HBG Gaming takes Colombia’s 11th online gaming licence

first_img Regions: LATAM Colombia Italian operator HBG Gaming has secured the 11 online gaming licence in the regulated market of Colombia. Colombian regulator Coljuegos this week awarded the licence to the company’s HBG Latam subsidiary, granting it approval to offer services in the country for a period of five years. HBG Latam will offer online sports betting and a range of casino games under the AguiJuego brand, via a dedicated website in Colombia, Calvin Ayre said. In addition, HBG will roll out a network of retail points of sale to support the new website. Colombia moved to legalise online gaming in October 2016 and has since handed out a series of licences to a number of companies. Codere, Colbet, Corredor Emperearial, GAMING1, Luckia, Sportium, Vicca Group and Wplay.co all hold licences in the South American country.Related article: Rush Street is first US betting firm in Colombia Italian operator HBG Gaming has secured the 11 online gaming licence in the regulated market of Colombia 22nd June 2018 | By contenteditor HBG Gaming takes Colombia’s 11th online gaming licence Topics: Legal & compliance Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Email Addresslast_img read more

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Vegas Kings develops new Sunbet sportsbook

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Vegas Kings has designed a new sportsbook for leading South African operator Sunbet Vegas Kings develops new Sunbet sportsbook Sports betting Vegas Kings has designed a new sportsbook for leading South African operator Sunbet.The web developer has been working on the platform since Sun International signed a multi-year agreement with Bede Limited and Kambi Group in late 2017.The new sportsbook offers a number of innovative features and rewards including Action Bets, an increase in Live in-Play events as well as a Cash Out feature.Sunbet in a statement said it is hoped the new site will “elevate the brand and excite all its players, existing and new”.“We were asked not to stray too far away from the old look and feel, to create a new fresh and vibrant Sports betting site under extremely tight deadlines, which we feel we have accomplished,” said Ashley Adir, chief executive of Vegas Kings.“Designing and developing a new site as big as Sunbet took a lot of focus with fine attention to detail in order to get it to the level that we and Sun International are accustomed to.”Martin Sack, group manager for online business development at Sun International, said: “Vegas Kings have assisted Sunbet in creating an exciting upgrade to its sportsbook offering.“The new Sunbet site is world class by any standard and it was a pleasure working with such skilled design professionals.” Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovationcenter_img Regions: Africa Southern Africa South Africa 25th June 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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The National Basketball Players Association at ICE Sports Betting USA

first_img21st February 2019 | By Stephen Carter Topics: Sports betting The National Basketball Players Association at ICE Sports Betting USA David Foster, deputy general counsel, National Basketball Players Association, talks to iGB about how his organisation is working with the players in the labour union to ensure they are informed, protected and best set to realise the benefits of US-regulated sports wagering. Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter David Foster, deputy general counsel, National Basketball Players Association, talks to iGB about how his organisation is working with the players in the labour union to ensure they are informed, protected and in the best possible position to realise the benefits of US-regulated sports wagering.In an exclusive interview from ICE Sports Betting USA, we asked Foster about the response among his members when PASPA was lifted, how they are addressing any concerns they may have, what’s in it for the players when it comes to US sports betting regulation and how they intend to deal with any issues arising from any illicit betting activity among his members becoming more visible and potentially shared. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Regions: US Email Addresslast_img read more

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Former Wales coach banned for betting breaches

