Tag Archives: ireland

BoyleSports renews Playtech as lead igaming systems supplier

Playtech Plc has secured a ‘five-year extension’ to its existing lead igaming technology and systems supplier contract with BoyleSports, Ireland’s second-biggest betting firm. Updating the market, FTSE250 Playtech confirms that it will continue to serve as lead igaming platform and software supplier for BoyleSports’ regulated UK and Ireland markets presence.   BoyleSports will continue to be serviced by Playtech’s ‘full igaming …

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Irish bookmakers to close their doors as racing continues in new lockdown

After confirmation that the country would be entering a six-week lockdown, Irish bookmakers will close their doors to the public, with horse racing and greyhound racing exempt from the new measures. The measures, which will see the entire country enter Level 5 lockdown protocols, will affect more than 800 betting shops across Ireland – a move which BoyleSports has said …

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Creation of independent Irish regulator delayed until 2021

The creation of an Irish gambling regulator has been delayed until ‘at least 2021’ according to Justice Minister Helen McEntee. In May 2019, the Irish government’s proposals to establish an independent gambling regulator to oversee the licencing of all gambling operators received the ‘full backing’ of the industry.  According to Fine Gael TD David Stanton, a junior minister at the …

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UK racing adopts non-standard race times to support its broadcast appeal 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) have taken the joint decision to adopt ‘non-standard race times’ across their respective fixtures schedules on a permanent basis, commencing 1 October 2020. The governing bodies have undertaken the decision to avoid fixture clashes and delayed races, with non-standard race times delivering further fixture clarity to racegoers, trainers and broadcasters. …

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Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders

Confusion reigns with regards to Irish bookmakers reopening their venues, as the government orders betting shops to remain closed until 29 June.  This week, a reported 800 Irish betting shops reopened their businesses on Monday 15 June, believing to have complied with the Irish government’s ‘phase two’ Coronavirus national plan.  However, within 24 hours Irish betting firms were instructed to …

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Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week

Paddy Power has announced that it will reopen all betting shops in England, plus 150 Irish estates from Monday 15 June – ‘just in time for Royal Ascot’ (16-20 June). The bookmaker stated that its betting shops in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain closed until further notice by regional governments. Helping its retail staff work under unprecedented circumstances, Paddy …

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Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June

Irish bookmakers will reopen their doors on 29 June, as the country enters phase three of the Government’s strategy to ease COVID-19 measures. The confirmation follows a meeting of Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) members, which revealed that an agreement has been reached to reopen 755 of the nation’s 814 betting shops. Ireland closed its betting shops in mid-March, for a …

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Mark Brosnan ends Matchbook CEO tenure 

Xanadu Consultancy, the holding company of online betting exchange Matchbook (Matchbook.com) has confirmed that Mark Brosnan has chosen to step down as Chief Executive. Brosnan’s decision will see Xanadu’s CFO Farzad Peyman fulfil CEO leadership duties on an interim basis. Moving forward Xanadu confirmed that Brosnan will continue to serve as a company director to support the firm in developing …

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Irish racing gets green light to resume in June

The Irish government has given the green light for horse racing to resume behind closed doors, with fixtures able to resume from 8 June. In accordance with government guidelines, only key personnel necessary to run the fixture will be permitted to be on-site, and will be subject to a health survey and thermal temperature screening on entry. Brian Kavanagh, Chief …

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International profile buoys Flutter during troubled times

The continuation of racing across Australia and the US has come as a welcome relief for Flutter Entertainment, as its retail estate faces a blow from the postponement of global sporting events. Publishing a Q1 trading update for the three months ended 31 March 2020, Flutter reported group-wide year-on-year revenue growth of 16% in Q1, reported at £547 million for …

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