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Digital growth helps Camelot achieve record half-year

National Lottery operator Camelot UK has celebrates its 25th year in operations, recording a 13.5% growth in the total number of National Lottery tickets sold over the first half of its 2019/20 financial year.  Publishing figures for the period 1 April to 28 September 2019, the lottery operator generated  £876.8m (excluding investment returns) for Good Causes, £83.6m more than in …

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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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GVC hosts ‘research symposium’ on gambling addiction

FTSE betting group GVC Holdings is today hosting a ‘symposium on research into safer gambling’ showcasing the academic progress of its partnership with the Cambridge Health Alliance – a Harvard Medical School. A key directive of its ‘Changing for the Bettor’ social responsibility mandate at the start of 2019, GVC formed a $5.5 million multi-year partnership supporting Cambridge Health’s ‘Division of …

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Bruce Betting buyout sees BoyleSports expand home network

BoyleSports, Ireland’s second-biggest bookmaker has moved to expand its home market retail capacity acquiring outright the betting shop properties of independent operator Bruce Betting. Operating since 1977, Bruce Betting maintains a retail portfolio of 18 betting shops located within the counties of Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Westmeath. During 2018, Thomas Byrne Managing Director of Bruce Betting, urged Irish Finance Minister …

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SBC granted associate membership of The European Lotteries

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SBC has been accepted as an associate member of The European Lotteries (EL), as it continues to strengthen its working relationship with the state lotteries sector. The membership of the leading European umbrella organisation of national lotteries has been approved by EL’s Executive Committee and is expected to be fully ratified at the General Assembly in June 2020.  SBC has …

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Andrew Higginson frontrunner to chair Flutter-Stars enterprise

UK media reports further boardroom changes for FTSE betting groups, as Flutter Entertainment eyes its next Chairman appointment to replace incumbent Gary McGann in 2020. This weekend, The Sunday Times reported that Flutter’s new Non-Executive Director Andrew Higginson was the frontrunner to replace Gary McGann (69), who is set to retire next year. Higginson, who serves as the current Group …

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Orenes launches new ‘VERSUS’ identity targeting rapid global growth

Seeking to expand its international appeal, Spanish gambling firm Grupo Orenes has rebranded its flagship commercial property ‘Viva La Suerte’ to ‘VERSUS’. This week the Murcia (Alicante) based gambling group held a press conference in which it retired its Viva La Suerte brand, announcing the launch of VERSUS (Versus.es) as its lead B2C entity, which Orenes will export internationally. Javier …

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Strong Q3 trading sees Scientific Games return to black

Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has reported that growth across all core business segments – including its sports betting vertical (SG digital division) but with the exception of gaming operations (sequential loss of $1m) – is growing on “both the top and bottom line”, which CEO Barry Cottle said puts the company on a “path to 5.5x net debt leverage by …

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Kenneth Alexander: GVC – ‘Industry cannot be turned into a political football’

GVC Holdings’ Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander has responded to criticism of his leadership, made public this week by the ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gambling Related Harm’. Opening the ‘Reputation Matters – gambling sector in the spotlight’ keynote event, Alexander spoke on GVC and the industry’s combined efforts to reduce problem gambling harms and further support treatment and research networks. …

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Enlarged Stars Group focuses on debt reduction despite Flutter movements

Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc underlines its corporate focus of integrating its new international sportsbook assets and reducing its debt load, after publishing its Q3 2019 trading update (period ending 30 September). Incorporating the assets of Sky Bet (UK) and its newly formed Australia division merging Crownbet and William Hill AUS, the Stars Inc records an 8% increase in Q3 …

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