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ITIA bans Moroccan player Simohamed Hirs for match fixing

Moroccan tennis player Simohamed Hirs has been banned for life by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) for match-fixing violations. Hirs has been permanently banned from either playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the tennis international governing bodies, and will also be fined $35,000. The case against the player – who had a highest ATP …

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ACMA expands blocking remit against illegal betting sites

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that it has ‘stepped up its efforts’ against illegal betting, and will now block websites that promote and drive traffic towards ‘online casino type services’. Australian internet service providers (ISPs) have been asked by the ACMA to block designated affiliate advertising websites, which the Authority argues ‘present themselves as independent reviewers …

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Tristan Wootton joins Fitzdares as new Director of Growth

Fitzdares has strengthened its senior leadership team after naming Tristan Wootton as the company’s new Director of Growth. In his new role, Wootton will oversee Fitzdares’ growth strategy by “helping to scale the business, grow revenues in a responsible manner” as well as consider new opportunities for expansion in new markets. Commenting on his new role, Wootton said: “I am …

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Rhodes defends UKGC against blowback of Football Index’s administration

Andrew Rhodes, the Interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has defended the regulator from criticism of remaining silent during the ongoing administration of Football Index. Rhodes, who took charge of the UKGC last June replacing ousted leader Neil McArthur, took to Twitter to defend the regulator from criticisms related to the administration’s proceedings. “Many have assumed the …

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Winner Group & Sportium merger sees CIRSA transform its Colombia vision 

Blackstone-owned Grupo CIRSA has reorganised its Colombian market presence, allowing its Winner Group CIRSA casino subsidiary to take control of the Sportium Colombia brand.  The move was sanctioned as CIRSA aims to support Winner Group’s ambitions to become ‘Colombia’s leading gambling operator for land-based and online gambling disciplines’. Established in 1997, CIRSA’s Winner Group subsidiary operates 72 gambling venues (arcades, …

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bet-at-home records 3x EBITDA downturn as a result of German regime change 

bet-at-home AG has cited that tougher anticipated adjustments to German gambling’s new federal regime have resulted in the company recording a 9% decline in group revenues to €56.8 million (H1 2020: €62.3m).  Updating investors on its H1 2021 interim results (period ending 30 June), bet-at-home stated that its commercial performance had slowed against previous forecasts due to implementing numerous ‘core …

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NSoft lauds product sophistication as new casino suite looms on the horizon

An expansion into four new markets, alongside new additions to its client portfolio, has helped NSoft to deliver a strong performance for Q2 2021. Providing a business overview of the period, NSoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Dražan Planinić, revealed that every aspect of the business was in “full swing” as the technology group maintained strong levels of growth across all verticals. …

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Tipico and CVC enter William Hill offcut chase  

Tipico, Germany’s biggest betting firm, is reported to be ‘among the frontrunners’ vying to acquire William Hill’s UK and European offcuts, put up for sale by Caesars Entertainment. As reported by Sky News this afternoon, ‘City sources’ have disclosed that Tipico tabled a ‘credible offer to Caesars’ – who have priced William Hill’s surplus units at a combined value of …

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IBAS argues ‘compelling case’ for gambling ombudsman in annual report

The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) has published its annual report for the year 2019/20, reiterating calls for the creation of a gambling ombudsman to handle industry related complaints.  Overall, IBAS found that the volume of formal requests for adjudication were reduced by approximately 15%, largely attributed to the closure of betting shops, racecourses, casinos and bingo clubs, although the number …

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UKGC consolidates licensing applications under new service

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has launched a new service combining all applications for personal licences and Annex A approvals, entitled ‘Apply for a Personal Licence’. Covering both personal function licences (PFL) and personnel management licences (PML) – as well as the aforementioned Annex A – Apply for a Personal Licence is supported by an ‘updated processing tool’ enabling faster …

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