August 31

Guyanese man remanded in custody on murder charges

first_imgA 26-year-old who allegedly killed his uncle by chopping off his head was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court charged with murder.The former Guyana Defense Force soldier, Dwayne Tappin, appeared before Magistrate Alisha George and was not required to plead to the indictable offence.Remanded until SeptemberParticulars of the charge alleged that Tappin on August 6, 2017, at Lot 125 South Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, murdered 51-year-old Randolph Seenauth.Magistrate George remanded Tappin until September 28.According to reports, Seenauth and his nephew lived in separate apartments on the plot of land.Killed over land disputeHowever, the family has a dispute over the plot of land which the dead man’s mother had occupied before she died.On August 6, 2017 around 04:30hrs, neighbors heard a loud commotion coming from one of the apartments, but then there was silence for a few minutes which led them to suspect something was amiss.Neighbors called out for Seenauth but got no response and later contacted the Sparendaam Police Station.Police arrived shortly after and upon pushing the front door to Seenauth’s apartment, found his head lying in a passageway between the living room and kitchen.Further checks were made in the apartment and the rest of the man’s body was discovered on a mattress in the bedroom.The murder weapon was not recovered despite searches on both apartments.Tappin, hours after the murder, turned himself over to cops at the Sparendaam Police Station.last_img read more

August 31

T&T Prime Minister Rowley to undergo medical tests in the US

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN Trinidad, CMC – On Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced he would be traveling to the United States on Tuesday to undergo medical cardiac related tests.“I am in my 69th year, I am not as young as I used to be. There are benefits at being at my age but there’s also downsides,” he told reporters, adding “as a matter of fact I take this in stride going forward. “There was a time when I didn’t have any such condition and like I said I had no such symptoms that slowed me down or caused me to think, but I have to be aware and modern technology allows one to be aware of what is happening with one.”Delinquent about his health Rowley told reporters that he was “delinquent” in dealing with the situation after his doctors had informed him of the matter in 2017“I should have gone back to do these tests last year September, but that was the budget time and so on and so on and I put it off,” he said, adding that after the budget, he had to deal with the revamping of the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN that had been losing billions of dollars annually (One TT dollar=US$0.37 cents).Still, in relatively good health“So, I really should have done that last year, so when I look back and realize it is a year and a half, I really did not take the advice that I got in 2017. So, I am going to take it now,” he said, adding that he would be out of the country “for a couple of days”.“I am in relatively good health, but I have observations to make and I have to be guided by the experts who are better at telling me what is happening … “It starts with a series of tests,” he said, adding that would be done in California.”last_img read more

August 30

Clarion Events wins ‘Most Respected’ firm at the AEO Excellence Awards

first_img Related Articles BetConstruct unveils Vbet virtual casino product April 30, 2018 Share All-in Translations: One Flew Over the Football’s Nest September 17, 2018 Share Clarion Gaming unveils iGB Live! HQ conference concept June 7, 2018 Lisa Hannant,International corporate events organiser Clarion Events whose industry shows include ICE Totally Gaming, iGaming Business, EiG, Juegos Miami and the iGaming Super Show has been crowned the ‘Most Respected Company of the Year’ at the 2017 Association of Exhibition Organisers’ Excellence Awards.The award is noted as the ‘blue riband prize’ for the UK events industry. Clarion management were presented with the title in front of 1,000 guests at London’s Park Lane Grosvenor House Hotel.Exhibitor judges noted the growth and work of Clarion for the betting/gaming industry’s yearly ICE exhibition, which has grown in attendance for six consecutive years. ICE is the most international event in the gaming space, with 66% of the attendance travelling from 151 sovereign states, excluding host nation, the United Kingdom.Commenting on the recognition Lisa Hannant, Group Managing Director at Clarion Events, said:  “We are obviously delighted to win this award, which is a recognition of the skill set and philosophy which defines the entire Clarion family of 950 employees responsible for the 180 events we organise, across a number of key industries in 50 countries worldwide. Clarion occupies a unique position in gaming, where we provide a full range of services including exhibitions, conferences, technical training, research and digital information.”“One of the flagship brands in our business is ICE Totally Gaming, which continues to meet the global business needs of the gaming industry and in 2017 attracted over 30,000 visitors from 151 sovereign states. The qualities enshrined within brands such as ICE are the reasons why Clarion has been recognised in this way.” StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

