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Friday, 28th June 2019
Governor J.B Pritzker has officially signed Illinois’ gambling expansion into law, making it the 17th state to legalise sports betting in the US. As well as regulating sports wagering, the new legislation...
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Friday, 28th June 2019
Spanish La Liga football team Valencia CF has announced Bwin as its main sponsor in a deal commencing 1 July and running for three seasons. GVC-owned Bwin first sponsored the Spanish football team in...
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Friday, 28th June 2019
Aspire Global has agreed to buy GMS Entertainment, the owner of online casino content developer Pariplay, for approximately €13.1m ($14.9m). It is expected the transaction will be completed in Q3...
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Friday, 28th June 2019
Sara Slane and Stacy Papadopoulos are to leave the American Gaming Association (AGA), while the organisation has promoted three senior members of staff to SVP roles. Slane is launching an advisory firm...
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Friday, 28th June 2019
Kambi’s value on the Nasdaq fell 19% to SEK148 ($15.96) the morning after reports claimed its rival SBTech is close to being acquired by operator DraftKings. Kambi's share price has since risen...
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Friday, 28th June 2019
Lawmakers in California have introduced a new sports betting bill. Assemblyman Adam Gray and Senator Bill Dodd are joint sponsors of the bill and want to see the black market of sports betting eradicated...
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Friday, 28th June 2019
Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix CEO, spoke exclusively to Gambling Insider about the company’s year so far, and why it has chosen to follow a business plan of specialisation. How has the first half of the...
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Thursday, 27th June 2019
Total gaming revenue in Nevada fell 6% year-on-year for May, to $981.8m, while both its sports betting handle and revenue were surpassed in New Jersey for the first time. Although 1 cent slot machines...
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Thursday, 27th June 2019
Major League Soccer (MLS) has confirmed its 24 clubs can now use sports betting and liquor companies as shirt and stadium sponsors. The move continues MLS’ relaxed stance towards gaming and liquor...
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Thursday, 27th June 2019
Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta will try to "pick off one or two properties" on the Las Vegas Strip after Eldorado Resorts’ $17.3bn acquisition of Caesars Entertainment. Fertitta had a reverse...
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Thursday, 27th June 2019
William Hill is currently in the process of refunding all ante-post bets placed through its Swiss platform. Due to a regulation change in the Swiss market, William Hill reached out to its Swiss players...
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Thursday, 27th June 2019
In the last 12 months, the Gambling Commission has carried out more than 160 investigations and levied fines of £19.6m ($24.8m) against operators. Speaking at a media event for the launch of the...
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Wednesday, 26th June 2019
Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club has announced it will continue to sponsor the Glorious Goodwood Festival until 2024. Al Shaqab Racing founder Sheikh Joaan Al Thani agreed to a 10-year deal back in...
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Wednesday, 26th June 2019
Better Collective’s USA branch has been granted an Ancillary Casino Service Industry Enterprise License in New Jersey. The affiliate is now allowed to enter revenue share partnerships with operators...
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Wednesday, 26th June 2019
Unibet has agreed a deal to become the front-of-shirt sponsor for Belgian football team Club Brugge. Terms of the agreement were not released, but it was confirmed the deal commences at the start of the...
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Wednesday, 26th June 2019
A lawsuit has been filed against the owner of the SLS Las Vegas casino resort by the owner of the SLS hotel brand for unpaid licensing fees. The lawsuit, filed by California-based SBE Hotel Licensing,...
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Tuesday, 25th June 2019
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming analyst Matt Kaufman is concerned by Caesars Entertainment’s long-term health following its merger with Eldorado Resorts. Eldorado confirmed its $17.3bn acquisition of...
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Wednesday, 26th June 2019
A man who knows the industry like the back of his hand, Global Betting & Gaming Consultants (GBGC) CEO and Founder, Warwick Bartlett, has been part of it since 1966, opening the first of his betting...
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Tuesday, 25th June 2019
Marathonbet has secured a new two-year sponsorship deal with Spanish football club, Sevilla FC. The agreement makes Marathonbet the principal partner and front-of-shirt sponsor of the La Liga team from...
