first_imgCaribbean athletes continued in their medal winning ways at the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.In competition on Thursday, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas took the gold medal with a time of 22.09s in the women’s 200m. Jamaica’s Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson failed to medal. However, another Jamaican sprinter, Shericka Jackson secured silver in the event with a personal best of 22.18s. The bronze medal went to England’s Dina Asher-Smith (22.29), who pipped Thompson by 0.01s. The other Jamaican in the race, Sashalee Forbes, was disqualified.Also winning a gold medal was Jamaican hurdler Janieve Russell who secured her first individual senior athletic gold medal in the women’s 400 metres hurdles finals. Russel clocked 54.33 to cross the line ahead of Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle (silver) and South Africa’s Wendy Nel (bronze).Ronda Whyte and Ristananna Tracey, the other Jamaicans in the final, were 4th and 8th with 55.02 and 57.50 respectively.The Caribbean made a clean sweep in the men 400m hurdles. Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands won the gold medal in 48.25 secs, while Jeffery Gibson of the Bahamas won silver in 49.10 secs and Jaheel Hyde of Jamaica the bronze in a time of 49.16 secs.The top three in the women 200 meters were presented with their  medals by Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt. Gold medalist Miller-Ubio told reporters “It was a pleasure getting it from a great like him.”last_img read more


first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 FTSE-listed Ladbrokes Coral Plc has confirmed the appointment of Annemarie Durbin as a Non-Executive Director to it business.Durbin a thirty-year banking and international business executive will advise the newly formed Ladbrokes Coral board as the newly merged company looks expand its services internationally.Durbin has prior governance advisory experience, as she currently serves as a non-executive director to WHSmith and Santander Bank UK.Ladbrokes Coral further announced that Durbin would join the firm’s Audit, Remuneration, Social Responsibility and Nomination Committees.Commenting on the advisory appointment, John Kelly, Chairman of Ladbrokes Coral Group, stated:“With the completion of the merger and the creation of Ladbrokes Coral, we have set out in creating a board with the relevant experience and expertise to help us deliver the many opportunities we see for this business.“I am delighted to welcome Annemarie to the Ladbrokes Coral board. She brings significant operational, strategic and financial expertise and experience to the role including an excellent understanding of running a business with global operations.” Submit Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more


first_img Share Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities April 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit BGC members to donate virtual grand national profits to NHS charity April 1, 2020 Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Inspired Entertainment has announced that its Grand National Race of Champions, and Virtual Grand National 2018 predictor race, are to broadcast on UK television ahead of this years live event at Aintree.The Race of Champions is set to see 40 runners and riders from horseracing history go up against modern day contemporaries, taking on Becher’s Brook, The Chair and other famous Aintree fences to determine an all-time champion.Utilising the latest CGI 3D technology and software, celebrated past winners, such as Red Rum, will compete with last year’s winner, One for Arthur, and a host of others, with the race set to be scheduled on ITV4 on the eve of this years spectacle.In addition to this, presenter and racing expert Nick Luck will bring viewers the Virtual Grand National 2018, utilising the same technology as its Race of Champions counterpart.The field will be full of runners from the years race, who will compete hours ahead of the “off,” with both offering set to form part of an hour long special previewing the 171st running of the Randox Health Grand National.  Steve Rogers, Chief Commercial Officer of Digital Games at Inspired Entertainment, commented: “We used the latest technology and filming techniques to capture the iconic Aintree course in order to deliver the most authentic looking race possible. “The reaction to the 2017 Virtual Grand National was fantastic and we’re delighted to be bringing the Race of Champions, in addition to the 2018 Virtual Grand National predictor race, to screens this year.”Last year Cause of Causes triumphed in the first Virtual Grand National on ITV, charging from mid-pack as earlier predicted, with Richard Pitman, retired jump jockey who famously narrowly missed out on 1973 Grand National glory with Crisp, stating “The virtual predictor race was incredibly close in 2017. “The technology picked out three of the top six finishers, was accurate about how Cause of Causes would handle the race, and incredibly close on where many others would finish or fall’.The years Virtual Grand National and Race of Champions are to be broadcast on ITV4 at 8pm on Friday April 13, with highlights appearing the next day.You can check out the official trailer for the Virtual Grand National 2018 below. Related Articleslast_img read more


