North America

Expansion continues for Catena Media with US acquisition

With RB Capital, who were the sell-side advisors on the transaction, Catena Media plc has further strengthened its position as a leading iGaming affiliate in the regulated New Jersey market through the acquisition of BonusSeeker.com and related assets. BonusSeeker, which is on a strong growth trajectory, provides its users with unbiased comprehensive reviews of all the legal casino operators in New …

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Caesars Entertainment’s Jan Jones Blackhurst – Industry needs to get smart on diversity

Jan Jones Blackhurst, the former Mayor of Las Vegas and current Vice President of Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility at Caesars Entertainment has highlighted gender equality concerns facing the global gambling community. Speaking to casino industry news source CasinoBeats (SBC.Global subsidiary), Blackhurst detailed that the sector had tainted itself during ICE 2018, a global gambling conference in which the sector …

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SBC Global launches Americas dedicated website

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Sports betting event organiser and media company SBC Global has launched a brand new website this week dedicated to covering news and developments in the burgeoning Americas markets. SBC Americas (www.sbcamericas.com) will specialise in all aspects of sportsbook, betting, gaming and gambling in the Americas including North, Central, Latin and South America as well as Canada and the Caribbean. Joining …

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Tabcorp secures US $1.4 billion debt note assisting its enlarged capacity

Issuing a market update, Australia ASX-listed Tabcorp Holdings has confirmed that it has secured a US $1.4 billion long-term debt note from US private investors. The debt bond financing will be used to assist Tabcorp’s enlarged operations having secured its merger with Tatts Group (approved December 2017). Tabcorp governance details that the debt note will comprise four US $ denominated …

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Winning Post – UKGC recommendation gives hope to bookies

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: DCMS Review – Gambling Commission recommendations The Gambling Commission has published its advice to the government on action to be taken under the DCMS Review into machine stakes, …

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Duo of corporate responsibility awards for Scientific Games

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Scientific Games Corporation has announced it has received two 2018 Communitas Awards, which honour excellence in corporate social responsibility for ethical and environmental sustainability and for community service. The industry technology provider received its first award for “Excellence in Ethical and Environmental Responsibility,” in the “Green Initiatives” category. Being commended for environmentally friendly practices to print and manufacture, it also …

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Tough week sees Sportech call off corporate sale

A grim week for London-listed betting and racing systems provider Sportech Plc has seen its share price halved, as corporate governance halts its planned enterprise sale. On Wednesday, Sportech published a corporate update, confirming that it had uncovered a ‘series of accounting irregularities for 2017 trading’. The unexpected event, sees Sportech governance anticipate 2017 corporate earnings to ‘fall below expectations’ …

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FanDuel & DraftKings revise future options for a changing US sports market

The two leading players in the US daily fantasy sports (DFS) market, FanDuel and DraftKings are reported to be assessing their future enterprise options. Last week US news source Axios detailed that New York and Edinburgh based FanDuel was in advanced discussions to ‘go public’, reviewing a potential ‘reverse merger’ with special investment vehicle Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp. Platinum Eagle …

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Problem gambling awareness never been more important for USA

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Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is underway in the USA, with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), in collaboration with its affiliates, members and corporate partners across the country, now hosting its 14th such initiative. Titled “Have the Conversation,” this year places a focus on the importance of an open dialogue and candid discussion around the issue of problem …

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Esports as big as American football for millennials, poll suggests

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Esports is as big as American football for young Americans, according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post. 40% of 14 to 21-year-olds taking part in the poll claimed to be football fans; with 38% counting themselves as fans of esports. “The popularity of esports and online gaming among American teens and young adults as both a recreational activity …

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