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Tuesday, 25th June 2019
FDJ Gaming Solutions has acquired fellow supplier Sporting Group, parent company of Sporting Solutions. FDJ Gaming Solutions is the B2B arm of French national lottery operator Française des Jeux. The...
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Tuesday, 25th June 2019
William Hill US has partnered with the Mescalero Apache Tribe to launch a sportsbook this summer at Inn of the Mountain Gods casino in New Mexico. Not only will this be William Hill’s first sportsbook...
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Tuesday, 25th June 2019
English Championship football club Leeds United has announced a two-year shirt sponsorship extension with 32Red. 32Red, part of Kindred Group, has been Leeds' front-of- shirt sponsor for the past three...
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Monday, 24th June 2019
Activist investor Carl Icahn has hailed Eldorado Resorts’ $17.3bn acquisition of Caesars Entertainment, following the realisation of his aim to force a Caesars sale. Icahn, whose net worth is now...
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Monday, 24th June 2019
Melco Resorts and Entertainment has entered a definitive agreement to secure 75% equity in the Cyprus-based City of Dreams Mediterranean construction. Pursuant to the share purchase agreement, Melco will...
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Monday, 24th June 2019
After Eldorado Resorts announced its $17.3bn acquisition of Caesars Entertainment, paying $12.75 per share, CEO Tom Reeg walked investors through the ins and outs of the deal. Joining him for smaller...
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Monday, 24th June 2019
The NHS has announced it will be opening its first gambling clinic for children later this year, in an attempt to help and offer support to those vulnerable to developing gambling addictions. Previously,...
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Monday, 24th June 2019
Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have agreed a cash and stock merger worth $17.3bn, initially valued at $18bn by a Reuters report. The deal has now been formally announced and includes Caesars’...
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Friday, 21st June 2019
A total of 125 companies have informed the Dutch gambling regulator they are interested in applying for a gambling license when online wagering becomes legal, according to Dutch media. At present, Holland...
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Friday, 21st June 2019
Day three of Royal Ascot was one to forget for the bookmakers, as Frankie Dettori won four races in a row, as well as narrowly being denied a fifth. Players were keen to back the jockey, who has a fantastic...
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Friday, 21st June 2019
The sponsor of New York’s online sports betting bill, Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., says his “mind boggles” at the lack of progress his state has shown. Speaking after an extended Assembly...
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Friday, 21st June 2019
Mark Blandford has been re-appointed as Chairman of the Board at affiliate Gambling.com. At an annual general meeting in Malta, Blandford was one of 13 resolutions presented, of which all were approved. Alongside...
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Thursday, 20th June 2019
Darren Small, MD Trading Services at Sportradar, walks Gambling Insider through a day in the life of its trading floor: When over 7,000 scouts collect data from more than 400,000 matches annually across...
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Thursday, 20th June 2019
Despite an extension to the legislative session, lawmakers are unlikely to pass a mobile sports betting bill in New York. The session was due to end on Wednesday, and with it the chances of sports betting...
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Thursday, 20th June 2019
Bookmakers are the devil. Well, that is what you’d believe if you opened up a tabloid newspaper. But on Wednesday, leading UK bookmakers announced they would be providing 1% of profits to help tackle...
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Thursday, 20th June 2019
The United States District Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three California tribes against the State of California and Governor Gavin Newsom. The lawsuit claimed the tribes had exclusivity on games...
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Wednesday, 19th June 2019
New Jersey sports betting bills could see an NBA ban lifted at the state's Golden Nugget casino. Bills in the New Jersey Assembly and Senate propose deregulating a restriction on casino and sport franchise...
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Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Advertisements for LottoGo EuroMillions, William Hill Vegas, Betfair Bingo and Dunder have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) as the operators failed to ensure they were not directed...
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Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Scientific Games Chairman Ronald Perelman has bought an extra $2.2m worth of shares in the supplier. Purchasing 110,000 shares at a price of $19.73 each, according to the Nasdaq website, Perelman has...
