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Betting shops close their doors in England’s tier 4 areas

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Betting shops in London, the South East and East of England have been forced to close their doors after the regions were placed under new tier four restrictions. The new measures, which were introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the weekend, will mean that all non-essential retail – including betting shops – must close for the foreseeable future.  The …

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Ladbrokes and Coral up in-store digital engagement with Racing Post BSDs

Racing Post BSD

Ladbrokes and Coral have agreed to install the new interactive Racing Post Digital Betting Shop Display (BSD) in eight of their stores across the UK and Ireland. The decision, which Ladbrokes and Coral hope will help create ‘the betting shop of the future’, comes after the operators shift away from print newspapers in store, replacing form sheets with digital displays. …

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Phumelela ‘winds up business’ as it delists from JSE

Phumelela ‘winds up business’ as it delists from JSE

South African horse racing operator Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Group will delist from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in early 2021 as the company is broken up to repay creditors.  The heritage racing operator has faced financial difficulties for a number of months, following the forced closure of its racetrack venues due to South African coronavirus restrictions in May.  Johannesburg’s …

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Nevin Truesdale takes the reins as Jockey Club CEO

Nevin Truesdale takes the reins as Jockey Club CEO

Nevin Truesdale, the ‘acting’ Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, will assume the position on a permanent basis from 1 January 2021. Truesdale has led the company in an ‘acting’ capacity since the end of August after former-CEO Delia Bushell stepped down following an independent inquiry which upheld allegations of ‘gross misconduct’. Celebrating his new role, Truesdale said: “The …

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Heavy-duty Casinos Austria integration dominates SAZKA Q3 trading

SAZKA Group wants to exploit the benefits of its expanded business entity, as the Czech gambling conglomerate returns to operating all business units having navigated 2020 Covid headwinds.  Publishing its Q3 trading update (period ending 30 September), the firm told investors that an easing of Covid restrictions across European markets had seen it return to ‘normalised trading in markets and …

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BGC welcomes reopening of Scottish betting shops

Hundreds of Scottish betting shops are set to reopen their doors, a move which has been welcomed by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Since the strictest Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions were imposed by the Scottish government three weeks ago, approximately 400 betting shops – half of Scotland’s total – were told to close their doors. The decision to move …

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Paddy Power first to launch Spotlight’s new stats & tipping content

Paddy Power has become the first bookmaker to launch Spotlight Sports’ new statistical insights and pre-match tipping content across its entire UK and Irish retail estate.   As a long-term customer of the Racing Post, Paddy Power will bolster its in-store customer engagement by providing interactive ‘short-form tips’ which will be based on ‘statistical analysis and expert opinions’ from journalists …

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Shay Segev: Entain’s ARC is a game-changing commitment to lead Safer Gambling 

Shay Segev, Group CEO of Entain Plc (formerly GVC Holdings), has spoken exclusively to SBC about the ‘generational transformation’ that the FTSE100 betting group has undertaken after embracing the key responsibility objectives of its new ‘corporate charter’.  Speaking to SBC MD Andrew McCarron, Segev outlined Entain’s new mission, explaining that the company aims to lead global gambling across all safer …

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National Lottery takes full coverage of ITV Saturday night primetime

The National Lottery has regained its terrestrial Saturday night primetime coverage, securing sponsorship of three back-to-back ITV shows. Beginning 19 December, the National Lottery will serve as headline sponsor of ITV1’s Saturday night roster of ‘The Masked Singer’, ‘The Voice UK’ and ‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’. The deal represents the first time ITV has allowed a single advertiser …

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Rank adds finance expert Chew Seong Aun as a corporate advisor

Rank Group Plc has announced a directorate change with Chew Seong Aun replacing Tang Hong Cheong as a company non-executive director. An expert in corporate finance, Seong Aun is the current group CFO and board member of Honk Kong-based private investment fund Guoco Group, the current majority shareholder of Rank Plc. Seong Aun has had a 30-year executive career in …

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