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Scientific Games’ OpenSports finds more success at Grand National

Scientific Games has broken its records again in 2021, this time at the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, building on the success of its OpenSports platform at the Cheltenham Festival. The Nasdaq registered firm reported over 50 million bets placed through OpenSports, utilised by a range of online and retail operators, with over 19 million bets placed on …

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BGC: Betting retail reopening ‘great news’ for industry and economy

 Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has described the reopening of the retail betting sector as ‘great news’ for both the industry and the UK economy. Under the UK government’s four-stage plan for the easing of national lockdown restrictions in England and Wales, around 6,000 retail bookmakers will unlock their doors and resume trading for the first time …

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Smarkets builds on Cheltenham success at Aintree

Rachael Blackmore was not the only one who set records at the Aintree Grand National this weekend, as Smarkets recorded a 21% increase in betting volume from 2019. A total of £92.8 million was traded on the platform in comparison to the 2019 figure of £76.5 million, and the 2018 earnings of £57.4 million, whilst from Thursday to Saturday over …

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Evolution progresses with €450m takeover of Big Time Gaming

Evolution Gaming Group AB has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Time Gaming for a total cash bid of up to €450 million. Identified as a ‘thought leader in online slots,’ the acquisition of Big Time Gaming will enable Evolution to take advantage of popular titles such as Bonanza and Extra Chilli as well as the Game Mechanic Megaways, …

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UK Ministers to launch Football Index probe

UK government Ministers are reportedly planning to launch an investigation into the collapse of ‘football player trading exchange’ Football Index. The Times reported that legislators are ‘deeply concerned’ by the collapse of the operator, after users lost over £100 million following its crash into insolvency. “This case further reinforces the need for our comprehensive review of gambling laws,” a government …

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Katie Walsh says times are changing for racing ahead of Grand National

In two separate marketing releases, UK sports betting operators Betway and Coral spoke to former jockey Katie Walsh and current competitor Tom Scudamore, who each gave a different perspective on the significance of the Grand National. Walsh is one of the most successful women to have ever competed in racing, having achieved over 100 wins including the Irish Grand National, …

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MansionBet expands reach with US-centred Sky Sports Racing deal

UK online sportsbook MansionBet will now act as sponsor of US coverage on Sky Sports Racing, as part of an expansion of its existing contract with the broadcaster. Under the terms of the renewal, MansionBet will sponsor race day reviews and previews, expanding its viewership to the US audience, as more and more states in the country embrace legal regulated …

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British sports bodies ‘see the benefits’ of vaccine passports

The BBC has reported that a group of elite-level British sporting bodies have backed the use of vaccine passports as a possible measure for supporting the return of spectators to stadiums. In a letter addressed to the leaders of the major political parties, the FA, Premier League, English Football League (EFL), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the Rugby Football …

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BCCI Anti-Corruption Chief affirms that ‘betting encourages match fixing’

Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) new Chief of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has taken a strong stance against legalised betting. The new anti-corruption leader’s opinions are in stark contrast to former BCCI ACU head Ajit Singh, who believed that stricter regulations of India’s betting industry would assist with controlling and combating corruption …

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Sportsbet.io continues sports marketing strategy with Saints extension

Sportsbet.io has secured the front-of-shirt sponsorship of Southampton FC – for another three-years, following the Saints renewal of its agreement with Coingaming Group. The extension will allow Sportsbet.io to continue to take advantage of the exposure and advertising during Southampton’s Premier League fixtures, whilst also maintaining a ‘strong relationship’ with the club’s supporters and the local community. Although financial details …

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