Month: August 2021

FSB links up with 138.com

first_img19th June 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter FSB has entered into a UK-focused partnership with online bookmaker 138.com Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address FSB links up with 138.com Tags: Online Gambling FSB has entered into a UK-focused partnership with online bookmaker 138.com. Under the deal, FSB will provide a new platform for 138.com’s UK-facing site. The FSB solution will serve 138.com’s customers across online and mobile. “We have taken great care in selecting a partner to help spearhead our push into the UK market and beyond, and FSB’s robust and slick platform immediately stood out,” 138.com’s head of product Darren Howland said. “Developing our presence in the regulated UK market is a hugely significant step, and we will use this progress as a springboard to further growth in regulated markets around the globe.” Richard Thorp, business development director at FSB, added: “Our sportsbook solution provides operators with an innovation-led platform and a state-of-the-art technical framework, and we are proud to extend its reach in the UK market via this agreement with 138.com. “The 138.com team have been a delight to work with across this integration, and we look forward to enjoying a mutually rewarding partnership as we move forward.”Related article: FSB Technology signs with GridGain Tech & innovationlast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

Senet confirms Hanratty as new chief executive

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bingo Senet Group has appointed Sarah Hanratty as its new chief executive, replacing George Kidd Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Casino & games Lottery People Sports betting Strategy Bingo Poker Senet Group has appointed Sarah Hanratty as its new chief executive, replacing George Kidd. Hanratty, who is currently executive and director of corporate affairs at Portman Group, the responsibility body for UK alcohol drinks producers, will begin her new role on August 6. Prior to joining Portman Group in 2010, Hanratty had a spell with the National Lottery Commission and also worked at the Cabinet Office. Former chief executive Kidd left Senet earlier this month. “I am delighted to be joining the Senet Group, bringing my experience from the Portman Group where member companies are recognised for their responsibility leadership,” Hanratty said. “I see many parallels with the Senet Group, whose partners and board have already achieved a great deal, not least through its stand-out responsible player messaging and public commitment to improve player safety. “I look forward to building on this strong foundation and the important work in the gambling sector done to date.” Senet chairman Gillian Wilmot added: “Gambling is enjoyed safely by millions of people as a leisure activity each year, yet the industry faces an immense challenge to regain the public’s trust and confidence. “Sarah brings a wealth of experience in effecting change across the alcohol sector and has done much to secure its sustainability as a category which adds positively to society and our national way of life.”Related article: Senet urges engaging responsible gambling campaign 27th June 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland Senet confirms Hanratty as new chief executive Email Addresslast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

New Rank CEO unveils revival plan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address New Rank Group chief executive John O’Reilly has unveiled a four-part plan of action to revive its fortunes after revealing that a series of operational errors led to a disastrous set of financial results.The gaming group, which owns Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo, saw a fall in revenue, profits and other key indicators during the year to the end of June 2018.O’Reilly (pictured), just 14 weeks into his new job, described a “challenging year” in which revenue was down at both its major brands’ brick-and-mortar premises. The former Ladbrokes and Gala Coral executive also opined the “self-inflicted pain” which caused the company’s digital business to lose momentum, with revenue up by 9.9% – compared to 15% last year – and operating profit down by around 8% to £20.9m, compared to a 63% rise in 2017. In particular, the group’s failure to prepare and execute changes to due diligence and data regulations caused a serious downturn in digital performance during the second half of the year. Digital was actually up 17% at the end of H1.O’Reilly, who replaced Henry Birch in May, also noted that marketing “was cut back when we should have been doing the reverse”.“Rank’s performance isn’t good enough,” said O’Reilly, in a call with investors after the release of the results.O’Reilly said he believes there is nothing wrong with Rank’s strategy, but said it needs “a stronger operational focus”. It will seek to increase its focus on the customer, grow its digital business, drive cost efficiencies and improve organisational capabilityThe changes will be led by new chief transformation officer, Jim Marsh, while the company also this week announced the arrival of chief information officer Jonathan Greenstead, a digital transformational and restructuring specialist formerly with Travelodge.Rank will seek to revive its Grosvenor and Mecca digital platforms with the introduction of an omni-channel service in the second half of the year, which will finally give members who visit brick-and-mortar venues an “incentive” to play Rank’s games online.It also outlined plans for increasing marketing investment and new products. It will focus more on data-driven learning about its customers, while a new content management system will improve its real-time product and service offering.Improvements in organisational capability will be key for Rank, with O’Reilly outlining how failures to prepare for changes to due diligence regulations led to it being unable to allow many high-rolling customers to play during the year. This also led to problems with customer contact, with the company not able to communicate with many members for a period.O’Reilly said: “I joined Rank because of its underlying potential. With the backdrop of a disappointing performance in 2017/18, we are now moving quickly to identify the key priorities which will begin to realise the significant underlying potential that I have now seen first-hand since joining the Group in early May.” 16th August 2018 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Finance Bingo John O’Reilly acts after a year of ‘self-inflicted pain’ Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bingo Regions: UK & Ireland New Rank CEO unveils revival planlast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

