Texas bill would let professional teams become licensed sportsbook operators

A new bill that would legalise sports betting in the state of Texas would allow professional sports teams to act as licensed sportsbook operators. If the proposed law is successful, it would decriminalise sports wagering and legalise the activity from 1 January 2022. The proposed bill The bill, HB 2070, was filed by Republican Representative …

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Austria to form new gambling authority amid regulatory overhaul

Austria’s finance minister Gernot Blümel has announced a far-reaching overhaul of the country’s gambling laws which will focus on player protection controls and transparency. The overhaul of Austria’s gambling laws will focus on ramping up player protection controls introducing new transparency requirements and the formation of a new supervisory authority. This comes after Blümel revealed …

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BGC calls for Grand National to be postponed until betting shops reopen

The UK’s gambling industry standards body, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has called for the Grand National to be postponed until retail betting shops are permitted to reopen their doors to the public. The BGC said that the delay would provide a “timely boost” for both the land-based gambling and horse racing sectors. Delaying …

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Betting shops in England could reopen in April

England’s retail betting shops could reopen from 12 April along with other non-essential retail businesses according to the UK government’s roadmap out of the current coronavirus lockdown. During a press conference last night, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the government’s “roadmap out of lockdown” which outlined a phased reopening of the country beginning on …

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theScore announces US IPO plans in time for Canada sports betting expansion

The Canadian sports media company turned US sportsbook operator theScore Media and Gaming, has announced plans to go public on the Nasdaq exchange. The Toronto-based business announced its US initial public offering (IPO) on Monday. This comes after the company’s board of directors and shareholders voted in favour of continuing with a dual listing in …

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Victoria to investigate Crown Resorts’ suitability for casino licence in Melbourne

Victoria’s Government has announced a royal commission into Crown Resorts to assess the casino operator’s suitability to hold its casino licence in Melbourne. State Premier Daniel Andrews announced that a royal commission will be held to consider whether Crown Melbourne should be allowed retain its Victorian licence that is used to operate its flagship casino …

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Gambling Commission publishes public guidance on gambling blocking services

The UK’s gambling regulator has launched its own public guidance campaign providing a breakdown of the gambling blocking services currently available to consumers at highstreet and digital banks. The UK Gambling Commission’s latest public guidance campaign forms part of the money and rights section of its site that was launched in early 2021.  This new …

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Flutter Entertainment to ban credit card usage in Ireland

Flutter Entertainment has announced plans to introduce several new measures to enhance its safer gambling protocols in Ireland. Flutter Entertainment, the company behind Paddy Power, has announced changes to its safer gambling policies in Ireland. Flutter to ban credit card usage According to the announcement, the Paddy Power operator will ban the use of credit …

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National Gambling Treatment Service improves PGSI scores for Scottish and Welsh users

The UK gambling charity GambleAware has published its first detailed reports on Scottish and Welsh users of the National Gambling Treatment Service (NGTS). According to the findings, more than half of the people that completed treatment with the NGTS are no longer classified as problem gamblers. It was also revealed that treatment with the NGTS …

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BGC calls for the reopening of the UK gambling industry after lockdown ends

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the UK’s gambling industry standards body, has said that retail betting shops and land-based casinos should be allowed to reopen their doors to the public once the UK begins to exit the current national lockdown. The BGC’s call to action comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to …

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