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Murder, suicide in Northeast Miami-Dade

first_imgA man and a woman were killed Thursday in a murder-suicide.Miami-Dade police said they were called about 8:15 a.m. to the Skylake Gardens apartment complex at 1663 NE Miami Gardens Drive.The suspect, identified by relatives as Manuel Navarro, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene after he apparently shot himself. Police said the woman, identified as Yasmina Jamal, 61, was getting out of her car when her neighbor, Navarro, approached her.Police said he pulled out a gun and shot Jamal before going into her apartment, where she lived with her brothers, and firing more shots.No one was injured inside the apartment, police said.Authorities said Navarro walked to his apartment, where he shot himself.Jamal was taken as a trauma alert to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, where she later died.last_img read more

World Council of Credit Unions activates disaster fund for Caribbean Hurricane…

first_imgMore than US$1.9 million neededUnofficial estimates from the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, a member of the World Council, indicate that approximately US$1.9 billion may be required for reconstruction in the affected countries. “It is through these difficult times that our global community comes together to show its strength and reach beyond borders to help those in need,” said Brian Branch, the president and chief executive to WOCCU. More than 10,000 active members According to the WOCCU, there are more than 10,000 active credit union members in Anguilla, Barbuda, Tortola, and St. Kitts/ Nevis – countries that felt the wrath of Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Also helping US residentsIn addition to the Caribbean region, the foundation is raising funds to provide relief for those impacted by storms in the United States. Over the past four years, the foundation has delivered approximately US$1 million in aid to credit union organizations affected by natural disasters in the Philippines, Nepal, Ecuador, Malawi, and Columbia. The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has activated a Caribbean Relief Fund to support credit unions that have been affected by Hurricane Irma that recently devastated sections of the Caribbean. The WOCCU is raising funds through the Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions, its official gift receiving and grant-making arm.last_img read more

Caribbean urged to collaborate more on fight against terrorism

first_imgCaribbean border security officials have been urged to collaborate more in the fight against cross border illegal activities, including terrorism.“Many of us are confronting issues we have never had to grapple with before at a rapid pace that demands partnership. In the face of porous borders, shifting criminal and terrorist threats, it is indeed true that no man is literally an island and no man or country succeeds alone,” Minister of State in the Jamaican Ministry of National Security, Rudyard Spencer told delegates attending the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Joint Standing Committees of Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs (CICC) that ends in Kingston on Thursday.Rising levels of crimeSpencer said that in an age of terrorism, cybercrime and organized criminal networks, CARICOM continues to face rising levels of crime.“Gang warfare in the never-ending battle for control of scarce resources continues to tear apart the social fabric of our communities and countries and destroy the lives of so many of our young people.”Spencer urged the chiefs of immigration and comptrollers of customs to continue promoting the rejection of corruption in the forms of illegal drug trade, trafficking of firearms, identity theft and data breaches, among their nationals they have employed, and citizens.Reject corruption“One of the most effective ways we can confront the challenges outlined is to reject corruption and the behaviors that support it. Never forget that no criminal act can bear fruit without compromise and someone deciding to look the other way,” Spencer said.He told the conference, hosted by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) that it was “timely” Jamaica was hosting the event.last_img read more

