Formula 1: 2017 Summer Review

first_imgTOP CLASS MACHINESWhere else to start than the real stars of the sport, the race cars. There were strong fears about the introduction of wider cars in the 2017 season of the Formula 1 as pundits thought it would reduce the chances of overtaking and consequently give an advantage to drivers who qualify fastest.Surprisingly, the new cars have etched up in terms of speed and there’s still the dexterity on the grid. A perfect example is the case of Max Verstappen in the Chinese GP who climbed 13 places from 16th to 3rd in just the first lap. That’s the definition of overtaking and now we wonder what we were scared about. VERY TOUGH AT THE BOTTOMSauber and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren hold the unsavoury record of still not winning a point in the Formula 1 this season and have not even made Q3. This effectively keeps them rooted to the bottom of the Constructor’s championship Eleven (11) races have gone by in the highly contested 71st season of the Formula 1 and as there is the summer break on at the moment, there’s no better time to review the highs and lows of the season so far than right now.There have been extremely fast cars, different winners, controversy and of course, very talented drivers on the grids this year and this season has brought to fore a very keen contest between major car makers and top drivers. Here are some of the major highlights of the season so far. UNPREDICTABILITYThe unpredictable nature of this season’s Formula 1 winners has created a fine spectacle for followers of the sport as there hasn’t been a clear favourite going into each of the races. It is worthy of note that although Ferrari and Mercedes are the top dogs on the grids, there have been different winners at different races.There were 3 different winners in the first four races this season with season favourites, Hamilton and Vettel being joined by the high flying Mercedes driver, Valterie Bottas as early winners in the Formula. There was also Red Bull’s Daniel Riccardio stepping up especially in Azerbaijan making it four drivers in the mix for the driver’s title. There have been consistent pole and podium finishes also for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. DON’T FORGET THE ROOKIESNo one is allowed to, of course. With Force India looking likely to finish fourth in the constructor’s championship, they have more than their fast cars and the consistent Sergio Perez to thank as new-comer Esteban Ocon has got tongues wagging in and out of the paddock.20-year-old Ocon is only the 4th rookie to get points by finishing in the top ten in his first five races in the Formula 1. He has followed that up with top ten finishes in Canada, Azerbaijan, Austria and the UK.Also doing very well is 18-year-old Williams driver Lance Stroll who was brought in to replace Felipe Massa but has ended up driving alongside the Brazilian after the exit of Valerie Bottas to Mercedes.Stroll is the second youngest podium finisher in the history of the Formula 1 as he came third in Baku. He has also scored points in Canada and Austriacenter_img In a season where pundits and followers alike were looking to see real competition for points and places coupled with excitement in the Formula 1, the cars and the drivers seem to be living it up to everyone.The Formula 1 is back in Belgium for the Belgian GP on August 27.RelatedThe 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij PreviewJuly 29, 2017In “Sports”Formula E Charged Up for New Season – Reasons You Should Watch itDecember 12, 2018In “Formula E”The 2017 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report Card (1): A Review of Major EventsJuly 23, 2017In “Sports” FERNANDO ALONSOThe unfortunate case of Fernando Alonso and his McLaren-Honda team has been a pitiful sight to see as the two-time world champion has struggled to get laps on his car, race after race, leading to serious speculation as to if and where he would be driving next season in the Formula 1.There has been the question of outright retirement from the grids but with the possible exit of one of the Ferrari drivers at the end of the season, it might just be an unforeseen opportunity to return to familiar grounds.There has also been the talk of a move to Mercedes to reunite with former rookie team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, whom Alonso had a bitter clash of words and interests in their time at McLaren Mercedes which ended in the rookie finishing 2nd behind Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso finishing third, a place behind his rookie team mate and their team, McLaren, being thrown out of the constructor’s championship for 2007. CONTROVERSYGoing into Azerbaijan there was the feeling of friendly rivalry between the top two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Sébastien Vettel, which some say needed some spark to add to an already interesting grid rivalry. The pair seemed to be enjoying the wheel to wheel battle until Vettel saw red in Baku after deliberately bashing the Mercedes driver whom he thought had break checked him just moments earlier.Vettel was duly handed a 10 seconds penalty by the race stewards but after the chequered flag, many argued that the penalty was not harsh enough leading to the Ferrari driver facing a disciplinary panel at the FIA. He was given a slap on the wrist and the matter was put to bed.Vettel subsequently apologized to Hamilton who had been very pissed about the FIA rulings. As much as there was the back and forth as to the severity of the punishment Sebastian Vettel got from Baku, the whole controversy got everyone interested and talking about the Formula 1.last_img read more