August 30

Matchbook aims for ‘the next level’ following new investment

first_imgShare Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Submit Issuing a market update, the governance of online betting exchange operator Matchbook Group (Matchbook.com) has revealed that it has completed a ‘significant investment transaction’ that will ‘considerably grow the trajectory’ of its business.Matchbook governance did not disclose the sum of its secured investment, ut stated that through its funding round the company had brought on board well versed strategic investors with strong expertise in horseracing and international expansion.Over the past two-years the Cork and London based operator has completely overhauled its betting exchange product, making a number of improvements and revamping its betting brand.Matchbook leadership detailed that the new investment would seek to place the operator as ‘a very credible force in the sports betting market’.Mark Brosnan, Matchbook CEO, commented on his firm’s future ambitions: “The shackles are well and truly off. The strategic nature of the investment puts us in a very strong position to end Betfair’s dominance of the betting exchange market and comes at a time where Matchbook has launched an industry-leading technology platform.We have experienced exceptional growth over the last 12 months, driven by the horse racing product that we launched in July last year. This deal will help to further strengthen our overall product offering and allow us to invest in growing the Matchbook brand and accelerate our very ambitious plans to revolutionise the customer experience in online gambling.”last_img read more

August 30

NetEnt Games launches in Czechia

first_img Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Evolution Gaming tables ‘game changing’ €1.8bn buyout of NetEnt  June 24, 2020 Operator CEOs head speaker line-up for Latin America’s largest virtual betting and gaming conference May 28, 2020 NetEnt Games has continued its expansion into globally regulated markets after launching its portfolio of games in Czechia, formally known as the Czech Republic.The digital casino solutions provider has agreed a deal with Tipsport, the leading sports betting company in the country.Enrico Bradamante, Managing Director of NetEnt Malta Ltd, commented: ”We continue to deliver on our strategy to expand on regulated markets globally and we are excited about entering Czechia. “I am confident that our games will be well received by Czech players and that we can support Tipsport in driving online casino growth.” Following a successful integration process, a selection of NetEnt’s popular games are now available on the popular Tipsport platform.Jakob Lorentzon, Online Casino Director at Tipsport, added: “Tipsport, as the market leader, always prefers to work with established, trusted companies to deliver the best solutions and offer the highest quality product to our customers. This is why we chose to partner with NetEnt.”Earlier in the year NetEnt’s global expansion strategy led the firm to signing a similar deal with Caliente, its second customer with the Latin American market.Caliente, the largest online gaming operator in the regulated Mexican market, is to see its online casino complimented with a wide selection of digital games from NetEnt.last_img read more

August 30

New Direction… Betway appoints OMD UK as new lead media agency

first_img Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articles ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Anthony Werkman, BetwayUpdating the market, Betway has this morning informed that it has selected OMD UK to lead its UK media planning and buying account valued at a spend of + £30 million per year.With the assistance of intermediary service AAR, Betway held discussions with multiple agencies, before instigating a four-way pitch process that was won by OMD UK (Omnicom Group subsidiary).OMD UK will takeover the Betway account from April 2018 onwards, replacing long-term incumbent Starcom London as Betway’s lead media strategist.In 2018, Betway has moved to restructure its marketing operations, led by new Chief Executive Anthony Werkman.Updating stakeholders, Betway CEO Anthony Werkman said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with OMD. Over the course of the detailed selection process, they demonstrated not only their technical competency but also their shared commitment to demonstrating our ‘For the love of the game’ philosophy.“The possibilities this partnership presents us in the UK are incredibly exciting. We look forward to OMD keeping the Betway brand front of mind among our target audience while adhering to the strict responsible marketing principles that run throughout our business.”Dan Clays – OMD UKThis March, Betway executives called for a creative pitch, to replace London agency Above+Beyond. The online bookmaker detailed that it wanted to revamp its brand identity and coverage for a crucial World Cup year.One of the largest UK media agencies, OMD UK specialises in servicing high-spend advertising accounts, working for major brands including Barclays, PepsiCo and McDonalds.Dan Clays, CEO of OMD UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be appointed as Betway’s UK media agency partner.  We’ve been massively impressed and excited by the ambition of the business, the potential of the Betway brand proposition and the opportunity for media innovation.”last_img read more

