August 24

Habanero pens content deal with GAMEIOM

first_img Topics: Tech & innovation Habanero has entered into a new content partnership with European aggregator GAMEIOM.Under the deal, Habanero will integrate its full suite of games into the GAMEIOM platform.The agreement covers content such as new titles ‘Presto!’ and ‘London Hunter’, as well as the soon-to-launch ‘Fortune Dogs’.William Hill, BetVictor and Ladbrokes Coral are among the major brands that currently utilise GAMEIOM’s distribution services.“Our ambition is to create a stable of great content that continually refreshes the offering our operator partners can provide to their players,” GAMEIOM chief executive Stuart Carr said.“Habanero is a worthy addition to that stable and we are looking forward to seeing how its games are received in the coming months. I’m very confident they will do well.”Arcangelo Lonoce, European head of business development at Habanero, added: “We have ambitious plans to expand our business over the next 12 months, particularly in Europe, and are looking forward to this partnership opening a number of doors for us.”Related article: Habanero hails expansion after record start to 2018 10th May 2018 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Habanero pens content deal with GAMEIOM Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Habanero has entered into a new content partnership with European aggregator GAMEIOM Tech & innovation Email Addresslast_img read more

August 24

Pinnacle signs payments deal with MuchBetter

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Finance Pinnacle has entered into a global partnership with online gaming payments company MuchBetter Email Address Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Payments Pinnacle signs payments deal with MuchBettercenter_img Topics: Finance Tech & innovation Pinnacle has entered into a global partnership with online gaming payments company MuchBetter. Under the deal, MuchBetter services will now be available to all Pinnacle sports betting and esports customers around the world. MuchBetter said that its offering will help Pinnacle to “significantly” reduce its transaction fees, as well as prevent fraud and provide the best deposit and withdrawal experience possible to customers. The MuchBetter Value Based Pricing model charges operators based on each player’s net balance over a month, which means processing fees are lower and relative to the true financial value of each player. In terms of customer protection, the MuchBetter Gaming Wallet features a range of anti-fraud features, while MuchBetter’s transparent use of data and open APIs will help Pinnacle to meet data protection, KYC and AMLD regulations. “Given the steady rise of transaction fees in recent years and squeezed margins, it’s rare to find a payment partner that is genuinely on your side,” Pinnacle’s head of group payments, Isabelle Delisle, said. “In MuchBetter, we are working with a trustworthy account team, and have tremendous faith in the extensive experience of the leadership team of course. “We are confident that our players will love the MuchBetter App, which offers an intuitive experience for our customers to quickly and easily fund their Pinnacle accounts. “On our side, we’re excited by the way that MuchBetter will help us proactively reduce transfer fees, while also cutting down on the most common and most damaging forms of igaming fraud.” Jens Bader, co-founder of MuchBetter, added: “Pinnacle needed a solution that offered the functionality that mobile players have come to expect as standard from their mobile apps, and in MuchBetter they have a service that is simplicity itself. MuchBetter seamlessly integrates mobile into the igaming experience, making payments as quick and easy as ordering an Uber or streaming a film on Netflix. “There are no passwords, no security questions. Players can make their payments and withdraw their winnings with just their fingerprint and phone.”Related article: Pinnacle agrees esports betting deal with Asian BGE 20th June 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

August 24

William Hill eyes Penn National Gaming deal

first_img Penn currently operates 29 casinos across 16 states Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Regions: US William Hill is said to have opened talks over a potential joint venture with Penn National Gaming as it seeks to expand its presence in the US sports betting market.Hills has already made major moves in the post-PASPA era and is currently running sports betting operations in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey, as well as a race book in Iowa. The firm is also working with IGT for the Rhode Island Sports Betting RFP.On Friday, William Hill chief executive Philip Bowcock revealed in an earnings call that the bookmaker has also signed sports betting deals with 11 casinos in Mississippi and a casino in West Virginia.In addition, Bowcock said talks are ongoing with operators spread across a further 14 states. It is not yet clear whether these talks include Penn, although sources close to the discussions told The Times that negotiations are at an early stage.William Hill declined a request from iGamingBusiness.com to comment on the report. Penn operates most of its casinos under the ‘Hollywood’ brand, but also operates the Tropicana (pictured) in Nevada.Speaking in the earnings call on Friday, Bowcock said: “In the US, it is a very exciting time, but it is not going to be without its challenges.“Having an established US business has been an advantage for us post-PASPA. We’ve barely scratched the surface and it’s a very exciting time ahead.”Should the deal with Penn go ahead, it would make William Hill the latest major British bookmaker to announce a key link-up in the US.Last month, Ladbrokes owner GVC and US casino operator Boyd announced a $200m (€173m) joint venture in a move that they said would help them “dominate” the US sports betting market.In addition, Paddy Power Betfair has agreed a deal with Boyd to expand its FanDuel sports betting service in up to 15 states. Boyd also signed a separate agreement with MGM for the two casino operators share market access across 15 states. 6th August 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Strategy Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter William Hill eyes Penn National Gaming deal Email Addresslast_img read more

