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Fiona Thorne – Senet Group – WrB Insight: BBC TV show points to a new era of transparency

 Senet Group Director  & WrB key speaker Fiona Thorne highlights the importance of openness for the gambling sector… It was one of the boldest decisions made by a gambling company in recent years, but inviting the BBC’s cameras behind the scenes at Gala Coral could point to a successful new direction for the industry, according to Fiona Thorne, the betting operator’s director …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – CJEU to rule on EU law issues raised by GBGA challenge to POC tax

Gambling industry legal expert David Clifton (Clifton Davies Consultancy), examines the GBGA’s tax and competition based challenge against the UK POC regime, as the case reaches the higher courts of European Union Law.    The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has been celebrating what must by any account be regarded as an intermediate victory in its judicial challenge to the …

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Darren Moore: Extra effort needed to promote better class horseracing

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Owner of BettingGods.com and horseracing tipster Darren Moore believes that horseracing can do more to appeal to a wider customer base. SBC: What do you believe horseracing needs to do to appeal to a wider audience? Darren Moore: The large number of people who work during the week and rarely get the chance to go or watch racing should be …

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Week One of Premier League favours bookmakers – AccaTracker data

In a week where William Hill and Ladbrokes have been citing poor sporting results in their disappointing interim figures, the start of the football season should have been a fillip for bookmakers. Data from AccaTracker, the leading football betting app developed by Team FA, found that the two most popular matches in people’s accumulators on the first weekend of Premier …

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Scott Longley – The dangers to innovation from consolidation and how to avoid it

Editorial consultant Scott Longley investigates how innovation is in danger of being left behind in the latest corporate reorganisation. In the fog of war generated by the current spate of sectoral M&A manoeuvrings, the debate about whether online gambling is genuinely engaging its customers is in danger of getting lost in the tumult. Like worrying about the design of the …

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£79 million expense costs see Ladbrokes post H1 profit slump

Reporting on its half year 2015 performance (period ending 30 June), FTSE250 betting operator Ladbrokes Plc posted group operating losses of £41.4 million (after tax). As expected by business analysts Ladbrokes’ retail betting division had been hit by a £51.8 million impairment charge, following a strategic review of its 2169 betting shop portfolio. The write-down of retail assets, would form …

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Phil Shaw – Fantasy iTeam (FiT) – Mobile Goals Insight

Having created this season’s fantasy football game for The Mirror, as well as the recently announced partnership with Goal.com, it’s a busy time over at Fantasy iTeam (FiT) HQ. Commercial Director, Phil Shaw, took some time out of their hectic schedule to discuss all things fantasy football with SBC. ________________________ SBC: The Mirror’s iTeam Premier League Fantasy Football game is …

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Michal Palecek – Gamblified – eSports: Shoot to Thrill

As the two industries’ of gaming and betting merge ever closer, one company based in the Czech Republic are taking advantage of this situation by focussing their efforts on a particularly niche area of these aligning markets. Gamblified recently released Dead Trigger 2: eSports Tournament in alliance with Cashplay. This is a gamblified version of the popular Zombie shooter game, …

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Lee Richardson – Gaming Economics – The battle for bwin.party; too soon to celebrate?

After last month’s proposed £2.3bn (€3.23bn) merger between Ladbrokes and Coral was amicably agreed last week – subject to approval by the UK Competition and Markets Authority – the industry moves onto what could become a more bitter battle. Ten days ago, 888.com’s £900m (€1.27bn) offer to acquire its larger e-gaming rival Bwin.party Digital Entertainment (Bwin) was accepted, announced and …

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Collaboration can lead to start-up success says new incubator

Scott Longley discovers how innovation may be being stifled by regulation and how some entrepeneurs are looking to encourage the formation of new ideas. Online gambling would appear to have a problem with innovation. Such at least would be the conclusion from the activity we have witnessed recently extolling the virtues of nurturing entrepreneurs and start-ups within an industry which, …

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