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Robert Chvátal: SAZKA’s transformation has pushed the static boundaries of European lotteries

Speaking exclusively to SBC Leaders, Robert Chvátal reflects on his eight tenure leading SAZKA Group, transforming the Czech operator into Europe’s dominant pan-national lottery operator that now targets winning the National Lottery’s 2023 stewardship by putting forward a generationally innovative bid to reinvigorate the UK’s lottery market.  ____________ SBC: Thanks for speaking with us. 2020 marked your eighth year of …

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GambleAware seeks academic partner to launch £4m gambling harm research hub

GambleAware has committed £4 million in funding to help launch and establish the UK’s first ‘Academic Research Hub’ specialising in the field of gambling harms and societal impacts.    Undertaking its biggest academic commitment, GambleAware has begun its search for a single institution to help establish the hub and define its research capabilities and objectives. “The ambition is for the Academic …

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Gauselmann expands in Norddeutschland by acquiring Bührmann arcade venues

Gauselmann Group has expanded its footprint across Northern Germany after acquiring the 35 arcade properties of Bührmann Group. Last Friday, the board of Gauselmann informed investors that it had concluded ‘protracted negotiations’ related to completing the acquisition of Bührmann Group’s arcade venues. Negotiations had stalled as the COVID-19 pandemic forced Bührmann Group to revise all strategic options related to the …

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GamCare pilots PayPlan debt advice referrals 

GamCare continues its work on protecting UK gamblers from the risks of consuming gambling-related debts, announcing that it has begun to trail referrals with PayPlan.  The harm prevention and treatment support charity has launched a pilot initiative connecting its users with debt advice specialists trained by PayPlan. The need for debt advice has been marked as a key priority by …

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Codere files Nasdaq listing plan for online business

The board of Codere SA has filed an F-4 ‘preliminary registration statement’ with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) putting forward its prospectus to list its ‘Codere Online’ business on the US Nasdaq.  The registration sees Codere advance its plans to divest its Codere Online unit by merging with DD3 Acquisition Corp – a SPAC led by former Goldman …

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KSA serves Nederlandse Loterij with €10,000 fine for advertising to minors

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands gambling regulatory authority has issued a €10,000 fine to ‘Lotto NL’ a subsidiary brand of Nederlandse Loterij (NLO), having uncovered advertisements of its EuroJackpot game being displayed on girlscene.nl –  a website primarily aimed towards minors. Dutch legislation prohibits the targeting of games of chance advertising at minors because they are particularly vulnerable to developing a gambling addiction at …

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Winning Post: Process of elimination to Boyle down UKGC’s new governor

Regulus Partners examines the media speculation of who will replace Bill Moyes as Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) – a regulatory body in need of strategic reforms over PR messaging… The identity of the new chair of the Gambling Commission was the subject of fresh speculation this week as the Sunday Times published a short-list of candidates. The newspaper suggested …

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GambleAware maintains Bet Regret ‘Tap Out’ as lead football campaign

The opening weekend of Premier League 2021/2022 matches saw GambleAware restart its flagship ‘Bet Regret’ campaign across UK sports media and football stadiums.  The campaign sees GambleAware continue its marketing mandate of promoting safer gambling awareness and betting moderation to a target audience of 18–34-year-old males – deemed most vulnerable to forming impulsive behaviours through their gambling choices. Bet Regret …

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Betsson commits to Canada through Slapshot investment

Betsson AB has continued its strategic expansion into new markets by disclosing that it has acquired a 28% stake in Canadian start-up Slapshot Media Inc. The investment led by subsidiary ‘Betsson Perch AB’ will provide Slapshot Media with CAD $3 million (€2m) in enterprise funding as the wider Betsson group commits to becoming a participant within Canada’s transformed gambling marketplace.  …

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FDJ Gaming Solutions to revamp LOTTO Bayern’s retail network 

Groupe FDJ has announced a major commercial development, as its FDJ Gaming Solutions B2B technology subsidiary has won the tender to redevelop the retail distribution network of LOTTO Bayern.  Working with retail technology partner Groupe Carrus, FDJ Gaming Solutions has been tasked with deploying +4,300 of its ELITE camera-based lottery terminals to upgrade LOTTO Bayern’s retail network The deal is …

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