first_img Codere has named Moshe Edree as the new chief operating officer of its online division Tags: Online Gambling Codere appoints Edree to lead online business Codere has named Moshe Edree as the new chief operating officer of its online division. Edree will head up the business and report directly to the general management of the group. In the role, Edree will be responsible for strengthening the current structure of the division, as well as incorporating new, specialised talent in the management of Codere’s online betting and casino business. Edree joins Codere having spent over 15 years in online gaming management. In a statement, Codere said: “The appointment of Mr. Edree is part of the company’s new strategy, which seeks to boost online business as one of the pillars of growth and development within the European and Latin American markets in which it is present. “Thus, Codere will strengthen its competitive position in this area, which is already present in Spain and recently started operations in Mexico and Colombia.”Related article: Codere hit by LatAm decline in Q1 People Email Addresscenter_img 24th May 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: People Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

first_img Kambi nears sport betting deal with Sweden’s ATG 6th June 2018 | By contenteditor Email Address Kambi Group has revealed it is in advanced talks with Swedish horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) over a sports betting partnership. The mooted agreement would see Kambi provide its sportsbook to the ATG customer base. According to Kambi, the two companies are now in the “final stage commercial discussions” and ATG will soon commence internal product testing. Kambi said it opted to update the market on the progress of the negotiations so as to avoid any speculation over the deal. The potential partnership comes at a time of great change in Sweden, which will soon introduce a host of new regulation for gambling. Among the new measures is a regulation that will enable ATG to complement its horse racing product with a full sports betting offer for the first time. Earlier this week, Sweden’s Committee on Cultural Affairs announced its support for proposed changes to the country’s gambling laws and a final vote in the bill is expected to take place tomorrow (Thursday). New regulations are not due to come into effect until January 1, 2019, but the licensing process will open on August 1 this year.Related article: Swedish Cultural Affairs Committee backs gaming bill Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Sports betting Kambi Group has revealed it is in advanced talks with Swedish horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) over a sports betting partnershiplast_img read more

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation Leading tipster site bettingexpert.com evaluates the mobile betting platform and app offerings of 26 of the most popular bookmakers.The popularity of sports betting the world over has seemingly grown hand in hand with the use of mobile devices. In fact the majority of bettors, particularly casual bettors, now bet via their mobile device, particularly when it comes to live betting platforms.Placing a bet while watching a football match with friends at the pub or on the lounge has become almost a ritual. Debating live betting odds or the markets for the upcoming match has added an extra dimension of participation and enjoyment for sports fans across the planet.But which bookmakers offer the best mobile apps and mobile betting platforms? To find out we researched and evaluated the mobile betting options available at 26 of the world’s most popular bookmakers. These included:• 10bet • 188bet • 888sport • Bet At Home • Bet365 • Betfair • Betfred • Betsafe • BetVictor • Betway • Boylesports • Bwin • ComeOn • Coral • Energybet • Gentingbet • Ladbrokes • Marathonbet • Matchbook • NetBet • Paddy Power • Skybet • Sportingbet • Titanbet • Unibet • William Hill • Winner SportRather than undertaking a labour-intensive subjective review campaign, we decided to evaluate each mobile betting platform considering the following:iTunes average review score Number of iTunes reviews iTunes ranking in the ‘sports app’ category Size (MBs) of the app download Number of languages available Availability of an Android app Availability of a mobile site platform Availability of an exclusive mobile bonus offer Availability of live streaming via mobile device Availability of mobile cash outOur data was collected between 29 May and 1 June 2018.So which are the best bookmakers for mobile betting? After evaluating our data, we determined that the top bookmakers for mobile betting are as follows:Equal first: Betfair, Skybet Third: bet365It was a close call with a near three-way tie for first place. But after much consideration, both Betfair and Skybet shared the spoils, with bet365 not far behind in third place.Betfair mobile betting At the time of collecting our data, Betfair had an iTunes rating of 4.6, which placed it third in our rankings behind Bet At Home and Skybet.A solid rating, and even more so considering the number of reviews given — a total of almost 19,000 at the time of collecting our data — ranking it second behind Paddy Power for the total number of iTunes ratings delivered for its Apple mobile betting app.While ranking highly for overall rating and number of reviews given, Betfair ranked eighth among our 26 bookmakers for its ranking in the iTunes sports app category, with an overall ranking of 34.In terms of app size, Betfair’s mobile app ranked in the middle of the pack at 46MB, while ranking in the top third for the