Maria Rodrguez In response to what it describes as a negative vote during a County Commission special meeting to re-examine the county’s ICE detainer policy, Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director at the Florida Immigrant Coalition, is livid.Rodriguez called the vote a betrayal and said it set the precedent for a moral dilemna..“Today, hundreds of people from diverse sectors filled the board of County Commission chambers beyond capacity to express deep concerns and disapproval of the Mayor’s proposal to cooperate with ICE detainers. Disregarding numerous constitutional questions and moral dilemma, testimony, prayer and song, with a majority vote of 9-to-3, Commissioners opted to betray immigrant families in exchange for the specter of future discretionary funding. Fearful of the designation of Sanctuary local leadership buckled under vague threats of federal funding withheld and threw our families under the bus,” she said.She also threatened to file a lawsuit against the City Council.“To be clear, immigrants who are arrested, regardless of their innocence or what they are accused of, will be turned over to ICE if there is a detainer. A lawsuit will follow and we will hold the Commissioners and Mayor accountable to their commitment to prevent police collaboration with federal enforcement agents. Additionally, we will fight to win civil citations instead of arrests for misdemeanors, including driving without a license.”Immigrants have been up in arms ever since Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’ issued a controversial immigration order directing county jails to comply with a new White House policy targeting sanctuary cities and jurisdictions.
Juventus has completed the signing of Italian international, Federico Bernardeschi on a five-year deal from Fiorentina.The 23-year-old forward, who joined the Old Lady for €40, scored 11 goals for Fiorentina last season, with 9 Italy caps to his name.OFFICIAL: @fbernardeschi is a Bianconero! ⚪️⚫️ https://t.co/A3Tk4jziG1 #BenvenutoFederico pic.twitter.com/eJBArf2GGw— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 24, 2017Labelled, the ‘new Roberto Baggio’, Bernardeschi is considered as one of Italy’s brightest youngsters in recent years and was also reportedly linked to Chelsea and Manchester United. RelatedJuventus Bound Federico Bernardeschi Attacked By Fiorentina FansJuly 18, 2017In “Europe”Serie A Review: Juventus Successfully Navigate Tough Fiorentina Clash To Secure SummitFebruary 10, 2018In “Europe”Mario Balotelli Missing From Roberto Mancini’s New SquadNovember 9, 2018In “Italy”
English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United have had their revenues for the three months to October increase by 17.3% to a whooping £141m.This was made known as part of the financial results released earlier on Thursday.Commercial and sponsor income soared in addition to broadcasting and match-day revenues that increased by more than 30%.Operating profits also made giant strides from £6.2m last year to £15.2m now.It was however not plain sailing for the club’s financial revenues as income from retail, merchandising, sportswear and product licensing nosedived by 0.4% from the previous year.On the new financial results, the club’s chief executive Ed Woodward assured fans to expect exciting times this season. He said: “We are just over a quarter of the way through what promises to be another exciting season.”“In the Champions League, we have won all four games played to-date; we are through to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup and are looking forward to the next few months as the number of matches ramps up.” he added.Manchester United are second in the league and eight points behind city rivals Manchester City. They are already through to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup in addition to the fact that they are on the brink of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Round of 16 after winning four out of four games. RelatedEnglish Giants Manchester United Record Huge Revenues As TV Money IncreasesSeptember 22, 2017In “England”Manchester United Suffer Drop In Revenue As On-field Toils Takes TollSeptember 25, 2019In “England”Man United: Ed Woodward Blasts Critics, Reiterates Support For SolksjaerOctober 18, 2019In “England”
Share Share EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit Related Articles PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Simon Westbury, VSoftCoVSoftCo has been in the news recently after agreeing a multi-year deal to integrate its branded football game VStriker and a branded variant of Spot The Ball on Leander Games. To mark the start of a busy summer for the virtual sports specialist, we caught up with the company’s sales director Simon Westbury to discuss motion capture filming at Bramall Lane, the strategic importance of its partnership with Sheffield United FC and the impact of its recent move into the South American market.SBC: How much of an impact has the week of motion capture filming at Bramall Lane had on your virtual products?SW: The impact has been huge; it has allowed us to update our product with all the latest developments for the world of football and incorporate them into our updated version. A small example of this is the incorporation of the new kick off into our virtual game.Additionally, we have been able to work with professional football players to gain insight into the game and then take these findings to increase the realism of Fantastic League. We have included new types of fouls that have come from the professional players from their experiences in League One last year.We were also able to capture of 500 different sequences, meaning that Fantastic League now has over 2000 different sequences. The maths guys have told me that from the incorporation of these sequences, there is now a one in nine million chance of seeing the same sequence repeated.In a nutshell, the week of motion capture at Bramall Lane has allowed us to increase the realism of Fantastic League and allowed the team to gain insight from professional footballers, ensuring that we use our unique real time rendered technology to provide the most exciting experience for a punter.SBC: How do you ensure that VSoftCo makes the most out of its connection to Sheffield United FC?SW: The connection we have with Sheffield United (SUFC) is a special one and it goes past just the football. We were delighted to be showcase Beautiful Down Bramall Lane last Saturday at the Kell Brook fight where VSoftCo were able to host clients and partners. Despite Kell not getting the result everyone wanted, the team at SUFC put on a great show despite the tragic events in Manchester.We work closely with the club on a daily basis to see when we can get into the training ground to run more motion capture sessions, and we are looking to incorporate the prozone stats SUFC use on player and team analysis into Fantastic League.Now Sheffield United are back in the Championship, VSoftCo will be using the unique match day experience at Bramall Lane to continue to host and entertain, clients and partners.Finally, I am speaking to SBC founder Rasmus Sojmark about the possibility of hosting a charity game on the pitch at the end of 2017/18 seasons for our industry peers. The Betting on Football conference has shown the great crossover between gaming and football, and VSoftCo would like to offer the industry the opportunity to play on the oldest professional stadium in the world.SBC: How do you assess the impact of your move into the South American market with lottery provider IVISA?SW: The IVISA deal is a very exciting deal for VSoftCo and we are looking forward to the product going live in the next month. The IVISA deal is a deal that really signifies the global reach of our product and we are delighted to be partnering with such a well known local partner.Since ICE, VSoftCo has enjoyed the best year in its history, signing seven deals with key partners including InBet, Leander, Ezugi, Infinity and Spreadex. I am not sure other virtual providers have matched this volume of deals.SBC: Is there a specific innovation that you expect to see entering the virtual football space in the second half of 2017?SW: I recently discussed this on a panel at Betting on Football, and we all agreed that the next big innovation to come into virtual sports is in play betting. This is a challenge that all providers are looking into. I truly believe that our unique real time technology gives us the edge here. We are currently the only provider to offer a first goalscorer market and this market alone accounts for 30% of bets for our clients in Italy. I believe VSoftCo can use this technology to offer the first real in play betting markets; the use of pre-rendered technology by our competitors throws up challenges that VSoftCo do not need to overcome.Finally, we are about to launch a new product with a client that will be based on spread markets rather than fixed odds betting, and I think this will be an interesting development for the virtual football space and I am excited to see how it performs. SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020
Submit SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Share OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Share Dr Armin Sageder – Playtech BGTPlaytech Plc sports betting division Playtech BGT (PBS) has detailed that it has begun its rollout of software and systems provisions of Self-Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs) for OPAP, Greece’s largest betting/gambling operator.Having secured its OPAP partnership in February of this year, PBS acts as the exclusive supplier of SSBTs provisions for the operator which currently services + 4,500 betting points.Further to SSBTs provisions, PBS will deliver a new customised over-the-counter sports betting solution specifically tailored for Greek market consumers.Detailing the delivery of OPAP’s new SSBT provisions combined with a customised OTC solution, PBS states that its client will have the optimal retail product for its market with more than 25,000 in-play markets made available.The OPAP partnership represents one of PBS biggest SSBT deliveries, with the company targeting complete product deployment within the next 12 months.Dr. Armin Sageder, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech BGT Sports, commented on the OPAP delivery: “The agreement with OPAP is a milestone for Playtech BGTSports and we are proud to be supplying such an important lottery supplier with our solutions.“There are multiple opportunities to further develop our relationship as OPAP looks to enhance its digital retail offering and we believe today’s agreement marks the start of a long and successful relationship.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020
Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 The first Malta-built and Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licensed esports betting platform esportsbetting.com, has not only announced its official launch, but has also unveiled a partnership with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC). Upholding the betting compliance standards of the ESIC, esportsbetting.com provides a trusted betting platform that operates at the highest level of integrity in order to foster an environment of responsible gaming, while aiming to take a unique approach to innovation.With the explosion of esports, major growth has subsequently been achieved by esports betting. Punters are projected to wager $23.5 billion on esports by 2020, according to Eilers Research. Designed to deliver a clean and simple betting experience at its core, esportsbetting.com serves both first-time and experienced esports bettors through an intuitive navigation supported by tool tips and enhanced esports statistics. In 2018, additional features including gamification items that exist in esports will be added to the platform.Founded by Benjamin Bradtke, formerly Head of Marketing at DOJO Madness, a venture capital backed esports big data startup, and executives at Frontloop Media, an igaming company, the site will offer a wide range of pre-match and in-play betting opportunities across all major titles including League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota2, Overwatch, and PUBG and will cover a wide range of global events.Bradtke, commented: “Esportsbetting.com is aimed at providing the most secure, integrity-driven esports-first betting experience in the market. By only offering markets where integrity checks can be provided, adhering to the highest level of customer and data protections, and implementing tools to verify ages, we have no doubt that esportsbetting.com will provide the safest and most reputable platform to place your esports bets.”Esports Integrity Commissioner, Ian Smith added: “ESIC is very pleased to partner with esportsbetting.com. They will contribute to and benefit from our suspicious betting alert network and help sustain our vital anti-corruption education work. Most importantly, the more integrity-conscious betting operators like esportsbetting.com we partner with, the less opportunity there is for unscrupulous illegal operators to get a foothold in the market.” Share Share StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles
Regulus Partners acted as an expert consultant to the Panel, assisting in the Panel’s appreciation of global betting markets, online betting on tennis, the various ways in which betting can present integrity issues for the sport, the nature of unusual and suspicious betting patterns, and the various indicia of match-fixing. Regulus Partners did not assist the Panel in relation to the recommendation discussed above.UK: In Parliament – two pound Tories talk toughWhat will we do for amusement once (if?) the public policy wrangle over FOBTs is resolved? This week opened with renewed hope for the betting shop sector as The Times reported a Treasury veto on reducing maximum stakes on machines in betting shops to as low as £2 a spin. Twenty-four hours of spluttering outrage later, the same paper revealed that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, had decided that his bacon rather than the bookies was in greater need of salvation and had given DCMS the green light to do their worst (or best, depending upon one’s outlook).We have been here before with stories of face-offs between the two halves of Number 1 Horseguards and it seems plausible that the suggestions of Treasury lobbying are deliberately planted in order to elicit the shrill whistle of parliamentary indignation.If that indeed was the intent, it seems to have worked. The Conservative MPs, Sarah Wollaston (Cons, Totnes), Tom Tugenhadt (Cons, Tonbridge and Malling) and Nick Boles (Cons, Grantham & Stamford) took to Twitter to voice their opposition to anything other than a £2 stake. Wollaston, who chairs the Parliamentary Select Committee on health and social care tweeted: “I will not be supporting any moves that allow high stakes #FOBT to continue to destroy lives. The Treasury needs to look at the long term financial & personal cost of the catastrophic harms to individuals, families & society.”The trio of concerned Conservatives were joined, perhaps significantly, by David Evennett (Cons, Bexleyheath and Crayford) – who had a brush with gambling policy during his stint of maternity cover for Tracey Crouch in 2016. Evennett tweeted: “Strongly support a maximum stake of £2 for FOBTs and hope the Government acts soon”. Within 24 hours Crouch had replied to her colleague’s PQ by promising resolution “in due course”.Conservative MPs have shown conspicuously less anxiety about gambling policy than their Opposition peers – just two (Sir Peter Bottomley of Worthing West and Fiona Bruce of Congleton) have signed EDM 174 on FOBTs compared with 24 from Labour and 13 from the SNP. However, in recent weeks a number of Tory backbenchers have raised concerns about the potential for a ‘soft’ Government response on FOBTs.The Campaign for Fairer Gambling now claims the support of 23 MPs from the blue corner. That “support” could ultimately take the form of vote abstention rather than rebellion (in the event that DCMS opts for a £20 or £30 maximum stake) but the parliamentary mathematics are such that the Government will weigh such displays of