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IBIA records 14% decrease in suspicious sports fixtures

The number of suspicious sports matches has declined by 14%, according to the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). Publishing its Q3 2021 report, the IBIA reported 65 cases of suspicious betting activity to relevant authorities, as opposed to 76 during the corresponding time period one year prior. Geographically, Europe accounted for 60% of all alerts during the third quarter of …

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YGAM seeks new CEO as founder Lee Willows departs charity

Lee Willows has ended his seven-year tenure as Founder and Chief Executive of YGAM – The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust. This morning YGAM issued a statement confirming that Willows would be leaving the charity at the end of the month. A former teacher, Willows founded YGAM in 2014 with lived experience partners Anne and Keith Evans, establishing the …

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Oren Cohen Shwartz: Personalisation and the paradox of choice

Personalising the player experience can help boost player loyalty and longevity, writes Delasport CEO Oren Cohen Shwartz, who explains why iGaming could learn a few lessons from companies such as Netflix when it comes to offering “a more contextual and relevant catalogue”. iGaming as a form of eCommerce is still falling behind other eCommerce companies like Amazon, Booking, Netflix, and …

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888 hails product leadership as William Hill transformation looms

888 Holdings cites confidence in achieving its full-year 2021 financial objectives, as the FTSE250 group readies its business for a transformative end-of-year trading period finalising its acquisition of William Hill Plc. Publishing its Q3 trading statement, 888 maintains its strong trading momentum against tough period comparatives, reporting group revenues of $230 million up 7% on 2020 corresponding results of $216 …

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Pronet Gaming strengthens player engagement with new widgets

Pronet Gaming strengthens player engagement with new widgets

Pronet Gaming has added proprietary Popular Bets and Popular Events widgets to its offering as it seeks to “continuously enhance player engagement”. The new widgets will show players the market’s current top 10 bets and top 10 events, automatically refreshing every five minutes. Working at an operator level, rather than on a platform-wide basis, Pronet Gaming explained that betting options …

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Entain finalises Unikrn acquisition to launch esports offering by 2022

Entain has moved to significantly boost its standing in esports, having successfully completed its acquisition of esports betting and skill-based wagering platform Unikrn. The takeover will see the FTSE100 firm incorporate Unikrn’s brand, products, platform and technology, as well as its 50-strong team, into its own operating capacity by 2022, with the goal of launching ‘innovative new esports products for …

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The Mill Adventure expands sports content portfolio with Altenar link-up

Altenar will now supply its fully-managed sportsbook solution to The Mill Adventure after the duo secured a new partnership. The Mill Adventure, which currently holds B2B and B2C licences from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and Spelinspektionen, will gain access to a range of sports content and risk management services as well as trading and business support via the Altenar …

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SpringOwl backs Aristocrat takeover of Playtech

SpringOwl, the independent buyout firm of activist gambling investor Jason Ader, has outlined its support for Aristocrat’s $3.7 billion (£2.7bn) takeover of Playtech Plc.  This morning, Playtech confirmed that it had approved Aristocrat’s 680 pence per share (58% premium) offer to be recommended to investors of the FTSE250 technology group. SpringOwl is listed amongst Playtech’s private investors that will vote …

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Sisal forms National Lottery advisory led by Karren Brady CBE

Sisal SPA has announced the formation of a UK Advisory Board that will be led by Baroness Karren Brady (CBE).  Competing in the UK government’s Fourth National Lottery competition, Sisal has formed a high-profile advisory to provide its bid team with expert oversight on the management of raising money for good causes via the National Lottery. A Conservative Party life-peer …

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ANJ reports a doubling in France’s online sports betting activity

France’s online gambling sector has registered a record turnover of €617 million, as the public engaged with May and June’s Roland Garros (tennis) and the UEFA Euro 2020 Championships.  The turnover results represent the ‘highest level of activity’ recorded by the French online gambling sector since the ‘opening of the French marketplace in 2010’ – according to data from regulatory …

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