BGC Reports Increase in Use of Safer Gambling Tools During Safer Gambling Week

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The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has reported an increase in the use of safer gambling tools during Safer Gambling Week.

Taken place in October 2022, Safer Gambling Week saw 200,000 sports betting accounts set up deposit limits, an increase of 13% compared to Safer Gambling Week in the year prior, according to BGC data.

In addition, 61% of players who set a deposit limit during Safer Gambling Week did so for the first time, while the number of players using reality checks – on-screen alters showing the length of gaming time – rose by 300% during this time.

Furthermore, the BGC says Safer Gambling Week 2022 broke its previous social media records, with 30 million impressions generated on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – a 21% increase year-on-year.

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the BGC, said: “These new figures show Safer Gambling Week has made a huge impact and continues to be an increasingly vital platform to successfully encourage the use of safer gambling tools in the regulated industry.

“Millions of customers now use safer gambling tools including deposit limits and time outs. This is a pillar of the regulated betting and gaming industry and is in marked contrast to the unsafe, unregulated and growing online gambling black market, which has none of the safeguards strictly employed by BGC members.

“Safer Gambling Week is further evidence of the regulated industry’s determination to keep raising standards.”

Supporters of Safer Gambling Week include retired football manager Harry Redknapp and ex-Celtic striker John Hartson – it is also backed by the UK Government. Peers in Government supporting the campaign include DCMS Minister Damian Collins and Shadow DCMS Secretary Lucy Powell.


UK Tote Cheltenham Update 2023

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Ahead of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival in just under one week’s time, the Tote will once again showcase the value of the pool betting offering, and ensure an enhanced customer experience, both on-course and online at  

For the first time, the Tote will offer £1 Million Placepot everyday at the Cheltenham Festival. The Placepot is the Tote’s most popular bet with punters getting involved across the four days. In the last five years, Cheltenham has yielded the highest Placepot dividend of all British racecourses, returning an average of £2,361.39. In the last 10 years Cheltenham has also returned some huge Placepot dividends, including in 2019: £91,283.90. During Cheltenham, each Placepot pool will open the night before.  

The Tote’s popular Betting Tournaments will also be on offer for customers to enjoy. Daily social, competitive betting with prizes for the winners, players must opt-in to the Betting Tournament and place three or more bets totalling £10 or more to qualify for prizes. There are fixed prizes for the top three finishers each day and the top 10 profit makers will receive an invitation to take part in the £25, 000 Jumps Series Tournament Final.  

New for 2023, Tote Fantasy Pools will also be available each day of the Festival for the very first time. The Tote’s newest product, Tote Fantasy is a hybrid of the popular Ten to Follow game mixed in with elements of the popular Fantasy Football mechanics. Players are given a 10,000 Guinea budget to select one horse in each of the seven featured races, apply boosts on your fancied team members and score your way into the top 25% of players to scoop a slice of the Jackpot. The new Private leagues feature allows players to do battle with their friends as well as other players and It will only set you back £7.  



The Tote’s commitment to ensuring the best value for customers remains one of its key priorities and following its introduction on British racecourses in November 2021, Tote Guarantee will be available to racegoers betting with the Tote direct online at and on-course at Cheltenham. Tote Guarantee gives customers the best of the Tote return or the Starting Price, whichever is bigger.  

Where the Tote Win price is higher than SP, the customer will be paid at the higher price.  With Tote Guarantee in place, racegoers can have the confidence to bet on any horse with the Tote and get the Best Price Guaranteed on Win bets every time when they bet on a racecourse or at

For those who can’t make it to the racecourse, the Tote will be offering all online customers a free £1 placepot on the opening Tuesday of the Festival and the first £1 Million Placepot Pool of the week. Customers must opt-in to this promotion, then they will be credited with £1 Tote Credit to be used on Tuesday 14th March only.  Across the town and on the major train routes to Cheltenham, the Tote in association with Racing Post will be distributing complimentary copies of “Cheltenham” a pocket sized paper to inform and help racegoers with their selections throughout the week.

