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Ruth Prior departs as William Hill CFO

William Hill Chief Financial Officer Ruth Prior has confirmed that she will be stepping down as CFO and as a Director of the Company to return to the private equity sector, where she will join Element Materials Technology as its new CFO. Prior joined William Hill in 2017 as a member of the Board and Group Executive team. She has been lauded …

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Ukraine Rada begins ‘draft assessments’ but can it separate good from the bad and the ugly

Following the Christmas break, Ukraine MPs return to the Rada (parliament), in which the first readings of Ukraine’s newly planned gambling regulatory framework are scheduled to take place this week. The closing months of 2019 saw seven draft regulatory proposals put to the Rada, detailing little cross-party consensus on how Ukraine should end its 10-year gambling hiatus established under the …

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BoyleSports agrees takeover of William Hill’s NI portfolio

Irish bookmaker BoyleSports is set to significantly expand its Northern Ireland retail footprint after agreeing to acquire William Hill’s entire NI betting shop portfolio. BoyleSports, Ireland’s second-largest bookmaker, will takeover William Hill’s 33 betting shops located throughout Northern Ireland, increasing its NI retail portfolio to 39 premises. The sale sees William Hill governance continue its restructure of the firm’s retail …

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Fitzdares to donate all Australian Open winnings to the Red Cross bushfire fund

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has committed to donating all winnings from the Australian Open 2020 to the Red Cross, supporting victims and emergency services countering the bush fires impacting the Gold Coast of Australia. The announcement mirrors that of tennis player Nick Kyrgios who has promised to donate $200 to the bush fire crisis for every ace he serves throughout the …

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GVC to hold vote on governance and tax residency

The governance of GVC Holdings has scheduled an ‘extraordinary general meeting’ on 6 February (9 am CET) to vote on relocating the firm’s management control and tax residence from the Isle of man to its UK headquarters. GVC Holdings was incorporated as an Isle of Man enterprise in 2010, where it maintained its management control to benefit from a more …

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Paddy Power named as sponsor of the Irish Gold Cup

Paddy Power has strengthened its commitment to Irish racing after being named as the new sponsor of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown Racecourse. The €250,000 Grade 1 chase, first run in 1987, is considered to be one of the highlights of Dublin Racing Festival and will be run on the second day of the Festival at Leopardstown on Sunday, …

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DCMS ‘very angry’ over FA streaming rights deal

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has weighed in on the debate surrounding the Football Association’s streaming rights, with Sports Minister Nigel Adams saying that the government is ‘very angry’ with the current arrangement. Reported by the BBC, Adams has confirmed that the government is due to be holding talks with the FA regarding the sale of its …

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NHS problem gambling clinic opens in Sunderland

Expanding its treatment services across the UK, the NHS’s Northern Gambling Service has opened a new clinic in Sunderland which will focus upon the treatment of problem gambling. The clinic will allow visitors to access support from a consultant psychologist, a consultant psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist and a senior mental health nurse. The clinic’s consultant psychologist Matthew Gaskell said: “Gambling …

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Svenska Spel backs FSI’s eco-friendly Ski Tour 2020

Svenska Spel has continued its corporate mandate of investing in sports development, after confirming that it has become a principal sponsor of the International Ski Federation‘s (FIS) newly founded ‘Ski Tour 2020’ cross-country skiing championship. Forming part of the FIS World Ski 2019-2020 calendar, Ski Tour 2020 is cross-country skiing’s newly reformed ‘Nordic classic series’ format, hosting its race stages across …

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RITA begins search for TAB NZ CEO

New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has confirmed that it has begun the search for the first chief executive of TAB NZ, following the reform of the country’s racing sector. The search has been carried out by executive recruitment specialists Caldwell Partners, which has been asked to find a candidate with “proven experience in Australasia across the wagering, gaming …

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