Retail

ABB hits back at ‘misleading’ accusations

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has hit back at accusations from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling that it may have misled the UK government over the potential impact of a reduction in stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The Campaign made the claims following a report by NERA Economic Consulting, which suggested that lowering staking limits on FOBTs …

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Cameron to order review of FOBTs

UK newspaper The Guardian yesterday broke the news that Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a review of the UK Gambling Code of Conduct. Reports suggest that the Prime Minister is keen to issue wagering restrictions and add further amendments to the Code. In a supposed leaked letter to the newspaper, the PM asks that the voluntary code introduced in …

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Turf TV funnels £45m of bookmaker money to racing

Live racing and data provider Turf TV recorded a year of strong growth in 2013, having secured record numbers of subscribers and returned £45m to the racing industry. Turf TV owner Amalgamated Racing Limited (AMRAC) owns live broadcast rights for 34 of Britain’s racecourses, including festivals at Ascot, Cheltenham and Epsom. It also provides TV pictures and data to betting …

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Sutton Guardian implements SafeBet campaign with Ladbrokes

The murder of betting shop manager Andrew Iacovou, 55, at the Ladbrokes branch in Aberconway Road, Morden, on 25 May, saw local newspaper the Sutton Guardian launch its SafeBet campaign. The campaign aims to improve safety measures for betting shop staff members and has been backed by Carshalton and Wellington MP Tom Brake. Andrew Iacovou, was working alone as betting shop manager, when …

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Crespin appointed new CEO of ARJEL

French gambling regulator ARJEL have promoted Gilles Crespin as Chief Executive of the regulatory organisation. Crespin takes over from the position following the retirement of incumbent Frédéric Epaulard. Crespin is set to undertake the restructuring of the organisation as ARJEL looks to be more in-tune with modern gaming consumer demands. Crespin had served as Assistant General Manager for the French …

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Greek OPAP suffers 72% profits drop following tax hit

Former Greek state run gambling operator OPAP, posted a bigger than expected drop in profits for 2013. The operator had been hurt by new corporate gaming taxes implemented in the region. The operator had been burdened with a new 30% levy on its gross gaming revenue, which saw 2013 net profits drop to €141 million (£117 million). The new 30% …

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Sportech and Rank Group to fight for VAT returns

Sports betting operators Sportech and Rank Group may be rewarded with UK tax returns concerning corporate claims for refunds on overpaid UK VAT. Both operators have applied for UK High Court hearings regarding tax rebates on overpayments made by the operator to the UK government. Further positive news for the operators saw the UK High Court ruled that refunds for …

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David McMorrow: The changing face of the betting shop

BettorRetail frontman David McMorrow, former marketing guru at William Hill and Ladbrokes, discusses with SBC’s David Kelly how loyalty cards and gaming machines have energised retailers, although difficulties remain. How has Odds On!-Ladbrokes’ loyalty reward programme, changed the retail betting industry? Odds On! was the first betting loyalty card on the high street and was launched back in 2008. While …

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Coral launch single wallet card – Coral Connect

Coral has launched Coral Connect – a single wallet card that can be used across all channels, including gaming machines and over the counter. Using contactless technology and a PIN number, the card arrives in time for this summer’s World Cup when games will be played either before or after the shops close. Coral Connect signifies the bookmaker’s commitment to driving the industry …

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INTRALOT Peru gets responsible gaming recognition

INTRALOT Peru, one of the leading lottery and sports betting company in Peru, has been granted Level 3 Responsible Gaming Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA), becoming one of the first lotteries in the Latin American region to achieve such accreditation. The certification is a result of coordinated efforts and a reward to effective implementation of INTRALOT Group’s industry …

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