A 33-year-old Miami man has been arrested for threatening to kill Republican House representative in Florida, Jose Luis Diaz.Jose Luis DiazThe Miami-Dade Police Department, Kendall District General Investigations Unit, arrested Steve St Felix on Tuesday morning after he posted a threat on June 25 to Diaz’ Facebook page stating he would kill him if he showed up to a meeting.In a joint effort with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the subject, Steve St. Felix, was apprehended and charged with making death threats against Representative Jose Felix Diaz.He is being held without bond.
USA Cricket has a new name and new logo. USA cricket has a new name and logo. Will it be a new dawn for cricket in the United States?Replaces USACAThat’s what administrators and players are hoping for following last week’s developments. The new governing body is USA Cricket, replacing USACA which was expelled from the ICC annual conference in June.The decision was taken on September 24, the 173rd anniversary of the first cricket match between the United States and Canada in New York City. That match also took place on September 24, 1844.Building a brand“One of the things we really tried to do is build a brand that not only connected with our past and 300 years of cricket in the United States, but also helped paint a picture for what the future of this sport could be,” Eric Parthen, USA project manager for the ICC, told ESPNcricinfo. “We started the process working with Adrenalin, a company out of Denver that has done some work with the NHL, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings.”New logoParthen said the new logo is significant, as it shows USA Cricket is serious about moving the sport into the American mainstream.“The logo process engaged a wider population of people through surveys. Once we got through the survey process, we drove it more internally with Adrenalin, taking the feedback we got both from the [ICC’s USA] advisory groups, and from the surveys in the wider population within the cricket community. We ultimately used that as the guiding principles for creating this logo.”The USACA logo had an eagle in a cricket ball. The new one has a cricket bat which Parthen believes can attract fans outside its largely Asian and West Indian base in the US.Taking sport mainstream“As we want to take this sport mainstream and not just be a sport for the people that are currently playing it or the expats, that bat was the single most identifying factor for cricket within the United States,” Parthen told ESPNcricinfo. “Maybe that’s not true for Australia or England or India, but in the United States, the one thing that mainstream America associates cricket with, is the bat.”The ICC expelled USACA as a member after 52 years, saying that the organization failed to prepare a structured league to improve the game in the country.
Caribbean-born actress Parisa Fitz-Henley thrilled TV audiences in the role of American actress Meghan Markle as the Lifetime movie, “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” premiered on Sunday May 13, ahead of the Royal Wedding this Saturday.The Kingston-born Fitz-Henley, 41, lit up the screen as she joined Murray Fraser in chronicling the courtship and love story between Prince Harry and his fiancée.Performance seemed like the real Meghan Feedback from those who watched the TV show was that Fitz-Henley’s performance was so good many assumed it was Markle herself on the screen.The film documents from the moment the couple met after being set up on a blind date by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps, and ultimately the intense global media attention surrounding their relationship and Meghan’s life as a divorced bi-racial American actress.“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” was executive produced by Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss and written by Scarlett Lacey and Terrence Coli. The wedding of the real-life Prince and Markle will occur Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The ceremony itself begins at noon UK time or 8 AM ET. ABC News will begin with a special edition of Good Morning America from 5-10 AM ET May 19. GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts and World News Tonight’s David Muir will lead the live coverage from Windsor. Dad cannot attend wedding Markle’s dad, Thomas Markle, told TMZ that he will not attend the royal wedding and walk his daughter down the aisle following the controversy about his staged paparazzi photos. He also told the site that he suffered a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out of the hospital to attend the nuptials. However, “he’s now decided not to go because he doesn’t want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter.”Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michal Curry will join The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner, who will conduct the Service. The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.
