Retail

Health & Safety review upgrades SIS OB operations

LBO channel broadcaster SIS Racing’s Outside Broadcast division is aiming to set new benchmarks in the way it operates its on-course services. SIS has launched several new initiatives in support of its field-based operational staff, including a dedicated website. Vic Ridley, Operations Manager, SIS Betting Support and OB Services, who has overseen the launch, said: “This is all part of …

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Tabcorp agrees deal for £58.4m ACTTAB

Australian wagering operator Tabcorp has reached an agreement with the Australian Capital Territory Government to acquire ACTTAB for AUS$105.5 million (£58.4m). ACTTAB is a territory-owned provider of totalisator and fixed odds wagering, Keno and Trackside products. The business offers its services and products through a distribution network comprised of 53 retail outlets located throughout Canberra, as well as telephone and …

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Talarius rejoins BACTA

Talarius, the UK’s largest operator of Adult Gaming Centres (AGCs), announced that it will be rejoining BACTA, citing the UK trade body for the amusements and leisure sector’s recent change in leadership. The company stepped down from BACTA in April last year, however, with the recent appointment of John White as BACTA’s new Chief Executive, Talarius will once again become …

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Analyst cautious ahead of William Hill interims

An industry analysts is being cautious on the performance of  William Hill ahead of the bookmaker’s interim results on Friday. Nicholas Batram of Peel Hunt said that he expects first-half EBITA to fall to around £172.1 million, largely due to retail’s poor performance. Given the industry has struggled in the first half of the year, with sporting results favouring the …

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Irish Examiner – virtual roulette could be illegal

A special investigation by the Irish Examiner newspaper suggests ‘virtual roulette’ in betting shops could be illegal because of incorrect licensing, meaning bookmakers may be liable in future tax cases. Revenue Commissioners believe the activity has been misrepresented and may have serious repercussions upon renewal of gambling licences, with the possibility of a legal challenge looking increasingly likely. “Roulette on …

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Genting Hong Kong surge in profits leads to potential Spanish expansion plans

Asian Casino operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd, forecasts a net profit of more than US $180 million (£107 Million) for the opening half of 2014. The forecasted figure represents an improvement of 88% on the first half of 2013, where Genting Hong Kong reported a consolidated net profit of US $23 million. Genting pointed to the March sale of its …

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Australian Wagering Council hits out at Racing NSW over minimum bet rules

The Australian Wagering Council has hit out at Racing NSW for implementing new minimum bet rules on wagering service operators. The group, which called for a freeze on the proposal last month, said the condition means online bookmakers will stand to lose a minimum amount on any single fixed odds wager on NSW Thoroughbred races, and criticised the policy as …

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Ladbrokes may withdraw from St Ledger Festival sponsorship

The  fixture clash between the Doncaster St Ledger Festival and  the Irish Champions Weekend on the 10th of September, may  force bookmaker Ladbrokes to withdraw its sponsorship of the St Ledger Festival. Ladbrokes have sponsored the St Ledger Festival for the past ten seasons, however the current three year sponsorship extension is set to come to an end, Ladbrokes have …

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Inspired agrees five year contract extension with William Hill

Inspired Gaming Group (Inspired), the leading supplier of SBG Video Lottery and Virtual Sports products, today announces it has signed a five-year extension to its long-term partnership with William Hill for the supply of server-based video lottery gaming machines and Virtual Sports. The new contract also includes over 4,000 additional Eclipse cabinets in William Hill’s 2,400 licensed betting offices. The premium …

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Galway Racing Festival prize money is in excess of €2 million

The 2014 Galway summer festival gets underway on Monday, with Ballybrit expected to draw more than 150,000 racing enthusiasts and punters during the seven day gala.A report commissioned by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association last year, found that the festival is one of the largest in the world based on attendances and heightened media exposure, contributing millions to the local and national economy. Several Galway hotels sponsor …

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