It has been announced that GBGC’s CEO Warwick Bartlett will join SBC’s Sports Betting Hall of Fame. GBGC will be attending SBC’s Betting on Sports conference in September, at which the Sports Betting Hall of Fame induction event will be held.
“It is a great honour for me to be included in the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame for services to the betting industry.
I started out as a bookmaker with a single betting shop in 1966, eventually expanding to 20 shops, before selling some to Coral in 1984.
I formed the British Betting Office Association (BBOA) in 1992, which then merged with the Betting Office Licensees Association (BOLA) to become the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), where I served as chairman from 2001 to 2013.
I have loved every minute of the last six decades. I love the betting industry and the people employed in it. It has been a pleasure to serve you all.”
Some notable successes along the way:
• Organised the first conference for bookmakers and sports betting.
• Instrumental in bringing South African Racing to the UK betting shops during the big freeze of 1978/9.
• GBGC first to introduce the term gross gaming yield which became the benchmark for taxing winnings instead of revenue.
• Presented the argument to the Secretary of State for introducing a betting tax on gross profits. The gross profits tax was Will Roseff’s idea.
• Promoted the idea of Malta to become an e-gaming jurisdiction to Malta’s UK ambassador.
• Promoted the idea to SIS to sell the BAGS service to betting shops in Europe.
• Warned the UK gaming sector well in advance of the smoking ban that it would be detrimental to its business.
• Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC), founded in 1999, published the first meaningful report on the global gambling industry. GBGC’s Global Gambling Report is now in its 13th edition.
By Warwick Bartlett