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BetMakers’ Global Tote enhances betting terminals at Hawthorne Race Course

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BetMakers’s Global Tote division has extended its partnership with Hawthorne Race Course for a further five years. The deal encompasses the provision of pari-mutuel wagering technologies and services at the Illinois-based course and at its off-track betting bars.  Raj Sanjanwala, Chief Operating Officer of Global Tote, said: “Global Tote is delighted to continue our long and productive partnership with Hawthorne …

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SSG’s Greyhound Smart View racecards remove ‘traditional complexities’

SBC News SSG’s Greyhound Smart View racecards remove ‘traditional complexities’

Spotlight Sports Group (SSG) has released Greyhound Smart View racecards powered by the Racing Post. Described as a cutting-edge addition to the media company’s Smart View portfolio, the racecards build on the success of Horseracing Smart View racecards, released in 2023, and are similarly designed to ‘simplify’ the Greyhound betting experience.  Entain’s Digital Hubs in the UK, totalling 160 locations, …

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ATG wants horseracing out of Sweden’s proposed gambling tax hikes

SBC News ATG wants horseracing out of Sweden’s proposed gambling tax hikes

Swedish horse racing group Aktiebolaget Trav och Galopp (ATG) has expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s plans to increase gambling taxes.  In a blog post, ATG CEO Hasse Lord Skarplöth criticised the decision to raise tax rates for operators from 18% to 22% of their total gross gambling revenue (GGR) from July onwards, calling it a ‘shock’.  In his words, Skarplöth …

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Intralot renews key growth contract with MDJS

SBC News Intralot renews key growth contract with MDJS

Intralot SPA has secured a major commercial objective, announcing that La Marocaine Des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS) will extend its technology contract for a further two years. MDJS serves as Morocco’s exclusive operator of lottery, instant-win, and sportsbook services as appointed by the Dahir (Kingdom’s decree). Intralot has operated as MDJS’s principal technology supplier since the company was formed …

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Ecuador’s rising tensions put a lid on gambling question

SBC News Ecuador’s rising tensions put a lid on gambling question

After recent events in Ecuador saw the South American state sink into civil unrest, President Daniel Noboa has decided to withdraw a question on casino regulations from the recently launched public consultation on the country’s prospects.  At the beginning of January, Noboa gave Ecuador’s Constitutional Court 20 days to hand out a public notice on a list of questions regarding …

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BoyleSports and HRI agree sponsorship deal on Summer Series

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Irish bookmaker BoyleSports has renewed its deal with HRI Racecourses for the sponsorship rights of the Irish Grand National.  The partnership will run until 2027, taking the length of the collaboration between the two entities to a total of 13 years.  Thanks to the new arrangements, the Irish Grand National will accumulate a total prize fund of €500,000, which makes …

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French casinos call out FDJ in letter to PM Attal

SBC News French casinos call out FDJ in letter to PM Attal

France’s largest casino groups have written to the new Prime Minister Gabriel Attal excoriating Française des Jeux (FDJ) for its aggressive expansionary policies and the “monopolistic advantages” that enable the former state-owned company to operate across all verticals and channels in the country. The letter, seen by the newspaper Les Echos, was signed by the CEOs of the Barrière, Partouche, Tranchant …

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BHA: Racing ‘could not exist’ in current size without betting support

SBC News BHA: Racing ‘could not exist’ in current size without betting support

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has summarised the relationship between racing and betting, and the effect of the Gambling Review so far.  Betting has seen a substantial shift from retail to online and mobile devices in the past 15 years. A betting market boom has also been followed by an ongoing period of regulatory pressure, much of which was amidst …

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