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first_img Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Romania Operator aims to “solve real business challenges” through Romania startup programme AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Strategy Paddy Power Betfair unveils responsible gambling initiative Paddy Power Betfair has pledged to “solve real business challenges” through the launch of a new responsible gambling initiative in Romania. Developed in partnership with Cluj-based trade event Techsylvania and investment fund Risky Business, ‘Alpha Hub’ is a startup accelerator programme with innovators invited to focus on the challenges of responsible gambling. This will include support during the development of prototype products with the use of technologies such as customer matching, identity verification, data and analytics, online travel, self-service and retail tools.Those that sign up to the scheme will be able to access expertise, partnerships and corporate clients to help strengthen their offering. Rob Smith, head of Alpha Hub at Paddy Power Betfair, said: “The Responsible Gambling Concept is one of our key priorities at Paddy Power Betfair, and this initiative will help us find new ways to identify and protect customers at risk. “Alpha Hub is an excellent opportunity for Paddy Power Betfair to get closer to the tech startup ecosystem, and we’re looking to partner with start-ups that can help us solve real business challenges.” Paddy Power Betfair, which has a team of more than 600 working in its Romania office, plans to launch the initiative on November 20 and follow this up with a two-week period of mentoring and support. Those taking part will present their finished solution at a dedicated event on December 4. Start-ups deemed the most successful in the programme will be eligible for funding to further develop their product, as well as have the opportunity to present their pitch to Paddy Power Betfair. Vlad Ciurcă, co-founder and executive manager of Techsylvania, said: “Accessing and knowledge of corporate clients is a decisive challenge for newly-created companies in Romania. “A successful startup ecosystem requires the involvement of top tech companies, so we are very happy that Paddy Power Betfair chose Cluj from all its global locations to launch Alpha Hub.”The move comes as Paddy Power Betfair was this week handed a fine of £2.2m (€2.5m/$2.9m) for social responsibility and money laundering failures in the UK. The UK Gambling Commission found the firm was failing to protect customers and stop stolen money being gambled. The fine represents the fourth penalty package of more than £1m imposed by the GC this year, following rulings against William Hill, 32Red and Sky Bet.Image: Best Picko 17th October 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Casino & games Email Addresslast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Galaxy Gaming has appointed John Strickland as its new marketing director and Gabrielle Houston as vice president of finance and controller, while the table games provider has also promoted Ann Huysmans to the role of gaming compliance manager. Topics: Casino & games People Strategy Table games Galaxy Gaming has appointed John Strickland as its new marketing director and Gabrielle Houston as vice president of finance and controller, while the table games provider has also promoted Ann Huysmans to the role of gaming compliance manager.Strickland will assume responsibility for preparing and implementing Galaxy’s annual marketing plan, covering all new product launches, tradeshows and company communications. He has spent more than 22 years working in advertising, branding and product marketing, including 14 years in the casino and gaming sector with the likes of Scientific Games Corporation, SHFL Entertainment and the MTR Gaming GroupHouston will bring over 18 years’ of business operations experience to her new role at Galaxy Gaming, having worked for leading gaming industry brands such as Aristocrat Technologies Australia, MGM Resorts International and SHFL Entertainment.Meanwhile, Huysmans will move into her new position at the provider having served as its compliance manager since 2017. She has worked in the gaming industry for more than 14 years, including spells with Station Casinos and Konami Gaming prior to her time with Galaxy Gaming.“We are delighted to have recruited Gabi and John, both industry professionals in the areas of marketing and finance and are honoured to have promoted one of our very own, Ann Huysmans,” Galaxy Gaming president and CEO, Todd Cravens, said.