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Euro quartet demands that Andorra expel Jocs SA

A quartet of European gambling operators’ formed by Casinos Austria, Genting Group, Partouche France and Grupo CIRSA (Spain) have confirmed a combined lawsuit against the Principality of Andorra for awarding its sole national casino licence to regional enterprise Jocs SA. Last October the gambling operators demanded that Andorra’s executive and Gaming Control Board (CRAJ), move to annul the decision to …

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Celtic, Betway and William Hill – SBC’s biggest hits of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s safe to say that the World Cup embodied what was a year filled with highly engaging betting events. However, this year’s top ten read articles show interest in a wider range of stories published on SBC in 2018. Celtic and Dafabet streaks ahead after MotoGP deal Celtic Football Club are no stranger to …

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Independent Content Services: Looking ahead to 2019

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Andrew Morgan, International Director at Independent Content Services, anticipates 2019 will be all about M&A, the USA and the ongoing rise of esports. It has been another incredible year for the global online gambling industry. From power-play acquisitions to new markets opening their doors to legal betting for the very first time, the past 12 months have been transformational for …

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Susanna Dinnage u-turns on Premier League leadership

Issuing a short statement this weekend, the governance of the English Premier League (EPL) has confirmed that Susanna Dinnage will not be taking on the role of Premier League Chief Executive in 2019. Last November, EPL governance had announced the inbound appointment of Dinnage as first female Chief Executive of the Premier League replacing outgoing incumbent Richard Scudamore, who ended …

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Year in Review: Industry deepens integrity commitment

This year, gaming operators and regulatory bodies have clamped down on suspicious activity and corruption in the betting industry, with measures being introduced to prevent integrity being hindered. Regulatory bodies such as the Gambling Commission called for operators to pay greater attention to collaboration with sports bodies and the reporting of sports to minimise the risk of match-fixing. The commission …

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Winning Post – The impact of heightened regulations

UK:  B2 impact – the sound of scraping… With Britain’s B2 ban now formally enacted into law (see below), the first practical signs of impact (beyond PR and lobbying) are starting to be felt. So far, these have been seen in machine contracts, rental pleas, horseracing funding and M&A. This list is likely to grow as April approaches and then …

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Generational Change! Interwetten appoints Dominik Beier as betting’s youngest leader

The governance of DACH region online betting group Interwetten Sports has confirmed the upcoming appointment of Dominik Beier as new ‘speaker of the board and lead corporate spokesman’. Updating the market, Interwetten governance expects Beier to take corporate leadership of the betting group from April 2019. Beier will replace current Interwetten leader Werner Becher, who this November confirmed that he …

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Tennis IRP demands tough love on data supplies as a fix for integrity

Tennis’ Independent Review Panel (IRP) has published its much anticipated ‘Final Report’ on betting related-integrity issues, measures and protections commissioned jointly by the sport’s governing bodies of the ATP, WTA, ITF, and the Grand Slam Board. The IRP concludes a two-year study headed up by leading UK sports QC Adam Lewis, whose research is supported by US attorney Beth Wilkinson …

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Undaunted Boylesports to establish UK northern profile in 2019

Whilst all UK bookmakers undertake major adjustments to their retail portfolios in 2019, countering FOBTs reduction impacts, Irish bookmaker Boylesports is reported to be preparing for its UK highstreet debut. The Irish Examiner reports that Dundalk-based Boylesports, Ireland’s second largest retail bookmaker is the final stages of acquiring a number of independent bookmakers located in northern Britain. Ever since 2014, …

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Gaming group Cherry receives £802m takeover offer from Bridgepoint

Stockholm-listed online gambling group Cherry AB is the subject of an of SEK 9.193bn (£802m) takeover offer from a consortium fronted by British private equity firm Bridgepoint, fronted by chairman Morten Klein and Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall. The Independent Bid Committee established by Cherry, set up specifically to consider the takeover bid on the board’s behalf but excluding chairman Klein, has recommended …

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