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Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Sports wagering in Pennsylvania dropped 31% month-on-month for May to $2.9m, as shown by Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) data. The PGCB has also released casino results from the state, showing...
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Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Five of the UK’s major gambling firms have offered the government an increase in the money they contribute to help those with gambling addictions. William Hill, Ladbrokes Coral (owned by GVC Holdings),...
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Wednesday, 19th June 2019
The Department of Justice (DoJ) has suffered another potential blow in its attempt to redefine the scope of the Federal Wire Act. Congress has filed a bill proposing no funds be made available to the...
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Tuesday, 18th June 2019
Player Engagement is one of the hottest topics in the online gaming industry. As acquisition costs increase, the need to attract and retain players is becoming more important than ever. Skywind Group Managing...
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Tuesday, 18th June 2019
Scott Warfield, Managing Director of Gaming at Nascar, speaks exclusively to Gambling Insider about how core fans will "evangelise" its betting market and expand Nascar's audience.  You’ve...
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Tuesday, 18th June 2019
Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has announced his party would set up a new gambling ombudsman to protect vulnerable players if elected. When contacted for comment by Gambling Insider, the Gambling Commission...
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Tuesday, 18th June 2019
The New York State Senate has approved a mobile sports betting bill. However, there is little confidence the bill will be written into law by the end of the state’s legislative session on Wednesday. The...
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Monday, 17th June 2019
Eldorado Resorts has agreed to sell its Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau and Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville properties for $385m. Century Casinos has acquired the operating...
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Monday, 17th June 2019
Esports Entertainment has partnered with the majority owners of both NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers and NHL team the New Jersey Devils to offer player-to-player esports betting. The gaming company has...
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Monday, 17th June 2019
Taking aim at the gambling industry once again, Tom Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, recently wrote: "It is obvious to anyone...
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Monday, 17th June 2019
Scientific Games has taken legal action that may lead to the redemption of a 9.34% stake from its third-largest shareholder, Sylebra Holdings. The supplier has said in its lawsuit Sylebra is being investigated...
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Monday, 17th June 2019
Sports betting revenue in Delaware fell 34% month-on-month for May, totalling $406,293. Overall handle fell slightly but remained more or less consistent with April, at $5.9m, in the last month before...
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Friday, 14th June 2019
For years now, crypto-currency proponents have promised the inevitability of crypto and blockchain technology going mainstream. Like a politician running for election, those within the industry have to...
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Friday, 14th June 2019
The severe weather conditions were not what horseracing goers were hoping for mid-June and neither were UK operators. Horseracing meetings at Chepstow and Newton Abbot have been abandoned on Friday, adding...
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Friday, 14th June 2019
Sportsbet.io has secured a landmark partnership with English Premier League football club Watford. The deal, described as the largest in Watford’s history, makes the operator the first-ever crypto-currency...
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Thursday, 13th June 2019
Fifa 20 Executive Producer Aaron McHardy has spoken out amid concerns surrounding the game’s Ultimate Team mode, stating: "we don’t think it’s gambling." Fifa Ultimate Team is an online...
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Thursday, 13th June 2019
Arsenal has confirmed VBet as its new official betting and gaming partner until 2022. VBet, run and operated by BetConstruct, will have full access to first-team players to create content distributed...
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Thursday, 13th June 2019
JPJ, formerly known as Jackpotjoy, is set to pay £490m ($621.1m) to acquire Gamesys Holdings Ltd. The deal will involve JPJ paying £250m in cash and £240m in shares, excluding Gamesys'...
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Thursday, 13th June 2019
The Department of Justice (DoJ) is delaying implementation of its Federal Wire Act opinion until at least 2020, according to a memo distributed by the agency. Whether it will have any authority to do...
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Thursday, 13th June 2019
New Jersey’s total gaming revenue for May grew 27% year-on-year, to $276.8m. The significant rise included $15.5m in sports wagering gross revenue and a 15% increase in casino win, to $222.9m. Internet...
