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RAiG members back radical overhaul of UK gambling’s affiliate landscape

Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) has announced that its membership body supports ‘in principle the introduction of statutory licensing or registration regime’ for affiliates operating within the UK gambling market. Support for the introduction of an affiliate-centric licensing regime follows RAiG’s internal review of existing social responsibility and responsible gambling standards related to affiliate marketing practices. It said in a …

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Rank to begin phased reopening of Mecca venues on 4 July 

Rank Group has announced that it will begin the ‘phased reopening’ of its Mecca Bingo venues operating across England from 4 July.  In accordance with the government’s public safety measures, 36 Mecca venues will reopen on 4 July across England, as Rank re-establishes its retail footprint having been forced to close all gambling venues from mid-March as the UK entered …

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Victoria Police charges two following tennis corruption investigation

Victoria Police has confirmed that two individuals have been charged with attempting to corrupt at least two tennis tournaments in Brazil and Egypt in 2018, after they were found to be a part of an international tennis match-fixing syndicate. Reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the India-headquartered syndicate is allegedly responsible for using low-ranked players from Europe and South America …

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UKGC reaffirms commitment to making progress on tackling problem gambling

The UK Gambling Commission is considering ‘additional steps’ in protecting vulnerable gamblers, after the regulator was branded ‘toothless’ and in need of a ‘radical overhaul’. Issuing its response to a report published by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the UKGC has reiterated its commitment to making ‘further and faster progress’ in tackling problem gambling. A spokesperson from the …

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Aston Villa finishes W88 shirt sponsorship

Aston Villa has announced that its principal partnership with online betting site W88 will officially conclude at the end of the campaign with Cazoo becoming the club’s front of shirt sponsor. The W88 partnership, which was the club’s third principle partner in three years following 32Red and Unibet, has come to ‘its natural end’, according to the club. Moreover, its …

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DAOGroup strengthens business development division with two recruits

iGaming cryptocurrency solutions provider DAOGroup has revealed plans to capitalise on the return of sports betting by strengthening its business development team with two new hires. The supplier has named Yelena Kensborn as its Sales and Marketing Executive, while Adam Lee has been selected as the new Business Development Manager. Commenting on their appointment, Glen Bullen, CCO at DAOGroup, said: …

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EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs

EveryMatrix will boost its player engagement dynamics by launching CompetitionLabs gamification solutions across its CasinoEngine platform.   The partnership will see EveryMatrix make CompetitionLabs’ gamification components (tournaments, challenges, leaderboards and missions) available to CasinoEngine clients.  In an update to partners, EveryMatrix underlined the ‘positive effects’ of gamification components in improving player engagement and loyalty beyond standardised bonus incentives.  Stian Enger Pettersen, …

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Winning Post: Lords pull their weight on UK gambling

Regulus Partners reviews a further week of political manoeuvres, as the upper echelons of British society weigh in on the future governance and oversight of UK gambling… ______________ UK: Regulation – Mo money, mo problems (by The Notorious PSG) The row over who should administer industry contributions for gambling harm research, prevention and treatment services is arguably the most unnecessary …

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FONBET’s Alexey Khobot: Using bots to formulate odds in 2020

In 1995, Alexey Khobot designed his first software for FONBET, which included the use of bots to assist in oddsmaking. The operator looks at why this artificial intelligence has been key, but points out that the human touch still remains king. The most important part of the bookmaking process is the formulation of odds. It’s no secret that bookmakers rely …

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SIS expands into the numbers game with 49’s takeover 

Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it has acquired the full shareholding of daily live draws and virtual horseracing operator 49’s Limited (www.49s.co.uk).   Reaching an agreement with co-owners GVC Holdings and William Hill, SIS will take over the full management of the 49’s daily live draws and virtual horseracing brands Portman Park, Sprint Valley, and Steepledowns, as well …

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