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GVC secures global racing partnership with BetMakers

GVC Holdings has strengthened its commitment to racing after securing a new global racing partnership with Australia-based BetMakers Technology Group, which will roll out BetMakers’ technology and wagering products rolled out in Australia and other international markets. Under the terms of the new agreement, BetMakers has confirmed that it will continue to service GVC Australia brands. However, it has now …

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Racing industry advised to ramp up no-deal Brexit preparations

The UK racing industry has been warned that it needs to begin making plans ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario, which is expected to have a significant impact on the sector. In a note sent on behalf of the Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group, it was emphasised that ‘the political situation regarding the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European …

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Neil McArthur praises ‘demonstrable progress’ in combating problem gambling

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Neil McArthur has praised the ‘encouraging increase’ of gambling operators which are utilising both algorithms and machine learning to crack down on gambling related harms. Speaking at the Southbank Centre yesterday, McArthur confirmed that the UKGC plans to launch its next Raising Standards Conference early next year, however called for a bi-annual meeting of CEOs …

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Sky Sports Racing secures broadcast agreement with Keeneland

Kentucky-based Keeneland Association has secured a new multi-year agreement with Sky Sports Racing which will give the broadcaster exclusive rights to broadcast Keeneland racing and sales to UK and Irish viewers. The agreement, which will begin at the start of Keeneland’s Fall Meet in October, will include race-day coverage as well as exclusive content and commentary provided by Keeneland Paddock …

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ARC purchases Towcester fixtures as racecourse confirms closure

Historic UK racecourse and greyhound track Towcester is due to close down after its owners have confirmed they will be selling its remaining fixtures to Arena Racing Company (ARC). The racecourse, which entered into administration in August of last year, was sold to Fermor Land LLP after a period of ‘trading difficulties.’ The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has since confirmed …

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Northern Ireland launches public gambling consultation

A Northern Irish government department has confirmed that it will launch a public consultation on the creation of a new gambling policy and the effects of problem gambling. The consultation will form the basis of the advice which will be given to the next minister for communities, who will form a new gambling policy once the Northern Ireland Executive and …

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October sees GamCare Helpline become a 24hr service

UK problem gambling support and treatment charity GamCare has reminded its betting industry and national health stakeholders that from 1 October 2019, the ‘National Gambling Helpline’ will be run as a 24-hour service. The National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) updates its operating schedule of 8am-to-midnight, transforming into a ‘UK Helplines’ accredited 24-hour support structure open every day of the year. …

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Highlight Games secures new deal with Fortuna

Video virtual sports supplier Highlight Games has secured a new pan-European framework agreement with the Fortuna Entertainment Group which will see the supplier deliver its virtual sports products online, on mobile and in retail locations across central Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, Highlight Games will deliver its ‘SOCCERBET’ flagship product in both league and single match formats, with …

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Racing must ‘adapt where necessary’ says BHA’s Nick Rust

Releasing its annual report and accounts for 2018, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)’s chief executive Nick Rust explained that the ‘the BHA’s mandate to regulate independently on equine welfare was regularly questioned’ as it has been ‘challenged on multiple fronts.’ The report, released yesterday, includes a foreword from both Rust and new BHA chair Annamarie Phelps. Rust explained that while …

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GAMSTOP confirms Mike Dixon Non-Exec appointment

The governance of GAMSTOP has announced the appointment of Mike Dixon, current CEO of Addaction, as a further Non-Executive Director for UK gambling’s self-exclusion scheme. An expert in developing treatment support networks and operating voluntary communities, Dixon has served as Chief Executive of addiction recovery and mental health charity Addaction since May 2017. The executive has held further leadership positions …

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