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New NBA season could see superstars join bandwagon of kneeling athletes during national anthem

first_imgThe 2017-18 NBA regular season will tipoff on 17 October 2017. The tipoff is earlier than usual to enable a reduction in the number of back-to-back games teams are scheduled to play.One major issue which is sweeping across major sporting activities in the United States of America is athletes kneeling during the anthem, rather than stand, as it’s the usual norm globally, and that recent trend threatens to repeat itself when the multi-billion dollar NBA season gets underway.To cushion, address, whatever unpleasant surprises the superstar NBA players might have prepared-an extension of the NFL brouhaha, the NBA sent a memo to teams re-emphasizing that players and coaches must stand during the national anthem.The memo which was distributed by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum advises teams to allow the league office determine how best to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem.Furthermore, the memo clearly instructs that individual teams do not have the discretion to waive the rule that players, coaches and staff stand for the anthem. The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule. It is not clear if the league would exercise it in the event of any protest.The NBA suggested several ways teams could address the current political situation, which includes; a message of unity and how the individual teams are committed to bringing the community together this season, both players and coaches issuing a joint pregame address at their first home games, prepare a video tribute or public service announcement featuring team leadership speaking about the issues they care about.The latest reminder and precautionary steps by the NBA became necessary after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season, as a means of protesting social and racial injustice and police brutality.In recent days, NBA stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry have taken to social media expressing their views on President Donald Trump. James described Mr Trump as a ‘bum’, while Curry ruled out accepting a traditional invitation to the White House with his Golden State Warriors championship winning team for a photo-op.Relatedlast_img read more

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Bettingpro – Festive Thinking…getting serious about SPOTY 2016.

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Neil RoartyThe Christmas break should not signal a market slowdown for bookmakers. Bettingpro.com editor Neil Roarty takes a look at the BBC’s 2016 ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ award and why this ‘festive market’ should be taken seriously by betting stakeholders.__________________________The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award is one of the highlights of the festive TV calendar as it brings families together for a few hours to reflect and reminisce not only on the athletic achievements of the past 12 months but also on where they were when each occurred.The chances are that most people who remember Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win, Gareth Bale’s Euro 2016 goals, Max Whitlock’s medals in Rio or Mo Farah retaining his Olympic titles do so with memories of who they were with and where they were while watching. The BBC SPOTY helps to rekindle those memories and for that reason it is deserving of a place in the Christmas TV calendar.The award itself is a godsend for those who work in online gaming as it unites multiple sports and much of the media related to the build-up focuses on the odds of the key contenders. This means that there are several promotions startegies to drive traffic and players to sites, regardless of whether your business is promoting in-play tennis tips or bookmaker free bets.There’s a logical tie-in to virtually any aspect of online sports betting with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and the first thing anyone who works in the industry should be looking to do is to ensure that they have it adequately covered on their sites.This coverage can take many forms. Maybe you want to focus on the bookmakers’ odds on the event? Andy Murray has been the favourite for a long time but in the past month the Scot’s odds have been slashed from 8/11 to 1/6.  Is he still value at that price? Have the bookies been taking so many big bets that they feel obligated to make Murray so short? It is worth remembering that not everyone outside of the industry will have been paying so much attention to the price fluctuations and so may not realize that Murray is such a certainty with the layers. It may seem obvious but just tell the public who the favourite is and why, as that will get them interested in the event and the betting.Perhaps you do have some sports sites and the focus is much more on news and appealing to a particular audience. In that case you will be wanting to write blogs, run polls and discuss whether or not a particular sportsman or woman either deserves his or her place on the shortlist or should have been nominated.Boxing fans, for example, will be up in arms that Anthony Joshua has been excluded from the BBC’s shortlist while racing fans are constantly annoyed that their heroes are overlooked when it comes to the nominations. Nick Skelton is included for his Olympic exploits but what about the jockeys who put their lives on the line every day of every week from Carlisle to Cheltenham?Horse racing is actually a perfect example of how the sports betting community was able to get behind an athlete, with the racing fraternity running a successful campaign in 2010 in support of AP McCoy. There were races renamed as the “Vote for AP McCoy to win Sports Personality Of The Year Chase” and race-goers were urged to vote for the Northern Irishman. McCoy ended up winning the 2016 SPOTY award and that kind of success story should serve as an inspiration to other sporting communities.Social media offers the chance to discuss these issues ahead of SPOTY and with it comes the opportunity to push angry or emotional commentators to the betting odds. Don’t like that Murray is favourite? Bet against him. Don’t think Mo Farah has the public’s support? Here’s how you can bet on him not even making the top three.The crucial thing is to be a part of the conversation and to advance it in a direction that suits your business. This year the awards ceremony is in the Genting Arena. If you’re a Casino affiliate then there’s a blog post waiting to be written right there!___________________________Neil Roarty – Editor – Bettingpro.com Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Bingo documentary gets BBC upgrade  June 10, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Ladbrokes Coral & William Hill eyeing Tatts wagering assets

