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Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform 

Lee Willows, Chief Executive of educational charity The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), said that the education sector must be further engaged in the regulatory makeup of the gambling sector.  Willows made his statement reflecting on the significant events of last week, following three separate industry oversight reports being published by the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG); …

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GVC and MGM activate $450m playbook for JV prospects

Shareholders of GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts have sanctioned a further funding round in joint-venture property ROAR Digital, increasing investment in the US market venture to $450 million. The funding is approved to accelerate ROAR’s flagship sportsbook property of BetMGM, which since its launch in 2018 is on track to operate in 11 US states by the end of year …

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GambleAware defends RET funding structures following Lords criticism

GambleAware has defended its position on the funding of problem gambling research education and treatment (RET) programmes, following last week’s publication of the House of Lords’ Select Committee ‘Time for Action’ report on UK gambling.  Citing 66 recommendations, the Lords report stated that GambleAware must correct its current ‘anomalous system’ of funding RET directives so that further charities are free …

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Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services 

GVC Holdings has confirmed that its UK flagship properties Ladbrokes, Coral and BETDAQ will no longer utilise Oddschecker affiliate marketing services. Issuing a short statement, GVC explained that the decision to call time on its Oddschecker partnership has been undertaken for ‘commercial reasons’ – adding that it has terminated all marketing inventory as of 9 July 2020.  GVC statement read: …

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GambleAware refreshes ‘Safer Gambling Campaign’ for summer 2020  

GambleAware has updated its nationwide ‘Safer Gambling Campaign’ to raise awareness of the National Gambling Treatment Service in the UK.  With the return of major sports broadcasting across TV and digital verticals, GambleAware has launched a ‘burst of new activity’ to support its #BetRegret safer gambling initiative and further awareness of the UK’s gambling harm prevention and support services.  Targeting …

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William Hill matches finance sector screening capacity with Accuity 

William Hill Plc has strengthened all components related to compliance and customer KYC operations by forming a comprehensive agreement with digital control risk solutions provider Accuity. Facing changing compliance and regulatory demands across all core markets, the FTSE betting group has appointed Accuity to ‘transform its customer screening approach with AI techniques’. The partnership sees William Hill install Accuity’s proprietary …

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GVC restructures customer care teams in line with BGC code 

Pre-empting regulatory and compliance changes enforced on its UK online gambling operations, GVC Holdings has restructured its customer service teams. The FTSE100 gambling group stated that it will undertake changes to its VIP schemes and customer engagement protocols in-line with the recommendations set out by the Betting and Gaming Council’s (BGC) new code-of-conduct. Concluding a series of ‘industry working groups’, …

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BGC: Treasury must face economic realities and allow casinos to reopen  

As UK businesses wait for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to issue his ‘summer statement’ tomorrow, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has continued to pressure the government to reopen casinos this July. Branded as a ‘critical mini-budget’, Sunak’s statement will underline vital business grants, industry subsidies and workforce schemes to help boost the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19’s aftershocks. Writing to …

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GambleAware urges UK Finance to get strict on Gambling Blockers

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GambleAware has this morning published insights from research it commissioned on public uptake and effectiveness of bank card ‘gambling blockers’. The charity sanctioned researchers from the University of Bristol’s ‘Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC)‘ to evaluate the effectiveness of blockers and its potential as a tool to prevent gambling harms. The PFRC’s research estimated that at present 60% of UK …

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Propus launches Bookies Matrix tracking all licensed bookmakers activities

Bookies Matrix (bookiesmatrix.com) has launched seeking to become the global directory for all licensed bookmakers. The business portal is founded by sports betting consultancy Propus Partners, with the aim of collecting all information and data on licensed sports betting incumbents operating across all regulated marketplaces. Online directories have been a common feature of the betting sector. Yet, Propus underlined that …

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