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GBGB’s Mark Bird reiterates commitment to greyhound welfare

Mark Bird, Managing Director of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB), has confirmed the standards body’s commitment to greyhound welfare, welcoming the launch of a new Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) initiative. The MD praised the recent announcement that all BGC members taking bets on greyhound racing will pay into the British Greyhound Racing Fund (BGRF), generating an additional …

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HRI to commence CEO recruitment drive as Kavanagh steps down

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is looking for a new CEO as current incumbent Brian Kavanagh has announced he will be vacating the position in September this year. As CEO of the governing body responsible for horse racing in Ireland, Kavanagh oversaw several major milestones and challenges during his tenure, including the implementation of the country’s updated betting tax framework, closely …

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The Tote enhances player protection with TruNarrative partnership

The Tote has struck a partnership with TruNarrative to strengthen its player protection and customer onboarding capabilities, as part of a commitment to safeguarding bettors in line with UK regulations. Due to the Tote’s general objective of providing a safe environment for bettors to place wagers – the purpose for which it was established over nine decades ago – the …

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Svenska Spel revamps agent commission models

Svenska Spel trials ‘coupon free’ paperless purchase as next retail innovation 

Svenska Spel has introduced a new sales commission model for its Swedish lottery and gaming agents, as it aims to keep its ‘retail products competitive’ amid changes to the country’s wider gambling marketplace. The new model marks the first commission change for Svenska Spel retail agents in the state-owned operator’s 30-year history serving as Sweden’s monopoly for gambling services.   2019 …

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Entain requests rent cuts to assist retail bookmakers

Entain has written to landlords requesting rent cuts ahead of the reopening of the UK’s retail betting sector, which has faced significant financial constraints over the past year. The group currently operates over 3,000 licenced betting shops in over 30 different countries, but the request has only been extended to landlords with leases due to expire within the next two …

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National Lottery takes lead sponsorship of Rugby Football League

The National Lottery has agreed to become an official partner of the Rugby Football League and the Women’s and Girls’ Rugby League. The partnership is part of the lottery’s commitment to helping sports, and specifically women’s sport, through the effects of the pandemic. Under the agreement, the National Lottery will be acknowledged through a range of branding across the sport’s premier men’s and women’s …

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BHA plans to get owners back on track by April  

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is working with all stakeholders to ensure that owners can return to England and Scotland’s racecourses from Monday 29 March – in line with government rules on easing national restrictions. Since January public attendance to racecourses has been restricted, following the announcement of the UK’s winter lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. …

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Scientific Games reports ‘record breaking’ volume of Cheltenham bets

Scientific Games processed a ‘record volume of bets’ throughout last week’s Cheltenham Festival, reporting a ‘huge uplift’ of 53% on its OpenSports platform. The OpenSports solution is used by a number of leading sports betting operators including William Hill, Entain’s Ladbrokes and Coral brands and Flutter Entertainment’s Paddy Power and Betfair companies. In addition to the 53% increase in betting …

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Svenska Spel sanctions SEK 3.2bn in direct state dividends    

The board of Svenska Spel has proposed an additional SEK 3.2 billion (€310m) dividend to be paid to the Swedish government, to assist emergency services in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The proposed dividend will be paid directly from Svenska Spel’s corporate accounts, with the transaction scheduled to be sanctioned at the company’s AGM on Tuesday 27 April. “As …

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BGRF announces £1.1 million support package for greyhounds

The British Greyhound Racing Fund (BGRF) has announced a £1.1 million support package for the greyhound racing industry, and has received a warm reception from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB). A total of £1.1 million will be channelled into the sport to support three major initiatives aimed at ensuring the survival of the sport as well as the …

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