It’s finally carnival weekend in Miami-Dade County and that means bacchanal time.The 34th annual Miami Carnival will conclude in spectacular style this weekend with music, fashion and culture. On Friday night, it was all about steel-pan, as Panorama 2018 came to the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida on Friday, October 5th from 4-11 p.m. Revelers enjoyed the sweet sounds of world-renowned steel bands as they competed for the crown of Panorama Champion 2018.On Saturday morning, October 6th, get ready for J’Ouvert with 25 participating mas bands that will bring the mud, paint, powder and pure bacchanal from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Grand culminationAnd of course, on Sunday, October 7th, the annual Caribbean Carnival season culminates with a cultural spectacle from 11 a.m. -11p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24th St, Miami, FL 33165. Over 17 masquerade bands will compete for prizes, pageantry and bragging rightsConcert goers will be able to catch live performances from Kes The Band, Patrice Roberts, Shurwayne Winchester, Teddyson John, Dil E Nadan, King Bubba, Peter Ram, Stiffy, Ricardo Drue, Trinidad & Tobago Prison Band, P Goodz, Prime Ethic, Soca Empress J, Scrappy, Rudy Live, Mr. Pearly, Julien Believe, Kiprich, Tara Lynne, Sweet Shells and Imma Haitian 257 while DJ Chosen, DJ Spice, DJ Dorenzo, Survivor International, DJ Stichiz and DJ The Party General will drop the latest beats to keep fans rocking. Rapper Flo Rida is set to make a special appearance. For tickets and more information see miamibrowardcarnival.com.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, Haiti recorded 96 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 6,582. The latest figures released by the Ministry of Public Health said that over the past two days, the country had recorded a total of 13 deaths, bringing the total to date to 130. CMC Haiti has the most cases of the virus, followed by Jamaica with 753 positive cases and 10 deaths. Guyana has a total of 286 positive cases and 16 deaths. It said that as usual, the majority of the new cases were men and that health authorities are treating 3,993 cases active cases while the number of suspected cases investigated since March 19, when the first case was detected, is 14,325 cases, an increase of 336 over the last set of figures. It said that the last seven cases were from the West Department, the North-East Department and the Airbonite Department, where four people- the majority- of the cases were recorded. PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti has recorded seven deaths over the past 24 hours as the country continue to lead the 15-member regional integration grouping in the number of positive cases and deaths associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Martin Wachter, Golden RaceThere’s not long to go until Betting on Football 2017 (3-5 May), the fourth incarnation of the largest international football and betting trade conference.We caught up with Martin Wachter, the CEO and Founder for Platinum Sponsor Golden Race, to discuss new technology in virtual betting, and how virtual sports based companies can work better and more effectively with football stakeholders.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?MW: Football is just so popular already – the last statistics I saw estimated that there are around 3.5 BILLION football fans around the world. That’s approximately HALF of the world population!In terms of betting, there are so many options, so many variables, and it is accessible for both simple bets where very little knowledge is needed, to quite involved betting where statistical analysis and intense scrutiny of data guide players in their betting.Ultimately, the results cannot be predicted with any certainty; there is still luck, chance, and people enjoy the excitement of the competition, admire the athleticism, and correctly predicting the outcome of 22 elite level athletes – everybody loves to be right, especially when they have skin in the game.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?MW: In the UK, the football pools have been going since 1923 – there is a long-standing heritage of betting on football. Initially, the appeal was entering for a very small amount of money, with the possibility to win a relatively large sum. Now, nearly a century later, and betting on football is incredibly popular. The betting options and markets have increased dramatically – accumulator betting, combinations, in-play, time-sensitive bets – as well as the simple win, lose, or draw betting which still see a fair amount of action.The growth of internet use and mobile devices becoming more ubiquitous, as well as increased coverage for matches around the world, has made betting far more accessible.Golden Race has recently launched the new ONLINE and MOBILE solutions, designed from the ground up to be the same as a real sportsbook – the excitement is real, the odds are real, the winnings are real – only the events are virtual – meaning they are entirely manageable to fit the customer’s schedule, with the odds and limits set however you decide is best for your bottom line and your players.SBC: How can virtual sports betting and football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?MW: I think that communication is essential – virtual sports companies should attend specialised football events to meet with football stakeholders, learn about their needs, and in turn learn about what the fans and the punters want, what they expect in real life.They are the heart of any industry; by collaborating, virtual and real stakeholders can ensure that the experience on both sides is exceeding expectations for the fans and punters. The Betting on Football event is a great opportunity to continue the dialogue for exactly that.