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Anders Dorph named director of Danish Gambling Authority

The Danish Gambling Authority has appointed Anders Dorph as director to replace Morten Niels Jakobsen.

Dorph will begin his new role on 1 November, joining from the Danish Immigration Service where he served as deputy director. He replaces Morten Niels Jakobsen, who left the regulator to take over as director of [...]

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Sportech extends UK Tote Group licensing and services deal

London-listed sports betting technology provider Sportech has extended its partnership with the UK Tote Group through a new multi-year licensing and services contract.

The agreement assures continued delivery of pools betting technology and services through Sportech’s Quantum System, which powers the Tote’s domestic pool betting, as well as international commingling for [...]

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PointsBet opens first of four retail sportsbooks in Illinois

US sports betting operator PointsBet has launched the first of four retail sportsbooks in Illinois in partnership with Hawthorne Race Course.

The new sportsbook at Hawthorne is the first of four Chicagoland locations that the companies will open as Illinois partners, and is a precursor to a PointsBet Sportsbook that will [...]

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UK Gambling Commission introduces new rules for VIP gambler schemes

The UK Gambling Commission has introduced new rules relating to VIP schemes in an effort to better protect problem gamblers and ensure that high value gamblers can afford their spending.

Several of the VIP scheme rules have already been implemented by members of the UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) under [...]

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Kentucky Supreme Court rules against historical horse racing games

Racetrack and gaming operator Churchill Downs Inc. recorded a near 10 per cent fall in its share price Thursday after the Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled that the state’s historical horse racing games fall foul of parimutuel wagering rules.

Kentucky’s horse racing industry has benefited hugely from the popularity of historical [...]

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British racing under threat after UK delays plans for fans’ return

British horseracing authorities have warned that the industry is facing a “severe threat” following the UK government’s decision to tighten COVID-19 restrictions and delay the public’s return to sporting events.

In a serious blow to the UK sports and racing sectors, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Tuesday that plans to allow [...]

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UK online gambling market contracts in July with further falls predicted

Research conducted for the UK Gambling Commission shows that players were more likely to decrease their spending during the COVID-19 lockdown than increase spending, with over 30 per cent of respondent also planning to decrease their gambling budget over the next three months.

According to the latest research data, 59 per [...]

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Sportech extends Jockey Club del Perú tote services deal

London-listed betting technology provider Sportech has extended its tote services agreement with Jockey Club del Perú.

Through a deal with subsidiary Sportech Racing and Digital, pari-mutuel betting at the Jockey Club del Perú will continue to be powered by Sportech’s Quantum System software.

The supplier will also provide hosting and operations services [...]

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Svenska Spel expands horse race betting offering with PMU

Swedish gaming operator Svenska Spel Sport & Casino has expanded its horse race betting offering through a new cooperation with France’s PMU.

The agreement will see the operator launch a new gaming category for its players, Svenska Spel Trav & Galopp, offering betting on a full range of horse races from [...]

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Sportech reports widened loss of £10.7m in first half of 2020

London-listed betting operator and supplier Sportech has recorded a 38 per cent fall in revenue for the first half of the year as operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Revenue in the six-month period fell to £20.2m from £32.6m a year ago, with its Venues business the worst affected as [...]

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Inspired Entertainment to create virtual Lexus Melbourne Cup race

New York-listed gaming supplier Inspired Entertainment has teamed up with Australia’s Victoria Racing Club (VRC) to develop a new virtual Lexus Melbourne Cup race in November.

Commemorating 160 years of Australia’s greatest race, the inaugural Lexus Melbourne Cup The Race of Dreams will take place on 3 November and feature 24 [...]

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Spectator-free Kentucky Derby leads to 50% fall in wagering

The absence of spectators and on-track betting at the Kentucky Derby this weekend resulted in a 50 per cent drop in all-sources handle.

The 146th running of the iconic Kentucky Derby, which was held on the Labor Day weekend for the first time after being postponed from May due to the [...]

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