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ARC confirms Belle Vue closure

Following a consultation, Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed that Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium will close down with employees of the track due to be made redundant. The closure of the Manchester track has been on the cards for some time after a Manchester Planning and Highways committee approved proposals to close Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in December 2019, with …

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W88 secures Crystal Palace front-of-shirt sponsorship

Crystal Palace FC has secured a new partnership with W88 which will see the online gaming brand become the front-of-shirt sponsor for the Premier League team. Under the terms of the agreement, the W88 logo will feature on the front of the Club’s adult home, away and third shirts. Steve Parish, Crystal Palace FC Chairman, said: “We are delighted to …

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BGC slams decision to delay reopening of casinos

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has lambasted the government for reversing it’s plans to allow casino operators to reopen on 1 August, claiming that the decision will result in the permanent loss of ‘up to 6,000 jobs’. The industry standards body claimed that the ‘wrecking ball’ decision could cause permanent damage to the sector, which the BGC emphasised should …

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Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners looks at the government u-turn to postpone the reopening of casinos in England, the growing support for a ban on online gambling and the upcoming publication of Social Market Foundation’s report on the Gambling Act 2005. UK: regulation – new poll finds growing support for online gambling ban The polling firm Survation this week released …

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YGAM calls for diverse perspectives on regulatory change

Lee Willows, founder of Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), has called for ‘a range of different voices’ to be included in the Experts by Experience initiatives to ensure that the programmes are ‘representative of the totality of the gambling experience’. Willows emphasised that Experts by Experience initiatives must draw upon ‘lived experiences’ to ensure that they are ‘fully-inclusive’ …

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UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has launched its latest public campaign promoting ‘9 ways to keep yourself safe when gambling’. The campaign focuses on raising public awareness of safer gambling control tools, facilities and support groups such as GambleAware and GamCare. In addition, the UKGC seeks to provide better all-round guidance on how consumers can monitor their activity with licensed …

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Boris Johnson delays reopening of casinos in England

Casinos in England are facing further delays in reopening their doors after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the government will ‘squeeze that brake pedal’ in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. A number of venues, including casinos, were due to reopen on 1 August as the country began to ease restrictions. However, following a spike in cases across Greater …

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BGC welcomes decision to reopen Scottish casinos

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the decision made by the Scottish Government to reopen casinos and bingo halls from 24 August. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the latest easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown in a statement to the Scottish Parliament, confirming that betting shops will be permitted to switch their gaming machines back on from the …

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HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50%

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has confirmed that it will make a ‘substantial increase’ in its prize money for the remainder of the year, with allocations due to rise by 50%. HBLB has been spending around 25% more than usual on prize money since 1st June but from 1st September, for the following four months, this will increase even …

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Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws

Betfred has launched its new national TV advertising campaign ‘Great Balls of Fire’ to promote its new ‘Nifty Fifty’ daily live draw game. Developed by Liverpool-based creative marketing agency Zut Media, the 30-second TV-spot takes place in a 1950s dance hall, with Betfred promoting its new daily draw to Jerry Lee Lewis’ rockabilly anthem of ‘Great Balls of Fire’. Launched …

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