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on virtual sports betting?MW: Some people would probably say Virtual Reality, but personally I think that technology is going to take a while longer to be much more than a gimmick. We like to concentrate on creating the real betting experience, not make people wear weird headsets!While it’s not a new technology, the Android platform is very interesting for us and has had a huge impact, due to the inexpensive nature and widespread use of Android devices. Golden Race remains the only company capable of live-rendering full 3D digital league games directly on a device which costs less than €100 – that is massive for a huge number of operators right now.As I mentioned – half the population of the world are football fans, so the odds are high that those who enjoy responsible gambling also will love football, and in virtual sports betting, we see virtual football as “The King” of virtual sports – so, the ability to provide a device which can recreate all the excitement of the beautiful game, as well as being pre-loaded with a whole suite of race games, numbers games, and the award-winning Real Fighting – that is massive!Start-up operators can meet the local demand where they are, and large players can roll out across hundreds of locations for a small investment cost, and both will see ROI very quickly.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at #bofcon2017?MW: There are a few market profile sessions which catch my eye this year – the ones regarding the potential of Spain & LatAm, the exploding African market and football betting, and the Asian market place in the industry – Golden Race have strong growth in all those areas, so are particularly interesting to me. Share Share PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Related Articles Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020
Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon With 19 days until the opening bell of the most anticipated boxing event in recent memory, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather vs ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has already smashed betting records. Betfair has revealed that betting on the bout has already surpassed the £10m mark, making it the biggest boxing event in Betfair history.The previous record was £8.9m, set in 2015 when Mayweather comfortably outpointed Manny Pacquiao. However, Betfair revealed they have already taken a staggering £11.3m on just the outcome of the Mayweather/McGregor fight. On 26 August, when Mayweather steps into the ring for the 50th time, Betfair believe the amount staked on the fight will be well in excess of £50m.Betfair Spokesperson, Katie Baylis said: “It’s now three weeks until one of the most anticipated fights in recent memory and with £11.3m bet on the outcome alone already this is now the biggest boxing betting event in Betfair history.“We expect this fight to trade well over £50m and could even get to the £100m mark, which would be one of our biggest sporting events of all time.“Floyd Mayweather Jr is the 1/5 favourite, with Conor McGregor at 5/1. As you would expect most of the money is for Mayweather Jr, however 40% of bets are on McGregor, compared to 34% on Mayweather Jr and 26% on the draw.“The biggest single bet was £100k on Mayweather Jr at the start of the month and we are sure to see plenty more bets of this nature as we edge closer to this massive sporting event.” Related Articles Submit Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020
Share Share Submit Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 A landmark new deal has been signed between Sky and BT for the two firms to be able to sell channels on both platforms.As part of the new deal, the BT Sport channels, which provide coverage of UEFA Champions League and Premier League football will be supplied to Sky, as well as this, BT will be able to sell Sky Sports to its customers via the Sky Now TV package. The deal comes ahead of next February’s Premier League rights auction, where it’s widely anticipated that both Amazon and Facebook are looking to bolster their portfolios with coverage of England’s top flight. BT first purchased the rights to the Champions League in 2012, since then it has spent a staggering £3.5bn on football coverage. Sky boss Jeremy Darroch said: “This is great news for Sky customers who will be able to access all matches on Sky and BT channels from the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Europa League directly with a single Sky TV subscription.”Currently, Sky customers can only through BT subscription, however the new services will become available to BT and Sky customers from early 2019.The deal also comes as it was agreed that within the next Premier League broadcasting deal the number of games shown live on TV will increase from 168 to at least 200 games, with the the league including a Saturday night football.The expansion means that more than 50% of the League’s games will be broadcast live on English television.The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information…
SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander has withdrawn from this week’s Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) hearing, with the group’s chair Carolyn Harris MP branding the executive’s decision ‘outrageous’.The APPG hearing, which will specifically focus upon identifying and resolving harms caused by online gambling, brings together representatives from a number of leading UK operators including GVC, William Hill and Flutter Entertainment. Alongside Alexander, who withdrew his attendance due to other commitments, William Hill chief executive Philip Bowcock and Flutter’s Peter Jackson have also withdrawn from the event, choosing to send corporate representatives as replacements. William Hill is due to send Phil Walker, the group’s managing director of online betting in the UK and Ireland, while chief executive of European operations for the Paddy Power and Betfair brands Dan Taylor will represent Flutter Entertainment.The hearing will also be attended by John Coates, the joint chief executive of bet365, as well as Sky Betting and Gaming’s CEO Ian Proctor and Phil Cronin, the CEO of Tombola.Underlining GVC’s commitment to safer gambling, a GVC issued the following statement: “Mr Alexander had planned to attend the hearing but due to business commitments, is now unfortunately unable to do so. At this stage, we do not have an executive available to stand in.“With its ‘Changing for the Bettor’ strategy, GVC has made huge advances in the area of safer gambling and as a business, we are committed to driving up standards, protecting vulnerable customers and reducing the harm caused by problem gambling behaviours.”GVC has already implemented measures to demonstrate its commitment to safer gambling, having declared its support for a so called whistle to whistle advertising ban in the UK, as well as calling for a total ban on broadcast advertising by operators.The APPG hearing is the sixth in a series that have taken place since the inquiry into gambling related harms began earlier this year. This overall aim of the inquiry was to “examine the full impact of online gambling, the addictive and potentially harmful nature of some of the products on offer and their effect on the vulnerable, in particular, children”. Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit
Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting June 9, 2020 Share Share Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Svenska Spel has boosted its leadership team after confirming the appointment of Kajsa Nylander as the company’s new Sustainability Manager.As part of her new role, which will begin on 27 January 2020, Nylander will oversee the implementation of responsible gambling initiatives as part of the Svenska Spel sustainability strategy. Joakim Mörnefält, communications director at Svenska Spel, commented: “Kaja’s solid background in sustainability and change work will be of great benefit to Svenska Spel’s sustainability work with a focus on gaming responsibility. “Her skills and experience give us the best possible conditions to further develop our leading position in gaming responsibility. With Kajsa on board we will be able to take the next step towards even better gaming responsibility tools and minimize the risk of players getting into gambling problems. “Our goal is for our customers to enjoy entertainment and gaming enjoyment in a safe environment and with control over their gaming.”Nylander has previously held the position of sustainability manager at Systembolaget, a government-owned chain of liquor stores in Sweden. Prior to this, she has worked as the Senior Manager for Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY, and CEO of Respect Sustainable Business.Celebrating her new appointment, Nylander added: “I look forward with great joy and enthusiasm to starting my position as sustainability manager at Svenska Spel. The Swedish gaming industry is an industry in change with the new gaming legislation, which makes it a very exciting time. “Svenska Spel already has solid sustainability work, and I look forward to being able to participate and continue to develop our work on gaming responsibility and the Group’s other strategic sustainability issues.”Kajsa Nylander succeeds Scarlett Roa who will leave Svenska Spel in December. The position of Head of Sustainability is part of Communication and Sustainability and reports to Director of Communications Joakim Mörnefält. StumbleUpon Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020
Share BtoBet integrates Incentive Games content July 29, 2020 Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon John Gordon – Incentive GamesJohn Gordon CEO and Co-Founder of betting innovation studio Incentive Games, details to SBC audiences that filling live sports void won’t be as easy as bookmakers simply expanding their virtual sports inventories.Reality bites as COVID-19’s lockdown raises critical questions of bookmaker’s product planning, delivery and all-round engagement capacities. ___________________The landscape of gambling has been changed dramatically by the situation currently unfolding around the world. Operators everywhere are desperately seeking the holy grail which will revive their business during this period of uncertainty and fill the void which has been left by the global pause in live sporting events.The obvious route, when reality sports ceases to accommodate their customer experience, is virtual reality, and this is where savvy operators can make changes now which will not only impact their short-term profitability butdiversify their offering for years to come.Sportsbook operators are understandably reeling from the impact caused by the enforced shutdown of their main income stream, with a reported 93% average drop in the number of football bets offered by operators (Source: Online Gambling Quarterly Report) their core business source has discontinued until further notice.To compensate for this lack of live sports, the trend for operators has been to look ‘here, there and everywhere’ for anything which may hold the key to customer acquisition and keeping the betting activity at a respectable level. Many believe that Virtual sports and Esports, which have seen a notable increase in activity with bets up by 61% since the beginning of the crisis (Source: Online Gambling Quarterly Report), have all the attributes to bridge the betting gap and drive the industry into a new and exciting future.But operators need to thoroughly research the suitability of such products before they jump on the bandwagon and switch their business strategy. Understanding the complexities of Virtual sports is an essential prerequisite to bringing a different betting variant to their customer base.Market awareness needs to be a key consideration before the implementation. Insight into whether the technology can deliver a satisfactory experience to specific markets, which may be the operator’s core focus, can be the difference between offering players a real alternative to their natural choice or offering a product which will turn them off.Emerging markets, such as the fast-growing and vibrant African market pose different challenges to the relative technology-rich European and US regions. While Africa’s status as a gambling environment becomes established, the requirement for a suitable and flexible product for a developing world is a must. A service which is tailored to lower-end technology and low data consumption is appropriate to enable the current demographic full access to everything on offer, creating the user experience which is taken for granted in more tech-advanced environments.Designing and developing text-based Virtual sports products targeted explicitly at lower specification devices allows players in these regions to engage with games on phones, and browsers (including Opera Mini Extreme), which until this point has been unavailable to many due to