Europe

Halifax launches ‘gambling freeze’ feature for UK accounts

Halifax has become the latest bank operating in the UK to allow its customers to block transactions made on gambling websites, joining the likes of Barclays, Lloyds, Santander, and RBS.  The new blocking feature has been designed ‘in recognition of the ways in which the bank can support customers to manage their money and gamble responsibly’. Elyn Corfield, Managing Director …

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PandaScore and PA Media: Putting esports on the map

Speaking at the recent Betting on Sports conference in September, Rich Duncan, Head of Business Development Racing & Sports Betting at PA Media, and Flavien Guillocheau, CEO at PandaScore, explained that esports has secured its place within the betting industry, and that digital platforms can’t afford to ignore its potential.  In September, UK-based multimedia news agency PA Media announced its …

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bet365 boosts Manchester tech office with revamped DevOP department

bet365, the UK’s leading online bookmaker, is set to expand its Manchester operational capacity after confirming that it will launch a new DevOPs department. In 2018, bet365 established a Manchester-based tech support office housed in the city’s Spring Gardens area, led by Warren Hughes the firm’s Head of Systems Development. The bookmaker’s enlarged Manchester tech support unit will be operated …

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888 defends Mattingley reappointment despite investor concerns

Online gambling group 888 Holdings has defended its decision to put non-executive chairman Brian Mattingley up for re election, citing Mattingley’s wealth of experience within the gambling industry as a key factor.  The decision follows on from a meeting with investors in which 21% voted against re-election of Mattingley at the company’s annual meeting in May. Mattingley’s re-election faced opposition …

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Alik Harutyunyan, BetConstruct: Sharing large bet risk across the BetCloud network

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Industry software provider BetConstruct has addressed one of the biggest challenges for a sportsbook – accepting “unlimited” bets without risk – through the development of its BetCloud solution. Based on a “principle of synergy” for BetConstruct’s growing stable of operators, BetCloud is part of a global network in which each of these operators can share risks with each other. We …

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SMP eGaming expands its board following high demand in 2019

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Isle of Man compliance and staff training advisory for igaming businesses SMP eGaming (SMP) has moved to strengthen its Board following a period of significant growth and demand for its services. Updating stakeholders, SMP confirms the appointment of Jade Zorab, Matthew Robbins and Karen Yates as new board members, providing oversight and guidance on SMP’s industry provisions. A company executive …

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MGA cancels Sports Fantech’s B2C gaming licence

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has continued its crackdown on operators in breach of the country’s gaming laws after it confirmed it has cancelled Sports Fantech’s B2C gaming licence with immediate effect.  Under the new ruling, Sports Fantech will no longer be permitted to carry out any gaming operations, register new players or accept new customer deposits.  However, the regulator …

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Safer Gambling Forum: Educating to prevent problem gambling

Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019) may be over but we have one more panel from our inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum for left to share.  Throughout RGWeek 2019 SBC has been looking at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the industry can take to promote responsible gaming.  With RGWeek 2019 having reached its conclusion on 13 …

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Dire Q3 sees Codere declare group losses of €30 million

Publishing its Q3 trading statement, Bolsa Madrid gambling group Codere SA records performance declines across all key operating markets, impacting the firm’s corporate recovery. Reporting declines across all South American territories (except Uruguay) and a stagnating performance in its home market of Spain, Codere posts a 3.6% decline in group revenue to €343 million (Q32018: €356m). Despite reducing its exposure …

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Sergey Portnov: Parimatch – CIS ambitions can match the UK in three years

Sergey Portnov, Chief Executive of Parimatch, has emphasised how the CIS and wider Eastern European betting markets could track the UK’s performance within a three-year span, noting fast-changing developments. However, Portnov warns that CIS ambitions can only be matched if regulatory gaps are fulfiled.  Speaking at SBC’s ‘Betting on Sports 2019‘ Conference, Portnov discussed the current development of the CIS …

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