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Netherlands prohibits gambling advertising before 9pm

Gambling advertising in the Netherlands will be further restricted under new rules adopted this week by lawmakers.

Advertising for licensed lotteries and games of chance in the Netherlands is currently prohibited on radio and television between the hours of 6am and 7pm but will change according to product type under a [...]

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Philippe Augier named PMU chairman

French betting and gaming operator PMU has appointed Philippe Augier as its new chairman.

Augier has served on the board of directors of PMU since last year and takes over as chairman from Bertrand Méheut, who announced his resignation last month.

Augier will work closely with managing director Cyril Linette in what [...]

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Betmakers to bring fixed odds betting to New Jersey’s Monmouth Park

Sydney-listed sportsbook supplier BetMakers Technology Group has secured the rights to offer fixed odds horse race betting at New Jersey racetrack Monmouth Park.

The five-year deal with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen Association and Darby Development, owner of Monmouth Park racetrack, will see BetMakers offer fixed odds betting to bettors via [...]

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Ladbrokes and Coral to reopen UK betting shops next week

London-listed gaming operator GVC Holdings has set out a comprehensive plan to safely reopen its Ladbrokes and Coral betting shops in the United Kingdom next week.

From Monday (15 June), all 2,445 GVC-owned outlets in England will open their doors, followed by the remainder of GVC’s estate as the devolved administrations [...]

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French betting and gaming market grows to €435m in first quarter

France’s regulated online betting and gaming market has recorded a 22 per cent increase in gross gaming revenue to €435m for the first quarter of 2020.

The country’s gambling regulator ARJEL said that the market saw year-on-year growth across all product verticals, despite the COVID-19 crisis negatively impacting results during the [...]

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Louisiana Gaming Control Board gets new leadership

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed Lieutenant Colonel Mike Noel of the state police as the new chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Noel has served with the force for over 30 years, most recently as assistant superintendent and chief of staff, prior to which he spent 17 years [...]

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ASA raps GVC’s Coral for tweet encouraging repeated gambling

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against GVC-owned bookmaker Coral for a tweet which was found likely to encourage repetitive participation in gambling.

A tweet on Coral’s Twitter page in March featured the text: “We’re as passionate about the bet as you are. So, get your stake [...]

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Spain prepares for reopening of casinos and gaming facilities

The Spanish government will allow retail betting and gaming premises to reopen from next week in provinces and regions that have entered Phase 3 of the COVID-19 de-escalation plan.

Regulations published in the Official State Gazette over the weekend will allow casinos, gaming establishments, betting halls and other similar facilities to [...]

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FDJ’s Sporting Index names Frankie Dettori as brand ambassador

FDJ-owned spread betting specialist Sporting Index has signed up three-time Champion Jockey Frankie Dettori as brand ambassador.

The partnership will see Dettori, widely regarded as one of the best jockeys of all time, carry the Sporting Index logo on his breeches and collar for the new Flat season, which recommences in [...]

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British horse racing resumes after 10-week break

British horse racing returns today at Newcastle Racecourse after the UK government approved guidelines to allow elite sports to resume behind closed doors.

With the industry suspended from 18 March to allow emergency and NHS workers to focus on COVID-19, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said that the resumption of racing [...]

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betinternet founder launches new virtual racing product for the US

Isle of Man-based software developer Virtual Software has launched a new virtual racing product for the US market.

Established by betinternet founder Vincent Caldwell, Virtual Live Racing (VLR) is available to all tote systems in the United States through Amtote International’s Spectrum betting system.

With virtual races based on anonymised and encrypted [...]

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UK gambling market falls to £14.3bn following land-based declines

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that the UK gambling market shrunk by 0.5 per cent to £14.3bn in the 12 month period between October 2018 and September 2019.

Total gross gambling yield (GGY) was down marginally compared to the April 2018 to March 2019 period, with GGY excluding lotteries [...]

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