Miramar, FL – Miramar City Manager, Vernon Hargray issued an amended and restated Order effective 12:01 a.m. on April 13, 2020 requiring individuals to wear a nose and mouth covering in public. This includes all employees and customers of grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants. All individuals providing delivery services are also required to wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths while making deliveries.City Manager Hargray stated, “COVID-19 continues to be a concern due to increases in the number of positive cases within the City of Miramar. In order to limit its potential community spread, it is now necessary for the City to implement further restrictions for the general health, safety, and welfare of the community.”This follows the “Safer at Home” order issued by the City on March 27th, advising residents to stay home. This is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that everyone “wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”.These coverings include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or other similar cloth covering. In addition to the requirements applicable to grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and restaurants, employees and customers of all other essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to wear a form of covering over the nose and mouth. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.All essential retail and commercial establishments are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items.The order does not apply to any outdoor activity permitted under any applicable City, County, or State order, but applies to persons providing delivery services.Employees or customers are not restricted from accessing any essential retail or commercial establishment to address any emergency or other exigent circumstance, even if a covering over the nose and mouth is not readily accessible at the time of such emergency or other exigent circumstance.Medical and surgical face masks, such as “N95” masks or other similar medical or surgical masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment. Persons are encouraged to review and comply with the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines on personal protective equipment, including with respect to the use of a medical or surgical face mask, such as an “N95” mask or other similar medical or surgical mask.All essential businesses are encouraged, subject to availability of necessary sanitizingproducts, to:Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees;Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations, for customers to disinfect carts, shopping baskets, or point of sale terminals, or, alternatively designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, shopping baskets, point of sale terminals, and other areas as frequently as possible; andImplement procedures for custodial or janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touchpoints throughout the day, including point of sale terminals at registers, conveyor belts, door handles, door plates, shelves, and other appropriate locations.The provisions of this Emergency Order may be enforced within the boundaries of the City of Miramar by the City’s law enforcement agency, as well as the City’s Code Enforcement Officers. Individuals not in compliance may be subject to a notice to appear in county court, a civil citation, or an arrest.
Parents picking up kits without their child present must bring identification for the child. Acceptable forms include student ID, child’s passport or other government-issued ID, birth certificate, adoption decree, immunization records, and school demographics. Meal kits will not be provided to parents who do not bring their child or do not provide proper identification. Proper safety measures must be practiced. Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade New Tuesday Distribution: Monday Distribution: West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton Wednesday Distribution: The Pre-Summer Food Service Program operated by the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department in partnership with the Library System has added two new locations. Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres Highridge Family Center, 4200 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach Clarence E. Anthony Branch Library, 375 SW 2nd Ave., South Bay In addition to distribution sites in West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, beginning May 12, meals will be available in Lake Worth and Boca Raton. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach Loula V. York Branch Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee Meals are distributed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until all meal kits are distributed. Each eligible child receives a week’s worth of meals. Currently, the pre-summer feeding sites will be distributing food once per week through Wednesday, May 27. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that school-aged children, 18 years and under, continue to receive nutritious meals beyond the school year and during the summer months (June – August) as well as times of emergency school closures.
