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Mims Davies – New National Strategy reflects modern concerns of tackling problem gambling

Mims Davies MP, the UK Minister for Sports & Civil Society (DCMS), has stated that the UK government will fully support the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in implementing its new ‘National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’. Appointed last November as UK Sports Minister, following the well-publicised resignation of Tracey Crouch in protest of ‘FOBTs delays’, Davies details the UKGC’s national …

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Mexican Tribunal denies Codere expansion rights

A Mexican federal court has denied Grupo Codere the right to open a further 45 casino/betting establishments, hindering the Bolsa Madrid gambling group’s LATAM expansion plans. Last week, Mexican news sources revealed that on 15 April a Mexican Tribunal on administrative matters had revoked ‘Recreativos Codere’ its previous exemption from Ministry of Interior rules on licensing gambling properties. The tribunal’s …

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FDJ places Responsible Gambling at the top of its new CSR agenda

The governance of French state-owned betting/lottery operator Francais Des Jeux (FDJ) has pledged to increase its efforts in tackling problem gambling, presenting the firm’s new ‘corporate social responsibility’ programme. Updating French media, FDJ governance has pledged to commit 10% of its advertising budget towards promoting responsible gambling messages. As part of its commitment FDJ marketing, has launched a series of …

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RMG secures £110m in media & data rights payments in 2018

Racecourse Media Group (RMG), the media rights manager and distributor for 37 UK/IRE racetracks has generated 2108 media-data rights payments of £109.7 million. The figure represents an 18% increase on 2017 results, with RMG governance confident of future prospects having absorbed the content of all 26 Irish racecourses plus Chelmsford City in 2019, and rebranding Racing UK to Racing TV. …

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UKGC forms its widest collaboration on reducing problem gambling harms

Publishing its ‘National Strategy’ on gambling harm reductions, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has called on its widest network of stakeholders to combat gambling harms. Presenting its ‘three-year strategy’, the UKGC details that it will coordinate with UK health bodies, charities, communities, regulators and wider businesses on tackling problem gambling. The Commission’s new strategy has established two strategic priorities in …

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David Stanton – Ireland hurt by gambling reform delays

Addressing Irish Parliament last week, David Stanton Fine Gael MP detailed to a Justice Committee his frustrations at delays in introducing new gambling laws to Ireland. Although the Irish government has approved the mandate of the  Gaming & Lotteries (Amendment) Bill, which will establish a new independent regulator monitoring the Irish gambling industry – Stanton maintains that Ireland has been hurt …

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Biztech Software strikes long-term Paddy Power deal

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Biztech Software has secured a landmark long term agreement with Paddy Power to continue the delivery of its ‘next generation’ sports betting EPOS acceptance and settling solution for the operator’s 600+ betting shops. Biztech, who first secured a multi-year deal with the Irish operator in April of last year, launched Arkle in 2007 to secure and streamline the betting shop, while …

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Betfred makes US move with OPTIMA and SCCG Management

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Betfred will be debuting the suite of managed sports betting and trading products from OPTIMA at this week’s Betting on Sports America conference. The world’s largest privately owned retail bookmaker is ready to make its move in the post-PASPA US market in partnership with both OPTIMA and SCCG Management. The full suite of managed products as part of OPTIMAMGS™ includes …

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BHA commits £1m to gene doping research programme

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has committed itself to a funding round of £1m in a bid to prevent gene doping in the sport, after experts have warned that it could present the “dawn of a new era.” The funding, which is expected to cover a five-year programme, will help develop detection methods to prevent gene doping. The detection methods …

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bet365 to launch US prepaid cards programme with EML Payments

Australia ASX-listed omni-channel payment solutions provider EML Payments, continues to expand its sports betting profile, confirming that it has been appointed as lead ‘prepaid cards’ provider for bet365’s upcoming New Jersey sportsbook properties. Securing a multi-year arrangement, EML has been tasked with delivering a tailored ‘reloadable payment cards programme’, for bet365’s opening US ventures. Announcing a key corporate initiative, in …

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