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Spelinspektionen fine against ULS upheld by Swedish court

United Lottery Solutions’ (ULS) claim against a Spelinspektionen, Swedish Gambling Inspectorate, fine has been rejected by the country’s Court of Appeal. The SEK 700,000 (€67,104) penalty was imposed in 2019 after ULS breached laws relating to betting on lottery games, with the Inspectorate maintaining that the Lottoland subsidiary’s actions were not covered by its gaming licence.  Spelinspektionen asserted that the …

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Betfair finds new ambassador in ‘innovative’ Bryony Frost

Betfair, a subsidiary of Flutter Entertainment, has named top jockey Bryony Frost as an ambassador of the betting brand. The collaboration sees Frost share her views on racing and her weekly rides, including 12-time champion trainer, Paul Nicholls, two-time champion jockey, Ryan Moore, and TV pundits such as Kate Tracey, Kevin Blake and Vanessa Ryle. Laura-Jane O’Shea, Chief Executive Officer …

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Rank returns to H1 profits buoyed by all unit recovery

Rank Group Plc welcomes a return to profitable trading, driven by the strong recovery of its Grosvenor, Mecca and Enracha (Spain) venues remerging their businesses from COVID-19 constraints.  Publishing its interim H1 2021/22 results (period ending 31 December), Rank registers a group underlying NGR of £334 million, up 90% corresponding to H12020/21 results of £175 million. Period growth was maintained, …

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Gamban partners with PayPal for multinational payments block

Gamban and PayPal have entered into a new partnership, with the payments provider enabling its customers in selected territories to block gambling transactions.  The duo have identified PayPal as a common method of payment for gamblers via both online and offline verticals, covering sports betting, horse and greyhound racing, person-to-person wagering and on gaming machines.  PayPal and Gamban’s partnership comes …

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Svenska Spel places DEI duties at the forefront of SVFF renewal 

Svensk Fotboll (SVFF) Sweden’s Football Association, has renewed Svenska Spel as the principal sponsor of Swedish national football teams for a further seven years.  The new partnership, which expires in 2028, will see Sweden’s state-owned gambling and national lottery operator support SVFF civic projects promoting diversity, equality and inclusion of Swedish football. Svenska Spel has served as the principal sponsor …

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UK racing calls for stakeholder input to measure environmental footprint 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has urged all stakeholders to participate in its online questionnaire to help map the environmental activity of UK racing. The questionnaire forms part of UK racing’s CSR commitment, in which the governing bodies of the BHA, The Horsemen’s Group, Racing Foundation and Racecourse Association (RCA) have pledged to progress the sport’s environmental sustainability. Last year, …

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GoldenRace strengthens Austrian market status via win2day link-up

GoldenRace has entered into an exclusive partnership with the Austrian Lotteries, win2day, strengthening its market position in the country’s betting and gaming space.  The linkup will see GoldenRace supply win2day with its range of virtual sports offerings, with win2day integrating the provider’s football and horse racing products into its own platform, making them available to Austrian bettors.  An international operator, …

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Loto Românã serves notice on sports betting collaboration 

CN Loteria Românã, the operating company of Loto Romania (Loto.Ro) is reviewing whether to expand the product portfolio of the national lottery to include a fixed-odds and online sportsbook offering.  The operator has issued notice to The European Lotteries (EL) and World Lottery Association (WLA), informing members that it requires guidance on developing an ‘organised framework to cater for an …

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Lottstift to launch compensation fund for Norway’s disrupted cultural sector 

Kulturdepartementet, Norway’s Ministry of Culture and Gender Equality, has instructed gambling regulator Lottstift to launch a compensation scheme, rewarding cultural sector organisations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The collaboration was formally announced by Marianne Skjeldestad Hove, the director of voluntary support of Kulturdepartementet. The compensation scheme will be funded by Norwegian Lotteries, under the mandate of Norway’s …

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European Parliament’s Digital Services Act provisions welcomed by EL

The European Parliament has adopted a negotiating position on the provisions of the Digital Services Act (DSA), a development welcomed by the European Lotteries (EL) for enhancing consumer protection and measures against illegal online gambling.  Coming to a decision, MEPs approved the provisions by 530 votes to 78, with 80 abstentions, with the legislation now moving onto the ‘trilogues’ stage, …

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