Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Topics: Marketing & affiliates Regions: US Nevada The Las Vegas Lights Football Club has struck a partnership with bookmaker William Hill. Lights team up with William Hill AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 15th June 2018 | By contenteditor Marketing & affiliates The Las Vegas Lights Football Club has struck a partnership with bookmaker William Hill.The club, which made its debut in the second-tier United Soccer League this year, has signed up William Hill as its exclusive sportsbook partner.Under the agreement, fans who open a William Hill Mobile Sports account with the ‘LIGHTS’ promotional code will receive a $5 (€4.30) free sports bet for each home victory in 2018.Betting options will include a pre-match menu and continuous live in-play odds during every game.The partnership further illustrates the increasing acceptance of betting in US sport after the Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on sports betting across the US last month. However, regulated sports betting was already available in Nevada, as well as Oregon, Delaware and Montana.“Las Vegas is truly a sports destination, and the Lights FC have been a great addition to the city,” William Hill US chief executive Joe Asher said.Lights FC owner and chief executive Brett Lashbrook described William Hill as an “ideal partner for a pro sports team in Las Vegas”.On Thursday, William Hill claimed to have been “inundated” with approaches from major US sports teams about sponsorship deals since changes to US sports betting laws.Related articles: US sports betting ban overturnedUS sports teams keen on sponsorship deals – William Hill
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As the industry revels in the glow of the PASPA repeal, Lee Richardson introduces his Totally Gaming Academy sports betting masterclass Tags: Online Gambling Sports betting Topics: Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe US As the industry revels in the glow of the PASPA repeal and an exciting World Cup in Russia, iGB caught up with Lee Richardson to discover more about his Totally Gaming Academy sports betting masterclass.iGaming Business: As a veteran of the sports betting industry what made you decide to move into the training side for TGA?Lee Richardson: I’ve been closely involved in the sports betting sector, both retail and non-retail, for almost 20 years – and an occasional sports betting consumer for a lot longer! So, when I was approached by TGA to develop a new Sports Betting Management module, I was happy to help. Having now delivered programmes in Europe, Africa and America, there’s clear demand for such training and development within this fast-developing and ultra-competitive sector.What gap in the sports management industry is this course designed to fill? Feedback over the past 18 months tells us the course is proving of value to a wide range of audiences. Investors and start-ups, through to developing and established sports betting brands and operators from a wide variety of geographical markets, have all found it useful. We’ve also seen existing and prospective regulators attend to learn about the sector.With such a profile of delegates attending from within Europe, Latin America, North America and Africa, it seems clear that it’s filling a specific need. Many of these regions are currently regulating or opening for legal sports betting, with all the challenges that entails for new market entrants and established operators alike.The course works around the principle of the six Ps: perspective, product, profit, promotion, planning and people; how does this theory feed into the course? The 6Ps structure helps to dig into areas that need streamlining or improvement, plus it helps people identify new opportunities and share individual experiences.For example, under planning, we examine the tools and techniques available within business intelligence (BI), an area where smaller operators can compete very effectively with larger rivals.You might be outspent in marketing dollars, but BI can help you spend those dollars more effectively than others if you are smarter at analysing your data and thus able to make better-informed marketing decisions.We also examine, in some detail, the current trends in product and its development, and what operators should be expecting from their suppliers. Helping operators decide on what to focus on themselves, and what should be delegated to outside suppliers, is a critical component within that.Sports betting is often accused of not innovating enough. What are the barriers to innovation in sports betting? I think it’s fair to say that we’ve had, to date, a moderate level of innovation within our industry – whether on bets, markets or related categories.But those that have arrived within the relatively recent past have had very significant effects on how players behave, such as in-play betting, cash-out functionality and mobile betting apps.It’s more difficult to predict how some of the more recent innovations will perform, but two of the newer topics we examine are personalisation (a new way of communicating with consumers) and sports data (offering consumers valid information before/as they bet). Both appear to have real potential in providing sustainable, incremental revenues from better informed consumers.However, it does remain the case that true, sustainable