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Quickspin & Gala Coral agree UK retail partnership

Gambling operator Gala Coral and casino games developer Quickspin have agreed an inventory partnership which will see Quickspin gaming inventory available to customers through Gala Coral UK retail betting shops. Quickspin games will be available to customers through infinity gaming machines in Coral retail betting shops. The games developer stated that their games inventory is due to be adapted to …

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GTECH appoints Donna Kimmel as VP of Human Resources

GTECH has announced that Donna Kimmel has joined its senior management team to help lead the global Human Resources organisation. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, she will be responsible for overseeing Human Resources operations for GTECH’s Americas and International regions as well as the centralised Products and Services organisation and corporate level Human Resources functions. Kimmel, who brings more …

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LBO staff take 1m signatures to Downing Street

Betting shop staff are to present a petition signed by 1m people to Downing Street today in a bid to get the government to push back its current relentless changes to the regulation of bookmakers. Campaigns against FOBTs, so called ‘clustering’ of shops and the accusations that the industry is targeting poor areas has left the government feeling vulnerable to …

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Hill comes to Coral

John Hill is the latest member of the Coral PR team after signing for the bookmaker earlier this month. Hill joins Coral having previously worked for Betfred since 2012 where he was at the forefront of Betfred TV which launched in March 2013. He also assisted their in-house media team, including representation on talkSPORT during their partnership with the national …

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Football favourites impact William Hill profits

Two weekends of winning favourites on the football has severely impacted William Hill’s Q1 figures, with the bookmaker announcing a 14% drop in operating profit for the period. The two weekends of ‘unfavourable sporting results’ saw a 25% drop in operating profit for the firm’s retail business and a 6% drop in its online sportsbook. However the firm also marked …

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SNP raises concerns over FOBT’s in Scotland

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called for further regulation regarding Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) in the UK. The political party  who are rallying for the independence of Scotland from the UK, reported that  £4.4 billion (€5.3 billion/$7.4 billion)  had been wagered FOBT’s in 2013, raising concerns on problem gambling in Scotland. SNP politician Stuart McMillan raised supported for …

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IGT post 66% decline in earnings – Q2 2014 figures

International Game Technology (IGT) – manufacturer of slots and gambling software, has posted its 2014 Q2 earnings report in which the company reported a 66% decline in earnings. During the quarter, IGT posted a net income of $25.7 million, compared to the  $78.2 million generated in the same three-month period in 2013. Further bad news regarding corporate performance saw the …

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No Carnival for Robbie Waterhouse

Victoria’s Premier Denis Napthine has come under fire for lobbying to allow Robbie Waterhouse, father of high profile bookmaker Tom Waterhouse, to take bets at Warrnambool Racecourse. Australian gambling state regulator Racing Victoria confirmed that it will stand by its decision not to allow the Tom Waterhouse business (now owned by William Hill) to accept wagers at the upcoming Warrnambool’s …

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Czech Rep set to overhaul gambling laws

The Czech Republic is gearing up for an overhaul of its current gambling laws, in order to allow the government mandate to prepare for the regulation and legislation of online gambling. At present the Czech Republic has five licensed operators who supply fixed odds betting terminals – Sazka, Synot, Chance, Fortuna and Tipsport.  The proposed amendments will allow the licensed …

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Commission begins review of conditions and codes

The UK Gambling Commission has started a review into strengthening the social responsibility and player protection/harm minimisation elements of its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice, and its Guidance to Licensing Authorities. This review was referenced at page 8 of the LCCP responses document published on 31 March. The review, which is being led by Gambling Commission Commissioner Rachel Lampard, takes …

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