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Game of Thrones Betting Pulled on Bran Stark

Who will sit on the Iron Throne when Game of Thrones comes to an end next year? Will it be Bran Stark as a bunch of suspicious bettors seem to believe, or will it be no one because everyone’s dead? (Image: HBO)

Bookmaker Betway has said it has stopped offering punts on which Game of Thrones character will occupy the Iron Throne of Westeros at the end of the final series, after it received a slew of suspicious bets on outsider Bran Stark on Monday. 

It may be the question every ‘Thronie’ wants to know the answer to, but for … Read more

Gibraltar chief minister Fabian Picardo

Gibraltar chief minister Fabian Picardo praised the UK government’s efforts to ensure market access for Gibraltar-based companies, but the Rock is understandable nervous about the uncertainties of a post-Brexit landscape. (Image: Gibraltar Olive Press)

Gibraltar’s online gambling market has been thrown a lifeline by assurances from the UK government that “the Rock” will enjoy border-free access to the UK market for financial services and online gaming until 2020.

By then it’s hoped Britain and its dependent territory on the tip of the Spain will have thrashed out a new framework of regulation that will serve as commercial guidance for a … Read more

GVC Holdings has won the unanimous backing of Ladbrokes’ Coral shareholders and will now push ahead with the deal to acquire Britain’s biggest retail bookmaker.

Kenny Alexander

GVC chief Kenny Alexander has presided over a period of growth for GVC that will have seen its market cap grow by more than £5 billion in five years once its acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral is complete. (Image: EGRGlobal)

It’s a tie-up that will see GVC join Paddy Power Betfair in the FTSE 100 – the only two gambling operators in the list of the UK’s top 100 publicly listed companies – and will give … Read more

New Paddy Power Betfair chief-executive Peter Jackson has repeated the company’s stance that it would welcome a reduction of the maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals.

Paddy Power Betfair chief Peter Jackson

Paddy Power Betfair chief Peter Jackson believes that his company’s betting shops are well-placed to withstand a regulatory hit on FOBT maximum stakes because they ‘outperform’ on sports betting. (Image: Racing Post)

His words, delivered during his first earnings call on Wednesday, echoed those of his predecessor Breon Corcoran who was accused of ‘stabbing the betting industry in the back’ when he broke with ranks on FOBTs last year.

Corcoran branded the machines ‘toxic’ … Read more

GVC Holdings has bolstered its position in the iGaming market with another acquisition ahead of its much-anticipated takeover of Ladbrokes Coral.


GVC has bought a controlling stake in online poker, casino and betting site Crystalbet for £38 million. (Image: YouTube/Crystalbet Official)

In an announcement made on March 5, GVC chief executive Kenneth Alexander announced that the company had purchased 51 percent of Georgian casino, poker and betting site, Crystalbet.

Under the terms of the deal, GVC will pay £38 million for a controlling stake in the company, before a complete buyout takes place in 2021.

Another Shrewd Move

Assuming … Read more

Bgo Entertainment has stepped up its compliance strategy by signing a deal with affiliate monitor, Rightlander.

bgo Rightlander deal

Bgo partners with Rightlander to ensure any promotional material complies with the UKGC’s responsible gambling conditions. (Image: YouTube/bgo)

Announced at the close of February, the partnership will allow bgo to track the activity of its affiliates and ensure that no marketing material breaches UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) guidelines.

“We understand the importance of making sure that consumers get the right information about the offers that our affiliate partners promote for us on our behalf,” Allan Turner, BGO’s chief marketing officer, told iGamingbusiness.

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The latest UK gambling trends show that operators with a reputation for being trustworthy are more likely to attract new customers according to the Gambling Commission.

UKGC Ben Haden.

UKGC program director Ben Haden tells operators to focus on social responsibility as more people ante up on their mobiles. (Image: globalamend.com)

In summarising its annual report for 2017, the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) program director Ben Haden said the organisation now understands consumers better than ever.

“Our new three-year strategy sets out our role in developing a strong evidence base and improved understanding of the impact gambling has on society,” Haden commented in … Read more

The Lotto Betting Group is preparing to mount a legal challenge against a potential ban on non-UK EuroMillions draw bets.

EuroMillions betting.

A group of lottery betting sites have joined forces to try and stop a ban on EuroMillions wagers. (Image: stv.tv)

Plans to block betting on EuroMillions draws were first announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in November 2017. Following a consultation with National Lottery stakeholders, the DCMS announced that it will bring current EuroMillions betting laws in line with existing restrictions on UK Lotto draws.

Since the announcement was made, the Lotto Betting group … Read more

Playtech chief executive Mor Weizer believes the government’s crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will push operators to exploit a loophole in the system.

Mor Weizer Playtech.

Playtech chief executive Mor Weizer believes FOBT restrictions will lead to rise in sports betting terminals. (Image: YouTube/CalvinAyre.com)                                                                                                                        

With an announcement on the fate of high street betting terminals imminent, Playtech’s boss has told Reuters that any action would simply force a change of tactic.

“I believe that if FOBTs would be impacted, self-service betting terminals (SSBTs), a similar machine for sporting results, would enjoy additional benefits,” Weizer explained in a recent interview with Reuters.… Read more

Casino software provider Playtech has drafted in an ex-senior manager at UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to stay ahead of the regulatory curve.

Playtech richard bayless

Playtech appoints Richard Bayliss as its Regulatory Compliance Manager to ensure it meets UKGC guidelines. (Image: themerkle.com)

Announced on February 19, the appointment of Richard Bayliss will enable Playtech to better understand its current obligations as well as any future compliance issues. As a former Senior Online Manager at the UKGC, Bayliss had a close working knowledge of the regulator’s standards.

“After more than a decade assessing the regulatory impact of technological developments in the industry, I’m … Read more

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