August 30

ICS‑digital’s Ben Jones: iGaming and the future of entertainment

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share After hitting £31.23 billion by the end of 2016, the iGaming industry’s total worth is forecasted to reach £57.73 billion by the end of 2020, writes ICS‑digital Marketing Executive Ben Jones.In the past decade, the world of iGaming has exploded. Since the introduction of new legislation in 2014, the UK’s remote gambling sector alone has increased more than three times, coming in just shy of £5 billion in revenue at the end of last year. To put it in context, 11% of all global internet traffic now comes from online casino players. There is also a massive difference in growth when compared to other entertainment sectors such as the world of music and film. In 2017, the money spent on gaming reached £66 billion, which is more than consumers spent on movies (£44 billion) and recorded music (£13 billion) combined.It would seem a fair assumption to conclude that the meteoric growth of remote gambling in the past decade could be partly due to the decrease in popularity of non-remote gambling outlets, such as betting shops and casinos. However, all such sectors – except bingo halls – have actually seen a moderate increase in popularity and profits despite the success of the remote gambling industry. This essentially means that the growth of iGaming isn’t due to non-remote users changing to online outlets; quite the contrary, as both remote and non-remote sectors have seen positive numbers. The remote gambling sector not only appeals to those who have never gambled, by being a more convenient and interactive way of gambling, but also to those existing gamblers who are embracing the digital age but still enjoy the experience of visiting non-remote betting outlets. There is one huge contributing factor to the growth of iGaming over the last ten years; the advancements of mobile technology. As technology improves, connectivity and accessibility also improve. This has allowed users to join online casinos, online bingo halls and place wagers on real and virtual sports from anywhere in the world using a mobile device.Similarly, gaming has also successfully migrated from console to mobile devices in the last five years, with mobile titles becoming the fastest growing in the industry, making up 43% of the global gaming market at £35.4 billion – which is a huge 19.3% increase on last year. The average person spends between 30 and 40 hours per week on a mobile device and this number is growing every day, meaning that it is much easier to attract attention for a new game through a mobile device. More and more developers are concentrating their efforts on mobile-only applications. At one point, mobile apps were an addition to a desktop site, whereas nowadays, more and more companies are creating mobile-only platforms. Another factor to the growth of iGaming is that online gambling isn’t as restricted by demographics as other gambling and entertainment sectors. For example, older people are becoming much more comfortable with technology, becoming more confident on gambling platforms and handling currency online. Online gambling is also becoming appealing to more and more younger people. The younger demographic are becoming more interested in gambling and iGaming, especially as many young sports fans avidly place wagers on games and matches. It is no secret that the younger audience are incredibly tech-savvy, so the idea of getting involved in gambling and wagering – and, most importantly, winning money – without the need to leave the home is very attractive. This, perhaps, allows operators to avoid the perceived negative connotations associated with gambling by the younger generation.The variety of gambling methods and markets is also playing a large part in the growth of online gambling, with consumers able to bet on more or less any sport on the planet, political outcomes and even famous baby names. This means that there is likely to be an appealing bet for anyone who is interested in placing a wager. Another important factor to consider is the high increase in female online gamblers. In 2015, the female gambling population accounted for 49% of users in the UK. Studies have shown that women prefer to gamble in private, often on their mobile device, so that they can play comfortably and confidently and are less likely to be intimidated by male players. Some companies have gone as far as to create female-orientated platforms, such as 888ladies and Pink Casino, to tap into the continuously emerging market.There is a very strong emotional connection between the user and iGaming, especially when compared to other entertainment sectors. You can’t interact with music or a recorded piece of film, nor can you dictate the journey or outcome. In iGaming, meanwhile, the player creates the narrative and experiences a journey based on their decisions and skill. They become emotionally invested in the outcome, even more so as they are placing a wager on their own decisions and luck. The growth of the online gambling market is set to continue and will pick up speed quickly. The advances in mobile technology, mobile connectivity and emerging tech-savvy demographics will all help drive the industry forward.last_img read more

