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Bumper 2012 Sees Bet365 Bolster UK Market Share 24 Jun, 2013

Online bookmaker bet365’s double-digit growth across all products last year helped it grab a larger share of its home UK market, according to new estimates.

Playtech Sells Off Sportech Stake 20 Jun, 2013

London-listed software supplier Playtech has sold off all its shares in UK pools and betting firm Sportech for an estimated £16m (€18.6m).

Spain’s Codere Still Under Pressure Despite Debt Reprieve 17 Jun, 2013

Codere, Spain’s largest listed gambling company, offloaded a chunk of its debt to two US asset managers to avoid default last week, but the company still faces regulatory difficulties from all angles.

Illegal Online Gambling Eats Into European Lotteries Market Share 14 Jun, 2013

Europe’s national lotteries are the biggest victims of the rise in illegal online gambling, according to industry chiefs, after a new report showed lotteries have lost market share in 17 EU countries.

Horseracing On The Brink In Spain And Italy 12 Jun, 2013

Spain and Italy’s ailing horseracing sectors have implored their governments for more help as they look to survive deep funding crises, and, in Spain, unwelcome competition from online bookmakers.

De Lotto Director: Dutch Government ‘Cursing In Church’ With Radical Online Plans 10 Jun, 2013

The uneasy truce between online and offline operators in the Netherlands is collapsing, with the Dutch betting monopoly pushing for the government to rethink its “revolutionary” online gambling plans.

Camelot Makes Lottery Bid Threat Over Health Lottery Competition 06 Jun, 2013

Camelot would consider not bidding to renew its licence to operate the UK's National Lottery if it continues to face competition from the rival Health Lottery, according to its chief executive.

Barcelona World Ups Pressure On Adelson Amid Spanish Smoke Storm 31 May, 2013

Melco International Development was revealed yesterday to be one of three backers of Barcelona World as the casino-resort staked its claim as a serious rival to Sheldon Adelson’s own multi-billion dollar EuroVegas in Madrid.

Alderney Opens Sheriff Gaming Probe Amid Dutch Money Laundering Scandal 30 May, 2013

Alderney has launched a special probe into online casino supplier Sheriff Gaming after its head office was raided by Dutch police and its chief executive named as a suspect as part of a multi-million euro criminal investigation. 

Tough Online Sanctions Sent To Turkish Committees 13 May, 2013

A bill backed by Turkey’s ruling AK Parti that would heavily sanction players, affiliates, banks and advertising platforms involved in online betting is now being scrutinised by parliamentary committees.