Nationally Acclaimed Comedian Rickey Smiley Hosts Pompano Stand Up Live

first_imgMAIMI, Florida – The Pompano Beach Cultural Center will be the venue where legendary Comedian Rickey Smiley will host Pompano Stand Up Live. The top-rated national radio personality will introduce an outstanding lineup of comedians including Christopher Priester, Pam Bruno, Komedian Kermit and Chea Butter. The night of comedy takes place Thursday, August 22 at 8 pm.“Rickey Smiley is one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated performers, having made millions laugh for over 27 years,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold, Rickey is one of the few ‘clean’ comics amongst the upper echelon of contemporary comedians.  We are honored that he is hosting Pompano Stand Up Live!, and will be introducing our community to some of the brightest new stars on the comedy horizon.”Smiley has recorded eight best-selling albums, including iTunes #1 best-selling comedy album, “Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Number 6.” Smiley has hosted BET’s “Open Casket Sharp” and “Comic View,” and has appeared on “Showtime at the Apollo,” “Uptown Comedy Club,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and “Snaps.” In addition to being featured on DISH NATION, his nationally syndicated morning radio show can be heard in over 60+ markets. Most recently, his memoir Stand by Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life was released by Gallery Books.As host of Pompano Stand Up Live!, Smiley will be introducing some of the hottest rising stars in the industry.  Chris Priester “The Teacher” is an educator and comedian from Fort Lauderdale. Although he has only been on stage for a few years, he’s already been featured at The Funny Stop in Ohio and has opened for Rickey Smiley and DeRay Davis.  He currently reigns as the “Miami Ultimate Comedian” and has won the “Best in Boca” Competition.With her clever, understated wit and laid-back style, Pam Bruno delivers comedy from an angle that has won audiences all across the country. She is the 2015 winner of Ultimate Miami Comedian and was named Miami’s Best Comedian, 2017-2018.  Pam has worked with many nationally known comedians, including Wendy Liebman, Emmy Award-winner Louie Anderson, Tommy Davidson, Bobby Lee, and the legendary singer Roberta Flack.  She recently appeared with Kevin Hart in his new TV series, Hart of the City, on Comedy Central.Chea Butter is known as the Queen of the No-Neck Gang from South Florida. She has won numerous competitions including the Miami Apollo and Palm Beach Comedy Jamz and made a special appearance in the Wild-n-Out Tour at the Miami Arena.Komedian Kermit was born and raised in Pompano Beach. Influenced by legendary comedians such as Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, he has always enjoyed making people laugh. Having been a ghostwriter for other local talents, he was encouraged by comedian Larry Dogg, to take the stage and always give it his all!The event will also feature music by DJ Lil Bear, and a cash bar and concessions will be available. All guests must be 21 or older.The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060.last_img read more

Wimbledon Roundup: Johanna Konta Makes Wimbledon History To Set Up Semi Final Clash With…

first_imgBritain Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England – 4/7/16 USA’s Venus Williams celebrates winning her match against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro REUTERS/Tony O’BrienBritain’s Johanna Konta battled to a thrilling three-set victory over 2nd seed Simona Halep to become the first British woman to reach Wimbledon’s singles semi-final since Virginia Wade in 1978.7th seed Konta came back from a set down and two points from defeat in the second set, to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 on Center Court.“I knew against Simona she wasn’t going to give me much for free and I had to create my own chances and I took a few of them,” Elsewhere, Spaniard Muguruza defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, in 75 minutes, to face 87th seed Magdalena Rybarikov in the other semi-final on Thursday.Related “I felt consistent in my approach and in my general being out there. I continued to trust in myself.”, Konta explained after the epic victory.”37 year-old Venus Williams won her 100th Wimbledon match to knock out Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, becoming the oldest women singles semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994.The five-time Wimbledon champion dispatched 20-year-old Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 in 1hr and 13 minutes to set up her 10th Wimbledon semi-final, a much anticipated battle with home favourite Johanna Konta.Speaking shortly after the match, Williams said: “I feel quite capable, to be honest, and powerful,”“So whatever age that is, as long as I feel like that, then I know that I can contend for titles every time.”last_img read more

2017 AITEO Cup: National Preliminary Matches Get August 2nd Date

first_imgThe national preliminary matches for this year’s edition of the AITEO Cup (formerly known as Federation Cup) will take place on August 2 at various designated centres (10)This was contained in the following letter sent to all state football federations by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) big spenders FC IfeanyiUbah are the defending champions after they defeated Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties to win the 2016 edition following a goalless affair in regulation time.RelatedEverton Reiterates Continental Target For Akwa United (AUDIO)April 16, 2019In “NPFl”AUDIO: Only Top Referees Would Handle AITEO Cup Games — NFF 1st Vice PresidentAugust 15, 2017In “Nigeria”Aiteo Cup: NPFL, NNL Weekend Fixtures Experience StandstillApril 24, 2019In “Federation Cup”last_img read more