concern carefully in the balance.In what generally appeared to be a bad week in politics for the betting sector, The Times also featured a cross-party love-in between the recently elected Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour, Carolyn Harris (Lab, Swansea East) and former Tory Leader, Ian Duncan Smith (Cons, Chingford and Woodford Green) on the need for a £2 stake maximum; and a follow-up from the bookie bashing bishop of St Albans, the Right Reverend Alan Smith.We also observed the close (for the second time, following deadline extension) of the Labour Party’s consultation on gambling and mental health. Early indications of what HM Opposition may have learned so far were provided by a flurry of Parliamentary Questions from the party’s Deputy Leader, Tom Watson (Lab, West Bromwich East) who probed on adequacy of treatment provision for gambling addiction, funding for research and education and levels of thefts related to problem gambling.Gambling operators are understandably focused on policy outcomes from the current review – but Labour’s joint Culture, Media and Sport and Health probe may give a good idea of where future battle lines will be drawn (and not simply if Labour wins the next election). In a world of uncertainty, one point about which we can be pretty confident is that the conclusion of the DCMS review of machine gambling advertising and social responsibility is unlikely to draw a line under industry controversy.Australia: The Tamperer – what’s Crown going to look like with a chimney on it?Crown Entertainment is set to be fined this week in relation to the noble Australian art of tampering, according to reports from Down Under. The company has been accused of removing betting options from a small number of the 2,600 gaming machines at its Melbourne resort casino and is rumoured to be facing a fine of around A$300,000. While the penalty is relatively slight given Crown’s scale, the effect on the company’s prestige is likely to be more damaging.Over the course of the last two years, Crown has had employees arrested and imprisoned in China over VIP marketing, faced slurs of graft in relation to the development of its Bangeroo resort casino in Sydney, and been taken to federal court with Aristocrat to face allegations of encouraging gambling addiction (both companies were cleared but a smear takes time to fade). In an example of how problems can snowball, the company is also being sued by investors for failing to disclose the level of regulatory risk it faced in relation to VIP marketing in China.Business scale and complexity present risks to the licensing objectives. As seen in Great Britain, even the best of companies can struggle to keep on top of all risks all of the time, but some operators appear to get into trouble more often than others. How much of this is simply random and how much down to cultural failings is hard to say – but the presence of whistle-blowers is usually a sign of the latter.The decision to grass up a current or former employer may be motivated by a range of factors, including personal grievance. Often though, the whistle-blowing arises from a mismatch in what is considered ethically acceptable between those closest to the area of risk (and personal liability) and those closest to the profits.As one of the largest and most high-profile gaming businesses in the world, public scrutiny is part of life’s rich tapestry for Crown. The company’s opponents in Australia’s Parliament, its press and the nation’s politically active gambling academe seem perpetually alert to opportunities to attack Crown; with each PR failing amplifying the noise.Crown needs to move on and prove to the world that if there were systemic issues at the root of its various licensing and PR problems then these have now been addressed. Trust – the very bedrock of any gambling business (more so than in general retail) – is hard won and easily lost… just ask Steve Smith and David Warner.UK: Landbased gaming – cashless or bust?Norway is the world’s first cashless economy, according to the deputy governor of its central bank. The number of cash transactions are now so low (having dropped below 10% of the total), that Jon Nicolaisen claimed, “I would argue we are cashless”. Nicolaisen went on to suggest the demand for cashless payments had been driven solely by consumer demand rather than the policy or preferences of the bank. Sweden is not far behind – fewer than 20% of all transactions are now made in cash (less than 1% by value). It is now common to see signs in Sweden alerting customers that cash is no longer accepted in many bars and cafes, and 900 of the 1,600 bank branches have stopped accepting cash deposits. In the UK too, the use of cashless payments is accelerating – currently only 3.9% of the value of all payments (as opposed to number of transactions) are made in cash.In 2015 David Korski, a Number 10 aide, suggested to David Cameron that Britain should move towards becoming a cashless society by 2020 (although the policy was never adopted). Korski presented the many benefits of cashless in reducing crime, raising taxes, and offering traceability that is not readily present in cash transactions.The UK coin operating sector – which currently relies on a ready supply of coins to function – long ago recognised the need to adapt to changing consumer preferences. These requests met with short shrift within the current DCMS review as operators were unable