Intralot lining up deals in mature markets

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Lottery Sports betting Email Address Intralot is set to announce a series of tender wins in mature markets as it continues to shift its focus towards low-risk regions and sports betting opportunities in the US, according to group CEO Antonios Kerastaris.Intralot posted a 2.4% fall in earnings before interest and deductions to €80.1m (£71.8m/$93.4m) for the first six months of 2018 due to “foreign exchange turmoil in key markets”. On a constant currency basis, revenue and EBITDA increased by 11.4% and 12.1% year-on-year.Kerastaris, who reflected upon the Athens-based company’s 2017 results earlier this year by reiterating the “geographical redefinition of the gravity of our interest by… focusing on developed markets”, said today that Intralot had “made great progress towards its strategic goals” this year.He highlighted “the ongoing geographic refocus and the shift of the revenue/EBITDA mix towards low-risk markets, evidenced by a stream of renewals and new clients in the US”.He also cited the deployment of solutions that will “start paying off our significant investment in new products for digital transformation, reversing the significant cash impact of these key investments towards generating long term value”.The figures illustrate the scale of Intralot’s investments in future ventures.Net debt increased by €61.8m in the first six months of the year to €572.5m, with investments in software (€5.7m), the company’s US business (€15.9m) and the inventory build-up for new projects (€12.8m) accounting for a sizeable chunk of the total.In terms of sales, sports betting accounted for 58.3% of the company’s turnover, followed by lottery games on 29.6%.Kerastaris (pictured) added that a “significant focus is now placed on the tremendous opportunities that open up in the nascent US sports betting market after the federal ban repeal in May and a line-up of tender awards that will be announced soon in mature markets”.Last month, Intralot sealed a five-year extension to its gaming systems contract with the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. Finance Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greececenter_img 30th August 2018 | By contenteditor Intralot lining up deals in mature markets Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter FX ‘turmoil’ hits first-half earnings as operator switches focus to low-risk marketslast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

2019: Time to Bet Big on KYC

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Top 5 new ways to juice online conversions by streamlining the KYC process How to address age verification given the new mandates of the UKGC How to automate and streamline AML compliance (PEPs & Sanctions) in real-time How to catch online fraud of new users and de-risk other online high-risk transactions (e.g. password resets) Topics: Uncategorized AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Offering a great customer experience is essential to keep your online gaming customers interested, and that experience begins with how a player creates a new gaming account, and continues whenever they interact with the gaming site. For players, anything getting in the way of play can be an annoyance, which is why establishing an account needs to be convenient, intuitive, fast and easy.And yet players want (and need) to feel safe, too, so gaming operators need to provide an eKYC-compliant onboarding experience that properly vets each potential player but in a way that doesn’t turn them off with a cumbersome process — players have a lot of choices and can easily take their business elsewhere.In this webinar, you’ll learn: Uncategorizedcenter_img 8th May 2019 | By Louella Hughes 2019: Time to Bet Big on KYC Jumio discuss the top 5 new ways to juice online conversions by streamlining the KYC process.  Email Addresslast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

KamaGames launches social sports betting in Pokerist revamp

first_imgCasino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 26th September 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Social casino operator KamaGames has announced a wide-ranging overhaul of its flagship Pokerist app, which sees the studio launch a social sports betting product for the first time.While a number of new elements have been added to boost player engagement and activity within Pokerist, the social sportsbook product is perhaps the most eye-catching addition. It allows players to bet on a range of different sports, including the football competitions such as the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and the Champions League. Also featured are US professional leagues such as the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.This is complemented by esports betting, with the feature offering odds on events based around popular titles such as Counter-Strike, Data 2, Overwatch and League of Legends.Alongside the new betting product, KamaGames has launched Casino Guide, a feature that allows new players to discover the range of games on offer in Pokerist. It takes the form of a map that guides players through various tasks, allowing them to try specific games, and winning in-game items for playing.Among the games to discover is a new title, based on Alice and Wonderland. Through its launch the developer aims to further grow its slot revenue, which rose 69% year-on-year in the first half of 2019.The range of scratchcards available in the app have also been overhauled, with a number of new mechanics now featured. These allow players to win a wider variety of prizes, and the opportunity to grow potential wins.Finally, KamaGames has launched a referral programme, allowing players to invite friends into the game. Players will be rewarded with virtual chips when they refer a friend, who will also be given a virtual currency prize. Social casino operator KamaGames has announced a wide-ranging overhaul of its flagship Pokerist app, which sees the studio launch a social sports betting product for the first time. A range of additional features, including a new app guide, Alice and Wonderland-themed slot and referral programme for players, have also gone live.center_img Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Slots Social gaming Tags: Slot Machines KamaGames launches social sports betting in Pokerist revamp Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

