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SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission

SBC Awards 2020

The SBC Awards, which is now in its seventh year, has officially opened its nominations section allowing individuals to reward and celebrate the very best in sports betting and gaming. In our latest webinar, ‘SBC Awards – How to write an Awards submission’ a panel of esteemed experts discussed the do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing the perfect …

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John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth

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The UK Tote Group has confirmed the appointment of John Williamson, a director with extensive experience in Asia, as its Non-Executive Chairman from 1 September 2020. Williamson’s appointment is expected to bring “significant international business and financial expertise to the organisation”, and provide timely support for its ambitious growth plans just 10 months after its acquisition of the Tote, the …

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SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO

SBC Magazine

We check in on the international expansion journey for the rebranded Kaizen Gaming, formerly Stoiximan/Betano, to kick off Issue 10 of SBC Magazine. Now present in six countries, and with a strong footprint in Europe, CEO George Daskalakis expands on the company’s symbolic name change, before assessing new opportunities in Latin America (LatAm) and sharing his disappointment over Germany’s failure …

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VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship

BetConstruct’s B2C online sportsbook brand VBET has been named as the new sponsor of the Armenian Premier League and the Armenian Cup for the next three seasons. After securing an agreement with the Football Federation of Armenia, the leagues will be rebranded as the VBET Armenia Premier League and VBET Armenian Cup respectively. Commenting on the news, Vigen Badalyan, VBET …

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AstroPay sells B2B payment gateway to focus on end user

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AstroPay has completed the sale of its B2B payment gateway to focus on B2C solutions headlined by the AstroPay Card. The ‘flagship’ prepaid virtual card solution, AstroPay Card, gives merchants the ability to receive deposits and process withdrawals from a single integration. Mikael Lijtenstein, CEO of AstroPay, explained: “The recently completed sale of our B2B payment gateway indicates a new …

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Uzbekistan opens consultation for launch of national lottery

CIS gambling developments continue to gather further pace, as Uzbekistan’s government has formed a ‘composition on the selection of a single lottery operator for the Republic of Uzbekistan’. Last week, the office of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev revealed that it had sanctioned a demand to be led by the Capital Markets Development Agency in developing a decree on the appointment of …

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Happy Valley hits ‘record’ turnover as racing season ends

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has ended its season at Happy Valley, having reported a ‘record’ turnover of HK$1.6 billion (£160 million) for the track following what it described as a ‘season like no other’. Despite the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, total turnover for 2019/20 season had only dropped by 2.6% when compared to the previous season, …

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All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world

All-in Global, the number one language service provider in the gaming industry, has gathered the most relevant data to highlight hot fantasy markets for SBC News readers, and advise interested companies on how to prepare “local” fantasy content. In 2019, it was estimated that almost 46 million adults (18+) played fantasy sports in the US. In comparison, the Fantasy Premier …

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HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has confirmed that it has closed seven of its off-course betting branches (OCBBs) following a spike in coronavirus cases. Raising concerns over the ‘worsening COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong’, the HKJC emphasised that it is monitoring the situation to work out whether more OCBBs will be required to temporarily close. Services at OCBBs which …

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AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt

AsianBGE, the operating company of Dafabet, will launch a new 24/7 live lotto instant win channel in partnership with interactive games supplier Pin Projekt. The live lotto instant win vertical will be streamed across AsianBGE’s flagship property Dafabet and subsidiary sportsbook brand Nextbet. The partnership will see Pin Projekt significantly bolster AsianBGE brands’ interactive gaming capacities, providing over 2,000 daily …

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