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Churchill Downs appoints Travis Stone as lead commentator

US racetrack operator Churchill Downs has appointed Travis Stone as lead race commentator. The appointment will see Stone takeover as the firm’s official race commentator from Larry Collmus, who is set to leave his position in April 2015 Stone (30) had previously served as main race track commentator for New Jersey states Monmouth Park race track. A New York native, …

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Galway man wins £420,000 Paddy Power accumulator

A Paddy Power Galway customer has turned his €5 Stephens Day (26 December) accumulator into a €421,500 win. The Galway customer placed a Super Coupon on Monday, December 22 in a Galway Paddy Power shop as 19 of his selections were straight Win-Draw-Win. The customer opted for Man City -1 in the handicap market for the current Premier League champions’ …

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Malta grants Eden Leisure Group ten year casino concession

Malta’s government has granted Eden Leisure Group a ten year casino operational concession, following a competitive bid. The leisure operator was identified as the preferred bidder at the end of a competitive process which started in July last year and which was led by the privatisation unit. Economy Minister Chris Cardona said that through the concession, the government was sending …

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GamCare chairman recognised in New Year Honours List

Anthony Jennens, chairman of problem gambling charity GamCare, has been recognised in the New Year Honours List. Jennens has received a OBE for charitable services in the Prevention and Treatment of Gambling Addiction. He is in good company among the charity’s trustees, which features president Lord Sharman of Redlynch OBE, vice presidents Bill Galston OBE and John Brackenbury CBE, Treasurer …

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Bangkok rocked by police football corruption charges

Bangkok police authorities have been rocked by news of corruption and bribery relating to betting on football. Yesterday four police officers turned themselves in after receiving charges of taking bribes from a gambling network run by the Abubakar bin Sulaiman gang. The four police officers are among fourteen suspects whom arrest warrants were issued last week relating to bribery and …

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SIS appoints Bissett as operations manager

Greyhound racing operator SIS, has announced the appointment of Gordon Bissett as Operations Manager. The former Ladbrokes Stadia Operations Controller will take over SIS greyhound race course duties in the new year, having most recently consulted for Racing Post Greyhound TV and Bookmakers Greyhound Services Limited (BAGS). Bissett who has over 30 years’ experience in racing and betting, will also …

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Gala Coral sells 47 UK bingo clubs to M&G Investments

Gala Coral has sold 47 of its UK bingo properties to Investment and equity management firm M&G Investments in a deal valued at £173 million. The deal will see M&G takeover 40% of Gala Corals 127 UK bingo sites, with 36 of the clubs being freehold properties. The acquired property portfolio from Gala Coral will further see M&G gain 12 …

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Tony Fung acquires discounted Canberra casino

Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung is set acquire Canberra’s ailing casino from Casino Austria International for AUS $ 6 million (£3.10 million). Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Racing and Gaming Minister Joy Burch approved the sale to Fung’s investment enterprise Aquis after reviewing redevelopment plans put forward by the Billionaire. Australian news sources report that Fung and his Justin negotiated the …

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NSW government lifts betting restrictions to aid consumer rights

The New South Wales Government (NSW) and Racing NSW are set to introduce regulatory changes to ensure that racing operators cannot refuse reasonable sized bets placed by punters. The changes will force operators to pay a minimum AUS $2000 win bet at Sydney Metropolitan race tracks and AUS $1000 win bet at NSW Provincial tracks. NSW Racing had responded to …

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Spain gripped by ‘El Gordo’ fever

The Spanish Christmas national lottery, known as ‘El Gordo’ will be drawn today, as millions of Spaniards await to see where the jackpot numbers fall. Spain’s ‘El Gordo’ lottery, which translates as ‘The Fat One’ will see €2.2 billion (£1.7 billion) in total prize money awarded amongst thousands of shared lottery tickets. Unlike traditional lotteries, where consumers choose their selected …

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