Coutinho Out Of Liverpool Squad For Manchester City Clash – Klopp

first_imgBrazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad that will face Manchester City this weekend according to manager, Jurgen Klopp.25-year-old Coutinho, who missed out of all Liverpool’s Premier League games this season due to a back injury, returned to training with the club after featuring for Brazil in two World Cup qualifier games during last weekend’s international break.“I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use the time for extra training. He agreed.” Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp explained.15 – Philippe Coutinho has scored 15 goals from outside the area since his Premier League debut; more than any other player. Ambitious. pic.twitter.com/0vmxvoyE4b— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 21, 2017“We have to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our fixtures and schedule. He agreed – he didn’t want to just play 15 minutes.”Coutinho was denied a move to Barcelona in the summer transfer window following Liverpool’s rejection of three separate bids from the Spanish giants despite Coutinho reportedly handing a transfer request to the club.“It is like when you are in a relationship and you take a break – you manage to forget what happened in that break and that’s what it is like. I am very happy with the situation”. Klopp added.RelatedLiverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Hands In Transfer RequestAugust 11, 2017In “England”Klopp: Coutinho Not For Sale Despite Barca InterestJuly 21, 2017In “England”Philippe Coutinho Is Not For Sale – Liverpool Releases Official Statement Amidst Barcelona InterestAugust 11, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens ignite rivalry in AITEO Cup semis

first_imgWhen the AITEO Cup resumes on Saturday for the semi-finals, the Nembe City stadium would be the centre of attraction in the women’s category as Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens go head to head for the third time this year.Last year, the South South rivals clashed in the final of the cup competition at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos and it was the Jewel of Rivers who emerged victorious on penalties after a keenly contested regular time encounter.While Rivers Angels are looking to defend their title, Bayelsa Queens have their eyes on a third AITEO Cup final appearance and can even begin to smell the trophy if they can successfully delete their nemesis from the competition.During the regular season of the Nigeria Women Premier League, both sides met twice and each enjoyed 2-1 home victories, so it will not be so much of a surprise if this AITEO Cup tie is decided by penalties. Not forgetting that they overcame their quarter-final opponents via penalties as well. However, the battle is expected to be fierce over two legs as both sides are well equipped going forward; with the likes of Tessy Biahwo and Aminat Yakubu for Bayelsa Queens, then Amarachi Ojinma and Patience Kalu for Rivers Angels.After the first leg takes centre stage in Nembe on Saturday, the return leg will be decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium on Wednesday 4 October.Abia Angels kicked outAfter reaching the semi-finals of the oldest football competition in the country for the first time ever, Abia Angels were on Thursday thrown out for fielding an ineligible player in their quarter-final encounter against Confluence Queens.According to the Head of AITEO Cup competition, Emmanuel Adesanya, the decision was made after a careful consideration of a protest lodged by Confluence Queens. The player in question was not disclosed. Meanwhile Abia Angels are aggrieved that they were not given the opportunity to defend themselves as they intend to protest the decision.The decision however means Confluence Queens will now be the ones to play Ibom Angels in the other semi-final on Saturday in Uyo, before hosting them in Lokoja next week. Both sides will be meeting for the first time this year.It is just unfortunate how things have turned out for Abia Angels who in the last eight beat Confluence Queens 1-0 at home in Umuahia, before coming from two goals down to shock the Lokoja based side in the return leg.Relatedlast_img read more

Sky Betting & Gaming shuts down ‘Affiliate Hub’ programme citing growing regulatory concerns

