Industry giant bet365 will be hunting a famous fifth consecutive Bookmaker of the Year title at this year’s SBC Awards, but an array of big hitters are ready to steal the show in front of more than 700 attendees at a stunning London venue – The Artillery Garden at the HAC.
The shortlists for the 38 prizes were confirmed this week by SBC Events, with bet365 once again part of the fight for the night’s top award on Tuesday 4 December.
Vying with bet365 will be 10Bet, Betsson Group, BetVictor, LeoVegas, The Stars Group, Vbet and Sky Bet, who will also rival the Stoke-based bookmaker for two of the other big prizes on offer – Football Bookmaker of the Year and Racing Bookmaker of the Year.
Sky Bet is one of 11 companies in the race for five or more awards, alongside Betsson Group, LeoVegas, BetConstruct, Sportradar, OPTIMA, 1xBet, Betgenius, FSB, Golden Race and SG Digital.
Four of this illustrious group – BetConstruct, FSB, SG Digital and OPTIMA, will contest both the Standalone Platform Provider and Sportsbook Supplier of the Year prizes.
1xBet will be hoping to succeed in the Rising Star in Sports Betting category, in which it will square off with Coingaming, Coolbet, Star Sports, Argyll Entertainment, Novibet, MansionBet and Mr Green.
Mr Green, a recognised leader in both player protection and the fight against problem gambling, will also be up for Best Affiliate Partner Scheme, before defending its Socially Responsible Bookmaker of the Year title against Betsson Group, LeoVegas, Sky Bet, Kindred Group and Danske Spil.
The much coveted Affiliate of the Year prize will see the holders Better Collective attempt to fend of competition from three of last year’s runners up – Catena Media, Checkd Media and Livesport Media, as well as Apsley, KAX Media, Matching Visions and Skores Ltd.
Meanwhile, to mark the launch of CasinoBeats and last month’s inaugural CasinoBeats Summit, there will be an additional five prizes devoted to the casino sector.
This includes the headline Casino Operator of the Year award, for which the following 10 companies have been shortlisted – LeoVegas, Betsson Group, SkillOnNet, Global Gaming, Videoslots, Alea, Nektan, GoWild Gaming, MinoTauro Media and Twin.
Choosing from these shortlists only, the 12 Operator/Affiliate Awards will be put to a vote by anyone that attended this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, while nominees for the 20 Supplier Awards and five Casino Beats Awards will be assessed by a panel of judges. There will be an individual Leader of the Year prize announced on the night, which won’t include a shortlisting phase.
To see the shortlisted companies for each of the awards, click HERE.
All attendees will also be treated to a champagne and cocktail reception, an exclusive three-course seated dinner and unlimited wine, beer, spirits and mixers on the table, as well as the ceremony itself and evening entertainment from a renowned London DJ.
There are also a number of VIP tables still available, which come with the best possible table location, company branding, five extra bottles of champagne and a dedicated table waiter.
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