NetEnt grows New Jersey presence with Churchill Downs deal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tech company’s online games to complement core horseracing service NetEnt grows New Jersey presence with Churchill Downs deal Regions: US New Jersey Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Casino & games 16th October 2018 | By contenteditor NetEnt has moved to enhance its presence in the regulated New Jersey market by striking up an online games partnership with Churchill Downs. Under the deal, NetEnt will now deliver its portfolio of online casino games to Churchill Downs, best known for its horseracing betting services. Erik Nyman, managing director for the company’s NetEnt Americas business, said the addition of its games will become an “important contributor” to growth in online casino for Churchill Downs.Earlier this year, Churchill Downs announced deals with SBTech and Golden Nugget to launch online gambling services in New Jersey.Churchill Downs said it is targeting the first quarter 2019 to begin accepting legal wagers for sports betting and online gaming in New Jersey. The deal will come as a boost to NetEnt, which in July insisted that it was “taking action” after a slowdown in the UK contributed towards disappointing revenue growth in the second quarter. Revenue was up 6% year-on-year to SEK437m (£37.2m/€42.3m/$49.2m), with earnings before tax growing by a modest 1.2% to SEK149m. At the time, Therese Hillman, who was appointed as CEO of NetEnt in May, said she “couldn’t be too confident” the revenue outlook would improve significantly over the next two quarters. However, NetEnt has seemingly stuck by its pledge to take action to and pursue opportunities in other markets. This includes the new deal with Churchill Downs and also applying for a licence in Pennsylvania, where regulated online gaming should be live before the end of the year. In addition, NetEnt last month announced that it was to launch in Lithuania for the first time via a new partnership with domestic betting operator TOP sport. The company refused to rule out further deals in the country.Image: Santeri Viinamäki Email Addresslast_img read more

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International operators snap up partners in Buenos Aires

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bingo 30th May 2019 | By contenteditor A host of leading betting and gaming operators have struck partnerships with local operators in Buenos Aires as Argentina’s capital province moves towards the roll-out of online gambling. A host of leading betting and gaming operators have struck partnerships with local operators in Buenos Aires as Argentina’s capital province moves towards the roll-out of online gambling.With seven licences on offer, and a deadline of June 25 set for operators to submit final licence applications, companies have moved quickly to secure local partners.The Stars Group has partnered Atlantica de Juegos, while William Hill will work with bingo hall operator ArgenBingo to secure a licence in the province. Flutter Entertainment, the operator formerly known as Paddy Power Betfair, will work with Bingo Pilar (another bingo hall operator), and Intralot has paired off with casino operator BinBaires.Finally Playtech has partnered Hotel Casino Tandil. Two local operators, currently without local partners – Biyemas and Slot Machines SA – have also registered their intention to apply for licences.The seven will bid for one of the state’s 15-year licences, which covers online casino games including slots, sports betting, poker and betting on horse racing.The foreign applicants will be expected to maintain a presence in the province in order to be eligible for a licence, paying AR$5.5m (£97,980/€111,083/$123,767) to participate in the licensing process.Foreign operators must also have a net worth of US$100m or higher, while local operators must have generated sales of AR$250m over the 2018 calendar year.Successful applicants will then pay an AR$65m fee for their 15-year licence, as well as paying a 25% tax on gross gaming revenue.The capital province passed legislation to regulate online gambling in December 2018, with Governor María Eugenia Vidal then signing a regulatory decree to bring the regulations into law in April this year. The market will be regulated by the Buenos Aires Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos (IPLyC).Work on processing the applications will begin once the deadline of 11AM on June 25 passes.The provincial regulatory regime is being launched alongside a separate igaming regulatory framework covering the autonomous city of Buenos Aires. Like the provincial laws, this was passed by lawmakers in December 2018.After the city passed its legislation, its head of government Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Vidal signed an agreement to coordinate regulatory action across both jurisdictions. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter International operators snap up partners in Buenos Aires Regions: LATAM Argentina Email Address Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Bingolast_img read more

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Synot granted permission to launch in Sweden

