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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – No surprises from UKGC’s review of online gambling

It can surely have come as no surprise that, after all that has happened in recent months, the Gambling Commission has announced proposals designed to provide greater protections for children, reduce problem gambling risks to vulnerable customers and act on its long-held perception that operators have not been doing enough to properly know their customers and to intervene at an …

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Winning Post: Match-fixing allegations rock Albanian football

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column. GB: horseracing – barriers belong on the course only… A week since the Cheltenham Festival concluded. Better to let the dust settle before drawing significant conclusions. However, some important …

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Suren Khachatryan: Digitain – The Eastern Promise of World Cup 2018

Suren Khachatryan, Chief Executive of Digitain, details to SBC readers and #bofcon2018 delegates why Russia 2018 will be a challenge for all industry operators. A key stakeholder in CIS betting, for Khachatryan World Cup 2018 further holds a personal connection for Digitain operations… ———————– The Betting on Football Conference (#bofcon2018) and World Cup 2018 complement each other and like Butch Cassidy …

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Scott Longley – A short history of gambling shirt sponsorship in football (part 2)

 Speaking to industry stakeholders, Scott Longley details the ‘high-water mark’ of betting shirt sponsorship in football. As leadership is pressured to deliver a better ROI on football marketing, what does the future hold for the sector’s relationship with the beautiful game… ____________________ SBOBET has claims to being perhaps the most far-sighted sponsor to have ever appeared on the front of …

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Winning Post – UKGC recommendation gives hope to bookies

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: DCMS Review – Gambling Commission recommendations The Gambling Commission has published its advice to the government on action to be taken under the DCMS Review into machine stakes, …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – First thoughts on UKGC’s FOBTs & social responsibility recommendations

It’s been a long wait, and an even longer debate, but in an announcement that will undoubtedly have a very strong influence on Government gambling policy, the UK Gambling Commission has advised that whilst a stake reduction for FOBT (category B2) machines is appropriate to reduce the risk of gambling-related harm, that alone is unlikely to have more than a …

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Opta and Sky Bet bring football stats into the fan conversation

Opta Sky Bet

Three astonishing things happened in the Premier League on 4 March 2018. Firstly, Manchester City broke the record for most passes in a match. Secondly, City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan broke the records for most touches, most passes and most completed passes. But perhaps most astonishing of all was the number of international broadcasters, newspapers and social media posts highlighting …

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Scott Longley – A short history of betting shirt sponsorship in football (part 1)

Scott Longley details to SBC readers the industry’s first steps in football sponsorship and marketing, in what is now a multi-million £/€/$ discipline for all betting operators. _______________ We start (perhaps improbably) with Fulham FC in the first years of the new century when in its second season in the Premier League the club signed a deal with Betfair that …

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Brendan O’Kane – OtherLevels – A winning strategy

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An operator whose in-play messaging isn’t personalised to bettors or tailored to the circumstances of the game is leaving revenues on the table, according to OtherLevels CEO Brendan O’Kane. With this summer’s football World Cup set to generate record turnover for the sports betting industry, the race to capture the hearts and minds of bettors around the globe will be …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View – New government faces same old industry dilemmas  

Whatever form the next Italian government takes following this March’s ground-breaking general election results, Italy’s new political taskmasters’ will have to revamp the country’s existing gambling framework. A coalition government, led by the legislative novices of the 5-Star Movement has a daunting task in creating a more cohesive industry framework, in-line with business provisions set out by Italy’s new ‘Stability …

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