Oceania

GVC appoints Dean Shannon as Australia CEO

The governance of FTSE250 GVC Holdings Plc has this morning confirmed the appointment of Dean Shannon as inbound Chief Executive of its Australian division. Shannon will succeed Jason Scott as leader of GVC’s Australian business unit, overseeing the corporate development of ‘Ladbrokes Australia’ and ‘Neds’ brands. Prior to the appointment, Shannon has maintained a close relationship with GVC, serving as an …

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Blockbuster! Victoria Racing books Taylor Swift for Melbourne Cup Day

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) plans to celebrate its upcoming Melbourne Cup Day (5 November) in pomp and style, confirming that ten-time Grammy winner and record-breaking pop sensation Taylor Swift will perform live at the Flemington Racecourse. Announcing a major coup for Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, VRC management announces that it has secured Taylor Swift’s only public appearance in Australia …

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Western Australian Government gives the green light to sell TAB

The Western Australian Government has passed a new law which will develop a new framework to negotiate the sale of the TAB which will help support the Western Australian racing industry. The TAB Bill 2019, which will be subject to Royal Assent, will allow the Government to initiate a competitive sale process, with an aim of selling the business in …

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Unibet Australia seeks deeper brand narrative with ‘It Pays to Speak Sport’

Kindred Group’s online sportsbook subsidiary Unibet Australia has launched its new multi-media advertising campaign ‘It Pays to Speak Sport’ to differentiate its brand from existing market incumbents. The high definition campaign, which is narrated by Unibet Australia Ambassadors Brian Fletcher an NRL commentator and cricket counterpart Mark ‘Junior’ Waugh, has been developed by Sydney-based creative marketing agency AnalogFolk. In its campaign …

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Ladbrokes Australia completes MyAffiliates migration

Updating the market, GVC Holdings confirms that it will operate all ‘GVC Australia’ affiliate marketing provisions under the MyAffiliates domain. GVC Australia has informed marketing partners that it has completed the final phase of Ladbrokes Australia’s migration onto the MyAffiliates platform, which will act as lead affiliate marketing system for its brands. Ladbrokes Australia joins Bookmaker.com.au and BetStar (betstar.com.au) as …

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Australian authorities crack down on suspicious betting in esports investigation

A number of warrants for arrest have been executed across Australia this morning following an investigation into suspicious betting activity on an esports league. The investigation, carried out as part of a joint operation between the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, was initiated after information was received by local police regarding  activity linked to a …

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Betfair Australia to launch exchange on Hong Kong racing

Flutter Entertainment’s Betfair Australia has confirmed that it will be launching a new betting exchange on horse races in Hong Kong, despite not being sanctioned by the Jockey Club.  Set to begin on 1 September, which coincides with the start of the Hong Kong 2019-20 racing season, Betfair Australia is due to offer exchange punters the opportunity to wager bets …

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NZ Racing boosts broadcast coverage with Sportsbet partnership

New Zealand’s ‘Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA)’, the body charged with overseeing the restructuring of NZ racing, has secured a new deal which sees Flutter Entertainment’s Australian market subsidiary Sportsbet launch live streaming of races driving new audience engagements. The partnerships will see Sportsbet host live streams of NZ thoroughbred and harness racing fixtures, with further coverage of greyhound racing events, …

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Tabcorp shuts down Lottery split rumours

David Attenborough, the Chief Executive of Australia ASX-listed gambling group Tabcorp Holdings has stated that the company holds no intentions in splitting its lucrative lotteries and keno division into a separate entity, dismissing speculation as ‘complete nonsense’. Yesterday, Tabcorp investors were served mixed results as the company published 2018/2019 accounts (12-month period ending 30 June), reporting on the firm’s first …

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Flutter sees 24% drop in profits bitten by global regulatory demands

Flutter Entertainment Plc, the rebranded entity of Paddy Power Betfair, has seen its interim H1 2019 profits before tax drop by 24%, as FTSE100 betting group cites changes in regulations and taxation as the lead factor in its year-on-year performance decline. Operating its enlarged portfolio of Paddy Power, Betfair, FanDuel (US), Sportsbet (AUS) and the recently acquired Adjarabet (CIS), Flutter saw …

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