Sportsbook

Smarkets revamps executive leadership team for critical 2019

Online betting exchange Smarkets, has moved to significantly strengthen its executive leadership team, announcing a quartet of C-level appointments. Updating the market, Smarkets confirms that former enterprise team member Robin Harrison has returned to the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Harrison re-joins as Smarkets technology lead, having spent a year as Head of Engineering for Santander Bank backed fintech …

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188Bet shuts down UK & IRE betting presence

Annatar Limited, the holding company of online bookmaker 188BET, has announced that it will no longer service the UK and Irish online gambling markets. This morning Annatar published a full closure announcement on the 188BET.co.uk website, stating that it had ceased providing services to players located in the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and Gibraltar. In its statement, Annatar maintains that …

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No Love… ITF World Tennis Tour format criticised by athletes

Writing for The Daily Telegraph, tennis correspondent Simon Briggs has reported on player discontent and disillusion at the International Tennis Federation – ITF’s new professional ranking and tournament qualifying system. Briggs reports that lower ranking players believe that their professional progress has been thwarted, by the introduction of the ITF’s new ‘World Tennis Tour’ ranking system. Players have complained of …

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Merkur Sportwetten enters Polish market with Totolotek takeover

Merkur Sportwetten GmbH will strengthen its European and Polish presence as it awaits the approval of its acquisition of Warsaw-based Totolotek SA. The takeover will mean that Polish sports bettors will have the opportunity to wager bets via MERKUR Sun.  CEO of Merkur Sportwetten, Niko Steinkrauß, celebrated the new deal: “Sports betting is extremely popular in Poland and for many football fans it’s an …

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GIG begins new journey on Stockholm Nasdaq

Marked as a major corporate milestone, Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) will begin trading as a Stockholm Nasdaq enterprise today (Tuesday 26 March), having secured main market listings approval. Moving forward, GIG will now operate as a dual-listed enterprise, with its shareholding maintained on the Stockholm Nasdaq (ticker – GIGSEK) and Oslo Børs (ticker – GIG). GIG’s Stockholm IPO has been assisted …

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IBA pushes for the introduction of a new gambling control bill

The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) has expressed its hopes towards the introduction of a Gambling Control Bill and an Independent regulator, as published in its inter-departmental group report. Irish Minister of State, David Stanton, noted that with a fast-evolving industry and changing demographics, “the State’s licensing and regulatory approach” must also adapt. He added: “Incremental change is not a viable …

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Malta MGA opens consultation on developing a ‘Unified Self-Exclusion System’

Updating the market, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published it’s ‘Preliminary Market Consultation – PMC’ document requesting information and guidance on the planned development and launch of its ‘Unified Self-Exclusion System’. A key project initiative for the MGA and its government stakeholders, the gaming authority seeks to deliver the most comprehensive self-exclusion system to be utilised by all licensed …

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SG Digital passes Cheltenham Festival test with flying colours

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SG Digital, the interactive division of Scientific Games, has published its trading data from last week’s 2019 Cheltenham Festival (12-15 March) detailing that its OpenBet sportsbook platforms processed a combined 48 million bets during the event. Servicing the industry’s largest portfolio of tier-1 sportsbook clients during the flagship week of UK racing, SG Digital states that its OpenBet systems maintained a …

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Bundesrat moves forward on complex German licensing framework

Germany’s sixteen federal states have approved the mandate of the ‘third amended Interstate Treaty on Gambling’, paving the way for a new national licensing regime to be implemented. Agreeing on Bundesrat (Federal Council) directives, the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein will be allowed to continue it’s operating its state-sanctioned online gambling regulatory regime allowing a number of licensed incumbents to continue …

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Trio charged over illegal Premier League streaming service

Three operators of a pirate streaming organisation have been issued with a 17-year jail sentence, after they were found to be providing illegal access to a number of Premier League games over the last decade. It is estimated that the trio had supplied a streaming service to over 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes across England and Wales. “The fraudulent companies …

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