innovation – having some unique feature or consumer benefit unique to an operator – remains a real challenge.All clever ideas – cash-out is an ideal example – quickly get adopted and adapted by others once the benefits are known, and it remains tough to win that sustainable advantage.Nonetheless, we examine the benefits of how operators can put a robust system in place to evaluate, experiment and effect new and current ideas to help them remain competitive, all designed to win new, and retain existing, customers. All the best operators do this, and it’s another example of best practice we discuss on the programme. The World Cup has just been on – how can sportsbooks maximise retention from these major tournaments? European bookmakers will likely take around £2bn turnover on the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, with a corresponding planned and positive impact on their bottom line.Indeed, such tournaments have themselves become increasingly important in revenue- and profitability-share terms, up three-fold since the tournament held in South Africa in 2010, when in-play betting first obtained the majority of turnover during such an event.Operators seeking to both outperform their competition and boost market share will always need to differentiate their brand while managing their margin. They’ll also need to deliver excellent customer service.We examine the implications for this type of betting behaviour and weigh up the advantages – and challenges – in trying to attract the right type of new customers during such betting events.Essentially, promotions need to be targeted with specific objectives about the type of new customer you’re aiming to attract.The very timing of a major tournament like a FIFA World Cup means that, ultimately, the success will be the proportion of newly-recruited customers that are still betting with you at the start of the new football season just a few weeks later and beyond. That’s the acid test.So, you need to be identifying ideal betting-pattern traits and ideal customer profiles in advance and modelling your promotional activity around that. It could be a ‘small-stake, big-win’ themed promotion, likely to appeal to recreational players; if it’s ‘sharper’ players you are trying to recruit, then a different core promotional proposition needs to be designed and delivered.We would always encourage sportsbook operators to model different offers and trial them via focus groups and/or via ‘AB’ testing well in advance of any promotional campaign based around such a tournament. This is something that clearly needs to be planned well in advance.What do you think have been the game-changing developments in the industry over the course of your career? Without doubt, it is in-play betting. There are a variety of inter-related reasons – involving technology, taxation, trading tools, TV and (consumer) taste – as to why in-play now dominates, in revenue terms, for both operators and players. Its impact has been huge.In-play also spawned the cash-out functionality, which suits both the player and the operator. It’s important to maximise the positive effects of both on player behaviour, while also exploiting the benefits of pre-match betting, which remains a significant share – and a highly profitable share – of consumer betting spend.What influence is the opening of the sports betting industry in the US going to have on existing operators in the industry? There is no question that the opportunities within the sports betting market of the US, following the recent repeal of PASPA, remain highly attractive to a wide range of players, including domestic and overseas operators, as well as suppliers. Quite simply, the US has every potential to be the largest single geographical market for legal sports betting.However, there is a lot about how or when the market will develop that we don’t yet know, and the market dynamic is constantly changing. For example, some states are allowing multiple (parlay) bets, some not.In preparation, it seems to me that to be successful and to help avoid expensive pitfalls, prospective operators and suppliers, be they domestic or from overseas, need to take advice from experienced local experts familiar with all these issues.This seems essential to help understand this new market which has every capacity to be very different from other, long-established online sports betting markets such as Europe and Australia, whether in legal, regulatory, operational or betting-pattern terms.What are the major challenges to the sports betting industry over the coming year? As ever, it depends which part of the sector you are examining, but I would suggest that increasing compliance costs and ever-strengthening consumer protection trends remain key challenges for the operator. The industry also needs to improve its relationship with its different publics, including regulators, governments and the media, to better protect the industry’s reputation for providing entertainment enjoyed daily by millions of recreational sports betting consumers.Sportsbook Management Academy 6-8 November, 2018 (London) 29-30 November, 2018 (New York) 15th August 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Q&A: Lee Richardson Email Address