The Tote’s digital customers (betting on, via the app or via text betting) will benefit from Tote+ (Tote Plus) which is a 10% price boost on their returns on their Win and Place bets just by betting direct and 5% across Exotics including the Placepot. At last year’s Festival, Commander Of Fleet scored at 50/1 in the Coral Cup but Tote+ paid £67.65 – that’s a 33% overpay. 

Alex Frost, UK Tote Group Chief Executive, said: “The Tote will be more competitive than ever throughout the Cheltenham Festival this year, whether you are betting on-course, online or via the Tote app. We are guaranteeing a £1 Million Placepot every day, where customers can bet small and win big on our marquee bet.  Customers betting with the Tote online last year were over £250 better off to £1 unit stake across the Win singles, and considerably more when betting on the exotics, thanks to the boosts to winnings offered by Tote Guarantee and Tote+ and these are in operation throughout the Festival as they are every day of the racing calendar. We will also be running our Tournaments across the week that customers can get involved with as well as the new Tote Fantasy game every day. With racecourses and the whole sport directly benefiting from every bet placed with the Tote, both on-course and online, there is no better place for racing fans to bet and we hope to welcome as many as possible to the Tote this Cheltenham week.” 

Finally, for those Ten to Follow players in the 2022/23 Jumps Season game, there is still time to take advantage of the transfer window to change up to two horses in their stables and be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £60,000, or one of the cash prizes down to 500th place. Players have until 5pm on Monday 13th March to make their changes.  

Danny Mullins ‘Road to Cheltenham’ Documentary  

Out on Friday 9th March, Tote ambassador, Danny Mullins has given the team incredible access to his daily routine in build-up to the Cheltenham Festival and his bid to win a third successive Stayers’ on Thursday 16 March with the hotly anticipated, Flooring Porter. Head over to the Tote You Tube channel to watch this fascinating 45-minute documentary.


Sky Betting and Gaming renews partnership with Spotlight Sports Group for Cheltenham

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Spotlight Sports Group (SSG), a world-leading technology, content and media company, has announced a new partnership with Sky Betting and Gaming. This partnership will see Spotlight Sports Group develop and manage a racing content hub in Sky Betting and Gaming branding with horseracing content for the ever-popular Cheltenham Festival.

Last year, SSG produced a Cheltenham Festival content hub for Sky Betting and Gaming and due to the great success and learnings from that partnership this year’s edition includes further enhancements in content and functionality. The hub will feature add-to-betslip functionality, live odds, social share capabilities and customer CMS access.

The development of this content hub allows Sky Betting and Gaming to differentiate their Cheltenham Festival content for their audience, which in turn will help maximise key racing-interested audiences during one of the largest racing events of the year.

Speaking of the agreement, Andrew Mook, Head of Marketing Strategy & Planning at Sky Betting and Gaming said: “We know from some great success last year that these content hubs succeed in engaging our audience. Spotlight Sports Group’s technical expertise allows us to maximise the potential opportunity from the biggest sports events of the year, whilst also allowing us to differentiate our content strategy from our competitors.”

Head of UK and Ireland B2B sales for Spotlight Sports Group, Daniel Smith, spoke about the renewed partnership, saying: “We are delighted to be working with one of the biggest brands in the industry again this year, as we roll out the newest edition of the Cheltenham Festival Hub. We’re especially excited to showcase an adapted and amended hub this year following learnings from last year. I’m looking forward to delivering what will no doubt be the best hub we’ve built so far. Sky Betting and Gaming and its team are brilliant to work with and we can’t wait to bring their content strategy to life.”

Spotlight Sports Group content hubs are proven to drive revenues with a rich content experience for betting audiences. They provide partners with a state-of-the-art solution, no technical burden and the ability to provide content in any language for big events or be a long-term content solution.


EGT Showcases its Latest Products at Irish Gaming Show 2023

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EGT is all set to showcase its latest products at the Irish Gaming Show 2023. The company has prepared a special selection of top products that will be available to visitors at stand 1-4.

