Michael Lawson

Long-awaited Italian online gaming licenses now available

120 Italian gaming licenses have been made available on a first come first served basis. Legislators have launched a bidding process, with around 40 licenses expected to be issued to operators already present in the country’s gaming market looking to renew existing licenses. Operators will be able to apply for licences in a number of gambling activities, such as sports …

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Ladbrokes extends SPFL sponsorship to 2020 with bumper deal

Ladbrokes has opted to extend its sponsorship of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) to 2020, giving the Scottish football divisions a welcome cash boost. The deal is believed to be worth £5 million, with the betting brand also agreeing to up its investment in the leagues. The original deal, signed in 2015, was the most lucrative in Scottish football …

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Happy Pay boosts jackpots with RISQ deal

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London-based tech firm RISQ has announced a new deal with Happy Pay that will boost the jackpots of the game developer up to a record level of £25 million. RISQ’s insurance-backed solution enables the creation of non-networked prizes across a wide range of game types and channels. Since launching with RISQ at the start of January, Happy Pay’s operating partners have …

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Genting enhances Responsible Gambling credentials with SlotGuru partnership

UK casino operator Genting Casinos has announced a partnership with slots education app SlotGuru. The deal, in place until March, will see Genting actively promote SlotGuru throughout all of its 39 casinos, as a method of educating players and enhancing its Responsible Gambling initiatives. SlotGuru is a multi-functional mobile application that takes the guesswork out of playing slots. It provides players with …

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FanDuel promotes Andy Giancamilli to COO

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator FanDuel has announced the appointment of Andy Giancamilli as new Chief Operating Officer. Originally joining the firm in 2015, Giancamilli will continue with his role as Chief Financial Officer. He will oversee FanDuel’s product and product operations teams in addition to overseeing financial operations, corporate financing, and company strategy. Giancamilli said: “There is incredible momentum across …

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LetBet aims big with online betting-focused cryptocurrency

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Belize-based firm LetBet is the latest to offer a cryptocurrency aimed specifically at online gambling. Entitled LBT, the new blockchain-powered currency has been touted as a solution to the delayed payout systems of traditional gambling sites, as well as a way to remove the third party element. Online platforms such as LetBet are attempting to usher in the transition from …

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Sicilian racecourse closes after mafia race fixing discovery

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All horse races have been suspended at the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo race track in Sicily, after police investigating mafia activity discovered evidence of illegal gambling and organised crime bosses rigging races. Italian police made 25 arrests linked to the mafia clans of Resuttana-San Lorenzo last month, with the extent of mafia involvement in Sicilian racing emerging shortly after. Since …

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Indiana latest state to consider legalising sports betting, despite being home of NCAA

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A Republican representative from Indiana is the latest official to come out in favour of legalising sports betting in his home state, subject to a successful challenge by New Jersey in its ongoing US Supreme Court battle. State Representative Alan Morrison, who resides in the city of Terre Haute near Indiana’s western border with Illinois, told a local newspaper that …

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