Monthly Archives: August 2020

Sam Allardyce Might be Everton’s Next Manager

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first_imgInformation has it that Big Sam as he is popularly called might be Everton’s next manager to replace Ronald Koeman after a face-to-face meeting with Farhad Moshiri.Sam Allardyce who took charge of Irish club Limerick in 1991, leading the club to the League of Ireland First Division title in 1991–92. He returned to England to coach at Preston North End, also serving briefly as caretaker-manager. He took up his first permanent management role in England at Blackpool in July 1994, but was sacked after two years having narrowly failed to achieve promotion.Down to 2017 – He announced his resignation on 23 May 2017 after avoiding relegation with Crystal Palace in his first season, saying he did not intend to take another job, later claiming he would accept an international position.Recently, Big Sam has spoken on several occasions in the last week about how he is attracted to taking over at Goodison Park and that prospect has moved a step closer to reality.Everton’s board will hold a scheduled meeting in the coming days but the main point on the agenda will be identifying the next man to take the club forward.Hopefully, the meeting might work in his favour.RelatedThe Firefighter Is Back! Allardyce Confirmed As Everton ManagerNovember 30, 2017In “England”Everton Appoint Marco Silva As New ManagerMay 31, 2018In “England”Atalanta Bergamasca vs SSC NapoliJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Betsson delivers growth despite turbulent 2016

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first_img Submit StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Stockholm-listed European sports betting operator Betsson AB is pleased to have grown its core business metrics, despite facing multiple operational challenges and unfavourable conditions throughout 2016.Closing its 2016 performance, Betsson governance was pleased at the company’s ‘positive development’ which had seen the operator overcome severe currency fluctuations and lower betting margins impacts in H1 2016.Furthermore, repeating all-round industry trends Betsson’s sports betting division would be negatively impacted by unfavourable results recorded in December 2016.Despite the challenges, Betsson would declare a group revenue growth of 11% to SEK $4.1 billion (FT 2015: SEK3.7 billion), with its online casino division contributing 70% of total group revenues.Improved revenues would see Betsson declare a 2016 operating income of SEK 946 million (£85 million) up 6% on FY 2015’s SEK 887 million (£80 million). Betsson governance was pleased with the firm’s positive income results which had been impacted by a group-wide lower operating margin for 2016.Entering 2017, Betsson governance is confident that its European Multi-brand strategy will deliver growth having overcome a difficult 2016 in which to operate.Betsson governance now targets expansion in regulated markets having completed the acquisition of German racing operator RaceBets (€34 million December 2016) and now move to complete its buyout of UK interactive gambling operator NetPlay TV (proposed acquisition cost £26 million).Closing 2016, Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO Betsson AB statedBetsson’s positive development continues and the first quarter 2017 has started strong. The stable Casino business was 74 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter and Betsson’s brands continue to gain market shares in the segment. Also Betsson’s largest region, the Nordics, grew faster than the market and region Western Europe returned to growth. An increase of deposits by 14 percent and record level in active players shows a strong underlying momentum. In total, the growth in the quarter was 7.4 percent, despite decline in region Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA), compared to the fourth quarter 2015.Betsson has made significant investments in product development throughout 2016, which has pushed the Casino growth. The Sportsbook investments are expected to have a positive effect in 2017. The acquisition of the horse betting operator RaceBets adds an important product to Betsson’s Sportsbook offering and adds revenue from mainly locally regulated markets. The share of revenue from locally regulated markets is increasing, in accordance with our strategy, and is now close to 20 percent. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Jesper Kärrbrink – Mr Green – An entertainment focus for Sportsbook 2.0 development

