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6 of the Best – OPTIMA’s Jacob Lopez

Jacob Lopez

This week’s 6 of the Best takes us to Spain, a country with “paradise-like beaches” and whose national team provided a dream win for today’s subject – OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez. Keep reading to find out about the film based on a true story that such a small number of people understood, and why Spanish success in Russia this summer …

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Sportech pushes forward on its ‘America First’ growth strategy

The governance of London-listed betting and racing systems provider, Sportech Plc, has detailed that it will prioritise expanding its US commercial pipeline and stateside projects as the firm’s principal objectives for 2018 trading. Updating investors at Sportech’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), Group Chief Executive Andrew Gaughan detailed 2018 corporate priorities. Having an established presence within 37 US states, Sportech governance …

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Alizeti comes ‘Together for the Tote’ through £150 million deal

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The Alizeti consortium has secured the future of the Tote by striking a deal to purchase an initial 25% share of the pool betting operation, with an option to purchase the remaining 75%. The deal, said to be worth approximately £150 million, has been reached with Fred Done, the founder and CEO of Betfred who acquired the Tote from the …

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Rapid growth sees Square in the Air bolster team

Multi-award-winning PR agency Square in the Air has recruited four key hires, significantly strengthening the business across major departments and accounts including B2B, B2C and digital media. James Bennett, former senior business journalist, editor of eGaming Review and Head of Communications at Playtech, where he spent the last four years, re-joins the agency within the senior management team as Director …

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Neil McArthur: UKGC will continue to push for diversity & inclusion

Neil McArthur has issued his first keynote address as leader of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Officially appointed UKGC Chief Executive in April, McArthur takes leadership of the regulator at a turning point for the UK gambling sector and its wider stakeholders. In his first address, McArthur outlines that like his predecessor Sarah Harrison, he will push for further diversity …

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Baltics ambition sees MRG acquire 11.lv Latvia

The newly rebranded MRG Group (formerly Mr Green & Co) has confirmed that it has agreed to acquire Latvian online gambling firm 11.lv. Updating the market, the governance of MRG has agreed to acquire a 75% stake in 11.lv for €2.8 million cash, valuing the Latvian operator at €3.7 million. The acquisition sees MRG expand its presence within the Baltics …

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Codere appoints Moshe Edree to lead its global digital vision

Bolsa Madrid, Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere has confirmed the appointment of Moshe Edree as Chief Operations Officer (COO) for its Digital Gaming division. A 15-year gambling technology executive, Edree will be tasked with developing Codere’s digital vision, as the gambling group seeks to further expand within Spain and build-out its initial digital properties for the markets of Mexico and …

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Unibet partners with Drogba and Cisse for World Cup campaign

Unibet has detailed a new content series aimed at encouraging punters to make more informed bets at the upcoming this summer’s Russian World Cup. Launching this month, the 15-part video series titled #BetAndBreakfast features former football icons Didier Drogba and Djibril Cisse, who coach two celebrity teams as they compete head-to-head in a survival of the smartest. Dubbed a cross between …

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Tom Horn Gaming agrees OMEGA Systems partnership

Rapidly growing gaming company Tom Horn Gaming has unveiled a fresh deal with OMEGA Systems. Tom Horn will hope the new partnership expands its offering, as OMEGA aims to provide a one-stop gaming solution for operators in several geographic markets. Speaking after the deal had been agree, Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming commented: “OMEGA Systems has focused on …

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BlockChip announces London launch party next month

BlockChip, the self-styled “future of igaming”, has announced a launch event at London’s Hippodrome Casino on 7th June. The startup is aiming to challenge the established igaming incumbents by offering a platform with unrivalled blockchain security. CEO Mark Suwankumpoo said ahead of the launch: “BlockChip is the future of igaming. By utilising cutting-edge blockchain and AI technologies, we are able to …

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