Interviews

Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting

During the global health pandemic, esports betting has risen in popularity, with titles such as FIFA and NBA2k garnering incredible growth of up to 40 times its usual volume, according to Everymatrix’s State of Esports Betting Report in May. However, as live sporting events begin to resume, questions over the long term sustainability of esports betting have arisen, with sportsbooks …

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SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading

cricket - England's Ben Stokes hits a boundary as Jos Buttler looks on during day two of a Warm Up match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

As Test cricket returns to our screens for England vs West Indies, we gathered three of the sharpest minds in trading around the SBC roundtable to assess the future of cricket betting. We spoke to John Wright, Head of Cricket at Integral Sports Management, Spreadex senior cricket trader Jamie Nuttall and William Stephenson, Head of Data & Trading Feeds at …

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Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling

Kim Mouridsen, Professor and Founder of Mindway AI, explains how they are using scientifically based automated player profiling and monitoring to combat problem gambling and better understand player behaviours. SBC: Identifying problem gambling behaviour is getting easier with technology, but how can that translate to effective outreach to customers who may not want to accept that? KM: Problem gambling is …

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Si14Bet: P2P betting is a driving force for the future

As operators slowly return to normality with live sporting events beginning to resume and global regulations gradually relaxing, the betting landscape has shifted dramatically with new avenues, such as esports, booming whilst other markets have faced an up-hill battle.  With new horizons starting to open, there is also the opportunity for firms to branch out and create a new platform …

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Christopher Metcalf, Leon House: Social barriers must be broken on gambling treatment

The treatment of problem gambling requires a programme which has been tailored to each individual, explained Christopher Metcalf, co-founder of Anonymind and Leon House. Opened in June 2019, Manchester-based Leon House Health & Wellbeing is a 23-bed purpose-built facility, focused on the treatment of problematic gamblers which prides itself on taking a different approach to more traditional treatment centres. Metcalf …

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David Pope: HooYu – Betting needs to stay alert on temporary KYC actions

The four months of global lockdown has seen several regulators place temporary player restrictions across licensed gambling marketplaces.    Facing further regulatory scrutiny, David Pope Marketing Director of digital customer identification solutions provider HooYu tells SBC that betting would be foolish to think of new KYC demands as pandemic stopgap measures.  _____________________ SBC: Hi David, great to catch-up. Are you …

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How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level

CONMEBOL - Marcos Guilherme of Internacional celebrates his goal in the 71th minute 3-0 during the match Internacional v Universidad de Chile, of Copa Libertadores 2020, date 1. Beira Rio Stadium. Porto Alegre, Brazil, 4 Mar 2020. (Photo by pressinphoto/Sipa USA)

Stats Perform is to exclusively collect and distribute official ultrafast data and fast player statistics for CONMEBOL competitions through its premium RunningBall and Opta services.  We sat down with the company’s LATAM sales manager Ignacio Iturraspe for more on yesterday’s announcement, made officially at the SBC Digital Summit Latinoamerica. SBC: Will this deal bring the in-play betting experience for CONMEBOL …

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The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react?

Premier League - File photo dated 11-01-2020 of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Premier League makes its eagerly anticipated return tomorrow, starting with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, but how will the ‘fanless’ aspect of ‘Project Restart’ translate to betting behaviour?  And what about the Bundesliga, the first major football league in Europe to bounce back following the COVID-19 enforced break. How can punters and traders learn from what’s happened so far?  …

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‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development

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For this month’s Better Collective Spotlight, we spoke to Christina Thomsen (pictured above), Head of Investor Relations (IR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Better Collective. We asked her about the sustainability strategy at Better Collective, the parent company behind the likes of bettingexpert.com and hltv.org, and a new commitment to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the …

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Oddin.gg: The importance of live betting in esports

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Esports betting has enjoyed a well-documented rise to prominence over the last few months, partly due to global restrictions and the postponement of live sporting events.  However, the challenge now for esports is to cement itself as a major player in the overall sports betting landscape, avoiding a situation where audiences just ‘revert to type’ as the sports action returns. …

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