Interviews

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Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands

On the eve of England’s final test match against Pakistan, FSB Head of Trading Mark Wilson (pictured) gave SBC News valuable insight on the rise of cricket algorithms and how he and FSB had to quickly adapt their cricket strategy during lockdown. SBC: International cricket made a return earlier this summer with the Test series. Can cricket step-up to the …

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Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal

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Altenar has continued to support the expansion efforts for its sports betting and gaming customers by securing certification for both Denmark and Portugal. We spoke to the company’s CEO Stanislav Silin about the “technical and procedural synergies” between the two, challenges relative to other territories, and the need for a software provider to be “the enabler, not a blocker” for …

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Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world

After the regulated Swedish online gambling market formally opened in January 2019, it’s fair to say that it hasn’t turned out as many had expected. Fuelled by concerns that the COVID-19 lockdown could lead to greater incidences of gambling-related harm, the Swedish regulator recently introduced additional player-protection measures to what many already considered to be a challenging market. For an …

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David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity

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With betting markets re-emerging from lockdown last June, Sportradar launched its suite of Formula 1 live in-race betting products, seeking to revitalize F1 race-day engagements for global motorsport’s biggest audience.  As Round-6 of a revamped Formula 1 season gets underway this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix (Sunday 16 August Barcelona) – David Lampitt, Managing Director Sports Partnerships at Sportradar, …

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Alexey Khobot on the evolution of odds calculations

Since it was founded in 1994, much has changed when it comes to calculating betting odds at Fonbet according to Alexey Khobot, the main developer behind the firm’s first software who says that technology has placed an increasing role in the process. As internet use was not as widespread as it is in 2020, Fonbet calculated its odds independently. This …

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Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions

Mateusz Juroszek, owner and Chief Executive of STS, Poland’s biggest bookmaker tells SBC that his company is coming out of lockdown stronger having completed key management objectives in expanding the firm’s proprietary technology capacity acquiring long-term Czech IT partner Betsy.   Accelerating STS European expansion projects and initiatives, Juroszek states that his firm will be the one-to-watch for the remainder …

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RecoverMe: Using mHealth to support problem gambling treatment

Easy access to problem gambling treatment has become somewhat of a priority, and mobile apps can ensure that individuals can manage and treat their gambling addiction. Dr Minal Jain and Dr Tejus Patel, co-founders of RecoverMe, sat down with SBC to discuss how cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and industry collaboration can effectively support individuals in overcoming barriers to treatment. SBC: …

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Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off

Market developments in the CIS region have shot to the forefront of the industry’s agenda, as an intense July saw Ukraine approve its Gambling Law mandate, the Russian Duma announce an overhaul of sports betting laws and taxes, whilst Uzbekistan forms a counsel for the development of a national lottery.   At the coalface of rapid developments,  Ilya Machavariani, Head …

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How Yield Sec is removing black market influences

Yield Sec has brought to market the industry’s first ‘regulatory support solution’ to help governments and regulators safeguard licensed market conditions against the growing threat of black-market actors. Delivering a critical resource, SBC spoke to supervisory board of Jack Symons, Bill Pascrell, III and Steen Madsen on Yield Sec’s development and ambitions, in which its data and monitoring solution seeks …

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Paddy Power: Maintaining brand identity with daring marketing campaigns

Paddy Power has undoubtedly gripped UK gamblers’ attention with quick-witted, often tongue-in-cheek marketing campaigns in recent years, most recently launching a ‘socially-distanced party’ with brand ambassador Peter Crouch. SBC spoke with Lee Price, Head of PR and Mischief at Paddy Power, to discuss the ‘unsponsorship’ of Huddersfield Town, social media engagement and tackling tough industry dynamics with daring marketing campaigns. …

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