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Live or latent? Why scouts need to be in the stadiums

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Data from live scouts is the fuel that powers the sports betting business says Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE. Yet, while different levels of latency might have been accepted in years gone by, the need for the fastest and most reliable data – particularly to meet the demand for in-play wagering – means that all live scouts need …

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Stuart Godfree: mkodo – Relax! Apple guidelines won’t trigger industry’s ‘Appexit’

Stuart Godfree, Managing Director & Co-founder of mobile development and innovation studio mkodo, tells industry tech stakeholders to pay no attention to the hysteria generated by Apple’s stricter enforcement of non-native apps… ______________________ On 3 June 2019, Apple updated its App Store review guidelines, imposing restrictions on real-money apps. It followed stricter enforcement of guidelines clamping down on non-native applications …

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AffiliateINSIDER to host Betting on Sports webinar, Reality 2019: Survival of the Fittest

AffiliateINSIDER to host Betting on Sports webinar, Reality 2019: Survival of the Fittest

SBC’s fortnightly Betting on Sports webinar series continues on Wednesday 21 August with ‘Reality 2019: Survival of the Fittest’, an in-depth look at the changing nature of player acquisition programmes, hosted by AffiliateINSIDER. The session will examine why a number of the industry’s player acquisition programmes are struggling to transition to the sector’s new marketing demands. As we approach the …

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Martin Wachter, Golden Race: Preparing virtuals for US players

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Martin Wachter, CEO of Golden Race, discusses the “enormous” growth prospects for virtual sports in the US, where it is targeting a first state licence and launching games with “new and unique functions” to meet player tastes across the pond. SBC: What are the plans for Golden Race in the US? MW: We have been doing a great amount of …

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Martin Lycka: Supreme Court’s (sports betting) punt return and beyond

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In the second of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the current activity around sports betting in the US and tracks how the industry has arrived there and where it should go next. It is 14 May 14 2018, which may be the US football offseason, yet …

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William Hill embarks on transitional journey posting group losses of £63m

Publishing its interim 2019 results (26-week period ending 2 July), FTSE250 William Hill Plc details solid progress on the firm’s five-year business transformation strategy (announced November 2018) focusing on the three core areas of digital expansion, US market growth and retail realignment. Updating investors, William Hill stated that H1 2019 trading reflected the ‘different challenges and opportunities’ that the group …

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SBC Bookies Corner: Premier League predictions & narratives

The Premier League returns to action this weekend, so SBC demands that bookmakers put their necks on the line and predict which storylines and narratives will dominate EPL season 2019/2020.  ___________________ SBC: What is the bookies’ script for EPL Season 2019/2020, are we in for a thriller or is this another repeat season of Manchester City?   Amy Jones (PR & …

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Nikos Konstakis, SG Digital: In-play wagering has boosted punter engagement with tennis

With this year’s Wimbledon tournament capturing the attention of a global audience, tennis has continued to grow in popularity among punters.  Nikos Konstakis, VP Sportsbook Product at SG Digital, explained to SBC the reasons why tennis is a good fit for in-play wagering, and how the new live score product Match HQ can help grow the appeal of the sport. …

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Flutter sees 24% drop in profits bitten by global regulatory demands

Flutter Entertainment Plc, the rebranded entity of Paddy Power Betfair, has seen its interim H1 2019 profits before tax drop by 24%, as FTSE100 betting group cites changes in regulations and taxation as the lead factor in its year-on-year performance decline. Operating its enlarged portfolio of Paddy Power, Betfair, FanDuel (US), Sportsbet (AUS) and the recently acquired Adjarabet (CIS), Flutter saw …

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Betting operators join payments suppliers for Payment Expert Forum line-up

Payment Expert Forum at Betting on Sports 2019

Payment Expert Forum, the only event for payments technology in the online gambling industry, has attracted an impressive speaker line-up that includes senior staff from leading operators such as GVC Holdings, Stars Group, Pinnacle and Betsson Group, and payments solutions suppliers Trustly, SafeCharge, Hipay and Checkout.com. Organised by SBC in partnership with PaymentExpert.com, the event at Olympia London on Wednesday …

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