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UK ‘Top 5’ pledge voluntary 1% commitment to tackling problem gambling

The governances of bet365, William Hill Plc, Flutter Entertainment, Sky Bet and GVC Holdings have pledged to the UK government that they will commit to increasing ‘voluntary contributions to 1% of gross-gaming-yield revenues’ –  helping raise funds for UK problem gambling addiction, treatment and research initiatives. This morning the BBC reports that the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has …

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Tom Watson – ‘Cultural change’ is key to gaining a purposeful gambling industry

Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson has published the full transcript of his speech on gambling reforms delivered yesterday to UK ‘cross-party’ thinktank DEMOS. In his opening statement, Watson outlines his belief that the UK gambling sector’s defence of FOBTs machines through ‘unacceptable lobbying’ has seen its incumbents ‘fall beyond public accountability’. Watson states that any future Labour government ‘must …

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William Hill appoints ‘risk expert’ Jane Hanson as corporate advisor

FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has moved to strengthen its governance and corporate advisory confirming the appointment of Jane Hanson as a new Independent Non-Executive Director. An expert in risk management and corporate governance strategies for ‘highly regulated industries’, Hanson will join William Hill’s board on 1 July 2019, becoming a member of the FTSE firm’s nomination and audit committees. A …

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Operators dominate CasinoBeats Summit 2019 line-up

When the CasinoBeats Summit returns to London in September, it will do so with leading operators at the forefront as the event hosts up to 1,000 senior executives from across the online casino sector. The second staging of the CasinoBeats Summit – the premier online casino conference and exhibition – will also attract around 30 exhibitors to Olympia London, at …

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Vermantia: Timely racing content respite for Italy’s operators

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Italian horseracing fans are ready for an exciting summer with restrictions on broadcasting racing content from abroad set to be fully removed, just in time for the country’s operators to counter the loss of revenues from the impending ban on gambling advertising. We caught up with Fabio Massimo Molinari, Commercial Director at Vermantia – Italy, to find out more. SBC: …

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SABA South Africa joins All-in Diversity ranks

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The Association of South African Bookmakers (SABA) has committed its support to the industry workplace diversity, inclusion and equality initiatives of the All-in Diversity Project (AIDP). Representing South Africa’s biggest corporate and independent bookmakers, SABA confirms that it has become a strategic partner of AIDP, promoting workplace ‘honourable practices’ to its members and industry. ‘The SABA is not just our …

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R.Franco Digital MD Miguel Lazaro Solana joins Carousel Group

Spanish industry news source Infoplay has disclosed that Miguel Lazaro Solana will step down as Managing Director of R.Franco Digital, joining new industry incumbent Carousel Group. Lazaro Solana is reported to have joined Carousel Group’s enterprise team as Market Development Director focusing on launching new upcoming Spanish language online gambling properties. A 20-year R.Franco executive, Lazaro Solana has served as …

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188BET forms cautious partnership with Atlético Mineiro

188BET advances its South American profile, confirming that it has become a ‘digital partner’ of Brazilian Serie A football side Clube Atlético Mineiro. Issuing a statement on its website, the Belo Horizonte football club has communicated that it has agreed on a ‘commission-based partnership’ referring customers to the online bookmaker. Atlético Mineiro further details that the 188BET brand will hold …

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Royal Ascot anticipates ‘highest global reach’ for 2019 festival

The management of Royal Ascot has disclosed that its 2019 Festival will feature its highest international broadcast coverage, with festival programming made available to over 650 million homes worldwide. Beyond extensive UK coverage offered by ITV and Sky Sports Racing, Royal Ascot programming will be broadcast in Japan, the US, China,   Australia, France and the Middle East. Regarded as the …

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Gamification Guru Yu-Kai Chou joins Incentive Games advisory

Edinburgh-based industry software development studio Incentive Games, has announced that it has significantly expanded its gamification capacities, appointing renowned digital games strategist Yu-kai Chou to its corporate advisory. The author of ‘Actionable Gamification’, Chou is the designer of the ‘Octalysis Framework’, a leading strategy for the effective gamification of products and services across multiple sectors. Considered a trusted figurehead in …

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