SBTech launches new ‘Action Betting’ feature

first_img StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Sports betting solutions provider SBTech has added to its range of in-play products with the launch of Action Betting, a mobile-first feature which dynamically suggests markets of interest to players through contextual alerts and call-to-action betting options.Powered by SBTech’s machine learning algorithm, Action Betting creates instant notifications when a specific incident occurs in a match, whether this is a free kick, red or yellow card, corner or dangerous attack. A dynamic market is then displayed on-screen, enabling players to ‘quickbet’ on outcomes directly from the widget, with the selection added to the bet slip instantaneously.Ian Bradley, Chief Product Officer at SBTech, commented: “Action Betting is the result of our investment in personalisation, as we seek to tailor the experience for each user. The constant drive to create more markets is not going to stop, and given the challenges that brings, our aim is to enhance the UX, ensuring players don’t have to scroll and search for markets. “Instead, we offer them suggestions whenever a significant incident occurs, presenting them with a relevant market in the context of the alert. The launch of Action Betting is part of our strategy of continuously improving the mobile betting experience and is just a taste of what we have in store for our partners in 2018.”  Action Betting is live with partners from this month and is part of the continuous development process undertaken by SBTech and its clients. The launch follows on from SBTech being awarded the Sportsbook Supplier of the Year at last week’s SBC awards, something that Group Commercial Officer Andrew Cochrane described as “a testament to the staff and people at SBTech in their pursuit of technology excellence.” Related Articles Share Submit Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

ESSA praises joint UK and France corruption pact

first_img Related Articles Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Share The United Kingdom and France have been lauded by international sports betting integrity body ESSA, for its ‘Declaration of Intention’ to target suspicious betting practises.The governments of the two nations are to share expertise and best practises, in order help to tackle issues such as sports corruption and match-fixing through illegal and irregular sports betting.As part of the agreement the UK is to share experience gained from hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the Rugby World Cup in 2015.France are due to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, with its capital city Paris welcoming the world for the Olympics and Paralympics a year later.Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, explained: “The UK and France should be commended for agreeing the joint Declaration of Intention to tackle sports corruption and match-fixing through illegal and irregular sports betting. “Both countries have put integrity as a priority issue and have developed what are widely regarded as best practice models in this area. The move further strengthens their information sharing protocols and can only benefit the integrity of their respective betting markets and sporting events.“ESSA has consistently promoted increased international cooperation as a vital component in the eradication of match-fixing. The association therefore welcomes this important initiative which builds upon the work of the Council of Europe established Group of Copenhagen Network of National Platforms, seeking to develop and establish common tools in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions, which both the UK and France are members of.“ESSA encourages other nations to follow the example of the UK and France and place international cooperation and information sharing at the forefront of their betting integrity policies. ESSA remains committed to working with the Gambling Commission and ARJEL through our information sharing agreements and to working with all responsible parties to share our knowledge and expertise in this area.”ESSA, whose members include bet365, Ladbrokes Coral and Paddy Power Betfair, is currently involved in four match fixings projects simultaneously. Submit StumbleUpon Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020last_img read more

GVC Holdings secures £1.4 billion debt syndication for Ladbrokes Coral takeover

first_img Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Issuing a market update, FTSE-listed online gambling group GVC Holdings has detailed that it has launched a ‘general syndication’ for its intended debt-financed takeover of Ladbrokes Coral Plc.Pursuing the larger FTSE100 Ladbrokes Coral enterprise, GVC governance has secured a syndicated ‘Lien Term B’ debt-bond valued at £1.4 billion (comprising £, € and US$ tranches).Furthermore, through the restructured debt syndication, GVC governance will gain access to a £550 million multi-currency revolving credit facility.Should GVC clear the final hurdles of its propose £4 billion takeover of Ladbrokes Coral, the online gambling group will use the debt proceeds ‘to satisfy the cash consideration payable to Ladbrokes Coral Shareholders’.GVC’s accepted bid, at a valuation of £4 billion (207p per share), dependent on the UK government’s FOBTs judgement, seeks to deliver Ladbrokes Coral shareholders a premium of circa 19%.The takeover deal sees Ladbrokes Coral shareholders awarded a 32.7p in cash per share, 0.141 ordinary GVC shares and a contingent entitlement of up to a further 42.8p should Ladbrokes Coral gain a favourable FOBTs review.Updating deal stakeholders, GVC will further use refinanced proceeds to clear certain Ladbrokes Coral debt obligations, deal costs and expenses.The £550 million multi-currency facility will be used to fund certain general corporate initiatives/purposes should GVC and Ladbrokes Coral combine.This February the GVC-Ladbrokes Coral takeover was forward for review by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), investigating whether the combination would lead to a “substantial lessening of competition” within the UK gambling sector.last_img read more