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has this morning informed that it has terminated its affiliate marketing programme.The online gambling group will aim to terminate its ‘Affiliate Hub’ operations by 2 October 2017, ending all commission and player referral arrangements with its existing affiliate marketing partners.SB&G has further confirmed that September will be the final month of operations for the Affiliate Hub programme which it will shut down indefinitely. The gambling firm has asked marketing partners to remove all existing marketing inventory from referring websites.Issuing a corporate update, SB&G detailed that it had undertaken its decision to close down its partner marketing programme due to ‘growing regulatory concerns’. In its notice, SB&G further states that it views its affiliate programme as no longer viable for its business operations.“As you will be aware, the regulatory landscape in which the industry operates is developing and maturing and operators are experiencing increased obligations regarding their regulatory responsibilities and level of compliance. In order to continue to operate in a compliant manner, we feel that operating the Programme is no longer viable and that managing the output of affiliates presents a significant risk to our business from a regulatory perspective. It is for this reason that we have chosen to terminate the Programme.”  SB&G detailed in its affiliate programme closure notice.This morning news of SB&G’s decision to shut-down its Affiliate Hub operations has shocked industry affiliate marketing stakeholders.On popular affiliate marketing forum, Gambling Portal Webmasters Association (GPWA), a number of affiliates have criticised SB&G’s decision to terminate, what was considered a strong and effective partner marketing programme.SB&G governance has been further criticised by the affiliate marketing community since the online gambling firm operates leading affiliate websites, OddsChecker.com and SportingLife.comSky Betting & Gaming issued the following further statement for SBC: “Following a comprehensive strategic review, Sky Betting and Gaming has decided to close its UK affiliate programme. This difficult decision has been taken to give us more control of our marketing outputs and standards to ensure that we can continue to meet the changing regulatory requirements in our sector”.“We have notified all the companies that will be affected by this decision and would like to sincerely thank them for all their support and hard work in helping to grow and promote Sky Betting and Gaming’s brands since we launched in 2000.  We will continue to work with our affiliates for the next 30 days and a dedicated team is in place to respond to all enquiries.”last_img read more

Combat Ready! Ex Paddy Power Mischief maker Ken Robertson launches The Tenth Man

first_imgShare Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Former Paddy Power advertising guru Ken Robertson has set up new venture ‘The Tenth Man’, a Dublin based marketing agency which will specialise in ‘building disruptive brands’.Robertson the former Group Advertising Director for Paddy Power Betfair, left the FTSE100 bookmaker in June 2017, having completed the post-merger combination of Paddy Power and Betfair marketing divisions.At the time of his departure, Robertson revealed to Irish media that he would be launching a ‘creative-focused business’, targeting new advertising verticals.An 18-year Paddy Power veteran, Robertson led the Irish bookmaker’s ‘Mischief division’, developing bold and controversial high coverage/low cost marketing campaigns’, which propelled Paddy Power into the general public’s consciousness.Speaking to UK marketing news source The Drum, Robertson details that he wants The Tenth Man to combat traditional brand development strategies which stifle innovation and deliver diluted results.“Using this as a guiding principle, The Tenth Man agency works with people and brands happy to explore different thinking and brave enough to nurture opposing views.” Robertson details launching The Tenth Man.last_img read more

Sportech appoints Thomas Hearne as CFO furthering US ambitions

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Thomas Hearne – SportechLondon-listed racing and betting systems provider Sportech Plc has ended its +6 month search for a new corporate financial leader, confirming the appointment of Thomas Hearne as new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Hearne is expected to take official Sportech CFO duties on 14 May, and will be further appointed to the firm’s Board of Directors.Sportech governance had begun its search for a new CFO in September 2017, following the double executive departure of Ian Penrose (CEO) alongside Mickey Kalifa (CFO).A seasoned executive in sports finance and funding, Hearne joins Sportech’s senior executive team from Toronto-based sports content and data distributor theScore Inc.Hearne will work alongside new Sportech CEO Andrew Gaughan, as the company seeks to expand its US-facing operations, whilst continuing its European focused cost-cutting program.Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Gaughan, CEO said, “We are pleased to have secured Tom’s talent to the Group.  His experience in the fields of digital technology and sports media, and his long track record of driving growth, increasing profitability, and executing successful M&A transactions, perfectly aligns with our commitment to deliver transparent financial reporting and tangible growth for our shareholders.”Publishing its 2017 results, Sportech governance detailed that the company would migrate its leadership team to Toronto, to help drive the firm’s accelerated US growth strategy.Tom Hearne commented on joining Sportech Plc executive team:  “I am very happy to be joining the Sportech Group and I look forward to working closely with Andrew, the Sportech Board, and Senior Management to deliver on core objectives and maximise the potential of the Company’s opportunities.” Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Luckbox raises CAD $3.8m ahead of TSX IPO June 12, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