Tomas Vokoun has been very good this season and he has pretty much single handidly won some games for the Capitals early on. Tonight he basically lost the game for the Caps on Long Island letting in three soft tallies in a 5-3 loss to the Islanders. The game winner came from PA Parenteau (1 goal, two assists) with 1:46 to go as #29 allowed a point shot from former Capital Milan Jurcina to trickle through his pads and #15 tapped it home. It was a save Vokoun had to make and it cost Washington at least a point. The Capitals fall to 9-3 and lost to the Islanders in regulation for the first time since October of 2007.Here are the highlights and analysis of a defeat that snaps the Caps 12 game regulation unbeaten streak (11-0-1) against the four time Stanley Cup Champion franchise:– The Caps played a really solid first period and got goals from Joel Ward and Alexander Ovechkin en route to a 2-0 lead prompting Islander fans to call for goalie Rick Dipietro (25 saves) to be yanked from the cage. But Washington left their skating legs in the locker room for the middle frame and New York fired 15 shots on Vokoun. However, there weren’t too many quality ones and #29 gave up a terrible rebound on a Frans Nielsen shot and John Carlson didn’t do a good job of tying up #51, who put a weak backhander through the legs of the Caps cageminder to make it 2-1. Then with 3:05 left in the period Brian Rolston, who does have one of the hardest shots in the NHL, rifled one by Vokoun from the blueline. That made it 2-2 and gave the Isles momentum heading into the last 20 minutes.– Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau shuffled his lines tonight after the success in Carolina on Friday night. Mathieu Perreault was inserted for Cody Eakin and the coach also broke up his very effective third line of Ward, Brooks Laich, and Jason Chimera. By the final frame Boudreau put that line back together and the Caps carried the opening five minutes of the third period before a Jeff Schultz turnover led to a Steve Staios point shot that was not handled cleanly by Vokoun. Matt Martin, who provided the initial screen and was not cleared out by Dennis Wideman (-4) then batted it home at 6:28. Ovechkin, who was all over the ice, drew a penalty on Staois and Laich tied it up a couple minutes later on the power play, with the Gr8 cutting across the crease, setting the stage for the tough loss.– This was the first time all season that the Caps had to play back to back games and it really showed in the second period. The Islanders, who had lost six games in a row, started winning the battles to the loose pucks while Washington didn’t move their feet and did too much reaching with their sticks. In addition, the Capitals weren’t nearly as aggressive at getting to the front of the opponents net as they had done in their first 11 games.– Backstrom (2 assists) and Ovechkin were the best Caps tonight and the Gr8 could’ve had more goals. On one sequence in the opening frame he totally undressed Mark Eaton but the puck rolled slightly on him and his shot in tight went out of play on DiPietro. #19 is now 3rd in the NHL in scoring with 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games.– In closing, despite the fact that the Caps lost their legs for stretches of this contest, they still should’ve won the game if their goaltender had turned in an average performance. It was not Vokoun’s night and he’s never won at Nassau Coliseum despite having a very good goals against average against the Islanders overall coming into this one. Bad nights are going to happen, we’ve seen some poor play from the 35 year old Czech goalie in spurts already, but for the most part he has been superb so the team nor Vokoun shouldn’t let one terrible performance upset the apple cart. After all, it is only November 5th, not April or May 5th.Notes: Perreault was -3 and didn’t have his normal jump in this game…Alexander Semin had a good first period then faded into the abyss after that. Washington needs to find a way to get that guy going…the faceoff battle was tied at 25 each. Laich went 8-4 to lead the Caps…the Capitals went 1 for 3 officially on the power play but they only had 1:07 of man advantage time so that stat is misleading (a major boarding penalty to Parenteau combined with an Ovechkin rough and Ward trip caused that situation)…New York went 0 for 2 on the power play…the Caps next game is Tuesday at the Verizon Center against the Dallas Stars.
StumbleUpon Why realistic odds and outcomes trump top graphics for virtuals March 28, 2019 Pavel Korolev, InBetInBet Games is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.On the day of the event (3-5 May), we spoke to InBet Games Business Development Director Pavel Korolev about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?PK: Although there are dozens of other wildly popular sports globally, football is hands down the biggest one around. It is dramatic and dynamic, too. Betting on football provides an experience as intense as if you were actually inside the stadium bowl, and even beyond that. Complementing your favorite sport with a gambling component is the ultimate adrenaline booster. Imagine having even more than just your team’s record at stake: the stake in it is your own. This immediately throws you into the very thick of the action. Furthermore, football is perhaps the most established and well-researched sport out there. Punters have a decades-old sense of the game, maintained by family traditions, mainstream media, and sports punditry. They have trust in the game and a profound passion for it. This also raises the bar of their expectations. Today’s punters demand a more engaging and enthralling experience than ever before. They are looking for instant gratification. The industry continues to mature and expand, with the explosion of mobile and online wagering.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?PK: The growth of the internet and mobile devices with quick access to odds has made betting generally much more accessible on the global scale. The more general media environment follows suit: satellite and Internet-based sports television is on the rise globally, increasing interest and opportunity for both players and bookmakers.