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Monday, 30th September 2019
Colossus Bets today announced a long-term licensing agreement with Bet365 that will allow the operator access to its cash-out patent portfolio in the US. The patents cover several gaming verticals in...
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Monday, 30th September 2019
A lawsuit filed against Wynn Resorts and Steve Wynn claims the workplace at the casino remains hostile for the women who made accusations of sexual harassment against the former CEO.    The...
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Monday, 30th September 2019
A spokesperson for SportPesa told Gambling Insider the Kenyan government’s new 20% excise tax will drive businesses in Kenya underground, as licensed betting companies are left unable to maintain...
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Monday, 30th September 2019
SportPesa has halted operations in Kenya after the government imposed a new 20% excise tax on all betting stakes. The operator said this tax is based on "a fundamental misunderstanding by the [Henry]...
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Monday, 30th September 2019
The city of Nagasaki has released details on its bid for an integrated resort that will see a development budget set between JPY320bn ($3bn) and JPY550bn, as reported by Inside Asian Gaming. The Fundamental...
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Friday, 27th September 2019
Total gaming revenue in Nevada rose 4% year-on-year to $952.4m for August, the state’s third straight monthly increase following five months of decline. Sportsbook revenue grew 49% to $18.7m, with...
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Friday, 27th September 2019
A panel of executives gathered to discuss the challenges facing the Nordic gaming industry. Henrik Norsk Hoffmann, Partner at Nordic Gambling, moderated the debate and focused on the re-regulation of...
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Friday, 27th September 2019
Betting exchange operator Smarkets has published its 2018 financial report in late September, despite the trading period coinciding with the calendar year. Revenue fell 42% year-on-year to £11.9m...
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Friday, 27th September 2019
Apple and Google have removed a number of apps from their stores, after judging them to be illegal gambling apps disguised as non-gambling products. According to Trend Micro research, the Asian-facing...
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Friday, 27th September 2019
Unibet has ventured into its second US market, opening its Pennsylvania sportsbook through a partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono. Unibet launched its New Jersey sportsbook earlier in September, also signing...
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Thursday, 26th September 2019
Gaming Realms generated total revenue of £3.2m ($4m) for H1 2019, an 18% rise year-on-year. However, adjusted EBITDA saw a £946,052 loss, compared to £195,462 for H1 2018. The supplier...
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Thursday, 26th September 2019
As a Leeds United fan, there were two main things I took away from last weekend’s English Championship football game between Leeds and Derby County. Firstly, it reconfirmed that if there’s...
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Thursday, 26th September 2019
Greentube, the interactive division of Novomatic, has signed a partnership with Italian operator Snaitech. The deal will see the supplier's Italian-licensed products feature on Snaitech's website and...
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Thursday, 26th September 2019
A sports betting panel on gambling sponsorship has praised this summer’s unique marketing campaigns from Flutter Entertainment and GVC Holdings. Paddy Power, a Flutter brand, "unsponsored" a number...
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Wednesday, 25th September 2019
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK this week warned Kindred Group’s 32Red after two ads for a high-risk game appeared in the results of a Google search. The advertisements were...
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Wednesday, 25th September 2019
Fitzdares CEO William Woodhams believes operators are stuck in a rut of "acquisition, acquisition, acquisition," with their lack of creativity keeping UK advertising agencies in business. Fitzdares is...
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Wednesday, 25th September 2019
The Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2019 are now less than one month away, and some of the industry's biggest companies have shown their keenness to get involved by becoming official Award Sponsors for...
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Wednesday, 25th September 2019
Two adverts for 32Red have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for appealing to children. The two paid-for Google adverts regularly appeared when people searched Google for "Jack...
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Tuesday, 24th September 2019
A panel of industry experts specific to the US sports betting market gathered to discuss issues around recruitment. Currently, operators, suppliers, affiliates and regulators are looking to Europe and...
