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Gambling industry stalwarts honoured

A number of figures from the gambling world have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Retired racehorse trainer Peter Walwyn is awarded an MBE for services to horseracing, having won three British Classics including 1975’s Epsom Derby.

The 78-year-old said: "I'm very honoured and thrilled for my wife and everyone else I've worked with over the years." Denise Coates, founder of online gambling company Bet365, was given a CBE for services to the community and business. Set up in 2000, the Stoke-on-Trent-based firm employ over 1,700 people.

Coates said: "It's an incredible honour to receive this award. It would not have been possible without the fantastic support and commitment of everybody at Bet365."

Greyhound trainer Charlie Lister was handed an OBE for services to the sport, having won the greyhound Derby six times, including in 2010 and 2011, as well as a range of other major honours.

The 71-year-old said: “I've had a good year with the finals we've won but I never dreamed I'd get anything like this - it's unbelievable.”
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