Month: August 2020

Florida Records Almost 9,000 COVID-19 Cases in One Day

first_imgFlorida’s health department today reported 8,942 new cases of COVID-19, smashing the previous record of 5,511. The new cases bring the total confirmed cases in the state to 122,960, including 3,366 deaths. After setting another one-day COVID-19 record on Wednesday, Florida broke the record again today, with a massive increase of almost 9,000 new cases. In South Florida, Miami-Dade County’s confirmed cases increased by 1,532 to 30,196. The county has 946 deaths, the highest total in the state. Broward’s cases increased by 736 to 13,320. The county’s death toll rose to 381. Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 658 to 12,498, with the death toll at 490. While some counties have increased safety measures such as requiring face coverings for all residents and harsher penalties for non-compliant businesses, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis still maintains that the increase in cases is as a result of increased testing.center_img “What we’re seeing today, obviously a lot of news [is] saying a huge number of ‘cases,‘” DeSantis said at a press conference on Friday. “Really nothing has changed in the past week. We had a big test dump. We’ve been testing, 10-15% have been testing positive for really the last week. And that’s a huge change from where we were at the beginning of June, when we were basically 3-4% in terms of the positivity statewide.”last_img read more

Former Premier League Manager To Take Scotland Role For ONE Game Former Premier League…

first_imgFormer Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is to take charge of the Scotland national team for one game after the departure of Gordon Strachan on Thursday.Mackay,  who is Scottish FA performance director, will take the team for the November 9 friendly with the Netherlands at Pittodrie.He is expected to combine the job with his role as Scottish FA performance director.Scotland became managerless on Thursday after Strachan’s 4-year reign ended by “mutual consent”.He led the team that narrowly missed out on a World Cup play-off place.Relatedlast_img read more

SportPesa goes big for Liverpool opening new European HQ

first_imgShare BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Submit Kenyan founded betting operator SportPesa has confirmed to SBC that it is looking to house its European Headquarters in Liverpool, creating up to 100 new jobs in the area.Seeking to boost its profile within the European betting markets, SportPesa governance views the UK as a key hub for its global diversification strategy. The bookmaker is seeking to add ‘a variety of influential roles’ which will be based in its Liverpool Hub.The bookmaker informs that Liverpool was selected as its UK and European HQ city following an executive-led review of properties and operational logistics of UK cities.SportPesa, one of the leading bookmakers within the African betting market, will now move to open an office in Liverpool’s prestigious Waterfront developments. SportPesa management expects to open its European HQ in late July 2017.SportPesa Director of Global Strategy Ivo Bozukov said: “After months of careful consideration, we have identified Liverpool as the preferred city to call home.“Liverpool provides us with a number of key factors, such as the wealth of local talent in nearby universities, strong IT and business infrastructure to service a forward-thinking and pioneering enterprise, and most of all a passion for sports second to none in the world.”Bozukov added: “As a city, Liverpool has a very proud history, unique identity and an exciting future – a future that we would be proud to be a part of.”Further to its Liverpool HQ announcement, Bozukov teased SBC by detailing that SportPesa is actively looking for Liverpool based sports partnerships, increasing the firm’s awareness and profile amongst the City’s tech and talent community. Following a review of partnership options, SportPesa details that it has a certain ‘sweet-tooth’ for a Liverpool based football club! Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Betting shops facing bleak future as numbers keep dropping