number of languages its app is available in, with 11 languages on offer.Lastly, Betfair has an Android app available for download.Skybet mobile betting Coming in equal first with Betfair, Skybet offers a superb mobile betting platform. Skybet ranked second behind Bet At Home for the highest iTunes average rating, with an average of 4.8, while ranking fourth in total number of reviews given, with roughly 5,300 at the time of collecting our data.Skybet ranked number one among our 26 bookmakers when it came to its iTunes sports app category ranking, currently ranking seventh in the sports app category. Skybet also ranked middle of the pack in terms of app size at 41MB.Unfortunately, Skybet ranked poorly when it came to languages available, with its app currently available only in English. Finally, Skybet has an Android app available for download.Bet365 mobile betting Coming in third place, just short of both Betfair and Skybet, was bet365. As one of the world’s biggest bookmakers, one would expect bet365 to deliver a great mobile betting platform.At the time of collecting our data, bet365 held an average iTunes app rating of 4.0, placing it middle of the pack of our 26 bookmakers, with 1,500 reviews given, ranking it sixth.Bet365 also ranked highly in the iTunes sports app category, ranking third among our 26 bookmakers with an overall ranking of 13, behind Skybet with a ranking of seven and William Hill with a ranking of 11. Bet365 also ranked in the top half for app size, with 36.4MB, putting it tenth among our 26 bookmakers.In terms of languages, bet365 ranked fourth with a total of 18 languages available, behind Sportingbet (20 languages available), Bwin (20) and Unibet (19). Lastly, bet365 also has an Android app available for download.William Hill mobile betting William Hill ranked in fourth place among our 26 bookmakers for its mobile betting platform. William Hill secured an average rating of 4.5 from 3,200 reviews given on iTunes, ranking it fifth in each category.William Hill ranked second in the iTunes sports app category with an overall ranking of 11, second only to Skybet with a sports app ranking of 7. The William Hill Apple app is, however, one of the largest apps at 68.2MB, placing it well down the list of our 26 bookmakers. In terms of languages, it ranked in the top half of bookmakers with six languages available.While William Hill has an Android app available, it is also one of seven bookmakers with an exclusive bonus available for mobile users, with its current Bet Boost offer.Paddy Power mobile betting Rounding out our top five mobile betting platforms is Paddy Power. As one of the most popular bookmakers in UK betting, one would expect Paddy Power to offer a highly rated mobile betting app and mobile site. Paddy Power has received an average rating of 4.6 on iTunes, ranking it equal with Betfair in third place among our 26 bookmakers.While ranking third for average rating, Paddy Power was the clear winner when it came to total number of iTunes ratings given for their app, with almost 26,000 ratings registered at the time of collecting our data — quite a heavy endorsement of its mobile app for Apple devices.Paddy Power also ranked quite well in terms of its iTunes sports app category, with an overall ranking of 24, making it sixth among our 26 bookmakers. Paddy Power has one of the largest mobile apps at 56.6MB, while offering the app in just one language. Finally, Paddy Power has an Android app available for download.Conclusion There is no doubt that the future of betting is in mobile access. Now more than ever before, bettors demand immediate access to markets both pre-event and live, betting offers, banking options and features such as cash out and live streaming.While subjectively evaluating each mobile betting app is a task well beyond the time available of the average bettor, platforms such as iTunes make it easy to find the most popular and highly rated mobile betting apps, providing punters with detailed information so they can make informed choices when selecting their preferred mobile betting platform.About bettingexpert.com Providing expert tips and in depth betting theory, bettingexpert.com is the world’s biggest social network of sports betting tipsters. Its global community of experts compete for prizes by sharing their strongest tips on upcoming matches across 25 different sports to help millions of sports bettors place knowledge-supported bets, with the best odds available from a variety of bookmakers. Betting Expert is owned by Better Collective, the leading developer of educational platforms within the igaming industry. 2nd July 2018 | By Joanne Christie Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Regions: Europe Leading tipster site bettingexpert.com evaluates the mobile betting platform and app offerings of 26 of the most popular bookmakers Betfair, Sky Bet equal winners for mobile functionality AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Marketing & affiliateslast_img read more

