Tag Archives: Rafi Ashkenazi

Rafi Ashkenazi – BetStars intent on closing gap on sports betting competitors

Presenting Amaya Inc results for Q3 2016, CEO Rafi Ashkenazi praised the work and competence of his firm’s recently launched ‘BetStars’ sports betting division, stating that it had delivered on its goal of creating a ‘competitive online sportsbook’. Seeking to challenge established legacy betting operators, the BetStars division will be led by new MD Zeno Osskó as Amaya looks to …

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Global Gambling Powerhouse…Amaya & William Hill enter ‘all-stock’ merger talks

The governances of William Hill Plc and Amaya Inc have confirmed that they have entered talks discussing a potential ‘all-stock merger of equals’, with a view of creating a global gambling powerhouse. Reacting to press speculation on late Friday, the governances of FTSE-listed William Hill and Toronto TSX-listed Amaya disclosed that initial merger talks had begun. Amaya the operating company …

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David Baazov officially resigns as Chief Executive of Amaya Inc

Toronto-listed Amaya Inc has confirmed Rafi Ashkenazi’s appointment as chief executive on a permanent basis after former boss David Baazov cut his official ties with the company. Amaya confirmed Baazov had resigned from ‘all positions’ within the company effective 11 August. He had been on temporary leave since March. Issuing a short statement Baazov commented: “I am proud of my contributions in building Amaya into the successful company it is today, and …

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Rational Group appoints former mybet CEO Zeno Osskó as BetStars lead

Amaya Inc subsidiary Rational Group has confirmed the appointment of Zeno Osskó as Managing Director of BetStars, its online sports betting division. Osskó takes on the leadership of BetStars, having resigned as CEO of Frankfurt Xetra-listed European sports betting operator mybet SE last month. Rational Group management confirmed that Osskó would join its division on 12 September taking on overall …

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BetStars gears up for Italy & France launch

Gearing up for this summer’s Euro 2016 championships, Amaya Inc interim CEO Rafi Ashkenazi has detailed that betting subsidiary BetStars will launch its services in Italy and France. Updating Amaya investors, Ashkenazi declared that BetStars further European expansion was ‘imminent’ with the brand ready to launch in Italy and France by the start of Euro 2016 (10 June). Following BetStars …

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Amaya CEO David Baazov denies all AMF insider trading charges

Amaya Inc CEO David Baazov has officially pleaded ‘not guilty’ to multiple charges of insider trading put forward by Quebec’s Securities Regulatory Authority (AMF) Baazov who has placed himself on voluntary leave as CEO of Amaya Inc denies five offences of aiding Toronto TSX trades whilst in possession of privileged information that could influence or manipulate market pricing. On 23 …

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Full Tilt joins PokerStars platform

Amaya have announced that Full Tilt will join the PokerStars platform this spring to form one market-leading poker product. Following the merger, each site will retain its own look with a few unique promotions. As reported in Casino News, the two biggest names in poker industry are coming together to form a gaming powerhouse on the biggest online platform in …

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PokerStars rolls out BetStars version 1

Having confirmed that subsidiary PokerStars would be launching a standalone betting product, Amaya Inc has today launched BetStars.com version 1 for select jurisdictions. The new brand will operate under the domains Betstars.com, Betstars.eu, and Betstars.uk, and on dedicated iOS and Android applications, marking the initial first stage of Amaya and PokerStars’ entry into the sports betting market. Amaya confirmed that …

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