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Sportingbet Founder Invests into New Venture

Big interest in Win United for Blandford It has been reported this week that Win United, a group in which Sportingbet founder and respected industry exec Mark Blandford has a substantial interest closed a multiannual deal with Chartwell Technology on software supply for two online gambling websites in its stable. Therefore, Win United's sites YouWin and Spo...

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Ladbrokes Blocks Polish Players

Giant bookmaker not to apply for Polish license The latest announcement coming from major bookmaker Ladbrokes, states that the company is to stop taking bets and accepting sign-ups from Polish IP Addresses or players who have their country of residence listed as Poland. This decision comes in light of a new Polish gambling legislation that will enter into f...

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Update: Reorganization in Ladbrokes

Executive management shuffle It has been reported by UK Bookmaker Ladbrokes that it is conducting a big senior management reorganization in order to achieve a new cross-channel, centralized structure. Therefore, it was specified, the reorganization will result in three operational groups; Customer Experience, Channels, and Products - each lead by an existing d...

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Canbet Casino No More

Aussie group IAS plans to shift focus to core business of sports betting According to the latest announcement made by the Australian Group IAS, their Microgaming-powered online casino subsidiary Canbet has been closed on June 30, due to the company's decision to focus on its core business of horse racing and sports betting. In a notification posted on the w...

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Sportingbet Gets New Director

Macnamara to chair audit committee This week came an announcement from online sports betting group Sportingbet that Rory Macnamara has been appointed to the position of a non-executive director and chairman of its audit committee, with immediate effect. Prior to this, Macnamara held a number of senior positions, including those at Morgan Grenfell, later Deu...

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Openbet and Betfair Team up to Provide Mobile Content

Openbet to provide mobile betting back-end platform According to the latest announcement from the UK internet gambling software developer Openbet, its mobile betting back-end platform will be supplied to online gambling group Betfair, as a part of the partnership deal closed between the two major companies. Having in mind that mobile is becoming an increasi...

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Sporting Solutions Presents New Addition to its In-Play Offering

Boxing now available for in-play Boxing is a new addition to the Sporting Index Group's B2B arm Sporting Solutions' in-bet offering, it was announced this week. From now on Sporting Index partners, including William Hill, Skybet, ToteSport, Centrebet and Party Gaming, will be able to access eleven in-play markets on all major boxing bouts and enjoy the new add...

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New Sponsorship Deal for Bodog

Bodog Europe's logo to appear on West Bromwich Albion shirts According to the latest reports from the official licensee of online gaming brand Bodog, it has closed a deal with the West Bromwich Albion Football Club, which announced the deal as "the largest sponsorship deal in its history." Based on the sponsorship agreement, Bodog Europe's logo will be sitting...

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Will Hill Challenges English Women's Football Team

GBP73 000 award if the ladies take down the World Cup The latest reports from the UK Bookmaker William Hill include news that the company has posed a challenge before the English women's football team, stating that it will award GBP 73 000 to the Women's Sports and Fitness Foundation charity (WSFF) if the ladies win the FIFA 2011 World Cup. Apparently the...

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Aston Villa FC Gets Malaysian Sponsorship

Genting UK pursues expansion plan An announcement came this week from the famous UK football club Aston Villa that it has closed a sponsorship deal with the UK land and online gambling division of the Malaysian leisure and hospitality group Genting whose logo will appear on the football club's shirts as of July 2011, attracting wide television and general med...

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Ladbrokes and Sportingbet in Negotiations

First takeover step made It has been reported this week that UK's online and land gambling giant Ladbrokes has made a preliminary takeover approach for rival Sportingbet, causing a 12 percent boost to the competitor's share price. Namely, it has been specified by Sportingbet: "Further to recent press speculation, the board of Sportingbet announces that it...

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Another Appeal to Open Up German Gambling Market

Football league joins the initiative The German state monopoly over gambling has apparently earned another opponent in shape of Germany's football league, which this week requested a more open market, threatening to charge betting companies for use of the Bundesliga fixture list, unless regional states open up the sports betting market to more competition....

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Ladbrokes Makes Major Marketing Investment

GBP50 million invested into new strategy It has been reported this week that the UK land and online gambling group Ladbrokes is planning an innovation strategy, including a marketing investment of GBP50 million, which will serve to rebuild the company's above-the-line advertising in order to position Ladbrokes as an innovative bookmaker. This move obvious...

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New Verification Technology Ready for Jaxx and MyBet

Better protection from fraudsters and minors' access Jaxx and MyBet, two online gambling operators licensed in the UK and Malta, and offering internet sports betting options in 28 countries, have added new levels of protection against fraudsters and minors' access by implementing new ID verification software, which is provided by a specialist company 192busin...

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British Racing Gets Hefty Donation from Betfair

Donated GBP 6 million equal to statutory Levy requirements According to the latest announcements, British racing is to receive a generous donation from the major operator not under a UK license, Betfair, in the amount of GBP 6 Million, which comes in place of the 50th Levy Scheme payment the company would have been required to make had it remained under a UK...

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Virtual Betting Channel for Boyle Sports

Irish betting firm pioneers the new feature According to the latest industry announcements, the Irish gambling group Boylesports has become the first major bookmaker to launch the Virtual Betting Channel from SIS, which will provide all of Boylesports' 160 betting shops with a wide portfolio that includes horses, dogs and football. It has also been announ...

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Wimbledon Receives Betting Watchlist

Fight against betting corruption According to the latest reports from the UK media, officials from Wimbledon have received a watch-list of "undesirables" suspected of betting corruption, compiled by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). This investigations team is run by a former Scotland Yard detective, and on its list it included a range of individuals who b...

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Betting Exchanges Get Good News

Legal advice resolves big dispute A big relief arrived this week for betting exchanges, as the dispute between the British Horserace Betting Levy Board, the British Horseracing Association and major betting exchange Betfair was resolved thanks to expert legal advice on whether customers of UK betting exchanges are capable of being leviable bookmakers. The ans...

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Big Racing Row for Betfred

Company refuses to pay out Curleys' bets A major row over a horse race has been reported this week, with one of its participants being online and land gambling company Betfred, and the others involving the Gibraltar regulatory authority and the British Horse Racing Association. Namely, the Gibraltar-based Betfred, has refused to pay out GBP823 000 on bets...

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Greece Faces another Challenge of Football Credibility

Game-fixers arrested Seven people faced serious charges this week in Greece, when they were accused of game-fixing which causes much trouble for the credibility of football in the country. In relation to the latest scandal, the country's soccer association suspended its operations on June 6 in order to provide authorities with an opportunity to reform the...

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