HBF survey highlights areas for improvement in the industry

first_imgShare Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Irish racing gets green light to resume in June May 15, 2020 Related Articles Submit A Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) survey published earlier this week has identified a number of factors which set out the ways the horseracing industry and associated betting activities can be improved. The survey, which received 1024 responses, was created to gain a cross-sectional view of the racing industry from bettors with the hope of using the survey to prioritise future improvements.It addressed a variety of aspects of wagering in the UK horseracing industry and invitations to respond were sent to racing groups on facebook, via racing websites, through twitter and via theRacing UK email newsletter.The report detailed: “The survey asked a range of questions designed to assist HBF in prioritising its future activities. A number of questions gave respondents the opportunity to provide their own views on how racing could be made more attractive as well as what additional information should be made available. ”The age demographics and gender of bettors were among one of the criteria highlighted by the HBF. Of the 1024 responses, only 5% of respondents were aged 18-25 whereas 27% were aged 61-80.Meanwhile 94% of respondents were male, 5% female and 1% preferred not to share their gender. These results, according to the HBF, “could be seen to underline the need to educate and engage younger bettors about horseracing and its associated intricacies.”The survey results also highlighted that bettors were frustrated with the restrictions placed on betting accounts without receiving prior notice – while others called for the introduction of a minimum bet liability. 814 of the respondents left comments in the survey regarding the ways in which the racing experience can be enhanced – including suggestions to promote in-running betting, enhanced data availability and a minimum bet guarantee. The survey suggested that in-running betting was increasing in popularity, with 48 per cent of respondents having placed a bet in running during the last 12 months. Meanwhile 33 per cent said they would bet in running if race streaming was improved, and another 29 per cent would consider it.Responses also highlighted that receiving race data from print media has fallen, with 93 per cent of respondents obtaining horse racing information through websites; while 74 per cent have used publications such as the Racing Post to gain information “at least some of the time.” Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

RISQ recruits former mylotto MD Blerina Essen as corporate advisor

first_img Amelco inks new agreement with RISQ to deliver new trading functions September 16, 2019 Tom Mitchell: RISQ – Helping sportsbook platforms to deliver guaranteed margin solutions to clients October 17, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles Share TAG Media launches US-Odds.com as first ‘US FTP property’ December 10, 2019 Tom Mitchell – RISQRISQ a specialist provider of industry insurance and risk management services has confirmed the appointment of Blerina Essen, the former managing mylotto24 Ltd as a corporate advisor.Updating the market, RISQ leadership details that Essen has been appointed to help optimise the firm’s strategy and planning with regards to its reinsurance and hedging verticals.Regarded as an expert at the forefront of industry risk management strategy, Essen will be working across RISQ divisions helping improve hedging and reinsurance structures of the ‘RISQ Insurance Platform’ which enables partners to enhance campaigns or products with jackpot payouts backed by RISQ insurance provisions.Tom Mitchell Chief Commercial Officer at RISQ, said: “I am delighted to welcome Blerina to the team and to leverage her unrivalled experience and knowledge to improve our lottery insurance offering. It is important to us that our backend reinsurance structures are as robust as possible and in the event of a large win will payout quickly and smoothly.“As our business grows and volumes increase, our backend structures become increasingly important. Blerina will be a driving force behind these improvements to make our offering as flexible as possible and grow the use of jackpots in the global gaming industry.”Leading mylotto24 risk management services over a ten-year period, Essen spearheaded the development of international secondary lotteries for the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Australia, delivering a €250 million unit turnover for the business.Blerina Essen, risk and strategy consultant at RISQ, said: “It is an honour to join RISQ in a consulting capacity at a time when the business is looking to achieve significant growth and to cement its position as a world-class alternative risk trading provider to the global gambling industry.” StumbleUponlast_img read more