first_img Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020 Share Submit Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Johan Munthe – KambiSports betting platform and software supplier Kambi Group Plc has expanded its golf-related inventory ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup 2018 (27-30 September).Anticipating a record-breaking handle across its partner network, the Stockholm-listed technology supplier has rolled out an in-depth range of pre-match and in-play betting markets for its customers on both sides of the Atlantic.Hosted bi-annually, the Ryder Cup is golf’s showcase competition generating the sport’s largest global audience pitching Team Europe vs Team USA.For its 2018 addition, Kambi declares that it will deliver ‘the industry’s market-leading experience before and during each of the competition’s three days.’  Ahead of today’s first drive, Kambi offers a vast array of ‘market standard outrights’, which include top team points scorer, top rookie and top wildcard, as well as a range of ‘special bets’ including the number of points gained by individual players and hole-in-one-related markets.Across the three days of golfing action, Kambi will offer all 28 matches as in-play markets, allowing its partner customers to wager on every hole, in addition, to live betting on match winner, leader after nine holes and the hole on which the match will end.Both pre-match and in-play inventory will be supported by Kambi ‘instant markets’, which will introduce a variety of shot-by-shot markets for featured matches, with live bet offers including to ‘hit the fairway, find a bunker, land in water hazard and nearest to the pin’.“We are very excited by what the next few days will bring,” said Johan Munthe, Head of Pre-Match at Kambi.“The Ryder Cup has always been popular among Europe-based bettors and, following the return to form of arguably the greatest golfer of all time in Tiger Woods, we are also seeing plenty of interest from our new US players in our market-leading pre-match offering.“Coupled with our hole-by-hole live coverage and unrivalled range of instant markets, we are expecting to see record turnover while we are once again proving that a high-quality Sportsbook must not only deliver a best-in-class UX for a handful of sports but across all sports.” StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more


first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET August 7, 2020 During 2019, the regulated betting market in Poland has generated a combined turnover of PLN6.7bn according to figures from legal association Graj Legalnie.The figure marks a 28.8% year-on-year increase in combined turnover, however the legal specialists highlighted that this figure remains significantly lower than the turnover generated by the grey market in Poland.Graj Legalnie found that the grey market now accounts for 60% of the Polish market following a period of increased activity from unregulated operators. The association noted that, had all of this turnover been taxed, the Polish government would have made an additional PLN1.1bn in tax.In the regulated sector, STS makes up 45.5% of the market, while Fortuna holds a 31.3% market share. ForBet was in third with a market share of 6.1%. Throughout 2019, the regulated sector contributed PLN800m in gambling taxes.In November 2019, Graj Legalnie found that three unlicensed operators had generated 2.1m visits in Poland, despite their sites having been blocked by the Polish Ministry of Finance.The association also revealed that it had reported 1830 illegal gambling websites to this register, of which 1303 have not yet been included.Graj Legalnie also added that ‘following in the footsteps of other European countries, a dedicated office which would be responsible for market regulation should be established in Poland.’The dedicated office would be handed a ‘precisely defined list of tasks’ which would be largely modelled on the UKGC or the Malta Gaming Authority. The office ‘would enable a more effective oversight of the sector. It would also be more efficient in counteracting the recurrent grey market.’ Sharelast_img read more


first_img StumbleUpon Share Share New esports wagering platform Rivalry has expanded its crypto payment capacities by integrating Bitcoin exchange CoinCorner as a new payment gateway.The unique partnership will allow Rivalry customers to directly transfer funds and winnings into Bitcoin and further cryptocurrencies at a guaranteed ‘best market price’, thereby utilising CoinCorner’s exchange provisions.Isle of Man-based Rivalry, which launched its esports platform in 2020, stated that its partnership with CoinCorner was formed as a result of the business revising critical payment and transactional arrangements to meet its customer needs.Integrating directly with a Bitcoin exchange, Rivalry said that it has modernised its payment processing capabilities beyond transactional functions, adapting a vital component of its esports wagering platform to be aligned with the needs of its customer base.Rivalry CEO Steven Salz commented: “Our integration with CoinCorner has allowed us to offer Bitcoin as a payment option to our players and further simplify the payment experience. It’s partnerships like these that help us evolve the betting experience for a new cohort of bettors that think and behave differentlyFounded in 2014 as a UK Bitcoin exchange, CoinCorner has strengthened its B2B functions, by providing new crypto-led services such as payment processing allowing diverse sectors to benefit from crypto-led innovations.Sam Tipper, Business Development Manager at CoinCorner, said: “Since I joined CoinCorner in 2019, we’ve been making huge strides in assisting businesses across multiple industries to accept Bitcoin – preparing them for the new reality of a changing payment landscape. This is particularly true for businesses regulated out of the Isle of Man, like Rivalry, who cater to a global market.” Submitlast_img read more


