Following a competitive bid process, Sportech PLC’s Racing and Digital division has been awarded a five-year contract to provide pari-mutuel betting technologies and services to Tote Ireland.

Sportech Racing currently also holds the Dutch totalizator betting license, which is set to expire on December 31, 2016. The Netherlands Gaming Authority recently announced that it will launch a “transparent” digital tender for an exclusive five-year horse racing and harness racing totalizator betting license that will be open to multiple competitors.

Amaya-owned online gaming brand PokerStars has launched a social gaming app that offers free-to-play poker, casino and slots. The launch appears to be part of an effort to expand beyond PokerStars traditional customer base and to garner interest in the operator’s full casino service.

Despite news that one of his alleged backers “didn’t even know what Amaya was,” company founder and former CEO David Baazov is persisting in his $6.7bn offer to take the gambling business private.

Online lottery provider ZEAL Network has launched a new investment arm to provide finance and support to start-ups seeking to disrupt the lottery market.

Greece-based OPAP, Europe’s fourth-biggest betting firm, has been hit hard by a retroactive austerity tax, causing its Q3 profits to tumble 40%.

Donald Trump was a terrible casino entrepreneur, new research confirms.