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first_img Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share Jesper KärrbrinkIn June of last year, Mr Green launched its Kambi-powered sportsbook product in time for UEFA Euro 2016.Less than a year on, we caught up with the company’s CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, a speaker at the recent Betting on Football conference, to discuss operational challenges of the launch, balancing the revenue potential of the sportsbook with increased associated costs, and a newly appointed COO.SBC: During your first year of operating a sportsbook, what are the key things you have learned and the biggest changes you have made to the product?JK: The most important learning is how well the sportsbook suited the Mr Green customer base. So far, our growth has been almost 100% organic in the sense that it comes from our casino players making the sportsbook extremely profitable.Regarding the changes, we are now in the development phase of what we call Sportsbook 2.0 where we will launch what we think will be a game changer. A first sneak peak of this will be launched for the French open (yes, we focus on tennis now when the major football season comes to an end).SBC: How are you managing to balance the extra revenue potential for running the sportsbook with the increased taxes and associated operational costs?JK: We use the operational (and soon) the marketing backbone of Mr Green Casino also for the sportsbook. So, we basically run the entire operations on three extra FTE’s. I don’t have to add that they are hardworking guys!SBC: Does the hiring of customer retention specialist Antoine Bonello as COO indicate that delivering a more entertainment focused experience is the next step for the product?JK: Our entire focus – in all verticals – is increased entertainment and I think this will show in Sportsbook 2.0 as well and of course Antoine’s background fits in to this.SBC: You recently said that expanding in locally regulated markets such as Denmark is a natural step for the company; can you disclose which other markets you are looking at moving into?JK: Denmark is set with the acquisition of Dansk Underholdning. Beside that we are looking at Latin America where we have set up an office in Uruguay, but also a list of other countries. StumbleUpon Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Sportradar’s James Watson: Assessing the double-edged data sword for esports at #boscon2017

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first_img Submit Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Ahead of Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September), we spoke to Sportradar Head of Esports James Watson about data challenges in esports and his company’s relationship with ESL. Watson is part of the ‘Data Data Data’ session (14 September) in the ‘Betting on Esports’ track at next month’s event.SBC: Why did you decide to speak at Betting on Esports 2017?JW: Betting on Sports as an industry event always tackles the live issues in the sports betting ecosystem and it’s nothing short of fantastic to see Betting on Esports get its own track this year.I’m particularly looking forward to underlining how important it is for operators to partner up with live data providers that really understand the esports landscape, its opportunities and its pitfalls. The panel will be so important for operators looking to get into esports and yet again, Betting on Sports is the place to host that discussion.SBC: Sportradar has had an esports data deal in place with ESL for a while. What fruits does the partnership provide you?JW: Our relationship with ESL has really gone from strength-to-strength since we initially partnered up in 2015. Originally this was met with curiosity by the betting industry since it really was the first deal of its kind relating to esports. Now the sector is looking back at this relationship and seeing it as a defining moment, and indeed we’ve now seen others make similar movements to try and replicate some of this success.Establishing key relationships with rights holders is one of Sportradar’s core strengths as a business, and esports is no different in that regard. Taking a look into the uniqueness, speed, depth and quality of data that can be provided by esports tournament organisers is very exciting: it’s Sportradar’s job to take this data and harness its true power by creating next generation betting products.That said, we still take integrity very seriously and it remains a core part of our team’s mantra. We were one of the founding partners of the Esports Integrity Coalition and continue to support their positive endeavours to help prevent match-fixing in esports. ESL were likewise one of the first bodies to join the coalition, and indeed, integrity was specifically one of the core catalysts behind our own partnership with them.SBC: There are endless challenges still with regards to data in esports – how do you see this progressing in coming months?JW: It’s true that data continues to be the key roadblock to providing a credible live betting product for esports, irrespective of the game title. We’re seeing that esports fans are gradually becoming more accustomed to betting through traditional betting mechanisms, which is undeniably positive, but these are also fairly smart bettors who know their subject matter inside out. Operators and providers trading on delayed or incomplete data feeds are therefore likely to suffer moving forward.One of the more interesting discussion areas looking ahead is surrounding live data provision for some of the newer game titles – for example Overwatch. With data not necessarily at the immediate forefront of the game design, this will certainly be a challenge for operators and providers alike over the next months.SBC: There’s so many data points in esports – what opportunities does it create? How do you see it compared to traditional sports? JW: On the flipside of the double-edged data sword lie a number of great opportunities that make esports primed to succeed in the live betting space. Naturally the complexity of the games implies a vast lake of data that can be used for creating equally complex models predicting game outcomes, which is especially true in the world of Dota 2 and League of Legends, where the number of data points ramps up into numbers I didn’t even know existed!Personally I see the big benefits and USPs of esports live betting in the speed and dynamism of the games themselves. After all, this is what makes esports exciting as a spectator sport for all of us – games can change in an instant and even the smallest mistake or misplay can swing the advantage in your opponent’s favour. Compared to traditional sports, this really appeals to the end-punters: anything can happen.SBC: What can attendees look forward to hearing from you on the “Data, data, data” panel at Betting on Esports?JW: I expect the panel will be a deeper dive into all of the key issues highlighted above in addition to some insight into other data-related topics in the world of esports. Sportradar can provide some invaluable input here from a betting provider perspective. I’d also like to explore the role of tournament organisers and rights holders in the world of data and how they can play their part in maximising exposure for their tournaments, using regulated betting as a mechanism, and making a few smart and simple decisions along the way.last_img read more

