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BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the governments of Scotland and Wales to publish their plans with regards to reopening casino venues, bringing clarity to affected employees and business owners. As England’s casinos begin to reopen from Saturday 1 August, Scottish and Welsh counterparts remain in the dark, having been given no indication as to their future business …

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England’s casinos to reopen on 1 August

The government has this morning confirmed that casinos in England will be allowed to reopen on 1 August, adhering to strict rules on social distancing and public safety. Casinos in Wales and Scotland will have to wait for their own reopening dates to be confirmed. In a move that has been highly praised by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which has …

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Scottish government lifts shop restrictions on bookmakers

There was relief for Scotland’s 900 betting shops after the Scottish government confirmed that it will revoke its in-store restrictions, which have caused havoc on reopening arrangements. Scottish bookmakers were allowed to re-open their businesses on 29 June, beginning their recovery from lockdown. However, last-minute orders by the SNP forced shops to remove in-store seating, as well as turn-off machines …

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Scotsbet: Shambolic orders show SNP is disconnected from retail realities  

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has published a personal statement from Andy Bennett, a betting shop manager of regional bookmaker Scotsbet. Bennett, a shop manager of Scotsbet Selkirk located in the constituency of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, has branded the Scottish government’s bookmaker reopening requirements as both ludicrous and out of touch. Scotland’s 900 betting shops were allowed to …

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BGC: SNP must ease draconian orders or lose 4,500 jobs

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has demanded that the Scottish Government lift ‘draconian restrictions’ that are wrecking the viability of Scottish bookmakers making a business comeback from lockdown. Closed since mid-March, Scotland’s 900 betting shops were allowed to reopen on Monday 29 June. However, Scottish National Party (SNP) ministers applied last-minute requirements demanding betting shops remove chairs and switch …

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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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FansUnite accelerates wagering ambitions by acquiring McBookie for $2m 

Scottish bookmaker McBookie (McBookie.com) has confirmed the sale of its business to Canadian sports-tech group, FansUnite Entertainment Inc. McBookie Managing Director Paul Petrie confirmed that a $2.2 million agreement had been reached with Vancouver-based FansUnite, which listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange earlier this month in a bid to expand its sports wagering capacity. Launched in 2009 by former Tote …

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IMG Arena nets SPFL global betting streaming rights

Closing 2019 trading, IMG Arena confirms that it has secured a long-term partnership to distribute Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) content to the global betting market. Agreeing terms on a five-year arrangement, IMG Arena will act as lead distributor of SPFL ‘live stream broadcasts’, and will maintain production set-ups for certain SPFL matches. The distribution will encompass Ladbrokes Premiership matches including the …

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SNP pushes for gambling modifications as part of wider digital rethink

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon has called for a radical rethink on British society’s digital engagements and identity, which would impact the governance of UK gambling. Presenting SNP’s ‘Stronger for Scotland’ 2019 General Election manifesto, Sturgeon underlined that SNP would continue to push for the UK government to treat problem gambling as a public health matter. Despite supporting a …

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Responsibility mandate sees Ladbrokes end SPFL legacy sponsorship

Serving GVC Holdings’ group-wide ‘Changing for the Bettor’ social responsibility mandate, Ladbrokes informs that it will not renew its legacy title sponsorship of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL). The bookmaker, who has served as SPFL sponsor since the 2015/16 season, had previously chosen to donate its £2 million per season sponsorship to industry charity GambleAware, promoting its ‘Bet Regret’ …

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