The slot cabinets of General Series, which have gained great popularity among operators and players in many countries around the world, will stand out with their attractive outlook with frameless HD displays, which follows the latest design trends. The VIP models will further enrich the gaming experience of their users with multimedia chairs, allowing full control over the volume and the main functions of the game. They are powered by the latest Exciter IV platform and will be supplied with the captivating titles of General and Power Series multigames, as well as the bestselling jackpot solution Bell Link, which will provide the players with additional options for winnings and entertainment.

The multiplayer terminal G 32 T, featuring 32-inch widescreen display with an integrated touch screen for greater interactivity and numerous ergonomic features, and the roulette G RSA that can be connected to all EGT play stations, will be also at display to demonstrate their capabilities to participate in many different configurations.

The casino management system of EGT Spider will show what invaluable assistance it can provide in managing the day-to-day activities in a gaming facility.

EGT’s subsidiary EGT Digital will also showcase its portfolio of iGaming solutions, including online slot and instant games, jackpots, as well as its in-house developed betting platform X-Nave.

“I believe that we will have a very successful Irish Gaming Show as our product selection is really impressive. Local casino operators and gaming audience are well familiar with EGT’s developments and expect nothing less than the best from us. They will be able to see it at our stand on March 7 and 8,” said Stefan Dimov, Director of EGT Ireland, Northern Ireland and Portugal.


Gaming Innovation Group expands strategic commercial partnership with News UK

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has expanded its commercial partnership with News Corp UK & Ireland Limited to enter the Irish market with exclusive offers and casino and sports betting content. The Irish Sun’s website now features a dedicated hub for all betting-related content, allowing readers to access everything in one place.

The decision to expand the commercial partnership follows the successful launch in the UK in December 2022, already delivering material revenues to GiG Media after only two  months in operation.

GiG and News Corp UK & Ireland Limited are working towards entering further new markets, starting with the lucrative US market by the end of Q1 2023.


The winner of Slotegrator’s top prize at ICE London 2023, an online casino platform, is iGaming expert Jamie Daniel

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At ICE London 2023, Slotegrator’s team presented the company’s most popular solutions for the gambling industry, including an upgraded online casino platform, which was first prize in a raffle — claimed by Jamie Daniel, the well-known iGaming expert in Europe.

According to organizers, this year’s event was one of the largest in ICE history. “Attendees from 68 countries gathered in one place to present the gambling industry’s latest innovations and the best solutions. Without a doubt, ICE London 2023 was the tech event of the year,” says Dmitry Taran, COO at Slotegrator. “The Slotegrator team is very satisfied: we had up to a hundred meetings with representatives and partners from all continents, and, of course, we are thrilled with the results of our lottery.”

There were 3 incredible prizes: a 100% discount on the set-up for integration of game providers, our Telegram Casino solution, and a free turnkey online casino platform with 5 upgraded modules:

  1. Casino Builder (allows the operator to quickly and easily create a front-end design).
  2. Business Intelligence module (provides statistics and analytics from the platform).
  3. risk management module (helps prevent suspicious behavior and fraud).
  4. bonus module (allows operators to create and change bonuses and loyalty programs).
  5. KYC module (responsible for the fast and convenient verification process).

The winner of first place, where the prize is an online casino platform, was Jamie Daniel, well-known iGaming expert in Europe. “I said to my colleagues, I am going to ICE to win that online casino from Slotegrator. I made sure I was signed up for the second day’s game, and when first prize was drawn, I couldn’t believe it! I’m ecstatic and very excited to get started,” said Jamie Daniel in a video interview after the results were announced.

Approximately 60% of the guests at Slotegrator’s booth were interested in the company’s innovative solution for mobile gambling with a chat-bot — Telegram Casino. This is an alternative front-end to the classic gambling platform in the most popular mobile messenger, which has aroused unbelievable interest from the audience for almost 2 years due to its ability to attract new audiences.

