Interviews

Kelly Eden – TXODDS – 2015 Industry Review

SBCnews caught up with Kelly Eden, Head of TXTRADER at TXODDS, to find out what he made of the industry’s progress in 2015 and beyond. SBC: What industry development caught your eye this year? KE: Betting and gambling in Africa, particularly sports betting seems to be getting bigger and more widespread there. Football is and always will be the biggest …

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Paul Witten – SIS – Greyhound Racing’s New Direction…

Having agreed to broadcast Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) greyhound racing on multiple digital verticals, SIS Commercial Director Paul Witten details to SBC the partnership plans which aim to open the sport to new consumers. ______________________ SBC: Hi Paul, SIS will have access to almost 30,000 BAGS greyhound races from 20 UK tracks and a remit to build a digital …

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Jeevan Jeyaratnam – Super Soccer – 2015 Industry Review

As 2015 comes to a close SBC caught up with Jeevan Jeyaratnam to pick his brain over all the goings on across the industry over the past year, as well as predictions for the next. Jeevan is a senior trader and odds compiler for Super Soccer Oddsfeed. SBC: What industry development caught your eye this year? Jeevan: Elaborated on further down, it …

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Nathan Griffin – FootballBingo – High Drama, Low Cost

Virtual Corporation Ltd (VCL) recently launched its latest mobile betting game; FootballBingo. The web app is live and a native app is set to launch in January. It’s all go at VCL HQ and we chatted with Managing Director Nathan Griffin to discuss their gaming products, succeeding in a tough market and the company’s vision for the future. SBC: Nathan, thanks for …

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Jim Dale – British Weather Services – Come Rain or Shine…

British Weather Services is the longest established independent weather operator in the UK. Many sports are weather sensitive, and whether it’s an ice cold day at the Etihad or the heavens have opened at Twickenham, it affects both the result and what is likely to happen during the match. Unsurprisingly this information is something that’s of interest to bookmakers. SBC …

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Sports Betting Academy hopes to bring back odds-compiling expertise

Clarion Gaming has extended its Academy initiatives into sports betting, with industry stalwart Jonathan Smith taking on the role of teacher. The world of the trading team has experienced huge upheaval since the new millennium. The introduction of Betfair and a successful exchange mechanism that allowed customers to set their own prices shifted the balance of power away from traders …

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Olly Joshi – WantMyBet? – Keep it Social, Stupid

WantMyBet was founded by Olly Joshi, Will Chapman and Tom Gooday, with the trio dissatisfied with the current offerings available for fans seeking well-informed betting advice. SBC spoke to Olly Joshi to discuss the new social betting platform, Jimmy Bullard as a butler and how they’re setting about improving football betting for the everyday punter. SBC: Olly, congratulations on the …

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Ewa Bakun – Clarion Gaming – Breaking the ICE 2016

Clarion Gaming’s ICE Conference plays an important role in setting up key agenda, discussion and debate concerning all industry stakeholders at the start of year. ICE 2016 will return to the London Excel Arena (2-4 February), SBC speaks to Clarion Gaming Head of Content Ewa Bakun to discuss the conference’s format and context following a year mass industry consolidation. _____________________ …

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Tobias Fagerlund: providing an effective option for liability hedging

Tobias Fagerlund, CEO of innovative betting exchange SpiffX, explains how the firm can offer bookmakers more than just hedging facilities. How powerful is your Spiffindex model for bookmakers looking to hedge liabilities? With Spiffindex we have opened the doors for odds to be traded on a large market. It is a very useful tool for price hedging especially during in-play …

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Rob Painter – Sky Betting & Gaming – Drive & Direction…

Having committed £12m to Sky Betting & Gaming’s ongoing recruitment drive, Brand & HR Director Rob Painter details to SBC the corporate and leadership challenges of undertaking such a significant initiative as the igaming and betting sectors’ drastically change. Painter details SB&G’s governance approach, its commitment to driving talent acquisition in Yorkshire and why the igaming and betting industries should no longer …

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