technology constraints.Operators in the region, utilising state-of-the-art technology system such as this, which has been explicitly created to service non-java script enabled browsers, have the tools which can engage potential customers regardless of their telecommunications position.Diversification of an operator’s product offer and providing a business model which goes beyond the customer acquisition level means a significant improvement to customer retention rates, as well as efficiently monetising their userbase.Games which require no live sporting data to function suddenly have a vital role to play in an industry lacking the basis of its fundamental business. Products which can action their objective without the external influence of reality, thus enabling players the opportunity to continue wagering and feel the thrill of winning on sporting events amidst this unprecedented sporting interruption, now have a significant advantage and an opportunity to generate a broader appeal. The noise of live sports betting has been silenced for the time being, so Virtual sports and Esports must now stand up and be counted.Market insiders believe that the total online gambling revenue will decrease significantly during this troubling period and that even if the current situation reaches a resolution in the near future, the knock-on effect across the globe could be seen well into the new year, the consequences for the entire industry must be weathered.There has never been a better time for Sportsbook operators to ditch its legacy platform and move into a new, completely sustainable product category. A category of betting which does not rely on live interaction is not held back by technology constraints and most importantly, is not restricted by jurisdictional barriers.The time for Virtual sports and Esports has arrived, and it will change the face of gambling as we know it._________________John Gordon- CEO & Co-Founder – Incentive Games
Share StumbleUpon Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Playtech Plc has offloaded its casual games subsidiaries FTX Games and Plamee Studios to US games publisher Tilting Point, following an undisclosed agreement.Games news sources report that Tilting Point has agreed to take over all major IPs and key employees of FTX Games and Plamee.In 2014, Playtech launched its Plamee casual games studio, a subsidiary division formed by its $20 million acquisition of YoYo Games. Following its acquisition of YoYo Games, Playtech acquired Funtactix – the founding company of FTX Games, a casual games publisher for entertainment franchises including The Hunger Games, Mission: Impossible, Power Rangers and Rocky. Launching Plamee, the former FTSE100 technology group stated that the casual games sector would be its next growth entertainment marketplace, having secured ‘peak capacity’ within gambling.Playtech’s venture into the casual games market coincided with the firm’s costly expansion into FX trading – in which Playtech undertook a series of multi-million acquisitions to develop its financial services division.However, having seen its share price nosedive from its 2018 highs and with the company unable to deliver on corporate expectations, Playtech investors demanded that the company refocus its business on the recovery of its gambling portfolio.Investor demands saw Playtech sell its 10% shareholding in FX platform Plus500 for $230 million, with the group underlining that all financial services assets had been placed under review as part of the firm’s wider restructuring.
Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Richard FitzGerald, the chief executive officer of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), has confirmed that he will step down from the position after nearly 12 years in the role.Having joined RMG in 2008, FitzGerald has been responsible for a decade of year-on-year increases in licence fees payable to its racecourse shareholders.In addition, he oversaw the relaunch of Racing UK as a standalone channel, which became Racing TV. He secured the exclusive domestic TV rights deal with ITV from 2017 lasting through to 2023, as well as the roll out of the Watch & Bet service – a new streaming service which helps RMG generate ‘significantly increased turnover’.FitzGerald said: “It has been a fabulous and rewarding 12 years working for RMG. The business has flourished and delivered on the vision of the founding shareholders around a collective approach to commercialising their media and data rights.“There is never a good time to step down but with resumption of racing, the new Watch & Bet deals, the terrestrial TV renewal and launch in Italy of fixed odds, and a new cycle of renewals starting shortly, it seems the right time to step down.“It has been a great journey and I have enjoyed working with a strong, capable, committed and stable team to deliver the results we have been able to achieve consistently over the last decade.”FitzGerald will be stepping down gradually over the course of the next six weeks and RMG Finance Director, Martin Stevenson, has been named as the acting CEO.Roger Lewis, Chairman of RMG, added: “On behalf of the Board of RMG, I thank Richard for his exceptional leadership of the RMG team for almost 12 years. During this period RMG has produced great returns for our Racecourses, generating over £800m of licence fees during his tenure of office.“The recent renewal of the RMG contract with ITV until 2023, the successful launch of our new Watch & Bet Service in June, and ensuring RMG is fully operational following the Covid-19 outbreak and so generating significant revenues for our racecourses, has created the right moment for Richard to announce his decision to step down.“The achievements of RMG, which have driven its financial performance with Richard as CEO are significant, and include a ground-breaking data licensing and production service, an innovative LBO deal with SIS, the securing of the rights to Irish racing, the rebrand and launch of Racing TV, enhancing its HD service, and the expansion of RMG opportunities across the world.“Richard leaves RMG with our sincerest thanks and best wishes for having delivered an outstanding performance over a considerable period of time.” SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon