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William Hill terminates Lincoln Handicap sponsorship

William Hill has announced that it will no longer sponsor the Lincoln Handicap, as the operator looks to cut on marketing spend due to the introduction of new gambling taxes on its business. The decision to terminate its sponsorship of the race, ends of UK racings longest sponsorship agreements (William Hill had sponsored the event since 1990). The operator stated …

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AGA announces six new board members

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced the addition of six board members and three general members as a part of a new membership structure approved by the AGA Board of Directors in late 2014.  The AGA is seeking to unify the gaming industry and is doing so through a policy of inclusivity and transparency. The new organizational structure and …

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Derby independent bookmaker fears for business ahead of new taxes

Keith Tomlin who has operated Derbyshire independent bookmakers Keith Tomlin Racing for over 50 years, fears that new UK taxes on bookmakers may force him to shut down his business.Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Tomlin stressed that April’s scheduled 25% duty increase on gambling machines may terminate all UK independent bookmakers. Tomlin who operates three betting shops in Stenson, Chellaston …

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Canadian MP Masse urges NHL to back Bill C-290

Canadian MP Brian Masse has written to the NHL Chief Commissioner Gary Bettman, to ask him to reconsider the Leagues position on sports betting. Masse who represent the electoral district of Windsor West, has urged for the NHL to rethink its position on Canada’s C-290 Bill, which will look to amend sports betting practices throughout Canada. The C-290 Bill looks …

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Scientific Games agrees 5 year Mecca Bingo games provision partnership

Scientific Games has signed a five-year agreement with UK-based Mecca Bingo Ltd to provide the Company’s leading server-based gaming solution to Mecca Bingo clubs across the UK. The new agreement will provide Mecca with a server-based gaming platform powered by technology partner Videobet, a Playtech company, and exclusive content from the SG Gaming library alongside a combination of Clarity, T8 …

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Indiana Rep Alan Morrison wants to legalise state sports betting

Indiana State Representative Alan Morrison has asked Indiana courts to review a draft sports betting bill proposal which Morrison put forward to the courts on Friday 9 January. The bill follows the mechanisms put forward by New Jersey State in 2014, which would allow for sports betting services to be offered by licensed state casinos and race tracks. Speaking to …

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£2 stake restriction would be ‘massively premature’

A leading researcher on a study that found higher staking levels impairs a player’s decision making abilities has said that its findings shouldn’t be used as proof that problem gambling would decline if FOBTs were restricted to a £2 stake. Interviewed in the latest issue of Betting Business interactive (available here), Dr Adrian Parke of the University of Lincoln said …

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GBG brands ICE ‘the most influential event on the world calendar’

The Gambling Business Group (GBG), which represents broad swathes of the UK gaming landscape including the Pub, Bingo, AGC, FEC, Online, LBO and Casino sectors, has announced its support for February’s ICE exhibition, being held at London’s ExCeL Centre. GBG, which was formed in July 2014, has a membership comprising many leading organisations in gaming and boasts former BACTA National …

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BETDAQ renews sponsorship of ARC Doncaster & Royal Windsor

Two of Arena Racing Company’s (ARC) most prominent racecourses, Doncaster and Royal Windsor, are delighted to have renewed and extended their partnership with prominent online betting exchange BETDAQ for 2015 covering a bulk of race dates at both tracks throughout the year. BETDAQ’s long term commitment to both courses is substantial, covering 70 races over 13 race meetings in 2015 …

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Coral ditches plan to open betting shop in Hayes Town Hillingdon

Facing local opposition UK bookmaker Coral has withdrawn its application to open a bookmaker in Hayes Town (London Borough of Hillingdon). Coral had applied to open a retail betting shop in an empty Horizon Electronics store on Station Road. However the bookmaker met the opposition of various community groups as the retail betting shop would be situated nearby the local …

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