Michigan Senator Predicts Sports Betting Progress

A former senator from Michigan says that despite the recent veto actions of outgoing governor Rick Snyder, sports betting and online gambling will become legal in the state.   Snyder surprised many when he took the step of refusing to sign off House Bills 4926, 4927 and 4928. The Bills had been passed by both the House and Senate at …

Arrests in Albanian Gambling Crackdown

Law enforcement officers in Albania have arrested two individuals who have continued to provide online betting to Albanian residents in defiance of new anti-gambling rules.   The new laws came into effect on January 1, but two individuals arrested since that date have been charged with flouting the regulations. One case relates to a 41-year-old man who was arrested …

Tennis Pros Caught In Match-Fixing Probe

European crime agency Europol has revealed that the Spanish police have arrested 83 people connected to a criminal gang involved in tennis match-fixing, and according to reports, a number of tennis professionals have been caught up in the investigation.   In its report, Europol states that 28 professional tennis players have been implicated, including one player who took part in the last US Open, in 2018.   The investigation began in 2017 at the …

Red Rake Acquires UK Licence

Spanish gaming company Red Rake Gaming will now be able to provide games content to the UK market after it was announced that they have obtained a remote gambling software licence. The Valencia-based company have said that they will be launching gaming content at some point in the next few weeks after successfully concluding the testing of an initial batch of games …

New Zealand Board Launches Betting Portal

The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) announced the launch of what it described as a ‘new era’ for horse racing punters in New Zealand on Wednesday, with a new betting portal. .   The long-awaited fixed odds betting platform will operate through the New Zealand Tab domain, and is powered by betting company Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) and gaming technology company Scientific …

Gambling Commission Confirms Pearce Appointment

UK gambling industry oversight body the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that Trevor Pearce will be re-appointed to the organisation’s Board of Commissioners for a second four-year term, lasting from July 1 2019 to June 30 2023.  Pearce brings to the UKGC over 40 years of experience in the law enforcement field, having worked for the Kent County Constabulary, the National Crime Squad, Serious Organised Crime Agency, and National Crime Agency. Most …

SafeComply Launches New Compliance Tool

A new gambling technology company has been launched with the aim of helping companies in the betting sector to improve and protect their ongoing compliance performance.   SafeComply has been created by the former Betsson AB Group Counsel Abby Rachel Cosgrave in response to a number of compliance failings identified during 2018 and an increasingly tough regulatory environment for gambling operators in multiple European …

Cole Suggests Foreign Workers are the Cure for the Staffing Crisis

Oliver Cole, assistant trainer to father Paul Cole in Whatcombe, has suggested that a relaxed view on entry requirements and a reduction in the costs incurred by those collecting visas to work in Britain could help alleviate the current staffing crisis in the horse racing industry. The Head Lad at the Cole yard is Duilo …

UK Government Commits to Gambling Clinics

The UK government has announced that it will be supporting the creation of new centres designed to support those with gambling addictions.   The clinics will form part of a £20.5 billion reorganisation of the NHS, and will offer access to mental health services and other advice for the 500,000 people estimated to have a gambling problem.   Currently only one …

Amendments Proposed to DC Betting Bill

A recently-approved bill that proposes the legalization of sports betting in the District of Columbia is due to be amended in order to clarify the issue of licensing fees.   Under the changes, the proposed licensing fees for the four specified sports venues would increase to $500,000, while sports betting venues that were located outside the proposed two-block ‘exclusivity zones’ near sporting venues would be asked to pay license fees of  $100,000. The amendments would also …