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Thursday, 13th June 2019
Platinum Gaming has been fined £1.6m ($2m) by the Gambling Commission for social responsibility and money laundering failures. Owned by Kindred Group, Platinum Gaming provides the license for Unibet’s...
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Wednesday, 12th June 2019
Social and responsibility are words currently and frequently spoken by industry executives. Operators discuss advertising bans, the Gambling Commission releases data on children gambling and campaign groups...
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Wednesday, 12th June 2019
Betfred has reported a £40.7m ($51.8m) loss after tax for the 12-month period ending 30 September 2018. The loss is significantly higher than the operator's 2017 deficit of £28.7m and was...
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Wednesday, 12th June 2019
The Gambling Commission has ordered Gamesys to pay £1.2m ($1.5m) for failing to prevent gambling harm and breaching money laundering regulations. An investigation was launched into the operator’s...
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Wednesday, 12th June 2019
In an industry where instant gratification is paramount, a gambling company’s speed can be its greatest asset. Not speed to market, as Amelco has demonstrated by taking two years to develop its...
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Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Catena Media US General Manager Michael Daly has welcomed "healthy" competition from European affiliates moving into the US market. Better Collective recently purchased 60% of RotoGrinders shares for...
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Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Inspired Entertainment has reached a definitive agreement to purchase the Gaming Technology Group (NTG) of Novomatic UK, for $120m in cash. Following the agreement, Inspired said it would be positioned...
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Tuesday, 11th June 2019
US commercial casino gaming revenue reached an all-time high of $41.7bn for 2018; a 4% rise. The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced the industry  generated $9.7bn in gaming taxes for both...
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Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Former Star Gold Coast COO Paul Arbuckle has been named CEO of Donaco International. Arbuckle will begin his new role on 12 June and will be paid A$400,000 (US$278,290) per annum, with incentives worth...
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Tuesday, 11th June 2019
The New York Gaming Commission has approved regulations to allow sports betting at four of the state’s casinos. The Commission had voted to approve sports wagering in January and has now finalised...
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Monday, 10th June 2019
Racing Post’s sports brand, Intellr, has launched its brand new in-play football product. The product will provide customers with in-play analysis of football matches from start to finish. As soon...
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Monday, 10th June 2019
Online suppliers hoping to recreate the immersive experience of land-based slots must dedicate themselves to a high standard of commercial and technical probity, according to Yossi Barzely, Chief Business...
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Monday, 10th June 2019
New Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAIG) Chairman Clive Hawkswood is aiming to separate the perception of the affiliate industry from the actions of certain outliers within the sector. The former...
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Monday, 10th June 2019
Police have arrested 78 suspects for organised online gambling through computer games in the eastern Anhui province, involving 128m yuan ($18.5m). Chinese authorities received a tip-off about the organisation...
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Friday, 7th June 2019
Varying reports have surfaced over a potential merger between Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts. In March, the two casino operators opened M & A talks, with Caesars’ largest individual...
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Friday, 7th June 2019
Premier League football club Aston Villa has announced a “record-breaking” commercial agreement with W88 for the 2019/20 season. Having sponsored Wolverhampton Wanderers last season, the Asian...
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Friday, 7th June 2019
Betting on esports has a long way to go before it can compete with mainstream sports in terms of revenue and popularity. Viewing numbers are rising, with the League of Legends Championships attracting...
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Friday, 7th June 2019
Aruze Gaming Chairman and CEO Takahiro Usui has ended his 14-year tenure at the company, resigning for personal reasons. The supplier has announced CFO/CSO Yugo Kinoshita will succeed Usui in the CEO...
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Friday, 7th June 2019
Football Index has been announced as Nottingham Forest’s new shirt sponsor for the upcoming 2019/20 season. The Championship football club has reported the deal as the biggest shirt sponsorship...
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Thursday, 6th June 2019
Of the 198 suspicious betting alerts generated in the first quarter of the year, the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) reported 33 matches to its partners. The majority of alerts came from Europe,...
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Thursday, 6th June 2019
Affiliate Catena Media has officially launched within the state of Pennsylvania. Considered a market leader, Catena specialises in M & A, having made a series of acquisitions within the affiliate...
