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OPTIMA: Taking an operator-led approach to R&D

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The openness to innovation, the research to support new innovation, the resources to gain ‘first mover advantage’ for such innovation, or the response time to existing innovation. Whatever the context, innovation is a buzzword that dominates the industry agenda. However, sports betting and gaming solutions provider OPTIMA has taken a slightly different approach to arming its operators with the right …

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SBC Spotlight – All eyes on Lords Liaison of The Gambling Act

Betting leadership should monitor the movements of The House of Lords Liason Committee, which is being urged to review all UK gambling policies and social consequences which have followed the implementation of the 2005 Gambling Act… __________ Political analysis of the gambling industry is set to intensify as the ‘House of Lords Liaison Committee’ has received proposals for its new special …

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Winning Post: Retail Games… a crime or a mistake?

Regulus Partners dissects a new era for UK retail betting incumbents which has begun with a very predictable opening chapter as Betfred and Paddy Power face scrutiny for circumventing gaming machine laws… This week saw the implementation of GB’s B2 ban and the rollout of some operator mitigation plans. Betfred and Paddy Power launched OTC products which used Virtual betting …

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Bet Builder: An industry game-changer fast becoming a necessity

Bet Builder

One of the most innovative additions to sportsbooks over the last 12 months has undoubtedly been the Bet Builder. So much so that Amazing Gaming, a fully managed sportsbook and data feed provider launched by Tain, has prioritised development of the product as part of its 2019 roadmap. Keep reading for more from the company’s Sports Betting COO Robert Wintersteller, …

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Hervé Schlosser: Sportnco – French experience will power growth in Spain with LATAM to follow

It is widely acknowledged that France is a tough market to operate in, but as Sportnco CEO and founder Hervé Schlosser explains, it is possible to be successful there with the right approach. He explains how his company has become the leading sports betting solutions provider in the country and how this experience is helping his group grow in Spain, …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Operator closures raise questions on voiding bets

The last month has witnessed the cessation of trading in the UK of two licensed betting operators, BetBright and 188BET, prompting questions that go to the heart of both (a) the contract between bookmaker and customer and (b) the role of the Gambling Commission, as regulator, when a bookmaker decides to void unsettled bets, resulting in a mass of complaints …

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AgiproNews Italian View: SKS365 new Counsel paints grim Italian picture

Speaking to Italian business news sources, Bepi Pezzulli, the new General Counsel of SKS365, Italy’s leading bookmaker, has detailed insights of the stark realities facing all gambling incumbents, under the governance of the Lega-5Star coalition government. Pezzulli forms part of a new SKS365 leadership team, who took control of the bookmaker in January, following a number of high-profile executive departures. …

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Winning Post: Is horseracing + slots a cold turkey?

Have global racing stakeholders, hidden the sport’s structural shortcomings through a dependence on gaming machines to generate revenues. Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners investigates this complex dependence partnership… ____________________ Horseracing and gaming machines have a curiously intertwined history on both sides of the pond. In the UK, the reduction in LBO gaming machine stakes from this week is already causing a …

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£1bn cost of FOBT stake slash to bookmakers and horseracing

Warwick Bartlett and Lorien Pilling from the Global Betting & Gaming Consultancy (GBGC) have been looking at the implications of the reduction in Cat B2 gaming machine maximum stake from £100 to £2.  It doesn’t make pretty reading for retail bookmakers or the sector’s associated stakeholders. From 1 April 2019 the maximum stakes on FOBTs will be drastically reduced to …

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Why realistic odds and outcomes trump top graphics for virtuals

Golden Race - Mobile

Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter told delegates at the Betting on Football conference that “what works in real betting doesn’t always work in virtuals”, while more realistic odds and outcomes is more important to the customer than the best graphics. Speaking on the ‘Let’s get digital: where now for virtual sports’ panel at last week’s event, he explained how Golden …

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