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GambleAware commits £2.5m for youth education hubs expansion

GambleAware has committed a further £2.5 million in funding to expand its Gambling Education Hubs network across England and Wales.  The funding commitment follows the success of the Scottish Gambling Education Hub Service, operated by Edinburgh youth work organisation Fast Forward. Advancing its network, GambleAware has issued two new tenders for the design and delivery of hubs in England and …

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SAZKA rides high off 68% EBITDA growth ahead of full unit comeback

SAZKA Group remains confident in its full-year financial outlook, as the enlarged Czech gambling conglomerate prepares for the full comeback of business units across European markets. Publishing its H1 2021 interim results (period ending 30 June), SAZKA recorded group revenues of €1.26 billion – up 96% on corresponding 2020 results of €652 million. Topline revenue growth was attributed to the …

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Michael Dugher: Gambling ads not singled out by consumers

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The viewing public find advertising to be ‘annoying’ in general, not gambling advertising in particular, according to Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Chief Executive Michael Dugher. Writing in parliamentary magazine The House, the BGC CEO, and former Shadow Secretary of State for the DCMS, criticised ‘prohibitionists from the anti-gambling lobby’, although acknowledged that the industry is ‘reassured’ by the ‘evidence-based …

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Interest in William Hill retail divisions remains after 888 acquisition

As this morning 888 Holdings is declared the winning bidder of Caesar Entertainment’s auction of William Hill’s non-US assets – uncertainty remains as to the future of the heritage bookmaker’s retail unit and how it will reshape betting’s presence on the high-street.   The deal will enable 888 to quadruple its market share, becoming the third-largest group operator in the UK …

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Jada Gaming: Using AI to alleviate “systematic struggles” in the iGaming industry

Jada Gaming’s CTO Josh Tromans-Jones (pictured) sat down with SBC News to explain why Jada is “a one-stop shop for AI in the gaming industry” before giving us a sneak peak into the company’s plans for SBC Summit Barcelona. SBC: ​​First of all, can you tell us a little bit about Jada Gaming? JTJ: Jada Gaming was created to provide …

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IGT creates Digital and Betting division in corporate restructure

IGT has announced a commercial re-organisation, creating a Digital and Betting business segment out of the igaming and sports betting divisions formerly part of its Global Gaming department. The third quarter of 2021 will see the group operate the business segments of the firm, which include the newly created Digital & Betting, the aforementioned Global Gaming and Global Lottery, with …

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Gold Cup winner Paddy Brennan backs BresBet back to basics approach 

New bookmaker BresBet has announced that champion jockey Paddy Brennan will serve as its first ‘Racing Legend’, promoting its brand and betting services to racing enthusiasts. Launched this September, BresBet seeks to become UK betting’s most comprehensive and best value bookmaker for horse and greyhound racing markets – servicing the intricate needs of racing customers that traditional bookmakers have forgotten. …

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W2: The Gambling Act review is an opportunity to enact real change

W2: The Gambling Act review is an opportunity to enact real change

As the review of the 2005 Gambling Act makes its way through the various stages of parliamentary proceedings, there is one thing on everyone’s mind: will the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) enforce the changes that the gambling industry really needs? Or will the industry’s current stigma bring about unwanted reform? With the findings of the review …

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Tim Miller: Data exchange will be the key remit in gambling’s era of highest expectations 

Tim Miller, Executive Director of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has warned industry leadership to adjust to a ‘new normal of highest expectations’ in how the gambling sector will be governed.  Delivering the keynote speech at the ‘Know Now 2021’ conference on social responsibility for gambling operators, Miller reflected on the work of the UKGC during a frenzied 18-month pandemic …

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