August 30

Mr Green CEO tips England for ‘year of redemption’

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink has predicted a “year of redemption” for English football, but expects Germany and a Kylian Mbappé inspired France to contest the World Cup final.Kärrbrink, who will play a starring role during Betting on Sports Week (18-21 September), has made a series of predictions for this summer’s tournament in Russia, which concludes in Moscow on Sunday 15 July.Kärrbrink tipped 19-year-old Mbappé, who he described as “football’s next super scorer”, to win the Golden Boot, with Les Bleus to battle reigning champions Germany for the trophy.He said: “The drama and the battle between efficiency and artistry, the fight between neighbours and the class of the players for Germany and France could make this to one of the best games ever. Like a Champions League final on steroids.”Despite predicting an all-European final, Kärrbrink still thinks Lionel Messi will be crowned Player of the Tournament, while he expects countryman Victor Lindelöf to put his Premier League struggles behind him to become the biggest surprise of the World Cup 2018.“It’s a subjective and impossible category to bet on”, said Kärrbrink, “but it’s still an interesting one to speculate about. He might have struggled at Manchester United, but he has the potential to be a super star defender. I think he will show it this summer.”The Mr Green leader also had a positive outlook for the chances of England, who were dumped out of Euro 2016 by minnows Iceland – his tip as the ‘surprise advancement’ from a group featuring Messi’s Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria.“2018 is the year of redemption for English football,” he said. “England has been favourites (in England) since 1966 but never really lived up to the expectations, perhaps with the 2000’s as an exception.“This year, they have a great team, a strong coach and less pressure. And surely, they cannot repeat the fiasco from 2014. I predict they will reach the semi-final stage.”Finally, he expects Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera to be picked in goal for the Team of the Tournament, just pipping his other favourite stopper – Keylor Navas of Costa Rica. Karrbrink could well be reflecting on these predictions when he appears on the CEO Panel discussion during Betting on Sports in September. He will be joined on a star-studded #boscon2018 panel by Betway Group CEO Anthony Werkman, Fortuna Group CEO Per Widerstrom and George Daskalakis, Founder and CEO at Stoiximan and Betano.He will also be speaking on the CEO Panel at the CasinoBeats Summit, which is co-located with Betting on Sports at Olympia London. Submit Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Related Articles Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020last_img read more

August 30

FA reveals new carding system for managerial misconduct

first_imgShare Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles The English Football Association has revealed that for the upcoming season, red and yellow cards will be handed to managers for touchline misconduct. The sanctions will be enforced in the FA Cup, Football League, EFL Cup, EFL Trophy and National League, however in the Premier League managers will receive a verbal caution if the officials deem they have behaved irresponsibly. The FA has also outlined that managers who receive four bookings will be further punished by being handed a one-match ban, with up 16 cards resulting in a further misconduct charge and subsequent punishment for the manager in question.Furthermore, when it comes to pre match markets betting on booking points continues to be a popular option for punters, therefore adding the extra element of managers receivings bookings may well serve to elevate this market for betting operators. Football Trading Supervisor at Sky Bet, Stuart Dallimore emphasised: “Our current rule on carded markets is, only cards shown to players currently on the pitch will count. Cards shown to managers or substitutes do not count. As such I would hope we’ll avoid any issues with managers picking up yellow cards.” He added: “We may explore offering a specific manager bookings market later in the season once we have a few months’ worth of data to use.”Nevertheless, with the press conferences of Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, as well as the appointment of Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery stealing the limelight over the summer, English Premier League managers are becoming a more forefront feature of football coverage and it seems inevitable that manager markets will become a deeper part of an operators’ product. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

