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Kindred Group Reportedly Considering Danske Spil Acquisition

The Kindred Group seems to be on an acquisition trail. Only just having announced their acquisition of Gibraltar based online gambling operator 32red, there are rumors that they are interested in acquiring parts of Denmark’s former state monopoly Danske Spil. Last April the Danish government said it was considering selling parts Danske Spil’s online betting, casino and poker operations. According to a report in Borsen last week, Kindred has offered to pay up to $571 million for Danske Spil’s online operations. Danish Finance minister was quick to downplay the possible acquisition saying that it would be in the best interest of the Nation for Danske Spil to remain state controlled. Kindred group director Kim Oleson was more upbeat and said that despite the fact that Denmark was opening up their online market to international operators, there were still significant competitive advantages inherent in Danske…

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UKGC Annual Report Shows 48% Of People Participated in Some Form Of Gambling

Latest report form the UKGC gives some interesting insights into the overall gambling sector in the UK. The survey was conducted with over 2000 people over the age of 18. The survey found that 48% of people said they have participated in one form of gambling in the last 4 weeks which is up 3% from 2015. Of those men made up 53% and women 44%. Those most likely to be participating in gambling are aged between 35 and 64. Younger groups have seen a larger increase with 38% of 16-24 year olds and 48% of 25-34 year olds which is a 5% and 105 increase respectively from 2015. The National Lottery draw remains the most popular gambling activity which is followed by scratch cards and other lotteries. Over 17% of people have gambled online with laptops remaining the most popular devices. Tablets and mobile phones have increased with over 43% of online gamblers using their devices. Women are more likely to gamble with tablets and men with mobile phones. When it comes to preference of where to gamble, 97% of online gamblers choose to play at home but younger players are more likely to gamble in work, while commuting or in a pub. When it comes to in-play betting, 26% of online gamblers have wagered with the highest rates in the age groups of 18-24 year old. On average online gamblers have around three accounts. In terms of responsible gambling, awareness of self-exclusion has increased amongst those that have never self- excluded to 37%. The influence of social networks was also measured with 32% of online gamblers following a gambling company on a social media platform. Facebook is the most popular platform and rates are highest for ages 18-34. When it comes to influencing gamblers to spend, advertising is more likely to tempt gamblers than social media particularly in the ages of 18-24. Bad news for the image of gambling in the UK as only 34% of people in Great Britain thinking gambling is fair and can be trusted. A whopping 39% of people associate gambling with criminal activity and 78% of people surveyed believe that there are too many opportunities for gambling now days.  69% believe that gambling endangers family…

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Kindred Acquires 32Red for £175.6m

The Kindred Group who amongst others operates Unibet has acquired the Gibraltar based online gaming operator 32Red for £175.6m according to an announcement by the two companies. According to CEO of Kindred Group Henrik Tjärnström the acquisition is consistent with the group multi-brand strategy. 32Red will joining other brands under the Kindred Group that include Unibet, Stan James, Maria Casino and He went on to say,” 32Red is a high quality, customer-focused business with a similar culture to Kindred’s and we are delighted to welcome 32Red and its team into the Kindred Group and look forward to further developing the brand going forward.” CEO of 32Red  Ed Ware said,” We have consistently and profitably grown 32Red’s market share in the regulated markets of the UK and more recently, Italy. The management team at Kindred have a similar business philosophy to our own and we look forward to joining forces with Kindred and continuing our successful growth within the Kindred Group.” The recommended cash offer to acquire the entire share capital of 32Red is valued at 196p per share. 32Red’s directors will recommend that that the “ fair and reasonable” bid be…

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Former Sports Minister Richard Caborn Warns Of Gambling In Sports

The now global incident of the 46 year-old Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw eating a pie during their Cup tie with Arsenal has taken a not so humorous turn. While many outsiders to the gambling industry and sports betting industry in particular do not know what the fuss is all about, the incident raises the real issue of maintaining the integrity of professional sports. Match fixing in professional sports is nothing new and we have reported on many incidents that have involved top sporting players and events. The sums wagered on sport sin particular are more than enough to tempt many players into influencing a result on a specific game. Former sports minister Richard Caborn is one voice who commented on the now infamous pie eating stun of Wayne Shaw. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Caborn stated that gambling within sport is a serious problem. People are jesting about it, particularly the incident the other night, but there’s a very serious question underlying this, and the responsibility of the gambling industry itself. It’s not just football – we’ve seen what’s happened in cricket, in snooker. This is an area of some concern about the integrity of sport. If we are going to see the central point, as an ex-sports minister, I would be saying, the integrity of sport is absolute – it should not be compromised.” Shaw himself has since been sacked following pressure from the Gambling Commission and Football Association. Bookmaker Sun Bets could be in breach of their licence requirements by offering such a bet to begin…

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Sutton Reserve Goalkeeper’s Pie Eating Stunt Gets Attention Of UKGC

The astronomical amounts of money involved in sports betting has led to most large sporting organizations in the UK placing a ban on players betting on games they are involved with. This week this topic was brought into the spotlight with Sutton’s reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw who has become an online sensation. The 23- stone goalkeeper is affectionately known as the Roly-Poly Goalie and his antics in the second half of their FA cup tie with Arsenal have now gained the not so welcome attention of the UK gambling Commission. Shaw’s PR stunt saw him eat a massive pie in the second half of their FA Cup tie after he was made aware that there  bookmakers offering 8-1 odds of him being caught on camera eating a pie during the game. Beside the UKGC the Football Association is also considering launching a probe into Shaw and bookies Sun Bets. The UKGC were not impressed by Shaw’s antics and intelligence director Richard Watson said,” Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened. As part of that we’ll be looking into any irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its licence requirement to conduct its business with integrity.’” Shaw denied placing a bet on the stunt and said it was all in good…

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