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Industry leaders headline Betting on Sports 2019 conference

Betting on Sports

Jason Robins (DraftKings), Paris Smith (Pinnacle), Jose Duarte (BetCris), Dominik Beier (Interwetten), Lahcene Merzoug (ComeOn!), Jesper Svensson (Betsson), Carmelo Mazza (Betaland), Sergey Portnov (Parimatch) and Stan Reoutt (Fonbet) represent just a small selection of the industry CEOs taking to the stage at this year’s Betting on Sports conference. Organiser SBC Events has released the full agenda for the fourth edition of …

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Paul Graham, Mark Jarvis: The FOBT ruling has been tough for independent bookmakers

With the FOBT ruling coming into play earlier this year, the effect upon retail-focused bookmakers has been tough, with some having to close their doors for good. In a chat with Paul Graham from Mark Jarvis Racing, he told SBC that the FOBT ruling has been tough on independent bookmakers, but that he hopes the new partnership with FSB will …

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W88 scores ‘record-breaking’ Aston Villa sponsorship deal

Ahead of its return to the Premier League, Aston Villa has confirmed a ‘record-breaking’ commercial agreement with gambling operator W88 for the upcoming 2019/20 Premier League season. The Asian betting and gaming company will replace 32Red as the principal partner for the club, with their logo set to feature on the club’s Kappa home and away shirts as well as …

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Football Index secures ‘landmark’ deal with Nottingham Forest

Online gambling platform Football Index has secured a new sponsorship agreement with Nottingham Forest Football Club which is set to become the “biggest shirt sponsorship deal in the club’s history”. The new deal will see the Football Index branding displayed across the team’s first-team and adult replica shirts from the beginning of the 2019-20 season. Neil Kelly, Chief Executive Officer …

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Horserace Betting Levy Board backs UK lunchtime racing trials

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After a short trial of lunchtime race meetings, online bookmakers have expressed that they wish for the trial to be extended following the support of The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB). The trial received the backing of the HBLB with the intention of boosting the revenue that could be generated over the lunchtime period for both on-course and off-course bookmakers. …

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Round table – Amelco: The future of sportsbook personalisation

Amelco

Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models. The fourth round table participant was Amelco, represented by Trading Director Sam Foulkes. SBC: What role does pricing and risk have to play in the differentiation of a sportsbook …

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Bookmaker recognised as luxury brand

Private bookmaker Fitzdares has been recognised as one of Britain’s top luxury brands in the inaugural edition of the Walpole Power List, with Fitzdares CEO William Woodhams listed as one of the most influential people. The list, compiled in collaboration with Inzito and Coutts, has acknowledged Woodham’s work with the luxury bookmaker alongside the March launch of ‘the world’s first …

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FSI strengthens the Nucleus of its fantasy sports platform

Nucelus

Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI), the first company to introduce fantasy football betting services in Europe via its Bet4theBest brand, will support a whole new range of fantasy offerings through FSI Nucleus. As the name suggests, this new product will form the nucleus of FSI’s offering, featuring a triple-Core System (Scoring – Team Creation – Live Updates) that feeds all FSI …

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FantasyBet offers daily contests for FIFA Women’s World Cup

FantasyBet

FantasyBet has become the first fantasy sports provider to offer daily fantasy contests for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Starting on Friday 7 June for the opening match between France and South Korea, the site will give fantasy managers the chance to pit their wits against each other in free-to-enter and pay-to-enter contests, with bigger prizes up for grabs …

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GVC to meet shareholders to discuss executives pay plan

Ladbrokes

GVC has agreed to speak with shareholders over remuneration packages for its senior team after one of the biggest investor rebellions of 2019 so far. At the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) this week, 42 per cent of investor votes were against pay plans for its leading executives, including CEO Kenny Alexander. The pay plans were therefore passed with 58 …

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