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Luckbox appoints Thomas Rosander as CEO following Martin exit   

Real Luck Group, the managing company of esports betting operator Luckbox, has appointed Thomas Rosander to succeed Quentin Martin as chief executive of its flagship venture.  The Toronto TSXV firm confirmed the immediate leadership departure of Martin this morning, who will be replaced by Rosander, having initially joined Luckbox in February as Chief Customer Officer (CCO).   A seasoned industry executive, …

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Suicide Prevention Australia demands stricter federal controls of online gambling  

Suicide Prevention Australia has submitted its response to the Federal Government’s review of online gambling, stating that “stricter regulation of the gambling sector is required across all Australian states”.  Canberra’s Government has commissioned a ‘Senate Standing Committee’ to review and draft new federal amendments to update Australia’s ‘Interactive Gambling Act’ of 2001. The committee has agreed that it will propose …

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Apollo tables AUS $4bn offer for TAB

US private equity fund Apollo Global has entered the pursuit of Australia’s highly prized TAB by tabling an initial AUS $4 billion (€2.5bn) offer to acquire the Tabcorp Holdings wagering unit. Apollo’s bid sees the US fund target taking control of Tabcorp’s wagering and media division and its further related ‘pokies’ machine subsidiary unit.  A secondary offer of AUS 3.5 …

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Scientific Games reviews ASX options to trim debt 

Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) is reportedly reviewing strategic options to list its business on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).  The Australian Financial Review (AFR) has reported that SGC has recruited Sydney-based investment bank Jarden Australia to draft the company’s pathway towards listing on the ASX. An ASX-listing is detailed as one option to address SGC’s long-term debt reduction, which currently …

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Intralot delivers stable 2020 earnings despite system shocks

Athens-listed Intralot SA has published its financial results for the 2020 fiscal year, prepared in accordance with IFRS, noting an almost 17% decline in revenue after its lottery and sports betting industries were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 12 month period which ended on December 31, 2020, Intralot declared a group revenue of €364.8m, a 16.6% decrease …

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UKGC provides full evidence disclosure on credit card ban

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its full consultation and evidence disclosure on its decision to ban gambling credit card transactions from 14 April 2020.  A key 2020 judgement, The Commission stated that its review had been undertaken focusing on the objectives of its ‘Business Strategy 2018-2021’ – to protect the interests of consumers, raise all-round industry standards and …

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Codere founding family demands €900m compensation from US investors 

Grupo Codere SA is caught up in a further investor dispute, after the company’s founding Martinez Sampedro family demanded that their minority shareholding be acquired by the firm’s remaining US investors. The Martinez Sampedro family have filed an appeal with Spain’s National Securities Market Commission (CNMV), urging the regulator to demand that US investors acquire the family’s 14% stake in …

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Bookies Corner: No hiding from Super Thursday’s electorate judgement

Tomorrow, the electorate of England, Scotland and Wales will head to the polls for critical local and national elections that will shed light on the faultlines running through UK politics in the wake of Britain leaving the EU and a year of the COVID-19 pandemic…  The outcome of ‘Super Thursday’ results will be consequential with regards to PM Boris Johnson …

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IGT confirms Walter Bugno’s executive departure

IGT Plc has confirmed that long-term executive Walter Bugno has resigned from duties as the NYSE technology group’s Executive Vice President of New Business and Strategic Initiatives.  This morning, IGT notified investors that Bugno had chosen to end his 11-year tenure with the company to ‘pursue new professional opportunities‘ and will resign from all leadership duties on 14 May. A …

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Better Collective powers up US vision with $240m buyout of Action Network

Better Collective AS stated that it has secured the ‘outright leader’s position’ in US sports betting’s media and affiliate landscape, having reached ‘definitive terms’ to acquire the Action Network.  This Monday, Better Collective announced its biggest M&A transaction to date, acquiring all assets of US sports betting publisher Action Network for $240 million (€198m) on a ‘cash and debt-free basis’. …

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