“These talented team members will enhance our ability to support new markets and develop new products. I am really proud of the team that we continue to build here at Galaxy.”The trio of appointments come after Galaxy Gaming this week also added former Scientific Games CEO, Gavin Isaacs, to its board of directors.Image: Rawpixel Ltd 7th June 2019 | By contenteditor Galaxy Gaming makes trio of senior appointments Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Lottery 23rd October 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino operator Twin River Worldwide Holdings has enlisted Scientific Games to support its bid to take over the Rhode Island lottery contract currently held by IGT. Email Addresscenter_img Lottery Regions: US Rhode Island Casino operator Twin River Worldwide Holdings has enlisted Scientific Games to support its bid to take over the Rhode Island lottery contract currently held by IGT.IGT’s current contract is due to expire in 2023, but the state is considering a 20-year, no-bid billion-dollar extension to the agreement.However, Twin River is putting pressure on the state to launch a public tender for the contract, linking up with Camelot Lottery Solutions, Intralot and now Scientific Games as part of the effort.With no request for proposals (RFP) issued to date, it remains unclear what services each supplier will provide. However, Scientific Games will now offer its full suite of lottery services to the consortium, with the exact elements it will provide to be based on any tender published by the state.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: Morrow Long Twin River adds Scientific Games to Rhode Island Lottery bidlast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Brian Rice, the manager of Scottish Premier League (SPL) club Hamilton Academical, has been issued a ten-match suspension after he admitted multiple breaches of the Scottish Football Association’s (SFA) betting rules.This will see Rice banned for five matches immediately,  with five suspended until the end of the 2020/21 season. The suspended ban is on condition that he regularly attends recover meetings, does not breach Disciplinary Rule 31, and the club submits a certificate stating he has not gambled since 17 October, 2019 every month.Earlier this month Rice admitted that he was guilty of multiple breaches of Disciplinary Rule 31, which prohibits any individual under the SFA’s jurisdiction from gambling. These occurred between 14 July 2015, and 15 October 2019, across five SPL seasons.The judicial panel explained that the suspension reflected the gravity of the breach, with Rice having placed a large number of low bets over the four-year period.Rice could have faced the ultimate penalty of a £100,000 (€118,987/$131,494) fine and even a lifetime ban, according to the SFA’s Judicial Protocol. However, the panel said the decision to suspend five of the ten-game ban reflected “the genuine efforts it considered Mr Rice has made to put his life and that of his family back together again.”It considered that he had showed genuine remorse over his offence, and the effect it has had on his family, the team, and the SFA.“It is the hope of the Tribunal that the suspended element will not be imposed but will play some part in helping Mr Rice to avoid returning to the practice, which has so blighted his life,” it added.Rice’s admission of a gambling problem has sparked a debate in Scottish football about the prevalence of gambling brands in the game. The managers of two of the country’s leading clubs, Celtic’s Neil Lennon and Aberdeen’s Derek McInness, have argued that betting companies provide important sponsorship revenue for Scottish clubs and competitions.However, a player anonymously told the BBC that gambling in dressing rooms was a frequent occurrence, despite the risk of punishment. Hamilton Accies manager handed 10-game betting ban Email Address Legal & compliance 31st January 2020 | By contenteditor Brian Rice, the manager of Scottish Premier League (SPL) club Hamilton Academical, has been issued a ten-match suspension after he admitted multiple breaches of the Scottish Football Association’s (SFA) betting rules.last_img read more

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first_img Regions: US Washington The Washington Senate Committee on Ways and Means has voted through a bill that would legalise in-person and online sports wagering activities in the state.House Bill 2638, along with its companion Senate Bill 6394, would permit land-based sports betting at tribal casinos and cardrooms, in addition to mobile on-premises betting.Approval from the Committee on Ways and Means, which comes after the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee last week also voted through the bill, will mean that the bill can now progress forward to the Rules Committee for a second reading.Last month, Washington’s House last week also passed the bill by a conclusive vote of 83-14, primarily due to the bill being sponsored by 20 Representatives.Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Washington Senate Committee on Ways and Means has voted through a bill that would legalise in-person and online sports wagering activities in the state. Topics: Legal & compliance Sports bettingcenter_img Legal & compliance Email Address 4th March 2020 | By contenteditor Washington sports betting bill progresses past Senate Committeelast_img read more