William Hill has signed up to enter two new US states and expanded its reach in Nevada after furthering its sports betting partnership with US casino operator Golden Entertainment. Under the new deal, Hills will manage Golden Entertainment’s race and sports operations in Nevada, Maryland and Montana. William Hill already operates more than 100 locations in Nevada, is currently active in five states and offers mobile gaming in Nevada and New Jersey. In Nevada, the arrangement with Golden Entertainment will cover five new properties, including the Stratosphere Casino (pictured). Hills expects to launch in the state with Golden Entertainment before the end of the year. Hills will also continue to operate the race and sports books at Edgewater and Colorado Belle casino resorts, with Golden Entertainment due to finalises the acquisition of both properties early next year. Golden Entertainment has been working with Hills at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Gambling Hall in Nevada for some time, while the bookmaker also has deposit kiosks at around 80 of the firm’s taverns and third-party distributed gaming locations throughout the state. Although sports betting is not yet legal in Maryland or Montana, Hills and Golden Entertainment have said that they will “pursue sports wagering opportunities”, subject to legalisation. Golden Entertainment currently operates distributed gaming across Montana in approximately 300 locations and also owns the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Maryland. Steve Arcana, chief operating officer at Golden Entertainment, said: “We are excited to expand our current relationship with William Hill, which has a proven sports wagering platform not only in Nevada but around the world. “We look forward to growing our business in Nevada and other jurisdictions through this partnership.” Hills has been one of the most active companies in the US sports betting market since the Supreme Court ruled on PASPA earlier this year. Last month, the bookmaker struck a major deal with Eldorado that could expand its potential sports betting reach into 11 states. This has since been extended with confirmation of Eldorado’s acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment. Hills last week also announced a deal with International Game Technology whereby the companies will now mutually consider all future sports betting opportunities and bid requests from US lotteries. The firms had already secured the sports betting contract for the Rhode Island Lottery last month prior to this.William Hill is also the exclusive risk manager for the sports lottery in Delaware.Image: Sahmeditor Casino & games 3rd October 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Operator readies itself for market entry in Montana and Maryland Hills expands US sports betting push with Golden Entertainment Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Tech & innovation Regions: US Maryland Montana Nevada Email Address
31st October 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart Email Address Well deserved or not, the British have a reputation for complaining, says David Clifton. Here’s how the Gambling Commission says we should deal with customer grievancesThere was no uniform approach to the handling of complaints by, and disputes with, customers in gambling until the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 came into full effect in Great Britain in September 2007.It was only then that gambling debts became legally enforceable for the first time. The UK Gambling Commission’s early versions of its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) did little more than require licensed operators to have a written procedure for customer complaints and disputes and to keep a record of them.When the first requirement for operators to refer disputes to an independent third party was subsequently introduced, it wasn’t even mandatory for it to be free of charge for the customer.How times have changed. The consumer has increasingly been promoted to the heart of gambling regulation, most prominently during the relatively short reign of Sarah Harrison as chief executive of the Gambling Commission. Harrison’s arrival also coincided with the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 coming into force.This combination of events led to the Commission’s “Complaints processes in the gambling industry” review in March 2017. This was conducted against a backdrop of heavily publicised concerns on the part of the Commission about what it perceived to be an increasing lack of public trust in gambling operators, something that has sadly grown apace since then.It included a finding that “the complaints system in the gambling industry is not working for consumers, who have found it difficult to access, time-consuming to use, and [who] question whether it is independent and transparent”.In her foreword to that document, Sarah Harrison said: “We want to see an industry that aspires to excellence in complaints handling. An industry that values and seeks out feedback from customers, that swiftly and effectively resolves customer complaints, and that uses the learning from those customers to raise its standards and deliver ever higher levels of customer service”.So it is that, with effect from 31 October 2018, a new complaints and disputes regime comes into force in each of the following respects.1) LCCP changeAn amended social responsibility code provision 6.1.1 within the LCCP comes into force on that date, intended to ensure that B2C gambling operators provide better complaints processes, including