Countdown to Cheltenham: Star Sports on why they ‘do not bet on an opinion’

first_imgShare The Countdown to Cheltenham is almost over, and with only a few hours until the prestigious Jumps event gets underway, jockeys are already saddling up for The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race.We spoke with Ben Keith, Founder of Star Sports, and Head of PR Luke Tarr to discuss how they are getting ready for the event both on and off course, and how the bookmaker is mitigating the risk of a ‘wednesday wipe-out’.SBC: How is Star Sports getting ‘festival ready’ across both its on-course pitches and its online division?Ben Keith: Of course there is a lot of hospitality, review night, videos and on-course commitments.  But we have been doing it for a long time and I have a great operational management team who do all of this so well now. Queue: immediate cock-ups all over the place! 🙂On a trading level though, we do not bet on an opinion, rather faces and the market. At Cheltenham, this is no different, and we are just keener, a few minutes before the off, to really take anything that is thrown at us.  There are million pound liabilities, which is rather terrifying, but that’s all part of it, and I just try to close my eyes and hope for the best sometimes!  This though, is the time to publicly do battle with high-rollers, so it’s great for the image of the business. SBC: The Gold Cup hasn’t been defended since 2004, what are the chances of current joint favourite Al Boum Photo doing it for Willie Mullins this year? And are there any runners that SBC readers should be keeping an eye on?Luke Tarr: In what looks a wide open Gold Cup I think it’s nice to be the bookie not punter for this one! Al boum photo is a worthy favourite and the one they all have to beat. Santini is the young pretender and has to be respected at 4/1. The one to watch though at a big price is Bristol de Mai. It never stops raining and at 28/1 (seven times santini price) he wasn’t beaten far last time and could turn that form sound on soft or heavy ground. He looks the one over priced to me, especially given he placed in the race last year. SBC: What role will request-a-bets and promotional offers play in engaging punters with this year’s festival?Ben Keith: As little as possible. Competing on offers is a slippery slope. I always say that if Series aren’t busy at Christmas – they have a major problem. The same goes for a bookmaker at Cheltenham or Royal Ascot. I would rather compete for a punter on a cold Tuesday in February. If I get him, he’s betting with me all year, and he just wants a good service.SBC: And finally, three of the shortest-priced favourites of the week have been lined up to race on the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival – is this a worry for Star Sports? and how does Star Sports plan to mitigate the risk of a ‘wednesday-wipeout’?Ben Keith: We rather hope the first one wins and all the Bookies start hedging with us!  Some of our best clients over the years have been hedging accounts and it’s great fun when they light up. I prefer to think about what I can win off a client or from a certain area of the business, in percentage terms, over a year. Of course, it’s annoying when we lose but if I’m happy with what I’ve laid – individual races make little difference to me. Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Matt Hancock publicly defends Cheltenham Festival decision April 29, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Marketing responsibly and using AI to unlock esports’ potential

first_img Share GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Related Articles Businesses the world over are facing unprecedented challenges and our industry is no different, writes Digitain Head of Sales Simon Westbury. Heading into a summer when an eagerly anticipated calendar of live sporting fixtures has been derailed, operators and suppliers alike are searching frantically for alternatives. Despite the extensive disruption to live sport, there remains a whole host of options available for players looking to get involved. Providing them with a range of responsible alternatives will be critical to our industry’s perseverance through these challenging times. This is especially the case for esports. With exponential year-on-year growth already, its rise has clearly been long in the making and has now been dramatically accelerated by the current crisis. Indeed, alternative markets are hugely important. For operators, however, they are of limited use without the right tools to introduce them to customers. The biggest challenge this summer will not be the wealth of content you offer (although that’s important) – but how you offer it to the right players. Key here will be predictive AI-based modelling. Players want to know what else is out there, and when it comes to direct marketing, they need to be presented with the right options. The biggest winners in the months ahead (from a B2B perspective), are the ones that already have the CRM tools in place to provide for the ‘Netflix style’ AI tools that can deliver an alternative offering in line with the player’s demand for entertainment.Having a toolkit that elevates the customer experience should have been at the top of every operators’ ICE shopping list, and those who didn’t take advantage of the latest tech are certainly missing out now.  In principle, AI-based CRM harnesses deep data and analytics to ensure that gaming operators are able to maintain, not to mention grow, their market share and build customer lifetime value – an especially valuable proposition at a time like this. When it comes to delivery, Digitain can do this better than anyone. The foundation of our proprietary technology is unrivalled machine learning based modelling capabilities. We can ensure that when any given customer logs on, they receive a bespoke offering fully tailored to their own personal preferences. Providing such a high level of customisation ensures that users are introduced to a raft of new betting markets in line with their profile – whether it be in-house skill games, virtuals or esports – driving increased engagement and boosting incremental revenue for operators. Tie that in with a gamified experience, and when merged with the right customer segmentation – you’ll be able to drive players towards desired content at key times like never before. Combined with bonus rewards, competition against other players and other social elements, and operators will have an incredibly powerful tool for the months ahead.  However, although we take immense pride in the quality of our products as well as the fantastic tools we provide to our customers, player protection always tops our priority list. As people spend more time at home, the need for our industry to act responsibly only grows stronger. Of course, we as an industry can help fill the void of sport with fun and creative ways to engage our partners’ customers, but it is imperative we do so with a principal focus on social responsibility, with revenue coming second. Online retains plenty of potential for capturing market share this summer, and done in the right way, can offer a wealth of opportunity for the brave few who are willing to get bold with their strategies. Under the watchful eye of regulators, the media and the general public, our actions during this difficult period will be remembered for a long time to come. Let’s set the kind of example that others can follow – and make sure we’re remembered for the right reasons. Responsible gaming has never been more important than it is now; and we need to make sure our collective reputation is spotless.last_img read more

EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has added a 12-month extension to its partnership with Whysup, with the option of a multi-year arrangementThe collaboration, which was cemented in May 2019, involves both EPIC and Whysup taking a shared collaborative approach to combat and reduce gambling-related harms at a national level.The strategic partnership will continue to contribute to the UK Gambling Commission’s ‘National Strategy’, a three-year programme which establishes the UK’s new framework on reducing problem harm – focusing on wider collaboration to enhance gambling addiction prevention and treatment.Patrick Foster, EPIC’s Director of Educational Programmes, highlighted that this extended partnership will continue to make a ‘real change’ in tackling problem gambling, and was ‘not simply box ticking’.He said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to collaborate with Whysup for a minimum of another 12 months. It has been an absolute pleasure working with them over the last year and they have added huge value to what we are doing in the education and awareness section of our business.”Extending the agreement, EPIC praised Mark Murray, Director of Whysup, for his contributions to the education and awareness sessions.Foster continued: “Mark has brought energy, enthusiasm and expertise to the sessions and the feedback has been nothing short of brilliant.“It is not often that you can work with an organisation that shares similar values and objectives and this is just the start of a really special partnership. Gambling and mental health are intrinsically linked, and this will be a major focus for us in all that we do over the next 12 months across all sectors.“Backing UKGC National Strategy principles, EPIC and Whysup work will focus on education, raising awareness, research and providing practical guidance to all stakeholders combatting gambling harm.”Murray added: “We are delighted to be renewing our collaborative partnership with EPIC Risk Management. Working with Paul, Patrick and the wider EPIC team over the last 12 months has been fantastic. We are like-minded people who want to deliver the best possible awareness sessions to aid prevention.“This is what pro-active, positive collaboration looks like and together we will educate more young people with what we believe to be potentially life-saving information. I believe this is just the start and over the next 12 months we will continue to provide a much-needed service, ensure that young people are aware of the risks, and deliver a real-world gambling education.” Share ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 Submit UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 UKGC outlines changes to society lotteries and LCCP conditions July 30, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Harry Maguire: Man Utd agree £80m deal for Leicester defender

first_imgJoao FelixBenfica to Atletico Madrid£113m Source: Opta Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid to Barcelona£107m NeymarBarcelona to Paris St-Germain£200m Source: BBC Passes6152405443 Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid to Juventus£99.2m Most expensive transfers of all time Clearances5.34.14.54.45.2 Cristiano RonaldoManchester United to Real Madrid£80m United had a long-standing interest in Maguire but they backed away from a deal 12 months ago because they felt the £70m that would be needed for a transfer to be concluded was too high.He signed a five-year contract at Leicester last September and manager Brendan Rodgers made it clear at the end of the season he felt Maguire could develop even more if he remained at the club.Maguire began his career at Sheffield United in 2011, making 139 league appearances for the Blades before joining Hull in 2014.He was part of the Hull side that earned promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2016 but left for Leicester in a £17m deal following the Tigers’ relegation 12 months later.The defender made his England debut in August 2017 and was part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.He becomes one of seven central defenders on the books at United, joining Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe. Aerial duels won4.12.44.33.31.8 Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign England centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester for £80m – a world record fee for a defender.The 26-year-old is expected to complete a medical at the club at the weekend.He will become United’s third summer signing following Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who arrived from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively.Maguire made 69 Premier League appearances for Leicester after joining from Hull City in 2017.The deal means Maguire becomes the world’s most expensive defender, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018. Harry MaguireLeicester to Manchester United£80m Eden HazardChelsea to Real Madrid£89m Paul PogbaJuventus to Manchester United£89m Gareth BaleTottenham to Real Madrid£85m Premier League 2018-19 – per 90 minutes Duels won6.34.55.95.65.2 Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund to Barcelona£135m Kylian MbappeMonaco to Paris St-Germain£165m PlayerClubsFee Harry MaguireVictor LindelofChris SmallingPhil JonesEric Baillylast_img read more

