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  • Ladbrokes and Coral merger: possible competition concerns

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its provisional findings into the merger of the Ladbrokes and Coral betting businesses. In a statement issued on 20 May 2016 the CMA said that the merger “may give rise to competition concerns” with regard to betting shops “in a large...
  • Euro 2016 championship odds comparison

    There is less than a month to go before the Euro 2016 championship kicks off in June and the managers are naming their various squads. Betting firms across Europe have also been pricing up the event and the differing local tax regimes are highlighted in the price variation across...
  • Amaya bounces back on casino growth

    Amaya’s first quarter results show a significant improvement over Q1 2015. Revenues are up from US$ 272.3 million to US$ 288.7 million but net earnings from continuing operations have improved dramatically from US$ 23.3m to US$ 55.4m. Poker Stars continues to increase its market share, now 71%, but we...
  • E-gaming in the Netherlands

    The process of regulating internet gambling in the Netherlands makes the saga in Germany look fast and efficient. It was back in 2009 that the Jansen Commission was set up to assess the regulation of internet gambling in the Netherlands. As with other EU member states the protection of...
  • Self exclusion hits Hill’s profits

    William Hill called for investors to attend a trading update and online review on 23 March. The results at Cheltenham had been awful, the worst in living memory according to James Henderson, William Hills Chief Executive. Then the surprise: social responsibility measures had caused the company to see 3,000...
  • Capital controls – a nightmare for egaming

    The prospect of capital controls seems to be on the increase, particularly in emerging markets, as central banks are becoming ever more unconventional in their efforts to stabilise the economies. It has been estimated that net capital outflows from emerging markets amounted to US$ 735 billion in 2015. Today’s...
  • Gambling regulation – what does it cost?

    In previous GBGC newsletters I have highlighted that the negative publicity attached to problem gambling is likely to cause a decline in gambling overall. The Drink Aware campaign on the misuse of alcohol, along with negative publicity on binge drinking, has caused a decline in alcohol sales of 16%...
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