first_img5th July 2018 | By contenteditor The legislative agenda that ARJEL operates under is “not suited” to the rate of development in the gaming industry, according to the French gambling regulator’s European and international affairs officer, Claire Pinson.ARJEL revealed in its newly published annual report for 2017-18 that key metrics for sports betting, racing betting and poker all increased for the first time since 2010, with president Charles Coppolani (pictured) hailing a “significant improvement… after some difficult years”.However, Coppolani added that the May 2010 regulations that underpinned the establishment of ARJEL did not give the regulator sufficient capabilities for the challenges that lie ahead.“A major reform is needed,” Coppolani said, before citing the publication in December 2017 by the National Assembly’s public policy evaluation committee that recommended the creation of a single regulatory authority. “Not only do I fully support these recommendations, but I call attention to the urgency to implement them.”Pinson added to iGamingBusiness.com that if “the regulatory authority’s competence scope extends” to other areas, such as some products offered by Française des Jeux or Pari Mutuel Urbain, then “additional but limited resources, using the synergies thereby created, would be needed”.No figure was placed on the resources, which would come directly from the state budget.However, Pinson said that the regulator is restricted in its ability to react quickly to market developments.“ARJEL takes action in a very precise legislative framework and the legislative agenda is not suited to frequent adaptations of the legislation,” Pinson said.“Games, as well as marketing practices of the operators, evolve very swiftly. It is therefore essential for the regulator to be able to adapt its policy regarding problem gambling prevention.” Regions: Europe Western Europe France French regulator says legislative model is unsuitable for future challenges AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliancecenter_img Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance ARJEL calls for changeslast_img read more

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Indiana House and Senate have voted through a repackaged bill that would legalise certain forms of sports betting in the state, with a mobile wagering component restored. Governor Eric Holcomb will now consider signing the bill into law. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Indiana Repackaged Indiana sports betting bill heads to Governor The Indiana House and Senate have voted through a repackaged bill that would legalise certain forms of sports betting in the state, with Governor Eric Holcomb to now consider signing the bill into law.House Bill 1015 yesterday (April 24) passed the Senate by a vote of 37-12 and the House by a vote of 59-36. Holcomb’s signature is now all that is required for the bill to come into effect.The bill sets out proposals to allow sports wagering at state casinos, racinos and off-track betting parlours. Betting would be permitted in-person, at licensed venues and on mobile from anywhere inside Indiana’s borders. The mobile component had been removed by the House Public Policy Committee late in March, though the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Jon Ford told iGamingBusiness.com that restoring language to permit ombile wagering was crucial to its success.Operators that obtain a licence in the state would face a tax rate of 9.5% on the adjusted gross receipts from sports betting. These taxes would be payable on a monthly basis, with 3.33% of total tax income going towards problem gambling initiatives.Licences to offer sports betting services in Indiana would cost an initial $100,000 (£77,500/€89,700), plus an annual administration fee of $50,000, due one year after obtaining the licence. The bill states that these licences would come into effect from September 1 this year.Betting would be permitted across a range of professional and collegiate sports event, but punters would not be able to wager on esports or amateur athletic contests featuring competitors under the age of 18. Consumers would need to be at least 21 to bet on sports in the state.HB1015 also sets out measures that would permit two riverboat casinos in Gary to relocate onto land, at a cost of $20m each, payable to the Indiana Gaming Commission. A new casino would also be permitted to open in Terre Haute.The passage of HB1015 seemingly spells the end for another bill in the form of SB552, which had been passed to the Senate after passing through the House last week.SB552 is similar to HB1015 in that it sets out a tax rate of 9.5% on sports betting revenue, although licences would be priced much lower at $10,000.The bill also includes a measure whereby the Gary riverboat casino would need to pay a much higher fee of $100m to a move onto land.However, the major measure on which the bills differ is mobile wagering. SB552 had originally included proposals to legalise this form of betting, but language was removed by the House Public Policy Committee and was not added again prior to its passage in the House.Indiana’s legislative session is due to run until April 29.Image: formulanone 25th April 2019 | By contenteditor Legal & compliance Tags: Mobile Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Colorado sports betting bill heads to Governor after Senate approval Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Colorado has taken a step closer to legalising sports betting after the state’s Senate voted to approve a bill, with Governor Jared Polis’s signature all that is required for the bill to come into law. Legal & compliancecenter_img 7th May 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Regions: US Colorado Colorado has taken a step closer to legalising sports wagering after the state’s Senate voted to approve a bill, with Governor Jared Polis’s signature all that is required for the bill to come into law.HB19-1327 passed the Senate without amendments by a vote of 27-8 on May 3, the day that Colorado’s 2019 legislative session had been due to conclude.The bill was introduced on April 18 and has quickly passed through the state’s legislative progress. Last week, it passed a third vote in the Colorado House after 58 Representatives backed the bill and six voted