UKGC statistics report that remote gambling remains resurgent

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Share For the first time this year, The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its latest set of industry statistics, which aim to provide a snapshot of activity, market changes and trends across all gambling sectors.The statistics, which detail the period from October 2016 to November 2017, reveal that the overall gross gambling yield throughout that time increased 0.7% from the period of Apr 2016 – Mar 2017 to £13.9bn. In spite of this, the number of people employed in the industry reduced by 0.8%, something that will in no small part be down to the fact that the number of shops in the industry reduced by 3.2%. The knock on effect was felt throughout the retail industry as the number of gaming machines in the UK sector also reduced, something that will inevitably continue as the government has confirmed that the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals will be cut to £2.Furthermore, this set of statistics marked the first time that virtuals betting had been recorded as part of the data by the commission, with the product generating £169m in gross gambling yield for the period. Remote gambling retained its status as the largest sector within the gambling industry, constituting for 35.2% of the overall market reporting a £4.9bn gross gambling yield. Within the remote sector, casino games reported a £2.7bn yield, predominantly through slots games, whilst the remote betting totals of £2.0bn were heavily aided by football and horse betting markets.On the other hand, the gross gambling yield of non-remote gambling decreased by £93.7m to £3.3bn, a figure that will be of concern to operators with a strong retail presence as the climate for non-remote betting could become tougher in coming years, due to impending regulations.UKGC UK Gambling Statistics – Headline Findings£13.9bn total gross gambling yield (GGY) of the Great Britain gambling industry (0.7% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)£4.9bn total GGY for the online sector (3.7% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)35% market share of the remote sector (1.0% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)106,366 total number of employees in the Great Britain gambling industry (0.8% decrease from Mar 2017)8,532 total number of betting shops in Great Britain (3.2% decrease from Mar 2017)183,928 total number of gaming machines in Great Britain (0.7% decrease from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017) (excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)649 total number of bingo premises in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (2.0% increase from Mar 2017)152 total number of casino premises in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (2 more than Mar 2017)1,810 total number of licensed arcades in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (3.5% decrease from Mar 2017).last_img read more

10Bet’s Oshri Kostiner: Making the Most of Every World Cup Match

first_img HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Related Articles Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Share Share Submit Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon 10Bet’s Create Your Bet and Pulse Bet features are creating greater synergy between pre-event and in-play betting, explains Oshri Kostiner, chief marketing officer at the fast-growing UK and international operator.With 64 games in just 31 days, up to four matches a day and unrivalled media focus, the World Cup is unequivocally the biggest betting event on the planet, and bookies are unsurprisingly anxious to get their strategies just right. Ever since the introduction of in-play betting, the general industry perception has been that live bet types attract a very different demographic from pre-event markets. Players who bet in-play have often been seen as casual punters who are more impulsive, and perhaps less savvy, than pre-event bettors, who take longer to decide exactly what to bet on.However, our latest data paints a very different picture, demonstrating that players who may place a pre-match bet are three times more likely to bet in-play on that game, via the 10Bet app or mobile website.The more players are invested in a particular game – both financially and emotionally – the more they want to bet on it while it is being played. There’s no doubt that the second-screen experience has contributed significantly to this trend. These days it’s normal to have your mobile phone or tablet handy while you’re watching a live game, and to constantly check social media and sports sites. At the same time, bettors will most likely have their favourite betting site or app open to make sure they are up to date with the latest odds and markets.Building on these insights, our industry-best pre-event feature Create Your Bet, and ground-breaking in-play innovation Pulse Bet, are now delivering higher margin across the board thanks to steadily increasing combo ratios and in-play volume.Launched early this year, Create Your Bet is the most intelligent pre-match bet builder on the market. It allows players to build a pre-match bet containing up to 6 selections on the same event, includes the widest range of markets and is fully automated with real-time pricing and no need for trader approval.For example, it is now possible to create a bet on England to beat Tunisia with Harry Kane to score first and over 1.5 goals in the game – a previously unavailable treble – and then place the bet directly from the event page using the mini bet slip at the bottom of the screen.Pulse Bet, meanwhile, is a totally new in-play concept, offering jackpot-style wins that increase as the seconds tick by.This revolutionary feature allows players to bet on when the next goal will be scored – in the next 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes – and watch their potential winnings increase as the time runs out.For example, if a player bets on a goal to be scored in the next 30 seconds and either team scores 8 seconds before the bet period ends, he’ll win the ‘jackpot’ amount. The clear and simple user interface makes it quick and easy to place a Pulse Bet while watching all the World Cup games.The addition of these new options to 10Bet’s sports betting offering has emphasised the growing synergy between players betting before an event starts and during the game. With the World Cup almost upon us, this correlation has been key to the design and implementation of our marketing campaigns. We’re targeting both broad segments and individual players, so we want to be sure we can offer our players and affiliates the best pre-match and in-play features on the market, and combine them with promotions that enable them to make more out of all the games they care most about.With just a few days to go till the big kick-off in Russia, players will be looking for the most enticing betting opportunities on every game. We’re confident that 10Bet’s newest pre-match and live features will prove to be a major differentiator that will attract football-hungry fans from the start of the action right through to the final.last_img read more