August 24

Aspire secures Irish sports betting licence

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGaming platform provider and white label operator Aspire Global has been awarded an online sports betting licence in Ireland.Stockholm-listed Aspire has been awarded the licence by the Irish Office of the Revenue Commissioners, the Tax and Customs Office department that oversees the country’s iGaming market.It can now offer its sports betting solution to licensed operators in Ireland, as well as powering the launch of existing clients in the country. The deal also expands the supplier’s regulated market footprint, with Aspire having already been awarded licences in the UK, Denmark, Malta, Italy, Belgium and Portugal.“We are excited to add an Irish sports license to our portfolio, expanding the sports vertical to yet another regulated market and enabling our partners to target new audiences through a wider offering,” Aspire chief executive Tsachi Maimon (pictured) said.“Our consistent focus on regulated markets enables exciting business opportunities, increased competitive advantages and sustainable growth.”Aspire’s sports betting product went live in January this year, and has been rolled out for clients in a number of territories, including Portugal, as part of a joint venture with B2B partner Cofina Media. Nordic operator BetRegal ended its relationship with a competing sportsbook platform provider to migrate to to Aspire’s offering in October this year, the first time a sports-focused business had selected the solution. The supplier expects to further strengthen its regulated market presence by securing a licence in Sweden’s re-regulated iGaming market in the coming weeks.Today (November 30), Swedish regulator Lotteriinspektionen issued the first online gaming licences ahead of the country’s re-regulated market opening on January 1, 2019. iGaming platform provider also expects to obtain a licence in re-regulated Swedish market Email Address Aspire secures Irish sports betting licence Legal & compliance 30th November 2018 | By contenteditor Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

August 24

GVC reshuffles senior management team

first_img Topics: Strategy Strategy Email Address GVC reshuffles senior management team GVC Holdings has announced a series of changes to its senior management team, with Tom Ritzema, Nick Batram and Paul Tymms all taking on new roles Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops 21st January 2019 | By contenteditor GVC Holdings has announced a series of changes to its senior management team, with Tom Ritzema, Nick Batram and Paul Tymms all taking on new roles at the Ladbrokes operator. Ritzema, who has more than 18 years of experience in bookmaking and trading, moves into the position of group trading director. He replaces Jim Humberstone, who recently opted to leave GVC. Ritzema joined GVC, the parent company of Ladbrokes Coral Group, as head of trading in April 2013 upon its acquisition of Sportingbet. He went on to serve as Humberstone’s deputy and was most recently sports trading director. Batram becomes group director of corporate strategy and development, where, reporting directly to CEO Kenneth Alexander, he will focus on both M&A activity and the group’s broader strategic direction. Batram has served as director of investor relations and external communications at GVC since 2016, and boasts over 30 years of expertise working in City-related finance. Meanwhile, Tymms takes on Batram’s previous role, where he will report directly to Rob Wood, who is to become chief financial officer in March. Tymms has been with GVC since its acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral, where he had been serving as director of investor relations. He held the same role at Coral prior to its merger with Ladbrokes in 2016. CEO Alexander said: “Nick and Paul are both highly talented and experienced professionals who will help to guide our strategic development as we move forwards. “In his role as Jim’s deputy, Tom has been integral to the success of the group’s trading operations, which has been a key driver of our performance.” Alexander also paid tribute to the outgoing Humberstone, who leaves GVC after a nine-year spell with the company. “I’d like to put on record my thanks to Jim who has been fundamental to our journey from a small AIM listed operator, to our position today, as the world’s largest online-led sports betting and gaming business,” Alexander said. Confirmation of the new appointments comes after GVC last week revealed that it outperformed expectations in 2018. Total online net gaming revenue for the year was up 19%, or 21% on a constant currency basis. The operator expects underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to come in between £750m (€849m/$964.5m) and £755m when it publishes its preliminary full-year results on March 5. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

