Retail

Racecourse betting continues to grow in Ireland reports HRI

The on-course betting sector in Ireland continued to grow throughout 2019, with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) reporting a 6.6% increase in turnover. Previously, the betting ring had seen its turnover fall by 75% over the last 10 years, however the latest figures have shown a revival in on-course betting, with bookies handling €58.4m. HRI Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh said: “Horse …

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Tabcorp eyes joining the National Lottery’s hot pursuit

Australia ASX-listed Tabcorp Holdings will renew an ambition to establish its presence within UK gambling, as it prepares to bid for the 2023 National Lottery operating contract. The Daily Telegraph reports that Tabcorp governance has held discussions with investment bank Rothschild, one of four strategic advisors forming the UKGC’s tender evaluation body. A turbulent 2019 saw Tabcorp governance criticized by …

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SIS secures agreement with Pin Projekt’s WWin

Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has inked a new agreement with Pin Projekt’s sports betting brand WWin. The new agreement will see SIS supply two of its 24/7 Live Betting Channels, which will include a horse racing channel as well as a greyhound racing channel. Anze Gantar, Digital Sales Manager at SIS, said: “This is …

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APPG criticises UKGC’s collaborative approach on VIP conduct

The UKGC has come under criticism for allowing GVC Holdings to lead the development of a ‘code of conduct on high-value customers’ (VIP programmes). MPs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm criticised the UKGC’s decision as revealed by Chief Executive Neil McArthur at last week’s ‘CMS Gambling Conference’, where he addressed industry leadership on the UKGC’s 2020 …

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Pegasus World Cup to receive international coverage

Sky Sports Racing has been granted exclusive coverage for America’s Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, which will see the broadcaster show the racing to UK and Irish audiences. The announcement comes as the race meeting is due to be shown in both Africa and the Carribean for the first time. Forty-eight countries in Africa will be newly served by …

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Camelot enters next phase of retail training initiative

Following a two-year research and development period, National Lottery operator Camelot has entered the next phase of its ‘Being A Responsible Retailer: Supporting Healthy Play’ retailer training. This next phase will offer Camelot retail partners access to face-to-face refresher training together with a new ‘Supporting Healthy Play’ leaflet outlining some key aspects of the training. Camelot’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, …

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SECAP resignation casts doubts on Brazilian betting progress

The progress of Brazil’s planned federal sports betting framework has been cast into doubt following the resignation of Alexander Manoel, Secretary of SECAP – Brazil’s public policy and planning agency for Energy & Lotteries. This week, Brazilian industry news source Games Magazine reported that Manoel had chosen to resign as leader of SECAP, the department tasked with developing the legislative …

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Fitzdares to pay out on Liverpool Premier League win

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has vowed to pay out all bets placed on Liverpool winning the Premier League this season, on the condition that the Merseyside team beat both Wolves and West Ham. Fitzdares has said that it will pay out all bets on 1 February, as Liverpool looks to be on track to win its first title since 1990. The …

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‘There’s still more to be done’ to address gender pay gap says BHA

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has said that ‘there’s still more to be done’ when it comes to closing the gender pay gap, as the racing body published its gender pay figures for 2019. The figures have shown a mean gender pay gap of 17% and a median gap of 9%, which the BHA has lauded as an ‘improvement’ from …

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William Hill to reshuffle leadership after O’Brien and Whitlam step down

William Hill continues to see a number of changes to its senior management after Ciaran O’Brien (Director of Corporate Communications), and Dan Whitlam (Head of Safer Gambling) confirmed that they will be stepping down from the company. O’Brien, spent five years at William Hill whereby he played a key role in establishing the operator’s responsible gambling strategy while also being …

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