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Dearbhla O’Brien put forward to lead Irish Greyhound Racing

The board of Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) has proposed the appointment of Dearbhla O’Brien as new chief executive replacing outgoing incumbent Gerard Dollard. O’Brien’s appointment has been put forward to Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine for approval to lead Irish greyhound racing’s governing body. The GRI’s preferred candidate is the current CEO of WorkandTravel.ie – Ireland’s leading …

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Scientific Games upgrades Leeds lottery facility

Scientific Games Corporation has expanded instant game production technology by 20% at its UK production facility in Leeds, adding an estimated 175 employees to its workforce there. The Leeds plant is one of five global instant games production centres serving the worldwide lottery industry with products representing 70% of global retail sales. It currently supplies the UK National Lottery and 50 lotteries in …

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Italian MPs urged to support gambling reforms as a Budget Law commitment

Italian gambling is waiting to see whether amendments to restructure the gambling sector will be incorporated as a policy measure of Italy’s next Budget Law. A draft proposal to ‘reorganise Italian gambling’ is reported to have been finalised by Claudio Durigon, the former undersecretary of the Economic Treasury. Yet, maintaining the bad luck tribulations of Italian gambling, Durigon was forced …

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Hancock calls on government to fix betting levy ‘loopholes’

Matt Hancock MP has called on the government to address ‘loopholes’ in the UK’s horse racing betting levy, warning that the British racing scene could fall behind other countries.  As reported by the Racing Post, the former DCMS minister and ex-Health Secretary made the remarks while addressing parliament yesterday, and identified what he believed were two major areas for change. …

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Playtech sees 4% revenue fall but maintains confidence in B2B success

Playtech Plc has highlighted a ‘very strong performance’ for its B2B verticals throughout the first half of 2021, achieving objectives across three continents, despite experiencing a 4% decline in revenue.  Informing stakeholders in its interim trading report and following on from its July update, the FTSE 250 gaming technology group detailed that total revenue had fallen to €457.4 million (H1 …

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Spelinspektionen: ‘Clear link’ between borrowing money and problem gambling

Spelinspektionen, the Swedish Gambling Inspectorate, has updated incumbents in the country’s betting and gaming market concerning credit card usage.  The Inspectorate explained that gambling companies – with the exception of lotteries – are prohibited from offering credit cards as a payment method in Sweden, but added that some licensees ‘inform about and sometimes also link to companies that only offer …

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Codere to complete bond restructuring on 5 November

Codere SA expects to complete its bond restructuring on 5 November, having initially announced the development in April, granting full control of the company to its bondholders. The decision was made in a bid to avoid bankruptcy, following months of financial instability for the betting and gaming operator, exacerbated by COVID-19 headwinds such as the closure of the group’s Italian, …

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SGC strengthens commitment to responsible gaming with AGA Education Week

Victor Blanco to join Scientific Games as new CTO

Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has moved to reinforce its commitment to responsible gaming across its business operations by recognising the American Gaming Association (AGA) Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGWE). Taking place between 19-25, the AGA RGEW will see SGC focus particularly on its Lottery Group’s Healthy Play programme, with which the Nasdaq-listed company aims to provide tools and education promoting …

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William Hill receives EBM Award for flexible working strategy

William Hill has received an Employee Business Magazine (EBM) Award for ‘Best Employee Experience’, in recognition of the flexible working policy it enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s employment policy focuses on three areas – Belonging – the promotion of diversity, Building – concerning talent development; and Balance – the implementation of a ‘hybrid working environment. To inform the …

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Sazka Entertainment appoints Lord Coe as first independent advisor

Sazka Entertainment has appointed four-time Olympic medalist Lord Sebastien Coe to its Board of Directors. Lord Coe is the current President of World Athletics and was instrumental in London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. He began his role as a non-executive director of the Pan-European lottery operator on Tuesday. Despite UK subsidiary Allwyn competing to win the UK government’s Fourth …

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