Lauderdale Blazers Football Club pulled off a 2-1 victory over Lauderhill Juniors in the Cariibean American Soccer Association (CASA) Super League at the Broward Sports Park on Saturday.In the Masters League Lauderdale FC clobbered Rockers FC 4-1 while Chapel Trail pulled off a 1-0 win over Lion Masters.
MIAMI – The United States Coast Guard recently interdicted 50 Haitian and 10 Cuban migrants, repatriating them to their home countries. Haitians apprehended off Cap-Haitien In a statement on Saturday, the Coast Guard said the respective interdictions took place on Monday after 50 Haitian migrants were interdicted about 46 miles north of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.It’s reported that shortly after 5pm, crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, detected an overloaded 30-foot vessel and launched a small boat crew to investigate. The small boat crew then boarded the vessel and discovered 36 Haitian males and 14 Haitian females.“The Robert Yered crew safely embarked the migrants and sank the vessel to prevent a hazard to navigation…. bottom line is these voyages put lives at unnecessary risk,” said Captain Jason Ryan, Coast Guard 7th District chief of enforcement. “These voyages often involve ill-advised agreements with smugglers on poorly equipped, makeshift vessels that are prone to capsizing leading to loss of life. “This humanitarian mission is a priority of the Coast Guard and its foreign and domestic partners – only strengthening our presence in the region to stop these illegal activities from occurring, putting safety at sea first,” he continued. Record numbersThe US Coast Guard said about 2,474 Haitian migrants have attempted to illegally enter the US via the maritime environment since May 20 in fiscal year 2019 compared to 2,727 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2018. These numbers represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic, the US Coast Guard said.Cubans Twelve Cuban migrants were also interdicted on Monday – 12 miles off of Villa Clara Province, Cuba.The US Coast Guard said its 7th District watch-standers received notification of an illegal departure of a 30-foot go-fast vessel .The Coast Guard cutter Evans crew repatriated the 10 Cuban migrants back to their home of origin, while the other two- who were suspected smugglers, were transferred into US Homeland Security Investigations custody.“The Coast Guard maintains a focused and coordinated effort with multiple agency assets to interdict any attempt to unlawfully immigrate by sea to the United States,” said Rear Adm. Peter J. Brown, commander of Coast Guard 7th District. “Those who are interdicted at sea attempting to illegally immigrate will be repatriated to their country in accordance with existing US immigration policy,” he added.
European League preview: Stamford Bridge lit for Premier League showdownWe preview the highly anticipated upcoming matches across major European leagues, which take place starting from Friday through to Sunday.ENGLANDJoint-leaders Manchester United have a perfect opportunity to go top of the league table when they host rock bottom Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have been in a two-horse race at the top with Manchester City, and could go clear heading into the international break if the Citizens drop points at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea and Manchester City meet at Stamford Bridge in the game of the weekend. The visitors are joint-leaders while the Blues are third on the table. Games between the pair over the years have always proven to be fiercely contested. Considering Manchester City’s mind-blowing start to the season and Chelsea’s massive away win in the UEFA Champions League midweek, we expect this game to probably be one of the games of the season yet.GERMANYSeventh-place Schalke hosts Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night. The home team have suffered successive league defeats, losing in their last home game to Bayern Munich. The visiting team have struggled away from home this season, but can always guarantee you a goal feast whenever they are in action.League leaders Borussia Dortmund are away to Augsburg on Saturday afternoon. The leaders have to put their latest UEFA Champions League setback behind them and focus on extending their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.Hertha Berlin could pile further misery on Bayern Munich when they host the troubled champions. Eight-place hosts could be prepared to hand a shocker to an expensively assembled team who are five spots ahead. Failure to secure maximum points will be a third successive winless game for Bayern Munich.ITALYAC Milan needs to get their season back on track starting with a home game against Roma. Coach Vincenzo Montella, a Roman hero, and now manager of AC Milan has to put whatever affiliations and connections he has with the capital club, in a game whose outcome could decide his fate in-charge of the Rossoneri.League leaders Napoli are home to Cagilari in Sunday’s early kickoff. It has being a wonderful season for the Marek Hamsik captained team who are unbeaten and have set the pace in the league. They should have little trouble in blowing away a Cagilari team that have struggled both home and away this season.FRANCESecond-place Monaco will aim to bounce back from UEFA Champions league disappointment on home ground when they host Montpellier at the Stade Louis II on Friday night. The 13th-place side come into this game on the back of an impressive scoreless home draw against PSG last weekend and could fancy their chances of nicking another point off a battered Monaco team.Paris Saint-Germain are at home to Bordeaux in a game the leaders need to make up for last weekend’s shocking away draw. Coach Unai Emery can once again count on the services of Neymar who is available after missing the last game due to a slight toe complaint, as the Parisians have the full complement of Neymar, Edison Cavani and Kylian Mbappe all rearing to go from the start.OGC Nice and Marseille round up French Ligue 1 matches on Sunday night at Allianz Riviera. Nice have been inconsistent this season, despite their heavy hammering of Monaco on this ground a fortnight ago. It promises to be an exciting game as the Rudi Garcia coached Marseille team are a competitive side who are capable of creating upsets. Related
