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Spotlight enhances retail offering with new display screens

Spotlight Sports Group has announced the launch of a new display screen for betting shops, strengthening its retail product range. The display screens will feature integrated content from the Racing Post, combining the paper’s horse racing, virtual racing and greyhound material with enhanced navigation and zoom functionalities. “We design these products to ensure they cater for all betting shops, regardless …

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Tote guarantees optimal customer payout with new Tote+ pricing  

The UK Tote Group (Tote) states that it has entered a ‘new pricing era’, following the launch of its new ‘Tote+’ pool pricing module, which will provide racing customers with a 10% enhanced dividend payout.  Updating customers, Tote stated that its improved module held no cap on the stake a player can place to receive a price enhancement, which has …

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UK racing reschedules Saturday fixtures in respect of HRH Prince Philip’s funeral

UK racing has rescheduled its forthcoming Saturday’s afternoon fixtures to mark its respect for the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away last weekend aged 99.  The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that no racing will take place across the UK between 2:45 pm and 4:15 pm on Saturday 17 April. Yesterday, …

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Scientific Games’ OpenSports finds more success at Grand National

Scientific Games has broken its records again in 2021, this time at the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, building on the success of its OpenSports platform at the Cheltenham Festival. The Nasdaq registered firm reported over 50 million bets placed through OpenSports, utilised by a range of online and retail operators, with over 19 million bets placed on …

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Smarkets builds on Cheltenham success at Aintree

Rachael Blackmore was not the only one who set records at the Aintree Grand National this weekend, as Smarkets recorded a 21% increase in betting volume from 2019. A total of £92.8 million was traded on the platform in comparison to the 2019 figure of £76.5 million, and the 2018 earnings of £57.4 million, whilst from Thursday to Saturday over …

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Katie Walsh says times are changing for racing ahead of Grand National

In two separate marketing releases, UK sports betting operators Betway and Coral spoke to former jockey Katie Walsh and current competitor Tom Scudamore, who each gave a different perspective on the significance of the Grand National. Walsh is one of the most successful women to have ever competed in racing, having achieved over 100 wins including the Irish Grand National, …

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Entain requests rent cuts to assist retail bookmakers

Entain has written to landlords requesting rent cuts ahead of the reopening of the UK’s retail betting sector, which has faced significant financial constraints over the past year. The group currently operates over 3,000 licenced betting shops in over 30 different countries, but the request has only been extended to landlords with leases due to expire within the next two …

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Horse racing excluded from government’s spectator return schedule

Horse racing will not feature in the government’s schedule of 12 sporting events which will see the large scale return of spectators to venues. Crowds are due to return to horse racing on 17 May, during the third stage of the government’s planned schedule, which will begin on 15 May with the FA Cup final the debut event. Although the …

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Sky Bet produces ITV Daryl Jacob jockey documentary

Sky Bet has announced the production of a new documentary centred around the online betting operator’s brand ambassador Daryl Jacob is in the pipeline. The film, titled ‘Daryl Jacob: Being a Jockey’, which will be released ahead of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, ‘aims to capture the highs and lows of life as a professional jockey’ and in particular, National Hunt …

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BGC supports £6,000 per outlet ‘recovery grants’ but calls for further action

The UK government has announced that all non-essential services – including betting shops – will receive direct cash payments of £6,000 per site in ‘recovery grants.’ Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, made the announcement ahead of the confirmation of the country’s national Budget this coming Wednesday. As part of the plans, a grant scheme totalling £5 billion will be …

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