first_img Rob Howley, former assistant coach to the Welsh rugby union team, has been suspended from the sport for 18 months, with nine suspended, after admitting to breaching anti-corruption and betting regulations. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Legal & compliance Regions: UK & Ireland 16th December 2019 | By contenteditor Former Wales coach banned for betting breaches Topics: Legal & compliance People Sports betting Rob Howley, former assistant coach to the Welsh rugby union team, has been suspended from the sport for 18 months, with nine suspended, after admitting to breaching anti-corruption and betting regulations.Howley has been sanctioned by an independent disciplinary panel appointed by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), after he admitted to multiple breaches of World Rugby Anti-corruption and Betting Regulations.Between November 2015 and September 2019, it was discovered that Howley placed 363 bets on rugby union games via accounts with Betway, William Hill and Ladbrokes. These bets were placed using the mobile phone given to him in his role as assistant coach, and using his WRU email address.He placed 200 bets with William Hill, 13 with Ladbrokes, and 150 with Betway – the operator which alerted the WRU to Howley’s activity. This prompted his immediate suspension from coaching duties with the Welsh team in the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.With his contract due to end following the tournament, this resulted in his premature departure from the Welsh Rugby set-up after 11 years.Among the bets placed were a number on the Welsh team, including some player-specific bets, with Howley admitting that he was aware that to bet on the sport constituted a breach of World Rugby regulations.According to World Rugby regulation 6.3.1, “no connected person shall, directly or indirectly, bet and/or attempt to bet on the outcome or any aspect of any connected event and/or receive and/or attempt to receive part or all of the proceeds of any such bet and/or any other benefit in relation to a bet.”From this activity, which he suggested had been triggered by a family tragedy, he lost an estimated £4,000.This could have seen Howley banned from any rugby union related activity for up to five years. However, the disciplinary panel took into consideration character statements issued by a number of high-profile figures, including former Wales head coach Warren Gatland, Welsh international Jonathan Davies, and Scottish national team player and coach Sir Ian McGeechan.While the panel concluded a suspension was unavoidable, it was satisfied that a ban of 18 months, was a proportionate punishment. The nine-month suspension is backdated to the time of his initial withdrawal from coaching duties, on 16 September, meaning he will be able to return to the game on or after 16 June, 2020.“To insist that he serve a further immediate period of suspension before returning to coaching would, he submits, be disproportionate,” the panel explained.“A further period of immediate suspension would be unduly punitive in his submission and it would likely impact adversely on Mr Howley’s well-being.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Tags: Mobilelast_img read more

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MRG orders UK affiliates to cease casino promotions

first_img MRG orders UK affiliates to cease casino promotions William Hill-owned MRG has ordered its UK affiliates to cease promotions for its Mr Green UK casino and live casino products with immediate effect.MRG said in an email to affiliates titled “Important: UK Compliance” and subtitled “urgent request” that the order is in response to recent changes in compliance.The operator said the order will apply to all materials promoting the products, including banners, text links, pop-ups and social posts.MRG added that the move does not affect Mr Green’s UK-facing sports betting activities, with MRG to replace all Mr Green casino and live casino banners with sportsbook adverts.“We are working hard to resolve this issue and will be sure to let you know once you are able to promote Mr Green UK casino and live casino once again,” MRG said in an email to affiliate partners.“We kindly ask that if you see any casino or live casino banners still on your site, to let your account manager know.”When contacted by iGaming Business for comment, William Hill’s communication director Ciaran O’Brien said the decision is simply due to the operator switching to a new affiliate platform.MRG and O’Brien did not provide any detail on the compliance issue that it referred to in the email, but the halting of promotions comes after William Hill in November last year became one of a number of leading operators to declare their support for a new safer gambling initiative.Aimed at addressing the harm gambling can cause to consumers and young people, the ‘Safer Gambling Commitments’ has been designed to support the GB Gambling Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.Measures include operators working together to develop new codes of conduct for direct and affiliate marketing and sponsorship activities.William Hill, which acquired MRG in January 2019, was joined by the likes of Aspers, bet365, Caesars, Flutter Entertainment (Paddy Power Betfair), Genting, GVC (Ladbrokes and Coral), Playtech, Rank Group, Sky Betting & Gaming in committing to the initiative. Regions: UK & Ireland William Hill-owned MRG has ordered its UK affiliates to cease promotions for its Mr Green UK casino and live casino products with immediate effect. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Strategy 4th February 2020 | By contenteditor Casino & games Email Addresslast_img read more

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New Jersey sets sports betting revenue record in January