first_imgBlaine Graboyes is the CEO at GameCo, a company that is trying to modernise and add some excitement to casino floors the world over with its Video Game Gambling Machines (VGMs).GameCo will have a stand at the upcoming Betting on Esports 2017 Conference in London in September (13-15). Attendees will also be able to hear Blaine speak on the ‘Saving Las Vegas, how and why esports and casinos should work together’. Joining him on this panel will be Alex Igelman, CEO of Millennial Esports, Seth Schorr, Chairman of the Downtown Grand and Melissa Blau, Director at iGaming Capital will moderate. Blaine Graboyes, GameCoESI: You’ve been making some moves in North America and are set to enter Macau…how do these markets differ in terms of the products on casino floors?Blaine: While the North American market differs considerably from the Macau market, there are many commonalities, especially as it relates to attracting the next generation of casino patrons. In North America, slot machines generally produce about 75% of casino profits. However in Macau, the business is primarily focused on table games. There are significantly less slot machines in Macau as a percentage of the casino floor. Both markets, as well as other international markets, are definitely focused on diversification and the ability to generate incremental revenue from new customers.“At GameCo, we’re also actively advancing expansion in Latin America, the U.K., and the Netherlands, as well as speciality markets such as cruise ships”At GameCo, we’re also actively advancing expansion in Latin America, the U.K., and the Netherlands, as well as speciality markets such as cruise ships. The entire casino industry is now keenly focusing on innovation with new products with an eye towards expanding the player base and attract a younger audience. In Macau, we’re definitely looking to create some new games specifically for the Chinese gambler while also bringing some of our best performing games from North America that will appeal to Asian gamers. We’ve also recently announced a collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO to bring Soulcalibur II to casinos. This will be the first AAA video game available in casinos and is opening the opportunity for GameCo to work with other top video game developers and publishers. These games will have strong appeal worldwide.Esports Insider: Why did you decide to exhibit and speak at Betting on Esports?Blaine: For a number of reasons, including a dedication to supporting the entire industry when it comes to innovation and the adoption of new products and services for casinos.“While GameCo’s Video Game Gambling Machines (VGMs) are not directly in the space of esports, they are adjacent and appeal to many of the same customers”While GameCo’s Video Game Gambling Machines (VGMs) are not directly in the space of esports, they are adjacent and appeal to many of the same customers. At GameCo, we use the tagline “The Video Game Casino” to show our positioning and support for the connection between video games and casinos in general. We believe that Gamers (video game enthusiasts) are one of the key target audiences for the casino of the future, along with Millennials as an age group and tech-savvy consumers as well. GameCo also has a wholly-owned subsidiary called The Gamer Agency, which is a premiere independent esports production company.“In order to properly monetise the opportunity that esports offers, casinos need a strategy that moves beyond simply hosting one-off events and instead looks to programs that can operate on a daily basis year round”We currently run esports programs in the U.S. for major brands and venues and have been actively expanding to provide services to casinos around esports. In order to properly monetise the opportunity that esports offers, casinos need a strategy that moves beyond simply hosting one-off events and instead looks to programs that can operate on a daily basis year round. The Gamer Agency is perhaps the best positioned to provide such strategies and production services to casinos, given the parent company’s (GameCo) experience in casino services and the fact that we have, or are seeking, gaming licenses in most gambling jurisdictions. Casinos prefer to work with partners who are licensed as it provides a high level of diligence for their compliance with regulators.ESI: Where do you see the esports opportunity for European casinos? After all, this isn’t Las Vegas…Blaine: Gamers are everywhere and you don’t need to be in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or New York to attract an audience to your venue. Gamers are an underserved audience in that there are few destinations for us to get together, socialise, play video games, and now gamble too. European casinos should be looking for ways to build daily, year round esports programs that entail a wide range of activities and move beyond hosting one-off events. This may involve components such as online leagues, dedicated areas for casual competitions, an entertainment strategy with content on Twitch and other platforms, building suites and bootcamp rooms for gamers and esports teams, and producing top-tier stadium events that do not rely on existing tournament organisers.“Gamers are an underserved audience in that there are few destinations for us to get together, socialise, play video games, and now gamble too”Casinos are the experts in hospitality and delivery of a “VIP Experience” to their customers. This provides a massive and unique opportunity for casinos to build valuable programs that appeal to Gamers everywhere. As new products and services enter the market, including skill-based games and esports betting, casinos will be well positioned to leverage their reach with Gamers.ESI: What can attendees look forward to hearing you discuss on the ‘Saving Las Vegas’ panel?Blaine: We’re thrilled to be contributing to the panel and will work hard to provide a basis of information on skill-based gaming in general as well as specifically about GameCo’s video game gambling products. We will be showing demos of our latest games, which include some partnerships with top entertainment brands. At GameCo, we have a philosophy of “Radical Transparency” which we believe helps the industry adopt new, innovative technologies. As such, we will be sharing detailed performance data from our VGM placements, including metrics on Win Per Unit, Average Wager, and player demographics. Additionally, we have been working with a number of partners on several different thought leadership pieces that address the opportunities to attract incremental revenue and further innovation in the casino industry.  We’re looking forward to reviewing these insights at the conference.  Casinos have invested billions of dollars in their facilities and offer a level of amenities not found anywhere else. We do not see land-based casinos going anywhere in the coming decades. But it is important for casinos to expand their product offerings for the next generation of customers.Disclaimer: As a part of SBC Global Esports Insider is organising the Betting on Esports Conference. You can find out more about it and secure tickets here.last_img read more


