Retail

Bacta celebrates fundraising work of its Charitable Trust with Parliament reception

Amusement industry trading body bacta has celebrated the work of its Charitable Trust with a Parliamentary Reception, after it has raised over £3.5m since its establishment in 1991. The event commemorated the Trust’s fundraising capabilities, following the recent expansion to its scope of charities supported to include Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and …

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Irish betting nerves tested by critical tax judgement

Ireland is awaiting the final review of its proposed bookmakers’ turnover tax hike which would effectively double the tax that bookmakers are obliged to pay from one to two per cent. Numerous industry stakeholders have voiced concerns surrounding the damaging effects that the tax hike could have on the Irish gambling industry, and especially how the tax hike would affect …

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Golden Race debuts “faster, simpler and safer” retail solutions

Golden Race

Virtual betting provider Golden Race has launched a set of “faster, simpler and safer” solutions for land-based betting operators, including Mobiprint 3+ and Golden Box V2, as well as a quartet of new self service betting terminals (SSBTs). Mobiprint 3+ is an advanced ticket printer that produces customised tickets both for bets over the counter and for those placed without …

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SKS365 appoints Bepi Pezzulli as corporate legal counsel

Continuing its senior executive restructure, Italian betting group SKS365 has confirmed the appointment of Giuseppe “Bepi” Pezzulli as new General Counsel. Pezzulli takes charge of SKS365 legal representation and corporate compliance frameworks, following this January’s departure of former incumbent Angela Gemma, who retired from SKS365’s executive management team alongside departing Chief Executive Ian McLoughlin. A seasoned legal executive in corporate …

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Bookmakers took a £10m hit during racing shutdown

Following the six-day shutdown of UK horse racing last week, the Racing Post has reported that bookmakers have taken a £10m hit as a result. The flu outbreak, which is estimated to have cost the racing industry somewhere in the region of £15m, led to the temporary lock-down of 174 racing yards and an industry-wide halt on the sport as …

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Bookmakers test the waters with new FOBT stake trial

Ahead of the implementation of the £2 maximum stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, UK bookmakers have opted to trial the new stake limit to assess the impact it will have on the industry. Betting shops in Birmingham are testing out the new stake limit ahead of the legislative change on 1 April, following the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) …

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UKGC calls for advice on customer interactions, ADR & gambling blockers

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Calling on all industry operators and stakeholders to participate in its latest consultation, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sought advice, information and knowledge on the following three disciplines: Safeguarding customer interactions – The Commission seeks to asses how gambling businesses identify and interact to help customers who may be at risk of or experiencing harms associated with gambling. Developing …

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Intralot shows its Turkish intent submitting Sportoto wagering tender

As anticipated the governance of Athens-listed gaming and lottery systems provider Intralot SPA has confirmed that it has submitted its official tender offer to the Turkish Sportoto State Organisation, bidding to manage its ‘SporToto’ fixed-odds and pari-mutuel bookmaker service. Intralot submits its tender offer through Turkish subsidiary INTELTEK, operator of state-licensed betting operator ‘IDDAA’, a joint-venture which Intralot has operated …

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Paddy Power Betfair challenges €55 million tax whammy

FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has confirmed that it will appeal its €55 million European tax charge imposed by the authorities of Germany and Greece. The first charge of €40 million relates to Germany’s Hessen Fiscal Court rejecting PPB’s 2012 Betfair Exchange tax assessment. The Hessen Court supports the German tax authority’s backdated review of Betfair Exchange transactions …

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888 puts responsible gambling at forefront with Andrew Anthony appointment

Gaming and entertainment solutions provider, 888 Holdings, has named Andrew Anthony as its new Responsible Gaming Director, who has been tasked with aiding the operator’s player protection efforts. Anthony, who has worked for the operator for 15 years, will oversee 888’s responsible gaming division, with the aim to enhance player protection through the improvement of responsible gaming operations, systems and …

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