Retail

Ladbrokes to offer Williams B3 gaming content online

Ladbrokes has agreed to add the full portfolio of Williams Interactive online slot games to its casino offering after signing a multi-year agreement with the Scientific Games-owned company. Through integration with the Williams Interactive Remote Game Server, Ladbrokes.com players will have access to a library of authentic Vegas-style slot games. Many of these games are already popular with players in …

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New push for greyhound racing in Eastern Europe

Satellite Information Services (SIS), provider of end-to-end products and services to the betting and broadcast industries, has joined with international operator INTRALOT to help promote greyhound racing to punters in Eastern Europe. The companies have a long-term relationship, with SIS supplying live and virtual dog racing which INTRALOT localises, distributes and operates in a range of territories. Retail operators from …

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House of Lords Amendments to Help UK Horse Racing

Lord Gardiner of Kimble supported amendments to UK Gambling Bill focusing on licensing and advertising, which he believes will aid further support for UK horseracing. The peer of the House of Lords, raised concerns that foreign operated bookmakers targeting UK customers were excluded from compensations to the UK Horseracing Betting Levy Board (HBLB), who make grants to support the sport. Furthermore …

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Industry video explains new machine measures

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has published a video in which bookmakers explain the new measures that have been introduced onto betting shop gaming machines, more commonly known as FOBTs. In a statement, the ABB commented: “Even though problem gambling levels are at record low in England, we do acknowledge that some of our customers will have problems with …

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Fortuna performance driven by sportsbook

European bookmaker Fortuna Entertainment Group has announced a 21.2% increase in turnover to €567.2m (£465.7m) for 2013 with a 5.1% increase in gross win to €116.5m (£95.7m). The company also recorded net profit of €15.6m (£12.8m), 26.4% more than in the previous year, thanks to a ‘better operating performance’. The bookmaker, which operates in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, …

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Call for anti-problem gambling measures to be standard

The two main suppliers of gaming machines to betting shops in the UK have called for the new responsible gambling measures introduced this weekend to be extended to all gaming machines in all sectors. Inspired Gaming and SG Gaming have issued a joint statement calling for the mandatory introduction of these measures across all categories of UK gambling. The new …

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5% profit growth marks ‘good year’ for Paddy Power

Paddy Power chief executive Patrick Kennedy has hailed another ‘good year’ for the bookmaker, which has marked growth in every division, particularly online which now delivers over three quarters of the group’s profits. The firm has reported a 17.5% upturn in revenues to €745m (£613m) for 2013, and record profit before tax of €141m (£116m), up 5% on 2012, despite …

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Maria Miller Asks Gambling Commission to Toughen Code Up

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) may have passed a voluntary code of conduct for the gambling industry; however UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller has asked the UK Gambling Commission to revise the proposed Code for Responsible Gambling and Player Protection, with a view to further strengthening player protection with regards to gambling products, both online and at retail level. …

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South Africa’s PSL Secure Soccer Betting Rights

The South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced the securement of betting fees placed on national football matches.  The PSL will use these funds to augment football funding and development of the game in South Africa. PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza made light that the governing body for professional football in South Africa had been chasing an agreement for some …

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Professor Mark Griffiths – Helping customers set their limits

Professor Mark Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He was the expert adviser on the ABB’s new Code of Conduct which hopes to reduce the chance of people getting into problems while player betting shop gaming machines. SBC:  What do you think is the key measure that bookmakers have …

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