Retail

Ainsworth breaks ground for Las Vegas HQ

Gambling technology firm Ainsworth held a ground breaking ceremony for the announcement of the building of the company’s new 290,000 square foot headquarters in Las Vegas. The ground breaking ceremony saw Ainsworth Founder Len Ainsworth dig the first sod of land, as Ainsworth celebrated the first day of construction for its planned Las Vegas headquarters. Ainsworth saw Chief Executive Danny …

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Sportech to appeal return of £93m tax rebate

The long running tax battle between Football Pools operator Sportech plc and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is set to continue after Sportech announced that it has lodged an application for permission from the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) to appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to the VAT repayment claim on the ‘Spot the Ball’ …

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Ladbrokes to introduce new atmosphere creation techniques to London stores

Ladbrokes Retail management is planning to test artificial turf and “scent atmosphere” to select high street stores as the bookmaker aims to differentiate its retail division from competitors. Ladbrokes will look to recreate the feeling of the old fashioned football terraces in-store. Ladbrokes is working on its in-store ambiance project with commercial design agency Fitch London. The changes will look …

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Bally shareholders to vote on Scientific deal next month

Slot gaming expert Bally Technologies, Inc is holding a special meeting for shareholders on 18 November to vote on the proposed merger into Scientific Games. The deal will see Bally continue as a wholly owned subsidiary of Scientific Games. The merger, which is expected to be completed by the end of calendar 2014, is subject to the approval of a …

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Sloyan appointed as Ireland’s first Regulator of the National Lottery

Irish Government Compliance consultant Liam Sloyan, has been appointed as Ireland’s first Regulator of the National Lottery. The appointment was announced by Brendan Howlin, Minister of Public Expenditure, Sloyan will take charge of lottery affairs on November 17. Compliance specialist Sloyan, is currently the Chief Executive of the Health Insurance Authority. Sloyan had played a key role in the restructuring …

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Genting successfully defends £7.7m claim

The huge £7.7m ‘edge sorting’ High Court case has seen casino operator Genting Casinos UK successfully fight a claim from major poker player Phil Ivey for unpaid winnings. Ivey won the sum in a two day period in 2012 at Genting’s Crockfords Club in London playing Punto Banco, but the casino refused to pay out when it realised that he …

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Betfair TVG launches iPad app

TVG, a subsidiary of Betfair Group plc, has announced the launch of its fully integrated horse racing betting App on the iPad. The new TVG App is optimized for the iPad and features free handicapping information, live racing video and race alerts to help players wager on over 150 race tracks worldwide. The introduction of TVG’s new iPad App comes …

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BTC & Optima IS sign agreement for development of Margin Maker 2

The Bookmakers Technology Consortium (BTC), a co-operative of independent bookmakers operating over 350 betting shops in the UK and Ireland, which includes a number of well known UK bookmakers (www.btc.uk.com), and Optima IS, an international betting and gambling software developer (www.optimaonline.es), are pleased to announce that they have recently  entered into an agreement for Optima IS to support, maintain and …

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Middlesbrough £25 million casino complex in doubt

The £25 million construction of Middlesbrough’s casino complex has been left in doubt as Stockton based commercial property developer Jomast Developments has not been able to confirm when work will begin on the planned site. The developer beat off competition from Aspers and Apollo Leisure , to win approval of licensing to begin construction of a casino and hotel complex …

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Betway new sponsor of Cheltenham Champions Chase

Cheltenham Racecourse has announced Betway as new sponsor of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Cheltenham Festival. The Betway brand will be seen throughout Cheltenham Racecourse on the festivals Ladies Day for the next three years. Ian Renton, Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Betway to Cheltenham as the sponsor of the Queen Mother …

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