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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UKGC review of 888 is not necessarily a 999 scenario

The shockwaves have subsided a bit since the 15 May announcement by 888 Holdings PLC that the UK Gambling Commission has commenced a review of the operating licence held by one of its subsidiary companies. The Commission has so far made no public comment on the subject but that is not unusual, as it will only announce publicly that it ... Read More »

Natalie Berenato – Betcart – Working with affiliates to grow together

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Just a few weeks ago, Betcart marked its Betting on Football debut by appearing on the ‘New brands in football betting’ panel at Stamford Bridge. We caught up with the company’s head of marketing and affiliates Natalie Berenato to find out more about Betcart’s #bofcon2017 conference experience. SBC: First of all, can you name a few highlights from your Betting ... Read More »

Jesper Kärrbrink – Mr Green – An entertainment focus for Sportsbook 2.0 development

Mr Green Interview

In June of last year, Mr Green launched its Kambi-powered sportsbook product in time for UEFA Euro 2016. Less than a year on, we caught up with the company’s CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, a speaker at the recent Betting on Football conference, to discuss operational challenges of the launch, balancing the revenue potential of the sportsbook with increased associated costs, and a newly ... Read More »

Sylvia Jensen – Oracle Marketing Cloud – Its time for Marketing to step back & understand its ecosystem

Industry marketing stakeholders and decision makers are now faced with an abundance of tools and devices designed to optimise campaigns and maximise efficiencies. Sylvia Jensen, Head of Marketing EMEA at Oracle Marketing Cloud argues that industry marketers are better off stepping back and understanding their eco-system and tech infrastructure. This knowledge and understanding may lead to realising key objectives of customer ... Read More »

William Hill – Labour publishes its ManifestNO but Corbyn is still being backed to remain as party leader

Yesterday’s official publishing of the Labour Party Manifesto, has done little to convince political punters that Jeremy Corbyn is the man to back for the 2017 UK General Election (8 June). Issuing a market update this morning, bookmaker William Hill has revealed that betting on the Tories is currently outmatching Labour wagers by 10:1. Guided by the strapline “For The ... Read More »

#bofcon2017 – China’s CSL can become an attractive football proposition

Asian betting market experts are taking the Chinese Super League (CSL) seriously, though football in China has a long road until it becomes an attractive proposition for sports consumers. At this month’s SBC ‘Betting on Football Conference’ (3-5 May Stamford Bridge London), the newly funded CSL was discussed as an Asian sport and commercial prospect. Andre Rodrigues, CEO of Malta-based ... Read More »

Ronan Smith – Secure Trading – The rise of cryptocurrency

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Just two weeks after sponsoring Betting on Football 2017 at Stamford Bridge, SBC caught up with Secure Trading Senior Account Manager Ronan Smith to discuss the evolution of mobile payments, the role of crypto-currencies and the impact of payment processing on customer acquisition. SBC: What’s next in the mobile payment space? RS: For Secure Trading, it’s obvious that mobile devices are ... Read More »

Are you experiential? Future-casting for retail betting…

The major high-street bookmakers are facing up to the challenge of how to re-invent retail betting in the face of increasing channel shift and the potential fall of machine revenues…. ____________________ As benefits the current limbo afflicting the UK betting shop sector, the first-quarter trading statements from Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill presented a mixed picture of the health of ... Read More »

Jon Tricker – KPMG – Gibraltar stakeholders united in tackling Brexit impacts

Gibraltar’s eGaming operators are not being browbeaten by Brexit says Jon Tricker, Managing Director KPMG Gibraltar, as he assesses the outlook for the Gibraltar eGaming industry following the Gibraltar eSummit last March. ________________________ It’s difficult for any outlook on Gibraltar’s future not to be dominated by reference to Brexit but it’s also surprising how, in just a few months, talk has ... Read More »

Bookies Corner – By POPular Demand – Eurovision 2017

Europe’s live pan-continental pop contest ‘Eurovision’ will be broadcast this Saturday night to an expected audience of +300 million.  SBC gets the bookies low-down in what may be the most interesting TV/novelty market in sports betting. Bookies reveal what makes a great Eurovision contender, how politics and culture can affect the song contest and whether Britain pop’s standing will be the ... Read More »