BETANO.com scores deal with European Handball Federation

first_imgShare Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles The European Handball Federation’s marketing arm, EHF Marketing GmbH, has signed up a new partner ahead of the new VELUX EHF Champions League season, beginning in September.BETANO.com – a brand of betting operator Stoiximan – has been revealed as the competition’s new regional betting partner. The cooperation, targeted towards the German market, will bring extensive TV and digital media exposure to the brand through on-court visibility (floor stickers and LED advertising) as well as integration into marketing materials and digital campaigns on the competition’s online and social media channels.BETANO.com successfully entered the German market right before the World Cup, and has seen fast growth due to the extensive product offer and industry-leading customer service.  The new partnership with EHF Marketing GmbH has been brokered and accompanied by Sportradar, one of the world’s leading sports data and content providers.Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, David Szlezak, said: “The VELUX EHF Champions League offers an attractive platform to BETANO, especially given its focus on gaining exposure on the German market where handball enjoys huge popularity.”“As official betting partner to the VELUX EHF FINAL4, the brand will also benefit from extensive opportunities to further promote its services to the 20,000 spectators on site at what has become the leading indoor sport and entertainment event on the European sports market.”Ioannis Spanoudakis, Board Member of Stoiximan, stated: “We are very proud for this two- year sponsorship agreement with EHFM, as it reinforces our strong ties with Germany and highlights the trust that BETANO has gained in the German market. It is a great pleasure and honor for us, to be supporting one of the flagship sports events in Europe and be able to provide our innovative services for this cause.“This long-term partnership with the EHFM, the VELUX EHF Champions League and the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne, designates our continuous eagerness and commitment to a solid action plan, and our focus on being an integral and dynamic part of our new ‘home’.”Sportradar’s Managing Director for streaming and OTT services, Rainer Geier added: “As a company which has strong relationships with a number of betting companies, big and small, across the world, we are very proud to be able to facilitate this partnership between one of our partners and one of our clients. We are already providing a number of our services to EHF Marketing GmbH, which BETANO can also now leverage to assist their expansion.” StumbleUpon Submit David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020last_img read more

Global Gaming launches affiliate programme

first_img StumbleUpon Ninja collapse sees Global Gaming move to redefine business November 21, 2019 Global Gaming granted licence review permit following Swedish appeal January 9, 2020 Related Articles Share Spelinspektionen rejects Ninja Casino domain transfer February 12, 2020 Share Submit Global Gaming has unveiled its highly-anticipated new affiliate programme, Global Gaming Affiliates.The newly-launched program allows affiliates across Europe to work in conjunction with Global Gaming to promote its products, including flagship brand Ninja Casino, which offers one of the fastest and most hassle-free online casino experiences in the world.Using the MyAffiliates tracking software, the new site aims to provide a high-level service with a tailored approach to each partner, giving them all the tools and support they require to achieve optimum results.It currently accepts Swedish and Finnish traffic, with plans to move into new territories and verticals in the future. Its newest brand SpelLandet.com is set to be integrated into the program in the near future.The programme will be spearheaded by Elaine Gardiner, who has more than nine years’ experience within the sector, having previously worked for Cherry Group.“We are absolutely thrilled to have launched Global Gaming Affiliates,” said Gardiner.“It’s a project we’ve been working on tirelessly since I joined the company last year and I’m excited to now deliver the program to the market.“The new program aims to share the same philosophy of innovation and exceptional service that Global Gaming is known for and we can’t wait to start working with affiliates.”last_img read more

