Tag Archives: Sazka

Robert Chvátal: SAZKA’s transformation has pushed the static boundaries of European lotteries

Speaking exclusively to SBC Leaders, Robert Chvátal reflects on his eight tenure leading SAZKA Group, transforming the Czech operator into Europe’s dominant pan-national lottery operator that now targets winning the National Lottery’s 2023 stewardship by putting forward a generationally innovative bid to reinvigorate the UK’s lottery market.  ____________ SBC: Thanks for speaking with us. 2020 marked your eighth year of …

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SAZKA buoyed by record European lottery sales to sooth Greek headaches 

SAZKA Group has reported a robust opening to its 2021 trading, despite the Czech gambling conglomerate continuing to observe COVID-19 headwinds across its European market profile.  Publishing its Q1 trading results (period ending 31 March), SAZKA registered group gaming revenues (GGR) of €526 million – up 30% on corresponding 2020 results of €405 million. The firm’s improved GGR performance was …

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Treatment expert Dr Mark Griffiths backs Allwyn as next steward of the National Lottery

Renowned academic, Dr Mark Griffiths an expert in addictive behaviours and treatment of problem gambling disorders, has joined the advisory board of Allwyn – the UK enterprise of Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group seeking to become the next steward of the National Lottery. Griffiths who leads the Behavioural Addiction unit at Nottingham Trent University, will serve as lead advisor to …

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Apollo tables AUS $4bn offer for TAB

US private equity fund Apollo Global has entered the pursuit of Australia’s highly prized TAB by tabling an initial AUS $4 billion (€2.5bn) offer to acquire the Tabcorp Holdings wagering unit. Apollo’s bid sees the US fund target taking control of Tabcorp’s wagering and media division and its further related ‘pokies’ machine subsidiary unit.  A secondary offer of AUS 3.5 …

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Dara Nasr joins Allwyn to coordinate National Lottery’s digital strategy

Allwyn, the new UK corporate identity of Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group, has confirmed that Twitter UK MD Dara Nasr has joined its advisory board to guide the firm’s strategy for the Fourth UK National Lottery Competition.  Recognised as one of UK tech’s highest-profile executives, Nasr will serve as a strategic advisor on digital commercial strategies for Allwyn’s National Lottery …

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SAZKA changes UK identity to Allwyn to bolster National Lottery bid

SAZKA Group has established ‘Allwyn’ as its new UK market corporate identity, as the Czech gambling conglomerate expands its efforts to win the fourth National Lottery licensing competition. This morning, SAZKA unveiled Allwyn as its new business subsidiary, merging all of its UK operations and assets under a single strategic unit. Allwyn has been added to SAZKA’s portfolio, which includes …

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APPG demands Camelot explain its parliamentary advertisements

Camelot UK has been urged to explain why it has taken out advertisements in Parliamentary magazine The House, promoting its business as the operating company of the National Lottery. Concerns were raised to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) by MPs Richard Holden and Carolyn Harris of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm (APPG).  The MPs cited that …

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Brent Hoberman: UK levelling up requires a bold National Lottery steward

Brent Hoberman (CBE) has stated that the government faces a critical choice in revitalising the National Lottery by breaking its ‘current status quo’ – allowing a vital institution and funding resource to be modernised. Writing in City AM, the former founder of Lastminute.com remarked that any plans for the government to ‘level-up the UK’ would require significant help from the …

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SAZKA appoints tech guru Brent Hoberman as National Lottery bid advisor

Brent Hoberman (CBE) has become the latest business figurehead to join the ‘UK advisory board’ for SAZKA Group, providing support and guidance to Sir Keith Mills’ bid team competing to win the Fourth National Lottery Licence. Recognised as one of the UK’s most successful digital entrepreneurs, Hoberman will join SAZKA’s bid advisory chaired by former Sainsbury’s Plc chief executive Justin …

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Heavy-duty Casinos Austria integration dominates SAZKA Q3 trading

SAZKA Group wants to exploit the benefits of its expanded business entity, as the Czech gambling conglomerate returns to operating all business units having navigated 2020 Covid headwinds.  Publishing its Q3 trading update (period ending 30 September), the firm told investors that an easing of Covid restrictions across European markets had seen it return to ‘normalised trading in markets and …

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