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 12th July 2019 | By contenteditor Synot granted permission to launch in Sweden Gaming content developer Synot Group has been certified to roll out its products in the regulated Portuguese market. Synot was also given approval to launch in Sweden earlier this week. Email Address Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal Topics: Legal & compliance Gaming content developer Synot Group has been certified to roll out its products in the regulated Portuguese market.The permit, granted by national regulator Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ), will enable Synot to work with licensed operators in the country.The approval comes after Synot was this week also certified to begin operating in Sweden, while the developer recently went live in Denmark. Plans are in place to expaned into other south European markets in the coming weeks and months.“Portugal is another significant destination for Synot Games and marks our entry to the Iberian Peninsula,” Synot chief execuitve Ivan Kodaj said.“The certification underlines our commitment to further focus on expansion in regulated markets. We believe that our diverse portfolio will prove to be highly popular among Portuguese players.”Synot Games is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and is also certified in a number of European markets such as the UK, Spain and Italy.last_img read more

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Eldorado’s Caesars deal gets approval in Missouri

first_img Topics: Casino & games Finance 5th December 2019 | By contenteditor Eldorado’s Caesars deal gets approval in Missouri AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Regions: US Missouricenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Eldorado Resorts is a step closer to completing its $17.3bn (£13.3bn/€15.6bn) acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation after receiving regulatory approval in Missouri. Eldorado Resorts is a step closer to completing its $17.3bn (£13.3bn/€15.6bn) acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation after receiving regulatory approval in Missouri.The state’s gaming commission gave its green light to the deal, which was announced in June and is expected to complete in the first half of 2020.In an update issued today (Thursday) Eldorado said the deal – which would see Eldorado acquire all the outstanding shares in Caesars – remains subject to the receipt of all required regulatory approvals, and other closing conditions. Eldorado and Caesars will have to gain approval from regulatory bodies from all states in which the merged company will operate. It will also need approval from the Federal Trade Commission.Eldorado owns five casinos in Missouri, but is in the process of selling three of these, including the Isle of Capri in Kansas City.Read more on iGB North America. Email Addresslast_img read more

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GAN operator revenue skyrockets thanks to US growth

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter GAN operator revenue skyrockets thanks to US growth Regions: Europe US Southern Europe Italy 6th January 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Finance Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gambling software supplier GAN’s gross operator revenue increased 171.3% year-on-year to $315.6m in 2019 thanks to the growth of legal gambling in the US, according to the company’s Q4 key performance indicators. Finance Gambling software supplier GAN’s gross operator revenue increased 171.3% year-on-year to $315.6m in 2019 thanks to the growth of legal gambling in the US, according to the company’s Q4 key performance indicators.In addition, the supplier saw a 70.5% increase in active player days, defined as the number of unique active gamblers who gambled at least once online each day, aggregated over the period, to 24.5m. GAN’s average revenue per active player-day (ARPDAU), meanwhile, also rose, by 58.9% to $12.88.For the fourth quarter of 2019, GAN’s operator revenue increased 189.1% to $120.8m. Its active player days rose 94.8% to 9.0m while ARPDAU increased 48.4% to $13.43. All three figures were by far the highest of any quarter in 2019.The growth in gross operator revenues and the number of active players was mainly due to the popularity of sports betting in the US and the cross-selling of sports betting customers to casino games, GAN chief executive Dermot Smurfit said. The supplier powers the account services for FanDuel’s mobile sportsbook offering in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana.“Continued year on year growth rate experienced in Q4 demonstrates our Platform technology’s ability to scale successfully for our diverse clients of real money U.S. Internet gambling, Simulated Gaming as well as our long-standing Italian clients,” Smurfit said.“The fourth quarter benefitted from strong seasonal demand during the American Football NFL season; cross-selling of U.S. sports bettors to Internet casino gaming in the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and the launch of Internet sports betting in the State of Indiana.” Email Addresslast_img read more

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Galaxy Gaming to acquire Progressive Games Partners for $12.4m

first_imgCasino table games developer and distributor Galaxy Gaming has agreed a deal to purchase Progressive Games Partners (PGP) for $12.4m (£9.6m/€11.4m).Under the agreement, Galaxy will acquire 100% of the equity interests in PGP, which owns the exclusive global online rights to a range of proprietary casino table games.The purchase agreement states that Galaxy will pay between $6.4m and $10.4m in cash to acquire PGP, with the remaining sum to be paid in newly issued shares of Galaxy common stock valued at $1.91 per share.Galaxy said the acquisition will allow it to exploit more opportunities in the US online casino market by building on existing relationships with casino groups expanding their sphere of operations online, as well as by gaining exposure to new markets and opportunities.Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino table games developer and distributor Galaxy Gaming has agreed a deal to purchase Progressive Games Partners (PGP) for $12.4m (£9.6m/€11.4m). Finance 26th February 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img Topics: Finance Strategy Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Galaxy Gaming to acquire Progressive Games Partners for $12.4mlast_img read more