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?PK: To my opinion, there is a great potential in joining forces to tackle the rigging industry, which harms both bookmakers and those who manage, play, and watch the sport. There is a lot to be done on the both sides to promote the principles of Fair Play. Business-wise, betting and football stakeholders will benefit from joint efforts to expand marketing networks and ultimately reach even bigger numbers of football lovers across the globe and growth for the business and industry as whole.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?PK: Due to the steady growth of the previously dormant markets in regions like Africa, mobile and online will still be the key. In order to meet the demands of the developed markets, though, the industry will have to invoke the full arsenal of cutting-edge solutions in Big Data and deep machine learning. New breakthrough services will have to emerge, bringing together diverse delivery channels such as retail, web, and mobile. A fine illustration of this vision is Café Bridge – a service that we have recently implemented, aiming at the maximum level of convergence. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?PK: As there are many important topics that will be raised during the conference. For me personally and for InBet Games the key discussions are new opportunities and potential in the LatAm, discussion on match fixing, and for sure Eastern Europe panel. Spain and LatAm – what is the potentialHistorically Latin America is the key regions for InBet Games, where our products are very well received. Reviewing the current state of these markets is of high importance for us. LatAm is now going through the point where our expertise in dealing with regulatory environment and adapting for the peculiar local conditions as we have done in Russia and CIS, will make up for a solid competitive advantage. Keeping it clean – preventing match fixingAs I have mentioned, preventing match fixing is a hot issue today. Betting & football stakeholders should discuss and implement prevention measures, identify and combat the institutional conditions that make rigging flourish, and raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing among the business community. A legacy of over 5 years at the helm of the betting professionals’ association in Kazakhstan, InBet Games boasts a rich experience in licensing and prevention of fraud. We definitely have substantive suggestions and tips to share.Eastern Europe – new opportunities in the CISEver-changing regulatory environment and steady growth of online betting in CIS make this region attractive for our partners from abroad. Capacity of these markets is indeed impressive, and potential for expansion is yet to be unleashed. As one of the key stakeholders in the region, InBet Games are looking forward to fruitful discussions about the opportunities and challenges of the CIS markets. 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Respected information provider for the igaming affiliate market, iGB Affiliate has announced that its autumn affiliate conference will be moving to Lisbon in 2018.The Lisbon Affiliate Conference (LiAC) will take place from the 17th to the 20th October 2018 and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the igaming affiliate industry.Shona ODonnell, Event Director, Clarion Gaming commented: “Our last three years in Berlin have been extremely successful, but we never like to rest on our laurels.“Feedback from our exhibitors and visitors has been that they are keen to explore a new location. Lisbon is an extremely vibrant and exciting city, with great access. Moving the event will allow us to bring in local affiliates from this region and we hope to bring back some that may have missed last year’s BAC.“And of course we are all looking forward to a little autumn sunshine. In an industry that is rife with change, the Lisbon Affiliate Conference will focus on the discovery of our new landscape and how our delegates can leverage this change to ultimately improve their businesses,” added ODonnell.Ryan Henderson, Head of Affiliates, Kindred Group said: “The Kindred Affiliates team are delighted to be joining Clarion Gaming in Portugal later this year. While Berlin was a hugely successful conference for us, we feel this change of venue will add a new angle to the event and help attract new visitors we’ve not yet had the pleasure of engaging with face to face.“With their exceedingly strong event management, we have no doubt that the Lisbon Affiliate Conference will be a fantastic event.”The Lisbon Affiliate Conference will be taking place at the Feira Internacional de Lisboa (FIL). Just as the city’s heritage is founded in discovery – the conference will be too. StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Related Articles Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Share Share Submit
