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ARC waives on-course bookie fees until 2021

ARC waives on-course bookie fees until 2021

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has made a commitment to bring life back to the betting ring by waiving the fees for all on-course bookmakers for the remainder of 2020. The pledge follows the government’s announcement that spectators will be allowed to return to live sporting events in tier one and two areas from 2 December.  On-course bookmakers have been hit …

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BHA – UK Racing is well prepared for spectators safest return

UK racing will maintain the tightest control on spectators reattending its racetrack and hospitality venues, following the government’s announcement that it will lift lockdown restrictions across England from 3 December. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) welcomed the decision by the government to allow ‘limited crowds’ to return to tier-1 and tier-2 sporting venues, having been in lockdown since 1 June. …

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Digital transition helps Camelot bounceback from covid retail disruptions

Camelot UK has underscored its ‘digital resilience’ after the National Lottery operator recorded its second-highest interim performance, generating ticket sales of £3.85 billion. Publishing its six-month results for the financial year of 2020/2021 (period ending 30 September), Camelot revealed that it had overcome an ‘18% hit in sales’ at the start of the pandemic in April. During the trading period, …

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Betting shops to reopen in tier 3 as casinos’ future remains uncertain

Betting shops have been given the green light to reopen their doors in tier three areas in England once the current national lockdown restrictions are eased. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the move as he set out details of how England will come out of the national lockdown from 3 December. The announcement has been welcomed by the Betting and …

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DGOJ forms ‘athlete first’ integrity protocols with Spain’s AFE

Spain’s DGOJ has announced the formation of a new partnership with the Spanish Professional Footballers Association (AFE), strengthening its network of stakeholders combatting match-fixing and upholding sports integrity values.  Spanish gambling’s regulatory agency will work with the AFE to develop a new ‘athlete first’ collaborative framework to tackle the risks of match-fixing and illegal wagers across Spanish football leagues. The …

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BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

BHA chief urges government to keep betting shops open in Tier 3

Nick Rust, CEO of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has called for the government to reopen betting shops once the current lockdown restrictions are eased, stating that there is ‘no evidence’ that betting shops have contributed to the spread of the virus. From 2 December, England is expected to return to a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. However, bookmakers have …

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Spotlight showcases racing’s lighter side with ‘MyRacing Show’

MyRacing (MyRacing.com), the horseracing results and information portal of Spotlight Sports Group, has launched its first weekly ‘MyRacing Show’ aiming to showcase the wonderful, weird and enthralling sport of horseracing to a broader audience. Published across Spotlight’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), the ‘MyRacing Show’ is hosted by up-coming comedian Ross Brierley – a former employee of William Hill …

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BGC urges government to allow betting shops to reopen in Tier 3

Casinos and betting shops across England have offered to voluntarily introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions in order to be allowed to reopen in Tier Three areas once the current lockdown ends. Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), made a ‘direct plea’ to Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Matt Hancock, stating that venues ‘will go even further’ to …

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UK Racing issues Brexit travel warning as transition period ends

UK racing stakeholders have been warned to prepare for ‘significant changes’ to equine travel arrangements between the UK and EU, irrespective of whether the government can secure a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) from 1 January 2021. The warning was issued by the ‘Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group’ which leads racing’s preparations for the UK’s departure from the European Union. As …

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Lockdown lift 2.0: Where do alternative sports fit into retail’s ‘digitised’ betting future?

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Playtech Sports terminals took a quarter of a million bets on darts and table tennis totalling close to €6 million in the first month after the UK’s betting shops reopened from the first national lockdown in June. These numbers, said Lee Drabwell from Playtech Sports (pictured), show that the demand for these ‘alternative sports’ – which enjoyed such an unexpected …

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