Arsenal to offer counseling to Granit Xhaka

first_imgArsenal will offer to counsel captain Granit Xhaka after his angry confrontation with home fans during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.The Swiss midfielder was booed while he walked off the pitch, prompting him to cup his ear, walk past boss Unai Emery and storm down the tunnel.Emery said: “He is upset, devastated and very sad.“It is not only yesterday and today. He is feeling the supporters don’t like him.”The Gunners manager said he did not want to speak about whether Xhaka may lose the captaincy.“His behaviour was perfect in training [on Tuesday], with the group and with the club. He knows he was wrong. He feels it inside very deeply,” said Emery.Emery said Xhaka should apologize to fans, but added: “I don’t need his apology. Because I know he is devastated, we can speak about all the situation but first, it’s him.“He is now very down and we need to support him.“My ideal future is to watch again Xhaka playing and every supporter supporting him. I don’t know if I can or will achieve it but this is my ideal.“Also for him, it’s the same but also I think we need now to be calm step by step so we can progress.” Source: BBClast_img read more

Drogba gets zero votes from ex-Ivorian players as FA Presidency hopes take massive hit

first_imgFormer Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba’s bid to become the next head of the Ivorian Football Federation took a massive hit after he secured zero votes from members of the Association of Former Ivorian Footballers.Of the 14 members in the Association, 11 voted for his rival, league president Sory Diabate, while three persons abstained.The third candidate, the current Vice President, Idriss Diallo also got no votes from the ex-players.The results of the election, which was done via video conferencing, has reportedly sparked a massive debate in the Ivory Coast.Drogba had been the massive favourite going into the polls, particularly after experienced administrator Eugene Diomande withdrew from the race and publicly backed the former Ivorian captain.He had also been endorsed by 48 professional clubs in the country.According to Afrik Foot, Drogba will hope to have better luck when members of the Active Footballers Association, the coaches, referees and the physios also cast their votes.“I want to get more involved. I think more and more about it. I know Ivorian football, I have played in selection for years and I invested in Ivorian football lately,” Drogba recently said about his ambitions.The three are vying to replace Augustin Sidy Diallo as President.Members of the Former Players Association: Abdoulaye Traore, Oumar Ben Salah, Aka Kouame Basile, Soro Jean, Zezeto, Didier Zokora, Ibrahim Kone, Badra Siby Aliou, Youssouf Fofana, Beugre Yago Eugene, Didier Otokore, Fadel Keita, Kassi Kouadio Lucien, Alain Gouaménélast_img read more

Timo Werner declares support for the Lakers

first_imgChelsea’s new signing Timo Werner has declared his support for the Los Angeles Lakers and is backing them to do well with the resumption of the season.The German international who has signed a five year contract with the Blues also has an affinity for basketball which is very popular in his native Germany.Werner has made no secret of his love for the NBA as he travelled last winter to the USA while on vacation to watch an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks.In a post on his social media the 24 year old flaunts the purple and gold colours of the Lakers.last_img read more

Parking Lot Behind City Hall Closed this Weekend

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis A public parking lot will be closed this weekend due to the upcoming Walleye Tournament. Beginning Saturday, July 22nd at 6am, the north half of the large parking lot and small customer parking lot behind City Hall will be closed.The reason for the closure is to make way for boat and trailer parking for the Walleye Tournament that will be held at the City of Alpena’s Marina. The lot will reopen to the public around 5:30pm, and it will be back available to use for public events.Volunteers will be on site to direct traffic, and barricades will be in place to close those driveways. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Reverend Obwaka Cleared of All ChargesNext Kids Enjoy a Free Day of Fishing at Culligan Plazalast_img read more