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René Jansen calls for the re-establishment of EU expert group on gambling

In his first address as Chair of The European Forum for Gambling Regulators (GREF), René Jansen has called for the European Commission (EC) to re-establish an ‘EU expert group’ on gambling laws and standards.  Jansen, the  chairman of Dutch regulatory agency Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), made his address while participating in a webinar hosted by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). …

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Oxford Stadium ‘delighted’ to get greyhound racing ‘over the line’

The Oxford Stadium greyhound track is due to reopen in December, following the acquisition of a 10 year lease from owners Galliard Homes by Kevin Boothby. The stadium, located in the Cowley district of the city, last hosted greyhound racing in 2012, and Boothby – who manages Towcester and Henlow greyhound tracks – has also expressed an interest in reopening …

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SBK signs long-term sponsorship deal with Richard Kingscote

Smarkets’ sportsbook app SBK has committed to a long-term sponsorship of multiple title-winning jockey Richard Kingscote until October 2022. The agreement will see reigning all-weather champion Kingscote wear SBK branded riding gear over the next 16 months, as well as produce exclusive content for the operator. “I’m thrilled to have SBK as my new sponsor, and I’d like to thank …

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Racing to ‘continue to press hard’ for 10,000 racecourse capacity

UK horse racing industry leaders have confirmed that the sector’s representatives will ‘continue to press hard’ to receive the 10,000 capacity limit enjoyed by seated stadiums, as the government pushes ‘Freedom Day’ back until 19 July. The delay in the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – having originally been scheduled for 21 June …

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William Hill recruits flat master Charlie Hills as new Ambassador

In time for Royal Ascot festival week, William Hill has secured renowned winning stud trainer Charlie Hills to become the heritage bookmaker’s new Flat Racing Ambassador. Hills, the trainer of Europe’s highest-rated sprinter Battaash, will provide regular blogs on his runners, views, and opinions on all matters related to the flat racing season The exclusive blog and media content begins …

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SAZKA buoyed by record European lottery sales to sooth Greek headaches 

SAZKA Group has reported a robust opening to its 2021 trading, despite the Czech gambling conglomerate continuing to observe COVID-19 headwinds across its European market profile.  Publishing its Q1 trading results (period ending 31 March), SAZKA registered group gaming revenues (GGR) of €526 million – up 30% on corresponding 2020 results of €405 million. The firm’s improved GGR performance was …

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Better Collective integrates Spotlight’s Superfeed to boost racing content

Better Collective has enhanced its sports and racing content by integrating Spotlight Sports’ recently launched Superfeed engine, which leverages the Racing Post brand. The deal builds on a previous agreement between Spotlight Sports Group and the Danish sports betting and gaming operator signed five years ago, which has seen Better Collective expand its global audience, backed by Spotlight’s support for …

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Racing Stars launches racing’s fairest fantasy pools product   

Affordability checks could have ‘devastating impact on sport’ says MP

Newly licensed Racing Stars has launched its new MVP fantasy racing product to coincide with this week’s Royal Ascot festival (15-19 June). Co-founded by the Norfolk enterprise team of Steve Evans (MD), Danny Williams and Nathan Thompson, RacingStars.co.uk has branded itself as “the first-ever fantasy league betting platform based on real races and real prizes”.  MVP players can buy tokens …

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Royal Ascot secures biggest international coverage for 2021 comeback

This year’s Royal Ascot will feature the biggest international media exposure for the prestigious UK racing festival, hosted from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June. Preparing the festival for its public return, welcoming +12,000 spectators to its racecourse each day, Ascot Racecourse has selected HBA Media to serve as its lead international media rights distributor. Expanding Royal Ascot’s global coverage, …

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Camelot hails digital prowess as National Lottery sales exceed £8bn 

Camelot UK has declared that National lottery sales have exceeded £8bn for the first time during 2020/21, resulting in the best-ever returns to good causes from sales revenue alone. During the financial year 2020/21(April-to-March 2021), the National Lottery recorded total sales of £8.37bn, registering a £468m improvement on the previous year results.  Record sales were achieved against the backdrop of …

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