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Bookmakers go on the offensive ahead of FOBT report

Britain’s bookmakers are demanding an urgent inquiry into a new report by the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) All- Party Parliamentary Group which is expected to call for a £2 per spin maximum stake to be imposed on all FOBTs when it is published this morning. The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has criticised the report as ‘deeply flawed’ and said …

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Retail bookmaking could see profits slashed suggest analysts

The report from the gaming analysts at UBS which pulled the rug from under the share price of William Hill this week doesn’t pull its punches when it comes to the near-term future for the high-street bookmakers. The team at UBS suggest that retail operating profits could decrease by an average of 40 percent depending on what the upcoming Triennial …

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David Clifton – Strengthening social responsibility (again)!

Clifton Davies co-founder David Clifton has a look at the increasing regulatory scrutiny on the gambling industry and warns there may be more to come.  My “Licensing Expert” article last month posed the question whether a regulatory crackdown on gambling advertising was around the corner. We now know at least part of the answer. The Department for Culture Media & …

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Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group to look at Future of Gaming Machines

The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group is to focus on gaming machines in the next installment of its ‘Future of Gambling Seminar Series’. Held on Monday 7 th June 2016, Future of Gaming Machines features speakers including BACTA CEO John White, IGT Senior Director for Europe Simon Dorsen, and John Appleton, Director of Electronic Leisure at Mitchells & Butler. Steve Donoughue, gambling consultant and Secretariat …

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Bookmakers hope PAS masters real-time problem gambling analysis

UK bookmakers are to implement Player Awareness Systems (PAS) – a new initiative which helps people avoid gambling-related harm while using gaming machines in betting shops. PAS, which is being launched today by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) at the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) annual conference, has been developed using the RGT’s ground-breaking December 2014 research that showed it …

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SG Gaming adapting WMS games for UK market

SG Gaming, part of the Scientifc Games Group, has released a variety of new B3 and Cat C titles to LBO customers in the UK. The new releases see the firm leverage further the games design expertise within the wider Scientific group as it looks to capitlises on already proven and popular game brands. The new releases include Spartacus, a …

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Online performance boosts Gala Coral’s quarter

Gala Coral has bucked a trend by announcing good trading figures for the group’s third quarter period, ending 4 July. Net Revenue of £305.0m was 6% ahead of last year, and EBITDA of £65.7m was up 8%, boosted by continued growth in Online and Gala Retail. The figures are despite the £7.2m extra costs of gaming machines caused by an …

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William Hill cites tax increases for £21m drop in profits

William Hill CEO James Henderson has described the past six months as a period of ‘significant regulatory and taxation change for the industry’ as the bookmaker reported a 30% drop in profits after tax to £69.5m. Despite group net revenue marginally growing, even against 2014 World Cup comparatives, operating profit dropped 12% to £155.7m for the first half. Group net …

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Betdigital sees 400% demand in bespoke Omni-Channel games

Independent Game Design and Platform Integration specialists Betdigital , has seen a 400% increase in demand for its bespoke games. With more operators wishing to embrace an Omni-channel offering has seen Betdigital acquire a huge number of new customers that have significantly boosted revenues. Players are now able to enjoy content on a fresh platform that in turn raises awareness of suppliers …

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UK Government rejects gambling machine £2 maximum wager

The Conservative government has rejected calls to reduce maximum wager on gambling machines to £2. The bid to lower maximum wagers on the machines was led by Newham Council, in order to minimise the increase in betting shops opening within particularly deprived areas. The council would try to attach the proposal to new provisions introduced on the monitoring of betting …

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