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Finance 13th February 2020 | By contenteditor Licensed operators in New Jersey generated $53.6m in sports betting revenue in January, representing a new monthly record for the state. Topics: Finance Sports betting New Jersey sets sports betting revenue record in January Licensed operators in New Jersey generated $53.6m (£41.3m/€49.2m) in sports betting revenue in January, representing a new monthly record for the state.January revenue comfortably surpassed the previous record of $46.4m that was set in October of last year, while the monthly total was also up by 185.2% year-on-year from $18.8m in January 2019.Players wagered a total of $540.1m on sports last month, which was 40.0% up from January 2019. Much of this wagering was done over the internet, with the state’s online handle standing at $471.1m, compared to retail at $69.9m.Meadowlands and sub-licensees FanDuel and PointsBet remained the market leaders in New Jersey, posting $26.4m in revenue, a huge increase of 277.2% on the previous year.Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US New Jersey Email Addresslast_img read more

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NJ sports betting revenue down as igaming soars

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has reported a 58.4% year-on-year decline in sports betting revenue in March, primarily due to the widespread shutdown of sports events as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.However, the state’s online gaming market enjoyed a particularly strong month, with poker the standout performer.Sports betting revenue amounted to $13.2m last month, down from $31.7m in March 2019 and also 22.4% lower than $17.0m in February of this year.Players in the state wagered a total of $181.9m on sports in March, a decline of 51.2% from $372.5m last year, with betting options severely limited due to the majority of sports events being postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic.Read the full story on iGB North America. NJ sports betting revenue down as igaming soars The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has reported a 58.4% year-on-year decline in sports betting revenue in March, primarily due to the widespread shutdown of sports events as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Tags: Online Gambling Regions: US New Jersey 16th April 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

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PMU strengthens management team for post-Covid recovery

first_img5th May 2020 | By contenteditor French sports and horse race betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain has appointed a trio of new executives to its management team.Romain Rogister will join the business as director of commercial networks from 1 June, having previously overseen the transformation of telecommunications giant SFR’s retail network.Martial Houlle, meanwhile, took up the role of secretary general yesterday (4 May). Houlle joins from utilities provider Total Direct Énergie, where he has worked since 2016.Finally Céline Stierlé has been named director of communications, also effective 4 May. She had worked for security and ID verification solutions provider Idemia since 2017, serving as director of press relations and public affairs, following a two-year stint with online retailer Amazon.The trio, who will report directly to director general Cyril Linette, will play a role in the operator’s recovery plan, as France prepares to emerge from its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced lockdown.Moving forward, they will also contribute to the business’ digital transformation, which launched in 2018.PMU, which continues to generate the vast majority of revenue through its retail network, has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, both through the suspension of all horse racing, and the shut down of its retail outlets and kiosks.This forced the operator to furlough 95% of its workforce, having stopped all marketing activities from 19 March.French racing, which was suspended from 17 March, now looks set to return from 11 May, with strict social distancing conditions and with no spectators.In related news, Emmanuel Vacher, formerly deputy managing director of racing media business Paris-Turf Group – which also operates the LeTurf and Genybet online betting brands – has joined PMU as director of horse racing intelligence and customer analysis.He will report into Emmanuelle Malecaze-Doublet, who was named client and marketing director in September 2019. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter French sports and horse race betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain has appointed a trio of new executives to its management team. Email Address Horse racing Topics: People Sports betting Horse racing PMU strengthens management team for post-Covid recovery Regions: Europe Western Europe France Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racinolast_img read more

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Government approves return of English sport

