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AgiproNews Italian View – Who can save la ippica?

Italian business waits for parliament to publish its ‘Revival Decree’ outlining the terms and conditions attached to sector-specific rescue packages sanctioned by the government. Having handled the epicentre of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak, Italy enters ‘phase two’ of its lockdown procedure allowing bars, restaurants and further commercial properties to reopen obeying social distancing orders. Meanwhile, in Rome, the Chamber of Deputies …

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Alternative betting markets: short-term filler or long-term fixture?

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Non traditional sports betting content ranging from table tennis to Nicaraguan or Belarusian soccer and Taiwanese baseball have been unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight for sports betting operators hoping to salvage some of the revenues lost to COVID-19. Yet, are these ‘niche’ sports just short-term filler for sports betting operators, or should we expect to see them as part of …

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PM casts doubt over imminent resumption for professional sport

An imminent return of professional sport remains unclear as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his staged plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Addressing the four nations of the UK last night, Johnson revealed a three-part strategy to kickstart the economy and reopen society. However, no mention to professional sports was made, casting uncertainty over when the sporting calendar will …

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Confidence, Variety, Creativity: Betinvest’s advice for times of crisis

The coronavirus has halted a variety of industries, whilst pushing others into a period of financial instability. Yet as the world adapts to the ‘new normal’, so does the betting industry.  Operators and suppliers alike are getting creative to mitigate long-term business repercussions. With that in mind, Max Dubossarsky, Chief Operating Officer of Betinvest, wrote for SBC News to explain …

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Bookies Corner: US 2020… Pandemic adds more spin to betting’s biggest market

Under normal circumstances, April and May should have been key campaign months for the US 2020 Elections (3 November), with the Democratic Party crowning Joe Biden to challenge President Trump. However, US 2020’s script has been flipped by COVID-19 consequences, adding further divisive factors to the campaign trail, as bookies tell SBC to buckle up for this year’s biggest wagering …

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James Frendo / Simo Dragicevic: Playtech leads product disciplines in the age of sustainability

Playtech executives James Frendo (Director of Casino) and Simo Dragicevic (CEO of BetBuddy) talk to SBC about how a ‘sustainability-first approach’ to product development has changed the FTSE tech group’s thinking and culture with regards to tackling the industry’s current demands and complexities.  ______________ SBC: Hi Team, can you detail to SBC audiences Playtech’s commitment towards sustainable development. When was this programme …

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Martin Lycka – April lockdown can never be forgotten

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka reviews the events of a world-changing April 2020, in which tough lessons have been learnt by the lived experience of working and adjusting to national lockdown orders… _____________________________ Dear Diary,  What a month this has been. In the UK, we are told the virus has peaked and is now hopefully ebbing. However, we are …

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Winning Post: Swedish protections self-harm progress on a regulated marketplace

Sweden has grabbed international headlines becoming the outlier nation for its social policy in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners details that it should not pursue the same status for its online gambling policies.   Sweden: online regulation – cutting off one’s nose… Before Sweden domestically regulated in January 2019, its proposed licensing regime was supposed …

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Virtuals and esports – what’s legal for the US market?

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For the latest Better Collective Spotlight, we asked USBets.com to explain what is legal in terms of virtual sports and esports in the US, before Better Collective outlined how it is adapting to this time of crisis – including a “quick switch” for its Rotogrinders.com platform. The entire gambling industry is looking for creative alternatives to traditional betting markets during the COVID-19 …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Better the devil you know…

As I write this, I am greatly looking forward to moderating the “Brand Control – Working with Affiliates” panel session during the “Digital Marketing Day” of the ground-breaking SBC Digital Summit. This will be a highly topical session because, looking back on what has happened in gaming regulatory terms since the commencement of the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK and …

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