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Sky Bet introduces campaign for responsible gambling

Niji Narayan

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Sky Bet has introduced a fresh campaign for responsible gambling campaign, which designed to make the players and staff of 72 EFL clubs aware of gambling-related harm.

The programme will be delivered by EPIC Risk Management, the leading independent harm minimisation consultancy in the UK. It will cover all clubs over the next season.

It will start at Birmingham City, Norwich City, Charlton Athletic, Brentford, Accrington Stanley, Carlisle United, Lincoln City, Newport County, Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth during the off-season.

EPIC will provide each club with training similar to that which it has delivered to Chelsea FC, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the Rugby Players’ Association. In addition, it will work with current networks within professional football to signpost support for any player or club official who requires it.

The aim of the training will be to ensure players understand the potential risks associated with gambling, the rules around betting integrity, and know how to look out for signs of potential harm in their teammates.

CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming Richard Flint said: “When we announced the extension of our EFL sponsorship we were keen to put safer gambling at the heart of our renewed partnership. By funding such a vital service for every club we want to play our part in reducing gambling-related harm amongst their players and wider staff. I firmly believe that responsible operators can add value to sport through partnerships like this.”

CEO of EPIC Risk Management Paul Buck said: “A recent Professional Players Federation survey concluded that professional sportspeople are at least 3x more likely to be problem gamblers. Our work across other professional sports suggest this is understated. We look forward to working with Sky Bet and the EFL to ensure gambling-related harm is reduced across the players and the clubs in what we believe is the most comprehensive programme ever completed in world sport.”

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, said: “The longevity of any partnership is dependent on each party understanding what the other is trying to achieve and it is clear that the EFL and Sky Bet are aligned in our ambition to increase the collective efforts to supporting issues around problem gambling.

“Betting in football should only serve to enhance the match day experience and I hope that by providing our campaign with visibility at every single game that supporters will be encouraged to stay in control and gamble safely. The work that will take place with EFL Clubs, players and staff alike is a hugely significant step forward and will hopefully have a positive impact on all participants in the professional game for many years to come.”

Source: 5star.media

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Caesars Gets FTC Clearance for Sale of Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

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Caesars Entertainment Corp. has got clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for the sale of its Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to a New York-based real estate group.

Caesars announced last month that it has entered into an agreement to sell Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to a company controlled by a principal of Imperial Companies of New York City for $516.3 million.

The hotel and casino resort’s new owner will lease it back to Caesars for at least two years. Under their lease agreement, Caesars will pay $45 million in annual rent.

While the FTC clearance is an important step towards the finalisation of the deal, it also needs shareholder and regulatory approval from Nevada casino regulators.

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Irish Bookmakers to Get Tax Relief in 2020

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Paschal Donohoe, the Finance Minister of Ireland, has confirmed that bookmakers across the Republic will not be subject to tax on the first €50,000 in wagers that they take in a year, however, will be subject to EU state aid rules.

Ireland’s independent sector has faced an up-hill battle in competing against larger betting operators such as Paddy Power, Boylesports and Ladbrokes following the doubling of the betting tax from 1% to 2% last year.

While the tax rise is expected to generate an estimated €95m in 2019, a number of independent bookmakers have had to close their doors as a result. Bookmakers are obliged to place a tax on each bet tied with them, with the levy tied to State cash which is then used to support the horse and greyhound racing industries.

The unchanged budget, according to HRI’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh, has been attributed to the ‘stand still situation’ over Brexit in which he expressed no surprise that the budget remained the same.

“All this is framed in a Brexit contest. We have long terms plans to develop the industry and they will need funding. But the main short terms issue is Brexit and in the context of the threat of a no-deal Brexit it was never going to be a year of initiatives. It’s a stand still situation. We’ll have to take this away and look at the implications for our own budget. It will make the budget process trickier and tighter. But the more immediate priority is to get the country, and the equine industry, through the next few months,” Brian Kavanagh said.

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NOVOMATIC Appoints Robert van Roosendaal as its Key Account Director

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NOVOMATIC has appointed Robert van Roosendaal as its Key Account Director for Germany, BENELUX, Iceland, Portugal and France. Robert van Roosendaal is a gaming industry expert with many years of sales experience.

Robert van Roosendaal is now responsible for the distribution of the complete portfolio of casino products in Germany, Iceland, Portugal, the BENELUX countries and France. He reports into Jens Einhaus, VP International Sales, Europe and The Americas.

“With Robert van Roosendaal we have been able to assign this key position – especially in the German and French casino markets – to an expert with extensive sales experience as well as excellent market and product knowledge,” Jens Einhaus said.

Robert van Roosendaal joined NOVOMATIC AG in 2016. After a number of sales-related projects, he was most recently Senior Manager Global Sales for Emerging Markets. Prior to joining NOVOMATIC, he held senior sales positions with renowned manufacturers in the casino industry.

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