arrangements for their customers to be able to refer any dispute to an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider, if the operator has been unable to resolve it within eight weeks from receiving it.2) Gambling Commission guidanceUK licensed operators will be mistaken if they think that the above change needs little preparation. The Gambling Commission has produced seven pages of guidance on implementation of the amended LCCP provision (available on its website) that it expects licence holders to take account of when developing their complaints handling policies.The guidance document is essential reading material. It sets out the minimum standards that the Commission expects from operators when they handle customer complaints and summarises the Commission’s reporting requirements relating to complaints that operators receive.Addressing past confusion about whether an ADR provider has jurisdiction to adjudicate certain matters referred to it, the guidance also provides much-needed clarity on what the phrases ‘complaint’ and ‘dispute’ mean, namely:• ‘complaint’ means an expression of dissatisfaction, whether spoken or written, about any aspect of the way the licence holder conducts its licensed activities (including the outcome of a gambling transaction, the way in which the transaction was managed and concerns about the way in which the licence holder conducts its business in relation to the three licensing objectives) and• ‘dispute’ means complaints about the customer’s gambling transaction (including management of it) that have not been resolved at the first stage of the complaints procedure, including those linked to the application of bonus offers or to other terms and conditions, account management, or the customer’s ability to access his or her funds and winnings.The guidance also includes very helpful flowcharts illustrating the applicable complaints process timescales and complaints and disputes regulatory return requirements.3) Standards and guidance for ADR providersThe Gambling Commission has published new standards and guidance for ADR that are intended to improve how complaints are handled by ADR providers in the gambling industry. This follows the Commission’s finding in March 2017 that consumers did not always get good customer service from ADR providers and that decision-making standards varied.It would be a mistake for operators to think this guidance is applicable solely to ADR providers. The new standards and guidance make clear the Commission’s expectations on: • the types of consumer complaints it expects ADR providers to take on (including disputes linked to unfair terms or practices), • principles for considering compensation, • decision quality standards, particularly focused on how providers look at and use evidence, • the Ombudsman Association’s six principles of good governance that it expects ADR providers to follow • conflicts of interests, • the information and customer service ADR providers give to consumers (including a reminder that all gambling businesses that sell goods or services to consumers online must provide on their websites a link to the ODR platform) and • the information and data ADR providers share with the Commission and others, each of which are very relevant considerations for operators.They also reconfirm the definitions of ‘complaint’ and ‘dispute’ mentioned above, making it clear that complaints that are not related to the gambling activities and do not pose a risk to the licensing objectives do not fall within the scope of ADR provision within the Commission’s regulatory ambit.That is not to say that there may not be borderline cases, for example a complaint about poor customer service or poorly trained staff manning a telephone or online chat. While that might not appear at first sight to be gambling-related, it might well be if the poor service makes it difficult or impossible for the consumer to promptly raise concerns or make a complaint about a contractual matter.The Commission suggests that “where the type of complaint is unclear, it is generally better to at least initially treat it as a gambling-related complaint”.The British have a reputation for complaining. Licensed gambling operators need to ensure those complaints are all handled properly in accordance with the new requirements.David Clifton is a founding director of Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited and a consultant to Joelson Wilson Solicitors. David has specialised in gambling law since the early 1980s and was among the first UK lawyers to advise the online gambling pioneers in the mid-1990s. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 5% year-on-year decline in group revenue for the first quarter of 2019, a result of lower revenue from gaming operations. International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 5% year-on-year decline in group revenue for the first quarter of 2019, a result of lower revenue from gaming operations.Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 declined to $1.14bn. Of this sum, $991m was generated by service revenue – a 5% decline from Q1 2018 – and $153.9m from product sales, down 4% year-on-year.The majority of revenue was derived from IGT’s Italy business unit, which accounted for $437m of the total, down 10% year-on-year. This comprised $204m in lottery service revenue, with total lotto wagers up 5% from Q1 2018 to £2.14bn.Scratch & Win sales, meanwhile, were down marginally as a result of one fewer day of sales than in the prior year, though this was offset by an “exceptional” performance from IGT’s Multiplier games in the period.Italian gaming service revenue fell 20% to $153m, which IGT blamed in part on increased taxes on amusement with prizes (AWPs) and video lottery terminals (VLTs). This was offset to an extent by improved productivity of its gaming machines, with a 21% decline in the number of AWP units resulting in a decline of less than 2% in stakes.Revenue for IGT’s second largest unit, North American Lottery, was flat at $296m. Lottery service revenue remained stable at $241m, offset by a 13% decline in lottery product sales. However, the division benefited from an 8% increase in gaming revenue, albeit from a low base, to $41m.The North America Gaming & Interactive division, on the other hand, saw revenue slide 2% to $239m. This was down to a 6% drop in product sales, coupled with minor growth in gaming service revenue.Finally the International segment saw revenue fall 7% year-on-year to $172m. The division was hit by a $10m fall in gaming revenue to $81m.As of March 31, 2019 IGT’s total installed units were down 3% to 60,444 machines. In Q1 a total of 7,001 machines were shipped, up 20% year-on-year.“Our first-quarter results confirm the consistent growth profile of our global lottery business and the progress we’ve made in sales of gaming machines, where global unit shipments increased 20%,” IGT chief executive Marco Sala said.“The results of our Italy operations are also noteworthy, with further growth in lottery and resilient machine gaming performance.“As we look to the future, our focus remains on improving revenue and profits from gaming activities, innovating with new lottery games and technologies, and pursuing emerging growth opportunities.”Total costs for the quarter declined 4% to $966.8m, due to reduced costs of services and product sales-related expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses were down 6% to $205.1m, while research and development costs fell to $66.1m.This left an operating profit of $178.2m, a 10% year-on-year decline. However, a foreign exchange gain of $58.6m saw IGT’s non-operational expenses decline from $201m in Q1 2018 to $45m. This ultimately resulted in the supplier posting a net profit of $40.3m for the quarter, a significant improvement on the prior year loss of $103.1m.Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 declined to $1.14bn. Of this sum, $991m was generated by service revenue – a 5% decline from Q1 2018 – and $153.9m from product sales, down 4% year-on-year.The majority of revenue was derived from IGT’s Italy business unit, which accounted for $437m of the total, down 10% year-on-year. This comprised $204m in lottery service revenue, with total lotto wagers up 5% from Q1 2018 to £2.14bn.Scratch & Win sales, meanwhile, were down marginally as a result of one fewer day of sales than in the prior year, though this was offset by an “exceptional” performance from IGT’s Multiplier games in the period.Italian gaming service revenue fell 20% to $153m, which IGT blamed in part on increased taxes on amusement with prizes (AWPs) and video lottery terminals (VLTs). This was offset to an extent by improved productivity of its gaming machines, with a 21% decline in the number of AWP units resulting in a decline of less than 2% in stakes.Revenue for IGT’s second largest unit, North American Lottery, was flat at $296m. Lottery service revenue remained stable at $241m, offset by a 13% decline in lottery product sales. However, the division benefited from an 8% increase in gaming revenue, albeit from a low base, to $41m.The North America Gaming & Interactive division, on the other hand, saw revenue slide 2% to $239m. This was down to a 6% drop in product sales, coupled with minor growth in gaming service revenue.Finally the International segment saw revenue fall 7% year-on-year to $172m. The division was hit by a $10m fall in gaming revenue to $81m.As of March 31, 2019 IGT’s total installed units were down 3% to 60,444 machines. In Q1 a total of 7,001 machines were shipped, up 20% year-on-year.“Our first-quarter results confirm the consistent growth profile of our global lottery business and the progress we’ve made in sales of gaming machines, where global unit shipments increased 20%,” IGT chief executive Marco Sala said.“The results of our Italy operations are also noteworthy, with further growth in lottery and resilient machine gaming performance.“As we look to the future, our focus remains on improving revenue and profits from gaming activities, innovating with new lottery games and technologies, and pursuing emerging growth opportunities.”Total costs for the quarter declined 4% to $966.8m, due to reduced costs of services and product sales-related expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses were down 6% to $205.1m, while research and development costs fell to $66.1m.This left an operating profit of $178.2m, a 10% year-on-year decline. However, a foreign exchange gain of $58.6m saw IGT’s non-operational expenses decline from $201m in Q1 2018 to $45m. This ultimately resulted in the supplier posting a net profit of $40.3m for the quarter, a significant improvement on the prior year loss of $103.1m. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games IGT reports 2% decline in Q1 revenue Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Regions: Europe US Southern Europe Italy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 20th May 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address
