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FOBT research claims it is possible to ‘distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour’

The Responsible Gambling Trust has published what it describes as ‘world-leading and independently conducted research’ into gaming machines in licensed betting offices that shows it is possible to distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour. The programme of research was commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust to build the knowledge base available to identify harmful machine play and to understand …

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China audits fund management amid growing scepticism of lottery operators

Chinese government auditors are to check the management and use of lottery funds, amid growing scepticism of approved national lottery operators. Officials from the China Audit Office have been sent to 18 provinces in order to review the management and expenditure of funds accumulated through lottery services.  The review will focus on China’s two state lotteries – The Welfare Lottery …

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93 English councils petition for reduction in FOBT stakes

A petition to lower the minimum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT’s) from £100 to £2 has been launched by a group of 93 English councils.The group led by Newham Council (East London), has called on the English government to out an end to ‘casino style gambling’ on high streets.  The petition will raise concerns to government officials that betting …

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New Zealand Racing Board appoints John Allen as Chief Executive

Former New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) John Allen has been appointed Chief Executive of  the New Zealand Racing Board. Allen will join the Racing Board as its chief executive in March, after end his five-and-a-half years heading the government department in Januaray, MFAT said in a statement. He will take over from Stewart McRobie, who has acted …

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Jens Halle leaves Novomatic Group governance

Gambling technology provisions provider Novomatic Group has announced the impending departure of Jens Halle from its governance team. Halle is set to leave the joint positions of Managing Director of Austrian Gaming Industries and Chief Executive of Novomatic Americas. Novomatic Group announced that Halle would relinquish his roles by the start of 2015. Halle said: “15 years ago I was …

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Racing Post finally secures official racing data

The dispute over official data from sport of horseracing and The Racing Post has finally been settled after the newspaper’s owner Centurycomm managed to agree a deal with the relatively new Racecourse Data Company (RDC). The heads of terms contract over the licensing and distribution of pre-race data (PRD) ends the fractious relationship between the sport and its main newspaper …

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Gambling Commission publishes UK industry & market stats

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2014. The figures provided for April 2013 to March 2014 are provisional (6) at this stage. The Gambling Commission has also published an Excel version of the statistics to provide more transparency and an element of interactivity with the figures. Findings …

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CG Analytics selects Sportradar for data partnership

CG Analytics, the data analytics subsidiary of CG Technology and Sportradar, today announced that Sportradar data and betting insight tool Betradar is set to provide CG Analytics with access to a comprehensive package of pre-game and live odds data. Under the terms of the agreement, CG Analytics will utilize the speed, accuracy and breadth of Betradar’s data and digital content …

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Greek OPAP reports 19% revenue increase for Q3 2014 performance

Greek gambling and sports betting operator OPAP reported a 19.1% €1.1 billion revenue increase for its Q3 2014 performance (Q3 2013 – €898 milion). The operator was able to secure an improved net profit performance of 25.9% €55.9 million (2013 Q3 €44.4 million). The operator stated that its increase in revenues and profit performance had been driven by improved player …

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Betradar rolls out Live Channel to Sisal Matchpoint

Betradar has announced the successful launch of its Live Channel products with Italian bookmaker Sisal Matchpoint. Sisal Matchpoint has already integrated the Live Channel Retail in 500 retail outlets across Italy. Furthermore, the implementation of the Live Channel Online into the company’s website sisal.it has been concluded and punters have access to live streams with immediate effect. Jörn Anhalt, Managing …

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