Tag Archives: scotland

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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GambleAware backs Scottish Youth Problem Gambling Initiative – Fast Forward

Industry charity GambleAware has invested £750,000 in Scottish youth problem gambling charity counterpart Fast Forward. The grant will see Fast Forward establish Scotland’s ‘Gambling Education Hub’, based on the ‘Gambling Education Toolkit’ developed by the charity last year. The Hub seeks to extend the scope and scale of gambling education, awareness, training and support offered by organisations. A core target, for …

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6 of the Best – KamaGames’ Sam Forrest

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This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Sam Forrest, Director of Global Communications and Content at KamaGames. Keep reading to find out more about South East Asian delights, a musical conundrum and betting regrets. Best Holiday I got to disappear for 4 weeks over last Christmas and visit South East Asia. I managed to get to Malaysia, Vietnam and …

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BETDAQ on-board with League One favourites Sunderland

Betting exchange brand BETDAQ has agreed a deal with League One outfit Sunderland AFC, which sees the firm announced as new title sponsor of the club. Under the terms of the new agreement BETDAQ, which forms part of the GVC Group, will see its branding appear on the front of Sunderland’s official jerseys, whilst also featuring prominently around its Stadium …

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