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Betfair secures last minute NRL integrity deal

Betfair Australia has inked an eleventh-hour deal with the National Rugby League (NRL), allowing punters to bet against each other as the season restarts. The agreement comes despite Betfair’s prediction that its turnover will drop due to its commission being ‘four times more expensive than the AFL’. Reported by the Sydney Herald, Betfair had previously refused to sign an integrity …

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SIS reintroduces Towcester service as it resumes full greyhound schedule

Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will be resuming a full greyhound schedule of 42 fixtures per week from 1 June. The resumption of its schedule will cover races from eight UK greyhound tracks, including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford. In addition, SIS will reintroduce its service to Towcester. Paul Witten, Product Director …

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Nathan Rothschild: GTG Network – Why Free-to-Play is lockdown’s most valuable lesson

As the resemblance of a sports calendar remerges for 2020, the global lockdown has asked serious questions of bookmakers’ customer engagement and long-term retention capacities. Nathan Rothschild, co-founder of sports betting innovation studio GTG Network, lays out why under the toughest business conditions, free-to-play (FTP) games and content have proved their value beyond simple concepts. ____________________ The near-total wipe-out of …

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UKGC publishes customer neglect findings of PTES

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its investigation findings on defunct online betting group PT Entertainment Services (PTES), the operating company for winner.co.uk and Titanbet (titanbet.co.uk) A Playtech B2C subsidiary, PTES voluntarily surrendered the licences for its entire brand portfolio from the UK market during an investigation by the Commission on suspicion of systemic operating failures.  The UKGC began …

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ESI Digital Summit: Esports targets place at broadcasting’s top table

As esports continues to engage new audiences, traditional broadcasters such as FOX and BT Sport have begun to optimise competitive gaming events such as Virtual F1 and eNASCAR in order to diversify their content.   Allan Hvid, Head of Esports and Football for TV 2 in Denmark, spoke at ESI’s Digital Summit, highlighting new dynamics between esports and traditional broadcasters in securing …

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Soft2Bet eyes Europe expansion with Belgrade and Lisbon offices

Casino and sportsbook operator group Soft2Bet has expanded its presence across Europe after confirming the opening of new offices in Belgrade and Lisbon. By opening the new offices, a portion of Soft2Bet’s operations will relocate from its current offices in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta to the new spaces. Boris Chaikin, CEO of Soft2Bet, said: “Opening two new offices is a …

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Genius Sports teams up with TNM to launch tennis series

Genius Sports Group has teamed up with Topnotch Management (TNM) to launch the Grand Slam Tennis Tours MatchPlay 120 series. The series will feature players ranked inside the ATP and WTA top 300, offering fans, players, media publishers and sportsbook operators with over 120 live tennis matches across a six-week period. Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Group, commented: “The …

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Raketech names Karlsten as new COO

Affiliate marketing network Raketech has continued to strengthen its senior leadership team naming Oscar Karlsten as its new Chief Operating Officer. Karlsten joined the company on 1 May 2020, and will take responsibility for Raketech’s central operations, product development and investments, as well as focusing on the group’s creative content, SEO and UX. Commenting on his new role, Karlsten said: …

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Digitain nets industry first with table football feed

Sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has scored an industry first by launching its live streamed table football feed. The API feed will be made available to any operator in the gambling industry, and not just those on the Digitain platform. It features professional players, supported by pre-play and in-play AI-generated odds and player statistics. The feed will offer coverage …

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DGOJ adds venue requirements to Spain’s lockdown easing

Spain’s DGOJ has issued new guidance related to gambling venues reopening their business premises. Since mid-May, Spain’s federal council has enabled provincial governments to gradually ease lockdown restrictions, allowing retail and leisure businesses to reopen on the condition that they obey strict social distancing orders.  Having reviewed the government’s ‘phase 2’ arrangements, the DGOJ has now published new guidance adding …

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