Andrew McCarron

Watch: Joe Lee on the importance of collaboration

Head of GB&I at Paddy Power Betfair, Joe Lee has emphasized the importance of developing a collaborative relationship between the betting industry and sports governing bodies when it comes to maintaining integrity in US sports. Lee also discussed the importance of public trust, both in the industry as well as in governing sports bodies. In an interview at the recent Betting on Sports Conference, …

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GLMS and SBC announce strategic partnership deal for 2020

SBC’s plans to expand into new markets have taken a major step forward with the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with one of the most respected organisations in the gaming industry, the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS). The relationship will see an increased focus on the state lotteries sector at SBC’s portfolio of market-leading events in 2020, including a …

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Five new US members for Sports Betting Hall of Fame

The Sports Betting Hall of Fame will see five new US-based members inducted next year at the Betting on Sports America conference in New Jersey, organised by SBC. The Sports Betting Hall of Fame recognises industry legends who have made an outstanding contribution to the betting and gaming industry over their careers.  The five new inductees into the Hall of …

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New NHS figures shed more light on problem gambling levels

Figures from the latest Health Survey for England show that around 13% of the country’s population engaged in online betting with a bookmaker in 2018, with the percentage of people who had gambled overall dropping to 51%. The Health Survey also measured problem gambling rates using two different measures – DSM-IV and PGSI – both of which recorded levels below …

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Scandal underlines OVWG calls for end of gambling monopoly

The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) is pushing for more transparency in the country’s gambling laws after a series of police raids investigating corruption between politicians and the country’s monopoly operator. OVWG, which counts among its members bet-at-home, Interwetten, Mr Green and Kindred Group, believes that the controversy around the appointment of former Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) …

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Tom Watson resignation leaves question over gambling review

In the latest major political news in the UK, Labour’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson has announced his resignation and that he will not be sitting in the upcoming General Election. The surprising news has sent shockwaves through the UK political scene but also has implications for the gambling industry, given that it was Watson who was spearheading a review into the …

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Sportradar hits back at Italian media report

Major industry supplier Sportradar has come out strongly against a report in the Italian media which links the firm to the long-running Galassia criminal investigation. The company has issued a statement strongly refuting the allegations made within the article published by Business Insider Italia and said it regards many of the allegations and statements made to be incorrect, untrue and …

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Veikkaus revamping business around responsible gambling objectives

Finnish gambling operator Veikkaus is revamping its operations to put more emphasis on responsible gambling.  The company plans to reduce its 18,500 slot machines by 40% over the next six years as it looks to address concern over the extent of gambling harm in the country.  The move comes despite Veikkaus announcing a 2.1% drop in gross gaming revenues so …

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Finalists announced for Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year

Representatives from six different bookmakers will duke it out for the prestigious Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year next month as the competition announced its eight regional champions. Independent bookmakers Jenningsbet and Toals Bookmakers have managers on the shortlist, alongside Betfred, Paddy Power, William Hill and three from GVC Group’s Ladbrokes and Coral operations. Selected from a shortlist of …

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Gambling Commission pushes standards agenda to Maltese operators

Neil McArthur, chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission, has emphasised the need for standards to be raised among overseas gambling businesses targeting British consumers. Speaking at the ARQ Gaming Compliance Forum in Malta, McArthur highlighted three key strategic focus areas to drive the standards of the latter, stressing that “the MGA share our concerns”. This follows a study undertaken …

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