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Thursday, 31st July 2014
The BBC has commissioned a three-part documentary series focusing on the gambling world. The Bookies will take viewers behind the scenes at Coral, one of the UK's largest bookmakers with 1,800 shops. BBC...
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Thursday, 31st July 2014
Microgaming have been announced as the headline sponsor for the inaugural BiG Sports Dinner. The event, to be held at the Dorchester hotel, is billed as: "The only charity sports dinner in the betting...
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Thursday, 31st July 2014
Data analyst Sportradar will monitor betting on Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) football tournaments for the 2014-15 season, under the terms of a renewed...
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Thursday, 31st July 2014
Casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd posted second quarter revenue of $1.4bn, with earnings of $204m; a year-on-year growth of 54%. The stellar performance was powered by the firm's Vegas properties Wynn Las...
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Tuesday, 29th July 2014
The world's largest gambling market Macau saw its gaming workforce contract in Q2 by 5,500 to 80,000, according to data from the region's Statistics and Census Service. With the region reporting unemployment...
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Monday, 28th July 2014
UK bookmaker Betfred has chosen marketing analytics firm OtherLevels to power its mobile marketing campaigns. The OtherLevels platform will analyse players' e-mail and SMS activity to provide a detailed...
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Monday, 28th July 2014
Last week, UK bookmakers’ share prices tumbled when Labour announced plans to fund grassroots sport by imposing a levy on sports betting. Ladbrokes’ stock fell by 12%, while William Hill and Paddy...
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Monday, 28th July 2014
Japanese casinos could mimic the Singaporean model which allows tourists to enter for free, while natives have to pay up to $100 to gain admittance. The idea comes from a government planning committee,...
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Friday, 25th July 2014
The Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) is inviting prospective providers to submit their bids for the acquisition of an “iLottery system” in order to move forward with its plans to launch an online...
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Friday, 25th July 2014
Supplier Williams Interactive has launched its Play4Fun Network with Parx Casino. Completely branded and customised for Pennsylvania’s largest casino operation, the B2B premium free-play online gaming...
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Friday, 25th July 2014
Adverts from online gaming operators Spin Palace and 888casino have been labelled misleading by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). The regulator stated that both operators had not been clear enough...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
There are six potential buyers for the ill-fated Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, according to Mayor Don Guardian. The $2.4bn casino is Atlantic City’s newest, opening just over two years ago in...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
On Wednesday Russian President Vladmir Putin signed off on a law allowing the establishment of gambling zones in Sochi and Crimea. The Russian State Duma had already approved the law to allow gambling...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
French operators reported a €286m sports-betting handle in the second quarter of 2014 for year-on-year growth of 44%. The improvement was powered by football betting, which grew 76%. The bookmakers'...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
Nepal’s casinos could potentially be back in operation soon, according to the country’s finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat. The country’s casinos have been closed since April when the Ministry of...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
Sports-betting exchange Matchbook.com is to withdraw from Canada, making it the latest in a string of online betting companies to exit the jurisdiction. Matchbook’s Canadian users received emails from...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
Payment management firm Secure Trading has launched the first end-to-end compliant transaction platform for US online gambling operators. ST-1 provides a single coherent payment solution that integrates...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
Bookmakers could face greater taxation as Labour proposes an extension of the horseracing levy. The existing levy takes 10.75% of horseracing profits, but a new 'More Sport for All' dossier from Harriet...
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Thursday, 24th July 2014
3D slots provider Betsoft Gaming has struck a content deal with SBTech - a provider of turnkey betting and gaming solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, SBTech will offer Betsoft's suite of desktop...
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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
A potential ban on smoking in Las Vegas could lead to a steep decline in gaming revenue, according to a Deutsche Bank gaming analyst. Andrew Zarnett told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a ban is likely...
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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
Turkish and Hungarian gambling regulatory bodies have announced banning orders on a multitude of i-gaming operators, restricting access to their sites. High profile operators such as BwinParty, Bet365...
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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
US gaming revenues outside of Nevada will remain challenging according to ratings agency Fitch. They cited market saturation, stagnant wages among lower-tier players and reprioritisation of disposable...
