Tag Archives: Martin Lycka

EPIC delivers problem gambling education with Harvard Medical School

EPIC Risk Management has committed to delivering education on the topic of problem gambling after agreeing to a new partnership with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. The duo will work together to research elite athletes’ relationships with problematic gambling behaviours, and will occur in parallel with GVC Holdings’ ongoing research partnership …

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GVC Foundation backs Eastern European Championship tennis appeal

GVC Holdings will back tennis’ ‘Eastern European Championship’ charity initiative to raise vital funds in support of international COVID-19 relief efforts. Held in Belgrade at the ‘Tipsarevic Academy’, the Eastern European Championship is a six-week exhibition tournament (15 June – 23 July) created by former tour pro Janko Tipsarevic to raise funds for COVID-19 and tennis development charities. The special event marks …

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Martin Lycka: The Gambling Prince of Sweden

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka offers a dramatic twist on the Swedish licensing process, in which operators may not get the curtain call they’ve been looking for. Act I – A Truly Glorious Day January 1, 2019. A momentous day in Swedish gambling history. The online gambling market opens. A fanfare sounds. The curtain goes up. Licensed operators …

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Martin Lycka – April lockdown can never be forgotten

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka reviews the events of a world-changing April 2020, in which tough lessons have been learnt by the lived experience of working and adjusting to national lockdown orders… _____________________________ Dear Diary,  What a month this has been. In the UK, we are told the virus has peaked and is now hopefully ebbing. However, we are …

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SBC Digital Summit: Measured approaches ‘need to be based on evidence’

With this week’s announcement by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) that it has agreed to voluntarily remove all gaming product advertising on TV and radio during the COVID-19 lockdown, the subject of safer gambling is hot on the thoughts of people in the industry. Speaking at the SBC Digital Summit, Andy Danson, partner at Bird and Bird, and a panel …

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Martin Lycka – Responsibility is resilience during these testing times 

GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka explains how 2020 events have handed the industry a crisis agenda that incumbents must accept and match with responsibility and good faith… The stakes have never been placed this high on operator conduct. ______________________ Sunday morning – end of winter. With the NHL and the NBA regular seasons entering their final quarter, …

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GVC tackles US problem gambling with Epic partnership

GVC Holdings has confirmed a new partnership with Epic Risk Management working together to tackle gambling-related harms across the US. The partnership is to be funded by the GVC Foundation US, a non-profit subsidiary which is dedicated to promoting responsible gambling and aims to replicate the independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy’s European sports and education model. The programme is fully …

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Martin Lycka: Liberalism versus conservatism played out in German law

GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka revisits the online gambling laws in Germany and sees what the ‘sixteen kings’ have in store for the industry. ____________________ Habemus State Treaty. After years of thick black smoke, white billow has spewed out from the tiny little chimney perched on the roof of the German Gambling Chapel. The sixteen cardinals dispatched by …

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Martin Lycka: Gambling and its Dutchman’s curse

In the latest of a series of columns examining international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka retraces the industry’s arduous history with Dutch politics and policies…  _________________ The year was 1964. The Beatles dominated the charts, Sidney Poitier became the first Afro American actor to have won an Oscar and a Czechoslovak gymnast Vera Caslavska enchanted the world …

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SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news

As 2019 comes to a close SBC looks through the year to highlight major news that you might have missed in the sports betting world.  This eighth edition looks at August and more specifically at how operators focused on payments can provide the best experience, the threats faced by betting businesses, the next step for US sports betting and the …

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