The main sporting attraction at Slotegrator’s booth was an impressive high striker carnival-style game that attracted the interest of every participant. As for the future, Slotegrator is already planning to take part in ICE 2024, with an updated program and set of software products and services.In 2023, the Slotegrator team is also going to the industry’s other highly anticipated events like SiGMA Eurasia, iGB Amsterdam, SBC Summit Barcelona, and SiGMA Europe, and during the year this list will keep growing.



Since 2012, Slotegrator has been one of the iGaming industry’s leading software and business solution providers for online casino and sportsbook operators.

The company’s main focus is software development and support for online casino platforms, as well as the integration of game content and payment systems.

The company works with licensed game developers and offers a vast portfolio of casino content: slots, live casino games, poker, virtual sports, table games, lotteries, casual games, and data feeds for betting.

Slotegrator also provides consulting services in gambling license acquisition and business incorporation.

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Pariplay® partners with BoyleSports in latest Fusion® expansion

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NeoGames S.A  subsidiary Pariplay® has partnered with renowned operator BoyleSports in a multi-jurisdiction agreement.

The deal sees proprietary content from the Wizard Games portfolio, as well as products from the Fusion® platform, go live across Boylesports’ offering in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The agreement will further scale to include more titles from the 14,000 strong aggregation platform, as well as more territories

It is the latest in a string of commercial successes for Pariplay®, which has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The provider recently announced the launch of a brand-new Client Area, designed to give partners worldwide an easier route to assets than ever before.

Pariplay’s Fusion offering consists of over 14,000 games from 100+ suppliers, as well as a comprehensive suite of back-office conversion and retention tools that enhance player value, including Fusion Tournaments, Raffle Rocket and Spin that Wheel.

Andrew Maclean, VP of Sales at Pariplay®, said: “We’re delighted to partner with BoyleSports, a supremely well-known brand across the UK and Ireland.

“Taking both proprietary content and third-party games live across multiple jurisdictions highlights the agility and scalability of our Fusion® platform, and we are confident it will be a game changer for the BoyleSports casino offering.”

Steve Payne, Gaming Director at BoyleSports, said: “Pariplay®’s offering consists of some of the premier titles from across the industry, fitting a huge variety of player preferences. We’re very happy to see key games go live in the UK and Ireland, as we look to further grow our footprint in our core markets and beyond.

“This is an important deal for us as we look to bring great content to diverse audiences, and we’re confident it will be a success for all parties involved.”


UK Govt Restructures the Department Responsible for Gambling

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The UK government has announced another change in the department responsible for gambling policy. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has lost its digital duties, becoming the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It will be led by Lucy Frazer, who replaces Michelle Donelan at the helm.

Prime minister Rishi Sunak’s latest shakeup will see Donelan lead the new Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). It has not yet been confirmed whether the DCMS will retain responsibility for gambling. Frazer is the MP for South East Cambridgeshire, home to Newmarket and the National Stud.

It seems likely that the change can only further delay the government’s gambling white paper. Donelan was appointed to lead the DCMS by former PM Liz Truss in September, replacing Nadine Dorris.

She remained in the role after Sunak took office as PM, but a subsequent move saw Damian Collins replaced by Paul Scully as the DCMS minister directly responsible for gambling. Scully became the fifth person in two years to have responsibility for the UK government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

Scully recently stressed that the paper’s publication will not be the end of the reform process, echoing comments made in early December.

He said: “The white paper is not the final word on gambling reform. It will be followed by consultations led by both DCMS and the Gambling Commission. I want the industry to stay engaged as policies are refined, finalised and implemented.”


New report reveals Ygam is safguarding millions of young people through education

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The portfolio of gaming and gambling harm-prevention programmes delivered by Ygam is helping to safeguard millions of children and young people, according to the charity’s latest impact report.

The report reveals the evidence-based education programmes trained more professionals than ever in 2022 covering all regions of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity delivered training to 4,819 delegates including 2,994 teachers and youth workers. Other professionals included health practitioners, social workers, mental health specialists, university staff and community leaders. Those trained are equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to help support and safeguard the children and young people they have influence over.

