to an industry initiative centred around both the retraining of racehorses, as well as the rehoming of those horses that cannot be retrained. The initiative, Au-Dela Des Pistes [Beyond the Tracks], was founded in 2016. The France Galop funding is due to be divided between the ADDP and the French …

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Andy Hornby steps down from GVC to join The Restaurant Group

Co-chief operating officer of GVC Holdings, Andy Hornby, is to step down from his position at the gambling giant to join The Restaurant Group as its new CEO. Hornby will be replacing the outgoing CEO, Andy McCue, at the Restaurant Group once an official transition date has been confirmed. Originally joining Gala Coral in 2011, Hornby has previously held positions …

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