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Wes Himes, RGA: How the industry can play a role in driving Safer Gambling

In recent years, there has been a conscious effort made by gambling operators to ensure that responsible gambling practices are promoted to punters. However, a topic that has arisen when considering responsible gambling is the issue of whether regulations can become overbearing. Speaking to Wes Himes, interim Chief Executive of the Remote Gambling Association, at iGB Live in Amsterdam he …

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Huddersfield Town handed £50,000 fine over Paddy Power kit

Huddersfield Town has been issued with a £50,000 fine from the Football Association (FA) after being found to have breached the FA’s kit and advertising regulations. The FA charges relate to Huddersfield wearing a sash-style shirt which displayed the Paddy Power logo during a friendly game against Rochdale on 17 July of this year, the shirt was found to be …

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Racing Post confirms bet365 as first customer of its international content API

Racing Post has confirmed leading online bookmaker bet365, as the first customer of its newly launched ‘international racing content’ API, which allows betting stakeholders to significantly broaden their racing inventory, showcasing all major racing jurisdictions across the globe. The announcement sees bet365 deepen its existing content partnership with Racing Post, choosing to gain in-depth information on South African racing, such as racecards, …

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PM tipped for further defeats says Paddy Power

As Parliament is due to be given another chance to vote for a general election on Monday, making it the second opportunity this week, Paddy Power has made it odds-on that MPs will choose to vote against an early election. Boris Johnson has faced a difficult week in Westminster, having faced a party rebellion, a number of resignations and a …

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Ulrik Bengtsson to take charge at William Hill as Bowcock bows out

In a surprise move, William Hill has announced a change in leadership in revealing that Ulrik Bengtsson is to replace Philip Bowcock as CEO at the end of the month. Bengtsson, previously William Hill’s Chief Digital Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Designate and a Director of the Company with immediate effect and will assume full CEO responsibilities from …

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Regulatory complexities the main focus for Lords committee

The Select Committee reviewing the ‘Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry’ has adjourned to asses the complexities facing the sector’s diverse stakeholders, as well as carry out an assessment of the 2005 Gambling Act.  The discussion, led by chairman of the Gambling Review Body Sir Alan Budd and Dan Waugh, Partner at Regulus Partners, has focused largely on …

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Betfred boosts KYC muscle with HooYu ID provisions

Seeking to bolster its all-round customer on-boarding provisions, meeting new UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) online gambling regulatory requirements, Betfred has partnered with digital ID verification solutions provider HooYu. Betfred has been utilising HooYu’s platform ID provisions since April, helping the bookmaker to improve its KYC procedures as all UK licensed incumbents are required to undertake stringent ID checks on customer …

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Smarkets makes its US play with Full House Resorts

Announced as a major corporate development, fast-growth Smarkets has this morning confirmed that it will enter the US sports betting market in partnership with Nasdaq-listed casino group Full House Resorts. Updating the market, Smarkets leadership confirms that it has secured a long-term technology agreement to act as lead online sportsbook supplier for Full House Resorts within the states of Indiana …

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Colin Hord named new chairman of Horserace Bettors Forum

The Horserace Bettors Forum (HBF) has confirmed that it has appointed Colin Hord as its new Chairman, who will takeover from the outgoing Chairman Matt Bisogno. Hord is due to bring with him a wealth of experience from a high-level regulatory background, which will help him work on behalf of punters from a range of different backgrounds.  The HBF has …

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Betting bosses withdraw from upcoming APPG hearing

GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander has withdrawn from this week’s Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) hearing, with the group’s chair Carolyn Harris MP branding the executive’s decision ‘outrageous’. The APPG hearing, which will specifically focus upon identifying and resolving harms caused by online gambling, brings together representatives from a number of leading UK operators including GVC, William Hill …

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