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    Ralph Topping, the chief executive of bookmaker William Hill, has revealed he is opposed to the “clustering” of betting shops in the UK and has called on MPs to take action before the situation starts to “alienate” communities.

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    Online gambling player protection software developer Playscan has entered into a partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in an effort to help protect players in North America.

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    Online and land-based betting operator Gala Coral has reported a significant pre-tax loss despite generating record turnover in the 12 months through to September 28, 2013.

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    UK bookmaker Ladbrokes has appointed advertising agency BBH London as its advertising partner with the aim of developing a new marketing strategy.

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    UK bookmaker William Hill has cited the success of its online sportsbook operations as the main cause of a “strong” performance in the final quarter of 2013.

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    Betting systems provider A Bet A Technology has agreed a deal to become the exclusive supplier of UK independent bookmaker David Pluck.

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    The UK Coalition Government has rejected a motion for local councils to be given the power to limit the amount of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in their individual constituencies.

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    UK opposition party Labour is set to force a vote in Parliament on its plans to give councils the power to ban fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from bookmakers in their constituencies.

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    John Boyle, founder, owner and chief executive of Irish independent bookmaker Boylesports, has revealed that he is planning to expand the business in Britain after enjoying considerable success in Ireland.

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    Gamblers in the Scottish city of Glasgow spent over £800 million (€956.1 million/$1.3 billion) on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) over the past year.

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    Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition Labour party in the UK, has backed calls for the government to take action on what he said were “dangerously addictive” fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

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    Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has strengthened its presence in the country with the purchase of nine betting shops from independent bookmaker Hacketts.

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    Olympic Casino Group Baltija, a subsidiary of land-based casino firm Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG), has been issued a licence to offer sportsbetting games in Lithuania.

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    Three local councils have joined a list of authorities that have announced their support for an initiative to encourage the Government to restrict fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK.

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    The Bulgarian Parliament has approved amendments to the Gambling Act that will lead to a threefold reduction in gambling tax in the country.

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    Members of the Stop the FOBTs campaign against fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have hit out at the UK Government’s decision to vote in favour of implementing the recommendations from the recent review into gaming machine stakes.

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    The Gambling Commission, the regulatory body for the majority of gambling in Great Britain, has cited non-remote betting as the catalyst behind a 7% rise in gross gambling yield (GGY) between April 2012 and March 2013.

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    US land-based and online sportsbook Affinity Gaming has cited “soft regional gaming trends” as the reason behind a year-on-year drop in its third quarter operating results.

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    Ladbrokes has refuted claims made in a series of articles published by the Guardian newspaper that business practices on its betting premises were unethical and that it turned a blind eye to illegal activity.

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    Danny Russell has left his role as insight director at Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, according to a report.

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