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles ‘The Australian’ newspaper has this weekend reported that FTSE-listed betting operators’ Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill are eyeing the potential takeover of ASX-listed Tatts Group’s sports betting assets, should the company be acquired by the Pacific Consortium.Last week, Pacific Consortium a group of investors led by London private equity firm Macquarie and New York fund KKR made a formal AUS $7.3 billion (£4.4 billion) approach for Tatts.The approach sees Pacific place the proposed merger of Tabcorp-Tatts (first announced October 2016) under further examination, with Australian analysts pointing that the strong bid for Tatts will likely split corporate investors on the operator’s future.Detailing its approach, Pacific stated that it would move to split Tatts lucrative lotteries division from its under-performing ‘wagering’ (sports betting) assets. The consortium will either ‘spin-off’ Tatts wagering arm into a separate enterprise or sell its assets to interested parties.Both the governances of Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill have highlighted the strategic importance of expanding their businesses within the competitive Australian betting market, which has seen costs increase as a number of international operators move-in to challenge legacy operators Tabcorp and Tatts.2015 saw Tatts launch its new retail and online betting brand UBET, in a move to unify its TAB betting arms for Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.To date, Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill have concentrated their Australian businesses via digital verticals, a successful purchase of Tatts wagering assets could see the operators launch a retail betting enterprises for the Australian market.last_img read more

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H20 Data to make a splash with traders

first_imgShare Related Articles SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital unveils unrivalled speaker line-up August 19, 2020 SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Ahead of the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition SBC Events, in association with BetConstruct, will hold a seminar to discuss the critical issue of sports data and show how BetConstruct’s data services can help betting businesses.Held on the Sunday before the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition, the H20 Data seminar is invite only and will address topics around the speed, range and depth of data. At the seminar BetConstruct will also present its Odds Feed, Live Scouting Data and other sports data services. Held at One Whitehall Place near Embankment Station, H20 Data will combine good debate, great food and fantastic entertainment in one event.H20 Data is designed to appeal to Sports Betting Traders, C-Level Management, Head of Sportsbooks, Sportbook Directors and Sportsbook Managers.BetConstruct founder Vigen Badalyan commented: “Data is as important to an operator’s well-being as water is to our personal well-being. As such we thought we’d use the opportunity to shine the spotlight on an area that perhaps doesn’t get looked at too closely and show how vital these services are for betting operators.“As most of the industry is in London ahead of the ICE Totally Gaming Expo at ExCeL, we thought a seminar and dinner would be an appropriate way to start the week.”SBC Events Director Lizzie Blake added: “H20 Data is going to be a really lovely evening. We will be highlighting great products and this will be surrounded by celebrity entertainment, good food and music for our intended company. What better way to kick-start the Gaming industries event flagship month”.To register interest in the event, please click here. StumbleUpon Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Industry big hitters make the shortlists for SBC Awards 2017