IGB affiliate expects a rise in delegate registrations for the Berlin Affiliate Conference

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first_img Related Articles Share Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon The information provider for the igaming affiliate market, iGB Affiliate is expecting a rise in delegate registrations for this year’s Berlin Affiliate Conference (BAC).The event will take place at the Messe Berlin between the first and fourth of November, is expecting to host 3,250 delegates, up from around 3,000 from last year.The conference will feature a full schedule of educational content focused on affiliate business tools, marketing technologies, paid and social media and SEO strategies.This year’s BAC’s includes sessions on Google penalties, influencer marketing, Facebook Ads and leveraging a data-led approach to social media, there will also be, three official networking parties and an unwind session.iGB has also announced that William Hill, 888.com, EGO and iAffiliates are the premium sponsors of this year’s event.The conference will once again follow EiG, offering delegates the chance to spend a week in Berlin at major industry events.iGaming Business’ head of operations Shona ODonnell said: “These are exciting times for the Berlin Affiliate Conference, which continues to grow every year.“Following on from EiG, we hope delegates will once again enjoy a week in Berlin where they can connect with and learn from many of the brightest minds in the industry.” Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world August 18, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

The road to Russia dominates the top matches on bettingexpert

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first_img A quartet of decisive fixtures in the qualifying phase for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia dominated the list of top five matches on bettingexpert in October.Unsurprisingly, Croatia denying Ukraine a playoff spot from Group I drew major interest on Better Collective’s tipster community, along with Republic of Ireland’s smash and grab in Cardiff, and a Christian Eriksen inspired 1-0 victory for Denmark in Montenegro.Austria’s 3-2 victory over Serbia came in fifth on the list, as ‘Das Team’ made a strong finish to a disappointing Group D campaign, while Manchester City’s entertaining 2-1 win over Napoli was the only match to break the monopoly of European qualifiers.Just like last month, Matchbook, bet365 and Unibet enjoyed a stronghold on these matches, with only Fortuna finding a way into the top three bookmakers for the top five matches. The Central European operator attracted 11% of the bets as Pep’s high-flying City overcame the in-form Naples outfit.Meanwhile, football held its position as the community’s dominant sport on bettingexpert, albeit with a slightly reduced 66% share of the tips (74% in September). Basketball was the month’s top mover, up to 12% from 4%, as tennis slipped to third despite recording a minor increase (9-10%).Unibet played a prominent role in the basketball growth by accounting for the largest share of tips in two of the sport’s most popular markets, Asian handicap (13%) and 1×2 (25%). StumbleUpon Submit Share Sharelast_img read more

888 pens £18m deal to buy JPJ’s Mandalay

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first_img 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 London-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings has agreed upon an £18m deal to acquire a number of JPJ Group brands, which include Costa Bingo, City Bingo and Sing Bingo.888 has purchased a number of digital bingo brands from the Jet Management Group and Jet Media, who form the basis of the Mandalay operating unit. The online gambling group has collaborated with the Mandalay brands since 2009, supplying its Dragonfish bingo platform to Mandalay media. Itai Pazner, 888 Holding’s new Chief Executive, said that the new deal will further strengthen the group’s position in the UK online bingo market. The group will initially front £12m in cash following the closing of the acquisition, with the final £6m being paid in cash in September.“The group continues to deliver its stated strategy of expanding across global regulated markets,” commented Pazner. “This expansion is underpinned by organic growth initiatives supported by exploring value-enhancing M&A.“Having been developed on Dragonfish, the Group’s first-class B2B platform, we are confident that consolidating these brands into our existing B2C portfolio will deliver synergies and growth opportunities by applying the full extent of 888’s core capabilities in product, marketing and customer relationship management to their operations.”JPJ Group added that sale would allow them to optimise returns on its market investment through the development of its Jackpotjoy-focused single brand strategy in the UK. Mandalay has generated approximately £11m of revenue and approximately £3.7m of profit before tax attributable to the assets, in the twelve months to December 31, 2018.The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of March, following an employee consultation.last_img read more

Codere Apuestas seeks to broaden appeal with ‘Nube’ campaign

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first_img StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Bolsa Madrid-listed Grupo Codere SA has taken a new creative approach in promoting its Codere Apuestas online sportsbook property.This April, Codere Apuestas released its new home market TV and digital advertising campaign ‘Nube’ (translated – ‘The Cloud’) –  publishing/broadcasting the campaign across multiple Spanish media portals.Continuing to work with Madrid-based creative advertising agency El Ruso de Rocky, the betting group moves away from its legacy marketing strategy of promoting Codere Apuestas brand through its association with Real Madrid FC.Since 2016, Codere Apuestas has served as the official betting partner of Real Madrid, with its advertising campaigns featuring a number of Real Madrid stars promoting offers and services.In its campaign notes, El Ruso de Rocky states that it has delivered the Spanish betting market’s first high-definition advertising campaign, featuring special effects alongside exclusively composed music for Codere Apuestas.The creative agency further details that Nube seeks to develop a broader appeal for the bookmaker targeting Spanish audiences, beyond football.In 2018, Spanish betting incumbents were warned by the PSOE minority government, that Spain would likely introduce a new advertising code, introducing tougher advertising provisions on gambling and betting services.Amongst the stipulated restrictions, a new advertising code would ban Spanish licensed operators from utilising celebrities or athletes to promote gambling products/services.last_img read more

