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Tracey Crouch joins Horse Welfare Board as independent member

Former Minister for Sport and Civil Society (DCMS), Tracey Crouch, has joined the British racing’s Horse Welfare Board after being appointed as an independent member.  The MP for Chatham and Aylesford will join Barry Johnson, President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and past Chairman of World Horse Welfare, on the board. The Welfare Board will oversee the promotion …

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Jeremy Wright blasts bookmakers for bypassing FOBT rules

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has hit back at bookmakers who have supposedly undermined the restraints imposed on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), describing the actions as “disgraceful” in a recent Parliamentary session. The new restrictions on the terminals came into play on 1 April. Earlier in the month, however, The Guardian accused Paddy Power and Betfred of trying to circumvent …

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William Hill requests a 50% rent cut to offset potential FOBT losses

In a bid to offset any potential revenue losses incurred through the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) ruling, William Hill has requested that its landlords reduce its rents by 50 per cent. As reported by Property Week, an open letter was issued to 2,000 landlords across the country at the beginning of the month requesting the rent cuts, effective immediately. …

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UKGC report finds gambling participation on the rise

A report released by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) looking into ‘Gambling participation in 2018: behaviour, awareness and attitudes’ has found that the number of people who have participated in gambling has increased since December 2017. The survey, carried out by telephone and online by independent market research company Populus, found that 46 per cent of respondents had participated in …

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Arc takes a firm stance on prize-money position

Arena Racecourse Company (ARC) has responded to threats of further boycotts from trainers over the cuts to prize-money contributions, by pointing out that the racing group will not be changing its position. The group’s CEO, Martin Cruddace, was on hand at Lingfield this Saturday to observe the Betway Winter Derby card. The meeting had been reduced from seven to five …

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Trainers blast ‘ridiculous’ cuts to Arc prize-money

Mark Johnston, a leading horse trainer, has blasted the Arena Racing Company’s (Arc) contribution to the prize-money as the racing group prepares to offset the government cuts to FOBT stakes. Arc announced in December 2018 that it “simply cannot continue” to maintain its current contributions to the prize-money fund, and would be issuing a reduction to its contribution by £3m. …

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Two consultations launched on high prize machines and online credit card use

The Gambling Commission is inviting members of the public, gambling businesses and other stakeholders to provide their views on two key issues as part of its work to prevent gambling-related harms. The Commission is requesting views and data on the issue of gambling online with credit cards and, separately, on improving player control measures on all Category B gaming machines, …

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Bookmakers test the waters with new FOBT stake trial

Ahead of the implementation of the £2 maximum stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, UK bookmakers have opted to trial the new stake limit to assess the impact it will have on the industry. Betting shops in Birmingham are testing out the new stake limit ahead of the legislative change on 1 April, following the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) …

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Simon Banks: Star Sports – Delivering on talent resources amid changing industry values

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With the aim of diversifying its business portfolio, Star Sports launched its new recruitment contingent Star Recruitment back in January with the aim of providing tailored staffing solutions to the global gambling industry. SBC caught up with Simon Banks, a sector resourcing and talent development veteran, who is heading up the new vertical as its Chief Executive Officer. We asked …

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GambleAware backs Self Exclusion amid political reprieve

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Industry charity GambleAware has reaffirmed its support of the nationwide self-exclusion scheme GamStop amid reports that the scheme had been breached by problem gamblers. Entering 2019, the betting industry got off to a rocky start after BBC five live reports revealed that gamblers registered with the self-exclusion scheme were able to alter details provided at registration, allowing the continuation of …

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