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GambleAware: Government must clear gambling disorders social hurdles

GambleAware has published its response to the UK government’s call for evidence in its ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Trustees of the charity have urged DCMS to continue to maintain a concentrated focus on combatting and reducing the social impacts of problem gambling on UK society. Noting the impact on the public resources of healthcare, criminal justice, welfare …

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Smarkets builds on Cheltenham success at Aintree

Rachael Blackmore was not the only one who set records at the Aintree Grand National this weekend, as Smarkets recorded a 21% increase in betting volume from 2019. A total of £92.8 million was traded on the platform in comparison to the 2019 figure of £76.5 million, and the 2018 earnings of £57.4 million, whilst from Thursday to Saturday over …

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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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How Swish Analytics is boosting Sky Bet’s player engagement with top US sports

Swish Analytics

Swish Analytics, a leading US-based data and odds provider, has continued its partnership with UK gambling operator Sky Bet to drive expansion of the Request-A-Bet offering across the top four sports leagues in the US – the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL.   Swish’s Pre-built Accumulators and Bet Request products have allowed Sky Bet to exponentially expand its Request-A-Bet offerings and …

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BetBuilder: The perfect entertainment backup for Euro 2020

BetBuilder

We sat down with Malte Hegeler, Head of Product Development at OddsMatrix – the sportsbook platform for EveryMatrix. He explained how he sees the development of sports betting and the technology behind it in a future shaped by accelerated digitalisation. SBC: It’s been more than a year since the pandemic took the world by surprise, changing so many things including …

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UK Ministers to launch Football Index probe

UK government Ministers are reportedly planning to launch an investigation into the collapse of ‘football player trading exchange’ Football Index. The Times reported that legislators are ‘deeply concerned’ by the collapse of the operator, after users lost over £100 million following its crash into insolvency. “This case further reinforces the need for our comprehensive review of gambling laws,” a government …

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ESIC responds to ‘false narratives’ on its relationship with betting

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has declared that it carries no special interests for the sports betting sector, maintaining its independence as an organisation strengthening all esports integrity dynamics. This weekend, ESIC issued its statement ‘to clear false narratives’ regarding recent legislative developments related to the US market, its relationship with games developers and its duties policing integrity matters. “Whilst …

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Katie Walsh says times are changing for racing ahead of Grand National

In two separate marketing releases, UK sports betting operators Betway and Coral spoke to former jockey Katie Walsh and current competitor Tom Scudamore, who each gave a different perspective on the significance of the Grand National. Walsh is one of the most successful women to have ever competed in racing, having achieved over 100 wins including the Irish Grand National, …

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Bookmakers anxious over whether football can really come home

With little fanfare or hype, this week bookmakers priced England at 5/1 joint-favourites (alongside France) to win this summer’s rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 Championships.  The perennial underachievers in major football tournaments, England is recognised as ‘the gift that keeps on giving for bookmakers’ by allowing them to cash-in on a summer of patriotic bettors chasing that ‘Three Lions glory’. Though …

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MansionBet expands reach with US-centred Sky Sports Racing deal

UK online sportsbook MansionBet will now act as sponsor of US coverage on Sky Sports Racing, as part of an expansion of its existing contract with the broadcaster. Under the terms of the renewal, MansionBet will sponsor race day reviews and previews, expanding its viewership to the US audience, as more and more states in the country embrace legal regulated …

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