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Basque Kirol denies Blackstone takeover rumours

Basque Country operator Grupo Kirol operating firm of Kirolbet has moved to deny rumours that it will sell its flagship business to US private equity fund Blackstone Group. Yesterday afternoon, Spanish business news source El Confidencial reported that Blackstone had sanctioned a €100 million bid to acquire Kirolbet’s entire Basque Country gambling operations. The deal would see Blackstone expand its …

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FDJ states B2B ambitions by acquiring Sporting Solutions

Moving to strengthen its B2B capacities, French state-owned gambling group Française des Jeux (FDJ) has acquired industry sports betting trading systems and software supplier Sporting Group. Issuing a market update, FDJ confirmed that its B2B subsidiary FDJ Gaming Solutions will move to take control of Sporting Solutions, expanding FDJ Group B2B sports betting B2B provisions. “This acquisition strengthens FDJ Gaming …

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bet365 launches MX property in partnership with TV Azteca

bet365 has launched its Mexican market domain – bet365.mx – in partnership with ‘Ganador Azteca’, the gambling subsidiary of Mexican national broadcaster TV Azteca. The UK’s leading online bookmaker undertakes its Mexican market launch having secured a ‘partnership licence’ granted by Mexican Ministry of the Interior department ‘Dirección General de Juegos y Sorteos -DGJS’. The announcement sees bet365 partner with Mexico’s …

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William Hill takes on ‘Segunda gamble’ amid imminent Spanish shake-up

William Hill Plc will significantly expand its Spanish market coverage and profile, as Spanish news reports that the FTSE bookmaker will sponsor seven La Liga 2 (Segunda) football clubs. This weekend, the management of UD Las Palmas and UD Almeria revealed that they had reached an agreement with the UK betting group becoming their lead betting partner for the upcoming …

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EGBA warns Germany not to follow the Niedersachsen ‘blocking order’

Brussels-based online gambling trade body, The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), has warned Germany against implementing the payment processing blocking order sanctioned by the regional ministry of Lower Saxony. Last week, Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s minister for home affairs and sports, ordered a cease-and-desist order against a “large, international payment service provider from participating in payment transactions in connection with …

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Racing Post appoints ‘top journo’ Ben Clissitt to lead sports content development

The Racing Post has this afternoon confirmed the appointment of Ben Clissitt to the newly created role of ‘Group Sports Director’, overseeing the development and strategy of Racing Post’s sports content. Clissitt joins Racing Post leadership, from digital news source i-newspaper where he had served as Managing Editor. A sports editorial figurehead, Clissitt is the former Head of Sports at both The Guardian …

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Kenyan business community embroiled in KRA betting tax dispute

The Kenyan Revenue Authority (KRA) states that it will not shy away from its tax battle with bookmakers SportPesa and Betin, in a row that could pit multiple Kenyan business stakeholders against licensed betting incumbents. This week, Asha Salim KRA debt enforcement manager demanded to Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, a payment services provider for SportPesa and Betin, pay the …

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Irish gaming bill advances to the next stage

Ireland’s temporary legislation for the betting and gaming industry, the Gaming and Lotteries Bill 2019, has been given the green light to advance to the committee stage in the Dáil Éireann. The legislation seeks to enforce an age restriction of 18 years old on all betting and gaming products across Ireland, as well as limit gaming machine stakes and prizes …

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HockeyAllsvenskan sponsorship sees Unibet continue Swedish sports mission

Kindred Group Plc’s flagship sports betting brand Unibet has stated its ongoing commitment to ‘investing in Swedish sports’, confirming that it has become ‘main sponsor’ of the HockeyAllsvenskan league. HockeyAllsvenskan represents the second highest level of Swedish professional ice hockey, maintaining a 14-club league with an audience of ‘over one million people’. Mirroring Unibet’s ‘record-breaking’ sponsorship of Swedish football’s Elitfotboll …

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ESIC ‘Malta Summit’ calls for greater collaboration on esports betting integrity

‘The Esports Integrity Coalition- ESIC‘ has called for all the esports stakeholders, governing bodies and licensed gambling operators to collaborate in tackling esports growing ‘betting integrity’ concerns. ESIC’s call for collaboration comes as the integrity body details an ‘alarming rise’ in suspicious betting alerts gathered over the past 12-months. The body announced that 74 suspicious betting alerts were recorded during 2018, …

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