Asia

Uzbekistan opens consultation for launch of national lottery

CIS gambling developments continue to gather further pace, as Uzbekistan’s government has formed a ‘composition on the selection of a single lottery operator for the Republic of Uzbekistan’. Last week, the office of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev revealed that it had sanctioned a demand to be led by the Capital Markets Development Agency in developing a decree on the appointment of …

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Happy Valley hits ‘record’ turnover as racing season ends

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has ended its season at Happy Valley, having reported a ‘record’ turnover of HK$1.6 billion (£160 million) for the track following what it described as a ‘season like no other’. Despite the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, total turnover for 2019/20 season had only dropped by 2.6% when compared to the previous season, …

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All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world

All-in Global, the number one language service provider in the gaming industry, has gathered the most relevant data to highlight hot fantasy markets for SBC News readers, and advise interested companies on how to prepare “local” fantasy content. In 2019, it was estimated that almost 46 million adults (18+) played fantasy sports in the US. In comparison, the Fantasy Premier …

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HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has confirmed that it has closed seven of its off-course betting branches (OCBBs) following a spike in coronavirus cases. Raising concerns over the ‘worsening COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong’, the HKJC emphasised that it is monitoring the situation to work out whether more OCBBs will be required to temporarily close. Services at OCBBs which …

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AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt

AsianBGE, the operating company of Dafabet, will launch a new 24/7 live lotto instant win channel in partnership with interactive games supplier Pin Projekt. The live lotto instant win vertical will be streamed across AsianBGE’s flagship property Dafabet and subsidiary sportsbook brand Nextbet. The partnership will see Pin Projekt significantly bolster AsianBGE brands’ interactive gaming capacities, providing over 2,000 daily …

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HKJC appoints Philip Chen as new Chairman

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has named Philip Chen as the new Chairman of the Club after being elected by the firm’s Board of Stewards. Chen will take over from Dr Anthony Chow, who has stepped down from the HKJC after 18 years as a Steward, two of which were as Chairman.  Chen has been a member of the …

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Hong Kong racing bucks trend by upping prize money

Hong Kong racing has revealed that for the 2020/21 season, it will be offering HK$1.4 billion (£143.5m) in prize money, marking a new record for the sector. Total prize money for the 2020/21 season’s 88 meetings at Sha Tin and Happy Valley is up by approximately 4.9% on 2019/20, and comes at a time when Hong Kong is looking ‘to …

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Macau pioneer Stanley Ho dies age 98

Stanley Ho, the man credited with transforming Macau into the world’s gambling hub, has died at the age of 98. Known as the ‘king of gambling’, Ho became a prominent figure in the Macanese gambling market after winning a monopoly licence in 1961, establishing the foundations for his SJM Holdings casino empire. “My father passed away peacefully just now at …

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GentingBet streamlines web and mobile platforms with revamp

GentingBet has streamlined its sportsbook service after launching a new user interface across the brand’s web and mobile platforms. By revamping its sportsbook under the new brand headline ‘Betting Just Got Better’, mobile users will gain access to an ‘improved navigation system’, allowing players to identify new betting markets. Billy Cook, Head of Sportsbook, said: “We’ve been working on this …

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Altenar increases global scale with new sports betting platform

Altenar platform

Altenar has launched the second version of its sports betting platform, which enables it to serve operators on a global level in a more efficient manner. The new platform was revealed as part of the ‘Naked truth about Altenar’ presentation at the inaugural SBC Digital Summit.  The company’s CEO Stanislav Silin confirmed that it is not yet live with existing …

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