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Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

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In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations. When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European …

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2018 losses see France Galop back PMU revitalisation programme

The executive committee of France Galop, the governing body of French horseracing, has reported group-wide losses of €21 million as part of its 2018 accounts. France Galop, who shares ownership of French racing operator PMU alongside counterpart Le Trot Francais, details that 2018 horseracing revenues were significantly down on forecasted targets. “The net result of the PMU for 2018 is set …

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FantasyBet offers daily contests for FIFA Women’s World Cup

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FantasyBet has become the first fantasy sports provider to offer daily fantasy contests for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Starting on Friday 7 June for the opening match between France and South Korea, the site will give fantasy managers the chance to pit their wits against each other in free-to-enter and pay-to-enter contests, with bigger prizes up for grabs …

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FDJ places Responsible Gambling at the top of its new CSR agenda

The governance of French state-owned betting/lottery operator Francais Des Jeux (FDJ) has pledged to increase its efforts in tackling problem gambling, presenting the firm’s new ‘corporate social responsibility’ programme. Updating French media, FDJ governance has pledged to commit 10% of its advertising budget towards promoting responsible gambling messages. As part of its commitment FDJ marketing, has launched a series of …

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FDJ alert triggers Tunisia football probe

A match fixing alert triggered by Française des Jeux (FDJ) has led to an ongoing international ‘match manipulation’ investigation attached to Tunisian football. French state owned betting operator FDJ, is reported to have alerted national police in relation to €32,000 being wagered on Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club US Ben Guerdane beating rival ES Metlaoui  on7 April 2019. FDJ alerted the police …

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Cyril Linette orders tough measures to revive declining PMU

The new executive leadership team of French racing operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has presented its new ‘operating roadmap’ to French media outlining the firm’s corporate recovery and transformation strategy. Having undertaken an internal review, new Chief Executive Cyril Linette, the executive appointed by France Galop and Le Trot to ‘reinvigorate the PMU’, has outlined a series of efficiencies, which …

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Matt Harrod: Processing.com – Brexit… What are the industry’s divorce proceedings?

With Brexit factors and implications on the minds of all UK business stakeholders, Matt Harrod, VP of Europe at Processing.com examines whether interchange rates and PSD3 are the least of the gaming/betting industries worries… ___________________ Everyone should probably be aware by now that the UK is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday 29th March 2019, deal or …

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France Galop: All equine stakeholders are losers in No Deal Brexit

Echoing the concerns of Irish counterpart Brian Kavanagh (Chief Executive of Horseracing Ireland), Olivier Delloye, Director General of France Galop has stated that a no deal Brexit, will severely damage the entire equine value chain, with regards to racing, breeding, transport, animal welfare and certifications. Leading France’s horseracing authority, Delloye states that at present the UK, Ireland and France, simply do not sustain …

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Betclic appoints Socialy.fr to lead new image

Seeking to revamp its home market profile, French online bookmaker Betclic has confirmed the appointment of Paris-based Socialy.fr as its new lead creative advertising agency for display, TV and digital verticals. Socialy.fr replaces Omnicom Group and DDB Europe, French marketing agency Romance as Betclic lead creative account. French media news source Strategies.fr, reports that Betclic’s executive team appointed Socialy.fr without …

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All eyes on En Marche fulfilling its FDJ sale in 2019

Publishing its full-year 2018 accounts, French state-owned operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) has reported ‘a record year in business’ supported by an enhanced lottery portfolio and digital improvements. Updating the media and stakeholders, FDJ governance reports a record corporate turnover of €15.8 billion (+4.4%), of which €12.8 billion (+1%) was attributed to its flagship FDJ LOTO division. In its update, …

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