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Tuesday, 30th April 2019
A sports betting bill in Tennessee is being prepared for its final stages before being passed into law. On Tuesday morning, the Tennessee Senate voted 19-12 in favour of the bill, which must now clear...
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019
Kambi CCO Max Meltzer believes getting to market early is "not the be all and end all" in the US sports betting market. SG Digital exec Keith O’Loughlin recently told Gambling Insider US suppliers...
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019
A proposed gambling bill in Florida will not progress following a floor session on Monday, according to a politics-focused website in the state. House Speaker José Oliva was asked about the bill...
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019
Trannel International, a subsidiary of Kindred Group, has been ordered to cease operations in Norway by the Norwegian Gaming Authority (Lottstift). The operator has appealed the decision, however, ensuring...
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019
MGM Resorts International has reported a 13% year-on-year rise in consolidated net revenue for Q1 2019, to $3.2bn. Net income for the period ending 31 March was $31m, an 86% drop. Despite this, Jim Murren,...
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019
FanDuel and Sportradar have signed a deal which allows the operator's players to watch live streams directly through its mobile app. FanDuel will start with streaming tennis and European football, both...
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019
Tobias Fagerlund has been appointed Global Gaming’s new President and CEO on a temporary basis. The appointment follows the announcement previous President and CEO Joacim Möller is to leave...
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Monday, 29th April 2019
Ermal Thaci believes compliance with the Gambling Commission’s new identity and age verification regulations is "keeping a lot of CEOs up at night." Emailage Gaming’s Business Development...
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Monday, 29th April 2019
Supplier Kambi will provide its sportsbook services to William Hill in the re-regulated Swedish market. In March, the operator announced plans to enter Sweden but has since decided to accelerate this...
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Monday, 29th April 2019
German betting operator Bet-at-home has reported Q1 gross betting and gaming revenue of €37.2m ($41.5m), a 12% increase year-on-year. Betting and gaming volume totalled €827.3m, while EBITDA...
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Monday, 29th April 2019
Vietnamese police have raided and shut down an illegal online gambling ring which handled more than $1bn, arresting 22 people in the process. In what is believed to be the largest ever online betting...
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Friday, 26th April 2019
MGM Resorts International has cut 254 positions companywide and there will be more to come over the next few weeks, according to Chairman and CEO Jim Murren. The positions are being cut due to MGM Resorts’...
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Friday, 26th April 2019
Keith O’Loughlin, SG Digital SVP Sportsbook, says sports betting suppliers should prioritise scalability over speed to market in the US. The SG Digital exec believes US sports betting will...
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Friday, 26th April 2019
Racecourse Media Group (RMG) will pay 37 British racecourses £109.7m ($141.6m), made from its media and data rights in 2018, an 18% increase year-on-year. The payments were derived from a variety...
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Friday, 26th April 2019
Novomatic has reported a 10% year-on-year rise in revenue for its 2018 fiscal year, to €2.6bn ($2.9bn). The global supplier reported positive growth in all its core markets, emphasising particular...
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Friday, 26th April 2019
Las Vegas-headquartered Boyd Gaming reported Q1 revenue of $827.3m, a 37% year-on-year rise. The operator reported net income of $45.5m for the period, which breaks down to $0.4 per share. This represents...
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Friday, 26th April 2019
Gaming revenue in Nevada totalled $1.02bn for March, essentially a flat level of growth year-on-year (0.12%). But the state’s sports betting figures broke records, despite competition provided by...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
A three-year strategy has been launched by the Gambling Commission to reduce gambling harm in Great Britain. The Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms aims to bring together health...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Churchill Downs Incorporated, the Louisville, Kentucky racetrack operator, has reported Q1 net revenue of $265.4m, a 40% increase year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA also increased to $74.6m for the period,...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
State-owned Swedish operator Svenska Spel saw net gaming revenue decrease 6% year-on-year in Q1 to SEK 2.05bn ($197.4m). Sweden re-regulated and opened its market to private and foreign companies at the...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
GVC Holdings has reignited the UK sports betting advertising debate. The global operator, which recently posted an 8% year-on-year rise in pro forma net revenue for Q1 (and 17% online), has called for...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Chief Inspector of the Vietnamese Information Ministry, Dang Anh Tuan, has been detained for involvement in a $420m online gambling ring which saw police officers arrested last year. The 49-year-old,...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Nordic countries accounted for "almost the entire slowdown," as NetEnt suffered a year-on-year fall in both revenue and profit for Q1. CEO Therese Hillman admitted to Gambling Insider in December she...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
The State of Indiana House has passed legislation to allow sports betting. House Bill 1015 has now been sent to the governor, which, if approved, will allow one existing casino to move, a new one to open...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Evolution Gaming has released its trading update for Q1, reporting operating revenue of €79.3m ($88.4m), a 54% year-on-year increase for the supplier. Evolution’s EBITDA also saw a growth of...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
NetEnt has signed an online casino supplier agreement with DraftKings in New Jersey, having been awarded a permanent license for the state in February. Operator DraftKings has enjoyed a successful start...