first_imgShare Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Bet365 is facing fierce competition to retain its Bookmaker of the Year title at this year’s SBC Awards, after the shortlists were announced for the sports betting industry’s annual end of year celebration.Vying with the Stoke-based bookmaker for the ceremony’s key award on Tuesday 5 December will be Sky Bet, William Hill, Unibet, Pinnacle, Betsafe, BetVictor and 10bet.Meanwhile the Affiliate of the Year will come from Better Collective, Catena Media, Livesport Media, Raketech, Easyodds, Check’d Media, OLBG or Gambling.com Group.Among the most competitive categories at the event, headline sponsored by Golden Race and OPTIMA at The Artillery Garden, will be the two Rising Star awards. Competing for the operator award of Rising Star in Sports Betting will be Argyll Entertainment, Bookee, LV Bet, Betster, Coolbet, Mr Green, Betstars, 1Xbet, Adjarabet and LeoVegas Sports. On the supplier side, the winner of the Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation will come from this group: Digital Sports Tech; Qubit; BtoBet; Statscore; Algosport; Delasport; TCM Inplay and Bettorlogic.Sportradar and Golden Race have each been shortlisted five times, while Unibet, BetBright, Pinnacle, Racing Post, OPTIMA and bet365 are in the running for four of the awards designed to recognise excellence across the sector.Meanwhile, the list of companies fighting on three fronts includes William Hill, LeoVegas, Betgenius, InBet Games, BetConstruct, Mr Green, SBTech, EveryMatrix, BtoBet, SIS and Sky Bet, which will be defending its Football Bookmaker of the Year title.To see the shortlisted companies for each of the awards, click HERE.In total, former Sky Sports presenter Matt Lorenzo and Luis Garcia, a Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, will be announcing 28 prize winners, split into 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards.Choosing from these shortlists only, the Operator/Affiliate Awards will be put to a vote by anyone that attended this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, while nominees for the Supplier Awards will be assessed by a panel of judges.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “It’s been another great year for the sports betting industry, as emphasised by the wide range of prize contenders across 28 categories. The nominations were numerous and the quality high. It’s going to be extremely tough for our judges to pick out the winners.”Anyone wishing to book individual tickets or tables for the #sbcawards2017, please email sales@sbcnews.co.uk for more information.To enquire about sponsorship opportunities at the event, please also contact us on sales@sbcnews.co.uk. Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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Rock ‘n’ Roll… GIG to develop Hard Rock’s first US online casino property

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupUpdating the market Oslo-listed online gambling operator Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with US leisure and gaming group Hard Rock International.The partnership will see GIG deliver platform and front-end development provisions, for the launch of Hard Rock International first US online casino venture.Working on delivering the strategic partnership since October 2017, GIG governance is pleased to have partnered with one of the US markets biggest and most popular hotel and leisure enterprises.Hard Rock International owns and operates Hard Rock Café, hotels and land-based casinos across the world. Last year Hard Rock International expanded its casino operations to New Jersey, investing $500 million in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.“We are excited to be part of Hard Rock’s inspiring and innovative plans,” detailed Robin Reed, CEO, GiG.“This agreement confirms the attractiveness of the GiG platform and the ability to support major operators in the industry. By adding a New Jersey license, we will move into our third regulated market, positioning GiG towards an important and growing iGaming market.”Updating investors, GIG governance informs that it has initiated the application process for the Casino Enterprise License in New Jersey.“Hard Rock has an ambitious plan to become a global leader in the international online gaming space,” said Kresimir Spajic, SPV, Online Gaming at Hard Rock.“We are confident that, together with GiG, we can disrupt the market, through product innovation and unique user experience.” GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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Sportech offloads Dutch asset Racing BV for €3.25 million

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles KSA draws up wishlist on casino games market surveillance July 13, 2020 Submit Netherlands Remote Gambling Act submitted for EC review July 15, 2020 TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs  July 29, 2020 Share The governance of London listed betting and racing systems provider Sportech Plc has confirmed that it has agreed on terms to sell its Netherlands subsidiary Sportech Racing BV to private investor RBP Luxembourg (‘RBP’).Sportech will carry-out the sale of Racing BV for a total cash consideration of €3.25 million on a ‘debt-free basis’.Last June 2017, Racing BV obtained a new five-year licence to maintain the exclusive rights for Dutch tote betting on horseracing. The licence is operated in nine betting shops, combined with 38 other betting-point outlets and through the website www.runnerz.nl.Updating the market, Andrew Gaughan, CEO of Sportech, said: “The Proposed Disposal represents an attractive opportunity to realise value following the successful licence extension and restructuring of the business by management as we increase focus on US growth opportunities.“Sportech will continue to provide RBP, under a long-term contract, its ongoing tote services and also has a strong working relationship with them focused on developing and selling their French racing pools into our vast footprint of global customers.”The final transaction is subject to local regulatory consent and the transfer of various agreements and licences (on market terms) from certain Sportech group entities to Sportech Racing BV.€2.8 million of the consideration will be payable at closing and up to a further €450,000 will be payable in January 2019, subject to certain agreed performance conditions being met. Deal stakeholders expect to close the transaction during H2 2018.last_img read more

