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Scott Longley – Sky Bet’s undeserved brickbats over EFL deal

Scott Longley details industry charity GambleAware’s bizarre criticism of Sky Bet’s English Football League (EFL) sponsorship extension, in which the online betting firm has placed consumer responsibility and safety at the heart of its marketing initiatives.    _______________ Sky Bet might be forgiven a measure of bemusement after the company found itself under attack from the problem gambling charity Gamble …

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Thanks Philip! No betting industry tax hike but industry faces tough 2018 context

The UK betting industry breathes a sigh of relief, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has detailed no industry tax hike for the governments annual budget. Prior to yesterday’s budget presentation, a number of industry stakeholders had outlined concerns regarding further taxes being demanded from the UK betting sector. At Lunchtime, Hammond would present Commons a budget ‘designed to …

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Tom Mitchell – RISQ – “Power is nothing without the right controls”

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Following a year of growth, SBC catches up with Tom Mitchell, B2B Director of London-based tech firm RISQ. Bringing new insurance/risk products to market, RISQ’s commercial team has  announced a number of new Tier1 partnerships. SBC gets the full lowdown from Mitchell… ______________________ SBC: Can you begin by introducing RISQ as a company and describing what it is you do? Tom …

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Russia 2018: The contrasting consequences of non-qualification

As the dust settles on a dramatic qualifying campaign, betting operators are left assessing how to maximise Russia 2018, even if that means promoting the tournament to nation that fell at the first hurdle and failed to qualify for football’s showpiece event. As CEO of Digitain, the B2B power behind Armenian betting operator TotoGaming, Suren Khachatryan underlined that although everyone …

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John Pettit – Playtech BGT- SSBTs’ depth of content key to driving retail success

Diversity in consumer market selections is impacting the retail betting experience. John Pettit, MD for UK, Ireland, Asia and Australia at Playtech BGT Sports states that self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) content is now more important than ever before… ________________ The retail betting sector has faced several challenges in recent years, with the digital revolution requiring operators to change strategy and …

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CMA unhappy with six aspects of bonus terms & conditions

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Operators will have to extensively alter their bonus terms and conditions if they are to avoid being taken to court by the Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA). Speaking at the Gambling Commission’s Raising Standards Conference 2017 yesterday, CMA Project Director George Lusty outlined key areas where operator behaviour has to change. Lusty identified six areas of particular concern: Opaque terms …

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Bringing out the heavy artillery for this year’s SBC Awards

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There is just two weeks to go until this year’s SBC Awards, the annual end of year celebration for the sports betting industry at Artillery Garden (Tuesday 5 December). With tables fast selling out for the event, we caught up with our hosts Matt Lorenzo, a former Sky Sports presenter, and Luis Garcia, a Champions League winner with Liverpool. Keep …

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Dmitry Starostenkov – EvenBet Gaming – Raising the bar in daily fantasy sports

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Earlier this year EvenBet Gaming unveiled its new daily fantasy sports (DFS) product, with the feature packed turnkey solution designed to break new ground within the vertical. Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO of EvenBet Gaming, has been speaking to SBC about what makes the online gaming software developers DFS product stand out from the crowd, developments that it has been going through …

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Philip Bowcock – William Hill sees international growth as the fix for potential UK downturns

Updating investors on William Hill Plc Trading, Group CEO Philip Bowcock has detailed that the  FTSE bookmaker will move to prioritise expansion within overseas markets in an attempt to combat any potential growth impacts felt from forthcoming UK regulatory increases. William Hill recorded positive results for its 17-week trading period to 24 October, however, Bowcock believes further international growth will plug any …

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BetRegal diary – Moving past some of the early frustrations

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Former Pinnacle Marketing Director Aly Lalani is one of the key drivers behind the launch of BetRegal.com, a new sportsbook created to provide its customers with the “highest possible value” in prices. In the fifth diary of this series, we are moving towards the present day. It’s the summer of 2017 and the product is live, but there are a …

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