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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Global sports betting operator GVC Holdings has called for an end to sports betting advertising on live and repeated televised sporting events, excluding horseracing, in the UK. The company has announced...
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Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Supplier Kambi was able to report a 28% year-on-year increase in revenue to €21m ($23.5m) in its Q1 report (see the full round-up here). Shortly after the announcement was made public, Gambling Insider...
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Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Sweden’s government is considering banning online casino advertising as it looks to tackle rises in problem gambling. Reported in Swedish newspaper Expressen, the government is said to be investigating...
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Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Isleta Resort and Casino has outlined plans to offer sports betting in Albuquerque, in partnership with supplier USBookmaking. Once up and running, it will be the third sportsbook available to bettors...
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Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Sports betting may be legalised in Louisiana’s casinos and racetracks, after legislature approved a bill, which will now be debated by the full Louisiana Senate. Senate bill 153, by Senator Danny...
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Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Operator Kindred Group reported gross winnings revenue of £224.4m ($207.8m) for Q1 2019, up 8% year-on-year. Revenue from mobile grew 17%, to £173.8m, which amounted to 77% of Kindred’s...
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Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Kambi's revenue amounted to €21m ($23.5m) for Q1 2019, an increase of 28% year-on-year, with operator turnover growing 46%. Although Kambi continued its US expansion in the  period, its CEO...
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Rhode Island’s sports betting market achieved its best month to date for March, although the figures were still short of the profit the state had originally anticipated. Rhode Island sportsbooks...
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Australian payment technology company EML Payments has struck a deal with Bet365 to provide the operator’s New Jersey customers with a reloadable card, linked to players’ accounts. The card...
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
"We are confident FanDuel’s nationally recognised sports brand, eight million customers, our group betting expertise, and our market access partnerships position us very well." Paddy Power Betfair...
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
As an Indiana gambling bill nears completion, a conference committee has added provisions for online sports betting apps. A group of legislators met on Monday to put the finishing touches on a gambling...
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has fined PokerStars $10,000 for accepting a total of 216 wagers on New Jersey college basketball teams. The 216 wagers were placed on a game between Rutgers...
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Scientific Games has commenced the initial public offering of its social gaming business SciPlay. The supplier is offering 22 million shares of Class A common stock, which is anticipated to generate between...
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Sportradar executive Neale Deeley is impressed with the early success of DraftKings and FanDuel in New Jersey but believes Roar Digital could change the US sports betting landscape. Roar Digital is the...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has approved fines totalling $242,500 against two casino operators. Sands Bethworks Gaming, an operator of Sands Casino Resort in Northampton County, received...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019
The Iowa Senate has passed a bill legalising sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS) within the state. The bill now heads to the Iowa House, where it is hoped it will be debated soon. Senate approval...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019
Operator Las Vegas Sands has announced consolidated net revenue of $3.65bn for the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 2% year-on-year.   Net income reduced by 54% for the period to $744m, with...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019
Ewa Lejman, Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners, has joined the immaculate list of speakers at AffiliateCon Sofia. Lejman’s colleague, Co-managing Partner at WH Partners James Scicluna, is already...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019
Thirteen offshore gambling sites have been found to be using New Zealand website addresses, with one even using the country's coat of arms. These sites have ".nz" in their web addresses but are not operating...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019
Gambling Insider speaks exclusively to Kambi CCO Max Meltzer about the supplier’s contract renewal with National Lottery JSC in Bulgaria, as well as its expansion to Moldova. Can you describe the...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019
Betway has extended its sponsorship deal with the All-Weather Championships, agreeing to a further three years. The sponsorship will allow the operator to maintain its on-course branding across all middle-distance,...
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Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Back in January, Iovation’s annual Gambling Industry Report highlighted a number of growing threats to operators and suppliers within the gaming sector. Gambling Insider caught up with Iovation...
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Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Kambi has extended its contract to provide sportsbook and managed services to Bulgarian lottery brand JSC 7777.bg. The contract also includes a provision for Kambi to supply the Moldovan National Lottery...
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Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Richard Thorp has left FSB after four years and seven months with the supplier. The exec joined FSB as Business Development Director after serving as Head of B2B Operations at the Racing Post. Thorp...
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Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Effective immediately, Mary Elizabeth Higgins, Affinity Gaming's former CFO and COO, has been named the company's new CEO. Higgins has nearly 20 years of executive level experience in the gaming industry,...
