Retail

Regulator keen to co-operate against match fixing

Gambling Commission Director of Regulation Nick Tofiluk has pledged to work closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) after the conviction of three men on the charges of conspiracy to commit bribery surrounding match fixing. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court found that Chann Sankaran, a Singapore national, and Krishna Ganeshan, a UK national originally from Sri Lanka, were the …

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Anatomy of a match fixing bust

As the three men suspected of trying to manipulate the scorelines of football matches await sentencing today after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery, the National Crime Agency has released some interesting detail on the case and explains why it moved to break up the proceedings when it did.  Earlier this week a jury at Birmingham Crown Court …

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Gala Coral planning to auction off bingo halls

Gala Coral has made a positive move to divest its bingo division by recruiting Lazards to set up a sale, according to the latest reports in the Financial Times. Any sale would allow the company to concentrate on its betting business, mainly the UK’s third biggest retail estate. The gambling operator is hoping that its 135 bingo halls will generate …

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Ladbrokes completes refinancing to extend existing bank facilities

Ladbrokes has completed its balance sheet refinancing to extend its existing bank facilities, which together with the completion of the £100m retail bond offer, results in an extension of debt maturity on attractive terms as well as diversifying its sources of finance. The re-financing follows from the launch on 27 May of a £100m 5.125% sterling retail bond with 8.25 …

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William Hill extends sponsorship of Scottish Sprint Cup

William Hill has renewed its sponsorship of the Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse for the next three years. Subject to fixture list planning approval by the BHA, Willam Hill are continuing their  sponsorship commitments of the racing event by adding the £100,000 five-furlong race to their sponsorship portfolio until 2017. Musselburgh Racecourse general manager, Bill Farnsworth, said: “The Scottish …

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Sportradar agrees data deal with Slovak football league union

Sportradar, one of the world’s leading supplier of sports related data, is pleased to announce the new data partnership with the Slovak League Clubs Union (ÚLK). Sportradar has signed a multi-year deal with ÚLK and its exclusive marketing representative UFA Sports Slovakia to become the Official Data Partner of the two top level leagues in Slovak club football. Sportradar thereby …

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Trust looking for volunteers for Great Wall charity walk

The Responsible Gambling Trust has challenged people working in the gambling industry to walk the length of the Great Wall of China to help raise money for the charity. The organisation is leading a fundraising expedition to China in April 2015 which seeks to raise a minimum of £50,000 towards research, education and treatment for problem gambling in the UK. …

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SBC Match Fixing Report Part 3 – Chris Eaton On Protecting Football

In the final installment of SBC’s match fixing series, David Kelly caught up with former FIFA Head of Security, and current Director of Sport Integrity at the International Centre for Sport Security, Chris Eaton, to discuss how the gambling industry can protect football integrity through international cooperation with police and sports bodies. SBC:What is your opinion on revelations made in …

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Racing UK gets a Bentley

Specialist horseracing broadcaster Racing UK has signed a sponsorship deal with one of the brightest emerging stars among the ranks of Britain’s jockeys, Harry Bentley. The agreement will see Bentley in Racing UK branding, as well as making regular appearances on the TV channel, and partaking in marketing and digital campaigns. Bentley will join Ruby Walsh and Aidan Coleman (Jumps) …

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Totepool celebrates another big Scoop6 winner

A 71-year-old Ladbrokes betting shop customer from Barnstaple is one of two punters to scoop a massive £139,665 on last Saturday’s Scoop6 bet. It was only the man’s fifth time placing a Scoop6 bet after having his interest piques by May’s run of record jackpots. The pensioner said: ““I watched the races at home with my friends and I couldn’t …

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