Andrew McCarron

Online taxes to rise as FOBT stakes slashed to £2 despite evidence

The government has rejected advice from the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and cut stakes on B2 Gaming Machines – FOBTs – down from £100 to £2. The announcement was made this morning by DCMS minister Tracey Crouch and could have wide repercussions for the retail betting industry, horseracing and online gaming operations. Both William Hill CEO Philip …

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Hard line on novelty markets after SunBets ‘piegate’ investigation

Marketing departments across the industry will be on full alert after the Gambling Commission announced that it would deal ‘more severely’ with any novelty betting markets which do not maintain the standards required. Tabcorp UK, which runs the SunBets operation on behalf of News International, has now had conditions around novelty betting attached to its gambling licence and been told to pay £84,000 …

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Playtech moves into Italy with €846m Snaitech acquisition

Major industry supplier Playtech has pulled off an audacious move with an agreement to purchase Italian bookmaker Snaitech. The initial deal will see Playtech acquire 70.6% of the operator after which it will be compelled to make a mandatory takeover offer for all the remaining shares. Commenting on the transaction, Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech said: “The acquisition …

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CAP announces new restrictions on free bets, bonuses and calls to action

UK bookmakers will have to revamp their marketing after the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) tightened up gambling advertising standards, with particular emphasis on live betting promotions. While bookmakers will still be able to advertise live odds, CAP says the advertisement should not unduly pressure the audience to gamble; so urgent calls to action – such as “Bet Now!” – …

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Scientific Games launches SG Digital incorporating NYX assets

The NYX Gaming Group, incorporating OpenBet, has a new look with the launch of SG Digital. The new brand sees the NYX assets join Scientific Gaming’s existing portfolio of SG Interactive B2B products and services as the parent company aims to integrate its latest purchase into the company structure and create ‘the most diverse supplier of digital gaming and sports …

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Champions League winner Luis Garcia at ICE London with OPTIMA

Champions League

Champions League winner Luis Garcia will be one of the star attractions on the OPTIMA stand at ICE London this week. Former Spanish international Garcia will be greeting visitors at Stand N2-310 and fielding questions about his career and his views on this summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia. OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez said: “We are very pleased counting with …

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