The delegates trained by Ygam have committed to reaching an estimated 1,857,895 young people over the next 12 months. Teachers deliver the Ygam resources as part of the PSHE curriculum in schools with resources mapped from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5/Post 16. 96% of teachers and youth workers trained agree that they feel confident about talking to young people about gambling and gaming, compared to 33.3% before the Ygam training. 98.1% agree they can signpost and support young people if they’re concerned about gambling or gaming harms, compared to 25.8% pre-training. 98.5% agree they can recognise signs of gambling and gaming harm in young people post-workshop, compared to 31.5% pre-workshop

Dr Jane Rigbye, Chief Executive Officer of Ygam said: “The findings of this report are a source of pride, and I want to thank the team, our partners, and supporters for their dedication and effort during this year. Our focus was to consolidate and build on the impact of our existing work, whilst looking to the future through the development of a new strategy to guide us from 2023.”

“The team have risen to the challenge; they have been flexible, inspiring, and creative. They have set the foundations to enable us to deliver programmes which meet the needs of those who have responsibility for safeguarding children and young people, in a way which will deliver continuously improving standards and real impact.”

The report details the number of independent evaluations and academic studies that Ygam has been engaged in. The charity says it is committed to supporting research activity to further develop the evidence base and better understand what works in gaming and gambling harm prevention. Over the past 12 months, Ygam has worked closely with leading academics from universities including Plymouth, Loughborough, Bristol, and Newcastle.

The charity has also increased its engagement with parents in 2022 through online workshops and their Parent Hub website. 94.9% of parents felt confident about spotting signs of gaming and gambling related harm after a Ygam workshop compared to 14.9% pre-workshop.

A foster carer who completed the Ygam training praises the charity saying: “This course has taught me so much – the online gaming world is so important in the lives of the young people I look after. I now have much more confidence in being able to start conversations and to be curious about their online worlds.

Through the League Football Education programme, Ygam worked with 12 professional football clubs. The charity delivered educational workshops on gaming harms to over 336 academy players.

Ygam has also continued efforts to review and improve its systems and ways of working. The charity passed several robust audits and assessments which demonstrated Ygam is operating above all statutory and regulatory requirements.


ProgressPlay bringing new Licensee platform to ICE

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Whitelabel and platform provider ProgressPlay is bringing a new Licensee platform to ICE2023 in London with a dedicated stand N8-340, heralding in a new era of service by the dynamic company now into its second decade of iGaming market supply.

This new service introduction is devoted to operator differentiation underpinned by a high-quality new technology platform that can be configured around any tailored third party configuration.

During 2022 and into 2023 ProgressPlay’s significant platform re-engineering investment, which primarily benefits the B2B channel, will be accented on current as well as pipeline operators, with single or multiple brand ambitions.

ProgressPlay has also relaunched their popular 25% discount Global Shows Offer 2023 to coincide with their first outing of the year at ICE2023, giving operators who join them at ICE a head start.

ProgressPlay is offering a standalone Licensee platform open to partners who want to manage and execute everything other than the platform. Scalable, flexible and powerful ProgressPlay’s technology stack integrates easily across the board leaving Licensees free to choose their partners and third-party providers.

The new Licensee service has been designed to deliver to international operators a solid, open, sophisticated, adaptable and highly scalable platform that is specifically customised for the demands of gambling and delivers these scalable solutions for any channel, any jurisdiction, and any business model.

At ICE2023 the ProgressPlay team will have their hands full demonstrating the versatility of this new Licensee offering for web and mobile and explaining the easy integrations that can be supported; from game provision to payment gateways, and everything in-between.

ProgressPlay has made a name for itself as a pioneer in the Whitelabel industry and was most recently shortlisted for the prestigious EGR B2B Awards.

ProgressPlay CEO Itai Loewenstein said: “As we enter our second decade in this wonderful industry, we recognise from experience that the needs of every operator vary significantly. Our deep experience gives reassurance to Licensees that we have the technology, solutions and capability to support their market ambitions.”