Oceania

Oceanic news – Australia and nearby countries

New Zealand Cricket appoints Stats Perform to revitalise data capacity

Stats Perform has continued its strong commercial momentum by confirming that it has become lead data distributor and AI innovations partner for New Zealand Cricket (NZC). Under the agreement, Stats Perform’s analytics unit Opta will lead NZC data collection and insights, revitalising syndicated NZC match data for commercial and integrity purposes, and providing a greater depth of match insights and …

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My Betting Sites Australia marks 21st country launch for Leadstar

Swedish iGaming affiliate Leadstar Media has expanded its global footprint after taking its My Betting site to Australia. My Betting Sites was launched in 2019, offering sports betting content and bookmaker reviews for users in the UK, Canada, Kenya, India, Nigeria and New Zealand. The latest expansion into Australia marks the affiliate’s 21st operational jurisdiction. Leadstar Media CEO Eskil Kvarnström …

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OpenSports processes record Melbourne Cup betting numbers

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SG Digital processed a record-breaking number of bets for its OpenSports customers during yesterday’s Melbourne Cup, despite Australia’s most famous annual thoroughbred horse race taking place behind closed doors. OpenSports is the full package sportsbook solution for SG Digital, the digital division of Scientific Games, with wagers processed through the OpenBet betting engine. Compared with the 2019 event, there were …

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PlayUp Australia raises $25m to begin US journey 

Sydney-based sportsbook and fantasy sports operator PlayUp has secured $25 million through the completion of an oversubscribed capital placement.  PlayUp said that it has secured the $25 million funding on terms related to a ‘non-renounceable entitlement offer’ underwritten by Investorlink Securities AFS, which the company will use to launch its US wagering proposition. Targeting expansion within the $17 billion US …

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Dwyer and Attenborough warn of Tabcorp’s civic duties as company transitions to a new era

Tabcorp Holdings Group CEO David Attenborough and Executive Chair Paula Dwyer have issued their final joint statements as the corporate leaders of the Australia ASX gambling and lotteries firm.  As previously communicated to markets, Attenborough and Dwyer will formally depart from all Tabcorp leadership and governance duties prior to the firm’s 2021 AGM. The leadership duo, who have led the …

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New Zealand bound: Leadstar takes My Betting Sites down under

New Zealand

iGaming affiliate Leadstar Media has taken more expansion steps by entering the New Zealand market, with Australia soon to follow. In November 2019, the Stockholm-based affiliate launched MyBettingsites.com which has already gone on to become one of the most important sites in the Leadstar portfolio. My Betting Sites started with sports betting content and bookmaker reviews for users in the …

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SBC Spotlight: Mark Robinson – From All Black to Microgaming…

Kicking off October, SBC begins its ‘spotlight features’ by interviewing Microgaming Senior Partnerships lead Mark Robinson on his unique journey from All Black rugby international to igaming executive.   As the industry faces critical questions on how to broaden its workforce appeal to new talent, Robinson reflects on his critical choices and learnings that have seen his career transition from …

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Tabcorp raises $230m through retail bookbuild

Tabcorp Holdings has confirmed that it has completed the ‘retail component’ of its AU$600 million (€370 million) entitlement offer, having raised approximately AU$230 million (€142 million). Completing the retail phase of its entitlement offer authorised following Tabcorp publishing its 2019 results, the ASX gambling group sold 8.5 million retail entitlements through the placement generating $2.7 million for company shareholders. The …

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Newson: Allowing in-play betting in Australia ‘a difficult policy position’ for government

Permitting online in-play gambling in Australia has been hampered by the government’s unwillingness to draw down on political capital, thus dampening efforts to identify instances of match-fixing according to Paul Newson, Head of Advisory Practice at Senet. Speaking on the Australia – pushing back on regulations panel at the SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital, Newson explained that in-play betting is …

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Government calls on TAB NZ to support racing’s recovery

New Zealand’s Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has urged TAB NZ to collaborate with other industry bodies in accelerating the sector’s recovery. In an open letter to Dean McKenzie, the TAB NZ Executive Chair, Peters outlined a requirement for TAB NZ ‘to actively plan contingencies with the (racing) Codes’ in the case of a COVID-19 resurgence. Peters wrote: …

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