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GambleAware highlights ‘consistency barriers’ in Citizens Advice support

GambleAware has published its evaluation of gambling support services in England and Wales, identifying key facilitators, barriers and opportunities in the provisions of Citizens Advice centres throughout the jurisdiction. Citizens Advice delivered the Gambling Support Service in England and Wales between October 2018 and March 2021, using offices spread across all 12 regions of the two countries, and screening a …

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GamCare appoints Margot Daly as lead Trustee  

GamCare has moved to restructure its Board of Trustees following the decision by Sir Ian Prosser to end his six-year tenure as Chair of the problem-gambling treatment support charity. Updating stakeholders, GamCare informed that Sir Ian will be succeeded by Margot Daly, who will lead the charity’s governance directives from June onwards. Daly has served as a GamCare advisor since …

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Playtech joins All-in Diversity Project to strengthen its ‘Sustainable Success’ charter

The All-in Diversity Project (AiDP) has welcomed Playtech Plc as its latest member, as the FTSE250 technology group commits to participating in the non-profit’s workforce diversity and employment equality and inclusion directives.   The membership follows Playtech launching its ‘Sustainable Success’ – corporate responsibility programme, establishing the tech firm’s CSR l goals in a new decade of complex socio and environmental …

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Paddy Power debuts VAR comedy series on Prime and Virgin Media  

Paddy Power is set to make its ‘longform’ TV debut, launching its self-produced sitcom ‘The VAR Room’ on Virgin Media and Amazon Prime video streaming platforms.  A four-part series, The VAR Rooom takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what really happens behind the scenes at Stockley Park – the home of VAR in England. The sitcom features a star-studded line up …

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William Hill partners with Contentstack to drive ‘aggressive strategy’

William Hill has enlisted Contentstack as its core content experience platform, with the long-term goal of supporting an ‘aggressive strategy’ focused on becoming an international, digitally led business. An entirely rebuilt online portfolio of the operator’s properties will become available in June as part of updates to the William Hill Vegas casino vertical. A centralised hub of William Hill offerings …

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ASA clears Ladbrokes for ‘Goonies’ themed slot ad

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has decided not to uphold a complaint against Ladbrokes relating to a new slot game themed around the 1980s film The Goonies. In a paid-for Facebook post for Ladbrokes, seen on 31 March, the slot in question was advertised with the statement ‘Play The Goonies Jpk at Ladbrokes. Get 30+ Free Spins on top of …

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Oxford Stadium ‘delighted’ to get greyhound racing ‘over the line’

The Oxford Stadium greyhound track is due to reopen in December, following the acquisition of a 10 year lease from owners Galliard Homes by Kevin Boothby. The stadium, located in the Cowley district of the city, last hosted greyhound racing in 2012, and Boothby – who manages Towcester and Henlow greyhound tracks – has also expressed an interest in reopening …

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SBK signs long-term sponsorship deal with Richard Kingscote

Smarkets’ sportsbook app SBK has committed to a long-term sponsorship of multiple title-winning jockey Richard Kingscote until October 2022. The agreement will see reigning all-weather champion Kingscote wear SBK branded riding gear over the next 16 months, as well as produce exclusive content for the operator. “I’m thrilled to have SBK as my new sponsor, and I’d like to thank …

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Racing to ‘continue to press hard’ for 10,000 racecourse capacity

UK horse racing industry leaders have confirmed that the sector’s representatives will ‘continue to press hard’ to receive the 10,000 capacity limit enjoyed by seated stadiums, as the government pushes ‘Freedom Day’ back until 19 July. The delay in the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – having originally been scheduled for 21 June …

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YouTube cancels Masthead slot for gambling advertisers 

Google has informed that it will no longer accept the promotion of ads related to alcohol, gambling, politics or prescription drugs on the ‘Masthead slot’ of the YouTube video sharing platform. The category restrictions were confirmed by Google in an update of YouTube’s ‘advertiser terms of service’ – with the restrictions being enforced with immediate effect across all operating markets. …

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