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Dons return to Plough Lane spells end of Greyhound Racing in London

League Two London football club AFC Wimbledon, has been granted the right to build a new stadium on Plough Lane the site of the existing ‘Wimbledon Stadium’ greyhound track. Following a lengthy consultation by Merton Council, ‘the Dons’ (AFC Wimbledon nickname) have been given permission to move their home ground from Kingsmeadow (Kingston upon Thames) back to Plough Lane (London …

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Rank Group confident of targets as Grosvenor & Mecca see revenues rise

Rank Group governance remains fully confident of hitting its 2015 full year expectations, having recorded key metric growth on all its core business channels for the 15-week period to 11 October 2015 Updating investors and markets via an interim management statement, Rank informed that its group revenues had gained an 8% increase in a like for like basis. For its …

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Hackney council seizes & destorys 38 illegal gambling machines

Thirty-eight illegal gambling machines have been seized from seven businesses by Hackney Council’s licensing enforcement team, police and the Gambling Commission visited social clubs in the borough, on Friday 2 October, to remove unauthorised machines. None of the seven premises had the correct licence to have the gambling machines, and they been previously warned to remove them by the council. The …

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EGR publishes 2015 Operator Awards shortlist

Industry news source EGR Magazine has announced the shortlist for its 2015 eGR Operator Awards, which will take place on 23 November at the Artillery Garden at the HAC in London. In its eleventh addition EGR will host 25 operator prize categories. The night will see William Hill defend its 2014 ‘Operator of the Year’ title against competition from Gala …

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Betsafe launches ‘Rugby Challenge’ with Captive Media

Betsson AG brand Betsafe announced today a unique new way for male rugby fans to get involved in the Rugby World Cup  with the chance of winning tickets to the final: The Betsafe Rugby Challenge. The Betsafe Rugby Challenge is a video game with a difference – played not on game consoles or even on smartphones, but on the Captive Media …

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City issues Red Alert, as Ladbrokes forecasts H1 2015 losses

As Ladbrokes governance plans to announce its Half Year 2015 performance this Tuesday, London business analysts and investors fear the worst for the bookmaker after writing down the value of its retail betting portfolio.  Ladbrokes are set to record an impairment charge of between £75-85 million, which will guarantee that the operator records a pre-tax loss for H1. New CEO …

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Ladbrokes & Gala Coral ramp up merger talks

Multiple London business news sources have disclosed that Gala Coral and Ladbrokes are close to agreeing terms on a £3.5 billion merger, which would create the UK’s biggest bookmaker with over 4000 betting shops. Ladbrokes who are being advised on the merger terms by investment banks’ Greenhill Capital and UBS are expected to issue new share placements in order to …

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Matchbook furthers sponsorship of Brentford FC

Online betting exchange Matchbook.com has furthered its exciting partnership with West London football club Brentford FC, by becoming ‘The Bees’ official shirt sponsor for the 2015/2016 Championship season. Brentford FC CEO Mark Devlin unveiled the club’s new shirt and sponsor for the upcoming season. Devlin revealed that the partnership with Matchbook.com, represented the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history, …

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Smarkets appoints first marketing chief

European betting exchange Smarkets has appointed Alexander Wheldon as the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). The new role was created to expand on Smarkets’s growth over the past year and support development of its primary UK customer base and help the business enter new markets. Smarkets has grown considerably over the past year, showing 400% YOY growth. With pre-tax …

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William Hill – Sol Campbell 20/1 to become Tory London Mayor candidate

Having announced his intention to run as a Conservative Party candidate for London Mayor, former England and Arsenal FC footballer Sol Campbell has been priced at 50/1 by William Hill to win the mayoral race. The former England defender will take part in a hustings event with other candidates for the Tory nomination on 4 July. Campbell who has acknowledged …

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