Nektan ceases trading on London AIM May 18, 2020 XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Share Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Related Articles Submit London AIM-listed mobile casino and social games operator Gaming Realms Plc is confident of achieving its year-end corporate targets and expectations having reported a solid H1 2017 opening (period ending 30 June).Presenting its H1 2017 (unaudited) trading update, Gaming Realms recorded increased group revenues of £15.7 million, up from £14.9 million reported a year ago.A busy period for Gaming Realms has seen the company sign and launch a number of new content partnerships for its ‘Slingo Games’ Catalogue with US New Jersey operators including; Pala Interactive, Rush Street and Caesars Entertainment.Furthermore, the company has launched two new ‘white label’ gambling sites; Dealornodealcasino.com and Loveislandgames.com in partnership with ITV and Storm games.Closing its H1 2017, Gaming Realms governance would detail adjusted losses of £900,000, a marked improvement on the £3.6 million loss reported from corresponding H1 2016.Updating investors, Gaming Realms detailed that it had been able to undertake cost savings by restructuring its internal divisions, with its Social business integrated resulting in significant savings during the period.Detailing its current trading outlook, Gaming Realms governance issued the following statement“With the H1 2017 adjusted EBITDA loss significantly reduced to £0.9m, the Board remains confident in its strategy and is on track to achieve the Board’s expectations for the year as a whole. The Board anticipates the Company will achieve significant positive EBITDA in the second half of the financial year with increased revenues, seasonal marketing costs reduced, and a full period of benefits from the integration of the social business. To support this growth, the Company anticipates raising approximately £1m from investors in the relatively short term” StumbleUpon Share
Submit David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Related Articles Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Share Dugout upgrades content outreach capacity with Sportal365 June 9, 2020 After a breathtaking week of Champions League football, this edition of On The Ball analyses the repercussions of the latest round of European fixtures, as well as looking at some of Europe’s top clubs. Esports expansion for Manchester CityAfter crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester City announced a new partnership with renowned Korean gaming provider Nexon.Nexon will become City’s official social football gaming partner in South Korea, helping the club expand its presence in the esports industry as well as enriching the ‘FIFA online 4’ experience for City fans. Jeonghun Lee, the CEO of Nexon commented: “It’s a great honour to work shoulder to shoulder with one of the Premier League’s leading football clubs, and I hope our partnership will diversify both the online and offline football experience for FIFA Online 4 players.”Damian Willoughby, Senior VP of Partnerships at City Football Club added: “We are delighted to announce this partnership and welcome Nexon to the City family. Nexon is a worldwide leader in free-to-play games that shares our commitment in providing innovative and immersive experiences for a global audience.“FIFA Online is one of Nexon’s most successful titles and one of the most recognised titles in Asia, boasting a passionate community of online users. Through this partnership, we look forward to engaging with FIFA online users in Korea and enhancing the game they love by developing in-game experiences and digital content.“We are also delighted to be extending our footprint in Korea, an important market for Manchester City, and doing so with a partner who will help us to further engage with our fans here.”A new coliseum in Rome Just prior to the Giallorossi’s gladiator like comeback against Barcelona in the week, Roma President Jim Pallotta met with other key figures at the club to further discuss the possibility of building Roma a new home.The Serie A side currently share the Stadio Olimpico with rivals Lazio, but have had plans approved to move into a new 55,000 seater stadium in the Tor Di Valle area of Rome.In a statement released when approval for the new plans was given, American owner Pallotta stated: “I’m delighted because I know what this decision could mean for Rome itself, for our club’s future and for our fans – and we want to give them the home they deserve.”Buffon blasts English official after controversial penalty Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has continued his tirade against Michael Oliver, after the English referee awarded Lucas Vazquez a penalty in the dying moments of Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter final tie against Juventus.Buffon’s immediate reaction led to the legendary goalkeeper seeing a red card and being replaced in the Juventus goal by Wojciech Szczęsny, who unsuccessfully attempted to save Cristiano Ronaldo’s decisive penalty.The penalty ended hopes of a comeback for the Italian champions, having previously overturned a three goal deficit from the first leg. However, speaking after the game, Buffon said: “It was a tenth of a penalty. I know the referee saw what he saw, but it was certainly a dubious incident. Not clear-cut. And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point.“The team gave its all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation. Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish. On top of that, if you don’t have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, having your drink and eating crisps.”He added: “You cannot ruin the dreams of a team. I could’ve told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating. If you can’t handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps.”PSG in trouble with UefaIn spite of cruising to a French league title, an early Champions League exit means this campaign will be regarded as a poor one for Paris Saint Germain (PSG), and Uefa could be about to make it worse.European football’s governing body has told PSG that they could face sanctions for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), which relate to the club’s transfer dealings last Summer when they signed Neymar for £198m and Kylian Mbappe on loan with an option to buy for £167m.The excessive spending by the Qatar owned club caused much unrest around European football and led to the President of La Liga, Javier Tebas accusing PSG of “financial doping”. Furthermore, it’s believed that a key element of the investigation is related a lucrative sponsorship deal the club has with the Qatar Tourism Authority.United’s new stadium dilemma Manchester United’s long term ambitions to expand Old Trafford took a setback, as the club’s Managing Director, Richard Arnold revealed he can’t see a way of expanding the ground without leaving the club temporarily “homeless”.It has been touted that Old Trafford could grow its 74,994 to 88,000, with the construction coming in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand. It would follow numerous complaints from the club’s manager Jose Mourinho over the atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams this season, something which also led to the club lowering ticket prices in tier one of the Stretford End for 18-25 year olds. Bayern heading back to the StatesAfter edging past Spanish side Seville to book a place in the last four of the Champions League, German champions, Bayern Munich announced that they would be returning to the United States in the Summer. The club has played a key focus on the US market having previously toured the States in 2016, it’s believed that the club will announce their opponents in the coming days, however it seems highly likely that a reunion with Chicago Fire’s Bastian Schweinsteiger is on the cards. Share StumbleUpon
Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Share Share David Macdonald – Ladbrokes CoralIndustry-independent watchdog and standards body, The Senet Group has praised Ladbrokes (GVC Holdings) for its commitment to promoting Responsible Gambling through its marquee sponsorship of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).Promoting safer gambling, Ladbrokes marketing confirms that the Senet Group’s ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ message will appear across all SPFL players’ shirts for the 2019/20 season.David Macdonald, Sponsorship and Events Manager at Ladbrokes Coral, said: “As a responsible business, we hope this innovative scheme proves our commitment to tackling problem gambling through sport, across Scotland and will encourage other operators to follow suit, for the benefit of our customers, colleagues and communities.”In addition, the Senet Group’s core message will be displayed across match-day programmes, LED boards and TV interview backdrops, with Ladbrokes marketing outlining the most comprehensive coverage for UK safer gambling initiatives.Entering 2018, Ladbrokes renewed its SPFL sponsorship until 2020, with the betting brand agreeing to invest in Scottish football projects.Gillian Wilmot – The Senet GroupBacking Ladbrokes, Senet Group Chair, Gillian Wilmot, said: “The When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign has proven its ability to connect meaningfully with players and to help tackle problem gambling. Since its launch in 2015, the campaign has reached an estimated 82% of regular UK gamblers, with 33%, or an indicative 5 million adults confirming that it has helped them gamble more responsibly.“The decision by Ladbrokes and the SPFL to use our campaign materials is a great endorsement of the work we do to engage with players through positive and engaging messaging, which drives reflection and behaviour change.”
Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has secured a new two-year partnership with Argyll Entertainment, which will see SIS deliver its 24/7 Live Betting Channel. The channel, which will feature live streams of international horse racing and British and Irish greyhound racing, will deliver content from across six continents via Argyll’s SportNation.bet site. Philip Bell, Commercial Director at Argyll Entertainment, said: “We’re delighted to have signed this deal with SIS, which allows us to multiply the number of horse and greyhound races that we can stream to Argyll Entertainment customers online.“Given the host of first-class international racing action on the horizon, the deal comes at the perfect time to secure the best possible experience for our customers when it comes to watching both horse and greyhound racing from around the world at any time.”Punters will be able to access coverage from over 33,500 greyhound races per year, which will be broadcast each week from the UK and Irish tracks including Monmore and Mullingar. This will be complemented by coverage from over 19,000 international horse races from over 80 different racecourses.The channel will be delivered via a “Watch & Bet” format, providing around-the-clock frequent short-form betting events, which will help to optimise bettor engagement and dwell time, and drive betting revenues.Sandra McWilliams, Sales Director at SIS, said: “We’re thrilled to be delivering our new channel to Argyll Entertainment, an operator with a flair for innovation which is breaking into varied markets worldwide. Our 24/7 Mixed Racing Channel will offer Argyll’s customers quality betting events every three minutes, and we’re confident it will drive engagement and increase betting revenues.”