August 24

Affinity brings in Higgins to replace Rodio as CEO

first_img Las Vegas-based casino operator Affinity Gaming has appointed Mary Elizabeth Higgins as its new chief executive, after Tony Rodio stepped down to take up the same role at Caesars Entertainment.Higgins moves into the position having only taken on the role of chief financial officer at Affinity in January of this year, after a short spell as its chief operating officer.She replaces Rodio, who was unveiled as the new CEO of Caesars Entertainment earlier this week. Rodio will move into his new role within the next 30 days and also take a place on Caesars’ board of directors.“I am excited to lead Affinity and deliver on our commitment to further enhance Affinity as a local casino leader in an evolving gaming landscape,” Higgins said.“I am eager to help capture Affinity’s significant growth potential, while continuing to deliver the high-quality service and unmatched player experience that are staples at Affinity properties across the country.”Prior to joining Affinity in June 2018, Higgins helped establish VICI Properties, a real estate investment trust spun from Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (CEOC), serving as its CFO. Higgins was also CFO of CEOC from 2014 to 2017.Earlier in her career, Higgins also served as CFO at Global Cash Access Holdings, Herbst Gaming, the predecessor company of Affinity, and Camco.James Zenni, chairman of Affinity’s board of directors and also CEO of Z Capital Partners, which acquired the operator in 2017, said: “I am confident that Mary Beth is the right person to lead the company into its next chapter of success and I look forward to working together as we continue to enhance the customer and guest experience and drive sustainable, long-term growth at Affinity.”Meanwhile, Affinity has also named Eric Fiocco as its new chief operating officer. Fiocco had been serving as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the operator and will continue in this latter role.Prior to joining Affinity in November of last year, Fiocco was CMO of Tropicana Entertainment, where he was responsible for marketing operations across eight properties.Earlier in his career, Fiocco also spent time as senior vice president of casino operations and marketing for Resorts Casino Hotel and in a number of roles at Caesars Atlantic City, culminating as vice president of operations and marketing. Regions: US AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games People Strategycenter_img 17th April 2019 | By contenteditor Affinity brings in Higgins to replace Rodio as CEO Email Address Las Vegas-based casino operator Affinity Gaming has appointed Mary Elizabeth Higgins as its new CEO, after Tony Rodio stepped down to take up the same role at Caesars Entertainment.last_img read more

August 24

New Irish gambling regulator to be in place within 18 months

first_img Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Bingo Irish Minister of State David Stanton has revealed that work on developing a new framework for regulating gambling in the country, including the establishment of a new authority to oversee and implement the legislation, will take up to 18 months. 17th May 2019 | By Robin Harrison New Irish gambling regulator to be in place within 18 months Email Address Irish Minister of State David Stanton has revealed that work on developing a new framework for regulating gambling in the country, including the establishment of a new authority to oversee and implement the legislation, will take up to 18 months.Responding to a question in the Dáil Éireann from Teachta Dála Clare Daly earlier this week, Stanton said that work on the revised General Scheme of the country’s Gambling Control Bill had begun. If work is completed within 18 months, the new regulatory regime should be in place by 2020.The Gambling Control Bill, first published in 2013, is currently being amended to incorporate a series of recommendations by an inter-departmental working group published in March this year.At the time, Stanton committed to adopting these recommendations, including the establishment of a regulatory authority for the industry, as well as an updated range of licences to reflect gambling’s shift online.The report also recommended regulations for gambling advertising and sponsorship, as well as controls to prevent gambling being exploited for money laundering and to manipulate sporting competitions.It has also called upon the government to improve consumer protection, and set up an alternative dispute resolution mechanism, and raise awareness of problem gambling.Stanton said that the regulator would most likely contain sports integrity, anti-money laundering and consumer protection units, as well as handling licence applications and enforcing licence conditions.Speaking at a seminar on gambling licensing and regulation on May 15, he said that while the regulator would most likely require significant investment, it would have to be self-financing. He suggested that income from application and licence fees, as well as fines imposed on non-compliant operators, could be used to cover its costs.“Implementing the recommendations in the report offers the best opportunity of a modern and effective approach to the licensing and regulation of a fast growing and evolving gambling industry,” Stanton said of the inter-departmental group’s report.“The proposed comprehensive reform will be of significant impact. Without a new regulatory authority, sufficiently resourced, there is no prospect of progressing modern licensing and regulation.”He admitted that the revised Gambling Control Bill would act as a comprehensive reform of gambling regulations in Ireland, with no pre-existing structures to build on.While Ireland has regulated online gaming since 2015, this was not introduced as part of a broader overhaul of the current regulatory framework, which has been in place since 1956. Aside from lottery-specific regulations, there are no up to date controls for other verticals, and regulation of the sector is currently divided between a number of government departments and agencies.As a stopgap measure, the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019 has been introduced.This aims to introduce a number of updates to the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Amendment Act, including setting maximum gaming machine stakes and prizes at €10 and €750 respectively. It will also formally impose an 18+ age restriction on betting and gaming products, and an improved licensing and permit regime for lotteries.However, these regulations will be superseded by the Gambling Control Bill once it is introduced. The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019 was debated in the Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Irish parliament (Oireachtas) on March 27, and will next be debated section by section, with senators able to propose amendments. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bingo Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