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Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Police have detained 43 people from the Taichung area, Taipei, for allegedly operating online gambling sites. The sites handled more than NT$100m ($3.2m) in wagers per month, offering betting on professional...
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Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Increased competition from recent gaming expansions in Arkansas has forced Penn National Gaming to begin procedures to close Resorts Casino Tunica, effective 30 June. Penn National acquired operations...
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Total gaming revenue in the state of Pennsylvania for March reached a record $314.6m, including $5.5m in sports betting revenue. The March Madness basketball tournament pushed sports wagering revenue...
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Karamba is the latest brand to join the AffiliateCon Sofia line-up on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May, returning to exhibit after last year’s successful show. Founded in 2005, Karamba provides...
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Scientific Games will partner with Wynn Resorts to launch digital sports betting and online gaming applications in the US. This is the first major sports wagering-related announcement Wynn Resorts has...
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Caesars Entertainment has appointed Affinity Gaming's Anthony Rodio as Mark Frissora's successor in the role of CEO. The current Affinity Gaming CEO has been linked with the role since Carl Icahn began...
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Delaware’s sportsbooks enjoyed a far better March than February, generating $1.6m in revenue. February saw Delaware’s three sports betting locations make a total of only $22,152, with its...
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Thirty-two arrests have been made for suspected involvement in illegal horseracing betting activities in Singapore. A total of 29 men and three women are believed to have been involved in numerous roles,...
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
The Indiana House of Representatives has voted 78-15 in favour of a gambling package which would legalise sports betting. Senate Bill 552 would involve relocation for one land-based casino in Gary and...
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Monday, 15th April 2019
Sports data company Stats has confirmed the purchase of global sports content company Perform Group, creating a new entity in the process. The transaction was enabled through Vista Equity Partners, a...
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Monday, 15th April 2019
Boss Gaming has appointed Jeff Letlat as its new CEO, replacing Viacheslav Viedienieiev. Letlat has said he will make the supplier's customer first strategy his primary focus, as he looks to improve the...
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Monday, 15th April 2019
Sports betting in New Jersey enjoyed its second-most active month in March, with $372m wagered during the month and the sportsbooks making $31.6m in revenue.  The total was close to beating January's...
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Monday, 15th April 2019
A fourth tower is to be added to the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. Unlike the other three towers, which were completed back in 2011, the new tower will stand alone, but will take cues from the...
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Friday, 12th April 2019
To celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the PASPA repeal, Gambling Insider asked some of the industry’s biggest names the following question: Nearly one year on from the PASPA repeal, what are...
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Friday, 12th April 2019
Imperial Pacific International (IPI) will pay $3.4m to the US Department of Labour after investigations revealed labour violations on the site of its under-construction Saipan resort. The company failed...
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Friday, 12th April 2019
Perform Group has been appointed as an MLB Data Distributor for US sports betting operators. This is part of a paid partnership with MLB. Perform will now be able to supply its official MLB real-time...
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Thursday, 11th April 2019
Pro-casino gambling groups in Nebraska are to put forward a petition in favour of gambling before the 2020 general election. A campaign committee, known as “Keep The Money,” is seeking a constitutional...
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Thursday, 11th April 2019
Ian Paisley has declined to comment after news broke that the Member of UK Parliament had accepted a £1,000 ($1,300) gift from operator William Hill. Paisley, having previously called the gambling...
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Thursday, 11th April 2019
Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter thinks virtual sports has "enormous potential" and can exceed revenue generated by traditional sports. The Malta-based supplier offers several virtual products and Wachter...
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Thursday, 11th April 2019
Police have arrested 21 people after searching an internet café which was being used as an illegal gambling den in Santa Ana, California. Officers found a total of 19 gambling video games in the...
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Thursday, 11th April 2019
Caesars Entertainment is set to announce its board has approved a sales process, according to reports. The New York Post says pressure from Carl Icahn has forced the board’s hand, while a second...
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019
PointsBet has been fined A$20,000 ($14,300) for posting an illegal gambling advertisement in New South Wales, Australia. The operator pleaded guilty, as its advertising stated: "All 40+ metro races run...
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019
Dutch gaming regulator, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has issued a €450,000 ($506,000) fine to Gibraltar-based Onisac Limited, the sister company of Mansion Group. The fine relates to Casino.com...
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019
Sports and horse wagering at two Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian casinos has been approved by the North Carolina Senate. The Senate voted 43-7 in favour of Senate Bill 154, which will now go to the House. North...
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019
Alan Morgan has resigned from his position as Rank Group Managing Director Retail. The operator has seen consistent declines in its retail revenue, reporting a 6% year-on-year fall for the 16-week period...
