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6 of the Best – Abelson Odds’ Jeevan Jeyaratnam

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This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Jeevan Jeyaratnam, Head of Compilation at Abelson Odds, who is to speak at the sixth annual Betting on Football, being held at Stamford Bridge later this month. Continue reading to discover a European footballing atmosphere which “has to be experienced,” a nearly moment in the Chinese Super League and a huge musical dilemma. Best Album  Really hard to …

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Joe Petyt, Sky Bet: Taking a step forward from the defensive stance to VAR

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Amidst all the excitement, or intrigue, that surrounds the role of the video assistant referee (VAR) – particularly ahead of its impending introduction to the Premier League – bookmakers have so far been forced to take a defensive stance to the detriment of the customer experience. However, after a World Cup which passed “largely free of VAR incidents”, the bookmakers …

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Joe Saumarez Smith: Bede Gaming – “legalising and taxing sports betting is the only way forward” for India

With India on the brink of legalising sports betting, and a number of other countries around the world also mulling the idea, this year’s Betting on Football will be hosting a track focused upon the Global Markets that are considering liberalisation as well as looking at those that have legalised recently. One of the panel discussions on the track that …

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Winning Post: Betting absorbs a bumper week of UK funny games

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners reviews a week of UK parliamentary debate on the future of betting/gambling’s regulatory structure,  which appears to be turning into a game of political manoeuvring and posturing… _______________ UK: Regulation – Labour speaks softly but carries a big stick UK gambling operators awoke yesterday to the sight of two senior parliamentarians striding towards them, wielding big …

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WATCH: OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez – Making up for lost time in Spain

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We caught up with Jacob Lopez, CEO at OPTIMA – the sports betting and gaming solutions provider confirmed as a ‘Headline Sponsor’ for next month’s Betting on Football conference. Ahead of the event, which takes place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, we talked all things OPTIMA, including the firm’s Betfred partnership, making up for lost time in …

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6 of the Best – FunFair Tech’s Geoff Scaplehorn

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This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Geoff Scaplehorn, Lead Games Producer at FunFair Technologies. Keep reading to discover which sport breaks physical inactivity, a love of Britpop, disdain for ‘staycation’ and a top ten of movie loves. Best Holiday That would have to be when I went on safari. Landing in Kenya, we drove to Tanzania to visit the Serengeti crater, …

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APBGG: Industry cannot afford complacency on underage gambling

Industry figureheads and wider health and education stakeholders addressed the issue of whether children are really gambling – at the latest meeting of the ‘Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group’ (APBGG – 26 February 2019). The subject matter which has become a prominent issue for the UK gambling industry was discussed by –  David Williams, Director of Public Affairs …

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Fabio Schiavolin: SNAITECH – Industry leadership must fight for its public rationale

Speaking to SBC, Fabio Schiavolin, Chief Executive of SNAITECH, has detailed that betting leadership across all markets must prioritise self-regulation, whilst retaining a deeper sense of public and political perception if the sector is to avoid another year mirroring 2018 events. Politics has been an unavoidable dynamic for Italian betting stakeholders since the Lega-5Star coalition formed its government on June …

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WATCH: Jesper Svensson discusses keeping a sportsbook up to date

With constant innovation occurring in the technology space, operators can often find it difficult to ensure that sportsbook technologies do not become outdated. At this year’s ICE conference in February, SBC caught up with Betsson’s CEO, Jesper Svensson, who pointed out that it can often be difficult to maintain technological innovation. He told SBC: “We are having very good momentum …

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David da Silva: “EasyOdds has a natural role to fulfil”

EasyOdds CEO David da Silva believes his firm has “a natural role to fulfil as an independent body sitting between consumers, operators and the UK Gambling Commission”. The comments were made during an interview with AffiliateINSIDER, when da Silva was probed on what kind of strategy the sports betting affiliate has implemented to deal with compliance and social responsibility. “To …

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