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888 Holdings’ Guy Cohen on purchases, PASPA and poker

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Guy Cohen, SVP, Head of B2C at 888 Holdings, discuss his company’s BetBright deal, operating in the newly regulated US sports betting market, and making plans to restore poker to its former glory. SBC: You have been on an acquisition spree lately. Can you explain the philosophy behind this, particularly regarding your BetBright purchase? GC: Sport was the missing link …

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Industry urged to rethink esports advertising practices

UK bookmakers have been urged to rethink their advertising strategy with regards to displaying marketing inventory targeting esports events. A report commissioned by cross-party think-tank Demos and the Department of Management at the University of Bristol called for greater use of age verification tools to stop child audiences from engaging with betting-related content. Authors of ‘Biddable Youth’ detail that under-16 …

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Global Gaming expected to dismiss half of staff following Q2 difficulties

After reporting that ‘the last three months have been the most turbulent and difficult’ in its company history, Malta-based Global Gaming has been forced to let go of half its staff in a bid to reduce costs.  Releasing its interim Q2 report last week, the iGaming operator explained that it had faced tough regulatory headwinds from its home market of …

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Betclic nets first Polish partnership with Lechia Gdansk

French betting group Betclic has confirmed its first-ever Polish football sponsorship becoming a principal partner of Ekstraklasa league football club Lechia Gdansk. The partnership will see the Betclic brand replace German betting group Merkur Sportwetten Polish market subsidiary Totolotek on the back of Lechia’s matchday shirts. Entering 2019, Betclic governance confirmed that it would launch its sportsbook services for the …

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NSWL gets global ESPN treatment

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will now be broadcast to a global audience following ESPN acquiring it’s worldwide broadcasting rights. The broadcaster already holds the national rights to the competition, with this new announcement allowing ESPN to stream upcoming fixtures across it’s platforms such as it’s ‘ESPN Player’. Scott Guglielmino, Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN commented on …

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FanDuel founders renew $120m compensation claim against Flutter Entertainment

Nigel and Lesley Eccles, the enterprise founders of US fantasy sports operator FanDuel are reported to be renewing their legal challenge against Flutter Entertainment Plc (formerly Paddy Power Betfair), in relation to the FTSE firm’s $465 million takeover of FanDuel completed in July of last year. The husband and wife team are joined by FanDuel co-founders’ Tom Griffiths (former CPO) …

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Genting ‘Forty Five’ rebrand sees Kensington property return to its roots

Genting UK will refurbish and rebrand its ‘Cromwell Mint’ casino after renaming the property as the ‘Forty Five Kensington’. One of the oldest casino properties operated by Genting, the Cromwell Mint is set to undergo a multi-million-pound refurbishment which will see it transformed into a ‘world class gaming venue’ featuring a ‘first-class dining facility’ at the heart of London’s South Kensington …

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BBIN seals Nova Esports sponsorship deal

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Asia-based igaming software supplier BBIN has targeted a competitive edge for its esports offering after forming a strategic alliance with Nova Esports. As a global strategic partner, BBIN will be using its social media and exclusive broadcasting channel to bridge the gap between esports and its fans. Starting this month, it will also be supporting the organisation through title sponsorship …

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LeoVegas signs first German betting partnership with Bochum

VfL Bochum 1848 of the 2. Bundesliga has become the first German betting partner of Stockholm based operator LeoVegas. The deal, which has been signed on an initial two year basis, will see LeoVegas Sport take over from Sportwetten.de as official betting partner of the second division club. Hardy Eberle, LeoVegas’ country manager for Germany, commented: “We are proud to accompany such an …

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Dutch KSA fines Kindred €470K for breaching 1964 conditions

Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has been fined €470,000 by the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) in relation to breaching legislative terms set by the ‘1964 Gambling Act’. Kindred said that the Dutch KSA has sanctioned the penalty to Malta-based trading subsidiary Trannel International Ltd for accepting wagers from Dutch customers in violation of 1964 Gambling Act regulatory provisions. The European operator details …

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