Share Share StumbleUpon Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 This week one of each of the three categories of online gaming licences in Pennsylvania became available as Rivers Casino withdrew its applications (slots, table and poker); these can be added to seven further licences still unclaimed, applications for which close at the end of the month. So far, therefore, only 74% of the available supply in PA has been taken up (with Rivers’ owner Rush Street still in the mix with SugarHouse). While it might be tempting to blame Pennyslvania’s extensive licensing and online slots tax regime for this relative lack of demand, it is noteworthy that a similar situation exists in neighbouring but much more liberal (by US standards) New Jersey, where only 19 ‘skins’ are active (across eight online partner-operators) out of a possible 40: i.e. less than 50% total (theoretical) take-up. While some of this is ‘strategic’, in essence it points to greater licensing supply than demand for both licensed online casino states – which in turn begs two important questions.The first is the value of partnerships. We have commented before that ‘skins’ make land-based access much less strategic from a licensing perspective than first appreciated. Logically, when skins are combined with tough fiscal-regulatory regimes, then take-up should be even lower. However, NJ demonstrates that even liberal fiscal-regulatory regimes (relatively) can leave a significant supply overhang. While sports betting is different to gaming, we would suggest that its main difference is that higher costs and complexities lead to a more concentrated set of winners (ie, greater levels of market share in a few operators). In other words, barriers to success are far higher than barriers to entry, in betting and gaming, but especially for betting. The problem with this logic is that the market seems to be shaping up as if the opposite were true: entry is the true test, with success following the happy few as a quasi- (or real) oligopoly (or else why give so much away to incumbents). Many online-led operators are therefore potentially left with a dangerous choice: over-pay or don’t play. The licence overhang suggests that this issue will wash through, but it remains unclear to what extent patience will be rewarded (and patience is a trait the online sector is not famous for).The second question is around consumer choice. Mass market consumers can be well serviced by a handful of sites, so long as they are operationally competent (and have the ability to reach customers effectively). However, heavy users typically want a supplier choice running into the dozens. This is barely being provided in the current structure in NJ, in terms of either quantity or quality, and it looks as though PA will be worse (especially given that 13 of the licenses are for poker in a market that can probably economically support a maximum of four providers, and really only one). A dangerous position for state online licensees find themselves in, therefore, is fighting over heavy users which are likely to be leaking into the .com environment, while lacking the critical mass to effectively appeal to the mass market (because individual state markets tend to be too small, especially if heavily taxed and regulated, and with different ‘winners’ in each). In these circumstances, domestically licensed online gambling in the US remains a specialist (and fragmented) niche, rather than a real consumer alternative (perhaps with the hidden consequence of partially protecting land-based revenues).These two issues can both be combated by the same thing, in our view: online operators building critical mass (operations, brand, liquidity) across states rather than simply within them. However, a combination of disjointed state regulation and land-based-led strategic partnerships both militate against this (the latter by 1. over-paying for access; 2. prioritising unproven omnichannel needs over winning online; 3. managing JVs, which rarely work effectively operationally). Curiously, while the former is just dealing with emerging US regulatory realities, the latter problem seems to be actively exacerbated by a critical mass of online hopefuls (as well as the lobbying of land-based operators and agencies – perhaps unsurprisingly).There is no easy fix to these problems (though we think they make PPB’s TVG-FanDuel positioning look smarter than the MGM / Eldorado deals), but they do lead us to reiterate two key points of caution on the emerging US real money online market: first, it is a lot more fiddly than the hype might suggest, and; second, the US incumbents seem to be playing a bad hand extremely well, at the expense of European hopefuls.UK: Politics – Mamma Mia! Gambling faces it’s Waterloo at Tory conferenceTheresa may be the Dancing Queen but the name of the game for gambling this week at the Tory conference in Birmingham was (depressingly) still the FOBT. The think tank Respublica hosted a fringe event at the start of the week to address the question of when the reduction in maximum stakes on machines on betting shops would come into effect. Last year, both the Labour and Conservative conferences featured some feisty encounters on gambling policy but the fizz appears to have gone out of this year’s vintage.Based upon reports from Birmingham, there was little dissent as some of the chief prosecutors of the case against the FOBT – bacta, the CEBR, the LGA and Respublica – considered the question of whether the stake cut should be a 2019 or 2020 event. Richard Evans (Cons, Gloucester) joined in proceedings as the token (but perhaps not all that bothered) Member of Parliament.More concerning perhaps were indications that industry interest from some of these groups is likely to be sustained precisely because the FOBT saga proved to be such a jolly wheeze. With the hunt on for the next cause Celebre, it may be time to send out an SOS.UK: Advertising regulation – Regulators search for weapons of ad destructionIf you can’t find a smoking gun, rattle a sabre. That at least seemed to be the lesson from the world of gambling policy this week. At Wednesday’s KnowNow conference on socially responsible marketing in the gambling industry, the Gambling Commission’s Ian Angus warned operators that “a storm is gathering” in relation to marketing and advertising; and that public and political disquiet may yet result in state intervention.Angus was followed by Andrew Taylor of the Committee on Advertising Practice, who advised attendees that a review of advertising standards for gambling was likely to take