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William Hill refunds fox hunting wagers following vote postponement

William Hill has confirmed that it has refunded all bets on the fox hunting vote that was due to take place this week, after the government postponed it until at least the Autumn. “The voting landscape in the Autumn could be very different with Scottish MPs potentially having less influence on English laws. The SNP has scuppered Cameron’s calls for …

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Italy’s Serie B delays league start by 2 weeks following Catania match fixing scandal

The ongoing Catania match fixing scandal has seen the start of the Serie B football season pushed back two weeks from 21 August to 5 September. The push back follows last month’s admission by Calcio Catania Owner/President Antonino Pulvirenti to fixing 5 Serie B matches in an attempt to prevent the Sicilian club from being relegated. Pulvirenti further admitted to …

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Giorgio Sandi steps down as Gruppo SNAI Chairman & CEO

Italian gambling operator Gruppo SNAI has announced that Giorgio Sandi is to step down as CEO and Chairman. Sandi’s departure from SNAI governance team, follows the operators May merger with Italian gambling technology provider Cogemat. The departure of Sandi who had led the operator since 2012, was announced following a governance meeting between SNAI and Cogemat boards. Sandi will be …

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Fortuna Entertainment appoints Darren Lovern as CMO

Fortuna Entertainment Group, continues to focus on international expansion by announcing the appointment of Darren Lovern as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Lovern joins the Eastern European bookmaker from Paddy Power where he was Head of Online Sports Betting (2009 – 2015). The hire of Lovern as CMO continues new CEO Per Widerstrom corporate re-structure as Fortuna Entertainment looks …

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Deutsche Bank Las Vegas casino investment challenged over LIBOR charges

Deutsche Bank AB’s 25% stake in Station Casinos a Las Vegas gambling operator, has been asked to be reviewed by Nevada’s gambling authorities, following the bank’s involvement in the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) scandal. The review has been put forward by Las Vegas labour unions’ Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, who have questioned the …

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Roy Keane sues Paddy Power over infringement of image rights

Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain Roy Keane has sued Paddy Power over infringement of his image rights, with regards to a billboard run in Dublin by the operator during last month’s Ireland vs Scotland UEFA Euro 2016 international qualifier. The billboard which depicted Roy Keane as 1995’s Oscar winning film character William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace (character played by …

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William Hill opens Barclays CEO market with Morzaria favourite to replace sacked Jenkins

Following this week’s sacking of Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins, William Hill have opened its market on the bank’s next leader. The bookmaker has placed Group Finance Director Tushar Morzaria as evens money favourite to be the new leader of the ‘Big 4’ bank. Barclays’ new chairman John McFarlane (nicknamed Mac the Knife) axed Jenkins after three years leading the banking …

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Rank Group losses £30 million VAT appeal

The UK Supreme Court has overruled a VAT appeal lodged by Rank Group Plc with regards to a £31 million dispute on taxation of its gambling machines between 2002 and 2005. The appeal was brought up by Rank Group on 21 April 2015, with regards to the operatpors claims that it had overpaid VAT on Grosvenor Casino and Mecca Bingo …

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Synot Tip agrees shirt sponsorship with AC Sparta Prague

Czech Licensed gambling/lottery operator Synot Group sports betting subsidiary Synot Tip has announced that it has agreed terms with AC Sparta Prague to become its official shirt sponsor for 2 seasons (2015/16 & 2016/17 campaigns). Sparta Prague, the Czech Republic’s best followed football club will promote Synot Tip services throughout its 22,000 Generali Arena during domestic and European football match …

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Openbet to work with Singapore Pools

Singapore’s PAP government one of the strictest purveyors of anti online gambling/betting laws in the world, could open its market to legalised sports betting by allowing the Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club to seek exemption of its Remote Gambling Act (RGA). The Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed that the governance of both state owned gambling enterprises have …

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