Paddy Power – Too Hot To Handle vs Love Island will be lockdown’s biggest market

first_img Submit Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 1/2        To amass more views than the last series of Love Island4/7        Series two to be released in 20218/11      Any former Love Island contestant to go on the show2/1        An all-British version of the show to be released2/1        Two or more seasons of the show to be released in 20214/1        ITV to broadcast the show in the UK8/1        A winter series to be released in 202010/1      Any couple from the series to get engaged by the end of 202025/1      To be the most-viewed Netflix show of the yea Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020center_img Share StumbleUpon Paddy Power has backed ‘Too Hot To Handle’ , a dating show recently launched by Netflix, to outperform ITV’s ‘Love Island’ – the current kingpin of reality TV.Launched this weekend, Too Hot To Handle sees US streaming giant Netflix develop its first exclusive reality dating series, seeking to woo audiences starved of entertainment content during the lockdown period.Noting a positive reaction to the dating show’s first episode across social media channels, Paddy Power tips Too Hot To Handle to amass more views than ITV’s last edition of Love Island, pricing market odds of 1/2.A brave call by the bookmaker as Love Island’s 2019 series garnered a record 6 million viewers in dominating ITV’s summer entertainment schedule.In order to outmatch Love Island, Netflix executives will hope that a significant chunk of the streaming platform’s 12.5 million UK subscribers will ‘catch the Too Hot bug’.However, a closer inspection of social media reactions has seen a number of viewers brand Netflix’s dating series as a ‘ cheap gimmick of Love Island’, bearing little distinction from ITV’s headline show.Amy Jones – Paddy PowerAmy Jones, UK PR & Mischief Champion for Paddy Power, said: “From a documentary on tigers in captivity to a dating show with randy singletons in captivity, Netflix has provided two of the biggest streaming hits of the year so far.“With a huge reaction on social media, Paddy Power predict series two will be on the way as soon as possible. Furthermore,  Netflix producers may even opt to release a winter edition a la Love Island.”Paddy Power – Netflix ‘Too Hot To Handle’ Odds: Related Articleslast_img read more

Matthew Hickey, Gordon Moody Association: Using lived experiences to tackle problem gambling

first_img Related Articles GambleAware calls for collaboration to expand National Gambling Treatment Service April 6, 2020 BGC welcomes GAMSTOP roll out and credit card ban January 14, 2020 More than just a logo: How Gambling Therapy is providing global support to those most in need June 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Matthew Hickey – Gordon MoodyThe lockdown can be a challenging period for those afflicted by problem gambling, with rising levels of anxiety and boredom, it’s more important that support services are available.Speaking to SBC, Matthew Hickey, CEO of Gordon Moody Association, highlighted the need for wider industry collaboration to ensure that player protection remains at the top of the agenda, while also explaining that the US must draw upon ‘lived experiences’ to develop effective strategies to tackle problem gambling.________________SBC: With SBC Digital Summit NA fast approaching, and more states beginning to legalise sports betting, how can legislators ensure that they are implementing best practices to protect players? Are there lessons to be learned from the UK?Matthew Hickey: What I would say is that the US could really be utilising lived experiences, and working with those who have got lived experience to develop the right strategies. So, we’re doing a lot of work on our service user involvement strategy to really help shape the support that is in place based on the needs of the individual – as that is changing quite a lot.Land-based gambling, as was in the UK, is typically associated with being very white, middle-aged, lower socioeconomic background. But that’s changing, there are a lot more bigger groups. There’s a lot more younger people, and a lot more women gambling too. So I think the US could really help itself by working with and understanding the needs of each of those groups and developing their strategies based on these needs. Gambling can be addictive in the same way that substances can be – both have a root cause, and legislators need to understand that. If we can get to the cause, we can offer the necessary support to deal with both the addiction and the underlying issue.  I think that there is a lot that can be learned from the UK, and we are very happy to help those that need our support.SBC: Would you say that the industry’s comments that gambling participation levels have dropped during the pandemic are accurate? MH: I think the key thing to say is that hits on our Gambling Therapy website, which is our international treatment site, are down 23%. However, the meaningful interactions that we’re having – those where we’re having detailed conversations with people that need our support – has increased by 62%. So the intensity, and therefore those with more problem gambling issues has gone up exponentially. I think from a profile of the people we support, there is a worry during lockdown – people are anxious about what they are dealing with, anxiety levels are up, depression levels are up. Due to anxiety levels brought on because of lockdown, boredom, and substantial lifestyle changes – what was previously normal is not so anymore – a lot of people have reached out to us for support during that time. It is possible that their gambling habits have increased, or they’re worried about previous gambling habits coming back.From a North American perspective, the US and Canada are still the third and fourth highest rank on our website, with Brazil consistently at the top. From what we do in the UK in terms of our residential treatment, applications for residential treatments is down 60% – firstly, we have closed one of our sites, and secondly this is actually in line with our expectations. We’re feeling that this has happened due to a lack of privacy at home, a reluctance to give up on gambling due to boredom and isolation. That said, our outreach work has changed quite dramatically – we were talking to around 30 people each month, and that’s now 250 each week. Of the people that we are speaking to, they’re coming to us with a lot more complexity in their issues. They’re calling us with not just gambling addictions, but other issues too such as substance addictions. The profile of the people that we’re seeing has also changed, with more young people and women reaching out to us. Finally, 73% of our callers are online gamblers, with 4% land-based. So really, the impact has intensified what we’re seeing. While core volumes have gone down, the intensity has gone up. We keep talking about the quiet before the storm, and now that we’re moving into Q2 2020, we’re definitely seeing an upsurge in numbers. Where people weren’t calling us in Q1 due to isolation and family being around, people are now accessing support.SBC: A recent report published by the House of Lords Gambling Select Committee has outlined a series of recommendations to try minimise rates of problem gambling and prioritise player protection. Do you think the recommendations are sufficient? Or is there still a lot more that needs to be done?MH: Firstly, we were involved in reporting to the House of Lords Select Committee, so I was involved in providing evidence to them. From my point of view and where we stand at Gordon Moody, what we’ve seen in the recommendations has highlighted that we need to work more closely in collaboration with the industry. We’re definitely seeing an industry that wants to do more and wants to learn from lived experience, and we’re definitely seeing an industry that wants to provide the right tools for individuals to be able to cope with their needs. That said, those people that we see are highly manipulative. What I mean by that is that they will have – over a period of time – manipulated their way around a system. Taking online betting as an example, they may well have set up multiple bank accounts, or several profile names so that they can hide their problem. We have to be very mindful that the residents we see are those which know how to avoid the system. Therefore, it’s imperative that we work in collaboration with the industry to put measures in place to stop this from happening. We need to learn from each other to ensure that we put the right mechanisms in place. I will take on board everything that has been recommended by the Select Committee, but I think that the industry is definitely responding much more positively than it has previously. And it is obvious that there is a lot the betting industry wants to do in the future. We’ve spoken to a number of organisations, and they want to learn from companies like ours on how they can improve player protection. People that want to manipulate the system to gamble will always find a way, so we must be responsive in that aspect. We need to learn from lived experience and learn from how they are changing – both of which will make a big difference so there has to be that collaboration.SBC: The large amount of publicity surrounding the return of live sport has previously been described as a ‘perfect storm’ for problem gamblers – how has GMA been supporting those that have struggled with gambling addiction during the lockdown?MH: What we have done is that we’ve introduced a lot more support for those waiting to come into residential treatment facilities in addition to further outreach support for those that have previously been through treatment. We’ve also introduced ‘friend and family groups’ and more opportunities for people to share their experiences online. Through those types of devices, we’re providing people with the necessary tools to deal with this ‘perfect storm’. Gambling is often seen as the hidden addiction, but the profile of gambling addicts is changing quite dramatically. The age of people is shifting, we’re getting a lot of younger people calling in, and a lot more women too. I think in this day and age, we share a lot more on social media, people are so much more open. So hopefully, the hidden addiction won’t be so hidden anymore. There is also a great opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences – in the same way that 10-15 years ago mental health was something that no one really spoke about, but now, if you have an issue you’re able to speak openly. I hope that gambling addiction, the stigma that you’ve gambled money will disappear and people will feel that they can seek the help that they need and not hide away.There’s a great quote that says ‘everyone who has an addiction will have suffered a trauma in their life. But not everyone that has suffered a trauma will be an addict’. So what we have to understand is the root cause of why someone will develop a gambling addiction. Whether it is due to their personal lives or as an escape, we need to understand the underlying cause and tailor our solutions. ________________________Gambling Therapy is exhibiting at the upcoming SBC Digital Summit North America. To register for the event, click here. Share Submitlast_img read more

How to become the next GFA President

first_imgWith the organisation of the Extraordinary Congress by the Ghana Football Association, the race to become the next President of the Ghana Football Association has become official.Those who are interested in the position will now wait for a date to be announced so that they can pick up forms, fill them, get the necessary signatures and support and file those forms and papers.So far, several people including former GFA officials, Wilfred Osei and George Afriyie, have stated their interest in replacing Kwesi Nyantakyi. Other individuals like Kurt Okraku, Dreams FC CEO and Asante Kotoko CEO, Kwame Kyei, have all said they would like to run Ghana football for at least the next four years.So how do I become GFA President?First of all, you must be affiliated to a club in the Ghana Football ecosystem to even get in the door before dealing with the fine print in the statutes.The draft statutes of the GFA, which were approved by the clubs at the Extraordinary Congress, state that anyone interested in the position must be a Ghanaian and must be of sound mind and “has not been detained as a person of mental disorder under any enactment.”What about my academics? One will need to have a first degree from a reputable university.What about if I do not have such a degree?If you have 7 years working experience in Sports Administration, you are good to go. In addition, having some good knowledge of rules and regulations that govern the Ghana FA, CAF and FIFA will certainly be very helpful.You must have also have very good practical experience in Management, Administration, Finance, or Corporate Governance. Running any entity will require these and the football association is no different body or association or company, if you choose to go by what the GFA is in the Registrar General’s records.What about my conduct?After the incidents of the Anas “Number 12” documentary which looked at corruption in Ghana football, it is not surprising that the Normalisation Committee has highlighted the need for the next GFA President to be one that will not stain the position or bring the local game into disrepute.Thus, if you want to be the next GFA boss, you should not “have been convicted of an offence involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude” and you must be of “high moral integrity.”Is that all?No. After meeting all the above-stated requirements, you will face an integrity check and it is mandatory. All candidates are to  subject themselves to these checks and you will fail:-if you refuse to do so or you have been given a criminal conviction or disciplinary sanction by a state court;-if you have been found guilty by an Ethics Committee of the GFA, CAF or FIFA, a Commission of Enquiry  in Sports Administration or any sporting body with a sanction that affects how you will work as the GFA boss.What’s next?If you make it through all these processes, congratulations. You are now part of the race to become the next Ghana FA boss.So I win the elections. How long will be in office for?Per the new statutes that were approved at the Extraordinary Congress, you will serve for only two terms of four years each.That decision marked the end of the unlimited tenure rule that was in existence in the previous administration.Finally, when is the election?Even though there is no official date, the expectations are that the polls will take place later this month.The Normalisation Committee will have to end its tenure by September 30 and so, the elections must come off before then.last_img read more

Gold Fields PGA Championship: Nigeria’s Christopher Francis takes lead on Day 1

first_imgNigerian’s Christopher Francis has taken the lead after day one of the 2019 Gold Fields PGA Championships with an opening 65.He is followed by Zimbabwe’s Visitor Mapwanya with 68 in the professional category of the 6th edition of the championship.The day one of the championship recorded shocking results as the foreigners dominated the first round on Wednesday.In previous years, Ghanaian golfers had made strong starts on the way to claiming the trophy.Meanwhile, notable golfers like former champions Vincent Torgah and Emos Korblah played their way to the 4th and 5th spot respectively.About 63 Professionals from Africa are battling for the ultimate prize of GHC 40,000.00 in this four day event.Day 2 of the championship continues today {Thursday| in Damang.Find below the full results f Day 1last_img read more

Liberty Professionals come from behind to snatch late draw against Legon Cities FC

first_imgLiberty Professionals grabbed a late goal to rescue a point on opening day as they drew 2-2 with Legon Cities FC.Saddick Sulley scored the first goal of the game as he made the most of a defensive blunder by the Scientific Soccer Lads.He latched onto the ball following the error, run into the box, cut onto his left foot before placing his effort beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.Liberty Professionals dominated large chunks of the game but couldn’t finish off their chances in the first half.Kofi Baah, the Liberty goalie, had a game to forget as he twice gifted the ball to the away side with he being punished for his second error.He was punished for his miscalculated pass which fell to Degorl Jeffery.Degorl Jeffery was there to pick up the pieces and double the advantage of the visiting team.The home side pulled one back before the 70th minute after sustained pressure mounted on The Royals. Elvis Kyei Baffour tapped in from close range to reduce the deficit.With less than five minutes to go, Liberty Professionals grabbed the equalizer.Michael Ampadu picked up a pass from Elvis Kyei Baffour just outside the 18-yard box and fired in a powerful shot to level things for the home side.The game was far from over after the leveler as Legon Cities FC had their own late goal flagged for offside.Liberty Professionals also had some chances to grab the late winner to secure a comeback win but Gbevu Prosper was a safe pair of hands for The Royals.Lineups:Liberty Professionals:Baah Kofi (GK).Sefah Michael.Mwankurinah Ernest.Amoako George Kofi.Issaka Emmanuel.Mubashar Issah.Amofa Samuel.Danso Ernest.Ampadu Michael (C).Alhassan Mubarak.Elvis Kyei Baffour. Legon Cities FC:Gbevu Prosper (GK).Mohammed Suleman.Yussif Fadili.Muhammed Abdulai.Sulley Saddick.Papadopoulos Panayotis.Adams Misbawu.Oppong Eric.Bonney Stephen.Okine Benjamin Daddida.Degorl Jeffery (C).last_img read more