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Philip Bowcock – Pivotal 2018 has laid global growth foundations for William Hill

Closing a ‘pivotal 2018’ for William Hill operations, Group Chief Executive Philip Bowcock states that the firm’s reformed executive team has ‘real clarity and purpose’ on its objectives and guidance for 2019, entering a period which will define the legacy bookmaker’s future business entity. “This business has seen a lot of change over its 85-year history, but arguably, never before …

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WATCH: OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez – Making up for lost time in Spain

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We caught up with Jacob Lopez, CEO at OPTIMA – the sports betting and gaming solutions provider confirmed as a ‘Headline Sponsor’ for next month’s Betting on Football conference. Ahead of the event, which takes place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, we talked all things OPTIMA, including the firm’s Betfred partnership, making up for lost time in …

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APBGG: Industry cannot afford complacency on underage gambling

Industry figureheads and wider health and education stakeholders addressed the issue of whether children are really gambling – at the latest meeting of the ‘Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group’ (APBGG – 26 February 2019). The subject matter which has become a prominent issue for the UK gambling industry was discussed by –  David Williams, Director of Public Affairs …

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Labour wants greater curbs for online gambling in a new Gambling Act

Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson is to call for greater restrictions on online gambling in order to align the sector more closely with land-based gambling rules. At an IPPR policy seminar later today, Watson will call for the introduction of limits to spend, to stake and to speed in online gambling and the introduction of a new ‘E Category’ …

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Betting on Football adds PaymentExpert Forum to operator-focused agenda

SBC Events has followed up January’s PaymentExpert.com launch by adding the PaymentExpert Forum to next month’s Betting on Football (19-22 March) agenda. The inaugural PaymentExpert Forum will be held on Wednesday 20 March as a standalone track at #bofcon – an event featuring more than 2,000 senior executives, 200 of which will be speaking across 40 conference sessions at Chelsea …

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Fabio Schiavolin: SNAITECH – Industry leadership must fight for its public rationale

Speaking to SBC, Fabio Schiavolin, Chief Executive of SNAITECH, has detailed that betting leadership across all markets must prioritise self-regulation, whilst retaining a deeper sense of public and political perception if the sector is to avoid another year mirroring 2018 events. Politics has been an unavoidable dynamic for Italian betting stakeholders since the Lega-5Star coalition formed its government on June …

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WATCH: Jesper Svensson discusses keeping a sportsbook up to date

With constant innovation occurring in the technology space, operators can often find it difficult to ensure that sportsbook technologies do not become outdated. At this year’s ICE conference in February, SBC caught up with Betsson’s CEO, Jesper Svensson, who pointed out that it can often be difficult to maintain technological innovation. He told SBC: “We are having very good momentum …

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The Senet Group: UK gambling responsible strategy needs collective business input

Industry independent watchdog The Senet Group has published its response to the UKGC’s stakeholder consultation on developing new policy initiatives/directives for the ‘National Responsible Gambling Strategy – NRGS’. Seeking to develop a new cooperative framework, the UKGC’s three-year national strategy will primarily focus on i) reducing gambling harms, ii) expanding stakeholder cooperation, iii) improving UK health and community networks’ knowledge and …

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David da Silva: “EasyOdds has a natural role to fulfil”

EasyOdds CEO David da Silva believes his firm has “a natural role to fulfil as an independent body sitting between consumers, operators and the UK Gambling Commission”. The comments were made during an interview with AffiliateINSIDER, when da Silva was probed on what kind of strategy the sports betting affiliate has implemented to deal with compliance and social responsibility. “To …

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Government issues racing assurances over ‘no deal’ Brexit

The Government has emphasised it will help owners to navigate the new processes for moving horses and other equine animals from the UK to EU member states, in the event event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Although, leaving the EU with a deal remains the top priority, the government is continuing with ‘no deal’ preparations to ensure the country is …

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