Horseracing

Tough week sees Sportech call off corporate sale

A grim week for London-listed betting and racing systems provider Sportech Plc has seen its share price halved, as corporate governance halts its planned enterprise sale. On Wednesday, Sportech published a corporate update, confirming that it had uncovered a ‘series of accounting irregularities for 2017 trading’. The unexpected event, sees Sportech governance anticipate 2017 corporate earnings to ‘fall below expectations’ …

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bettingexpert picks out Paddy Power’s first day Cheltenham deal

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Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has launched an “incredible offer for all small staking punters” to mark the first day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival (13-16 March). The offer, which stipulates that money will be given back as free bets on all each-way singles with stakes of £10 and under so long as the favourite is victorious, was just one of …

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Andrew Morgan: ICS – Leveraging content to maximise Cheltenham

Andrew Morgan, international manager and senior editor at Independent Content Services, suggests ways bookmakers can leverage content to get the jump on their rivals during and after the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. With the Cheltenham Festival just a few weeks away, sportsbook operators will be putting the finishing touches to their battle plans as they do their utmost to stand out …

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Winning Post – British gambling industry undergoes structural changes

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Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: 2017 Participation statistics – profound structural change continues The latest Gambling Commission Participation Data demonstrates a GB sector continuing to evolve along relatively established lines. There are few …

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Playtech launches sports star-themed gaming suite

Leading omni-channel supplier Playtech has launched a new casino games suite, linked to a series of timed jackpots with guaranteed daily wins. The suite, created to celebrate the champions of the global sporting world, will be launched alongside high-profile events such as the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National and the World Cup. In an industry first, each game in the …

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Paddy Power takes BAGS live across its retail premises

Paddy Power has signed up to take BAGS (“Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service”) greyhound content live via its TV channel across its 631 shops. Director of The Racing Partnership, Mark Kingston, said: “We are delighted that Paddy Power has joined other betting shop operators in being able to show BAGS greyhound fixtures on their channels.   The BAGS schedule comprises over …

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Black Type ups mobile engagement skills with Wiraya

Specialist racing online bookmaker Black Type (blacktype.bet) has announced that it will work with mobile voice customer activation software Wiraya with a view to improving its live retention and engagement dynamics. Launched in 2016, Black Type seeks to become the leading digital destination for racing punters of all levels and experience. Announcing the partnership, Black Type said it will launch its first …

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Jessica Harrington joins strong stable of Unibet ambassadors

Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Jessica Harrington is the latest big name to be unveiled as an ambassador for Unibet. Harrington, who landed the Unibet Irish Gold Cup and Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John last year, has agreed a deal which will see her supply her exclusive thoughts to the multi-award winning Unibet blog in the lead up to …

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Favourable Budget Law gives Italian horse racing new hope

After decades of decline, Italian horse racing has been thrown a lifeline in the form of the country’s latest Budget Law. Most notably, the turnover-based tax regime that has been so detrimental has been replaced by a new gross gaming revenue (GGR) tax. The GGR tax regime for horse racing is based on that already implemented in the sports betting …

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