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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
The National Football League (NFL) has launched a pay-to-play fantasy football game in 43 states, becoming the first major US league to embrace the 'gambling' concept. NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Leagues...
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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
Remote gaming operator 32Red has reported a 19% year-on-year rise in gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the first six months of 2014. The firm's gains were driven by their flagship 32Red Casino operation,...
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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
Delaware online poker revenues have hit rock bottom, plummeting 55.4% in June and reaching the lowest point since online poker launched in the state last November. According to figures released by the...
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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
Operator Crown Resorts is to join forces with a subsidiary of Chinese property developer Greenland Holding Group to bid for a casino resort in Queens Wharf, Brisbane. Operators Crown and Echo Entertainment...
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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
Supplier GameAccount Network has provided Parx Casino with its Simulated Gaming service. Launched in January 2014, Simulated Gaming is an online gaming service designed by GameAccount specifically for...
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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
Macau labour union the Forefront of Macau Gaming (FMG) has threatened to “surround [Las Vegas Sand’s casino] The Venetian” on Wednesday to protest Sands China’s remuneration and promotion system. FMG,...
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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
The UK Gambling Commission has extended its online application service, allowing operators to apply for or amend existing non-remote licences via its website. Remote operators have been able to utilise...
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Monday, 21st July 2014
Supplier A Bet A has completed a deal to enable regional British and Northern Irish bookmakers to bet into the UK Tote pool. The firm’s new Tote Express software, which will go live later this month,...
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Friday, 18th July 2014
Provider BetOnSoft has announced it will rebrand as Saucify. The firm said the rebranding – which is part of a wider strategic marketing plan– provides it with a name that helps it stand out against...
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Friday, 18th July 2014
Asian operator SBOBET has issued a statement to rebuff claims that an illegal World Cup betting operation busted on the Vegas strip was using its website to process wagers. The multimillion-dollar...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
The former head of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) was in a conflict of interest after leaving the BCLC to work for a company affiliated with Paragon Gaming, a private casino operator,...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
Urban casinos have a minimal effect on local crime-rate according to researchers from Drexel and Temple University. The study focused on Philadelphia’s Sugarhouse Casino, which was opened in 2010 amid...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
A total of 94% of Russians do not gamble according to a new poll carried out by the state-sponsored Russian Public Opinion Research Centre. The results may be unwelcome news for the Russian government...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
Casino operator Las Vegas Sands has recorded increases of 27% in profits for Q2 compared to the same period last year, as well as an overall increase in net revenue of 11.8% and a 29.7% increase in earnings...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
A unit of Turkish tourism company Net Holding has won a privatisation tender to operate the country’s national lottery for 10 years for $2.76bn. Net Sans-Hitay secured the tender above two competitors...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
Thai police have arrested 5,064 people for illegal betting during the Brazil World Cup. The majority of those arrested were punters, with 258 bookmakers and 127 bet-slip runners also detained. If convicted...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
A new bill introduced to the Brazilian Senate last week hopes to regulate and tax gambling in the country, including sports betting, casino and bingo products. Apart from a handful of government authorised...
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Thursday, 17th July 2014
Premier League side West Bromwich Albion have signed sponsorship deals with bookmakers Bet365 and 666Bet. The agreement with UK-based Bet365 will run until the end of the 2015/16 season and sees the gaming...
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Wednesday, 16th July 2014
Italy’s GTech S.p.A has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Vegas-based International Game Technology (IGT) in a $6.4bn deal that will see the amalgamation of the world’s largest lottery...
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Wednesday, 16th July 2014
More than 1,000 staff at Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino received layoff notices on Monday as the venue prepares to close on 16 September. In the latest blow to Atlantic City’s gambling...
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Tuesday, 15th July 2014
Operator Caesars Entertainment has hired legal firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP for advice on how to reorganise its $17.4b worth of debt. Bloomberg reports that the operator’s largest unit – Caesars Entertainment...
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Tuesday, 15th July 2014
The UK Gambling Commission has indicated that online gambling operators who wish to maintain their partnerships with sports franchises without having to get a UK licence might be able to do so, although...