first_imgShare The latest statistics from the UK Gambling Commission released at the end of last year contained with them some figures for betting shop closures that might yet be a sign of things to come for UK bookmakers.The total number of shops as of the end of September 2017 stood at 8,502, down 304 from March this year and 412 outlets down from the same time last year.   Half of the total is accounted for by Ladbrokes Coral which, according to the Commission statistics has shed 255 shops since March. The company said in its mid-November trading statement that 96 outlets had been shuttered in the past three-month period. There would appear to be some minor overlap with Betfred over the period. Ladbrokes Coral sold a parcel of 359 shops as part of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) mandated offloading in October last year. In the six months to September this year, Betfred added 34 shops to end the period with 1,671 outlets.Still, the industry-wide 4.6 percent fall comes ahead of any predicted negative effect from whatever stakes limit for FOBTs is finally decided upon under the auspices of the triennial review and would seem to point to further falls in the years ahead.As Paul Leyland, partner at gambling consultancy Regulus, pointed out, this is a “material shift” ahead of the review and fears remain that an even bigger shop closure figure could be in the offing should the worst happen with stake sizes.All this is against a general backdrop of changes in retail behaviour in the UK which suggest the move to online shopping is becoming ever more pronounced. In early December, for instance, Thomas Cook said it was closing 50 stores in the UK due to the increasing shift to online, a phenomenon that UK betting is only too aware of.Yet, there are reasons to believe that it is too early to pronounce on the death of the betting shop in the UK. Partly, this is down to culture. As one commentator in the FT said recently about those that are still loyal to cash, it is the favoured means of transaction among the very rich, the very poor, the criminal and the merely old-fashioned. Betting shop habitués are highly represented among at least three of those.As much as we know that the major shop estates of Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill and Betfred have long tails, it is hard to quantify just how many of these would be tipped into loss-making territory by any change in the stakes and prizes regime.It is telling, for instance, that the ‘contingent value right’ at the heart of the recent GVC takeover of Ladbrokes Coral presents a wide disparity of outcomes depending on what level of stake is finally handed down.In truth, no one yet knows what the impact of a lower stake limit will have on either individual estates or on the UK picture as a whole. Despite the warnings from the industry of job losses in the thousands and shop closures blighting every high street, it is likely that for a period a phony war will take place that will see the larger operators holding out in multiple locations to see who blinks first.This is one effect of the recent clustering seen in many high streets; the assumption on the part of the bookmakers is that the custom from the first shop to close will disperse to rival shops in the locality. No one wants to be that first shop and everyone wants to be the last man standing. It is a Mexican stand-off that could last a long while.But there is one sub-sector which might not be quiet so able to stand its ground while the shakeout takes place. The independent sector has long been complaining that both industry trends and the regulatory backdrop is putting their collective presence on the high street under threat and the evidence of the Commission statistics would appear to back that up.Since March 2015 the total of other shops in the Commission data has fallen by 195 or 15 percent to 1,089 as of the end of September. Taking Paddy Power Betfair’s 357 shops out of that equation, the percentage fall is a very steep 20 percent.As one analyst put it, the independents are “much less able to withstand” negative shocks and without the online backup, will be particularly vulnerable to further pain caused by the triennial review.With costs rising and major competitors willing to hold out even in unprofitable locales in the hope of reaping any omni-channel benefit to be wrung from the high street, the independent sector is facing a potentially existential squeeze. Time – and luck – might be running out and the some of the political decisions due to be made early this year will play a huge part of the future.________________The future of the Retail Betting industry will be discussed and debated at the upcoming ‘Betting on Football 2018 Conference’ (#bofcon2018 – 20-23 March – London – Stamford Bridge). Click on the below banner for more information… Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020last_img read more

CVC Capital braces Sky Betting and Gaming for stock market flotation

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles The majority owner of Sky Betting and Gaming, CVC Capital is contemplating the possibility of a stock market flotation of the Leeds-based online betting operator.According to Reuters, the equity firm is looking to capitalise on soaring thriving equity markets and the continuing popularity of online betting, hiring investment bank Rothschild to examine whether a stock market listing of the British firm could be a prosperous venture. The decision has come in anticipation of the incoming government regulations on retail betting machines in the UK, which could potentially lead to Sky Bet, an operator that’s solely online increasingly more alluring to investors. However, with Sky Bet benefiting from a widespread sponsorship deal with the English Football League the group will be watchful of the review, as it is also relating to betting and gaming advertising standards.Having had its majority stake acquired by CVC Capital for £800 million in 2014, Sky Bet has gone from strength to strength, reporting a 38% increase to £516 million in revenue in its most recent results. Furthermore, these results represented continued growth for the online operator, having recorded revenue of £248 million in its 2015 results. Additionally 20% of Sky Bet is still owned by Sky, which is also subject to a lucrative takeover bid from Twentieth Century Fox. The online betting market was also bolstered earlier in the year, when Ladbrokes Coral was purchased by online gaming online gaming company GVC.History suggest that it would be naive to rule out CVC floating Sky Bet, as after purchasing William Hill in 1999, the group were listed in 2002.last_img read more

