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WATCH: BHA’s Nick Rust defends decision to bring back racing

In a video released by the British Racehorse Association (BHA), Chief Executive Nick Rust defends the decision to permit racing to go ahead despite the worries from trainers and horse-owners regarding the prevalence of equine influenza in the UK. As announced last night, the BHA has decided to put an end to the industry hiatus from the sport following the outbreak of …

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European Lotteries to descend on Betting on Football

Betting on Football

Major operators from 17 different jurisdictions are using next month’s Betting on Football conference as the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss the future of sports betting in their sector. The European Lotteries association (EL) will host a meeting for members of its Sport Working Group in London on Tuesday 19 March, which is part of the wider Betting on …

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12Bet backs UK Taekwondo development sponsoring Manchester World Championships

12Bet continues to strengthen its association with the martial art of Taekwondo, confirming that it will sponsor the sport’s flagship World Championships in Manchester, 15-19 May 2019. Partnering with event organiser GB Taekwondo, 12Bet confirms that it will act as an official partner of the ‘World Taekwondo Championships – WTC 2019’, the first time that the martial art will host …

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BHA assesses flu risks and restarts racing with enhanced biosecurity

Grosvenor Sport

In a late night announcement, The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced a ‘risk-managed return’ to racing will take place from Wednesday this week after a hiatus caused by an outbreak of equine flu. After consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health Trust, the BHA’s Chief Regulatory Officer Brant Dunshea has …

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GiG hits 2018 guidance despite difficult year-end landing

Publishing its final trading statement as an Oslo Bors listed enterprise, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) details that it has fulfilled on expectations set-out in its 2018 corporate guidance, despite facing a turbulent Q4 2018 closing period. Updating investors, GiG informs that during Q4 2018 trading the company would move to write-down four of its ‘in-house brands’ restructuring its B2C division. …

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Winning Post – Industry faces compliance demands on all fronts

Strategic consultancy, Regulus Partners, focused on international gambling and related industries, taking a look at some of the key challenges the gambling industry faces in its ‘Winning Post’ Column. UK: gambling regulation – nothing minor about age verification changes The GB Gambling Commission has confirmed a tightening of age verification rules for licensees to protect minors. From 7 May (three …

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Bookmakers continue to take the hit after equine influenza outbreak

Bookmakers have reported that revenues have taken a hit following the news that new cases of the Equine Influenza virus have been identified, resulting in an industry-wide halt on the sport. The horseracing industry is currently facing its largest health and financial challenge since the the 2001 outbreak, with Ladbrokes-Coral owner GVC reported to be down 1.45 per cent, while …

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Stride places itself under ‘offer period’ reviewing all future options

Issuing a market statement, the governance of London AIM-listed online gambling group Stride Gaming Plc has clarified its strategic position/intent, following media reports that it seeks an outright sale of the business. Stride governance confirms that at present ‘all strategic options are being considered’ with a view to maximising shareholder value, including – i) implementing an aggressive UK and international …

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Higher learning… BETDAQ launches ‘knowledge portal’ BETDAQpro.com

GVC Holdings’ online betting exchange property BETDAQ has launched new portal BETDAQpro.com, seeking to better inform betting customers of all levels with a ‘professional trading outlook’. Integrated with the flagship BETDAQ exchange, the BETDAQpro.com portal has been designed to enhance traders’ experience through access to market insights, supported with BETDAQ free trading tools and video tutorials. The ‘knowledge portal’ has …

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Gary McGann – Irish tax doubling will hurt ‘home heroes’ like Paddy Power Betfair

The Sunday Times has this weekend published extracts of a letter written by Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) Executive Chairman Gary McGann to Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s Finance Minister pleading for Fine Gael not to pursue with a new betting tax regime. The letter published under ‘the freedom of legislation’ act, sees McGann state that the Dáil approved/pending doubling of the Irish …

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