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Tuesday, 15th July 2014
New Jersey and Delaware have reported disappointing online gambling revenue results for June. Along with Nevada, the two states currently represent the US’ entire regulated i-gaming industry. On Monday...
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Tuesday, 15th July 2014
On Monday the European Commission announced non-binding recommendations that would tighten rules and better regulate a fast-growing and dynamic online gambling industry. The non-compulsory proposals are...
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Tuesday, 15th July 2014
BwinParty has announced a “mixed” revenue performance in the three months to 30 June. In a trading update released on Tuesday, the Gibraltar-based company reported a “solid” showing from sportsbook,...
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Tuesday, 15th July 2014
Perform, a digital sports content company, has agreed a deal to provide Coral betting shops with live sports video and data. Watch&Bet Retail is Perform’s first step into the retail betting market. Content...
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Monday, 14th July 2014
The California tribe Santa Ysabel has launched a real-money poker site, licensed by its own regulatory body, the Santa Ysabel Gambling Commission. The tribe had been running free-play poker at PrivateTable.com...
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Monday, 14th July 2014
The Dutch Council of Ministers has approved plans to open the country’s gambling market to global competition by 2015. The approved bill stipulates that companies hoping to set up in the Dutch market...
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Friday, 11th July 2014
Australian operator Tabcorp is lodging an appeal against a judge’s decision that blocked the firm from receiving almost AUS$700m from the state of Victoria. Tabcorp, along with fellow operator Tatts...
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Friday, 11th July 2014
UK bookmakers were hit almost as hard as Brazil themselves after Germany’s incredible 7-1 win in Monday’s World Cup semi-final, according to Agence-France-Presse. Bookmakers including Paddy Power,...
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Friday, 11th July 2014
Supplier Net Entertainment has posted a 46.6% leap in operating profit for the second quarter of 2014, citing strong development with existing customers, new launches and positive currency fluctuations...
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Friday, 11th July 2014
Casino magnate and G.O.P mega-donor Sheldon Adelson has recruited former Republican congressman Connie Mack and his firm Mack Strategies into his crusade against i-gaming. Breaking from the majority of...
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Friday, 11th July 2014
The Responsible Gaming Council (RGC) has announced it will launch an international accreditation programme to assess the gambling safeguards of online operators. The programme, dubbed RG Check – Internet,...
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Friday, 11th July 2014
The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has given preliminary approval to a system devised by 888 Holdings that would link online poker rooms from multiple operators and which could serve as a model for...
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Friday, 11th July 2014
Supplier Realistic Games has agreed a content deal with online casino PocketFruity.com. Oxfordshire-based Realistic will roll-out a complete portfolio of slot and table games, including Super Graphics...
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Thursday, 10th July 2014
PokerStars gaining approval in the US would be the “biggest possible boost” to the New Jersey i-gaming industry, says state Senator Ray Lesniak. Lesniak, a lead supporter and sponsor of the state’s...
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Thursday, 10th July 2014
An Australian rugby league player has been banned for the remainder of the season after betting on multiple National Rugby League (NRL) games, including matches he was involved in. David 'The Wolfman'...
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Thursday, 10th July 2014
Online payments firm Optimal Payments is to acquire two US companies. Optimal has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase California-based payment processing entity TK Global Partners LP, which...
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Thursday, 10th July 2014
Las Vegas-based casino operator Caesars has said it is willing to sell the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City. The Mardi Gras themed Showboat made a profit of almost $2m in the first quarter of the year,...
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Thursday, 10th July 2014
More than 500 command-level officers from the New York Association of Chiefs of Police (NYACP) have voiced their support for the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. The coalition, bankrolled by casino...
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Thursday, 10th July 2014
UK broadcaster Channel 5 has been cleared of any wrongdoing after showing adverts for online gambling during a show called "My spiral into debt hell". The programme featured someone who had accrued a debt...
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Wednesday, 9th July 2014
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is anticipating the reception of around 150 licence applications following the introduction of new UK gambling laws. Jenny Williams, UKGC CEO, gave the information during...
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Wednesday, 9th July 2014
Osaka officials have rejected the idea that one of the area’s potential casino licences could go to Universal Studios Japan (USJ), leaving MGM Resorts International and Galaxy Entertainment Group as...