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Tuesday, 24th September 2019
Police in the Ha Tinh province of Vietnam  shut down an illegal, online football betting operation, with transactions totalling $130.4m, arresting 45 suspects in the process. Authorities began investigations...
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Tuesday, 24th September 2019
XLMedia reported revenue of $42.5m for H1, a 10% decrease year-on-year, which it attributes to regulatory changes in key markets. Gross profit also declined for the digital marketing service provider,...
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Tuesday, 24th September 2019
Global Gaming has announced plans to transfer the domain Ninjacasino.se to Viral Interactive in a bid to rejoin the Swedish market. SafeEnt, a subsidiary of Global Gaming, had its Swedish license revoked...
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Monday, 23rd September 2019
Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has decided to stop investments into its proprietary game studio, GiG Games, with immediate effect. The company says this is aimed at reducing operational costs and concentrating...
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Monday, 23rd September 2019
TSG Interactive Gaming Europe Limited, part of Stars Group, has been fined €400,000 ($439,297) by the Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) for offering poker through PokerStars.eu. A game in which it is...
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Monday, 23rd September 2019
Marcelo Munhoz da Rocha, Legal Advisor at BetConsult, speaks to Gambling Insider, providing an update on Brazilian sports betting legislation. What is the current state of sports betting legislation in...
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Monday, 23rd September 2019
Caesars Entertainment has signed an agreement to sell the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to "a company controlled by a principal of Imperial Companies." Caesars will make $516.3m from the...
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Monday, 23rd September 2019
It is three years since DraftKings launched its daily fantasy sports (DFS) product in the UK. To date, it hasn’t had much of an impact. The UK audience wants different things than its US counterpart....
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Monday, 23rd September 2019
Following the suspension of EveryMatrix’s B2C license in the UK, the company has decided to let go of its B2C operating licenses for remote betting and casino. The Gambling Commission suspended...
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Friday, 20th September 2019
OPAP has reportedly had its online sports betting license in Greece revoked. According to Greek media outlets, the gaming firm is still permitted to offer retail operations within the market but has been...
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Friday, 20th September 2019
Microgaming has announced it will close its poker network next year after an internal review of the supplier’s product portfolio and strategy. Players will still have access to online tournaments,...
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Friday, 20th September 2019
Snooker legend and Betcris Ambassador Ronnie O’Sullivan has spoken about how companies can get the most of the athletes they sponsor. O’Sullivan, 43, returned to snooker’s summit as...
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Friday, 20th September 2019
This week, I attended the first of Genius Sports Media’s In Focus series: Prevention by Design. The event saw a panel of UK industry executives discuss the role advertising plays in the protection...
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Friday, 20th September 2019
The race for an integrated resort license in Osaka, Japan, is down to three candidates: MGM Resorts International, Genting Singapore and Galaxy Entertainment Group. Local media reports suggest the operators...
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Friday, 20th September 2019
Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has agreed to extend its deal with Hard Rock International to launch a sportsbook in Iowa. GiG’s land-based sportsbook will initially be launched in the Hard Rock Hotel...
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Thursday, 19th September 2019
Kambi has signed a multi-channel partnership with Jack Entertainment, which will see its sportsbook integrated into the operator’s facilities in Ohio. Subject to necessary legislation and regulatory...
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Thursday, 19th September 2019
10Bet has become the official betting partner of Italian Serie A champion Juventus, after agreeing a three-year deal. Through the partnership, 10Bet will develop promotional content and marketing activities...
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Wednesday, 18th September 2019
Melco Resorts & Entertainment will pursue a Yokohama-first policy in Japan, ending its bid for an integrated resort license in Osaka. Melco previously stated its ambition to obtain one of three casino...
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Wednesday, 18th September 2019
Is innovation for innovation’s sake ever worth investing in? It’s a question all businesses should consider twice before committing to the latest trends just because they are popular. That’s...
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Wednesday, 18th September 2019
Coral, owned by GVC Holdings, and Football Index, a brand of Bet Index, have both had advertisements banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after being deemed irresponsible. Coral’s...
