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LSports: Reflecting on success & anticipating greater heights in 2024

Dotan Lazar, CEO of LSports

After a dynamic 2023, the sports betting industry steps into an exciting new year. Weeks before its traditional celebration at ICE London, SBC News had the opportunity to speak with LSports’ Dotan Lazar.  The CEO of the sports data provider discussed the challenges sportsbooks faced this year, highlighted a selection of the trends that will dominate the industry in 2024, …

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Roobet thriving on diet of TikTok, crypto and rap stars

Roobet thriving on diet of TikTok, crypto and rap stars

Standing out from the crowd is difficult to do in the gambling industry, but a focus on community, social media and star appeal is working for Roobet, Co-Founder Matt Duea told Issue 27 of SBC Leaders magazine.  ——————————————————- When a story involves viral TikTok videos, cryptocurrencies, a world-famous rapper, knockout punches and a gun-toting video game, you might expect it …

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Call for evidence Down Under

Dean Shannon, CEO of Entain Australia and New Zealand

Australia’s sports betting industry is facing the possibility of an advertising ban in the name of safer gambling, but Dean Shannon, CEO of Entain Australia and New Zealand, and Kai Cantwell, CEO of Responsible Wagering Australia, told Issue 28 of SBC Leaders magazine it would be a serious error.  ——————————————————- Evidence-based reform is a term many UK betting observers have …

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Novibet focused on international growth strategy

Novibet CEO George Athanasopoulos

There are few industry challenges that Novibet CEO George Athanasopoulos has not faced in the last two years, he told Issue 28 of SBC Leaders magazine, but the business remains on a significant growth path as it expands into new markets far away from its European base.  ——————————————————- Anyone at the head of an ambitious business can expect to be …

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Entain’s Peter Marcus: Building a protective ARC

Entain

If state-of-the-art technology and marketing expertise can be used in combination as a highly-effective player acquisition tool, they can do exactly the same for player protection, Entain’s Group Operations Director Peter Marcus told Issue 27 of SBC Leaders magazine.  ——————————————————- When a member of the Entain’s management team says that, “the board are 100% supportive of it. I would say …

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ComeOn Group’s Juergen Reutter pursuing the sporting life

ComeOn Group CEO Juergen Reutter

ComeOn Group may be best known for its casino brands but, as CEO Juergen Reutter told Issue 28 of SBC Leaders magazine, sportsbook is a central part of the operator’s growth plans.  ——————————————————- When musicians try to do something different to what made them famous, it can go very badly – think Metallica’s dalliances with orchestras and Lou Reed, or …

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Sam Rosbottom, Betfair: politics punters expecting change on both sides of Atlantic

Sam Rosbottom, Betfair: politics punters expecting change on both sides of Atlantic

Betting isn’t always about sports – politics and elections can be a popular punt for the news-savvy, and betting exchanges such as Betfair are often the ideal destination for these bettors Political betting has seen some huge moments over the past decade, particularly in 2016, 2019 and 2020. With the US Presidential election set next year and a UK general …

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Varun Sudhakar: BetDEX decentralised model questions all conservative elements of sports betting

SBC News Varun Sudhakar: BetDEX decentralised model questions all conservative elements of sports betting

2023 proceedings reflect  the growing dominance of Tier-1 sportsbooks on their respective markets across Europe and North America.   Whilst many believe this to be the reality of competing in consolidated markets, Varun Sudhakar CEO and Co-Founder of the BetDEX Labs, states that a decentralised sportsbook model offers challengers the best opportunity to disrupt a conservative status quo, which stifles …

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Bayes Esports talks overcoming obstacles, advanced tech & future impacts

SBC News Bayes Esports talks overcoming obstacles, advanced tech & future impacts

Esports is recognising the critical role that data plays, with Bayes Esports looking to optimise this to ensure a consistently heightened level of performance is witnessed through 2024 and beyond. This was highlighted by CEO & Managing Director Martin Dachselt as one of a number of potential developments that will hit the ecosystem through the next 12 months. In addition to …

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Metric Trader’s Outlook: Preparing for the festive fixtures

SBC News Metric Trader's Outlook: Preparing for the festive fixtures

For traders, Christmas represents a hectic Premier League fixture pile-up, with teams playing three games in just 10 days; fans happily sit back with a turkey sandwich, whilst trading floors are faced with numerous challenges. Charlie Linford, industry veteran and Director of Trading at Metric Gaming is well versed in this schedule having traded on the frontline for many years. …

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