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first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Intralot partners Evolution for global live dealer rollout AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Live casino specialist Evolution Gaming announced today (21 July) that it has signed an agreement with gaming operator and supplier Intralot, to provide live casino services to its customers across Intralot’s entire partner network, covering 44 regulated jurisdictions globally.The deal will see Intralot integrate Evolution’s full product suite, as part of a wider strategy to accelerate the digital transformation of its network.It hopes the new products will help provide a unified player experience across the jurisdictions in which it operates, while offering safe and secure environment for its customers.Live casino products will be integrated into Intralot’s existing operations, and will feature Evolution’s full suite of live games, including its range of branded titles, such as Crazy Time, Mega Ball and Lightning Roulette.“We are delighted and honoured to partner with Intralot, a leading player in the gaming world,” Evolution chief commercial officer Sebastian Johannisson commented.Evolution has seen rapid growth throughout 2020, following an increase in the popularity of live casino products during the novel Coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.In the first half of 2020, the supplier posted an operating profit of €131.3m, up 96.5% from H1 2019.Intralot, meanwhile, has faced significant challenges in the same period, suffering a large decline in operating profit and revenue during the first quarter of the year.Aside from Covid-19, the decline was caused by a number of factors, mostly due to discontinued contracts with local operator Eurobet and a change in reporting methods for Eurofootball in Bulgaria. Bulgarian turnover alone, across all verticals, declined by €71.4m in Q1 2020.Intralot is now following a new strategy to see its business return to growth, built on five key pillars: digital technology, an advanced service delivery model, partnerships for B2C licences, growth in key jurisdictions, and optimisation of the business’ capital structure.Nikos Nikolakopoulos, executive vice president and group chief commerical officer for Intralot, said: “We have always been committed to building a robust set of strategic partners to deliver an outstanding experience to our customers.“Evolution Gaming is a trusted member of our third-party ecosystem and we are looking forward to rolling out this partnership on many online markets worldwide.”center_img 21st July 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Topics: Casino & games Email Address Live casino specialist Evolution Gaming announced today (21 July) that it has signed an agreement with gaming operator and supplier Intralot, to provide live casino services to its customers across Intralot’s entire partner network, covering 44 regulated jurisdictions globally.last_img read more

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first_img The UK government’s Gambling Act review has received broad support, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling-Related Harm hailing it as a turning point for the industry, while the Betting and Gaming Council urged an “evidence-led” approach. “We’ve made it clear to gambling operators that we will continue to work at pace to take action to protect consumers while the review of the Gambling Act is underway.” “As the statutory adviser to the Secretary of State we look forward to contributing our advice to help with the government’s Review and we will continue our close working relationship with DCMS as the review proceeds.” 8th December 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle The BGC has previously implemented safer gambling measures such as steps to reduce underage ad exposure and a ban on under-25s joining VIP schemes. “Millions of people enjoy an occasional flutter on sports, on bingo, on the lottery, in casinos and online. I hope that everyone has their say in the review – including millions of customers who enjoy betting safely, as well as the hardworking men and women employed in the industry.” “As the standards body for the regulated industry, we strongly welcome the launch of the government’s review,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said. “We called for it to be wide-ranging and evidence-led, and it provides an important opportunity to drive further changes on safer gambling introduced by the industry in the past year.” “I very much welcome the launch of the Gambling Review, something which I and many others have long been calling for,” APPG chair Carolyn Harris said. “I hope we are at a turning point in the reform of our wholly outdated gambling legislation.  Tags: Gambling Commission Betting and Gaming Council Michael Dugher Gambling Act All-Party Parliamentary Group House of Lords Gambling Act Review He added that the industry’s efforts to regulate itself had been insufficient, and so new legislation was needed. “Too many families are impacted by gambling related harm and we must protect those most at risk through legislation and policy change.” The review has been anticipated for almost a year, after the UK’s Conservative Party included such a review in its manifesto before winning the 2019 General Election. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling-Related Harm, the House of Lords, the Social Market Foundation, the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office have all released reports with recommendations for a new gambling regime. “The deregulated gambling industry has, throughout the last few years, paid only lip-service to the nature of the damage that has been done to people up and down the country,” Duncan Smith continued. Regions: UK & Ireland “In addition, horse racing receives over £350m per year through the horse racing industry levy, media rights and sponsorships, while betting companies spend over £40m a year on the English Football League and its clubs. Other sports, including rugby league, snooker and darts also receive millions of pounds in sponsorship from our members, while casinos contribute over £120m to the tourism economy each year.” “Our members do not allow betting by under-18s, so we welcome in particular confirmation of the government’s decision to ban 16 and 17-year-olds from playing the National Lottery,” he said. “It’s got to be one rule for all.” Meanwhile, the Gambling Commission said it was happy to see the review, which will assess the regulator’s roles and powers come under the microscope. In addition, Dugher noted the financial contribution the industry provides to the economy in general, to the treasury through taxes and to the world of sport through sponsorship. DCMS said that advertising – which may include sponsorship – would be one area examined in the review. Regulation The regulator added that it would assist in the process by providing advice to Secretary of State for DCMS Oliver Dowden and his department. GB industry stakeholders set out goals for Gambling Act Review The Commission also pointed to recently introduced measures on age and ID verification, VIP schemes and gambling with credit cards to show how it has worked to make gambling safer. Licensees, it added, should expect further updates to regulations in pursuit of this goal while the review is ongoing. Email Address House of Lords cross-party group Peers for Gambling Reform has also backed the review, arguing that it was an opportunity to bring in many changes recommended by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry earlier this year. “It is quite clear that we can no longer allow the industry to regulate itself and it is time, therefore, for balance to be restored, particularly now the advent of new technology has meant that gambling has never been easier to access or promote than it is now.” “Problem gambling may be low at around 0.7% and as the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said there is no evidence that it has increased in the last 20 years, but one problem gambler is one too many,” Dugher continued. “So I hope Ministers will focus in with laser-like precision on problem gamblers and those at risk. The government must ensure that any changes do not drive people to the unregulated black market online, where there aren’t any safeguards to protect vulnerable people. DCMS said it would assess the Commission’s capabilities “in order to ensure it can keep pace with the licensed sector and tackle the black market”.  Harris reiterated her support for many of the reforms the APPG called for in its June report, including deposit limits, the creation of a Gambling Ombudsman and significant changes for the Gambling Commission. Industry body the Betting and Gaming Council said it welcomes an evidence-led review, which it said would build on its own work to create a safer gambling environment.  “We welcome the government’s review of the Gambling Act which will also consider our powers and resources,” the Commission said.  “Our current legislation is analogue legislation in a digital age, online gambling is unregulated in many areas and mandatory deposit limits and affordability mechanisms are essential,” Harris said. “Gamblers need an ombudsman to support redress and statutory levy must be put in place to support research, education and treatment. The regulator must also be overhauled.  Finally, Dugher said he welcomed DCMS’ decision to raise the minimum age to play the National Lottery from 16 to 18 by October 2021, noting that this helped level the playing field between betting and gaming operators and the lottery. “The APPG has taken huge amounts of evidence from people whose lives have been blighted and torn apart by the terrible aftermath of gambling addiction,” the former Conservative Party leader said. “Our job is to make gambling safer and the review creates an opportunity to build on the progress we have made to protect players and the public – such as strengthened age and identity verification, strict new guidance for so-called VIP schemes and banning gambling with credit cards,” it said. “There is a long list of changes that are required to make the act fit for the digital world that we live in today,” Cowan said. “Funding for research, support and education should not come directly from the industry. Online gambling must be heavily regulated to protect the public. His fellow vice-chair Ronnie Cowan provided a long wishlist of legislative changes he hoped to see come out of the review. These included a complete ban on advertising, a change to research, education and treatment funding and strict online gambling regulations, all of which had previously appeared in the APPG’s reports. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm, a vocal critic of the industry, said it wished to see “bold and significant change” from the review. It encouraged those who have suffered gambling-related harm to respond to the call for evidence. “Children must not be seen as future gamblers and the aspects of games that normalise gambling must be removed. Advertising must end. The list goes on and the Government should not expect an easy ride.”  However, Dugher also pointed out that problem gambling rates had not increased over the past 20 years, and said the Government should make sure to focus on problem gamblers rather than discouraging those who gamble safely in its review. “This is a once in a generation chance to improve much needed gambling regulation in this country and change cannot come soon enough.” Topics: Legal & compliance Regulation APPG vice-chair Iain Duncan Smith said the review was “overdue”, and that given the effects of gambling-related harm, it should have happened a long time ago.  “The review must also take account of the huge economic contribution made by the betting and gaming industry, which employs over 100,000 people,” he said. “This includes £8.7bn a year in gross value added and over £3.2bn to HM Treasury in tax.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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first_img Everi appoints Kate Lowenhar-Fisher as legal chief Tags: Everi Holdings Read the full story on iGB North America AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Lowenhar-Fisher will bring more than 18 years of corporate, legal and regulatory compliance experience to her new responsibility of managing Everi’s legal and regulatory compliance affairs. Digital casino product and fintech provider Everi Holdings has appointed Kate Lowenhar-Fisher as executive vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and corporate secretary. Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Email Address Topics: Legal & compliance People Legal & compliance Prior to her appointment, Lowenhar-Fisher recently served as an equity member in the Las Vegas office of Dickinson Wright PLLC, where she was the chair of the firm’s gaming and hospitality practice group. 16th March 2021 | By Marese O’Haganlast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Marketing & affiliates “We are delighted to have reached agreement with Cearnsport Limited, and to welcome Central Park into the ARC group of venues,” said ARC director of media and technology, Mark Kingston. Email Address Last month ARC and Entain announced a joint media rights deal that would see greyhound racing content produced for Entain’s media channels. “I have, for some time now, thought that after 60 years connected to greyhound stadiums and 23 years at Central Park that the time is right for me to retire for younger people to take charge and to secure a sound future for Central Park, its trainers and employees,” said Cearns. Racing group Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced an agreement to acquire Cearnsport Limited, the owners of Central Park Greyhound Stadium and speedway track. Cearns, a promoter at Central Park, will see the business through the acquisition. “We are incredibly grateful to Roger Cearns, whose knowledge and expertise will be hugely valuable to the business during an upcoming transitional period.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The finalised acquisition will see the Central Park stadium join ARC’s growing list of greyhound stadia in Newcastle, Nottingham, Sunderland and Perry Barr. ARC also operates sixteen racecourses. Topics: Marketing & affiliates People Marketing Tags: Arena Racing Company Entain 15th April 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan Regions: UK & Ireland “Having closely investigated all possibilities I consider that ARC, who are acknowledged leaders in this field, operating over 20 venues, are the best option to achieve that.” Arena Racing Company to acquire Central Park Stadium owner Cearnsportlast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance ICE365 Content Series Tribal gaming Legal Regulation Speakers: Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Partner, Snell & Wilmer, USA, and past President of the IMGL 23rd April 2021 | By contenteditor It also considers issues likely to arise in compact negotiations to include sports betting, including revenue sharing or exclusivity. Regions: US This masterclass from the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) will look at how sports betting might be included in the types of games permitted by a compact. IMGL Masterclass: Tribal sports betting and compact provisions Email Address Moderated by: More tribes are considering getting in the game as well. Steve Light, professor of political science and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy at UND Kathryn Rand, professor of law and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy at the University of North Dakota, and Vice President of Educator Members of the IMGL ICE365 Content Series Kevin Quigley, Indian Affairs & Gaming Business Counsel, Foley & Quigley PLC, USAlast_img read more