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Trump takes lead in Presidential race as US 2020 hots up

Donald Trump has gained a marginal lead in the upcoming US presidential election over the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to betting exchange Smarkets. With the Presidential race hotting up, Trump is currently trading at 47%, while Biden is trading at 42%, with $1.9m traded on who will claim the White House. Commenting on US2020, Smarkets Head of Political Markets …

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IGT restructures credit facilities to counter COVID-19 headwinds

New York-listed International Game Technology Plc (IGT) has moved to amend its revolving credit facilities agreement and further terms on its loan facility arrangement, helping the firm navigate ongoing COVID-19 headwinds. The amendments modify the agreements in a number of ways. Firstly, the requirement to maintain a maximum ratio of total net debt to EBITDA and a minimum ratio of EBITDA …

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Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event

PASPA Repeal Networking Event

Join SBC on Thursday 14 May for PASPA Repeal, a digital networking event marking the second anniversary of the monumental US Supreme Court ruling. The organiser of the SBC Digital Summit North America and Betting on Sports America has arranged the special virtual session to provide a forum for industry stakeholders to assess the impact of the decision to strike …

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Scientific Games backs tough measures eyeing fast COVID-19 comeback

Scientific Games (SGC) has booked a net loss of $155 million as part of its Q1 2020 trading update, citing that COVID-19 disruptions have impacted all business channels.  Operating in unprecedented times, SGC has witnessed its land-based casino customers temporarily close their venues across all jurisdictions. Meanwhile, further COVID-19 disruptions have impacted the Nasdaq technology group’s commercial pipeline for SGC …

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BMM Testlabs appoints Julian Borg-Barthet as commercial lead

Gaming test laboratory and product compliance specialist BMM Testlabs has confirmed the appointment of Julian Borg-Barthet as new VP of iGaming Business Development. In his remit, Borg-Barthet will be responsible for generating and retaining business across all of igaming for BMM, as well as identifying new opportunities. Borg-Barthet brings over eight years of experience in compliance testing to the new role following his …

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Carousel enters US market with Colorado licence

Carousel Group has been given the green light to enter the US market after gaining licensing approval from the Colorado Division of Gaming. The group is now planning to launch domain, which will be made available via desktop and mobile, as well as a dedicated app. The betting service will be run on Carousel Group’s proprietary in-house platform in …

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Accuscore begins new journey under BetQL’s domain

New York-based sports data and affiliate marketing group QL Gaming Group (QLGG) has acquired sports forecasting specialist Accuscore. The acquisition follows QLGG securing a further $1.1 million in venture funding, which sees it accelerate the development of its sports betting analytics platform, with Accuscore provisions providing vital components. In its acquisition notes, QLGG detailed that Accuscore services will help expand …

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Virtuals and esports – what’s legal for the US market?


For the latest Better Collective Spotlight, we asked to explain what is legal in terms of virtual sports and esports in the US, before Better Collective outlined how it is adapting to this time of crisis – including a “quick switch” for its platform. The entire gambling industry is looking for creative alternatives to traditional betting markets during the COVID-19 …

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SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett

Samuel Barrett, Director of Gaming at Trustly, believes that moving towards cashless environments will be a main component in helping players in retail make payments when businesses return to normal after the COVID-19 crisis. Delivering the day-four keynote at this week’s SBC Digital Summit, kicking off the Neosurf sponsored Payments Day track, Barrett bemoaned that while the online gambling industry …

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OptaJoe and the search for the perfect sports insight


Ahead of his attendance at the Stats Perform booth (C3) at the SBC Digital Summit (today and Thursday), we sat down with Duncan Alexander from the Stats Perform sports data team. Alexander explained how he and his fellow statisticians support marketing and content teams, as well as more on his search for the perfect sports insight and the new Opta …

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