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Halifax launches ‘gambling freeze’ feature for UK accounts

Halifax has become the latest bank operating in the UK to allow its customers to block transactions made on gambling websites, joining the likes of Barclays, Lloyds, Santander, and RBS.  The new blocking feature has been designed ‘in recognition of the ways in which the bank can support customers to manage their money and gamble responsibly’. Elyn Corfield, Managing Director …

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PandaScore and PA Media: Putting esports on the map

Speaking at the recent Betting on Sports conference in September, Rich Duncan, Head of Business Development Racing & Sports Betting at PA Media, and Flavien Guillocheau, CEO at PandaScore, explained that esports has secured its place within the betting industry, and that digital platforms can’t afford to ignore its potential.  In September, UK-based multimedia news agency PA Media announced its …

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Safer Gambling Forum: Educating to prevent problem gambling

Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019) may be over but we have one more panel from our inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum for left to share.  Throughout RGWeek 2019 SBC has been looking at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the industry can take to promote responsible gaming.  With RGWeek 2019 having reached its conclusion on 13 …

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Boyan & Tzvetomir Naydenov, efbet: For the love of sports

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Close-knit brothers Boyan and Tzvetomir Naydenov founded the efbet sportsbook back in 2006 alongside their father Stefan. We sat down with both of them to discuss how a ‘love of sports’ has driven the development of the family-owned business ever since. Keep reading to find out how the efbet launch came about, why it quickly became apparent that online betting …

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Svenska Spel backs grassroots sports with SEK50m donation

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Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has continued its commitment to youth sports across Sweden after donating more than SEK50m (£4m) as part of its Gräsroten initiative.  The donation marks the seventh consecutive year that the operator has supported grassroots sports across the country, with football having received the most money. In total, over half a million Swedes have distributed the …

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Vermantia and Kiron Interactive sign virtual racing content deal

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Omni-channel content provider Vermantia has strengthened its offering of greyhound content after joining forces with virtual games supplier Kiron Interactive to deliver virtual racing using real greyhound racing content. Under the terms of the new partnership, Vermantia will combine footage from its fully-licensed pre-recorded greyhound races with Kiron’s virtual games engine and technology to create the new virtual product.  Commenting …

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Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The industry needs to do a lot more’

At the inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum, which took place at the CasinoBeats Summit in September, industry leaders came together to discuss some of the most pressing responsible gambling topics at the minute. During Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019), which runs until 13 November, SBC will look at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the …

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Kindred: The industry has a role to play in tackling problem gambling

With Responsible Gambling Week 2019 well underway, Kindred Group has been utilising its sponsorship of UK sports teams and fixtures to ensure that safer gambling messages can gain the maximum level of exposure possible. In an interview with CasinoBeats, sustainability manager at Kindred Group Anna Jein explained that the operator group’s sponsorship of UK teams offers a ‘huge opportunity to …

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BGC introduces ‘cooling-off’ measures to UK betting shops

In a bid to support its ongoing commitment to responsible gambling, the newly-formed Betting and Gaming Council has developed a new ‘cooling-off’ feature for gaming terminals, which is due to be introduced across UK betting shops. The Anonymous Player Awareness System (APAS), which has been developed over the last two years, has been designed to identify signs of  potentially harmful gambling behaviour. The …

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SportNation.bet rewards allows players to make instant charity donations

Bolstering its social responsibility commitments Argyll Entertainment flagship subsidiary SportNation.bet will allow its players to make ‘charitable donations’ utilising reward points earned through the bookmaker’s revamped customer loyalty scheme. Detailing its initiative as an ‘industry-first’ SportNation.bet informs that customers will be able to convert reward points into cash donations to charities such as Prostate Cancer UK, the Injured Jockeys Fund, …

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