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Swedish government considers online casino shut-down

first_img Swedish government considers online casino shut-down AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Reports from Sweden suggest government ministers are mulling a temporary shut-down or new restrictions on online casino to avoid an increase in gambling related harm during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen confirmed to iGB that the government is considering various measures to protect consumers in the country, at a time when restrictions on movement are in place.Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi, who holds responsibility for gambling policy, this week warned “extraordinary measures” may be taken if operators do not take action to protect consumers at a time casino play is on the rise.The prospect of the ban has been greeted with dismay by industry stakeholders.Affiliate marketing specialist BonusFinder, citing new data provided by Spelinspektionen, said there had been a 33% increase in online casino registrations and logins across 17 of the 60 licensees in the past fortnight.This came after research carried out by BonusFinder last month found that almost a third of Swedish online casino players were searching for unlicensed casinos. More and more consumers were moving offshore as a result of the market’s restrictive regulations, managing director Fintan Costello wrote in a piece for iGB at the time.This proposed shut-down of online casino, instead of protecting players, was likely to prompt thousands more players to sign up to these black market sites, BonusFinder added. This in turn would cause further financial damage to the licensed market, it said.“The Swedish government will make a colossal mistake if it chooses to temporarily close down online casino sites in an attempt to protect players,” Costello explained.“As our research has shown, almost a third of online casino players are already looking to the black market for a more attractive offering since restrictive rules were imposed in January 2019. These latest plans would create an immediate black-market boom.”Costello claimed that Swedish legislation already requires operators to implement strict responsible gaming safeguards, which he argued meant that the necessary player protection measures are already in place.“The focus should instead be on ensuring these are adhered to rather than taking a knee jerk reaction to close down all legitimate brands and forcing even more players to unprotected sites,” he said.Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary general of the Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), Sweden’s trade association for online gambling, said that while he wasn’t yet sure which action the government would take. However, any additional restrictions on the market would prove a boon to unlicensed operators, he said.Hoffstedt said Sweden’s current rate of channelisation towards the licensed market is at about 75%, well below the government’s goal of 90%“Sweden is struggling with low channelization rates when it comes to online casino, regardless of any possible additional restrictions for Swedish licensed operators,” Hoffstedt said.  “To worsen the conditions for the Swedish licensed operators would not be a particularly smart move.”Should Sweden implement a shut-down or restrictions on casino play, it would become the latest market to take additional player protection measures doing the Covid-19 pandemic.The British Gambling Commission, Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden and the Belgian Gaming Commission have all issued advice to players to help them ensure they don’t develop problems with their gambling.The European Gaming and Betting Association, meanwhile, has set out a series of guidelines for marketing during the crisis, coordinated across a number of country-specific associations.The Betting and Gaming Council has gone a step further, setting out a ten-point action plan for its members to ensure consumers were better protected.Spain, however, has taken a more restrictive approach, introducing additional limits on igaming advertising after seeing an uptick in customer activity that bans bonus promotions. Belgium has introduced a €500 weekly deposit limit, though this has been in the offing since 2018, with sources claiming that it is not directly linked to the Covid-19 lockdown. 9th April 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Reports from Sweden suggest government ministers are mulling a temporary shut-down or new restrictions on online casino to avoid an increase in gambling related harm during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Nordics Swedenlast_img read more

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BGC welcomes extension to UK furlough scheme