place next year once research into the effects of advertising on children has been published.At one point conference attendees appeared to be in danger of drowning, such was the level of regulatory drooling at the prospect of damning evidence; but then salvation arrived from a rather unexpected quarter. GambleAware has commissioned the research on advertising and children and has indicated that it would favour greater curbs. However, the charity’s deputy CEO, Iain Corby warned (rightly) that the series of studies was unlikely to result in the kind of conclusive and definitive evidence that some appear to expect. There was something rather quaint about Corby’s advice: he is of course correct to take a cautious view on the chances that any one study will reveal ‘truth’ on such matters; but these days moderation in matters of regulation and politics seems so passé. UK: Horse racing – Impulsive actionsRacehorse owner Craig Buckingham was left reeling after an administrative error (made by stewards at Nottingham racecourse before the £25k Grassroots Sprint Series Final), saw his runner, Magic Pulse, withdrawn erroneously without rectification at the starting stalls. The mistake left Buckingham threatening to turn his back on the sport. However, having been on the wrong side of racing’s organization on Wednesday, he had better ‘luck’ on Thursday with his runner Desirable Court, the only starter of the Beginners Chase at Warwick (and therefore inevitable winner!).While these organizational challenges may make amusing anecdotes for racing fans, it is arguably not a good advertisement for the sport – particularly for potential owners (arguably racing’s biggest supporters). In trying to please all parties (the punter in the case of Magic Pulse, and the racecourse in the case of Desirable Court) it is alienating all supporters. While the issue of unsatisfactory stewarding is being addressed, there is still a problem with attracting too few runners to certain types of races which certainly needs a rethink for the benefit of all parties.Denmark: Q218 online revenue – Strong growth, but underlying slowdownDenmark reported strong overall commercial gambling growth in Q2 of 11.5% to DKK1,630.3m (€212m), with online growing at 21% to DKK968m (€126m) and land-based broadly flat at DKK663m (€86m). Within that, betting was by far the strongest growth contributor, benefiting from the World Cup (in which Denmark was a credible group-stage contender knocked out by Croatia before the quarter finals), with online growth of 24% and land-based growth of 5%. Gaming, which did not benefit from the WC fillip, nevertheless grew by 17.4% online, though continued to decline in land-based (machines -8.7%; casinos -4.1%). Denmark therefore continues a pattern of mature market channel shift, though in this period has bucked a trend of lower online growth. Encouragingly, this is broadly based across products and (mostly) not event/margin driven. However, overall medium term growth trends remain less bullish: 2.2ppt growth slowdown in 2016 followed by a 1.1ppt slowdown in 2017, to firmly single-digit underlying across channels (tellingly cross channel gaming growth for Q218 was 4.5%, probably a better indicator of underlying trends than some of the more hopeful signals).Greece: H118 online revenue– Dysfunctionally functioningThe Greek press has reported what appear to be official figures for the ‘temporary’ domestically regulated online gambling, showing H118 revenue of €182.8m; on a proxy for H117 figures, this would suggest growth of c. 40%, an acceleration on 2017 growth rates of 30% and likely a combination of the World Cup, relatively weak comps and the return to strong growth of Sportingbet (GVC). The figures also underline our thesis that growth rates are now much stronger in Southern Europe than Northern, albeit from a much lower base (eg, run-rate online revenue per capita for Greece is €34 – broadly in line with Italy, much larger than Spain and Portugal but only 40% that of Denmark.The Greek market is functioning relatively well, notwithstanding the temporary nature of the regime, only 24 licenses (suggesting material leakage, especially in gaming) and a GGR tax at the upper end of commercial viability (35%). However, as previously reported, Greece’s proposed permanent plan to tax winnings at 20% and effectively ban RNG products (c. 40% of the market, we believe) is likely to reverse this trend, with much greater levels of leakage and likely a shrinking domestic base.Japan: Arcade sector – VAT man comes robinJapan’s battle to reignite its economy and address structural issues has led to government plans to hike VAT by 2ppts to 10%, largely implemented next year but early for some items, including gaming machines. This week, not only did the IMF intervene (verbally) to caution a smooth transition, but Japan’s arcade sector also voiced its concerns. The additional tax burden will have to be absorbed by coin operated machines, with the fiscal benefits of cashless offset by both the costs of installation and the uncertainty of consumer take-up. The arcade sector in Japan has nearly halved in a decade to c. 14,000 outlets and has gone from being a relatively mainstream consumer activity to something of a niche – some operators believing the end is now nigh. The Japanese government probably did not consider the impact on its arcade sector when it made the changes (for very long, if at all), but that in itself is telling – casual land-based gambling increasingly seems to be an acceptable casualty of ‘bigger decisions’ in most parts of the world – that is where it is not being actively attacked and dismantled…Trade shows: Perception management – Less on showClarion Gaming, operator of the ICE London trade