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Kwiff reprimanded by the ASA over fake odds advertisement

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles Sports betting app Kwiff has been reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after odds used in a television advertisement were found to be fake.The ad in question, seen in December of last year, contained an example bet placed by “Adam from Clitheroe” on a PSG vs Celtic game, and stated “Adam’s odds on PSG were perfectly normal 11/8”.Four complaints challenged the odds misleading nature due to a belief the odds were never available, with Eaton Gate Gaming, Kwiff’s parent company, stating that the ad featured a simplified version of the bet “PSG to win & only one or no team scores”.Stating that £5 was placed on that bet on September 12 with odds of 11/8, they also said that the ad would not be used again, and one with a revised bet had been submitted to Clearcast.Responding themselves Clearcast, the non-governmental organisation which pre-approves most British television advertising, commented that they had not been made aware that the bet in the ad was not genuine before clearing it.The ASA judged that consumers would understand the claim to mean that those odds were attainable, and an example of the type of odds that were achievable through using Kwiff’s service.Adding: “We noted that the bet on which those odds had been available was ‘PSG to win & only one or no team scores.’ “Because we considered that consumers would understand the claim in the ad to mean that the odds were based on PSG to win without the additional qualification, but that bet was not available at the odds quoted in the ad, we concluded that the ad was misleading” Ruling, the ASA stated that the ad must not appear again in current form, in addition to telling Kwiff  to ensure that they accurately described any example bets displayed in their ads, and displayed the correct odds for that bet.In addition OddsMonkey, the matched betting service, also came under question, relating to a page titled “Ben’s Matched Betting Diary” featured on its site, which claimed to hit a £20 profit target each day.The complainant, who believed it featured a fictional character, challenged whether the impression that similar profits were achievable in real life was misleading and could be substantiated.Responding OddsMonkey, who stated the author was an employee, supplied daily entries for August and September, figures used to calculate the claim and profits or losses achieved so far by 1,571 members who used OddsMonkey’s profit tracker tool.As well as this it was pointed out that earning potential could vary over time and the author having 18 months experience, with a belief stated that: “Ben’s Matched Betting Diary was a fair representation of the earnings that could be expected from using the OddsMonkey software and working through the training guides and daily offers.”In its assessment, the ASA stated that consumers would likely believe the dairy contained a fair representation of success that could be achieved, before issuing an understanding of the process of matched betting, free bets, their requirements and potential impacts of such.Regarding evidence supplied, the ASA commented: “OddsMonkey had not supplied adequate evidence to show that the level of success described in the blog was typical of the success customers were likely to be able to achieve when using OddsMonkey’s service over at least a similar time period, we concluded that the claim made in the ad had not been substantiated.”Before ruling “The ad must not appear again in the form complained of. We told OddsMonkey not to make claims about the level of profits members were likely to be able to achieve, and for how long that would be sustained, unless they held adequate substantiation.” Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform  July 9, 2020 Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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GVC Holdings announces second extension to B2B deal with DLS

first_img StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share Related Articles GVC Holdings announced a second multi-year extension to its already existing B2B supply agreement with Danish state owned gambling operator, Danske Licens Spil (DLS).The group have supplied online gaming and poker content to DLS since the Danish market first became regulated in 2012.Through its agreement with GVC, DLS has access to the Group’s extensive portfolio of gaming content which includes titles from leading third-party suppliers as well as exclusive games developed by the GVC’s in-house development studios.GVC’s Head of Client Services, Ian Turnbull commented: “Having supplied poker and casino games to DLS since 2012 we are thrilled to extend our relationship once again. Danske Licens Spil is the clear market leader in Denmark and we are delighted to be their long-term partner of choice.”GVC Holdings is one of the largest sports betting and gaming groups in the world, operating both online and in the retail sector.The Group owns a comprehensive portfolio of established brands; their Sports Brands include bwin, Coral, Crystalbet, Eurobet, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet; while the Gaming Brands include CasinoClub, Foxy Bingo, Gala, Gioco Digitale, partypoker and PartyCasino.Søren Schneider, Director of Product Management at Danske Licens Spil said: “Danske Licens Spil has been a strong market leader in the liberalised Danish market since 2012. One of the reasons for our continual growth is our strong relationship with the GVC Group.“With access to their casino and poker platforms combined with our joint exclusive content development it was a logical decision to extend our relationship for three more years.”last_img read more

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