Tag Archives: Italy

Vermantia launches virtual greyhound racing for Eurobet

Vermantia has launched its pre-recorded Virtual Greyhound Racing product in Italy for Eurobet, one of the leading betting operators in the region. Through the deal, Eurobet has access to exclusive, fully-licensed, greyhound races from multiple active UK greyhound tracks, featuring full high definition footage from a regularly updated library of races. Eurobet’s online players are, therefore, now able to enjoy …

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Italian Gambling reawakens to a transformed landscape

Italy’s bookmakers and gambling venues have begun to reopen their businesses following more than a year observing the government’s strict lockdown orders enforced across all regions. Approved by Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, from 31 May, 2000 gambling venues (bookmakers, arcades and bingo halls) were allowed to reopen across the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Molise, and Sardinia. Further reopening …

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Marco Caccavale: Sisal is the proven steward to revitalise the National Lottery

Italian giant Sisal SPA surprised the industry with its ‘late bid’ to compete in the UK government’s Fourth National Lottery Competition, which opened for tenders last summer. Speaking to SBC,  Marco Caccavale, Sisal International Managing Director outlines the Italian suitor’s bid against high-profile competitors.  Having won back-to-back tenders to operate Turkey and Morroco’s national lotteries, Caccavale underlines Sisal’s credentials as the …

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SAZKA counts costs of volatile 2020 trading

SAZKA Group said that it will demonstrate the corporate benefits of its transformed group strategy, which saw its enlarged company units interrupted by the unprecedented events of a volatile 2020.   Publishing its full-year 2020 results, SAZKA group recorded ‘consolidated group revenues’ of €2 billion – up 6% on FY2019 corresponding results of €1.9 billion. However, excluding the performance of the …

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Betfair wins Rome ruling to suspend ADM temporary tax charge

Betfair has won its Italian ‘tax reform’ appeal made against Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency with regards to how a temporary 0.5% wagering tax should be applied to its Exchange platform. This week, Rome’s TAR commercial disputes court ruled in favour of Betfair’s appeal that a 0.5% tax charge should not be enforced on Betfair’s Exchange activities as a …

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Betclic revamps US sports trading capacity with Sports IQ

Betclic Group has optimised trading provisions across its US sports inventory by integrating the odds maker and customised trading solutions of Sports IQ. The pan-European betting group has agreed terms on a multi-year arrangement, which will see its sportsbook teams supported by Sports IQ’s automated trading suite, covering all major US sports events. Operating since 2018, Montreal-based Sports IQ is …

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Italian publishers criticise AGCOM penalty disparities

AGCOM, Italy’s federal communications and media agency, has stated that it will maintain stricter monitoring on the advertising of online gambling content by online media platforms. The regulator issued its warning to digital media incumbents having sanctioned a €50,000 fine to Tuscan provincial news source ‘Il Giunco’ for displaying a ‘casino advertorial link’ on its ilgiunco.net website. The enforcement drew …

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Playtech reports €73m loss in year of COVID shocks  

Playtech Plc has made significant progress with its group-wide strategic objectives during 2020 – a year in which all core business units were challenged by COVID-19.  The FTSE250 technology group recorded full-year group revenues of €1.07 billion, down 25% on corresponding FY 2019 results of €1.4 billion, with the company noting that severe H1 headwinds impacted the performance of its …

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Draghi keeps Italian gambling in the dark

Italy’s gambling sector has secured no reprieve from a new government, as the office of Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that gambling venues will remain in lockdown until a further review scheduled for 6 April.  Draghi, who was sworn in as Italy’s new Prime Minister on 13 February following the collapse of the former DP-5Star coalition government, is reported to …

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An expanding alternative – the rise of virtual sports in Italy and across the world

An expanding alternative - the rise of virtual sports in Italy and across the world

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in the popularity of virtual sports as a betting commodity throughout 2020 and into 2021, as real world competitions moved behind closed doors or were postponed altogether. This has occurred globally, but some national markets in particular have seen a significant spike in virtual sports viewership and associated betting activity. Hosting a …

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