Erin-Marie Gallagher

RCA backs extension to lunchtime racing trials

Due to take place over a five-week period this Autumn, the Racecourse Association (RCA) has confirmed that a further trial of lunchtime racing is due to take place at five different racecourses. The news follows on from trials which took place earlier this year, which originally consisted of three race meetings during May and June, all of which commenced at …

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EGBA urges European Commission to standardise gambling laws

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has urged the European Commission to develop a new regulatory framework which will both clarify and standardise gambling laws across Europe.  Disclosed as part of an open letter to the European Commission, EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer explained that he felt ‘the cross-border online betting world is hamstrung by a patchwork of national …

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Irish government calls for increase to greyhound welfare funds

The Irish Cabinet has called for the greyhound industry to boost its welfare spending after the sector was rocked by recent controversies alluding to animal cruelty.  During the weekly cabinet meeting, the Government outlined new plans to ensure that the sector increases its spending on welfare initiatives and traceability, with suggestions made that the sector should be spending at least …

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STS becomes official sponsor of Zagłębie Lubin

One of Poland’s largest bookmakers, STS, has been named as the official sponsor and betting partner of Zagłębie Lubin after signing a new two year sponsorship agreement with the team. The agreement will mean that the operator’s branding will be shown across the players’ sleeves, as well as including sponsorship of the club’s multiple sports associations. Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of …

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GentingBet honours New Zealand pre-tournament bets following England win

Following the dramatic clash at Lord’s between England and New Zealand in yesterday’s 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final, GentingBet has committed to honouring all pre-tournament bets on New Zealand winning the Cricket World Cup. The Black Caps fell short of winning the World Cup yesterday after England were named as the 2019 champions on a little-known boundary-countback rule, following …

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Spain combats betting corruption with new national commission

Spain’s Ministry of the Presidency has given the go-ahead for the formation of a new national commission which is due to tackle betting-related fraud as well as the prevention of sports corruption. The commission is due to consist of representatives from the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), the National Police, the Civil Guard, the Higher Sports Council as well as …

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ASA overturns Sky Bet ‘request a bet’ ad ruling

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has decided to reverse its ruling against a TV advertisement for online operator Sky Bet, meaning that ruling is now ‘not upheld’.  The advert in question was originally broadcast to viewers on 30 August 2018. Following two complaints, the ASA had originally ruled that the advert was ‘socially irresponsible’ and supposedly in contravention to BCAP …

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GiG suspends Swedish sportsbooks over ‘lack of clarity’ in regulations

Online gambling firm Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has allegedly halted its sportsbook operations for its proprietary Rizk and Guts brands across Sweden, citing the country’s regulatory framework as the main reason. As reported on igamingbusiness, GiG has argued that the current ‘lack of clarity’ in Swedish gaming laws has meant that the brands will ‘temporarily suspend’ all bets until there …

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GambleAware report suggests ‘clearer’ strategy needed on advertising

Published in its latest interim report, GambleAware has conducted research into the impact that different forms and frequencies of gambling adverts had upon children, young people and vulnerable adults. The research, carried out by two consortia led by Ipsos MORI and the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling, found that lotteries and bookmakers are among the highest …

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Dettori fans causing rethink on bet liabilities

After continuing his streak of summer successes at Sandown this weekend, Frankie Dettori has forced UK bookmakers to rethink their strategy on Dettori-accumulators, resulting in a number of bookmakers deciding to limit punters’ stakes on the champion jockey or insist on some legs be settled on SP only.  Speaking on Luck on Sunday, Ladbrokes Coral PR Director Simon Clare defended …

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