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BetConstruct granted Isle of Man B2B Software Supplier Licence

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Guided by the SMP eGaming licensing team, BetConstruct has become one of the first software developers to be granted a new Software Supplier Licence from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC). Upon securing the Software Suppliers licence, BetConstruct will have its gaming and betting solutions added to the British Crown Dependency’s GSC game register. As a result, the …

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Marco Castaldo, Microgame: Why new US operators shouldn’t confuse choosing a supplier with defining a strategy

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We spoke to Marco Castaldo, who explained why uncertainty in the US path from early regulation to profitable business has dictated caution for Italy-focused gaming services provider Microgame, and what he perceives as a “fixation” on platform features, while speculating as to whether leading European operators – particularly those who drive innovation in-house – will move ahead of those who rely …

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Five join the Senet Group to promote responsible gambling

In a move to improve industry-wide collaboration and tackle problem gambling Aspers, Caesars, Genting, Playtech and the Rank Group have joined UK responsible gambling body Senet Group. The five will sit on the Senet Group’s quarterly CEO forum, which currently offers advice to the group’s Board and independent chairman, Gillian Wilmot. They join GVC (Ladbrokes Coral), William Hill, Paddy Power …

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Amelco launches FinXpress Bitcoin product

Sports betting software and trading services provider, Amelco, will now allow its customers to wager bets on the fluctuations of cryptocurrency through the launch of its new Bitcoin betting product, FinXpress. The new product has been developed in order to complement Amelco’s already existing betting features, set to be operable as an extension to the singular platform used by sportsbooks. Users …

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Sky Bet’s Pete Wallis joins EPIC Risk Management

Independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has continued to develop its growth strategy through the appointment of Pete Wallis. Joining the consultancy from Sky Betting and Gaming, Wallis will be tasked with facilitating the continued progress of the company. He will oversee the creation of initiatives which will identify and effectively intervene with customers experiencing gambling related harms …

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OPTIMA: Taking an operator-led approach to R&D

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The openness to innovation, the research to support new innovation, the resources to gain ‘first mover advantage’ for such innovation, or the response time to existing innovation. Whatever the context, innovation is a buzzword that dominates the industry agenda. However, sports betting and gaming solutions provider OPTIMA has taken a slightly different approach to arming its operators with the right …

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Anti-gambling MP criticised for William Hill football tickets

North Antrim Member of Parliament for the Democratic Unionist Party Ian Paisley has come under fire after he reportedly accepted a gift from William Hill, despite his previous criticism of the industry. The Parliamentarian had received two Premier League football tickets from the bookmaker in March this year, but had been noted in the Commons’ Register of Members Interests, valued …

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Jeremy Wright blasts bookmakers for bypassing FOBT rules

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has hit back at bookmakers who have supposedly undermined the restraints imposed on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), describing the actions as “disgraceful” in a recent Parliamentary session. The new restrictions on the terminals came into play on 1 April. Earlier in the month, however, The Guardian accused Paddy Power and Betfred of trying to circumvent …

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SportPesa launches ‘Coaches to Count On’ with Arsenal FC

Leading Kenyan market bookmaker SportPesa has launched its latest African football initiative ‘Coaches to Count On’ in partnership with Premier League football club Arsenal FC. The football directive will see SportPesa develop ‘football clinics’ across its core markets of Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, with Arsenal FC developing comprehensive training programmes for aspiring soccer coaches. The bookmaker has kicked off …

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Monmouth Park’s Dennis Drazin latest to join Sports Betting Hall of Fame

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Dennis Drazin of Monmouth Park racecourse is to be the third industry stalwart to be inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame. Drazin will join former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Las Vegas bookmaking legend Art Manteris in the latest intake of the Hall of Fame, curated by SBC (Sports Betting Community). The Hall of Fame ceremony is …

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