Retail

Blanket self-exclusion scheme to trial in Medway

Medway in south east England is to trial a scheme which will allow gamblers to exclude themselves from all betting shops in the area with a single registration. Medway Council and the Association of British Bookmakers will launch the project in December which will enable customers to ban themselves from every betting shop operator in Chatham High Street for the …

Read More »

SA National Gambling Board to be scrapped

South Africa’s National Gambling Board is to be scrapped after controversy surrounding international expenses, according to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. The minister said that the National Gambling Board – which spent R4.1m (£230,000) on travel in the last three years, including a trip to Las Vegas which cost over R1m (£56,000) – told Parliament that the organisation would …

Read More »

Sportech optimistic despite US wagering decline

Betting pools and horseracing operator Sportech said its profits should fall within corporate forecasts following its trading update for the period from 22 August to 10 November 2014. The operator has been hit a 2% fall in bet wagering generated from its US racing operations, Sportech commented that the decline had been caused by changes made to the racing calendar. …

Read More »

Gala Coral ‘expects Q4 profits increase of 20%’

Gala Coral has released its preliminary unaudited 2014 Q4 and full year performance results (period ending 27 September). The operator recorded an increased Q4 2014 revenues of £288.3 million up 21% on Q4 2013 £238.6 million.  Increased gaming revenues were supported by improved Q4 gross profits of £211.7 million up 20% on Q4 £175.8 million. Gala Coral expects to post …

Read More »

Melbourne Cup cruelty accusations dismissed by horse racing industry

Two horses, Admire Rakti and Araldo, died at the recent Melbourne Cup which has led to campaigners heavily criticising the event and racing industry as a whole. The horse racing industry has swiftly rebuked these criticisms, and stated that those making them have no idea how the horses are treated. Admire Rakti, a Japanese stallion, had been amongst the favourites …

Read More »

GTECH confident of hitting 2014 targets after Q3 income increase

Italian lottery and gambling technology provider GTECH SpA reported an increased operating income of €133.2 million (£104 million) up 30% on Q3 2013 €102.3 million (£80 million). GTECH senior management confirmed that the company was on course  to meet its full year targets, however it expressed concern regarding its decline in Q3 revenues €727.8 million (Q3 2013 – €730.2 million) …

Read More »

Gauselmann Group targets UK expansion with Betcom acquisition

German slot machine manufacturer and land based gambling provisions supplier Gauselmann Group has set out to expand its presence within the UK gambling market. The German casino slots operator has completed its acquisition of Birmingham based software company Betcom limited, which it believes will play a key role in extending Gauselmann Group presence and profile within the UK land based …

Read More »

John Boyle – Boylesports seeks CEO for UK Expansion

Irish businessman John Boyle, the founder of Boylesports, is ready to step back in as Chairman of the betting operator, as the company looks to expand its presence and operations in the UK betting and gaming market. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Boyle stated that he would return to managing Boylesport governance if the company could find a Chief Executive …

Read More »

EveryMatrix launches Japan Gambling White Paper

Igaming technology and services provider EveryMatrix has published an industry white paper on the proposed casino gambling bill for Japan – ‘Integrated Resort Promotion Bill’. EveryMatrix gives readers insight into current market conditions, and regulatory/political landscape of Japanese gambling. The white paper further asserts a number of market blocks and intricacies that potential Japanese license holders may have to anticipate …

Read More »

Welsh FA raises concerns regarding match fixing

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has launched an anti-match fixing initiative after revealing that more than £75 million has been wagered on Welsh Premier League (WPL) football matches. The association’s Chief Executive Jonathan Ford expressed concern over match fixing and sports corruption entering the Wales top tier of football. Figures revealed that an average of more than £500,000 is …

Read More »