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Monday, January 14, 2019, by Lorien Pilling

Changes to the Italian gambling tax regime are becoming as much a part of the New Year celebrations as champagne and fireworks. But operators in Italy will not be welcoming in 2019 because the tax increases introduced will cost them tens of millions of Euros. Italy, however, is not alone amongst the key European gambling markets where licence holders could face more testing conditions this year.  Read More

Monday, January 07, 2019, by Lorien Pilling

Watching the film Jurassic World on television over Christmas in a stupor of mulled cider, mince pies and Quality Street, it seemed a barely credible plot that someone would choose to create a dinosaur like the Indominus Rex which is so perfectly designed to put their entire venture at risk. But then, in a moment of Christmas clarity as startling as the arrival of Marley’s ghost, it became apparent that the UK gambling sector is doing just that.  Read More

Thursday, December 13, 2018, by Lorien Pilling

Denise Coates, founder of Bet365, paid herself GBP 265m last year.  Good for her, I say. But accolades were few and far between as the news broke. The Guardian called it “obscene” and in the same article quoted Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Party Leader, who said Coates’ “eye-watering pay package” was “irresponsible and excessive”.  Read More