StumbleUpon Share Industry affiliate media owner, Caledonian Publishing has increased its betting-related inventory by announcing the launch of dedicated political betting website BetOnPolitics.co.uk.Caledonian’s new portal aims to be the leading destination for all punters seeking political betting insight and knowledge on a number of UK and international politics markets.Ahead of the UK General Election on 8 June, BetOnPolitics.co.uk offers its users a fully comprehensive feed of live odds for every UK constituency. Furthermore, the new website offers information and odds on all candidates contesting UK seats this General Election.BetOnPolitics.co.uk will be managed by lead Editor Phil Lowe, who commented on the launch“Polls and Election betting markets may suggest that Prime Minster Theresa May is going to win the Election with a large majority, but political punters will still be expecting twists and turns in the coming weeks, and the ability to check out live odds from around the United Kingdom all day, every day between now and June 8th will help them to make financial gains.“In addition to our constituency search tool, the BetOnPolitics team will also be looking at the battles in the marginal seats over the next few weeks, and we’ll have all the latest General Election odds, with live betting updates on Election Day itself from 7am right through to the polls closing at 10pm.”Caledonian Publishing Editor Neil Roarty was pleased to add BetOnPolitics.co.uk to his firms industry portfolio which includes Bettingpro.com and Footballtips.com,“We have been an active industry analyst in the sports betting field for over a decade and have built up trust within our readerships thanks to providing interesting and accurate information and advice. We felt that the time was right to now branch out into politics and we’ve used the same focus on innovation and user experience that has served us well in our sports properties to build a political betting experience that we believe is the best anywhere on the web. We not only provide high-quality political analysis but our unique ConstituencySearch Bar feature allows users to instantly access all information pertaining to every election market and so make informed wagers on the 2017 General Election”. Related Articles Genting begins £1.6m upgrade of Glasgow property October 30, 2019 Share Sportradar: The uncertain ‘guess’ driving the IRP’s data proposals for tennis October 23, 2018 Internet rumours see bookmakers suspend Rangers relegation markets January 9, 2018 Submit
Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Uefa has this week announced a raft of changes to European competition, with the new system, that is set to be in place from the 2018/19 season, designed to represent an evolution of the Champions League and Europa League.Amongst the raft of changes, is one particular key example regarding kick off times, that could be of significant interest to both bookmakers and bettors alike.Whilst being insistent that the formats from the group stage onwards will remain as they are, staggered start times of 17:55 GMT and 20:00 GMT in both competitions are set to come into force.With Uefa simply stating “The new kick-off times will offer more viewing opportunities for fans while maximising media value,” what could the deeper ramifications be for bookies?Alistair Gill, Sportsbook Commercial Relations Manager at Kindred Group, highlights some of the issues facing both the current and new formats: “There are a number of implications for us with kick offs staggered at 6pm and 8pm from 2018, with the majority of them being positive. “The key one being, in line with UEFA’s intention of allowing fans to watch more football, is that it allows them to bet on more football in the process. “Currently with all group stage matches kicking off at the same time, cannibalisation is an issue we struggle with as one individual game takes fans away from betting on other games that are on at the same time. “With the staggered kick offs fans will be much more able to get involved in betting on a variety of games. It will be interesting to see the level of the impact however, with only 2 games kicking off in the 6pm slot and the other 6 still kicking off at the same time at 8pm.”Whilst on the surface this could seem like a win win, what do these changes mean for accumulators? And will they decrease the value of potential cash out offerings in anyway?Gill tentatively discusses potential negatives, with an assurance they could still be minimal: “One negative we are likely to see however is a drop in revenue from accumulators across the match round. With all matches currently kicking off at the same time, it is a perfect chance for punters to bet on all, or a large selection, of the games in an accumulator and not have to wait more than the length of one game for it to be resulted. “The change may also decrease the value of our cash out offering, as there are a wide variety of situations with matches