Andrew McCarron

Paddy Power revenues hit €1bn before Betfair merger

Both Paddy Power and Betfair were achieving double digit growth ahead of their merger last month – Paddy Power had grown its revenues by 24% to €1.1bn in 2015, while Betfair’s final quarter as an independent company saw revenues increase by 21%. However both firms also had their figures blunted by taxation. Over 2015 Paddy Power’s operating profit increased 10% …

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The Marcus Rashford Phenomenom – applying analytics on the fly to the latest teenage sensations

SBC’s Football Odds Expert Jeevan Jeyaratnam, of odds compiling firm Super Soccer GPS, explains what happens when an unfamiliar name unexpectedly hits the team sheet. The promotion of Marcus Rashford into the starting XI for Manchester United’s must-win Europa League game with Danish champions Midtylland on February 25th 2016 was a landmark for the player, but created a wave of rapid …

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6 of the Best – Unibet’s Anthony Cousins

BetITBest‘s Nico Jansen is interested in discovering the best in people. This week it’s Anthony Cousins.  Anthony Cousins has worked for Unibet for almost 15 years, and has seen first hand the company transform itself from a handful of staff into a huge business. Anthony started as an odds compiler in July 2001, and has been Head of Sportsbook (Commercial Relations) since …

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New horseracing funding scheme will need to be fair to bookmakers as well

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has welcomed the Government’s decision to introduce a new funding system for horseracing, but warned that any new development should not be taken in isolation from other issues. This morning, during a debate in the House of Commons, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced that the Government plans to introduce a new system which will …

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Itai Frieberger promoted to CEO at 888

Online gaming operator 888 has promoted Chief Operating Officer Itai Frieberger to the position of CEO, a move that has seen Executive Chairman Brian Mattingley move into a non-executive role with immediate effect. Frieberger has been Chief Operating Officer of 888 since 1 April 2011 and joined the Board on 13 May 2015. Mattingley commented: “We are delighted to announce the …

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Paddy Power pulled up for anti-money laundering failures

Paddy Power has been pulled up for ‘serious failings’ in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes following a Gambling Commission investigation. The bookmaker has also agreed to contribute £280,000 to socially responsible causes after failing to keeping crime out of gambling and protect vulnerable people. The failings relate to the way Paddy Power handled relationships with two customers at …

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TXODDS offering free weekend trial of TXTRADER service

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Data expert TXODDS is offering traders the chance to experience its TXTRADER service by providing a free weekend trial from today until Sunday 28th February. This is a particularly good opportunity given that the weekend includes a host of crunch games across Europe, including Man Utd v Arsenal in the Premier League, Man City v Liverpool in the League Cup Final, …

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Baazov leads PokerStars into New Jersey

Amaya Inc has earmarked 21 March as the date it will finally launch its PokerStars brand in New Jersey.  The launch quickly follows the September 2015 authorisation by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to operate the PokerStars and Full Tilt brands in the State. Amaya currently expects to conduct an interim testing period with the DGE and a …

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EnergyCasino.com adds Live Gaming with Extreme Live Games

UK-licensed EnergyCasino has increased the high octane excitement available on site with the addition of Live Gaming. The casino operator has signed a deal with Extreme Live Gaming, part of the Novomatic Group, to add its live dealer games to Energy’s extensive gaming portfolio. The addition of Extreme Live Gaming content will see the online casino brand gain 12 new …

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Microgaming’s vision of the future with virtual reality roulette – video

One of the stand out products on show at the ICE exhibition was the Microgaming’s VR Roulette prototype. Housed in an ultra-futuristic CRYO lab, made specially for the event, the reality-altering prototype was designed to study the immersive potential of 3D technology in the online gaming industry. Transporting players to a roulette table in outer space, VR Roulette uses the Oculus …

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