show, has issued a Code of Conduct (more of a dress code) for promotional staff, effectively banning attire of an overly sexual nature as well as little to no attire at all (a week before the typically less racy G2E kicks off in Vegas). It is hugely important that gambling treats all stakeholders with respect, and as a sector often at the cutting edge of moral disapproval, it must be beyond reproach for extrinsic as well as intrinsic reasons. However, while we wholeheartedly welcome the decision, we remain cautious on the often shrill and finger-wagging tone that led to this decision: it might have produced the right result this time, but virtue signalling competitions are likely to detract from both having fun and protecting the vulnerable… UK: Esports – Blurred lines A partnership between the English Premier League and Gfinity to create the ‘ePremier League’ is another step closer in an ever-growing relationship between some real sports and their gaming equivalents. The league is to begin in January next year, with a final to be held in March using the FIFA 19 game title, with EPL teams fielding eSports players. The announcement was significant for Gfinity, which, to date has struggled to land any meaningful contracts (from a revenue vs. PR perspective), this arguably being the largest profile for eSports in the UK.The partnership raises three interesting questions in our view. First, it will test the theory that ‘traditional’ activities can engage a Millennial audience through gaming – so far more enthused over than delivered. Second, if the partnership is properly successful, then it is likely to become a test case for thorny issues of IP, in our view (who owns what and how they get paid). Finally, gambling is already in the room as shirt sponsors to large swathes of the EPL (reflected in the FIFA game, age guide 13+), the extent to which this can be extended into the “ePL”, and the extent to which betting on the events will be encouraged will also be an important operational and potentially regulatory test.Global: Match-fixing – Anichebe lifts lid on Chinese football cultureFormer Everton, Sunderland and West Brom striker, Victor Anichebe, has blown the whistle on his current Chinese football club, Beijing Enterprise, saying he was told by his coaches on two occasions “not to try”. Reportedly, Anichebe queried the instruction and was told by teammates that “this is China, you do as you’re told”. Anichebe has been in dispute with his club (and hasn’t played) for a year (it is unclear whether the dispute relates to other matters as well), and he has now taken the matter to FIFA (and, apparently, the press).Blowing the whistle is usually a brave and not entirely straightforward step to take. There should be an obligation on the part of the governing body to take any whistleblower seriously and at face value, and to protect them while investigating any allegations made. The challenge which FIFA officials will no doubt be aware of is that, with the suggestion having been made that this could be a widespread problem in Chinese football, they pull at this particular thread without knowing where it might take them… Those for whom integrity is a non-negotiable will be hoping that challenge doesn’t discourage them from doing anything at all.Global: M&A Watch – Sazka; Française des JeuxIt has been reported that Sazka Group (Czech Republic) has postponed plans to float on the London Stock Exchange due to the “volatile market environment”L’Assemblée Nationale has approved the privatisation of the French government’s stake in Française des Jeux Submit Related Articles Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020
Share StumbleUpon BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Share Submit BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Matt Scarrott – BetVictorBetVictor continues to expand its brand profile with World Snooker, confirming that it has secured the title sponsorship to two further ‘Home Nations’ events – the Northern Ireland Open and Scottish Open. The Gibraltar bookmaker expands its existing relationship with World Snooker following the success of its sponsorship of the English Open.The BetVictor Northern Ireland Open will run from November 12 to 18 at the Belfast Waterfront Hall, followed by the BetVictor Scottish Open at the Glasgow Emirates Arena from December 10 to 16.Confirming the new sponsorships, BetVictor Director of Sportsbook Matt Scarrott said: “We’re excited to be expanding our partnership with World Snooker and to be able to tap into the growing global snooker fanbase.”“We were able to reach millions of spectators around the world as part of our sponsorship of the BetVictor English Open, and when the opportunity came to expand our partnership it was a no-brainer” added Scarrott.Both tournaments will be broadcast on Eurosport’s channels, with additional coverage on Quest TV.The tournaments’ will feature 128 pro players competing for a prize of £70,000, with World Snooker’s biggest names; Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins on show.Commenting on the partnership, World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to join forces with BetVictor once again for these two prestigious tournaments. The company has been a strong supporter of the sport, having previously sponsored the Welsh Open from 2013 for four consecutive years and more recently the English Open, so we’re very pleased to be building on this partnership.”“The Home Nations series has proved to be a fantastic addition to our tour and I’m looking forward to seeing packed arenas in Belfast and Glasgow as fans take the opportunity to see the very best players on the planet” Related Articles EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020