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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

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

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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.

Rightlander Going

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Research from the University of Glasgow has shown that 50% of Premier League clubs had betting sponsors in 2016/2017. (Image: gla.ac.uk)

Online betting sites have become a major presence in professional football across England according to the new research.

Charting the rise of betting sponsors in football, researchers at the University of Glasgow and Healthy Stadia found that online operators now control 95% of the market.

Sampling 79 sponsorship deals made since 2005, the academics noted that 75 were between betting companies and football clubs.

Relaxed Rules Cause Influx of Betting Sponsors

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Grosvenor poker survey shows that the majority of older players now prefer to play online. (Image: grosvenorcasinos.com)

Seniors now prefer to play online poker and Londoners think they’re the better than average, according to a new survey from Grosvenor.

In a bid to identify some of the major poker trends in the UK, Grosvenor Casinos recently surveyed 2,000 players from around the country.

Aside from being one of the largest live casino operators in the country, Grosvenor has hosted its own poker tour since 2007.

UK Poker Scene Has Evolved

Known formerly as the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour but commonly … Read more

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bet365 has won part of its bid to trademark “BET 365” within the European Union (EU). (Image: democratlive.com)

Bet365’s long running battle to trademark its brand name within the European Union (EU) has, in part, come to a positive conclusion.

After fighting the trademark case since 2007, the EU General Court has said that the company’s push to own “BET 365” in Europe is permissible with regards to the provisions of betting and gambling.

At the heart of the matter is bet365’s assertion that it has built up enough of a brand name to warrant trademarks covering a range of … Read more

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New research shows that 12 percent of 11-to-16-year-olds are gambling on a regular basis. (Image: gamblingcommission.gov.uk)

Betting in video games has caused a stir in the media once again, just weeks after the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) commented on the issue of loot boxes.

According to research published by the UKGC, new technology is making it easier for young children to access various forms of gambling.

Detailed in the regulator’s annual Young People and Gambling report is the finding that 12 percent of 11-to-16-year-olds had gambled in the week prior to being surveyed.

Although higher than the UKGC would like, … Read more

RGA’s Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood.

RGA Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood wants operators to pay a fixed fee to support problem gambling projects. (Image: events.bizzabo.com)

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) wants better funding to tackle problem gambling awareness projects through the implementation of a fixed levy.

In a press release published on December 11, the trade association for online gaming companies licensed in the UK called for a statutory tax to help fund research and treatment of problem gambling.

Under the current system, operators aren’t obliged to pay anything towards the running costs of organisations such as GambleAware. Instead, the majority make individual donations.

RGA Wants

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is pushing to make all forms of betting in the UK more fair and safer for consumers with its new regulatory strategy.

UKGC Executive Director Sarah Gardner.

UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Executive Director Sarah Gardner outlines the regulator’s new plans to make betting more consumer friendly. (Image: YouTube/Gambling Commission)

Published on November 14, the new guidelines will cover five key areas in a bid to improve services for customers while simultaneously reducing the risks for individuals and society as a whole.

In a short video summarising the UKGC’s new strategy, Executive Director Sarah Gardner explained that consumers were at the … Read more

Bet365 boss Denise Coates was the highest paid CEO in the UK last year thanks to her online betting company’s continued growth.

Denise Coates

Denise Coates has paid herself £217 million following a major jump in Bet365’s operating profits. (Image: charitytoday.co.uk)

According to a recent financial statement, Coates noted “significant growth” as the primary reason she received an annual pay packet worth £199 million.

On top of her annual earnings, Coates also received a dividend of £18 million to take her 2016/2017 payout to £217 million.

Coates is Britain’s Biggest Power Player

As well as being more than 1,300 times the annual … Read more

Positive developments in the US could help the UK’s online poker industry if longstanding ideas of a liquidity sharing pact can be put into practice.

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Recent regulatory moves in the US could have a ripple effect that helps the UK’s gambling industry. (Image: careerindia.com)

As part of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) drive to improve its services and make its market the best in the world, sharing resources with other countries has long been discussed. In light of this, the regulation of online poker, casino gaming and daily fantasy sports in Pennsylvania could bring talks of a possible deal back … Read more

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