Retail

Government commits to opening further clinics to tackle problem gambling

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to address compulsive gambling as part of a £20.5bn NHS shake-up. The proposed treatment centres will provide access to mental health services for the 500,000 adults and young people with gambling problems. There is currently only one clinic that specialises in treatment for compulsive gamblers in the UK, which is insufficient for …

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Fine Gael adamant on delivering Irish gambling overhaul in 2019

David Stanton, Ireland’s Minister of State for Equality & Integration, has outlined that 2019 will be the year of wholesale regulatory change for Irish gambling’s regulatory frameworks and governing structures, as Fine Gael is adamant on delivering its comprehensive new ‘Gambling Control Bill’. Speaking to the Irish Times last week, Stanton detailed Fine Gael MPs frustrations at not being able …

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No-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications” for racing

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A no-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications for Irish and UK horse racing,” according to Irishracing.com Editor Vincent Finegan. Speaking to AffiliateINSIDER yesterday, Finegan stressed that the “movement of horses from one country to the other will virtually stop” in the event of no deal.   “The success of major racing festivals such as Cheltenham, Royal Ascot and the Aintree …

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Euro quartet demands that Andorra expel Jocs SA

A quartet of European gambling operators’ formed by Casinos Austria, Genting Group, Partouche France and Grupo CIRSA (Spain) have confirmed a combined lawsuit against the Principality of Andorra for awarding its sole national casino licence to regional enterprise Jocs SA. Last October the gambling operators demanded that Andorra’s executive and Gaming Control Board (CRAJ), move to annul the decision to …

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Britbet issues apology over Lingfield non-runner error

Britbet and the Tote have vowed to ensure that similar errors aren’t made in the future after the favourite in the last race at Lingfield on New Year’s Eve was marked as a non-runner on Tote screens at the course. The mistake came after well backed sprinter Stopdworldnletmeof was double declared at the meeting, therefore withdrew from an earlier race, …

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Hot Swap delivers “instant win” for Inbet’s retail betting clients

Hot Swap

Inbet Games has delivered an “instant win” to kick off 2019 through Hot Swap, a new feature designed to boost both traffic and revenues for its retail betting partners. Now running on Inbet’s Lima platform, Hot Swap allows players to swap out any symbol on any reel, as long as there are at least two of the same symbols across …

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Year in Review: The impact of FOBT regulations

It has proven to be a very tumultuous year for the retail betting sector, with 151 stores closing to the public between March and September. The big four – Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Betfred and Paddy Power – continued to dominate the retail scene, holding 87 per cent of betting shops in Great Britain. Generally, however, stores have been struggling …

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Year in Review: Racing’s broadcasting rejuvenation

Racing has once again seen a variety of changes throughout 2018, with new partnerships being forged as well as betting operators offering to showcase more fixtures across a wider range of race meetings. 2018 saw Sports Information Services (SIS) unveil a partnership with Unibet, which allowed it to deliver horse racing and greyhound racing’s live pictures and data from domestic and …

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CJEU denies Stanleybet on Italian ‘sole lottery concession’ appeal

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has delivered its judgement on Stanleybet’s challenge of the Italian Customs & Monopoly Authority – ADM’s sole lottery concession model/framework. The CJEU rejected the joint appeal of Stanley International and Stanleybet Malta, which stated that the Italian government and its regulatory counterparts had denied betting incumbents services by enforcing an ‘exclusive national concession’ for …

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Bill Miller appointed as President and CEO of the AGA

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has appointed Bill Miller as the trade lobby’s new president and chief executive officer, effective as of 14 January, 2019. Miller replaces Geoff Freeman, who stepped down from the position in August of this year. Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming and Chairman of the AGA Board of Directors said: “The Board is extremely …

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