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Critical 2019 sees Scientific Games restructure lottery & digital leadership

Targeting aggressive expansion in 2019, the governance of Nasdaq-listed industry technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has moved to restructure its executive leadership teams. Issuing a market update, SGC confirms three executive promotions impacting its SG Lottery and Digital divisions. Entering 2019, SG Lottery unit will be led by Patrick McHugh, current Senior Vice President of Global Lottery Systems, who …

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ARC plans for 1,000 betting shop closures with £3m prize cuts

Arena Racing Company (ARC) is set to be tightening its belts following the Government’s decision to crackdown on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), announcing a reduction to its prize-money contribution by £3 million in 2019. The racetrack operator told The Racing Post that further reductions in prize money could not be ruled out, and that ARC “simply cannot continue” to maintain its …

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Caesars recruits Juliana Chugg to board seeking ‘mass appeal’

Filing a corporate statement, Nasdaq-listed US gambling, leisure and entertainment group Caesars Entertainment Corporation has confirmed the appointment of Juliana Chugg to its Board of Directors (pending regulatory approvals). Updating investors, Caesars governance details that it has recruited Chugg as a corporate advisor on brand, diversification, product innovation and licensing strategies. Chugg is the former Group Chief Brand Officer of …

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UK policy stakeholders welcome the IGRG’s ‘stronger code’ for 2019

UK regulatory and policy stakeholders have publicly backed yesterday’s confirmation by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (‘IGRG’) to implement a whistle-to-whistle ban on betting advertising during live TV sports programming. In 2019, the IGRG – a collective body of industry operators and trade associations – will re-establish a new code for betting advertising practices, helping the UK Advertising Standards Authority …

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BHA recommends total riders reduction for Cheltenham races

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has recommended cutting the maximum number of runners in races at Cheltenham from 24 to 20 to decrease the amount of fallers at the Festival. This was part of a review into the annual meeting – one of the biggest events on the sports betting calendar – designed to increase the sport’s welfare and subsequently secure its …

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Stronger Code… IGRG confirms ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on TV betting advertising

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (‘IGRG’) has published its much anticipated new provisions for the Industry’s ‘Code for Socially Responsible Advertising’ (‘the code’) – confirming the implementation of a ‘whistle-to-whistle ban on all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport’. From next summer, the IGRG will adopt its whistle-to-whistle measure, with bookmakers banning on all TV betting adverts during …

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UKGC opens consultations on 2019 ‘National Responsible Gambling Strategy’

Looking forward to developing new 2019 initiatives on gambling protections and player safeguards, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has opened discussions for its ‘National Responsible Gambling Strategy’. The UKGC’s open consultation on developing safer gambling protocols, structures, best practices and strategies will be open to stakeholders until March 2019. As mentioned in previous commission updates, the UKGC seeks to broaden …

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R&D focused Novomatic appoints ‘trusted hand’ Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz as Group CSO

Seeking to bolster its research & development capabilities, industry technology supplier and games manufacturer Novomatic AG has confirmed the promotion of Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz as its new Group Chief Systems Officer (CSO). A Novomatic executive since 2008, Czapkiewicz has served the Austrian gambling technology group in number of senior executive positions, successfully delivering on key multi-national technology projects. In addition to …

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Sportech appoints ‘transformation pro’ Chris Rigg as governance advisor

LSE-listed racing and wagering systems provider Sportech Plc has confirmed the appointment of Christian ‘Chris’ Rigg as an Independent Non-Executive Director, advising corporate governance from 1 January 2019. A + 20-year corporate finance executive, Rigg is a former Barclays Bank executive, who has served as Chief Executive of Northern Recruitment Group and UK pharmaceuticals supplier Quantum. Sportech governance notes the …

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INTRALOT appoints ‘partnership pro’ Fernando Ors Villarejo as US sports betting lead

Athens-listed gambling and lottery systems provider INTRALOT SA has this morning confirmed the appointment of Fernando Ors Villarejo as new President of Sports Betting at INTRALOT Inc – the firm’s North American division. A twenty-year industry veteran, Villarejo joins INTRALOT’s US executive from Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere, where he led new market initiatives as joint Chief Development and …

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