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ARC acquires Belle Vue and Perry Barr

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Arena Racing Company (ARC) has strengthened its commitment to greyhound racing, after confirming the acquisition of both Perry Barr and Belle Vue greyhound stadia from the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA). The two stadia have been long-standing members of the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) to betting shops.  Manchester-based Belle Vue and Perry Barr in Birmingham host 103 and 208 BAGS …

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Smarkets: A50 extension likely as DUP shuts down Boris’ deal

With only two weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the European Union, the UK government this afternoon presented its withdrawal terms, yet bookmakers are sceptical of a ‘Halloween departure’ on 31 October as markets trade at 78% for an Article 50 extension.  Online betting exchange Smarkets has reported a spike in trading this morning following the …

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Zelensky confident of delivering meaningful Ukraine gambling makeover

Addressing national media, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has underlined confidence in delivering comprehensive regulatory frameworks, which will ‘remove gambling’s history from the streets’. This October, Zelensky’s newly installed ‘Servant-of-the-People’ (SoP) cabinet confirmed that an ‘action plan’ had been drafted but as yet no terms of SoP’s gambling mandate have been disclosed. Central to the action plan, Zelensky and SoP seek …

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Alizeti enters ‘new era for the Tote’ after finalising takeover

The UK Tote Group, the consortium of racing-backed investors formerly known as Alizeti, has revealed that it will begin a ‘new era for the Tote’ after confirming the completion of its acquisition of the UK’s pool betting operator for horse racing, making the group the sole owner.  Outlining its plans for brand development, the Group has placed a particular focus upon the modernisation …

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Tennis appoints risk expert Jonny Gray as first TIU chief executive

The Tennis Integrity Supervisory Board (TISB) has appointed Jonathan (Jonny) Gray as its first Chief Executive of its Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) after completing a global search. Gray is set to take leadership of the TIU in February 2020, leading professional tennis’ integrity units monitoring ITF, ATP, WTA and Grand Slam tournaments, as well as protecting the athletes. A 14-year executive in …

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En Marche sanctions FDJ IPO inbound for November

Bruno Le Maire, France’s Economic & Finance Minister, has confirmed that the En Marche government will maintain its ‘Pacte Loi’ agenda, authorising for the IPO of Française des Jeux (FDJ) to take place from 7-20 November. Confirming En Marche’s first privatisation, Le Maire has sanctioned for FDJ to list its shares on the Paris Euronext exchange as the French state sells …

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Revived PMU posts back-to-back racing growth

France’s Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) details confidence in its ‘revitalisation programme’ reporting consecutive growth quarters for its racing vertical. Updating PMU stakeholders this week, Chief Executive Cyril Linette revealed that French racing wagers during Q2 and Q3 trading had consecutively grown by 0.5% to €1.9 billion, an outcome that the PMU last witnessed in 2011. Despite a tough opening to …

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GambleAware receives £5.4m in donations for Q1 and Q2

According to recent figures released by GambleAware, UK operators Bet365, GVC Holdings and William Hill have again topped the list of donations received by the industry charity, for the period between 1 April 2019 – 30 September 2019. The charity had received £5.4m in pledges and donations for Q1 and Q2 of this year, however this does not include funds …

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Javier Balbuena – Paraguay needs to strengthen CONAJZAR remits

Javier Balbuena, former Director General of Paraguay’s CONAJZAR gambling commission, has been appointed as a key advisor to the Committee of Economic Affairs which is set to undertake a wholesale review of the country’s gambling laws. Speaking to SBCNoticias, Balbuena has confirmed that Committee members will review three separate ‘Games of Azar’ bills seeking to establish a new regulatory framework governing Paraguayan …

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Trustly Live to help land-based casinos go cashless

Trustly Live

Online payments specialist Trustly has launched Trustly Live, a brand new solution bringing instant cashless payments to land-based casinos and sportsbooks. Now that consumers are increasingly using less cash in their everyday lives, Trustly Live – the company’s first product built specifically for land-based gaming – is there to help operators keep up with this changing behaviour. For example, only …

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