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Equine intervention maintains Rikstoto independence

Norway’s government has confirmed that state-owned racing operator Rikstoto will continue to function as an independent entity.   Last November, the Norwegian government ordered the Ministry of Culture to undertake a review of state-owned gambling assets, assessing whether its larger Norsk Tipping lottery and wagering franchise should absorb Rikstoto services. The Ministry’s review further evaluated whether Rikstoto’s state racing monopoly and …

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Italian sports calls to halt ‘Decree restrictions’ but government won’t listen

Leadership of Italian sports has urged the government to restore betting advertising for a 12-month period to support professional leagues, sports clubs, athletes and relevant stakeholders navigate COVID-19 disruptions. The call for a temporary suspension of Dignity Decree provisions on gambling advertising and sponsorship has been led by LEGA Serie A governance. Since July 2019, all Italian sports leagues have …

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GVC promotes ‘proven talent’ Hurst to Group Corporate Affairs lead

GVC Holdings has this morning confirmed the promotion of Grainne Hurst to the position of Group Corporate Affairs Director, becoming a member of the FTSE250’s firm’s executive leadership team. Hurst has formerly served as GVC’s Director of Responsible Gambling, a position she held since the Group’s acquisition of the Ladbrokes Coral Group in March 2017, where she led the company’s …

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Jockey Club donates 10,000 Grand National tickets to NHS

The Jockey Club has confirmed that it will donate 10,000 tickets to the NHS and social care sector in Merseyside for the first day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree. The racecourse group, which owns Aintree racecourse, has also revealed that the first day of next year’s Festival will be renamed as Liverpool’s NHS Day in …

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OPAP starts new CEO search as Damian Cope ends tenure

The board of Athens-listed OPAP SA has revealed that Damian Cope has chosen to end his tenure as Group Chief Executive, and will depart the company in May. Updating company stakeholders, OPAP said that it has started a succession planning process to find Cope’s leadership replacement. Cope will maintain his position as an OPAP board member, and from 1 June …

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BGC backs UK gambling’s ‘progress through collaboration’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)has detailed its full support of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) ‘collaborative measures’ to reduce gambling harms by improving industry practices. Yesterday afternoon, UKGC Chief Executive Neil McArthur unveiled the Commission’s action plan outlining industry-wide measures and directives and VIP programmes, advertising protections and safer gambling product designs. Co-operating with industry leadership, the UKGC developed …

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BGC members to donate virtual grand national profits to NHS charity

Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) have committed to donating all profits from this weekend’s ‘Virtual Grand National’ to NHS Charities Together. The initiative has the backing of BGC members including bet365, William Hill, Flutter Entertainment, Sky Bet, GVC, BetFred, Betway, BetVictor, JenningsBet and Inspired Entertainment. Commenting on the initiative, BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “With the …

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Scientific Games secures Bavarian upgrade with LOTTO Bayern

LOTTO Bayern, the state lottery operator for the German Province of Bavaria, has sanctioned an upgrade of its operating systems which expands its lead technology supplier contract with Scientific Games for a further four years. Updating stakeholders, Scientific Games confirmed that LOTTO Bayern will become one of its first lottery partners to install its ‘new self-contained SYMPHONY system’. The all-round …

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Tote offers Swedish racing with ATG deal

In a deal that will offer UK customers new opportunities to bet on Swedish racing, The Tote has secured a new partnership with the Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board (ATG). Available bets for all Tote customers on Swedish thoroughbred and trotting racing include ‘Win, Place and Trifecta’, as well as ‘Exacta’ on thoroughbred racing only, with work underway to integrate …

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Racing group outlines priorities for resuming racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’

The horseracing industry group, which has been responsible for coordinating work in response to the coronavirus, has outlined the conditions that would need to be met to ensure the resumption of racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’.  The ten-page plan, released on the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) website, says that racing will “almost certainly” resume behind closed doors, which the group …

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