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Matt Harrod: Processing.com – Brexit… What are the industry’s divorce proceedings?

With Brexit factors and implications on the minds of all UK business stakeholders, Matt Harrod, VP of Europe at Processing.com examines whether interchange rates and PSD3 are the least of the gaming/betting industries worries… ___________________ Everyone should probably be aware by now that the UK is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday 29th March 2019, deal or …

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Peter Woodfine, Vermantia: Why retail can still rival the solitary world of online betting

Vermantia

On the eve of next week’s Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge, Peter Woodfine – Business Development Director at Vermantia – says in-shop betting is changing. But he is a firm believer that retail will always be detail. There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the death of retail, but to paraphrase Mark Twain – it’s been …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Pondering some opposites on either side of the pond

News from either side of the Atlantic Ocean within the last month shows a yawning gap between the UK on the one hand and the U.S. on the other, not only in terms of social responsibility and player protection requirements but also in relation to attitudes towards gambling generally. I am not for one moment suggesting that responsible gambling is not a matter of …

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SBC Bookies Corner: Brexit enters its final straight

Coming up to the final straight of Brexit negotiations, Theresa May has been making a few last-minute attempts to broker a deal between the UK and the European Union. But with only 17 days to go, rumours are continuing to circulate as to whether we will leave on time, or even whether the UK will leave the EU at all. …

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Mishcon de Reya: Navigating the industry’s ‘Enforcement Action’ plan

Leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya details in-depth insight and stakeholder advice on mitigating the industry’s upcoming ‘Enforcement Action’. Outlining precautions online incumbents should be taking/assessing to reduce the risk of a compliance assessment becoming a licence review. Document authored by:  Niki Stephens – Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP Nick Nocton – Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP Matthew …

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Joe Petyt, Sky Bet: Taking a step forward from the defensive stance to VAR

VAR

Amidst all the excitement, or intrigue, that surrounds the role of the video assistant referee (VAR) – particularly ahead of its impending introduction to the Premier League – bookmakers have so far been forced to take a defensive stance to the detriment of the customer experience. However, after a World Cup which passed “largely free of VAR incidents”, the bookmakers …

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Winning Post: Betting absorbs a bumper week of UK funny games

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners reviews a week of UK parliamentary debate on the future of betting/gambling’s regulatory structure,  which appears to be turning into a game of political manoeuvring and posturing… _______________ UK: Regulation – Labour speaks softly but carries a big stick UK gambling operators awoke yesterday to the sight of two senior parliamentarians striding towards them, wielding big …

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Fabio Schiavolin: SNAITECH – Industry leadership must fight for its public rationale

Speaking to SBC, Fabio Schiavolin, Chief Executive of SNAITECH, has detailed that betting leadership across all markets must prioritise self-regulation, whilst retaining a deeper sense of public and political perception if the sector is to avoid another year mirroring 2018 events. Politics has been an unavoidable dynamic for Italian betting stakeholders since the Lega-5Star coalition formed its government on June …

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The attack of the killer B’s and the threat of player tracking!

SBC America’s Chris Murphy wonders whether the gaming industry will get on track with the latest proposals around machine play and social responsibility. We can only hope that anyone from the Category B gaming machine sector was seated when they read through the Gambling Commission’s latest missive this week, calling for evidence on said machines. The implied message is that …

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Winning Post – Are gambling operations taking the Michael?

An unusually quiet news week for the betting sector has allowed strategic consultancy  Regulus Partners to reach for its history books, detailing that under-siege incumbents can gain applicable learnings helping their operations overcome present regulatory complexities. _______________ General Ludendorff was one of the greatest practitioners of the operational art of war in modern times. He also did more than anyone else …

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