against.HB19-1327 establishes the Colorado Gaming Control Commission to regulate the sector, and imposes a 10% gross revenue tax on sports wagering operators. The measure would need to be put to voters in order to come into effect and this could take place at the state’s general election in November.Exact licence fees are not set out in the bill, but it does state that any licence or renewal fee should cover the Commission’s costs of processing each application and conducting background checks. However, this must not exceed $125,000 (£95,480/€111,640).Operators would be able to apply for three types of licences, with all 33 land-based casinos in Colorado requiring a master licence to operate sports betting, which will be valid for two years. With this licence, the operator would be able to contract entities holding either of the other licences; sports betting operator and internet sports betting operator licences.Each master licensee may contract with one sports betting operator licence holder – covering land-based wagering – and one internet operator licensee.Revenue generated from taxing legal sports betting would be deposited in the Sports Betting Fund, created through HB19-1327 and used to pay off any money owed to the State General Fund to cover the Commission’s start-up costs, as well as covering its operating expenses.A further 6% would be transferred to the Hold Harmless Fund and used to mitigate loss of revenue incurred by colleges, cities, counties or horse racing entities as a result of legal wagering.In addition, $130,000 would be allocated to the Office of Behavioural Health in the Colorado Department of Human Services to prevent and treat gambling related harm, while the rest would be used for the Colorado Water Plan Implementation Cash Fund.Image: ErgoSum88last_img read more

first_img Email Address Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Scientific Games lands terminals deal with Italy’s Sisal Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation 26th September 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Scientific Games has agreed a deal to provide its WAVE retailer terminals and associated services to Italian pari-mutuel games operator Sisal on an exclusive basis.The agreement comes as the result of Scientific Games winning a private, limited tender, which Sisal conducted in preparation for a public tender to operate the lottery game SuperEnalotto. Sisal was selected as the winning bidder in July, before signing the contract last week.Sisal, which saw off competition from Lottomatica and Sazka subsidiary Italian GNTN Holding to land the SuperEnalotto deal, plans to roll out the Scientific Games terminals throughout Italy next year.“The unique combination of Scientific Games’ laser sharp operations team and their innovative product portfolio helped Sisal achieve the best technical score possible on the licence tender,” Sisal managing director for lottery, Marco Caccavale, said.Sisal is a long-term user of Scientific Games’s WAVE terminal technology, having in 2010 become one of the first operators in the world to place an order for the machines. The initial order was for 20,000 WAVE terminals.Pat McHugh, chief executive for lottery for Scientific Games, added: “This new agreement with Sisal demonstrates the value of our award-winning retail products in one of the largest and most competitive markets.“We are honoured they chose us as their business partner. It also confirms that Scientific Games is on the right path to execute our global strategy to serve our gaming and lottery customers across multiple gaming verticals.”The latest agreement comes after Scientific Games was this month was granted a 10-year contract to supply instant win games and its retail technology to Turkish national lottery Milli Piyango.A joint venture between Sisal and the Şans Dijital subsidiary of Turkish conglomerate Demirören Group had already secured operating rights to Milli Piyango, and it was later revealed that Scientific Games would serve as the JV’s instant win games provider.Scientific Games will also supply its WAVE technology and supporting systems to the partners. The re-launch of Turkey’s national lottery, under the Sisal-Sans JV’s control, is set to take place in 2020. Scientific Games has agreed a deal to provide its WAVE retailer terminals and associated services to Italian pari-mutuel games operator Sisal on an exclusive basis. Lottery AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgMarketing & affiliates 14th September 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Casino software and games provider iSoftBet has appointed Virginie Luce as its new chief marketing officer, and also brought in Anne Muscat Scerri as head of human resources.Luce will take on her new role having previously worked as a marketing and communications executive at Microsoft and Vodafone, while Scerri spent time as HR business partner lead at Betsson.The double appointment forms part of iSoftBet’s ongoing initiative to reshape its management team, having in April promoted Andrew Bonnici to the role of chief product officer.Neal Garman, formerly of Helios Towers and MoneySuperMarket, also joined as its new chief technology officer in June.iSoftBet chief executive Nir Elbaz said that the latest appointments will further strengthen the business and support its growth plans for 2021.“Our new hires and recruitment strategy are testament to iSoftBet’s commitment to the iGaming industry in delivering innovative and compelling products and services, not only to serve our partners but also to entertain consumers,” Elbaz said.