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6 of the Best – NCPG’s Keith Whyte

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This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Read on to discover about audio and visual dilemmas, a Luc Besson spectacular and stumbling upon a moving march for equality in the French capital. Best Holiday Years ago my wife and I happened to be in Paris on July …

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Caesars bets on new comedy concept with Jimmy Kimmel

Seeking to broaden the variety of entertainment within its casino properties, US gambling and leisure operator Caesars Entertainment has partnered with comedian and TV host Jimmy Kimmel. Updating the market, Caesars will develop a ‘Jimmy Kimmel – Comedy Club’ as a new concept within its LINQ Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip promenade. “At 8,000 square feet, the …

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Susan Hensel unites with the All-in Diversity Project

The All-in Diversity Project has strengthened its Advisory Board with the appointment of respected American gaming voice, Susan Hensel. Hensel is currently the Director of Licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, her role is to oversee licensing of the state’s casinos and other gaming and sports wagering related companies as well as the employees working in and supporting the …

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New Oddslife MD heads to Vegas to drive American push

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Oddslife has promoted Alexandru Teodorescu to the role of Managing Director as the sports fan engagement platform extends the scope of its prediction games to cover the US market. Teodorescu will be representing Oddslife at next week’s G2E in Las Vegas (8-11 October) in his new role to explain how the tech company’s range of products have been tailored to …

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Novomatic appoints Felipe Ludeña as international sports betting lead

Gambling technology and systems provider Novomatic Group has confirmed the appointment of Felipe Ludeña as International Sports Betting Director. Ludeña joins Novomatic senior management team, from Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere, where he served in a number of executive positions, leading Codere’s new market initiatives for LATAM regions and further heading up the Spanish operator’s digital transformation projects. Novomatic has tasked …

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Fast growth Nektan reviews US investment options

London AIM-listed platform and gaming content provider Nektan Plc reports a ‘stronger than expected’ opening for its 2019/2020 trading. Publishing its Q1 2019/20 accounts (period ending 30 September 2018), Nektan reports record net-gaming-revenues (NGR) of £6.4 million up 64% on Q1 2018’s £3.9 million. Updating the market Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said: “Q1 FY19 has been …

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NHL to net big from sports betting?

A Nielsen Sports study has detailed that the annual revenue of the National Hockey League (NHL), could be increased by $216m, as the sport nets the benefits of widely available, legal, regulated sports betting in the US. The report, which was commissioned by the American Gaming Association (AGA) emphasised that heightened levels of fan engagement and viewership are set to …

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No Skins Please! US players must deliver ‘full entertainment’ packages

SCOTUS repeal of PASPA federal laws has triggered a frenzy for European enterprises seeking to enter and develop initial services for the liberalised US sports betting market. However, in its current context, US gambling remains a segregated and protectionist market for new incumbents. Presenting the ‘US Opportunities Panel’  at the 2018 Betting on Sports Conference, moderator David Sargeant (iGaming Ideas) …

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Johnny Avello lands key role at DraftKings

Sports betting platform provider DraftKings has confirmed the appointment of Johnny Avello as a director on its rapidly growing sportsbook operations team. Avello boasts over three decades of experience in gaming and is widely respected throughout the sportsbook industry as an innovative, forward-thinking leader and an early proponent of mobile sports betting. He becomes the latest key acquisition for DraftKings, having joined from Wynn …

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MGM Resorts reflects on Route 91 tragedy

MGM Resorts Group Chairman and Chief Executive, Jim Murren has issued a sombre personal statement reflecting on the first anniversary of the tragic ‘Route 91 Harvest’ music festival massacre which left 58 people dead and more than 850 injured. The Las Vegas community is still recovering from the events of 2 October 2017, when Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire on …

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