to give sufficient comfort on harm mitigation (justifiable concerns regarding dissociation from cash).Norway’s landbased slot sector did not have to face the consumer-driven transition to cashless. A Government initiative to reduce problem gambling first banned the use of bank notes, then completely withdrew machines from the market in 2006. These machines were replaced in 2009 with cashless VLTs featuring a number of measures designed to reduce player harm, including mandatory player tracking, estate-wide player limits, and mandatory breaks from play every hour. The effect of these changes was to reduce machine-related calls to a problem gambling helpline by 99%. However, the number of players and revenues were significantly impacted; only recovering to a third of their pre-ban levels by 2016. The new player limits, together with lack of supply when online gaming was starting to become more prevalent, were the main drivers of this reduction.With improvements in player safeguarding at the forefront of policy and legislative developments, the potential is there to make a breakthrough on cashless payments in land-based gaming. A sector that is prepared for shifting consumer trends should by definition be in a better place to offer protections. The alternative of remaining marooned in the shrinking cash economy is clearly not in the long-term interests of the industry or the consumer – and in time it may also be bad news for the regulatory establishment.Norway: online regulation – getting darker?Norway is an important market at c. 50% the size of Sweden (including monopoly positions) or c. €475m in 2017 (RP estimates). Because the market is typically lumped in with ‘Nordics’ it doesn’t get much discrete attention. Also, a combination of high connectivity, high spend per head and a strong remote banking sector (see cashless article above), means that the market is likely to have very high drop-through to contribution for exposed operators, in our view. Norway has been sabre-rattling about .com activities for some time, to little obvious effect (and has had inadequate payment blocking measures in place since 2010). It is telling therefore that the week the Norwegian Gaming Authority is consulting on new payment blocking legislation, Mr Green also announced it was pivoting away from the market, given the emerging risks. Further, we believe there is a risk that Norway could lean on a newly empowered Swedish regulator to help with enforcement – a course of action that could also be followed by (similarly important) Finland.The Nordics have typically been seen as a liberal, reasonably homogeneous growth driver with neutral to positive regulatory positions (Denmark is regularly championed as a model). However, with growth slowing, focus on tax and regulation in Sweden and growing focus on monopoly enforcement in Norway, the Nordics could be swinging from an attractive mixed market to an increasingly polarised and difficult set of jurisdictions. Given the importance of the Nordics to a number of pan-European operators and suppliers as a base, this shift is likely to have profound sector consequences if driven to its logical conclusions, in our view.Belgium: eSports – no lootAfter a period of consideration, the Belgium Gaming Commission has ruled that loot boxes constitute a game of chance, and therefore these elements within games such as CS:GO, FIFA and Overwatch are considered gambling under its legislative provisions. This decision is contradictory to the position in the US and GB regarding chance elements within games. While in both of those nations it was recognised there is potential for children to encounter gambling type elements within games, Belgium’s Justice Minister went further and stressed the potential for harm (particularly of children) from the “close relationship between gaming and gambling”, which was the principal reason for the decision.By design, computer games contain chance elements, as part of gameplay and to upgrade in-game items such as loot boxes and chests. Where there is any form of stake element there is the potential for the game to fall under gambling legislation. This decision of the Belgium Gaming Commission has potentially far-reaching consequences for eSports (where there may be a requirement for a gambling licence to run tournaments) and video games in other jurisdictions. The increasing regulatory scrutiny may necessitate a complete re-think of the development of games, to limit or exclude RNG as well as enforcing a strict 18+ policy Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column.Global: Tennis integrity – changing the game?The tennis integrity Independent Review Panel has published its long-awaited interim report, which includes a raft of recommendations aimed at improving the sport’s efforts to protect its integrity. There is particular focus on the lower levels of the sport, where the problem is deemed to be “very significant”. However, after more than two years, this is only the end of the beginning as far as this process is concerned. A two-month consultation process has now begun, ahead of publication of a final report. Implementation of recommendations will follow, and that will require a great deal of time and resource given the scale of structural change required. Anyone in the betting sector who thinks this is an esoteric sports governance issue should probably read on…Most of the Panel’s recommendations are focussed on the structure of the sport and its Tennis Integrity Unit (“TIU”), as well as on the rules, and the integrity strategy and operational tactics deployed by the TIU. While noting that this Interim Report is specific to tennis and its structure and challenges, other sports would do well to consider these in the context of their own structures and risks and assess which of these recommendations (or variations of) they should be adopting.