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Hawks and eagles in Betfair's latest golf advertising Online betting group Betfair has once again demonstrated its flair for the innovative and unusual in marketing, hatching a plan to unleash five birds of prey above players and spectators at the Ryder Cup golf competition. The specially trained flock of eagles and hawks are guaranteed a bird's eye view...

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Betinternet Takes CTXM On Board

XCasino software suite and fixed odds games added to online gambling site. The Isle of Man-based online gambling operator Betinternet.com has signed an agreement to carry fixed odds games powered by Latvian software provider CTXM's XCasino software. Garry Knowles, managing director at Betinternet parent group Webis Holdings, commented on the agreement thi...

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GVC Holdings To Launch New Online Sports Book

Group's latest results showcase new launch and litigation against Boss Media GVC Holdings, an Isle of Man-domiciled internet gambling group which includes Casino Club, Betaland and Betboo in its portfolio, has released its H1 2010 figures for the half year, reporting that it is planning the launch of a new sportsbook in quarter 4, and will again be in court o...

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Will IPO Lift Betfair's Kimono?

The British taxman is allegedly investigating Betfair high rollers. In what has to be one of the week's best quotes, Ralph Topping, the CEO of William Hill plc, observed that the upcoming launch of Betfair's IPO would demand more transparency and generate considerable interest. "We hope the fact that they are floating will force them to be more open about...

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Rumour Of 2 Percent Irish Betting Tax Alarms Gambling Firms

Winnings tax would shut 33 percent of betting shops Speculation that Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan is likely to introduce a 2 percent tax on winning bets soon has seriously alarmed betting companies. Reporting on the issue, The Irish Examiner notes that thousands of jobs could be lost and a third of betting shops might close if such a tax was to b...

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Online Fantasy Sports Business Booming

Legislative carve-outs for fantasy sports betting line have sparked a lucrative business Good weekend reading came from Associated Press this week in an article on the growing popularity of online fantasy sports gambling, a pastime sanctioned in all but 6 states by US law despite the banning of other internet forms of gambling. In fantasy sports, particip...

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U.S.A. Online Business To Be Acquired By Sportech

British online gambling group following Betfair into the American horserace sector The British gambling group Sportech plc has announced ambitious plans to enter the US horseracing sector, having just achieved the approval of Connecticut and Maine regulators to acquire Scientific Games Racing (SGR), a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (SGC). The rep...

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Soccer Support Rejected On Religious Grounds

New Muslim owner of Spanish football club ends William Hill shirt sponsorship Only one year into a three year sponsorship deal with Spanish football club Malaga, William Hill plc has agreed to withdraw from the agreement after the new club owner raised objections on religious grounds. The new owner of Malaga is Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani (43), a...

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New Will Hill Site Targets Austrian Online Gamblers

'Bet like the British' slogan in major promotional campaign Austrian internet gamblers are the target of a new dedicated Austrian website launched this week by the UK gambling group William Hill plc, supported by a major local advertising and television campaign using the slogan 'Wetten wie die Briten' or 'Bet like the British'. The campaign features renowned...

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New Money For South African Online Gambling Company

Purple Capital buys a majority stake in Powerbet Gaming South African private equity company Purple Capital has acquired a majority stake in online gambling company Powerbet Gaming, which recently launched its latest online offering in the form of internet sports betting site Voltbet.com under a bookmakers license issued by the Western Cape Gambling and Racin...

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Party Gaming To Offer Fixed Odds Financial Betting

Online gambling group in new deal with Cantor Gaming & Wagering Cantor Gaming & Wagering Ltd, a financial fixed odds provider, has partnered with online gambling operator Party Gaming in providing its integrated fixed odds financial betting platform. The deal enables Party Gaming to extend its existing product range to include financial fixed odds betting...

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Sportingbet Settlement Good For Business

Positioning in a legalised US market and acquisition opportunities are possible benefits Investors were clearly pleased with the news this week that Sportingbet had settled with the US authorities and cleaned its slate of pre-UIGEA hurdles The $33 million settlement triggered an almost immediate reaction from the London market, where the company's shares...

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William Hill Enters Horseracing Levy Debate

Betting exchanges should pay the levy too. William Hill plc, a major land and online betting group in the UK, has come out in support of a proposal that betting exchanges should contribute to the Horserace Betting Levy Board's finances. The Board is currently conducting a consultation on betting exchanges, to which William Hill has responded. In a sta...

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Sportingbet Settles U.S. Position

And at $33 million it's a better deal than expected Making the mainstream headlines everywhere mid-week is the news that the UK internet gambling group Sportingbet.com has settled with the US Department of Justice regarding its pre-UIGEA activities. And the good news for investors is that, at $33 million, the deal is better than that experienced by other comp...

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Online Casino To Add Sports Book Services

All You Bet.com will be the new brand All Slots Casino.com, a member of the Microgaming-powered Jackpot Factory group, is to launch a sports betting service in the near future, a company spokesman revealed this week.. The new service will be branded All You Bet.com, and will be accessed through the instant play casino software, offering casino players the...

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Sportingbet To Sponsor Spurs

4 year partnership agreement signed The famous UK football club Tottenham Hotspurs has signed a four year sponsorship agreement with the major internet sports betting company Sportingbet.com, which will see the gambling company become Spur's official gaming partner with a brand presence at White Hart Lane stadium and within the club's communications channels....

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Battling For Bucks

UK horseracing industry launches fair levy campaign The at times acrimonious struggle by Britain's horseracing community to gather in funds from the bookmaking industry took an unexpected turn this week with the launch of a new initiative titled 'Racing United: Campaign for a Fair Levy'. The initiative takes the form of a charter which seeks the support o...

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Cash Strapped Uk Government To Put The Tote Up For Sale - Again

Late autumn bidding date likely The new UK coalition government is to follow its predecessors in attempting once again to sell the Tote bookmaking organisation, reports the newspaper CityAM. It is expected that the sale of the state-owned bookie will take place in the late autumn, according to minister for tourism and heritage John Penrose in a statement...

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Betfair Top Of The Hitwise Pops

UK internet gambling group still the top dog when it comes to sports betting visitors. Live Odds and Scores.com reports that the latest Hitwise sports book rankings for the six months to August 2010 continue to be dominated by British online gambling group Betfair. The competitive intelligence service continues to rank Betfair as the most popular sports...

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New Client For Online Fantasy Sports Firm

Orange County Register joins a growing list of media users Fanduel's fantasy sports game, in which internet sports fans compete for money thanks to exemptions in the US anti-online gambling laws, continues to generate solid business, with the Orange County Register the latest media company to offer the product. A company spokesman announced this week that...

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