Sportsbook

Winamax extends French Football coverage

Ahead of the start of a new Ligue 1 football season on Friday 7 August, French licensed online gambling operator Winamax has confirmed exclusive partnership agreements with football clubs FC Nantes and Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice (OGC Nice).   Winamax confirmed that it had reached one year betting partnership agreements with both clubs. OGC Nice will additionally display Winamax branding …

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DraftKings enters ‘Unicorn Club’ with $300 million Series D funding

The US tech industry has branded the birth of another ‘Unicorn’ as daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings announces that it has raised $300 million (£195 million) in series D funding. 21 Century Fox’s Fox Sports division contributed the majority of the rounds funding capital, other investors included venture capital firms Atlas Ventures, Kraft Group and Raine Group. This latest …

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GVC Holdings ups bwin.party takeover bid to £1 billion

Following last week’s announcement that it would consider its options regarding its acquisition bid for bwin.party entertainment, GVC Holdings has tabled a £1 billion takeover offer to snatch the operator from 888 Holdings. Having ended its bwin.party special purpose acquisition vehicle with Toronto Listed Amaya Inc which offered an initial£908 million for the operator. GVC has secured deal funding for …

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DraftKings scores exclusive MLS fantasy partnership

Following last week’s announcement that it would spend $250 million on Disney ESPN inventory over the next two years, US daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings continues to ramp up its marketing coverage by announcing an exclusive partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS). The MLS will become the fifth professional sports league/body to become an official partner of DraftKings joining the …

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Predict the Six turns to crowdfunding to finance ‘rapid’ expansion

Premiership based football betting game Predict The Six has launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to fulfil its ambition of rapid expansion. The football jackpot game is aiming to become a modernised football pools for the 21st Century. It launched last season, and enjoyed considerable success, with the idea of the game very simple to understand, and easy to use. …

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Australian authorities refer live betting investigation to Interpol

‘The Australian’ newspaper has claimed that bet35 and Ladbrokes Australia’s ‘click-call’ live betting features will be investigated by international police organisation Interpol. The Australian Federal Police, who were asked to investigate the bookmakers ‘click-call’ betting features by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA), have referred the investigation to Interpol, as the operators’ Australian websites are hosted remotely. Meanwhile William …

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Mullen wants to restore ‘passion and pride’ at Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes CEO Jim Mullen has said that he wants to ‘restore our passion and pride of being at the heart of sportsbetting in our culture and all that we do’ as he announced his delayed business review of the bookmaker. Amid the details of merger deal with Coral, Mullen revealed the plans he has been developing for Ladbrokes since taking …

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MediaCom wins Betfair £15 million European media account

Betfair has confirmed that it has awarded its £15 million European media planning and buying account to international media agency MediaCom. MedicCom will replace Havas Media Group agency Arena, who declined to re-pitch its services to Betfair, Arena had been lead media planner for Betfair since 2013. Betfair had announced it would conduct a European media planning and buying review …

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Betsson AB confirms acquisition of Europe-Bet for $50 million

European sports betting operator Betsson AB, has confirmed is acquisition of Georgia licensed betting operator Europe-Bet for a purchase price of $50 million (£31 million). Detailing the acquisitions final terms, Betsson AB will pay Europe-Bet holding company Chempionebi an additional sum of $35 million upon completion of one year under its management, provided that Georgian gambling regulations remain unchanged. Should …

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DraftKings commits $250 million ad-spend with Disney ESPN

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings is set to further its relationship with Walt Disney Company owned US sports network ESPN, by committing $250 million (£160 million) in ad-spend over the next two years. DraftKings will become the exclusive DFS partner to ESPN owned media channels and digital inventory as the operator secures its biggest advertising partnership and secures nationwide …

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