August 24

Evolution lands deal with Switzerland’s Grand Casino Baden

first_imgCasino & games Live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming has entered into a content partnership with Grand Casino Baden, one of four Swiss land-based casinos to secure a new online gaming licence in the country.Under the agreement, Evolution will supply its full suite of live dealer casino games to Jackpots.ch, the igaming website operated by Grand Casino Baden and powered by platform provider Gamanza.Games such as live dealer roulette, blackjack and baccarat, as well as a range of live poker variants and game show-style titles such as Lightning Roulette will be rolled out on the site.The site is due to launch next month after new laws that permit online gaming in Switzerland come into effect on July 1.“Evolution has an excellent record in helping its licensees to launch world-class Live Casino services into regulated markets globally,” Grand Casino Baden’s chief financial officer Marcel Tobler said. “Harnessing Evolution’s Live Casino will undoubtedly help us to consolidate and develop our position as one of Europe’s most highly regarded casinos.”James Stern, chief business development officer for America and land-based at Evolution, added: “We are very confident that our live games portfolio, including not only casino classics but also game show-style games, will prove to be very popular indeed with the casino’s clientele and will also help to attract further new visitors to the land-based venue.”Grand Casino Baden was confirmed as one of four igaming licensees by the Swiss National Council earlier this month, alongside Casino Davos (which is part-owned by Grand Casino Baden), Grand Casino Luzern and Casino Zürichsee.In tandem with the launch of regulated igaming, Switzerland will begin banning unlicensed sites from July 1. Swiss gambling regulator Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) has this week set out plans to introduce a blacklist of operators as part of its efforts to clamp down on unlicensed activities after the new laws come into effect.Platforms that are accessible in Switzerland but not licensed can be added to the list by the Federal Gaming Board and Comlot. The names of the operators will be published on the blacklist with their domains blocked by a domain name server (DNS) lock. Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation 26th June 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Evolution lands deal with Switzerland’s Grand Casino Baden Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming has entered into a content partnership with Grand Casino Baden, one of four Swiss land-based casinos to secure a new online gaming licence in the country. Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Switzerlandlast_img read more

August 24

Heart of Egypt™ by Greentube

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 27th August 2019 | By Aaron Noy Heart of Egypt™ by Greentube Up the Nile and into the Heart of Egypt™! This latest ALLPAY® slot addition to Greentube’s Home of Games takes players on a thrilling expedition to explore ancient pyramid tombs and is now available for Greentube’s B2B partners.Discover more here! Topics: Casino & games Slots Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Up the Nile and into the Heart of Egypt™! This latest ALLPAY® slot addition to Greentube’s Home of Games takes players on a thrilling expedition to explore ancient pyramid tombs and is now available for Greentube’s B2B partners. Casino & games Email Addresslast_img read more

August 24

Lithuania makes gambling ad warnings mandatory

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 11th February 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Regions: Europe Baltics Lithuania Lithuania makes gambling ad warnings mandatory Legal & compliance Lithuania’s legislature, the Seimas, has passed a bill that will require all gambling advertisements to include a warning about gambling-related harm from 1 July.The bill is an amendment to Article 10 of the country’s gambling laws and was proposed by Mykolas Majauskas of the Homeland Union Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party. The bill was passed by consensus after no objectoins were raised at its first reading.“Gambling is not an evil in itself, but as the sector develops, it is important to be able to control the risks involved and minimise the negative consequences,” Majauskas said. “There is no need to jam poles into the spokes of the gaming market’s wheels in a way that would pull it off the road, but at least you need to attach reflectors.”Lithuania’s gambling regulator, the Lošimų Priežiūros Tarnyba (Gambling Authority), shall determine the content that must be displayed in the warning.“By law, we would oblige the Gambling Authority to set clear rules and to make notes that would change every time,” Majauskas said. “And we also expect a responsible and sensible approach to how these rules should be applied. That is, they would not apply, for example, to gambling branding on basketball players’ uniforms.”Majauskas said the bill would allow Lithuania to follow the example set by many other EU countries.“Other countries in the European Union have very similar problems, they say: first, we need to educate; secondly, we must help those who have problems; third, we need to help people who have loved ones who have gambling problems,” he explained. “One of the basic tools for solving problems is public education, education through social advertising.“A large number of countries in the European Union ensure that organisations that promote their trademarks […] are accompanied by very simple inscriptions: ‘Do not give up your life to gambling’, ‘You can lose your family as well as your money’.”Majauskas added that he hoped the slogan chosen would be changed periodically, in order to stop viewers of advertisements from becoming too used to any one slogan and it losing its effect.In its announcement of the passing of the bill, the Seimas noted that 510 Lithuanians signed up for the Gambling Authority’s self-exclusion scheme in December 2019 alone, more than the yearly average since the scheme started in 2007.center_img Email Address Lithuania’s legislature, the Seimas, has passed a bill that will require all gambling advertisements to include a warning about gambling-related harm from 1 July. Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more