Joe Petyt, Sky Bet: Taking a step forward from the defensive stance to VAR

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Share Share Submit BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Related Articles Amidst all the excitement, or intrigue, that surrounds the role of the video assistant referee (VAR) – particularly ahead of its impending introduction to the Premier League – bookmakers have so far been forced to take a defensive stance to the detriment of the customer experience. However, after a World Cup which passed “largely free of VAR incidents”, the bookmakers – or more specifically the trading teams that underpin such operations – are ready to embrace the opportunities it presents, according to Sky Bet Head of In Play Football Joe Petyt. Petyt said that the prolonged decision making periods, while often frustrating for the spectacle of the game, can provide the operators with a window of opportunity to take advantage of unique content, particularly when paired with an increased standard of customer messaging.He explained that customers, whether it’s those in the stadium, watching on TV or following on a mobile device with no pictures, are far more willing to accept a market suspension if they know the reason for it. It is also true that at a time where most traditional markets have to be suspended, you have a captive audience ready to engage with innovative markets.“We saw during a Harry Kane penalty at the World Cup that customers want markets to bet on at times when markets would traditionally be suspended,” said Petyt. “For example, does he score yes or no, what price is it that he hits the post etc. However, you are relying on skilled traders to react and price things quickly.”This reference to skilled traders is something of a throwback given the recent drive to automate as much as possible when it comes to in-play betting. Petyt said that while traders are currently expected to monitor multiple games simultaneously – mostly checking that algorithms are running smoothly – VAR may flip the script back in favour of the skilled trader.This would mean that rather than the quick blanket suspension of markets every time the referee signals for VAR, or indiscreetly feels for his earpiece, markets could be kept open.“VAR may dictate a return to more trader skill, where a quick judgement is made based on what’s happening on the pitch,” he said. “Longer term, it might be that we need that trader to come up with a price. For example, is there an 80% chance a penalty is given? “If so, can the trader quickly adjust the prices accordingly and keep the markets active. This would be so difficult to model, because obviously every instance is different.”Petyt also predicted that if delays persist, operators may be forced to find a balance where margin “takes a hit” to preserve the customer experience. This is because, moving forwards, customers are unlikely to accept that this “defensive stance” translates to immediate market suspension for every contentious moment, even those that don’t bring about a pause in the play. “If we are less aggressive on market suspensions, or allow our traders more subjective control over pricing, it would inevitably leave us more exposed to customers picking us off if they spot something that we’ve missed. However, if this is limited to a few incidents per week, is it worth taking the hit for the overall product? We have to retain the quality of experience that our customers have become used to.”Finally, Petyt admitted that this margin versus customer experience trade off has led Sky Bet to look into the benefits and pitfalls of keeping cash out active even during VAR decision-making periods, noting that “cash out availability is a key consideration for our customers and a part of the overall product in which they will not accept long suspensions”. ‘VAR: An opportunity or hindrance to the growth of in-play betting?’ is first up on the ‘Betting on Marketing’ track at this month’s Betting on Football conference (19-22 March).On Wednesday 20 March from 10:15 to 11:00, Petyt will be joined on stage by Abelson Odds Head of Compilation Jeevan Jeyaratnam, C&N Sporting Risk Owner Rory Campbell and RedZone.bet Managing Director Warren Llambias.For more information about Betting on Football, please click HERE.last_img read more

