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ABB anticipates further shop closures during 2019

The impact of stake reductions on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) is continuing to have a ‘profound impact’ upon UK bookmakers as the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) anticipates further shop closures by the end of the year. The statement comes after retailers and unions have urged the government to take action over the rate of shop closures on UK …

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EveryMatrix picks beBettor to ease UKGC compliance concerns

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Industry platform provider EveryMatrix has upheld a promise to strengthen its compliance processes and procedures by striking a new partnership with beBettor.  Just last week, EveryMatrix was hit with a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) suspension of its B2C licences, which will stand until it can demonstrate that it has taken steps to be fully compliant with its social responsibility obligations. …

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Sportsbet.io launches Bitcoin education campaign with Watford FC

As part of a new educational campaign driven by Sportsbet.io, Premier League side Watford FC will display the Bitcoin logo (₿) on the shirt sleeves throughout the 2019/20 season. It forms part of a wider campaign to boost awareness of the cryptocurrency and offer further education to the public on its benefits. Justin Le Brocque, Head of Sportsbet.io Marketing, said: “The …

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DCMS report calls for further regulation on loot boxes

A House of Commons committee has advised that further regulation on in-game spending and video game loot boxes is considered, with the committee recommending that children should be banned from purchasing them. The recommendations come as part of an inquiry by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) which aimed to develop a report on ‘addictive and immersive technologies’.  …

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ThePOGG complaints returns $2.5m to online gambling players

Online gambling community, ThePOGG.com has revealed that its player complaints services have returned over $2.5 million back to punters in betting-related consumer disputes. Updating the market, ThePOGG marks the figure as a major milestone achieved for the service which has been in operations for four years. Since its launch, the ThePOGG has recorded a 150% increase in players utilising its …

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Government reshuffle sees Helen Whately appointed UK Gambling Minister

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) has confirmed the appointment of Helen Whately MP for Faversham and Mid Kent as its minister overseeing UK gambling. The Conservative government undertakes a reshuffle of departments and personnel, following the expulsion of twenty-one of its MPs and further senior cabinet resignations, having opposed the party’s stance over PM Boris Johnson‘s Brexit …

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UKGC fines Park Lane Club operator £1.8m for multiple AML & SR failings

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sanctioned of £1.8 million fine and licence warning to London casino operator Silverbond Enterprises Ltd in relation to social responsibility failures and money laundering violations. Silverbond is the operating company of the ‘Park Lane Club’ casino in Mayfair a property which the UKGC has placed under review since February 2016, under section 116 of …

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Time to innovate: BetGames.tv gets BOS attention

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Flexible and unique live games from BetGames.tv will be on full show at the Betting on Sports (BOS) exhibition and conference, held at Olympia London from 17-20 September. Launched in 2012, BetGames.tv was a pioneer for the development of live games for the gambling industry, specifically by combining the round-the-clock appeal of betting with the previously more infrequent – yet …

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Ladbrokes named as sponsor for Down Royal’s Grade 1 Jumps

Down Royal racecourse has named Ladbrokes as the new sponsor for its first Grade 1 of this year’s jumps season, with the deal estimated to be the largest in Down Royal’s history. The race, which will now be called the Ladbrokes Champion Chase, comes as part of a six-figure deal between the racecourse and operator, with prize-money tipped at €140,000. …

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FA fines two in fresh crackdown on betting rules

The Football Association (FA) has issued a fresh crackdown on breaches of its betting rules after issuing both Yerry Mina and Jordan Stevens with fines and subsequent warnings. Mina has been handed a £10,000 fine and a warning over his future conduct, while Stevens was also fined £1,200 and a six-week ban from the sport.  An FA regulatory commission found …

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