Lottoland Nigel Birrell slams DCMS for ‘judgement with no evidence’ on EuroMillions betting

first_img Submit Camelot under fire for exploiting National Lottery age limits July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Nigel Birrell, the Chief Executive of online lottery operator Lottoland, has slammed the UK government’s decision to ban betting on non-UK EuroMillions’ games. “We believe that today’s decision is unjustified, and sets a dangerous precedent for policy-making on the basis of no evidence,” he said. “It will do nothing but stifle innovation in the sector.”Yesterday, remote lottery operators were handed a shock as the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) moved for an outright ban for betting on EuroMillions lottery draws by third-party operators.In its industry update, DCMS stated that it wanted to safeguard the EuroMillions game, and protect its funding for UK national causes and charity initiatives.  DCMS states that its decision follows an industry consultation launched in March 2017, in which it has gathered wide support to restrict betting on EuroMilllions draw.Gibraltar-based Lottoland was one of the five remote lottery operators considered by DCMS to have ‘run counter to the spirit’ of the National Lottery and its mandate for helping good causes.Issuing a media update, Birrell defends Lottoland’s services stating DCMS lottery review is flawed with ineffective evidence against remote lottery stakeholders.He added: “DCMS itself recently stated in the FOBT consultation that any decisions on the outcome must be based on clear evidence. In today’s consultation response from the Government, they clearly state that the current evidence base is not conclusive.“We believe a review period was a proportionate and a responsible way forward that would have allowed for a final decision to be made on real evidence. Given the significant impact to our UK business of this decision, we are reviewing all available options before determining our next steps.” UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

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John Kelly rejoins Gala Leisure to lead big bingo changes

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon UK bingo hall operator, Gala Leisure has turned to an old hand in John Kelly to serve as non-Executive ChairmanKelly the founder of Gala Coral’s bingo and betting enterprise has most recently served as Chairman of Ladbrokes Coral Plc, prior to its 2018 takeover by GVC Holdings.A UK leisure and gambling figurehead, Kelly will be a key stakeholder in driving the upcoming re-launch and restructure of Gala Bingo.According to the Daily Telegraph, Gala Leisure is set to implement a £40 million overhaul across its + 120 UK bingo estates.Furthermore, the legacy UK bingo operator is set to undertake a full rebrand to ‘Buzz Bingo’, across both its land-based and digital properties.Implementing Buzz Bingo’s new corporate vision, Kelly will be further supported by Chris Matthews new CEO of Gala Leisure, who joined the operator in September 2017 from UK sports retailer Go Outdoors Ltd.It is believed that Gala Leisure’s principal investors have pushed for a corporate rebrand, with a view of disassociating the firm’s Gala Bingo estates with Ladbrokes Coral properties.Updating investors, Chris Matthews commented on the upcoming changes: “Our unique relationship with customers will always be considered at the core of our offer. There is a sense of nostalgia for a game of bingo and a sense of fun and community spirit that goes hand in hand.“It’s that feeling we want to bring to a wider audience through the launch of Buzz Bingo. Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020last_img read more

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