Topics: Finance Email Address 25th June 2019 | By contenteditor Kirol Group denies Blackstone takeover talk Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kirol Group, a leading operator in the Spanish market, has denied reports it is about to be acquired by US private equity fund Blackstone Group in a €100m deal.The company behind Kirolbet, which operates in a number of Spanish regions, has refuted claims originally reported in Spanish business news source El Confidencial.The news site claimed that Blackstone aimed to acquire Kirol for to gain a presence in the lucrative Basque region, with Cirsa – which it bought for an estimated €2bn last year – having missed out on a licence there.Kirol Group issued a statement saying it is looking at growing its business rather than selling.“Kirol Group denies its Kirolbet operation will be sold to the Blackstone fund,” Kirol Group said in a statement. “The Eibar-based group, in its 11 years leading the market through its technology solution Kirolsoft, has always been targeted by large companies and investment funds, but never has a sale materialised.“After 2019-2022 strategic plan was approved, expansion in international markets and the constant technological innovation for products and services, are the great challenges to which the Kirol Group is allocating 100% of its energy.”Kirolbet, which is based in Eibar, operates a network of 4,000 terminals and an online offering, and employs 300 staff.It began operating in the Basque Autonomous Community in 2008 and has since expanded to a number of other jurisdictions.Blackstone was linked with a move for another Spanish gambling group, Codere, last year. Recently it made a £175m (€202.7m/$227.5m) strategic minority investment in Romanian omni-channel sports betting and gaming operator Superbet.Blackstone acquired Clarion Events, the parent company of iGaming Business, in 2017. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Kirol Group, a leading operator in the Spanish market, has denied reports it is about to be acquired by US private equity fund Blackstone Group in a €100m deal. Finance
Topics: Sports betting Email Address FIFA, the global governing body for football, has launched a new and enhanced integrity toolkit as part of an ongoing effort to clamp down on the threat of match-fixing in the sport. 20th January 2020 | By contenteditor Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter FIFA enhances integrity protection efforts with new toolkit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter FIFA, the global governing body for football, has launched a new and enhanced integrity toolkit as part of an ongoing effort to clamp down on the threat of match-fixing in the sport.Developed by FIFA and its dedicated Integrity Department, the toolkit includes updated and new integrity resources that can be used and implemented by key stakeholders. FIFA said the toolkit has been designed to tackle manipulation in national and regional-level matches.The toolkit includes a handbook for FIFA member associations and confederations, which the governing body said will serve as a practical guide on how to build or strengthen their own integrity initiatives.The handbook outlines standard steps and best-practice measures to implement integrity initiatives on a day-to-day basis, while FIFA also published a series of topic-specific posters to support these initiatives.FIFA also introduced a new Integrity e-Learning Tutorial, with the main aim of educating individuals directly involved in football about the threat of match manipulation. It sets out the applicable regulations that have been put in place by FIFA, as well as the various forms of integrity-related misconduct and how to report match-manipulation approaches or incidents.“In line with FIFA’s continued commitment to safeguard the integrity of football around the world, it is crucial that we continue to develop new and innovative resources that our stakeholders can use to further strengthen football across all areas – both on and off the pitch,” FIFA’s deputy chief legal and compliance officer and director of integrity and institutional legal, Oliver Jaberg, said.“As an important step in helping to protect the integrity of football competitions at national and regional level as well as to prevent match manipulation, FIFA is excited to have developed several new integrity resources and materials that provide member associations and confederations with specific assistance on best practice in football.“The ultimate aim is to support and develop stronger integrity structures – as well as long-term, sustainable education and prevention programmes and promotional initiatives – that safeguard the integrity of football.”Confirmation of the new toolkit comes after the Global Lottery Monitoring System, the sports betting integrity body for the lottery industry, last week revealed that it flagged 157 matches to its partner network for potentially suspicious activity in 2019, with football once again dominating.The vast majority of these alerts were sent to football’s world and European governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA, with alerts generated for 98 matches.
Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Snai renews and expands Betgenius betting supply deal Genius Sports’ Betgenius has renewed its partnership with Playtech-owned Italian operator Snai, to supply a range of in-play trading and streaming content. Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Genius Sports’ Betgenius has renewed its partnership with Playtech-owned Italian operator Snai, to supply a range of in-play trading and streaming content.The in-play content that Snai will receive has been significantly expanded through the new agreement, with Betgenius to provide odds feeds for hundreds of thousands of sporting fixtures, all underpinned by official data. This includes coverage of the English Premier League and basketball’s EuroLeague.Betgenius will price and settle all markets, while giving Snai the option to customise its trading operation for each fixture and market type, allowing it to differentiate its offering in the market.Snai will also become the latest operator to integrate Betgenius’ new streaming service. Launched in October last year, this features football, basketball and volleyball feeds from events around the world, designed to boost turnover and aid customer engagement.“Quality customer experience is at the heart of our model at Snai,” the operator’s chief executive Fabio Schiavolin said. “We’re committed to offering a product that’s frictionless, unique and engaging around-the-clock, and Betgenius’ live trading and streaming services, backed up by an impressive portfolio of official content, will support us in doing that.”Jack Davison, chief commercial officer of Betgenius parent Genius Sports Group, added that Snai’s renewed investment in the supplier’s solutions was a sign of its commitment to quality and reliability. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 28th January 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Email Address
Grand National falls victim to coronavirus outbreak AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Jockey Club, the governing body of horse racing in the UK, has announced that the 2020 edition of showpiece event the Grand National Festival will not take place as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 17th March 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: UK & Ireland Horse racing Topics: Sports betting Horse racing Tags: Race Track and Racino Email Address The Jockey Club, the governing body of horse racing in the UK, has announced that the 2020 edition of showpiece event the Grand National Festival will not take place as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The Grand National Festival had been due to run at Aintree Racecourse from 2-4 April, culminating in the race on 4 April, but the Jockey Club made the decision to cancel in response to new government public health guidance regarding novel coronavirus.The government yesterday (16 March) urged people to avoid social contact and stop all non-essential travel, and also said that the emergency services would be withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings, including sports events, from 17 March.As such, the Jockey Club decided that it would no longer be appropriate to stage the event.Jockey Club Racecourses, the commercial division of the Jockey Club that runs Aintree and several of the UK’s major racecourses, had been assessing the feasibility of running the event behind closed doors. However, given the latest government advice, it was decided that this was no longer a viable consideration.“The Grand National Festival was just three weeks away and it’s very clear to us it will not be possible for the event to take place; public health must come first,” Jockey Club senior steward Sandy Dudgeon said.“We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but following the new government measures confirmed this evening to help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option.“I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do.”The decision comes after the British Horseracing Association (BHA) yesterday also announced that scheduled racing events would continue to take place, albeit without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees, as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.The temporary measures, agreed by the BHA, the Racecourse Association and the Horsemen’s Group, will come into effect from today and apply to all races in England, Wales and Scotland.