Round table – SBTech: The future of sportsbook personalisation

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first_imgShare StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models.The first round table participant was SBTech, who this week was chosen by Gamesys as platform provider for the new Virgin Bet brand in the UK. The company was represented by its COO Dave Hammond.SBC: What role does pricing and risk play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering?Dave Hammond (SBTech): The ability to offer and deliver differentiated trading strategies across both core and multiple territories is both one of our key principles and lies at the heart of the SBTech trading platform. We work side-by-side with our partners to precisely gauge their needs and requirements and measure every area of their offering. This then determines how and to what level we deliver a bespoke trading strategy.We can deliver a host of different pricing models and bespoke trading strategies, be it split by event, player segmentation, or if operators have a brand ambassador(s) or a marketing partnership with a specific team, for example. We can then create specific bonus boosts or the best price in the market using our highly configurable and flexible systems. We may, for instance, offer the best price but overlay that with different customer journeys to suit a partner’s specific strategy.An example of this is our work with MoPlay, who have a partnership with Manchester United and, through our pricing and trading strategy, have very strong prices on English Premier League (EPL) matches. We wanted to drive a high margin product, so we allowed them to be best price in the market and adopted aggressive price boosts on EPL and specifically Manchester United games. This has created a strong customer base and following from those supporters and is a great acquisition and retention tool for the brand.SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both enhance player experience and drive higher margins?DH: At SBTech, we continue to invest in our ability to not just store data, but also to make it incredibly usable and powerful for our customers. We have both internal data analytics that we work on and are constantly focused on improving and offer our clients access to our data warehouses and live data streams so they can make decisions in-play and pre-match based on leading data science. Data analysis is a huge part of what we offer and will continue to grow in importance in the months and years to come.Our data is based on a variety of sources including our own data generation, player activity, quantitative trading models, customer acquisition model funnels, and predictive algorithms, all aimed at enhancing the customer journey and driving further revenue for our customers. 10 years ago, data was about managing risk, today it is about pre-emptive decisions, and predicting player churn and lifetime value, all of which goes towards us helping customers to minimise CPA costs and drive further growth. Our job is to drive customers to be better using our own internal data analysis and to help them enhance their data provision.SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?DH: Our predictive AI-driven models help customers personalise their offerings and ensure that when their players log on, they are immediately presented with what they are looking for. Our AI models consider a series of markers based on areas such as past play, similar play, player life cycle and what we believe will be a player’s journey and lifetime value. As we continue to expand in more than 15 regulated markets, including the US that is seeing enormous growth, this area of the business is expanding rapidly. Our data scientists are constantly reviewing data structures, the output of data and how we continue to automate AI to benefit our customers and our business. It is not only about managing costs and the player experience at the front end, but also about making the most of our resources and manpower. AI is helping us form what we need to achieve and deliver this in line with our global roadmap.SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification; what can it do for sportsbook?DH: Gamification has existed for almost 10 years with free-to-play and freemium sites and games benefiting from high levels of acquisition. We’re seeing this gradually move across into sports betting. Our Exploding Jackpots product enables operators to offer timed, must-drop jackpots across any supplier’s games or platform across both casino and sports betting, and is aimed at driving mass player engagement, presenting players with huge prizes during any event a brand wishes to market. Its flexibility enables brands to gamify sports and their players to win huge prizes they might not otherwise have seen. We see it as a key play in the US. Innovative conversion of players into sportsbook will require more gamification.last_img read more

Paddy Power shortens odds on BoJo scrapping backstop

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first_img StumbleUpon BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Share Share As Boris Johnson’s trip over to the continent has continued to attract attention from UK media, Paddy Power has shortened its odds on whether BoJo can secure a deal with Angela Merkel where a backstop doesn’t exist, despite her outlining a hard line 30-day time limit.The Irish bookmaker has been offering odds of 8/1 that BoJo can agree a deal with Merkel where a backstop doesn’t exist, within her 30-day time limit.Paddy Power has also outlined that it’s no longer odds-on that we will see a no-deal Brexit following the negotiations, currently priced at 13/10, with odds shortened on some form of Brexit deal being passed in 2019 – priced at 8/15. Spokesman Paddy Power said: “BoJo entered negotiations with the EU like a bull in a china shop, but they like that kind of thing in Europe, and he’s already made more progress this week than Theresa May did in her entire tenure.“Clearly, there’s a long way to go, and a lot of negotiation to be had, but the tide is turning (again) for the odds on a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.”Interestingly, Paddy Power has continued to offer odds of 2/5 on whether a general election will take place later this year.   Boris Johnson has said to have ‘put his foot in it’ yesterday, however, following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who added that the Ireland-Northern Ireland backstop plan – vehemently opposed by BoJo – was somewhat ‘indispensable’ in preserving both political stability and the single market.Macron did however said that he was “very confident” that the UK would be able to come to an agreement with EU would be able to find a solution to the Irish-Northern Irish border within 30 days ”if there is a good will on both sides”. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more