August 30

Scott Longley – Betting makes the right call on Tennis Integrity

first_img Submit David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Scott Longley – Clear & Concise MediaScott Longley details that stakeholder cooperation, combined with an understanding of big picture dynamics at stake, have seen betting progress on its support of tennis integrity, avoiding a further 2020 banana skin for industry incumbents…The move announced in December by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) confirming the continued collection and distribution of in-play data on World Tennis Tour events at the $25k level marks a step forward in the cooperation between the sport and the betting sector.The confirmation of a phased discontinuance of the collection of data on events at the $15k level and below is a welcome de-escalation from the stance previously taken by the Independent Review Panel (IRP) report in December 2018 which had initially recommended a total prohibition on all WTT in-play data collection.There will be a complete discontinuation of live scoring data at WTT $15k events once all further integrity protection measures have been put in place. At the same time, the ITF will be increasing the number of games at the $25k level.As Khalid Ali, chief executive of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), said an outright ban would have led to an “undesirable situation” developing of consumers seeking betting on the black market with a “corresponding loss of market oversight and the ability to detect and punish corruption.”In maintaining betting at the $25k event level, the IBIA suggested the ITF has opted to preserve betting on a product which has proven “popular with consumers”.Citing data from H2 Gambling Capital, the IBIA said online tennis betting has grown substantially in the past decade, with lower-level tennis stated to have been worth circa $820m in 2017.The H2 report noted that in the event of a full prohibition on all lower-level tennis, there would have likely been a “three-way switch” with some incremental increase in betting on other forms of tennis, notably ATP tournaments, more pre-match ITF betting but also a continuation of betting on lower-level tennis with other operators working with unofficial data.David Lampitt, managing director of sports partnerships at Sportradar, said the route taken by the ITF with regard to the reduction in betting coverage was proactive and pragmatic and also consistent with Sportradar’s own approach.“If you adopt a blanket approach, you risk creating a black market for betting and data and the IRP itself was honest enough to acknowledge that they could not predict the consequences of their recommendations with certainty,” he added.Regulation rather than prohibitionLampitt went on to say “that the best way to control and foster transparency in the betting market” is to regulate it in an effective and progressive way. He said the appropriate regulation of betting, rather than attempts at prohibition, were always more likely to succeed, bringing in licensing conditions, transparency, further controls for governing bodies and enhanced consumer protections.“Globally there is a pattern developing towards a legalised and regulated market as we have seen in markets like the US over the last 18 months, and this should be good news for sports as well as fans,” he added.Indeed, as the IBIA noted in its third-quarter 2019 integrity review, there has been a “significant downturn” in suspicious betting alerts in the year-to-date with a 40% reduction to 72 alerts compared with 121 in the same period in 2018. The IBIA attributed the fall to a reduction in alerts at ITF level.The TIU report for 2019 showed the number of overall alerts had fallen to its lowest level since 2015 with the total down 43% to 138 from 264 in 2018.“We continue to work closely with the ITF and they are now doing more than any other body in tennis to address the integrity challenges and implement the recommendations of the IRP, even though their matches are statistically much less likely to give rise to betting alerts than those at higher levels of tennis” said Lampitt.“Systematic monitoring started in early 2018 so our Fraud Detection System has been running for nearly two years, during which time we have carefully monitored risk, escalated concerns and removed coverage on a targeted basis. The approach appears to be contributing to positive results with the number of betting alerts in ITF tournaments down by over 60% in 2019 based on the data from the Tennis Integrity Unit.”ITF President David Haggerty hailed the “comprehensive package of measures”, saying the scale of the integrity measures that were being instituted was “unprecedented”. He concluded: “We are confident that it will deliver real benefits for all participants and will contribute to the trend of reducing corruption risk seen in 2019.” Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more