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Wednesday, 18th September 2019
GVC Holdings has announced Dean Shannon will replace Jason Scott as its Australia CEO. Scott leaves the role to look at other opportunities; he was hired permanently in August 2017, which came after six...
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Tuesday, 17th September 2019
Figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) show total revenue from gaming and fantasy contests grew 6% year-on-year to $293.4m for August. Parx Casino took the highest amount in...
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Tuesday, 17th September 2019
Blackstone Group is reportedly in talks to buy and lease back the Bellagio and MGM Grand from MGM Resorts International. Bloomberg suggests negotiations with the New York-based private equity firm are...
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Tuesday, 17th September 2019
With so much emphasis now placed on responsible gaming – and so much negative coverage surrounding the companies falling short in this crucial area – Gambling Insider caught up with 888 Holdings'...
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Tuesday, 17th September 2019
The full Shortlist for the 2019 Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas is now available to view, with just less than one month to go until this year's presentation ceremony. Receiving a nomination is an outstanding...
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Monday, 16th September 2019
The National Hockey League’s (NHL) New Jersey Devils has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Unibet. The sponsorship with Unibet will include fan and hospitality experiences for Unibet customers,...
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Monday, 16th September 2019
Caesars Entertainment will donate more than $1m to the National Centre for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and other third-party responsible gambling institutions in the US. The donation will commemorate the...
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Monday, 16th September 2019
SBTech has signed a partnership with Swedish operator Svenska Spel Sport and Casino following a procurement process. The multi-channel partnership will see SBTech supply the operator with a new sportsbook,...
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Monday, 16th September 2019
After authorising sports wagers on 15 August, Iowa went on to generate $2.2m in sports betting revenue for the month. The Hawkeye State registered handle of $8.6m in its first 17 days of sports betting...
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Monday, 16th September 2019
Tag Garson, SVP, Global Media and Properties at Wasserman, speaks to Gambling Insider about sports betting media rights and how the legalisation of sports wagering is changing broadcasting in the US. How...
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Friday, 13th September 2019
French Ligue 1 football club AS Monaco has announced BetCity as its official Russian betting partner for the next two seasons. The Russian operator previously struck a deal to partner with Russian football...
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Friday, 13th September 2019
A GambleAware study, conducted in partnership with the Football Supporters' Association, has shown only 10% of fans believe their clubs are doing enough to encourage safe betting and educating supporters...
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Friday, 13th September 2019
GAN revenue was £11.3m ($14.1m) for H1 2019, a 145% rise year-on-year, with EBITDA of £3m, a 3% increase. Revenue for real money gaming was up 103% to £4.3m, while virtuals revenue was...
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Friday, 13th September 2019
As analysts look towards the New Jersey sports betting market as a long-term candidate for biggest in the world, the Garden State saw overall gaming revenue increase once again for August. Based on data...
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Thursday, 12th September 2019
On 1 January 2020, Spelinspektionen will celebrate its first birthday. After operating as Lotteriinspektionen, it changed its name to coincide with the opening of the market to private companies. The regulator...
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Thursday, 12th September 2019
Berkant Elieyioglu, Managing Director of Live Data at Sportradar, tells Gambling Insider he acknowledges the industry will continue to face challenges due to the high demand of in-play sports...
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Thursday, 12th September 2019
During a phone interview with a US exec this week, Boris Johnson’s name came up before we even mentioned betting – which was supposed to be the subject of our call. As much as I try to stay...
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Thursday, 12th September 2019
EveryMatrix has partnered with BeBettor to improve its processes around affordability checks after the Gambling Commission suspended its license. EveryMatrix said this agreement is part of its efforts...
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Thursday, 12th September 2019
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and mid Kent, as the new minister for gambling in the UK. She becomes the third minister to hold the...
