North America

Rush Street Interactive boosts tennis capacity with IMG Arena

Rush Street Interactive’s US online gambling property PlaySugarHouse.com has become the first US sportsbook venture to launch IMG Arena’s live streaming services. The partnership sees Rush Street Interactive become the first US gambling operator to integrate IMG ARENA’s full live streaming portfolio. As a result, Rush Street Interactive’s PlaySugarHouse domain becomes the only online sportsbook operating within New Jersey and Pennsylvania …

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Scientific Games hires Jamie Odell as senior advisor

Scientific Games Corporation has strengthened its leadership team after appointing former Aristocrat Leisure CEO Jamie Odell as the group’s new special advisor to the chairman and CEO. Odell joins the company after an 8 year tenure at Aristocrat, where he oversaw the company’s market capitalisation, growing Aristocrat from a $1.3bn company up to a company valued at approximately $7.5bn. As …

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Better Collective accelerates US vision with $21m RotoGrinders deal

Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing publisher Better Collective AB has moved to significantly expand its US market profile and strategic vision after acquiring a 60% stake in Rical LLC, the operating company of the RotoGrinders network. The transaction sees Better Collective acquire its majority stake in RotoGrinders for $21 million, with the Stockholm enterprise granted first right to secure the remaining …

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Scientific Games commits to All-in Diversity standards

Industry workplace diversity, inclusion and equality program ‘The All-in Diversity Project’ (AIDP) has announced a major coup as Nasdaq gambling technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) commits to its workplace standards, projects and practices. Updating the market, SGC details that it will collaborate with existing AIDP partners to ‘determine diversity, equity and inclusion expectations and standards for the gaming industry’. “Gaming …

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Benjie Cherniak: Sending the right message to US college athletes

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Sending the right message from the first contact with a college athlete is key to stopping the spread of sports wagering scandals around NCAA-organised events in the US. That’s according to Benjie Cherniak, MD of Don Best Sports (Scientific Games), who spoke on a panel at last month’s Betting on Sports America conference about college sports – “the forgotten child” of sports …

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FanDuel forms exclusive content & data partnership with fuboTV

Paddy Power Betfair US sports betting and daily fantasy sports subsidiary FanDuel Group has formed a ‘first-of-a-kind’ partnership with digital sports streaming platform fuboTV. The partnership sees FanDuel become the exclusive wagering and gaming partner of fuboTV, as FanDuel’s brand, products, data and content gain special coverage across all fuboTV channels. In addition, the partnership maintains a ‘carriage agreement’, which …

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Richard McGuire – ‘Transforming Sportech’ confident on US prospects and progress  

Speaking at Sportech Plc’s annual general meeting (AGM), company Executive Chairman Richard McGuire has updated investors on the firm’s ongoing corporate transformation strategy seeking to deliver ‘longer-term profitability’. McGuire currently leads Sportech, following the departure of former Chief Executive Andrew Gaughan last November, as the LSE listed racing systems supplier detailed that it would miss 2018 corporate expectations due to …

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Keith O’Loughlin, SG Digital: Bringing five key modules under the OpenSports umbrella

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SG Digital has reorganised its set of sports betting products into five OpenSports modules that can be “mixed and matched” to meet the specific needs of a customer. We spoke to Keith O’Loughlin, SVP of Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, to find out more about the new set up, how it benefits the company’s existing partners, and why it …

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Richard Flint confirms Sky Bet departure

The Stars Group Inc has confirmed that Richard Flint has chosen to end his tenure as Executive Chairman of Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet). Flint departs Sky Bet following 17-years with the company, serving from 2001-to-2018 in the capacities of Managing Director and Chief Executive. Regarded as one of global betting’s leading figureheads, Flint is credited for turning Sky …

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PokerStars adjustments stunt Stars Group Q1 2019 opening

Publishing its Q1 2019 trading statement (period ending 31 March), Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc details strong progress on its global objectives as an enlarged enterprise. Absorbing the assets of Sky Bet UK and BetEasy Australia, the Stars Group records Q1 2019 corporate revenues of $580 million (Q12018: $392m). “During the quarter, we delivered on key components of our …

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