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UKGC announces new public gaming machine consultation

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has invited industry stakeholders and members of the public to have their say in a new consultation about where gaming machines can be played.  The Commission considers that the current licence conditions and codes of practice and the accompanying guidance to licensing authorities are in need of revision in order to ensure that the following underlying …

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Aintree & Channel 4 push back Grand National to 17:15 start

Officials of Aintree Race Course have confirmed that the 2016 ‘Crabbies Grand National’ will be run at 17:15 UK Time – 9 April. The one hour push back will aim to help TV scheduling for the race during a busy UK sporting weekend.  Having examined 2015’s  Grand National audience figures, Aintree officials and UK broadcaster Channel 4 decided to push back …

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Carl Leaver dismisses Desmond’s concerns regarding Ladbrokes-Coral

Carl Leaver CEO of Gala Coral Group has dismissed claims that the creation of Ladbrokes-Coral will only favour Coral stakeholders. Having announced Gala Coral’s year to date performance which saw the operator record EBITDA earnings of £205 million, Leaver dismissed the recent criticisms of Ladbrokes investor Dermot Desmond. The Irish investment magnet had made scathing criticisms regarding Ladbrokes governance woeful …

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MRG Systems providing data at your customer’s fingertips

MRG Systems has given one of its most accessible products an overhaul and presented a new look solution for the display of customer data. The firm has revamped its DailyForm product, making it more cost effective while giving it a whole new look with additional features. MRG has almost turned the whole product on its head; switching the original DailyForm …

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Phil Ivey gains re-appeal hearing against Genting UK ‘Crockfords -Edge Sorting ‘ dismissal

Lord Justice Kim Lewison (UK Appeals Court) has granted US professional poker player Phil Ivey the right to appeal to overturn his lost £7.7 million High Court case against Genting Casino UK regarding his baccarat winnings at Crockfords Club Mayfair. The appeal relates to Ivey’s substantial win during a two day period in 2012 at Crockfords playing Punto Banco (a …

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Gala Coral maintains growth despite growing headwinds & tough comparative period

Reporting on its year to date performance (period ending 30 September), Gala Coral has recorded Group EBITDA earnings of £205 million, just 1% ahead of 2014’s £202 million. Gala Coral governance stated that corporate performance had remained strong despite encountering significant regulatory headwinds and a tough comparative period which featured no World Cup to boost company performance. The operator maintained …

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21 December sees PaddyPower-Betfair shareholder vote

Issuing a short statement on Friday (27 November), Paddy Power Plc and Betfair Group Ltd have both announced that the planned £6.2 billion merger deal will be put to vote on 21 December. Both operators are set to host ‘extraordinary meetings’ in which investors will cast their votes on whether to progress the merger. Preparing for their shareholder vote, Paddy …

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David Goldblatt’s ‘The Game of Our Lives’ wins 27th William Hill Sports Book of the Year

David Goldblatt’s ‘The Game of Our Lives’ has won the 27th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award”. The awards’ judging panel described the book as an “exceptional winner”, beating a strong shortlist of five other contenders to win the £27,000 prize. ‘The Game of Our Lives’ is a study of modern football and its impacts on wider society …

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UK Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch to speak at RGT’s ‘Harm Minimisation Conference’

Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage Tracey Crouch will be amongst the speakers at the third annual Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) Harm Minimisation Conference. The conference will be held at the King’s Fund, Cavendish Square, London on Wednesday 9 December 2015 and the overall theme is minimising gambling-related harm in Britain. This year the programme will focus on the range …

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INTRALOT 2015 performance impacted by weakened € rate

Updating the market Athens listed lottery and gaming systems provider INTRALOT Group reported a 3.8% increase in consolidated revenues to €1.38 billion for its year to date (Q1-Q3 2015 – period ending 30 September) corporate performance. Like many European listed operators, INTRALOT 2015 performance has been impacted by weakening € exchange rate. The firm would report EBITDA earnings of €132 …

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