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Thursday, 12th September 2019
A committee of MPs wants loot boxes banned for children and in-game spending to be regulated by gambling laws. The MPs have accused certain free video games of encouraging players to purchase virtual...
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Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) John Hagan speaks exclusively with Gambling Insider about the progress the UK gambling industry has made in recent years and what to expect...
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Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Castle Hill Gaming has agreed to pay Video Gaming Technologies (VGT), a subsidiary of Aristocrat Technologies, a settlement of $3m over a trademark infringement lawsuit. After more than two years of legal...
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Wednesday, 11th September 2019
The Gambling Commission has fined Silverbond Enterprises Limited £1.8m ($2.2m) following an investigation into its Park Lane Club property. The Mayfair casino was found to have breached social responsibility...
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Wednesday, 11th September 2019
We all know casinos floors are some of the most watched spaces. Step onto one and eyes follow your every step. Cameras dotted along walls and pillars feed the venue’s intelligence, floor managers...
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Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Yumeshima, an artificial island in Osaka, has been approved for commercial use – making it a strong candidate for an integrated resort. Proposals are currently being put in place for three casino...
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Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Kindred Group has launched its Kambi-powered Unibet sportsbook in New Jersey. The offering will be Kindred’s first online sportsbook in the US and will be run through Hard Rock Hotel & Casino...
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Tuesday, 10th September 2019
SG Digital CEO Jordan Levin caught up with Gambling Insider to discuss the supplier’s movements across Europe and the US, as well as plans for the rest of 2019. You have offices across the world...
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Tuesday, 10th September 2019
Market confidence in Swedish gaming supplier NetEnt has risen considerably following its £220m ($272.1m) acquisition of Red Tiger Gaming. After last week’s announcement, Gambling Insider...
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Tuesday, 10th September 2019
FanDuel has announced the launch of sportsbooks in Indiana and Iowa through its partnership with Boyd Gaming. The operator will be launching sportsbooks in four Boyd facilities: Blue Chip Casino Hotel...
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Tuesday, 10th September 2019
The share value of 888 has fallen after its H1 report, which showed group revenue rose 2% year-on-year, to $277.3m, but profit before tax fell 63%, to $22.2m. The operator’s share price dipped considerably...
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Monday, 9th September 2019
A group consisting of between 300,000 and 400,000 individual VIP and premium players contributes 70% of Macau’s gross gaming revenue, according to Bernstein Research. Bernstein highlighted the importance...
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Monday, 9th September 2019
Scientific Games has confirmed its launch with Caesars Entertainment in Indiana, becoming the first supplier to accept sports wagers in the state on 1 September. The partnership offers retail sportsbook...
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Monday, 9th September 2019
Roar Digital, the 50/50 joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings, has launched the BetMGM online app in New Jersey. The product incorporates GVC’s sportsbook platform into...
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Monday, 9th September 2019
Tim Poole breathes a sigh of relief as he compares covering the Eldorado/Caesars merger to his days of football transfer churnalism. Back when I was a football journalist, transfer rumours were the name...
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Friday, 6th September 2019
On Tuesday 3 September the Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry heard evidence on the effectiveness of the Gambling Act 2005. Doctors, professors, lawyers and even...
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Friday, 6th September 2019
As Therese Hillman addressed investors about NetEnt's acquisition of Red Tiger Gaming, there was no doubt as to who the major party is. The supplier’s CEO did all the talking and, with market cap...
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Friday, 6th September 2019
The Gambling Commission has suspended EveryMatrix’s operating license with immediate effect while a review of the company’s activity takes place. The Gambling Commision instigated the review...