first_img The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the government for its decision to extend the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) furlough scheme through to October, saying this will help to protect thousands of workers in the gambling sector. Regions: UK & Ireland BGC welcomes extension to UK furlough scheme Email Address Bingo The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the government for its decision to extend the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) furlough scheme through to October, saying this will help to protect thousands of workers in the gambling sector.Chancellor Rushi Sunak introduced the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in March to help workers impacted by the outbreak, pledging that the government would pay 80% of their wages up to £2,500 per month.Sunak has now said this commitment will continue to the end of July, after which the government would continue to contribute to people’s wages, but with employers also expected to bear some of the cost. Furloughed staff will also be encouraged to return to work part-time from August.Subject to further government announcements on coronavirus, the scheme will run through to the end of October.All betting shops, bingo halls and casinos in the UK have been closed since 20 March. These facilities have benefited from the scheme, with many operators choosing to furlough staff during the period of closure, to mitigate the loss of revenue.This week, the government released details about the next stage of its plans to exit lockdown, but stressed that only some measures would be lifted at specific intervals.The BGC said that even with partial relaxation of social distancing measures, which is not expected until July, many retail, leisure and hospitality businesses would not survive without additional longer-term support from the government. This suggests it will not be until July that entertainment facilities will be able to reopen.In addition, the BGC said this flexibility would help bingo halls and casinos to get back up and running while retaining control over staffing costs. Some 64,000 people are estimated to work in the UK’s retail betting and gaming industry.“We strongly welcomed the introduction of the furlough scheme, as a lifeline for our members and the tens of thousands they employ, and we are delighted that the Chancellor has announced it will continue until the end of October,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said.“Even when social distancing measures are relaxed for the hospitality and leisure industry, many of our member companies would be operating at a much reduced capacity. Without continued business support these businesses will fail and jobs will be lost.”“Extending the furlough scheme and introducing a flexible furlough will provide a more stable transition during the lockdown.”Gambling and betting operators have also benefitted from the Business Rates Retail Discount, meaning they will receive 100% business rates relief in recognition that they had to close as part of measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.Though the initial scheme did not include businesses within the gambling sector, pressure from the BGC saw this expanded to also cover facilities such as casinos, betting shops and bingo halls.However, the situation in Wales remains that betting shops, bingo halls and casinos still cannot access the discount, as Welsh government policy stipulates that the discount does not apply to betting shops. The BGC called for this to also be extended, saying the current policy will put jobs at risk across the sector. Topics: Casino & games Finance Bingo Tags: OTB and Betting Shops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 13th May 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

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Ukraine gambling bill ready for second reading

first_img A bill to legalise and regulate both online and land-based gambling in Ukraine has been approved by the Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy in the country’s parliament (Verkhovna Rada) and is now ready for a second reading.The governing Servant of the People Party announced the committee’s approval of the bill yesterday (3 June).“The Committee almost unanimously supported the formation of a new gambling market and now asks for the support of the Verkhovna Rada.” Servant of the People deputy and Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy member Andriy Motovilovets said. “We are fully ready for the second reading.”The bill, 2285-D, was introduced by Oleg Marusyak as one of six alternatives to the reforms submitted by the Servant of the People Party-led government in Parliament in October 2019. It passed a first reading in January 2020, after being rejected in an initial vote in December.The committee has made changes to the bill since its first reading which have not yet been published.Deputies Halyna Vasylchenko and Yaroslav Zhelezniak, both of opposition political party Voice, said they left the committee hearing early in protest against some of the changes made from the first bill. These include removing the limit on the number of gaming machines in the country, previously set at 40,000, and the provision blocking machines being placed within 500m of a school.In addition, Vasylchenko and Zhelezniak said they wished to see slot machines limited only to five-star hotels rather than also allowed at three and four-star venues.The version of Marusyak’s bill that was passed at the first reading includes a licence fee for online gambling of UAH59.0m (£1.8m/€2.0m/$2.2m).. The initial version of the bill also included a minimum licence fee of UAH141.6m for casinos in hotels with 200-250 rooms and a fee of UAH283.3m for casinos in hotels with 250 or more rooms. These licence fees will track the country’s minimum wage to adjust for inflation.The bill would determine bookmaking licences through a system where each licensee would have the rights to open 5 betting shops. Licences would awarded by region, with 32 licences to be made available in Kyiv; 16 between Ukraine’s other large cities of Odes and Kharkov; and a further 32 in the rest of the country.If the bill is passed, the Rada must also pass another act to setting out how the industry will be taxed. Currently, there are four different gambling tax bills for the Rada to consider.A bill jointly submitted by Marusyak and Marian Zablotskyi, Bill 2713, sets the tax rate for all gambling and lotteries at 25%. An alternative – 2713-1, submitted by Dmytro Natalukha – proposes a 7.5% GGR tax rate from bookmaking, 12.5% from online gambling and 22% from lotteries.A third, 2713-2, put forward by Oleksandr Dubinsky, also looks to establish a flat tax rate of 25% of GGR for all forms of gambling: online, land-based and lotteries.Finally, bill 2713-3, put forward by Artem Dubnov, would scrap specific gambling taxes entirely, with the government making money from the industry only through licence fees and normal business and income taxes.After bill 2285-D was initially rejected, president Volodymyr Zelensky said he would begin to enforce Ukraine’s anti-gambling laws much more strictly. Since then, Ukrainian courts have issued blocking orders to many unlicensed igaming sites, including a list of 32 in February and a further 59 in May.The Ukrainian Association of Telecommunications Operators (Telas), the Internet Association of Ukraine, the Telecommunication Chamber of Ukraine and other telecommunications bodies appealed to the Committee on Digital Transformation to put an end to these blocking orders.The Committee of Digital Transformation then submitted a recommendation to the Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy to ban these orders in the new bill. However, it will not be clear whether such a provision is in the final bill until it is published. Tags: Online Gambling 4th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Ukraine gambling bill ready for second reading Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Ukraine A bill to legalise and regulate both online and land-based gambling in Ukraine has been approved by the Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy in the country’s Rada and is now ready for a second reading. Email Addresslast_img read more

