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Bwin pulls out of Russia after rule changes

Bookmaker Bwin has announced the end of its operations in Russia amid the changing legislation, according to a letter sent out to its local...

Regulatory red tape damps bookies’ World Cup prospects

Russian bookmakers are hoping for a bonanza from the FIFA World Cup, which will be held in the country less than two months from now, but many fear regulatory hurdles and slow-moving legislation will mean that legal operators will lose out. A complex identification process is likely to deter punters, especially the foreign visitors who are likely to flood into the country for the tournament. 

Ladbrokes and GVC renew talks on $5.2 billion merger

GVC is in detailed talks for a GBP3.9 billion ($5.23 billion) acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral, the two companies said in an announcement to the...

Bookies embrace online as murky legislative waters clear

Russia’s bookmakers see their future as being online, with some major players closing down traditional betting shops to focus on the interactive sector. This year’s Russia Gaming Week reflected that trend with some bookies saying they had eschewed booths at the show to channel funds instead to the development of online services.

Bookies seek regulatory easing to reap World Cup rewards

Russia’s bookmakers are looking forward to a bonanza from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but would like to see regulations eased, in particular with regard to online bets from foreign visitors, to enable them to take full advantage. Sports betting has seen a surge in volumes during recent soccer tournaments and record numbers are expected this time around for the event, which will be held in Russia.

Lack of cooperation hinders efforts to halt match fixing

Regulators, operators and sports bodies need to improve international cooperation if they are effectively to tackle match fixing, which experts say is increasingly centred...

Punters fight “un-Australian” betting practices

Australia’s betting culture, which changed with the entry of foreign bookmakers, is gradually returning as punters fight back against practices such as cutting big bets and closing winning accounts. But lobby groups say more needs to be done. While the two biggest states have led the way with legislative changes, members of online forum Fair Wagering Australia are still leading the charge to enact change across all of Australia.

JRA opens door to overseas racing

A hold of more than US$40 million on a single horse race might seem substantial in most racing jurisdictions — the stuff of dreams, in fact —but for Japan it is a drop in the ocean, and now overseas races are finally getting a taste of the action. It can take a while for the bureaucratic wheels to start turning within the Japan Racing Association (JRA), but the nation's ravenous horse racing bettors have been unleashed on a selected number of overseas events. That hold figure is for the amount bet on the first of the JRA’s simulcast races held in October when some of their punters were set loose on the Prix d l'Arc de Triomphe in France.

Betway loses big on Leicester win

Betway says Leicester’s win of the U.K. Premier League, coming from a rank outsider position of 2,500/1, is likely to trigger the firm’s biggest...

Russia’s online industry entangled in regulatory web

Russian bookmakers continue to struggle with a tangled web of regulations aimed at controlling the online market, with a new centralized online payments hub coming under fire for being overly complicated.
AGE at ICC Sydney, 2021

Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2021

The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the place to see new products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales....
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Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.

Regulating the Game 2021

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AGBriefings, June, 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas

Asia Gaming Briefings – June 2021 Edition

For this edition of our magazine, we focus on Southeast Asia, with a particular look at the Philippines. The country’s casino industry has been among the hardest hit in Asia, with the integrated resorts in Manila’s Entertainment City having remained mostly closed to the general public since the beginning of the crisis last year.
Asia Gaming Briefings, april 2021

Asia Gaming Briefings – April 2021 Edition

In this April edition of Asia Gaming Briefings we take the pulse of how the North Asia jurisdictions of Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East have fared.
Agbriefings February 21

Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.