Andrew McCarron

Towcester greyhounds saved by Kevin Boothby

Henlow greyhound racing promoter Kevin Boothby has signed a 10-year lease deal to take over Towcester dog track and expects to re-open for greyhound racing in March 2020, according to a report by the Greyhound Star. It is the second piece of good news for the beleagured sport in a week after news that the Arena Racing Company (ARC) had acquired …

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Norsk Tipping confirms integrated platform deal with Optima and Sportradar

Norwegian state gaming operator Norsk Tipping has confirmed that sports betting omni-channel platform supplier Optima has won the tender to supply the firm with a new sportsbook integral solution for potentially the next 12 years. The successful offer also included integrated sports data feed and trading services from Sportradar, the major sports betting services supplier which last week agreed a …

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Optima acquisition sees Sportradar offer full betting solution

OPTIMA

Sports data and content supplier Sportradar has confirmed the acquisition of the award-winning sports betting and gaming omnichannel platform business Optima, with the deal effective immediately. The acquisition sees Optima extending Sportradar’s current betting services portfolio to become a full-service B2B data, betting, trading and player management platform business. Acquiring Seville based Optima, Sportradar governance details that will create a …

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Flutter and Stars Group agree takeover deal

In the latest mega-merger to hit the gambling industry, The Stars Group (TSG) is to be acquired by Flutter Entertainment, operator of Betfair, FanDuel and Paddy Power via an all-share combination.  Immediately following completion of the Combination, Flutter Shareholders would own approximately 54.64 per cent and TSG Shareholders would own approximately 45.36 per cent of the share capital of the Combined Group. …

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New William Hill campaign plays on community

William Hill is to launch its new marketing campaign this evening by tapping into the social aspect of betting and gaming.  The ‘it’s who you play with’ advertising campaign is the first created by agency 72andSunny Amsterdam since it won the account earlier this summer and continues the marketing shift that William Hill has been following since its Anthony Joshua campaign …

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Ulrik Bengtsson to take charge at William Hill as Bowcock bows out

In a surprise move, William Hill has announced a change in leadership in revealing that Ulrik Bengtsson is to replace Philip Bowcock as CEO at the end of the month. Bengtsson, previously William Hill’s Chief Digital Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Designate and a Director of the Company with immediate effect and will assume full CEO responsibilities from …

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Flutter sees 24% drop in profits bitten by global regulatory demands

Flutter Entertainment Plc, the rebranded entity of Paddy Power Betfair, has seen its interim H1 2019 profits before tax drop by 24%, as FTSE100 betting group cites changes in regulations and taxation as the lead factor in its year-on-year performance decline. Operating its enlarged portfolio of Paddy Power, Betfair, FanDuel (US), Sportsbet (AUS) and the recently acquired Adjarabet (CIS), Flutter saw …

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WATCH: How will VAR impact in-play betting markets?

With the onset of the new football season, the biggest development is the introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) in the Premier League. The erratic nature of how the VAR is being interpreted by officials provides a big headache for traders wanting to make sure that they aren’t stung by an unexpected decision, but at the same time provide a …

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‘Systematic failings’ cost Ladbrokes Coral £5.9m

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The Gambling Commission has found ‘systemic failings’ at the Ladbrokes Coral Group leading to the imposition of a penalty package consisting of £5.9m payment and a series of improvement measures that must be implemented by new owner GVC. The regulator has also revealed that more sanctions may be coming down the line as further investigations into the actions of Personal Management …

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Gambling Commission calls The Samaritans to bolster guidelines

The Gambling Commission is partnering up with The Samaritans in the battle against problem gambling after a fresh analysis of 2007 data shed light on its links with suicide.   The small scale research programme, published today by GambleAware and the Gambling Commission, was based on findings from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) and indicated that one in five …

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