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A BET A upgrades the Tote Pool to Tote Express

A Bet A has finalised a deal to allow British and Northern Irish bookmakers to bet into the UK Tote pool with their new integration: Tote Express. The specialist supplier, who service operators in the UK and Ireland as well as 22 global territories, has released new software which will go live later this month. In doing so, it will allow …

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HRI publishes Irish horseracing industry stats

Irish horseracing industry statistics for the first half of 2014 report improvement across many areas with yearly increases in bloodstock sales, racecourse attendances, new owners, Tote turnover and prize-money. However, the number of active owners remains a concern, according to Horse Racing Ireland.Bloodstock sales at public auction grew for the fifth consecutive time with turnover up by almost 42 per cent …

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NY Giants John Mara opposes New Jersey’s attempts to legalize sports betting

New York Giants Co-owner John Mara has stated his opposition to New Jersey attempts to legalise sports betting. In a public address John Mara stated that the New York Giants management would oppose to back any attempts by New Jersey senators and representatives to legalise sports betting within their state. Mara has further expressed that his stance is supported by other …

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Japan to set up special sports corruption unit ahead of Tokyo 2020

The Japanese government has announced plans to set up a special policing unit to monitor and investigate corruption threats to its nations sporting bodies. Government officials confirmed that multiple government agencies would co-operate with the special unit in order to fight sports corruption in Japan and potential threats from abroad ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japan’s ruling party the …

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John Haddock promoted to Betfred CEO

Betfred managing director John Haddock has been promoted to the role of CEO. Haddock has been with the firm over 30 years and helped oversee the organisation’s huge expansion, going from c450 betting shops in 2004 to almost 1,400 today. The CEO chair has been vacant since Trevor Beaumont’s departure two years ago. Haddock told the Racing Post: “I’m delighted …

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Industry companies form Gambling Business Group

A new gambling focused trade organisation has emerged from the old Business in Sport & Leisure (BISL) association. The Gambling Business Group (GBG) launched last week in London and already boasts a membership of 50 comprising many of the most influential organisations in gaming. GBG, which encompasses Pub, Bingo, AGC, FEC, Online, LBO and Casino sectors, is headed up by …

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IOA impressed by credentials of new BACTA Chief Executive

Explaining the value of the meeting John White said: “Naturally I am very keen to hit the ground running and the opportunity to meet with members of the IOA Group, many of whom are old friends, was extremely welcome. There are very close links between the IOA and BACTA and a number of IOA members have served the trade association with …

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Hannibal & Harding launch Gambling Business Group

The UK gaming sector is celebrating the launch of a new strategic body which encompasses members drawn from the Pub, Bingo, AGC, FEC, On-line, LBO and Casino sectors. Launched in London last week, the Gambling Business Group (GBG), which already boasts a membership of 50 comprising many of the most influential organisations in gaming, has industry heavyweight and former BACTA …

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Franz Wohlfahrt steps down as CEO of Novomatic

Novomatic CEO Franz Wohlfahrt will leave his position at the end of September, the casino and betting operator has confirmed. The group supplies gaming technology and is one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world, with more than 20,000 staff (3,000 in Austria). Wohlfahrt has been the firm’s general manager for the last 10 years, and is also …

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Surge in Australian betting market: $287m wagered on World Cup

Whilst Australia may have bowed out in the group stage of the World Cup, they far exceeded expectations with results which included a narrow 3-2 loss against eventual third place finishers the Netherlands. Back home Australian football fans did their bit by exceeding bookmakers’ expectations in terms of the collective amount they placed in bets. Throughout the month long competiton …

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