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Thursday, 6th June 2019
Gambling Insider has previously written about the benefits of foresight. While we will always claim (after the event) our favourite team could have made the play-offs if a certain player had started,...
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Thursday, 6th June 2019
West Virginia lottery officials have announced its sports betting app will be delayed, due to the lengthy process it will take to ensure compliance with federal law within the state. The Mountain State...
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Thursday, 6th June 2019
The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) is aiming for the Remote Gambling Act to come into effect on 1 July 2020, with permit applications processed from that date. The online market would then open on 1 January...
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Wednesday, 5th June 2019
I have a big announcement to make: I’m going to start calling chicken meat. It isn’t generally considered meat, rather poultry, but technically I can argue it is – so I’m going...
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Wednesday, 5th June 2019
Operator GVC Holdings has passed its new payment scheme, which involves reducing CEO Kenny Alexander’s salary to £800,000 ($1m) a year, at its AGM in Gibraltar. However, GVC noted its disappointment...
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Wednesday, 5th June 2019
Boasting a variety of easily accessed games with no queues, the online slot sector would currently appear to hold the upper hand over land-based slots. There are however, limitations, and these must be...
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Wednesday, 5th June 2019
Gavin Isaacs is hoping to utilise his experience in table games and M & A after joining the board of directors at Galaxy Gaming. The developer and distributor of casino table games and enhanced systems...
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Tuesday, 4th June 2019
Camelot, operator of the UK's National Lottery, announced ticket sales of £7.21bn ($9.15bn) for the 12 months ended 31 March, an increase of 4% year-on-year. Camelot’s performance for the...
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Tuesday, 4th June 2019
"I always wanted responsibility, to change things, instead of complaining about why CEOs or companies don’t do this or that." It’s clear Interwetten CEO Dominik Beier wants to portray a go-getter...
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Tuesday, 4th June 2019
Premier League football clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley have tied up new betting shirt sponsors for the 2019/2020 campaign. Wolves announced its new sponsor, ManBetX, as the largest in the club’s...
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Tuesday, 4th June 2019
New Hampshire has won its lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DoJ), with a Judge issuing a 60-page opinion concluding the Federal Wire Act will only apply to sports betting. Judge Paul Barbadoro...
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Tuesday, 4th June 2019
Chicago will benefit from Illinois’ planned gambling expansion through the building of a new casino. The city holds just over 2.7 million people and is a bustling tourist and convention destination. The...
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Monday, 3rd June 2019
Gambling Consultant Steve Donoughue is anticipating a rough period for both betting shops and online gambling. Since the maximum-stake reduction on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) was introduced...
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Monday, 3rd June 2019
Sports betting and casino verticals drove Spain's first quarter online gross gaming revenue (GGR) up 20% year-on-year to €193.25m ($216.16m). Sports betting GGR increased 26% year-on-year and 0.63%...
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Monday, 3rd June 2019
Swedish regulator, Spelinspektionen, has fined AG Communications and Genesis Global for offering recurring bonuses on their websites. Since the re-regulation of the market, operators with a Swedish license...
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Monday, 3rd June 2019
A bill legalising sports betting has been approved by the Senate in Illinois, with Governor J. B. Pritzker expected to sign the bill into law. The news follows Tennessee's legalisation of sports betting...
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Monday, 3rd June 2019
Gambling Insider understands William Hill is still open to a US merger, after it held failed talks with Caesars Entertainment over a potential £6bn ($7.59bn) deal last year. Both parties discussed...
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Monday, 3rd June 2019
Gaming software developer and operator, Gamesys Group, has today launched Virgin Bet in partnership with sports betting supplier SBTech. Developed with Gamesys, the Virgin Bet sportsbook will feature...
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Monday, 3rd June 2019
Gross gaming revenue in Macau grew 2% year-on-year to MOP25.95bn ($3.22bn) for May, ending the casino industry’s two-month period of decline. For the year-to-date, Macau’s casinos have still...
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