Pennsylvania sports betting revenue soars in January

first_img Pennsylvania sports betting revenue soars in January 19th February 2020 | By contenteditor The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 16.9% year-on-year rise in gambling revenue for January, aided by growing contributions from igaming and sports betting.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Pennsylvania Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Slots DFS Horse racing The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 16.9% year-on-year rise in gambling revenue for January, aided by growing contributions from igaming and sports betting. Total revenue across all regulated verticals, comprising land-based table games and slots, online casino, sports betting, fantasy sports and video gaming terminals, rose to $302.8m. This came predominantly from the state’s land-based market, with slots accounting for $190.3m of the total, up 5.8%, and table games $72.6m, down 2.5%.Sports betting, in a month in which the National Football League playoffs took place, saw total handle rise 1.7% month-over-month to $348.4m. This was largely wagered online, which accounted for $308.6m of total handle, a 3.8% advance on December 2019. Land-based stakes, meanwhile, fell 11.8% to $39.8m.January’s sports betting revenue, after promotional credits, amounted to $22.8m, double December’s $11.4m take.Valley Forge Casino, which has partnered Flutter Entertainment’s FanDuel, is now firmly established as the leading operator in the vertical. While the venue’s January handle of $156.1m was down marginally month-on-month, revenue jumped 96.7% to $8.1m.Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Address Casino & games Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Fantasy Sports Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Slot Machineslast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

Webinar: Germany and its new regulatory regime – market opening or market closing?

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Germany is the last big European market that hasn’t had a proper iGaming regulation. While sports betting licenses have been available in few states only, the industry has  been advocating an introduction of online sports book and casino for a number of years.That is now happening, although as often happens regulatory regime comes with a number of restrictions that sometimes put in question viability of the market for some operators.In this webinar we will explore: Topics: Uncategorized Webinar: Germany and its new regulatory regime – market opening or market closing? This webinar is sponsored by Greentube Germany is the last big European market that hasn’t had a proper iGaming regulation. While sports betting licenses have been available in few states only, the industry has  been advocating an introduction of online sports book and casino for a number of years. Will the restrictive measures mean that Germany is an attractive investment for online gaming companies? Will these heavy restrictions have an impact on limiting the black market? What can we expect from the licensing process leading up to the liberalisation of the market? Uncategorized Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 6th April 2020 | By last_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

Affiliate Monitor – June 2020

first_img Affiliate Monitor – June 2020 Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Asia Europe UK & Ireland India Japan Nordics Southern Europe Sweden Italy In this edition of iGB’s quarterly report we assess the early indications of the impact of Covid-19 on affiliates and find some are faring better than expected Topics: Casino & games Finance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Poker Email Address In recent times there’s been much discussion about the extent to which any uptick in casino revenues is able to compensate for the drastic fall in sports betting caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.For operators, it’s clear that even if some bettors have moved into other verticals, there’s still a huge gap in their profits.But as the recent numbers put out by affiliates show, this sector of the igaming industry seems to be faring much better.With most of the big affiliates making the majority of their income from casino anyway, the impact of Covid-19 has been less negative for them than it has been for operators. Early numbers from April show some affiliates might even have benefited from the situation.But the pandemic is taking a toll on the more sports-focused affiliates such as Better Collective. And even those affiliates that are more casino-focused have been taking action to protect themselves from the effects of the pandemic, with many expecting its full effects won’t really be felt until later in the year.One theme evident from the first quarter is the need to manage debt levels, with Catena Media, Gaming Innovation Group and Net Gaming Europe all restructuring their finances.It’s not just the pandemic leading affiliates to take steps to protect their businesses; the recent Google algorithm changes continue to cause headaches for affiliates, most notably XLMedia.Interestingly, the actions taken by affiliates to overcome both of the sector’s big issues have resulted in something of a split among the big players when it comes to paid media. Some are investing more heavily in the discipline, while others are withdrawing from it altogether.It will be interesting to see how this divergence continues to develop when second-quarter results become available, which of course will be eagerly awaited because they will provide a clearer picture of the impact of the pandemic on affiliates.We hope you enjoy this report and find it useful. Should you have any suggestions or feedback please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] CarterEditorial director, iGBIf you can’t use the Flash player below you can download the report here. 12th June 2020 | By Joanne Christie AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports bettinglast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

DraftKings expands NetEnt partnership into PA and WV

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Under the terms of the expanded agreement, NetEnt will launch its games with DraftKings in Pennsylvania in the near future, as well as combine in West Virginia. The operators said in a statement that they will also look to cooperate in new jurisdictions. Email Address “We’re proud to expand our relationship with such a well-known operator and look forward to continuing the success that we’ve achieved together so far. We are thrilled to have such a renowned operator on board as we enter new jurisdictions.” Tags: NetEnt DraftKings Pennsylvania West Virginia Online casino 9th October 2020 | By Richard Mulligan “DraftKings’ size and market presence make this launch one of the most significant to date,” said Brian Kraft, NetEnt vice president commercial, Americas. NetEnt is to expand its partnership with DraftKings to cover the operator’s online casinos in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.center_img Read the full story on iGB North America. The two will now collaborate in at least two more states following the success of their initial link-up in New Jersey, which went live in August 2019. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter DraftKings expands NetEnt partnership into PA and WV Companies: NetEnt DraftKings Topics: Casino & games Online casino Product & technology Regions: US Pennsylvanialast_img read more


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