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Winamax returns to sponsor FC Bordeaux 

French online poker and sportsbook operator Winamax has returned to serve as principal shirt sponsor of FC Girondins de Bordeaux.  Winamax, which is France’s biggest online poker room, had previously branded the Les Girondins front of shirt for the period spanning 2015 to-2019. The new partnership will see Winamax replace French leisure and hospitality group Bistro Régent as principal sponsor …

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GambleAware launches PhD funding scheme for UK academic institutions

GambleAware has moved to bolster its academic and research capacities, launching its new directive to fund three-year PhD studentships across UK universities and scientific intuitions.     Ahead of the start 2021/2022 academic year, GambleAware will allow institutions to apply for funding of six grants to be awarded to PhD students researching priority areas required by the problem gambling research, education and …

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UKGC delays National Lottery timetable to accommodate deeper bid evaluations

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed that it has extended the timetable of the Fourth National Lottery Competition by a further 10-week period. The decision will see the winner of the multi-billion UK government contract set to be announced in February 2022, as the Commission withdraws its original forecast of aiming to announce the competition’s winner by …

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Rhodes defends UKGC against blowback of Football Index’s administration

Andrew Rhodes, the Interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has defended the regulator from criticism of remaining silent during the ongoing administration of Football Index. Rhodes, who took charge of the UKGC last June replacing ousted leader Neil McArthur, took to Twitter to defend the regulator from criticisms related to the administration’s proceedings. “Many have assumed the …

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Winner Group & Sportium merger sees CIRSA transform its Colombia vision 

Blackstone-owned Grupo CIRSA has reorganised its Colombian market presence, allowing its Winner Group CIRSA casino subsidiary to take control of the Sportium Colombia brand.  The move was sanctioned as CIRSA aims to support Winner Group’s ambitions to become ‘Colombia’s leading gambling operator for land-based and online gambling disciplines’. Established in 1997, CIRSA’s Winner Group subsidiary operates 72 gambling venues (arcades, …

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ZEturf France expands US racing portfolio with XB Net

North American horse racing content provider XB Net has signed a new distribution deal with French operator ZEturf. The agreement will see XB Net deliver its live pictures, data, and multifaceted betting services from a network of over 60 North American tracks, providing ZEturf with a steady stream of rapid-cycling content for new and existing customers. Emmanuel De Rohan Chabot, Founder of ZEturf, …

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Swedish addiction support charity calls for quick loans intervention 

Spelberoendegruppen, Sweden’s non-profit organisation providing gambling addiction support services, has urged the government to implement ‘wider safeguards’ to protect national consumers from further gambling risks.  The call was led by Spelberoendegruppen Chairman Omid Rezvani, speaking to public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), in which he relayed the charity’s concerns with regards to ‘the marketing of online slots’ and that addicts could …

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BACTA forms working group to improve understanding of gaming machines

BACTA, the trade association that represents British arcades and gaming machine suppliers, has established a new ‘technical standards working group’. The group, BACTA says, has been designed to inform, recommend and update regulatory stakeholders on industry developments and best practices related to machine gaming standards and developments.  Led by Alan Claypole, the current Head of Product Development at Blueprint Gaming, …

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bet-at-home records 3x EBITDA downturn as a result of German regime change 

bet-at-home AG has cited that tougher anticipated adjustments to German gambling’s new federal regime have resulted in the company recording a 9% decline in group revenues to €56.8 million (H1 2020: €62.3m).  Updating investors on its H1 2021 interim results (period ending 30 June), bet-at-home stated that its commercial performance had slowed against previous forecasts due to implementing numerous ‘core …

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Winning Post: Belgium serves as Europe’s unwitting guinea pig on spending limits

As regulatory evaluations appear on the agenda of multiple European gambling marketplaces during the second half of 2021. Regulus Partners warns stakeholders to pay close attention to Belgium proceedings, where online gambling’s strictest spending limits have been approved. It is perhaps fitting that the first identified remains of a guinea pig in Europe can be traced to Mons in Belgium, …

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