Andrew McCarron

Ladbrokes restates case for Coral merger after Desmond criticisms

Ladbrokes has moved to counter the call by Dermot Desmond for shareholders to reject its proposed merger with Coral by reiterating the rationale behind the deal. In a message to the stock market, Ladbrokes’ board said that it ‘noted’ Desmond’s letter and acknowledged that it had had ‘significant dealings’ with him as both a shareholder and a commercial partner over …

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‘Passive’ Ladbrokes shareholders told to block Coral merger by Dermot Desmond

Ladbrokes investor Dermot Desmond has come out fighting against the merger between UK bookmakers Ladbrokes and Gala Coral, imploring the ‘passive’ Ladbrokes shareholders to block the deal and look for better options. Desmond, who has had a long standing interest in the gambling industry through initiatives such as betting exchange BETDAQ, Irish bookmaker Chronicle and GBE Technologies, notwithstanding a stake in …

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Slot management is not a game of chance

Jelena Kuzmanov, product owner at Danish affiliate Better Collective, attended the recent Slot Academy in Holland on behalf of SBC News – and she found it an enlightening experience. When you walk into a slot parlour, you might think that one looks like any other – it’s just some slots, placed all over the room, not much philosophy around it. …

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Isle of Man has strong approach to player protection

The Isle of Man has been hailed as a strong regulator when it comes to player protection laws. Speaking at the KPMG eGaming Summit Isle of Man, Annexio Managing Director Jennifer Houghton highlighted the regulations that help protect a player’s money as particularly successful. In a presentation on the ‘Multi-jurisdictional Licensing Process’, she commented: “One of the key strengths of …

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XL Media linked to Freebets.com acquisition

Digital marketing services company XL Media is believed to have bought the rights to operate the Freebets.com betting bonus affiliate site previously owned by David Archer of Biggerbet. The UK-listed but Israel-based XL Media has said in recent trading statements that it had recently added a number of bolt-on publishing sites to its extensive portfolio of affiliate marketing site holdings. …

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Oryx Gaming’s casino and games content is now available on EnergyCasino

EnergyCasino has secured another strong casino content and game partnership with leading US-games developer and supplier Oryx Gaming. EnergyCasino, the online casino with its own Energy drink brand, has recently enhanced its offering to the German gaming market after signing an agreement with Oryx Gaming, which will see it boost its selection of slots and table games. The deal sees …

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Playtech offers ‘most authentic’ omni-channel live gaming experience

Playtech COO Shimon Akad has marked the launch of the firm’s latest live dealer product claiming that the firm is at the forefront of the omni-channel experience. Akad made the comments as Playtech launched live Prestige Roulette, a modern-day variant of the classic casino table game. He commented: “Playtech offers cutting-edge, value-added live casino solutions to the industry’s leading operators …

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INTRALOT and Bit8 mark strategic alliance

Major gaming group INTRALOT and Bit8, a global innovator in online customer relationship management, have celebrated their Strategic Alliance hosting a reception at Hilton Malta in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malta, Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat. The event was honoured by the presence of governmental officials, prominent members of the Maltese business community and media representatives. Taking the …

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OpenBet supports recruitment drive with new marketing campaign

OpenBet, one of the world’s leading software providers to the sports betting and gaming industry, has announced plans to increase headcount by 10%. The recruitment drive is supported by a new marketing campaign and corporate video. Filmed at OpenBet’s Chiswick HQ, the video features members of the company’s staff from a range of departments. It intends to highlight OpenBet’s positive …

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FanDuel hits back after being told to ‘cease & desist’ in New York State

DraftKings and FanDuel have been dealt another regulatory blow in the US after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent the two Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operators cease-and-desist letters demanding that they stop ‘illegally accepting wagers in New York State’. Schneiderman’s actions come after his office conducted a one-month investigation into DFS which concluded that the daily contests are essentially …

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