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UK government unveils new Job Support Scheme

first_imgThe decision not to extend lower VAT rates to gambling businesses comes after the industry was also excluded from a scheme whereby companies benefitted from a business rates holiday.Announced by Sunak in March, all retail, leisure and hospitality businesses were made exempt from paying business rates for 12 months. However, the gambling sector was later added after a campaign by the BGC. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has set out details of a new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) job support initiative to replace the government’s existing furlough scheme, potentially providing a lifeline to land-based operators affected by the incoming 10pm curfew. UK government unveils new Job Support Scheme Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Reflecting on the new support, BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said while he is “pleased” that Chancellor has listened to pleas from casinos, he warned the measures may not go far enough, pointing to the new curfew casinos face as a major challenge moving forward. Legal & compliance The government’s contribution will be capped at £697.92 of each employee’s monthly salary.  Email Address This has drawn criticism from the BGC, which warned the decision could see 50% of workers in the sector lose their jobs. Casino operators also called on the Chancellor to provide financial support to help protect jobs amid the ongoing crisis. Sunak said the aim of the new scheme is to protect “viable” jobs, adding that the original furlough project has so far cost the UK taxpayer approximately £39.3bn (€43.09bn/$50.19bn).Employees will need to work at least one third of their usual hours in order to be eligible for the scheme, with the employer required to pay staff for all of the time they work.For the hours that they do not work during the scheme, the employer will pay a third of their wages, with the government also paying a third of wages for these non-working hours.The scheme will be open to all small- to medium-sized businesses, but for larger companies, they must be able to prove that their turnover has fallen during the Covid-19 crisis in order to access the support.Businesses that did not take advantage of the original furlough scheme will be able to access the new initiative.“It is fundamentally wrong to hold people in jobs that only exist inside furlough; we need to protect jobs that provide genuine security,” Sunak said.“Now is the time to move to next stage of our strategy, to nurture recovery and protect jobs in the difficult winter months.”Meanwhile, Sunak also set out a number of other measures to offer further support to businesses through the winter. These included extending the self-employment grants scheme for a further six months and on similar terms to the new job support offering.Sunak, who said he will not announce an Autumn Budget this year, also said that the deadline for all Covid-19 loans will be extended until the end of the year.The payment period for Covid-19 bounceback loans can be extended from six to 10 years, while businesses that have one of these loans can apply to suspend any repayments for up to six months.Government guarantees on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will also be extended from six to 10 years.In addition, a new ‘pay as you grow’ option will be available to any business that has taken out a Covid-19, while Sunak said another Covid-19 loan scheme will be introduced in January to offer further support.Meanwhile, Sunak said the VAT reduction for businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors will remain in place until March. This means that companies here will continue to pay at a rate of 5%, instead of the usual 25%. However, Sunak did not make any mention of this being extended for businesses in the gambling sector. The announcement came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week announced a number of new measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, including a 10pm curfew on British casinos and other leisure facilities. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “The wage subsidy scheme will help in some way as the industry continues to reel from the curfew restrictions,” Dugher said. “Operators would far rather be able to trade than rely on subsidies, but after a gruelling few days this is some respite.“Casinos are very proud of the high numbers of viable jobs that they sustain and now have a better chance of emerging on the other side of this curfew period, thanks to the Chancellor’s scheme Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting 24th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy The new Job Support Scheme will launch on 1 November and run for six months, allowing UK businesses to bring back furloughed staff on a part-time basis and the government covering part of their wages. It has been hailed by the Betting and Gaming Council, despite the industry standards body’s concerns about the curfew. Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

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