“We can only achieve this by having the best people onboard, throughout the entire organisation, and I’m delighted with the talented individuals we have welcomed in the last few months.”center_img iSoftBet announces senior marketing and HR appointments Casino software and games provider iSoftBet has appointed Virginie Luce as its new chief marketing officer, and also brought in Anne Muscat Scerri as head of human resources. Topics: Marketing & affiliates People Strategy Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgIt argued against the planned 5.3% tax on turnover for these products, saying such a high rate would mean regulated brands would struggle to generate returns from the market, to the ultimate benefit of offshore operators.  “I am sure that through the trifecta of partial legalisation of online gambling, strict monitoring and consistent regulation, we will succeed,” she said. “Together with the other states we can steer gambling into orderly and monitored channels and thus fight the black market.” German State Treaty ratified by 13 Länder Approval from the state legislatures mean that 13 of the country’s 16 federal states have now ratified the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStV), according to the Deutscher Sportwettenverband’s tracker.  While those licences had begun to expire in December 2018, it then renewed the regulations in 2019, while a new federal framework was developed. It required approval from at least 13 to be implemented, per Article 3 of the legislation. A submission from operator association the Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) attempted to use the Saschen debate on the GlüNeuRStV to force changes to the rate of taxation being applied to online slots and poker.  Regulation However the GlüNeuRStV was passed without any condition being attached.  Under the Treaty, the state is to host a new federal regulatory authority for gambling, that likely to take two years to be fully operational.  These measures are already in place for operators active in the market through a transitional regime, which began on 15 October, 2020. Operators were given a three-month window to implement the stake cap and spin speeds, provided they had connected to a national self-exclusion database by the beginning of the transition.  Schleswig Holstein, meanwhile, will end its breakaway, liberal regulatory gambling framework in order to join the State Treaty.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Casino regulation Online casino Poker Slots Regulation Online sports betting The state’s Interior Minister Sabine Sütterlin-Waack said the fact Schleswig-Holstein’s fellow Länder had ultimately opted for a more expansive model in the GlüNeuRStV showed the state was right to go it alone in 2012. Germany’s new, expanded regulatory framework for gambling moved closer to implementation, after the state parliaments in Schleswig-Holstein and Sachsen ratified the treaty. Sports betting, meanwhile, is already underway with 22 licences awarded since October last year. The legislation has already been ratified by the state Minister-Presidents, in November 2020. It split from Germany’s other states in 2012, at a time when only online sports betting was to be regulated at federal level, to launch a regime covering online casino, with no limits on licence numbers, and a 20% gross revenue tax.  Tags: Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag In particular she talked up the player protection measures included in the Treaty. Regions: Central and Eastern Europe Germany This means just Sachsen-Anhalt – which is to host a new federal regulator – Nordrhein-Westfalen and Saarland are yet to sign off on the legislation.  Slots will be subject to a €1 per spin stake cap, with a five-second average spin speed also mandatory. Table games, meanwhile, must be offered separately, and states will have the option to grant lotteries a monopoly for the product.  Unlike the Schleswig-Holstein model, the GlüNeuRStV aims to significantly limit online casino.  In Saschen, the GlüNeuRStV passed despite the Alternative für Deutschland party abstaining, and left-leaning parties voting against the bill.  25th March 2021 | By Robin Harrison AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter With a 5.3% turnover tax being mooted, the DSWV urged the parliament to make its approval of the Treaty contingent on a fairer tax structure being implemented. It suggested that if a turnover tax was to be levied, it should be no higher than 1%, adding that a more viable rate would be a gross revenue tax of between 15% and 20%.  “We are now considered pioneers,” Sütterlin-Waack said. “Our path in gambling has proved to be correct.” Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgGaming operations brought in the highest revenue overall at $259.9m, an increase from $208.2m compared to Q1 in 2020. Email Address Red Rock Resorts saw a 24.8% rise in gaming revenue year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, but impairment costs and difficulties elsewhere due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic led to an overall revenue decline and a loss for the quarter. Food and beverage revenue came in second with $46.8m, a decrease of 46.9% compared to the first quarter of 2020. This was likely due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions. The decrease in room revenue from $40.0m to $21.9m, a decline of 45.2%, would also be explained by the restrictions. 5th May 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Nevada Topics: Uncategorized AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Red Rock Resorts enjoys 24.8% gaming revenue growth but posts $71m loss Tags: Red Rock Red Rock Resorts Uncategorizedlast_img read more