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019
ActiveWins Media Director Bernadette Kelly believes 5G technology will present a raft of opportunities for online operators with retail locations. With speeds of up to "100 times faster" than the average...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Las Vegas-based casino operator Wynn Resorts has terminated "all discussions" with Crown Resorts over a potential takeover. Australian casino operator Crown earlier confirmed it was in confidential discussions...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
The Department of Justice’s (DoJ) reinterpretation of the Federal Wire Act has taken another twist, after a new memo was sent out by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. In said memo, Rosenstein...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
State-owned Swedish operator Svenska Spel has fully ceased its online casino advertising, a policy which will apply to all of its media channels. The decision was taken following "intensive internal discussions"...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Casino gross operating profits in Atlantic City fell by 15% for 2018, to $582m. Despite a 7% increase in net revenue to $2.9bn, overall profit growth was down for the year in New Jersey’s casino...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Stride Gaming has lowered expectations for its six-month financial results ending 28 February 2019. The board expects net gaming revenue to be approximately 5% lower than initially projected, reflecting...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Continent 8 CEO and Co-Founder Michael Tobin believes the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) reinterpretation of the 1961 Federal Wire Act "doesn’t understand technology." In January, the DoJ re-evaluated...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Australian casino operator Crown Resorts has confirmed it is in confidential discussions with Wynn Resorts regarding a potential takeover. Crown has received a takeover offer from the Las Vegas-based...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
SG Digital saw more than 37.4 million bets placed through its OpenBet product suite on the Aintree Grand National Festival. A total of 14.5 million bets were placed on the Grand National race alone. Bets...
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019
UltraPlay’s Dragomir Ivanov will be joined by SickOdds Co-founders Tom Wade and Nick Pateman for an insightful esports panel at AffiliateCon Sofia. On Wednesday 15 May, UltraPlay Esports Head Trader...
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Monday, 8th April 2019
Ladbrokes has introduced a "turbo" option for its in-shop electronic roulette games in Great Britain. As of 1 April, the operator – part of Ladbrokes Coral and owned by GVC Holdings – has...
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Monday, 8th April 2019
Playtech BGT Sports saw record turnover for the Grand National, coming from its self-service betting terminals (SSBT). Playtech announced it had more than doubled the number of bets taken compared to...
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Monday, 8th April 2019
Thailand police officers have seized a grand total of 159 illegal slot machines from two houses in the Sadao district. Two men were arrested and brought in for questioning. The officers found 159 horseracing...
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Monday, 8th April 2019
Mixology, the AffiliateCon Sofia after party, will return at this summer’s show on Wednesday 15 May. Sponsored by Trafficology, Mixology will be held at the stylish Carrusel Club in the heart of...
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Friday, 5th April 2019
VICI Properties and Hard Rock International have entered into definitive agreements to acquire the Jack Cincinnati Casino for approximately $745m in cash. VICI’s side of the deal is worth $558m,...
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Friday, 5th April 2019
Affiliate Gambling.com Group has joined the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA), with Director of Business Development Gavin Walters also joining the association's board of directors. The FSGA...
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Friday, 5th April 2019
Five Victorian Football League (VFL) players and a match official have been punished for breaching betting regulations in Australia last year. All of the Australian rules football players and the official...
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Friday, 5th April 2019
Nektan saw its overall revenue grow 6% year-on-year, to £5.4m ($7m), for Q3 of its financial year. However, the company’s revenue did drop 16% compared to Q2. The B2B division reported significant...
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Friday, 5th April 2019
GVC Holdings has reported Q1 financial results consistent with its full-year 2018 update, as total pro forma net gaming revenue (NGR) rose 8% year-on-year for the online operator. The organisation, which...
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Thursday, 4th April 2019
Like most industry stakeholders, SBTech CEO Richard Carter holds plenty of hope for the US sports wagering market. Despite admitting politics is "a very complex process," Carter sees a "willingness to...
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Thursday, 4th April 2019
Betway has agreed to continue as Aintree’s official betting partner of the Grand National Festival for a further five years. The operator signed a three-year-deal in 2017 and has decided to agree...
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Thursday, 4th April 2019
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled five gambling adverts are in breach of UK rules which prohibit targeting under-18s. Using new child ‘avatar’ monitoring technology, the...
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Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
The state of Delaware endured a difficult February in terms of sports betting revenue, generating just $22,151 for the month. Overall sports handle was down from $11.9m in January to $8.5m in February,...
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Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
The GI Huddle Podcast can now be listened to on Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube or GamblingInsider.com – and is coming soon to iTunes. Brought to you exclusively by the Gambling Insider editorial...
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