Italy

Sisal backs Turin innovation lab to nurture its tech workforce talent  

Sisal, the operating firm of Italy’s SuperEnlatto lottery draw, has launched its founding ‘Innovation Lab’ hosted at Turin’s prestigious ‘Agnelli Foundation’ academic centre.  The Lab forms part of Sisal’s wider ‘economic and investment charter’, in which the company seeks to train Italy’s emerging workforce in the future technology fields of artificial intelligence, digital transformation and the engineering of advanced technology …

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EGBA orders Italy to explain planned licensing reduction 

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has issued a notification to the European Commission demanding that Italian authorities explain why they have published a draft law proposal seeking to reduce the number of online gambling licences by two-thirds. A reduction of online gambling licences had been initially proposed by the former 5Star-DP coalition government, as a draft measure attached to …

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Vermantia launches virtual greyhound racing for Eurobet

Vermantia has launched its pre-recorded Virtual Greyhound Racing product in Italy for Eurobet, one of the leading betting operators in the region. Through the deal, Eurobet has access to exclusive, fully-licensed, greyhound races from multiple active UK greyhound tracks, featuring full high definition footage from a regularly updated library of races. Eurobet’s online players are, therefore, now able to enjoy …

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Italian Gambling reawakens to a transformed landscape

Italy’s bookmakers and gambling venues have begun to reopen their businesses following more than a year observing the government’s strict lockdown orders enforced across all regions. Approved by Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, from 31 May, 2000 gambling venues (bookmakers, arcades and bingo halls) were allowed to reopen across the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Molise, and Sardinia. Further reopening …

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Marco Caccavale: Sisal is the proven steward to revitalise the National Lottery

Italian giant Sisal SPA surprised the industry with its ‘late bid’ to compete in the UK government’s Fourth National Lottery Competition, which opened for tenders last summer. Speaking to SBC,  Marco Caccavale, Sisal International Managing Director outlines the Italian suitor’s bid against high-profile competitors.  Having won back-to-back tenders to operate Turkey and Morroco’s national lotteries, Caccavale underlines Sisal’s credentials as the …

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LiveScore enlists Cristiano Ronaldo as global brand ambassador

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join global sports media business LiveScore as the firm’s official global brand ambassador. As part of the deal, the real-time sports updates provider has linked with Juventus star Ronaldo in a partnership that will launch ahead of the upcoming 2020 UEFA European Championships this summer. Central to the partnership will be …

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Gamenet takes control of Lottomatica’s identity as new Italian giant is born

A new era for Italian gambling has started after Gamenet Group completed its €1.1 billion buyout of IGT Plc’s Lottomatica B2C subsidiaries.  This morning, Gamenet and IGT disclosed that all final arrangements had been concluded in the sale of Lottomatica’s Scommesse (sports betting) and Videolot Rete gaming machine units. Finalising its acquisition, Gamenet has confirmed that it will now operate …

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Betfair wins Rome ruling to suspend ADM temporary tax charge

Betfair has won its Italian ‘tax reform’ appeal made against Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency with regards to how a temporary 0.5% wagering tax should be applied to its Exchange platform. This week, Rome’s TAR commercial disputes court ruled in favour of Betfair’s appeal that a 0.5% tax charge should not be enforced on Betfair’s Exchange activities as a …

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SISAL makes a late call to join National Lottery pursuit  

SISAL, the operator of Italy’s Superenalotto lottery, has entered the competition to win the UK government’s fourth National Lottery licence.  This weekend, SISAL confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that it was preparing to launch its bid, backed by US private equity fund CVC Capital Partners. SISAL Chief Executive Francesco Durante revealed that the Italian heritage gambling group had partnered with …

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‘Product leadership strategy’ in regulated markets key to 888 success

888 Holdings has published its full results for the year ending 31 December, reporting strong growth driven by success in regulated markets and a varied product range. The FTSE250 group’s overall revenue increased to $849.7 million, up 52% from the 2019 figure of $560.3 million. In addition, the firm reported adjusted EBITDA of $155.6 million – or 18.3% – up …

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