GVC donates football sponsorships to Gamble Aware

first_img GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Ahead of the upcoming football season, GVC Holdings has confirmed that it will be donating a number its current sponsorship deals to GambleAware’s ‘Bet Regret’ campaign.GVC has confirmed that a total of 42 clubs will be donating their sponsorship assets to GambleAware, including: Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.The move comes a bid to limit the exposure of gambling brands in football while also trying to encourage fans to moderate betting behaviour. Patrick Kerr, Director of Safer Gambling at GVC Holdings, commented: “Whilst we want football fans to be able to enjoy a bet, we recognise the importance of doing this in a safe, responsible way. “Handing over this valuable inventory to GambleAware is a demonstration that we are committed to helping our customers bet in a safe and responsible way, and we look forward to continuing to promote the Bet Regret campaign in the future to help increase awareness about safer gambling.”With the Scottish Professional Football League due to commence this weekend, the Ladbrokes branding – usually shown across interview backdrops, static and LED boards – will now be replaced with the Bet Regret campaign logo.Marc Etches, Chief Executive Officer for GambleAware, added: “We are delighted that GVC Holdings has made this move to support the Bet Regret campaign. With the number of opportunities to bet and exposure to messages associated with gambling being so prevalent in football, it’s incredibly important that football fans think twice about betting when drunk, bored or chasing losses.”last_img read more

JPJ transitions to Gamesys Group Plc

first_img Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Submit Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Related Articles Len Fenton – Gamesys PlcThe governance of JPJ Group declares a ‘new era’ for the company, as it completes its £490 million takeover of long-term technology partner Gamesys (transaction first announced 13 June).Completing its enlargement, JPJ Group changes its corporate identity to ‘Gamesys Group Plc’, trading on the London Stock Exchange under the new ticker of ‘GYS’ as of this morning.As previously declared, the new entity of Gamesys Plc will be led by Lee Fenton (JPJ CEO) as Group Chief Executive, supported by Robeson Reeves as Gamesys Chief Operations Officer (COO).Lee Fenton, Chief Executive of Gamesys Group plc, commented on developments; “The combination of two leading and complementary businesses has created an organisation with greater scale and capability which stands the new Gamesys Group plc in good stead as the competitive and regulatory environment continues to evolve. With full operational control of technology and operations, an enhanced brand portfolio and our exceptional combined talent base, we are confident that we are well-positioned to create significant opportunities for future growth.”Further executive team changes declared in the firm’s prospectus, see Simon Wykes, the CEO incumbent of Gamesys transferred to the role of ‘Transition Director’. Wykes will serve on the company board for a 12-month tenure, assisting Gamesys governanceSupporting the firm’s enlargement and transition period, company management has launched a new website – www.gamesysgroup.com.Neil Goulden – GamesysAt a governance level, Gamesys Group will be governed by led by Neil Goulden as Executive Chairman.Neil Goulden, Executive Chairman of Gamesys Group plc, commented: “The completion of the acquisition of Gamesys marks an important milestone for the Company, creating the leading UK and international operator and offering customers an even greater choice of major brands and different games. For shareholders, the acquisition will deliver earnings accretion in the first full financial year of ownership whilst employees will also benefit from the combination of two companies with a strong commitment to responsible gaming. However, the completion of the acquisition and the creation of Gamesys Group plc marks just the start, and the Board and senior management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Lee Fenton, are now resolutely focused on integrating the two businesses and further enhancing our productlast_img read more