first_imgSports betting Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Government approves return of English sport Topics: Sports betting The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has given the green light for professional sports in England to resume from today (1 June), with the first horse racing meeting since mid-March to take place at Newcastle this afternoon.center_img The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has given the green light for professional sports in England to resume from today (1 June), with the first horse racing meeting since mid-March to take place at Newcastle this afternoon.All domestic sports leagues and competitions have been cancelled or postponed since the UK went into lockdown on 23 March, though many events were put on hold before the government implemented its measures to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).In recent weeks, a number of major UK sporting organisations set out plans to resume activities when permitted by the government. Football’s Premier League last week said it intended to restart on 17 June, while the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) published a revised fixture list starting from 1 June.Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden yesterday confirmed that professional sports can now resume, albeit under significant restrictions, with all events to take place behind closed doors.Among the other measures are regular testing for anyone involved with events, social distancing where possible, a one-way system for the movement of people and vehicles at venues, as well as competitions and organisations appointing a Covid-19 officer to oversee these measures.“This is a significant moment for British sport,” Dowden said. “By working with clinicians every step of the way, we are creating the safest possible environments for everyone involved.“This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions behind closed doors. It is now up to individual sports to confirm they can meet these protocols and decide when it’s right for them to restart.”Racing will restart from this afternoon, with Newcastle Recourse to host a 10-race meeting from 13:00pm British Summer Time. Newcastle will stage another meeting tomorrow, while Kempton Park will also host its first meeting since before lockdown.The BHA praised the government for allowing sport to resume, saying that the return of racing will save livelihoods and businesses across the industry. Races will be run in line with new guidelines, developed by BHA chief medical adviser Dr Jerry Hill with Public Health England and medical officers from other sports.“This is an important stage towards a complete return for our industry and will help protect livelihoods and businesses,” said BHA chief executive Nick Rust.“The timing is crucial for the breeding sector and we thank the government and officials at DCMS and Public Health England for their assistance in planning a safe return to racing. There is still a tough battle ahead before we can get fully back in business but this is a resilient and world-leading industry and we are ready for the task.”The Jockey Club, the governing body of horse racing in the UK, also welcomed the government’s clearance, with chief executive Delia Bushell saying that resuming racing is vital for many livelihoods.Bushell said: “The lockdown has been an incredibly hard period for our industry and it will be a long road back to recovery. Across British Racing, a huge amount of planning, effort and care has gone into ensuring we are ready to resume fixtures in the most responsible way.“While we are not a human-contact sport, extensive plans are nevertheless in place to create the safest possible environment for participants. And as our horses have been kept exercised for their welfare throughout the suspension period, we’re able to resume quickly.” 1st June 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Fifa partners UN crime office to stamp out match-fixing

first_imgFifa signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UNODC in September, in order to reiterate both organisations’ commitment to address the threats posed by crime in sport. As well as addressing the dangers of match-fixing, the MoU set out cooperation between the organisations to ensure children and young athletes were kept safe from violence and exploitation, through programmes such as Fifa Guardians.  “In these unprecedented times marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we work together with partners such as the UNODC to ensure that players, coaches and officials have the confidence to speak out against match-fixing, as well as any other integrity issues,“ he said. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Fifa, the international governing body of football, has joined forces with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December) for a new campaign encouraging the football industry to speak out on match-fixing. The partnership aims to raise awareness of Fifa’s confidential reporting platforms, and encourage players, coaches and officials to recognise, resist and report match-fixing. Topics: Sports betting Sports integrity The organisations are encouraging anyone approached by a suspected match-fixer to report corruption to Fifa via its website, email or integrity app. This represented a 116.3% increase in alerts year-on-year. Alerts relating to football were most prevalent, with 370 generated in the period. 259 of those were generated in Europe, 55 in Asia, 17 in North America, 9 in Africa and 4 in Oceania. Fifa president Gianni Infantino described the campaign as “a strong message about our absolute commitment and determination to eliminating match-fixing and corruption in football. 9th December 2020 | By Conor Mulheircenter_img Fifa partners UN crime office to stamp out match-fixing International Anti-Corruption Day this year aims to highlight the need to “recover with integrity”, and the campaign features messages from a range of key figures in Fifa, such as its female player of the century Sun Wen, retired Colombian defender Iván Córdoba, and German referee Bibiana Steinhaus, among others. UNODC executive director Ghada Waly added that: “Sports and sporting events are vital to our well-being, and they have a crucial role to play in helping our societies and economies recover from the pandemic. That is why we must work together to ensure that sport recovers with integrity. Gaming integrity body the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) said it had seen suspicious betting activity increase significantly in the third quarter of 2020, with over 450 alerts generated in the period. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “The UNODC has joined forces with FIFA to support efforts aimed at preventing, detecting, reporting and sanctioning match-fixing and other forms of corruption in sport. Working with governments, sports organisations and all stakeholders, we can build on the UN Convention against Corruption to tackle match-fixing and keep sport fair for all.” Fifa said the backdrop of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the associated economic uncertainty creates a higher integrity risk for players and clubs around the world. Tags: Fifa United Nations United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Sports integritylast_img read more

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