Related Articles StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share In the latest of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka dips into the rich history of Greek mythology to put the industry’s challenges this year into some sort of context.A spectre is haunting gambling Europe – the spectre of a ban on gambling related advertising. It came from Italy and is now sweeping through the Mediterranean. The new Spanish coalition government has announced in its recent manifesto that it will consider tobacco-style restrictions on gambling advertising; its Greek counterpart is proposing prohibiting advertising of RNG based casino games.Other European governments have stopped short of a complete ban, yet like for example the Swedes, the Belgians and lately also the Danes, are minded to put more or less severe restrictions on how gambling is allowed to be promoted. The governments in the throes of regulating their online gambling markets, such as the Netherlands, also tend to drift towards a more restrictive stance on gambling advertising.The fluid spectre is thus solidifying into yet another colossus of an issue for the industry to negotiate and find a response to. Not giving an efficient response would, in my view, be a road to perdition. However where lies the most navigable route between the Charybdis of a gambling ban and the Scylla of an unattractive customer proposition stripped of a number of perks that have been on offer in the past? Are we facing a Sisyphean task or does our chance of salvation go through completing a Thirteenth Labour of Hercules? Let’s, at least theoretically, attempt the latter here by taking advantage of some of the labours Hercules has kindly completed for us already.The dissection of the problem starts by cleansing the Augean stables of the rationale behind gambling advertising bans. I can almost hear the staccato voices of Italy’s Matteo Salvini and Spain’s Pablo Iglesias uniting in chorus and belting out that gambling advertising needs banning to protect consumers from the evil of a 24/7 exposure to ubiquitous online gambling and the ever increasing levels of gambling addiction resulting therefrom.Advertising is, in their view, one of the many heads of the gambling Hydra that require rather drastic trimming in a bid to secure a more responsible gambling environment.This would not only be an environment free from gambling in TV breaks but also free from a myriad of digital and physical promotional banners and hoardings the industry has introduced over the years. No more bonuses, no nothing …Brushing aside any speculation as to whether protectionism has a role to play when it comes to the motivation behind the draconian restrictions on gambling related advertising, I would be inclined to question the efficiency of a complete ban for several reasons:1) just like bans of individual gambling product categories, an advertising ban has the propensity to cast a larger segment of gambling demand into the tenets of the unregulated, or if you will, black market;2) the implication of the plunge into the abyss of a black market is an effective lowering of the overall responsible gambling standards in the market as a whole (arguably quite the opposite of what the likes of Messieurs Salvini and Iglesias allegedly intended in their fiery anti-gambling diatribes);3) a blanket advertising ban makes it more difficult for the end users to distinguish between legitimate licensed operators and the fly by night ones; and finally4) it materially contributes to stifling of competition on the market where the basic essence of the products on offer is largely identical and new product features replicable at a vertiginous speed (think cash out).The Augean stables may not be that clean after all… However, instead of crying over the spilt regulatory milk I would suggest it was high time to grab the (Herculean Cretan) Bull by the horns and seek to complete the Thirteenth Labour. The tools at our disposal are, with a little help from our friends in governments, legislation and, in reliance on ourselves, self regulation; I would suggest the governing principle to abide by is that one size does NOT fit all.What the above principle encapsulates is that crucially any advertising regulation needs to factor in the state of maturity of an individual gambling market. Newly regulated or regulating markets, such as for example the existing as well as prospective US markets, are best advised to adopt rather more lenient regulatory measures to start in a bid to ensure high levels of customer channelisation.Once this is achieved a more restrictive approach designed to regulate the volume and frequency of advertising could be considered without however turning the screw too much and always with a close eye on the actual market and customer needs, in particular in terms of consumer protection, underpinned by reliable analysis, not second guessing.As part of the advertising campaigns, today’s Herculeses (the stars and heroes of tennis courts, football pitches and ice hockey arenas) could be employed to convey responsible gambling messages in their capacities of role models. This is, I believe, the way to successfully fight the behemoth of blanket bans and excessively restrictive advertising rules without ending in the tentacles of Charybdis or the fangs of Scylla.Martin Lycka is Director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Group. Before that he spent nearly ten years at Paddy Power Betfair working on international markets. Views expressed are personal and not necessarily those of GVC Group. Share Submit