first_imgGhana president Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo will host the Black Stars to a farewell dinner on Friday before the team flies out to Dubai for pre-2019 Africa Cup of Nations camping.The head of state will interact with the 29 players named in the provisional squad for the training camp.The technical and management teams are expected to show up at the event.Nana Addo is expected to use the opportunity to talk to Asamoah Gyan, now appointed General Captain, and newly-installed Black Stars captain Andre Ayew.He will task the two players to nib their differences and remain united to end Ghana’s long wait for a continental title since 1982.Ghana are scheduled to play two pre-tournament friendlies against Namibia and South Africa in the Gulf country.The Black Stars are scheduled to play Benin, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon in Group F at the tournament. Source: Ghana Soccernetlast_img read more


first_imgDay 3 of the 2019 African Games in Morocco saw Ghana record a mix of results across boxing, cycling, beach volleyball and table tennis.In boxing, Sulemanu Tetteh (men’s fly 52kg), Jesse Lartey (men’s welterweight 69 kg) and Kwesi Quartey (men’s middle 75kg) all drew byes to the next round.In the men’s light heavyweight (81kg) preliminaries, Samed Shakul defeated Jean Jovet Nicol of the Seychelles 5-0 but there was no such success for David Akankolim in the men’s heavy weight (91kg). He lost 5-0 to Abdelhafid Benchabla of Algeria.In the women’s cross country cycling, Clementina Ayoung finished 9th. In the men’s cross cross country cycling, Emmanuel Sackey finished 19th while Anthony Boakye Dankwa did not start the race.In swimming, Jason Jude Arthur made it to the final of the men’s 200m backstroke but finished 8th in a time of 2: 06.76. The final was held at the Olympic Swimming Pool in the Mohammed V Sports Complex.Henrietta Amarh got to the quarter finals of the women’s Tae-Kwon-Do 46-49kg but she lost 24-14 to Cote d’Ivoire’s Ferimata Coulibaly.Kezia Gbezde also lost to Flore Mbugu of DR Congo 37-11 in the women’s under 46kg category.In the men’s beach volleyball, Ghana’s Kelvin Carboo and George Essielfie finished 8th after losing 2-1 to Nigeria’s Goodluck Anyasodike and Godwin Sam. The two countries won a set each by the score of 21 to 19 but it was the Nigerians who came out winners on the day after winning the deciding set 18 to 16.In the men’s team table tennis, Ghana qualified to the next stage after recording a victory and a loss against Djibouti and Togo respectively.The team, made up of Derek Abrefa, Felix Lartey and Emmanuel Commey, lost 3 games to 2 to Togo but recovered to beat Djibouti by three games to zero.last_img read more


first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has admitted he is ‘not proud’ of defying former boss Maurizio Sarri’s orders when he infamously refused to be substituted against Manchester City in last season’s Carabao Cup final.The 24-year-old waved away Sarri’s orders when the Italian tried to introduce Willy Caballero in the dying moments of extra-time – a game the Blues lost on penalties. Source: Talk Sports Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted against Manchester City in last season’s Carabao Cup finalSpeaking about the incident to El Larguero on Spanish network Cadena SER, Kepa again expressed his regret over his actions that day – which he said happened in the heat of the moment.“I’m not proud of what happened. I lived in a storm that week,” he said.“It was a situation that I hadn’t lived and that came to me in a flash. Everything went very fast, with many keystrokes.“I apologized, he explained to me what he had felt. Internally, it was finished the next day.“It was an unpleasant situation, but we left in a good way and from there we made a great end of the season.”Kepa, who was fined a week’s wages for the incident, is currently away on international duty with Spain who faces the Faroe Islands in the coming days.last_img read more