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Virtual football perfect complement to Africa Cup of Nations

With the first round of games at the Africa Cup of Nations kicking off last weekend, football fever is at a boiling point across the African market, where both the real deal and virtual football are already incredibly popular year-round. Additionally, the winning team from AFCON will qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, very much a precursor ... Read More »

Gambling Commission justifies remote licence fee increases

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The Gambling Commission has explained its motivation behind some of the changes in its annual fee structure which will see a number of remote operators facing higher costs than before, while many other operators will see a much greater reduction. Overall there will be fee reductions for around 1,900 operators while fees will be held at their current levels for ... Read More » launches CEO ‘sack race’ markets

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Financial betting site has launched a new game allowing players to bet on which CEO will depart next. Punters have long been able to bet on the next football manager to get the sack, and now BetOnFinance is giving its customers the opportunity to predict the next CEO to leave their current company, allowing them to bet on one of ... Read More »

Demographic segmentation limited for customer analysis

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Duncan Keene, managing director of ContentSquare’s UK operation, believes that operators can get much more out of their data if they deal with it a little more smartly. ContentSquare is an online user-journey specialist which recently started working with PMU in France helping the company with pain points in aspects of its registration process and Keene believes that the gambling ... Read More »

BHA should pay for photo finish error not bookmakers

William Hill has called on the British Horseracing Association (BHA) to refund bookmakers after a stewards mistake at Lingfield yesterday left them out of pocket. A foggy meeting saw a photo finish in the 2.55 for third place between the 20/1 Elementary and the 7/1 Sun Angel, with Elementary declared as third. However an inquiry at the end of the ... Read More »

H20 Data to make a splash with traders

Ahead of the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition SBC Events, in association with BetConstruct, will hold a seminar to discuss the critical issue of sports data and show how BetConstruct’s data services can help betting businesses. Held on the Sunday before the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition, the H20 Data seminar is invite only and will address topics around the speed, range ... Read More »

Baazov cites shareholder ‘premium’ demands for Amaya bid failure

David Baazov has walked away from his bid to take control of Amaya, the gambling operator he has been instrumental in building over the last few years. In a release issued to the media, Baazov claimed: “The decision to terminate my attempted acquisition of Amaya was not an easy one. I retained a full suite of advisors, arranged committed financing, and engaged in constructive negotiations with Amaya’s ... Read More »

Jacob Lopez Curciel – an operator must be Multi-Channel present

OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez Curciel discusses the development of his firm into an Multi-Channel supplier in a constantly evolving industry. SBC: Your iSHOP product really turned a few heads when it was presented at the Bookmakers Trade Fair in October – why do you think it was so warmly received? JLC: Our product is a neat piece of technology, and ... Read More »

Virtuals appeal to Millennial generation

Writing in eGR magazine this month, Jimmy Bone, Marketing and Client Executive at virtual sports provider Golden Race, says that products such as virtual sports, eSports, and Daily Fantasy Sports with their inherent technology focus are particularly engaging for the Millennial generation. “When we look at the player demographics of eSports and Daily Fantasy, we see something important: 54% are ... Read More »

Bookmakers to deliver 325,000-strong petition of support

A petition signed by more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers from across the country will be presented to 10 Downing Street at 11am this morning as the beleaguered betting industry fights back against its portrayal in the media. The petition, collected as part of the recent ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, calls on the Government to support an industry ... Read More »