“Recommendation Number 1” will have done most to focus the minds of the betting industry, and looks likely to be among the most challenging topics during the consultation phase: the Panel proposes reducing opportunities for breaches of integrity by discontinuing the sale of official live scoring data, at least for ITF Futures men’s events and women’s $15k and $25k Pro Circuit events. The Panel identified a strong causal connection between the sale of official live scoring data to the lowest levels and the growth in betting on matches at those levels, citing the impact of the data deals done between the ITF and Sportradar in 2011 and 2015.Sportradar has already publicly expressed concern with this recommendation, labelling it unrealistic and potentially unlawful. In short, it claims that prohibition won’t work. Clearly the proposal raises some (very) big questions.Based on 2017 figures, the events being considered for removal from official data supply account for fully 68.9% of tennis matches on which betting markets are currently available (total of 85,120 matches; 33,210 matches on ITF men’s circuit; 25,434 matches on women’s $15k and $25k). While this is the majority of matches, the difference in quality (and therefore customer interest) means the revenue split is likely to be materially different. Nevertheless, the impact would be significant, with substitution upside mitigation balanced with potential black market downside risk. Revenue (and supply chain) disruption due to the loss of official data of this scale could be material given the importance of tennis to the online sports betting market ($920m of $27.6bn total online revenue globally, with tennis betting currently skewed towards European online markets, RP estimates).The Panel has made the case that the situation demands such bold and decisive action, as well as acknowledge that it is not possible to predict with certainty what the consequences of such a move would be. The Panel points out that the only way to find that out is to test it. There appears to be an awareness that it will be extremely difficult / impossible to wipe out completely unofficial data collection and betting on lower level events, so the Panel has identified additional ways in which the tennis bodies can make it much more difficult, through targeted monitoring, restrictions and disruption, and contractual obligations. Already, the battle lines appear to have been drawn. This could prove to be a critical issue for the industry, the impact of which could extend (far) beyond tennis integrity. Not only should operators and suppliers be watching closely (and participating in) the consultation process which is now underway, they might also be considering what more they can do to create a balanced working relationship between betting and sport. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Other parties will argue (as Sportradar already has publicly stated) that a move to discontinue official data supply at certain levels would simply allow unofficial data collection to thrive and further encourage opaque black-market activity. StumbleUpon Submit Propus Partners contributed to this analysis. Share
Share Share StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 Submit April has been a consequential month for all Italian betting stakeholders, as leading industry technology provider Playtech Plc, increased its market presence undertaking the €850 million outright acquisition of SNAITECH technologies and retail betting points.Thus far this 2018, it appears that Italian betting is finally moving forward, as the market proves its capacity for both foreign and domestic incumbents.Next, on the Italian betting agenda, stakeholders are pressing the government to deliver its long-awaited revamp of industry betting-related policies and consumer protections.Incoming this summer, Italian bookmakers expect the government to unveil new betting product policies, seeking to develop a stronger industry operational code.The government will expand policies in relation to Asian Handicap offers, operator in-play Cash-Out functionalities and further setting fixed policies and clear practices on ‘market disputes’ relating to bookmakers and their consumers.Stakeholders, currently await with optimism, as the betting-related policies may well have the same positive impact as the 2016 tax regime changes made to calculate charges owed by licensed operators.In its most recent industry update, regulatory body the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM) detailed that the Italian taxman had collected €76 million from Q1 2018 betting activities.The accrued figure is approximately 38% higher than the €55 million amount paid in Q1 2015 when the Italian betting tax rate was set to bookmakers’ market turnover.In 2018, the Italian betting market will expand, welcoming a number of new digital players. Stakeholders await to see if the Italian government will deliver its promised revamped policy framework, to trigger a second market boom period.
StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share It is now just a month until the international online casino industry comes together at the inaugural CasinoBeats Summit, taking place at Olympia London on 19/20 September.As the event draws nearer, more operators and suppliers are committing to the two-day Summit, which will welcome over 250 delegates and 30 leading industry speakers to its 14 sessions.Among many highlights, the Summit will hear from a number of C-level figureheads and leading experts in their fields including: Veiko Krünberg, managing director, Olympic Entertainment Group; Daniela Johansson, deputy CEO, Paf; Bryan Bailey, founder of CasinoMeister; Alex Tomic, CEO, SlotsMillion; Simon Collins, founder, Gaming Realms; and Melvyn Ritsema, CMO, Royal Panda.Operators feature heavily across the two days, with speakers also present from LeoVegas, Letsbet and Ladbrokes Coral, among others, and moderator from BetOlimp.As well as combining the highest level insight from both operator and supplier side, the Summit also seeks perspectives from the sector’s cutting edge. Jez San, CEO of Funfair Tech joins the blockchain panel; Scott Ronan, head of technology at Betsson, talks live casino; and Blueclaw’s Martin Calvert joins Sam Hobcraft of Omnia and Phil Parry, CEO of iForium, in profiling the future player.The Summit has also attracted some of the industry’s most recognisable stakeholders in responsible gaming, with Clive Hawkswood, CEO of the Remote Gambling Association; joining Anna Hemmings, CEO of GamCare; and Andy Taylor of the UK Advertising Standards Authority at the event.Veiko Krünberg – Olympic EntertainmentThe CasinoBeats Summit is taking place as part of the wider Betting on Sports Week, an event renowned for its high-level content and valued networking. Betting on Sports sees more than 2,500 delegates, 250 speakers and 140-plus exhibitors across sports betting, casino, e-sports and affiliates, as well as a stunning final-night party at the Natural History Museum.Graham Weir – LadbrokesOlympic’s Veiko Krünberg on Betting on Sports: “There’s an incredible line-up of highly engaged speakers as well as real experts in the area, which makes the whole event just genuinely enjoyable.“The opportunity to meet friends and get engaged in new business opportunities in the industry is a significant part of the value the conference brings.”Graham Weir of Ladbrokes Coral said: “It’s important for betting operators to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to allow us to explain the investment being made by the industry to improve player protection. It’s equally important for us to listen to others views on ways in which we can be better.”___________________
Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Related Articles GamStop, a national online self-exclusion initiative, has responded to media reports that had revealed problem gamblers have been able to bypass exclusionary measures put in place to prevent gambling activity. Following the broadcast of the BBC ‘Five Live Investigates’ programme over the weekend, it was revealed that problem gamblers registered as part of the self-exclusion scheme were able to alter minor details, such as surnames, provided during the registration process.The reports have caused industry-wide embarrassment, and have raised questions into whether the gambling industry can effectively become a self-regulatory body.GamStop addressed the shaky start to the year by responding to the issues raised in the BBC report, commenting:“This is of concern to GamStop and we welcome the work that the Gambling Commission is currently undertaking, especially in regard to ensuring that robust verification is carried out by operators when initial registration takes place. “With this in place, the specific issue identified in the BBC investigation aired on 13/01/2019 would be addressed.”Since its creation in April 2018, the initiative set out to offer support for national problem gambling stakeholders, by developing a referral system, directing individuals to GamCare and the UK National Debtline. The scheme provides those at risk of gambling-related harm the option to block themselves from engaging with all licensed UK online gambling operators for periods of 6 months up to 1-or-5 years.GamStop’s Fiona Palmer admitted that the initiative, while being a good start for the industry, does not work well enough: “GamStop is working hard to improve its level of service in order to ensure that registered consumers remain confident that they are effectively excluded from those operators currently integrated with the scheme.“Since the UK does not have a national ID scheme, matching consumers is reliant on the information they provide to GamStop and also the quality of information held by each operator. Operators have varied methods of verification and differ vastly in size and scope. “This makes GamStop an extremely complex technology project. We are working closely with operators to understand this further and will continue to do so following the Gambling Commission’s work on verification. The recent “consumer account function” available on the GamStop website will make it easier for people to update their details thereby maximising their protection.”The exclusionary scheme has received support from industry charity GambleAware, as CEO Marc Etches emphasised that such schemes are fundamental in supporting those faced with compulsive behaviours. In a statement made to SBC, he stated: “Self-exclusion can be a last resort for people who are struggling with their gambling, which is why it is essential tools such as GamStop operate effectively.“Such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation. If you’re worried about your or a loved ones gambling, there is free help and advice available online at BeGambleAware.org”GamStop has since reaffirmed its plans to continue developing and improving its service in conjunction with the Gambling Commission and British Licensed Operators in light of the BBC reports. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020