Share StumbleUpon Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Kindred Group has published its opinion submitted to the Swedish government on the proposal of new player protection measures, which it seeks to implement during the COVID-19 crisis.On 23 April, Sweden’s Health Minister Ardalan Shekarabi presented an emergency proposal to Riksdag, outlining a series of ‘temporary restrictions’ on online gambling operators as further COVID-19 public policy protection measures.Criticism of Shekarabi’s actions have been well documented, with Swedish CEOs writing to the government urging MPs to dismiss the Health Minister’s orders.Publishing a detailed response to draft proposals, Kindred has stood by the industry’s main concern that Sweden’s ‘licensed market will be significantly reduced as a result of the government’s continued tightening of gaming regulations, which will lead to an expansion of the illegal gambling market’.Kindred stated that draft restrictions have been submitted based on an ‘alarmist hypothesis’, without proof of evidence that problem gambling has, or will, increase during the pandemic period.While the Health Ministry presented no evidence, Swedish licensees pointed to independent research undertaken by Copenhagen Economics, which explained that restrictions could lead to a 30-40% increase in players gambling via unlicensed operators. Kindred stated that should the government proceed with further restrictions, it will simply undermine Spelinspektionen’s channelisation frameworks, outlined as the core mandate of Sweden’s 2018 Gambling Act.As a market licensee, Kindred questioned why the government notified the EU Commission of its draft proposals, choosing to treat online gambling radically different to other business sectors. Should the government seek to further protect consumers and the improve industry standards, Kindred advised its stakeholders to pursue its previously recommended action plan which includes: Enforcing B2B-licenses for suppliers and customer acquisition companies Undertaking further regulation of the instant loan industry Carrying out powerful public awareness campaigns Clarifying the Gambling Authority’s mission by requesting player data from gambling companies to facilitate fact-based assessmentsHenrik Tjärnström, CEO Kindred Group, said: “We are extremely concerned that the Swedish gambling market continues to shrink, a trend confirmed by both the Swedish Agency for Public Management (Statskontoret) and research firm Copenhagen Economics. What the government is now proposing will result in a continued decline in the gambling market and an erosion of consumer protections.“We need to be careful about introducing regulations that move customers away from regulated gambling companies towards unlicensed sites where Swedish authorities have no ability whatsoever of ensuring high consumer protection. This is a negative development for customers, for the licensed gambling companies, and for society as a whole.” Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020
Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Further to announcing its leadership change this morning, GVC Holdings has published a H1 post-close trading statement informing investors of the firm’s performance under challenging global conditions. Navigating COVID-19 complexities, GVC underlined that the company was robust and decisive in implementing cost management actions to ensure that the group achieved its objective of operating at a cash neutral position during the lockdown period.Trading under ‘extraordinary circumstances’ following the Q2 closure of its UK and European retail estates and the further postponement of global sports, GVC saw its group H1 NGR decline 11%. Despite its business operations being interrupted from mid-March, GVC highlighted the continued growth of its online gambling division, which saw NGR increase 19% during the H1 period.Online gambling’s robust performance was maintained by its diverse product inventory and geographic mix, said GVC, supporting the division’s performance during the sports lockdown.However, the post-close statement underlined the pandemic’s severe trading impact on GVC’s UK and European retail operations. The enforced closure of Ladbrokes Coral estates from mid-March saw UK retail like-for-like NGR decline by 86% during Q2 trading.GVC’s retail impacts were further compounded by the Q2 closure of its Belgium and Ireland estates down 90% during the period, as group retail NGR tracked at a -50% decline for the H1 period.Withstanding trading impacts, GVC pointed to a period of continued progress on key group directives, including Ladbrokes Coral brands being migrated onto GVC’s group technology platform. Furthermore, as reported this month, GVC and US partner MGM Resorts agreed to increase funding of its ROAR Digital joint-venture to $450 million, accelerating the development and prospects of its BetMGM property.Outgoing Group CEO Kenneth Alexander commented on performance: “All in all, our resilient performance through what has been a turbulent first half and the proven strength of our business model means that the Group can look forward to the future with confidence.” “It is a clear testament to the strength and diversification of our business model, the quality of our technology, the enduring appeal of our brands, and the talent, commitment and professionalism of our people. “We have worked hard to achieve our target of operating at cash neutral throughout the lockdown period, which has enabled the Group to retain the necessary financial strength to be able to take advantage of growth opportunities as and when they are presented to it. Our increased investment in BetMGM in the US is a case in point.”At present, GVC expects H1 group EBITDA to be in the range of £340-£350 million. It will publish its 2020 interim results on Thursday 13 August.