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ABB appoints Malcolm George as new CEO

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has appointed former Dell Government Executive Director Malcolm George as its new CEO. George will take over the leadership of the trade association which was temporarily left without a CEO following the departure of interim CEO Martin Cruddace to Arena Racing Company. George will be the long term replacement to ABB former CEO Dirk …

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David Clifton: General Election increasing political pressure on FOBTs

Licensing expert David Clifton, of consultants Clifton Davies, has analysed what the political parties have to say about the betting shop’s main breadwinner and doesn’t like what he sees. Fixed Odds Betting Terminals have rarely been out of the news since they were first introduced into Britain’s betting shops. That is now thirteen years ago. Just a year after that, …

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Industry warns of potential Betting Right EU breach

The controversial introduction of the Betting Right which aims to replace the UK’s 53 year old levy system to fund the horse racing industry may be contested in the European Parliament. Betting Right detractors may protest that the UK government and British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) may be in breach of interstate funding rules and policy. The Betting Right has …

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Chancellor gives green light to horserace betting right

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Chancellor George Osborne has seemingly given the go-ahead for the long-standing Horseracing Levy to be replaced by a ‘betting right’ – presumably meaning that bookmakers will have to pay racing for the privilege of taking bets on the sport. In today’s Budget announcement, Osborne said that the Government was ‘introducing a horseracing betting right’ , although there was scant other …

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Bookmakers launch GambleAware week

The UK’s high street betting shops have officially launched GambleAware Week as part of their ongoing commitment to promote responsible gambling. The week is designed to educate customers about the tools available to help them stay in control and includes measures to increase the number of players setting voluntary limits on gaming machines. It coincides with the launch of new …

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LGA & ABB announce framework for local partnerships on betting shops

The LGA – ABB framework developed by the Betting Commission is an opportunity to create a new relationship between councils and the betting industry that helps to ensure councils are confident that their concerns are listened to and acted on. It also aims to reassure the industry that councils recognise their right to be on the high streets. The framework builds …

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Blanket self-exclusion scheme to trial in Medway

Medway in south east England is to trial a scheme which will allow gamblers to exclude themselves from all betting shops in the area with a single registration. Medway Council and the Association of British Bookmakers will launch the project in December which will enable customers to ban themselves from every betting shop operator in Chatham High Street for the …

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Trader conflict of interest sees ABB members review terms

The UK Gambling Commission has been working with the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB)  and betting operators to reduce the risk of potential conflicts of interest when a trader encounters information that might indicate suspicious betting activity. This follows unusual betting activity at horse races early this year. As a result ABB members have agreed to adjust their betting terms …

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Traders using inside information could breach Gambling Act

Bookmakers have been advised to tighten up their employment conditions in order to make sure that traders who spot an emerging coup on the books don’t look to profit themselves by placing bets with rival firms and also to protect themselves from such behaviour. The Gambling Commission has written to the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to highlight the potential …

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ESSA’s Khalid Ali: long and challenging process to remove ‘betting right’

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, the regulated betting industry’s integrity body, comments on the passage of the Council of Europe’s convention on the manipulation of sports competitions. “The industry has worked hard over the last couple of years to work constructively with policymakers on the Council of Europe’s proposed text, most notably including the removal of the promotion of …

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