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Camelot announces more changes to Lotto

Camelot has announced further changes to the structure of the UK’s National Lottery main game, Lotto, from October 2015. The main structural change is that the game will increase from 49 numbers to 59 numbers, with players still having to select six numbers correctly to win the […]

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Ladbrokes and Coral merger – history repeats itself

Ladbrokes and Coral merger – history repeats itself By Warwick Bartlett Ladbrokes’ new Chief Executive Jim Mullen is interested in merging with Coral. This merger was tried before in 1998 but the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Peter Mandelson, vetoed the merger stating that […]

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BACTA survey finds support for FOBT stake reduction

A survey commissioned by BACTA, the trade association for the UK amusement sector, has found support for a reduction in the stake for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs, B2 machines) to below GB£ 20. According to the survey 54% of respondents believed there should be a limit to […]

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Global e-gaming: raising the stakes

Interactive gambling has generally enjoyed a good decade between 2004 and 2014. The sector has overcome some dramatic regulatory and economic episodes to see global gross win grow from US$ 12.4 billion in 2004 to US$ 41.4 billion in 2014. But, as things stand, the sector could […]

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Global gambler spends just US$ 80 on gambling

The average global gambler spent the equivalent of just US$ 80 on licensed gambling activities in 2013, according to research by GBGC for its 10th edition of the Global Gambling Report. The average spend per adult varies greatly across different geographical regions. It ranges from a low […]

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R Franco plots online gaming assault

Spanish gaming machine specialist the R Franco Group is planning to launch its own internet gaming service in September 2015. The announcement was made by Alejandro Casanova, head of R Franco’s Digital division at a recent conference organised by law firm Ramon y Cajal – “Apps: a […]

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Amaya Gaming: revenue is vanity, profit is sanity

Amaya Gaming: revenue is vanity, profit is sanity By Warwick Bartlett The first quarter results from Amaya saw revenues rise 2,549 per cent from C$ 12.8 million a year ago to C$ 340 million. Of course, the increase comes following the acquisition of PokerStars, the world’s largest […]

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Forget the election polls, follow the bookmakers

Forget the election polls, follow the bookmakers By Warwick Bartlett Most politicians say they do not follow the polls, particularly when they are lagging behind! The reality is that they examine them in minute detail. But long before the recent 2015 general election when Prime Minister David […]

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