FansUnite reaches partnership deal with Leicester City

first_img M88 on board with Leicester City as official betting partner August 15, 2018 FansUnite accelerates wagering ambitions by acquiring McBookie for $2m  May 20, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Leicester City names Yabo Sports as new official partner September 17, 2019 Submit Leicester City Football Club has announced a fresh partnership with Vancouver headquartered FansUnite, whose goal is one of “revolutionising the sports betting industry by harnessing the power of blockchain technology”.Brought on board with The Foxes as an official partner for the 2018/19 season, FansUnite details that it is to launch its sports betting protocol later this year, “with operators across the globe able to offer bettors lower fees, and an increased opportunity to profit for individuals”.FansUnite is to work in conjunction with the club to launch a series of promotions in and around its King Power Stadium home, whilst it is to also embark on further marketing campaigns across England “that will bring Leicester City fans from all across the world together to celebrate their team”. Darius Eghdami, FansUnite Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Leicester City F.C. is one of the premier brands in all of football, being one of just six clubs to hoist the Premier League Trophy since its inception in 1992. “They are at the forefront of incorporating new technology to help improve player performance and fan engagement. “Partnering with a globally recognised brand, that shares our commitment to improving conditions for sports fans through the application of new technology was a natural fit.”For the duration of the season, at both home and away encounters, there is to be “player meet-and-greets, contests, surprise giveaways and opportunities for LCFC fans to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences”.Furthermore, an added number of special engagements for all football fans is to also be included on the FansUnite platform.Jonathan Gregory, Leicester City’s Commercial Director, commented: “We are proud to welcome FansUnite into our family of partners. They share our belief in the power of football to bring supporters together whether that is at King Power Stadium or around the world. “FansUnite is an innovative brand looking to bring transparency and collaboration to their industry and we are delighted to be part of this journey.”last_img read more

6 of the Best – Scout Gaming Group’s Joakim Renman

first_img This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Joakim Renman, Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group.Continue reading to discover which iconic World Cup is a particular sporting highlight, which rapper with a messiah complex stands out from the crowd and who wins out of the Thailand vs USA dilemma.Best HolidayIt’s a close race between Thailand and USA. The US however picks the longest straw this time. I spent almost four weeks there in 2010, starting off in New York before flying to San Francisco. Driving down highway one to LA and San Diego, stopping in places such as Santa Cruz on the way. Rounded off the trip in Las Vegas gambling, attending shows and going on a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon.Best Book Flash Boys. I’m a sucker for non-fiction and especially those that take basis in either crime or the business world. The Big Short is one of my favourite movies of all time and the author behind that book also wrote Flash Boys, a fascinating story about the rise of High Frequency Trading.Best Album Kanye West – Graduation. This for me is when Hip Hop grew up, going from a provocative teenager to a reflective grown up.  Best Sporting ExperienceAlthough I was only ten at the time, World Cup 1994 holds a very special heart in all swedes who got the chance to witness it. Sweden finished 3rd during a summer that forever holds a very high place in the heart in all Swedes, whether normally interested in football or not.Best FilmPulp Fiction. I was likely way too young to be watching such a movie at the time, but I remember watching it at a friend’s house over and over again, analysing the unexpected turn of events and phrases. None of us, or probably the world, had ever seen anything nearly similar.Best BetDeciding to move down to Malta in 2007, looking for a job in the online gaming industry. At the time I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it turned out really well! StumbleUpon Spotlight Sports Group enhances US content July 8, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles Betfair US 2020 – Biden takes pole position but punters side with Trump July 6, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Sportium lauded for its ‘Employee Innovation’ program

first_img Seeking to deliver new products, propositions and directives to market, Ladbrokes and Grupo Cirsa Spanish betting joint venture Sportium has launched its “Sportium Employee Innovation Project” for 2019.The initiative has been backed by Barcelona-based business community Sant Cugat Empresarial, who have praised Sportium leadership for its forward-thinking directive and open employee policies.Closing 2018, Sportium held an open forum for employees to showcase personal projects, initiatives or ideas which would be assessed by the betting group’s executive team and corporate advisors.Sportium governance will assess all propositions evaluating innovation, originality and viability of the projects, announcing its five finalists and winner on 30 January 2019 at a ceremony at Barcelona’s Esade Creapolis institute.The winning employee project will be rolled out across all Sportium active markets, with the winner further receiving executive guidance, as he/she takes full control of the project’s implementation.Updating stakeholders,  Sportium governance detailed that it will always ‘bet on innovation and creativity’ with regards to its staff development Related Articles Submit Share CIRSA focuses on Spanish reopening following Q1 wipeout May 27, 2020 Blackstone reviews CIRSA options as pandemic wipes out IPO potential June 2, 2020 StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Racing industry advised to ramp up no-deal Brexit preparations