on at the different times, which will essentially remove Cash Out as a viable or attractive option for players. “The longer the duration it takes to settle an accumulator, the less we are likely to see them. But again it will be interesting to see the actual level of impact this change has, as the matches are still running essentially back to back which should minimise this issue.”One of the big winners of these changes is certain to be in-play betting, with back to back televised matches to open up more prospects for punters to live.Concluding, Gill explains the additional revenues that could be felt in the industry as a result of the Uefa imposed changes: “Back to back matches should certainly open up the possibility of additional revenue. In-Play will be absolutely key here, as the staggered kick off times will allow our players to bet Live on more than one game per match round. “Unsurprisingly, a huge driver of In-Play betting is the ability for a punter to be able to watch, follow or fully engage in the match they’re betting on. When they’re all on at the same time this will restrict a lot of players to Live betting one game, but this change will open that up to allow them, in practice, to do so on 2.” Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon Related Articles LeoVegas agrees €15m Authentic Gaming offload to Genting October 30, 2019 Share Submit GentingBet signs football expert Balague September 17, 2019 Alison Brincat – Genting InteractiveGenting Casinos continues to restructure its digital gambling division, confirming the appointment of Alison Brincat as new Head of Affiliate Marketing for ‘Genting Interactive’.Brincat is set to join Genting interactive’s new Malta-based marketing division and will be charged with leading ‘Genting Affiliates’, the combined partner marketing program for GentingCasino.com and Genting Bet brands.A seasoned affiliate marketing lead, Brincat joins Genting Interactive from digital media agency FrontLoop Malta and has previously led affiliate marketing divisions for Videoslots and Betsson AB.Commenting on taking charge of Genting Affiliates, Alison Brincat, Head of Affiliates at Genting Interactive said:“Genting is a huge global business with a significant UK casino estate and big ambitions for their mobile and web casino and sportsbook brands. It’s a great time for me to be joining the team and I’m looking forward to working with both current and new affiliates to capitalise on the success Genting Casino and Genting Bet have seen to date”.This September, Genting Casinos, the UK subsidiary of Genting Group Malaysia, confirmed that it had appointed former Betsson AB executive Jeremy Taylor to lead its new interactive division based in Malta.Taylor has been tasked with leading Genting’s new digital vision, seeking to develop GentingCasino and Genting Bet as leading industry propositions.Jeremy Taylor, Managing Director of Genting Interactive said: “We are in the process of building a team of the highest calibre of marketing and operations professionals to grow Genting’s interactive business out of our new Malta office. Alison is one of the most respected affiliate professionals in the gaming industry and the first of our new hires so I’m very happy to welcome her to the team.” BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share
Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year June 11, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share Betsson to appeal ‘hefty’ Spelinspektionen penalty June 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Andrea Rossi – Betsson SpainStockholm-listed Betsson AB continues to revamp its Spanish licensed online gambling property Betsson.es, confirming the effective redesign of its website for desktop and mobile utilities.Focusing on delivering an ‘adaptive user experience’ across its core verticals, the new Betsson.es website aims to simplify user journeys, allowing for better player engagements with Betsson.es games content and inventory.Re-launching its Spanish website, Betsson marketing detailed that it wanted to represent ‘a new image for the Swedish operator in Spain’.‘The new site face will offer the Betsson players a much more adapted experience for each device, specifically on mobile, where it shows a much stronger usability’ – details Betsson.es on its website relaunch.Andrea Rossi, Managing Director for Betsson Spain, commented: “The experience of the player when using our product is the key priority for us, and that is why we are delighted to be able to enhance and improve that experience for them. The new design of Betsson.es is fluid, clean and far more user-friendly now, offering limitless emotion and entertainment.”The website revamp, sees Betsson continue to strengthen its Spanish product offering, a key initiative for 2018 and beyond.This September, Betsson.es announced the launch of its new simplified Rewards program – Betsson Puntos, developed specifically for Spanish online gambling players.
