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Pentasia announce new offices for London HQ & Dublin!

International Gaming Recruitment firm – Pentasia has Announce the opening of new offices in both London and Dublin. While the company has had offices in both locations for some time now, the relocation of both teams to expanded premises is another sign of the business’s continuing growth. Pentasia’s lead consultant in Ireland, Anthony Hennessy, is pleased with the move and …

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Mybet wins German court ruling on lottery sales provisions

The Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf has ordered lottery operator Westdeutsche Lotterie (WestLotto) to pay Mybet Holdings damages of €11.5 million plus interest, as Mybet Holdings won its court hearing regarding its prevention to sell lottery goods in German supermarket chains and petrol stations. WestLotto a government licensed independent lottery supplier, had order an injunction to stop the operator from …

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Praesepe confirm new operational structure for Cashino centres

Praesepe, owners of the 160 venue Cashino brand of adult gaming centres, has announced the appointment of Simon Gudgeon to the post of Northern Operations Manager.  The former Development Director of Odeon Cinemas joins colleague Steve Ambrose who is responsible for the Cashino centres in the South of the country. Heralding the appointments, Nick Harding, Chief Executive of Praesepe said: “I …

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Culture secretary quits over expenses scandal

UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller has quit following a long-standing row over expenses. In a letter to the Prime Minister, she said the controversy ‘has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing’. Miller had been sanctioned by the independent parliamentary commissioner for standards over expenses claims for a second home that her parents lived in and …

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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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