first_img Scottish racing gets green light for 22 June restart May 29, 2020 Share The UK racing industry has been warned that it needs to begin making plans ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario, which is expected to have a significant impact on the sector.In a note sent on behalf of the Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group, it was emphasised that ‘the political situation regarding the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, currently scheduled for 31 October, remains unpredictable’.The Group has advised industry participants to ‘start making plans for how a no-deal Brexit might affect them.’A number of focus areas have been outlined by the Steering Group in the short term, which include: The rights of EU and European Economic Area workers in British racing and breeding, Thoroughbred movement to and from the EU, including former Tripartite Agreement countries, transportation requirements and permits, the imposition of tariffs to sales, and data sharing between regulators.If no deal is reached by October 31 the Tripartite Agreement, which oversees the free movement of racehorses between the UK, Ireland and France, will cease to exist. Back in 2017, racehorses were moved across the borders over 26,000 times under the terms of the legislation, however, a no-deal will put the agreement to the test. A failure to reach a trade deal with the European Union, however, will hit the sector hard, with barriers to free movement expected to impact the 1,500 race meetings held in the UK. The current racing calendar is estimated to generate £11.5bn in bets for UK bookmakers, so it’s safe to say that any barriers to the movement of horses will have severe knock-on effects. With a potential hindrance to the movement of horses across the borders, interest in horse racing among punters could dwindle due to smaller fields, resulting in smaller margins for bookmakers. “Further updates will be provided in the coming weeks as the situation develops and more guidance becomes available,” the note added. HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

Trustly celebrates 100 live brands for Pay N Play

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 Soccerbet to Highlight virtual sports set on Coolbet April 23, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett April 30, 2020 Trustly is celebrating a huge company milestone after Pay N Play, the company’s innovative player registration and verification product, reached 100 live gaming brands.Introduced in 2015, Pay N Play allows customers to register and get verified to start playing on a gaming site simply by making a deposit. The KYC data for the customer is collected by Trustly during this same significantly shortened and fully compliant process.We took a trip down memory lane with Vasilije Lekovic, Director of Gaming at Trustly, to discuss the history of Pay N Play, why it has been so disruptive, which brand helped surpass the milestone and what the future holds for the product.SBC: What was the first live brand for Pay N Play back in 2015?VL: No Account Casino, an online site owned by Mandalorian Technologies Ltd and licensed in both Malta and Sweden, was the first to integrate Pay N Play technology from Trustly. However, the adoption quickly spiralled from there, particularly in Sweden where we enjoyed notable early success with Ninja Casino. Due to demand from both operators and players, our product saw fast success in Sweden and Finland, with operators like ComeOn, Hero Gaming, LeoVegas, Bethard, GiG, Mr Green and William Hill. SBC: Why has it been so popular for players and gaming operators?VL: By bundling the registration and deposit stages, the journey to starting play is significantly shortened. It’s popular among players because they don’t need to fill out lengthy registration forms or send passport copies/utility bills to prove their identity.The other crucial element is that a good payment service is combined with the smooth registration flow. While you don’t want to lose a player at the first hurdle through a bad or slow sign up experience, it’s equally important to give a player a good user experience when making deposits and withdrawing winnings.By combining these key components, you can see why it has become popular from a player preference standpoint, which has driven operators to rethink the wider approach towards player registration and verification. It was perhaps obvious that operators, assuming the right level of compliance, would be happy with the quicker and more frictionless onboarding of players, but there were initially concerns that instant withdrawals would bring about a reduction in revenues.However, our recent ‘Power of Fast Payments’ study dispelled such concerns, instead finding that players are also prioritising speed of payments when choosing which brand to be loyal towards. In fact, out of the 1,700 players interviewed across nine countries, 94% craved instant payments.SBC: What was the 100th live brand to bring up this milestone?VL: We recently surpassed 100 Pay N Play brands with Coolbet, an online sportsbook and casino live in Sweden, Finland and Estonia. It’s a huge company milestone, and shows how quickly confidence in the product has grown over just a four-year period.Yes, we’ve been heavily active in Sweden, our home market, but we have also seen fantastic growth in Finland and Estonia throughout 2019, alongside similarly rapid adoption in Germany and the Netherlands. SBC: And finally, what does the future hold for Pay N Play?VL: We’ve recently taken the Pay N Play concept a step further by rolling out In-Banner Pay N Play, a feature that revolutionises player conversion on affiliate websites.It uses the same core technology as Pay N Play, but delivers it on an affiliate site. So the player clicks on a banner on an affiliate website and can make a Trustly deposit directly from the banner, with their player account being registered and verified in the background. It’s an incredible boost for acquisition for the gaming companies because it completely removes the possibility of player abandonment for an affiliate at the referral stage. This feature can be implemented in various gaming verticals, for example, by bundling the registration and deposit with placing a sports bet, lottery ticket or simply playing a slot game. Going forward, we will continue to develop new features and functionalities for Pay N Play as well as roll out in new markets. Stay tuned for an exciting year to come!_____________last_img read more