Share Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 The current agreement between ITV and Ascot Racecourse has been brought into the spotlight after it has been reported that the broadcaster has asked Ascot to come to a decision over whether it will agree to a three-year partnership extension. Reported by the Racing Post, the partnership between the two has been highlighted by bookmakers, punters and sponsors, who have emphasised that a failure to extend the agreement may lead to the racing sector to suffer.The broadcaster has reportedly issued a Saturday deadline for the racecourse, although it is expected that the deadline may stretch into September. Should the duo fail to extend the partnership, ITV has suggested that it would continue its involvement with UK horseracing, which Betfair – a principal sponsor of Ascot – emphasised that the TV coverage would be of significant importance to the future of its two key sponsorships.Betfair head of media relations Barry Orr commented: “When you come to evaluate a sponsorship a major consideration is the exposure you receive through ITV, whose coverage gets you into so many more homes. It’s very significant indeed. The ideal scenario is to have races both on terrestrial television and a dedicated channel. That’s what we hope to see in the future.“Whether or not our races are being televised terrestrially would have a very significant impact on the attractiveness of any sponsorships going forward. It’s a no-brainer to say if races in future were not on ITV they would be increasingly less attractive from a sponsorship perspective.”Coral has also established a partnership with the racecourse, and head of PR David Stevens added: “As there is direct correlation between terrestrial television coverage of racing and increased betting turnover on the sport, the current extensive ITV contract that covers all the year’s flagship meetings is something we absolutely welcome, with the increased year-on-year audience figures proof of the sport’s continued relevance and popularity. “Whilst we rightly couldn’t comment on specific ongoing commercial negotiations between Ascot and ITV, Royal Ascot is the biggest week of the Flat season in betting terms, and along with the other top-class fixtures under both codes that the course stages, forms a key part of the terrestrial programme. We would hope that position can be maintained going forward.”
Share Rank finalises Stride Gaming takeover October 4, 2019 Rank Group’s transformation programme helps boost H2 profits August 22, 2019 Related Articles Submit Rank pleased with Grosvenor progress as critical Stride integration begins October 15, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Closing trading on Friday 20 September, the governance of London Stock Exchange-listed Rank Group Plc sanctioned a formal update on the firm’s acquisition of London AIM-listed Stride Gaming Plc.Updating deal stakeholders, Rank governance confirms that its shareholder approved £115 million acquisition of Stride Gaming has met the requisites of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).In November 2018, Daub Alderney a subsidiary of Stride Gaming had been fined £7.1 million by the UKGC, who in its review highlighted a number of AML breaches and source-of-fund failures.‘Stride and Rank are pleased to announce that the UKGC has given notice in writing that it has determined to approve the Offer and, as such, the relevant condition to the Offer has therefore been satisfied.’ – Rank details through a filing with the London Stock Exchange.Seeking to significantly enlarge its UK digital portfolio, this summer Rank governance sanctioned an all-cash purchase of Stride Gaming assets, moving to acquire the London AIM bingo network’s brands of Kitty Bingo, Lucky Pants, Bingo Extra and Lucky VIP, Regal Wins and Spin&Win.Updating its timetable, Rank confirms that the acquisition of Stride will undertake its final regulatory hearing with the Royal Court of Jersey, on 2 October, with deal stakeholders anticipating to conclude the transaction by 4 October.Satisfying its regulatory requisites, Stride Gaming confirms that it will cease trading on the London AIM exchange on 4 October, with the company cancelling its AIM admission outright on 7 October.
HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has reaffirmed its ‘full and unequivocal support’ for CEO Nick Rust after a number of concerns over his leadership from trainers were reported in a Sunday Telegraph article.Back in January, Rust confirmed that he would be stepping down from the BHA after holding the position of CEO for six years. However, the Sunday Telegraph reported that a number of high-profile trainers had contacted BHA chair Annaamarie Phelps to voice their concerns over the continued suspension of racing and Rust’s leadership.In a statement, the BHA said: “The BHA Board met briefly this morning to discuss media reporting of criticism of the BHA and its Chief Executive. The Board – which includes members nominated by the organisations representing horsemen and racecourses – understands the pressures on all in racing at present and recognises that BHA executives benefit from constructive feedback from participants.“There will be very few sports or businesses in which similar dialogue isn’t going on given the nature of the crisis. The Board asks that to be done in accordance with racing’s values, to be respectful and not single out individuals unfairly for carrying out their role.“The racing industry, like everyone at this time, puts the health of the public and our participants first. This was clear in our decision to suspend racing and is a central focus of our planning for resumption.“Our CEO Nick Rust and his team are acting in support of decisions taken by an industry group, endorsed by the BHA’s Members Committee and enacted by the BHA Board. Our staff are focusing their efforts right now on planning for the resumption of racing as soon as possible. They are working in full collaboration with trainers, racecourses and others.”No date has yet been confirmed for the return to racing, with the sport being on hold since 17 March. The BHA has since outlined plans to resume the sport behind closed doors as part of a phased reintroduction once government approval has been given.The statement continued: “Good progress has been made and racing will have detailed proposals incorporating expert medical opinion to present to the government as it prepares to review the current restrictions. It is encouraging to see the positive results of our dialogue with the government in weekend media reports of the government’s desire for sport to resume.“Nick, his team, and the industry colleagues with whom they are working so closely, are looking forward and are united in wanting the sport to resume as soon as it is possible. They have the Board’s full and unequivocal support.” Share Share Submit On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon
Former France and Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby announced his retirement from football, citing injury problems which have followed him throughout his career.“I’m retiring from my professional career. For a certain amount of time it has been hard for me to get back onto the field. I have had quite a few injuries. I decided to retire because my body could not keep up,” he told television channel RMC Sport.Diaby, 32, played for Arsenal between 2006-2015 and won the FA Cup twice, and represented France 16 times, including at the 2010 World Cup when “Les Bleus” crashed out at the group stage.He moved to Marseille in 2015 but his last match came the following year and he left in 2017 having made only six appearances. Credit:AFP
Semi finals –Source: BBC Barcelona/Manchester United v Liverpool/Porto Tottenham v Manchester City Tottenham will play Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona.Last year’s beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties.The semi-final draw was also made and Manchester United will meet Liverpool if both win their last-eight ties.The quarter-final first legs take place on 9 April and 10 April. The semi-finals start on 30 April and 1 May.City and United were both drawn way in the first leg of their ties, but they are not allowed to play at home on the same day or even consecutive nights.Therefore, as United finished lower in the Premier League last season, their first leg will now be at Old Trafford, with the second leg at the Nou Camp.The Champions League final takes place on 1 June in Madrid.Quarter-finals Liverpool v Porto Tottenham/Manchester City v Ajax/Juventus Barcelona v Manchester United Ajax v Juventus
Tags: CoronavirusEnglish Football LeagueEnglish Premier League Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation The Premier League said action would resume on 4 April “subject to medical advice and conditions at the time”.The Football Association said England’s games against Italy on 27 March and Denmark four days later are off.The EFL, which hopes to resume play a day earlier, said clubs were also advised to suspend “non-essential activities” such as “player appearances, training ground visits, and fan meetings”.The suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide.Uefa has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europa League fixtures.England’s Test cricket series in Sri Lanka has been canceled.Golf’s Players Championship in Florida was called off after one round.French football’s governing body has suspended its top two leagues.Formula E is suspended for two months, affecting races in Paris, Seoul, and Jakarta.Late on Thursday, it was announced Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for the virus, and early on Friday Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi revealed he had been affected, while Everton says a first-team player has shown symptoms.Earlier this week, several clubs – including Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Manchester City, Juventus, and Real Madrid – revealed they have either all or some of their playing staff in self-isolation.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, government, the FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”The Premier League said its “aim is to reschedule the displaced fixtures”.In total, 10 people have now died in the UK with the virus and there have been 596 confirmed cases across the country.On Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson said suspending major public events such as sporting fixtures were being considered by the government but would be a measure primarily to protect public services, rather than delay the spread.More to follow… Source: BBC Sports All elite football in England has been suspended until at least 3 April as a result of the spread of coronavirus.All Premier League games, English Football League (EFL) fixtures and matches in the FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have been postponed. RelatedPosts ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace