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Boylesports to strengthen UK presence with further acquisitions

Boylesports is in talks to complete its second phase of UK acquisitions, which is hoped to strengthen the Irish independent bookmaker’s presence outside of Ireland.  The gambling operator had previously taken over 13 betting shops in the Midlands area earlier this year after acquiring the Wilf Gilbert chain of stores, however Boylesports has since confirmed that it is in talks …

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Camelot revamps National Lottery ‘retailer hub’

National Lottery operator Camelot has revamped its ‘retailer hub’ (www.tnlretailerhub.co.uk) adding new functionalities and tools to improve communication with its merchants. The relaunched hub has been optimised for all mobile verticals, allowing Camelot point-of-sale merchants to be better informed with news alerts, game/draw information, terms and conditions, promotions and updates on further upcoming National Lottery inventory. The hub will feature a …

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Tabcorp shuts down Lottery split rumours

David Attenborough, the Chief Executive of Australia ASX-listed gambling group Tabcorp Holdings has stated that the company holds no intentions in splitting its lucrative lotteries and keno division into a separate entity, dismissing speculation as ‘complete nonsense’. Yesterday, Tabcorp investors were served mixed results as the company published 2018/2019 accounts (12-month period ending 30 June), reporting on the firm’s first …

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Acting Premier League chief executive claims betting attracts viewers 

Richard Masters, Interim Chief Executive of the Premier League, has told BBC Sports’ Dan Roan that he believes betting attracts people to football and has in turn become part of the game.  The revelation comes shortly after Wayne Rooney’s controversial transfer to Derby County, involving betting company 32Red, which concluded with the former England captain being given the number 32 …

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Unibet invests into mental health initiative with Newbury sponsorship

In a move which seeks to improve the accessibility to racing for those suffering with mental health problems, Kindred Group-subsidiary Unibet has confirmed it has made an investment into #GoRacingGreen.  Unibet will invest in the initiative, spearheaded by Debbie Matthews, which will see the duo partner at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 17 August for Unibet Hungerford Day.  #GoRacingGreen aims to: …

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Football integrity trio reports suspicious betting decrease

The ‘Global Football Report 2019’, released today by the working partnership of Stats Perform’s integrity unit, Starlizard Integrity Services and TXODDS, found that matches identified as having suspicious betting patterns decreased from 397 to 377 in the last year.  The report, which aims to provide stakeholders of the sports integrity community with an informative overview of current trends related to suspicious football …

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No-deal Brexit ‘is a real risk to racing’ warns Flutter’s Peter Jackson

With only 79 days until the UK is pencilled in to leave the European Union, horse racing stakeholders continue to make preparations in anticipation of potential disruptions to the sport and further impacts on betting markets.  The Financial Times reported this morning that a no-deal Brexit – which at present appears to be the UK’s likely outcome – will threaten …

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BBC Panorama reports rise in complaints to UK bookmakers

According to a BBC Panorama documentary due to air tonight, UK Gambling Commission statistics have reported a 5,000 per cent rise in the number of complaints made about UK bookmakers over the last five years.  The Panorama investigation, Addicted to Gambling, will be hosted by Bronagh Munro, and will be broadcast at 8.30pm on BBC1 on Monday. The UKGC figures …

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William Hill embarks on transitional journey posting group losses of £63m

Publishing its interim 2019 results (26-week period ending 2 July), FTSE250 William Hill Plc details solid progress on the firm’s five-year business transformation strategy (announced November 2018) focusing on the three core areas of digital expansion, US market growth and retail realignment. Updating investors, William Hill stated that H1 2019 trading reflected the ‘different challenges and opportunities’ that the group …

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Betradar broadens portfolio with latest virtual launch

Betradar, the betting arm of sports data intelligence provider Sportradar, has added to its gaming portfolio after launching it’s ‘Virtual Football Champions Cup‘. The new feature is set to allow operators to leverage increased betting activity which usually takes place during head-to-head football matches featuring Europe’s best teams.    Sportradar’s Managing Director Gaming Solutions, Frank Wenzig commented on the addition: “Virtual …

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