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Martin Lycka: Sixteen kings trapped in a gambling Gordian knot

In the third of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka ruminates on the development of the online gambling market in Germany. __________________ Once upon a time, there were sixteen kings in a land in the heart of Europe. The land’s credo was thou shalt not gamble online. Nevertheless, the kings’ subjects …

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Pini Yakuel: Optimove – Betting Industry’s altered marketing agenda requires a real-time rethink

Expanding its ‘Marketing Hub’ provisions, Optimove a leading supplier of customer retention and campaign optimisation tools for mass-market enterprises, announced a raft of real-time functions customised for betting marketing teams.   Detailing initiatives to SBC audiences, Optimove CEO Pini Yakuel underlines the importance of betting operators building-up their real-time capacities, as marketing leadership can no longer think statically on customer engagement, facing …

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Winning Post: Is South Africa set to become racing’s next dodo?

Back from its summer break, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners addresses the immediate challenges currently facing the racing industry in South Africa, which from the outset appears to be following a similar pattern to racing in the UK, France, US and (to an extent) New Zealand. South Africa’s Flamingo Park racecourse, known to South African and International bettors alike for …

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Wes Himes, RGA: How the industry can play a role in driving Safer Gambling

In recent years, there has been a conscious effort made by gambling operators to ensure that responsible gambling practices are promoted to punters. However, a topic that has arisen when considering responsible gambling is the issue of whether regulations can become overbearing. Speaking to Wes Himes, interim Chief Executive of the Remote Gambling Association, at iGB Live in Amsterdam he …

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Richest ever speaker line-up makes Betting on Sports the must-attend gambling industry event

Betting on Sports 2019 Final Agenda

Over 70 hours of expertise from nearly 300 speakers await visitors to this month’s Betting on Sports conference, making it the must-attend event for everyone in the sports betting and igaming sectors. Industry leaders sharing their invaluable knowledge as part of a packed programme for the event at Olympia London on 17 – 20 September include no less than 70 …

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Dr Laila Mintas – Stakeholder implications of the NFL’s big bet on Sportradar

The NFL’s partnership with Sportradar sees all four major US pro-leagues establish official sports betting data partnerships. Although the value and length of the NFL deal have not been disclosed, the exclusive Sportradar agreement will have significant implications for the post-PASPA US sports betting landscape. With NFL matchday 1 kicking-off this weekend, Dr Laila Mintas, Chair of the Advisory Board at …

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Christer Fahlstedt: Paf – True responsibility is a test of all industry values

Leading Åland Island-based operator Paf, Chief Executive Christer Fahlstedt has implemented betting’s most transparent social responsibility mandate questioning standard practices that have governed incumbents operations to date.  Paf’s leadership directive hit news headlines home and abroad, however, Fahlstedt tells SBC that facing the industry’s most urgent agenda, his executive team has simply accepted its responsibility challenge head-on… ______________ SBC: Christer thanks …

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Ulrik Bengtsson to take charge at William Hill as Bowcock bows out

In a surprise move, William Hill has announced a change in leadership in revealing that Ulrik Bengtsson is to replace Philip Bowcock as CEO at the end of the month. Bengtsson, previously William Hill’s Chief Digital Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Designate and a Director of the Company with immediate effect and will assume full CEO responsibilities from …

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Operator CEOs and independent experts put regulatory changes under the spotlight at Betting on Sports

Betting on Sports 2019, Regulation in Focus

The crucial legal and operational issues facing the sports betting industry will be under the spotlight when decision makers, including Alexis Murphy (CEO, betFIRST), Tom Hardman (COO, Smarkets) and Martin Lycka (Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC) join representatives of trade bodies, advertising regulators and independent experts for the Regulation in Focus track at Betting on Sports 2019. Taking place on …

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Stephen Baumohl: Redzone.bet – Unique approach to NFL markets proving popular

2019 NFL Season

With the 2019 NFL season about to kick-off, Redzone.bet’s Co-Founder Stephen Baumohl tells SBC how taking a very different approach to the sport from other UK operators has proved successful. An avid fan of the sport, he also names his rising stars to watch and offers his predictions for the new campaign, which opens with Green Bay Packers at Chicago …

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