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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

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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Ladbrokes Coral prepares for FOBT cuts with best-odds extension

In a move to counter the impact of cuts to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) stakes, Ladbrokes and Coral have announced that they will be extending their best-odds guaranteed offer across all over-the-counter bets. Customers of both operators, which act as one under the umbrella of GVC Holdings, will be able to take advantage of the offer from 8 am …

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Celtic, Betway and William Hill – SBC’s biggest hits of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s safe to say that the World Cup embodied what was a year filled with highly engaging betting events. However, this year’s top ten read articles show interest in a wider range of stories published on SBC in 2018. Celtic and Dafabet streaks ahead after MotoGP deal Celtic Football Club are no stranger to …

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Independent Content Services: Looking ahead to 2019

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Andrew Morgan, International Director at Independent Content Services, anticipates 2019 will be all about M&A, the USA and the ongoing rise of esports. It has been another incredible year for the global online gambling industry. From power-play acquisitions to new markets opening their doors to legal betting for the very first time, the past 12 months have been transformational for …

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Year in Review: The impact of FOBT regulations

It has proven to be a very tumultuous year for the retail betting sector, with 151 stores closing to the public between March and September. The big four – Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Betfred and Paddy Power – continued to dominate the retail scene, holding 87 per cent of betting shops in Great Britain. Generally, however, stores have been struggling …

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ARC plans for 1,000 betting shop closures with £3m prize cuts

Arena Racing Company (ARC) is set to be tightening its belts following the Government’s decision to crackdown on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), announcing a reduction to its prize-money contribution by £3 million in 2019. The racetrack operator told The Racing Post that further reductions in prize money could not be ruled out, and that ARC “simply cannot continue” to maintain its …

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Winning Post – Industry feels impact of parliament turbulence

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: Politics – What did you do during the Brexit? The folly of the British gambling lobby was laid painfully bare in Westminster this week. Against the backdrop of the United Kingdom’s …

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Rebel MPs seek to force Treasury’s hand over FOBTs

The Treasury’s decision to delay the implementation of a £2 maximum stake on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs) until October has led to a revolt amongst Tory MPs. Defiance over the delay has mounted since Tracey Crouch resigned from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) in the immediate aftermath of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s controversial budget announcement. Whilst Theresa May places her …

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