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Friday, 6th September 2019
The voting for this year’s Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas has now closed, after the 100-strong Judging Panel made their choices. After a rigorous initial process, a stellar panel of Judges boasting...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
The Football Association (FA) has fined Huddersfield Town £50,000 ($61,658) for wearing a shirt during a pre-season friendly that broke advertising regulations. The kit displayed Paddy Power’s...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
Sports data suppliers Genius Sports and Sportradar have been locked in a heated debate, as Sportradar could potentially be launching legal action against Genius. According to Sportradar, Genius’...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
Roar Digital, the joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings, has signed a multi-year sports betting partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings. The agreement is the first of its kind between...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
NetEnt has signed an agreement to acquire slot provider Red Tiger Gaming in an all-cash deal with an initial value of £197m ($243.1m). The transaction is expected to be completed imminently, but...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
Veikkaus’ Q2 gross gaming revenue fell 4% year-on-year, to €844.3m ($933.3m), with a total profit of €501.4m, a 1% decrease. Total turnover for H1 2019 was €1.5bn, a 6% drop. Revenue...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
Like London buses, two CEO changes arrived at once in the gaming industry on Thursday morning. Both William Hill and Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) announced the departure of their CEOs, the latter replacing...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
William Hill today announced Philip Bowcock will depart his roles as CEO and a company director with effect from 30 September. The operator said this change was part of its succession planning and consistent...
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Thursday, 5th September 2019
Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has announced previous COO Richard Brown has become the supplier's Acting CEO, as Robin Reed vacates the position with immediate effect. Petter Nylander, GiG Chairman of...
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Wednesday, 4th September 2019
I’ve been to a fair few sporting events over the years, most of them boasting a lively atmosphere. As a Liverpool fan, I’ve been to Anfield and sang You’ll Never Walk Alone (although...
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Wednesday, 4th September 2019
Sports betting operator Smarkets has signed contracts with casino developer and operator Full House Resorts to offer online sports wagering in Indiana and Colorado. Smarkets plans to initially operate...
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Wednesday, 4th September 2019
Scientific Games' joint venture, Sans Digital, has been awarded a 10-year contract to exclusively supply lottery instant games and retail terminals for the Turkish National Lottery. The National Lottery...
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Wednesday, 4th September 2019
Racing Post launched the extension of its international horseracing offering today to cover 15 new territories.   The solution will be presented in a format similar to its British and Irish race...
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Wednesday, 4th September 2019
The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has expressed concerns over Betfair Australia’s decision to allow online betting on Hong Kong racing on its exchange. Last month, Betfair Australia announced it...
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
Genius Sports is still open to sublicensing betting data rights to the top UK football leagues to third-party suppliers, as long as they meet internal guidelines, which does not currently include Sportradar, Gambling...
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
Every time I hear the phrase ‘fixed-odds betting terminals’ (FOBT) I want to scream. It’s not because I don’t entirely disagree with the maximum stake reduction in Great Britain...
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
Better Collective has acquired UK-facing sports betting site mybettingsites.co.uk in a £2.2m ($2.6m) deal. The betting comparison site, formed in 2015, generated revenue of £400,000 last year,...
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
The Gambling Commission has informed Gambling Insider it has not confirmed the approval of Gamstop’s proposed scheme, which will see betting operators lose their licenses if they decline to sign...
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Monday, 2nd September 2019
Sportradar has reportedly threatened to take legal action against Genius Sports in a row over the data supplier’s deal for exclusive rights to the English Premier League, English Football League...
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Monday, 2nd September 2019
ComeOn has decided to exit the UK market and focus on “more favourable” jurisdictions. The operator received its UK license in 2014 but will end its five-year association due to the market’s...
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Monday, 2nd September 2019
Gibraltar is very much in the dark at present when it comes to its gambling industry. With Brexit in the balance, the industry has said it is preparing for the worst-case scenario, but managing this is...
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Monday, 2nd September 2019
1xBet’s partnership with Tottenham Hotspur has been terminated amid an investigation into the operator’s global activities, as reported by The Sunday Times. The operator has been the English...
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Monday, 2nd September 2019
Gross gaming revenue (GGR) in Macau fell 9% year-on-year for August, to MOP24.26bn ($2.99bn), representing the region’s biggest percentage drop in 27 months. Macau casinos saw GGR decline for the...
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