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ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal

British racing will remain on ITV until 2023 after the broadcaster signed a new agreement with Racecourse Media Group, Ascot Racecourse and Arena Racing Company. The new deal will bring 94 days of racing to its viewers across ITV’s main channel, ITV4 and the ITV Hub. Additionally, ITV Racing’s magazine preview programme, the Opening Show, will continue each Saturday and …

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BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes

UK Bookies have raised £250,000 for Cancer and Covid-19 charities after taking a beating on Thursday’s Britannia Stakes race at Royal Ascot. Earlier this week, Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) members vowed to donate all profits, after levy and duties were deducted, from win and each-way bets made on the race to charity. Participating bookmakers included Paddy Power Betfair, bet365, …

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Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports

Despite this year’s Royal Ascot taking place behind closed doors, Scientific Games reported a ‘record breaking’ number of account transactions across its OpenSports platform on the first day of the meeting. The sports betting technology provider recorded a 44% increase in the volume of bets placed on the opening day of the event when compared to last year. Meanwhile, there …

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Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders

Confusion reigns with regards to Irish bookmakers reopening their venues, as the government orders betting shops to remain closed until 29 June.  This week, a reported 800 Irish betting shops reopened their businesses on Monday 15 June, believing to have complied with the Irish government’s ‘phase two’ Coronavirus national plan.  However, within 24 hours Irish betting firms were instructed to …

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Tote adds Superpools for all Royal Ascot races

Ahead of this week’s Royal Ascot (16-20 June), the UK Tote Group has confirmed that its Tote Superpools markets will be available for all 36 festival races. Tote Superpools offer pools that are combined with those from Hong Kong and other major racetracks, boosting prize pool liquidity for punters. The Tote has since outlined plans to expand Tote Superpools to …

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BGC: UK betting to donate all Royal Ascot ‘Britannia Stakes’ profits to charity

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) will launch the betting industry’s latest charity initiative on Gold Cup Day (Thursday 18 June) at Royal Ascot. Regarded as the festival’s ‘biggest wagering day’, the BGC confirmed that 13 UK betting brands will commit to donating all win and each-way profits taken from the heritage handicap Britannia Stakes (race-start: 16:10 BST). Profits raised …

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Fitzdares gears up for Royal Ascot with new campaigns

Private bookmaker Fitzdares will ‘buck the trend’ by launching a new national ‘luxury brand advertising campaign’ ahead of next week’s Royal Ascot (16-20 June). Its ‘Upgrade Your Bookmaker’ campaign will appear in UK news magazines The Spectator, The Week, national daily newspapers and the Racing Post as well as on social media and aims to focus on Fitzdares’ bespoke service …

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Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week

Paddy Power has announced that it will reopen all betting shops in England, plus 150 Irish estates from Monday 15 June – ‘just in time for Royal Ascot’ (16-20 June). The bookmaker stated that its betting shops in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain closed until further notice by regional governments. Helping its retail staff work under unprecedented circumstances, Paddy …

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Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index 

Sporting Index has confirmed that it has ‘onboarded’ legendary champion jockey Frankie Dettori as its new brand ambassador. The colourful Italian, who has won 19 British Classics and is currently recognised as the ‘LONGINES – World’s best jockey’, has joined the Sporting Index stable and will help promote the spread betting firm’s fixed-odds betting markets, which were launched in 2019. …

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UKGC wipes ‘disproportionate’ Royal Ascot fines for on-course bookies

In light of the challenges facing on-course bookmakers as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that it will review the fines issued to seven bookmakers at last year’s Royal Ascot. The seven bookmakers had reportedly allowed a 16-year old to place a £5 bet at the Royal Ascot festival. Initially, the UKGC ordered the bookmakers …

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