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Wednesday, 9th July 2014
Supplier Tradologic has entered into a strategic partnership with Irish bookmaker Boylesports. Tradologic will be providing Boylesports with technology to allow the bookmaker to add financial binary betting...
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Wednesday, 9th July 2014
Without Andy Murray, peak viewership for the Wimbledon final fell from 17m to 10m, and the betting action on the tournament was also hit. A spokesman for bookmaker Coral told Gambling Insider : "As with...
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Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Osaka-based theme park operator Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is considering bidding for one of the country’s proposed casino licences according to Kyodo news agency, citing unnamed sources. Japan's...
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Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Supplier Amaya Gaming Group will create a secondary listing in either London or New York, the firm’s CEO has told The Sunday Times. For the past four years Amaya has held a primary listing on the Toronto...
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Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Last weekend online gaming firm Betfair became the first betting brand to make use of Google Glass live on air as part of a wider strategic plan to develop bespoke products for Glass throughout 2014. On...
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Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Australian slot machine manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure has agreed to buy US gaming machine provider Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) for $1.3bn. The cash purchase will give Aristocrat access to VGT's 20,000...
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Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has established a new social responsibility committee to help the firm’s board oversee the delivery of a socially responsible approach to providing betting and gaming services. The...
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Tuesday, 8th July 2014
Bookmaker Betfred has selected suppliers Sportech to provide a suite of new betting technology products to its Totepool business. The ten-year contract, which is expected to be worth over £9m in total...
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Monday, 7th July 2014
Bookmakers have endorsed the possibility of moving the Epsom Derby to an evening slot to boost TV ratings and betting interest. David Williams of Ladbrokes told the Daily Mail: "Generally we would welcome...
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Monday, 7th July 2014
The European Commission is to encourage countries to require online gambling advertisements to display health warnings similar to those found on cigarette packets, reports Reuters. According to a draft...
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Monday, 7th July 2014
Online transaction service Optimal Payments has signed a two-year shirt sponsorship deal with Premier League side Crystal Palace. Throughout the 2014/15 and 2015/2016 seasons, Palace shirts will be emblazoned...
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Monday, 7th July 2014
The Russian State Duma has passed a new law establishing gambling zones in Crimea and Sochi. The law is intended to boost the struggling economies, particularly in the newly annexed region of Crimea,...
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Monday, 7th July 2014
The UK Gambling Commission has warned on-course bookmakers they must be more proactive in preventing underage gambling after a test purchasing operation at Ascot saw every operator serve a 16-year-old...
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Monday, 7th July 2014
Russia is evaluating the possibility of legalising online poker, according to the country's daily political and financial newspaper Kommersant. After outlawing poker in 2009 it seems Russia is being...
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Friday, 4th July 2014
The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) have called on the Portuguese government to rethink its draft online gambling legislation after deeming the proposed tax framework "unworkable". The Portuguese parliament...
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Friday, 4th July 2014
Bookmaker William Hill has confirmed to the London Stock Exchange this morning that James Henderson will replace long-standing CEO Ralph Topping effective from 1 August. Henderson, the firm's director...
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Thursday, 3rd July 2014
Provider Greentube has acquired online bingo platform Bingocams from Dazzletag Entertainment Limited. The Bingocams integrated web platform offers a wide range of bingo games combined with social media...
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Thursday, 3rd July 2014
The long-awaited Irish Betting (Amendment) Bill has been submitted to the European Commission for review, meaning it is unlikely to be enacted before the end of 2014. The Irish gambling industry has been...
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Thursday, 3rd July 2014
In excess of €5bn is placed annually in illegal bets in Greece according to the general secretary for transparency Giorgos Sourlas, who is calling for a heavy clampdown on illicit gambling activities....
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Thursday, 3rd July 2014
Gambling revenue in Macau fell for the first time in over four years in June as the World Cup captured the attention of China's high-rolling bettors. The slump marks the first time Macau's revenue has...
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Wednesday, 2nd July 2014
Excluding the National Lottery, the UK gambling industry raked in around £6.7bn in GGY between October 2012 and September 2013 - an increase of £252m on the April 2012 - March 2013 period. The Gambling...
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