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IGT downsizes board following departure of Beatrice H Bassey  

IGT Plc has informed investors that Beatrice H Bassey has chosen to retire from all duties as an independent director of the NYSE gambling technology group.  The former General Counsel and Compliance Officer of emerging markets private equity fund Atlas Mara, Bassey had joined the IGT board in March 2020, a month prior to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Keep to core business: How Internet Vikings is handling hosting

hosting

Having a physical server in a data center is not “core business”. Now, this is a stance which could be attributed to so many companies offering any sort of online service, but it definitely applies to igaming operators increasingly pressured in so many other key areas. As part of this exclusive interview for SBC, Internet Vikings founder Rickard Vikström spoke …

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Eddie Hearn to replace OBE winning father as Matchroom Chairman

Eddie Hearn has stepped up to the position of Group Chairman of Matchroom Sport, replacing his father Barry Hearn OBE, who will move into an advisory position as President of the Group. Announced at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre during the Betfred World Championship snooker tournament, Eddie Hearn’s ascent to the top position at Matchroom will see him coordinate the group’s various …

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Genius Sports ready for NYSE debut 

Genius Sports will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as of tomorrow morning, Wednesday 21 April (ticker – GENI), having completed all merger requirements with SPAC vehicle dMY Technology Group II (dMY II). In a statement released this afternoon, the firm communicated that its business combination had been formally approved at a special meeting of dMY II’s …

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Caesars secures High Court approval for William Hill acquisition

The High Court of Justice in England and Wales has approved Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of British retail and online bookmaker William Hill. Following the ruling by the High Court, the transaction will be completed as of 22 April, ending three weeks of uncertainty surrounding the deal. First agreed in September 2020, Caesars offered a purchasing price of $2.9 billion for …

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Double Espresso Show – ‘Science leads industry efforts on overcoming problem gambling’

Speaking on the latest episode of the Double Espresso Podcast, Paul Buck, CEO and Founder of Epic Risk Management, stated that he believes the betting industry is ‘on the right track’ with regards to responsible gambling. In his interview with Rasmus Sojmark, CEO of SBC, Buck highlighted the ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act in the UK and the …

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Deirdre Bigley appointed to Sportradar’s global Board of Directors

Deirdre Bigley appointed to Sportradar’s global Board of Directors

Deirdre Bigley, the Chief Marketing Officer of Bloomberg, has been appointed to the Sportradar Holding AG Board of Directors. Her appointment to the board, says Sportradar, will help deliver ‘long-term growth and value’ for the company’s stakeholders as the CMO brings with her a wealth of experience in building global marketing strategies. “Deirdre brings strong knowledge of building brands and …

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SBC appoints Bob McFarland as SVP Sales & Commercial – Americas

Bob McFarland

SBC has made a major investment into both the North American and Latin American sports betting and gaming markets with the recruitment of Bob McFarland for the role of Senior Vice President Sales & Commercial – Americas.  McFarland brings to SBC over 20 years of international events sales experience and most recently was Event Vice President and Sales Director at …

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Victor Blanco to join Scientific Games as new CTO

Victor Blanco to join Scientific Games as new CTO

The board of Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has confirmed that Victor Blanco will join the Nasdaq technology group as Chief Technology Officer in 2022. In his forthcoming role, Blanco will take responsibility for Scientific Games’ technology strategy across gaming, lottery, sports betting, and igaming, as well as support the development and execution of its range of games.  “Scientific Games has …

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SBC Digital Payments to put US payments and compliance issues in the spotlight

SBC Digital Payments

This month’s SBC Digital Payments conference and exhibition is set to provide an in-depth examination of payments and compliance issues in the high-growth US sports betting and igaming industry. The online event on 29 April will bring together senior executives and product specialists from major international operators, suppliers, regulators and lawyers to exchange ideas about the latest developments in regulation, …

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