Machel, Iwer & Patrice Roberts top contenders for Trinidad Carnival Road…

first_imgWith Trinidad Carnival less than a month away, masqueraders are eagerly binging on 2018’s new music to determine the most popular hit for the road. Although many considered Neil “Iwer” George’s Savannah the certified road march winner, the release of Soca Kingdom, a duet between international trailblazer Machel Montano and veteran Austin “SuperBlue” Lyons, seems to have stolen George’s thunder. Soca Kingdom was released late Friday afternoon to much surprise and amusement, according to social media.Representing the female soca artists, Patrice Roberts’ early entry of Sweet Fuh Days continues to reign as a fan favorite, with Lyons ironically making a cameo in the video.Which song deserves the crown this year? We’ll know the week of February 12th.last_img read more

Elvis Waston Chalk Up Century in Lauderhill Jammers Victory

first_imgLAUDERHILL, Florida – At Girl Scout Friendship Park, Port St. Lucie vs Lauderhill JammersLauderhill Jammers captain Mark “Soup Bone” Johnson made the correct call and batted first, as his team piled up a massive total of 231 runs for two wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Elvis Watson who opened the batting carried his bat for 114, not out. His total includes eight huge sixes and six fours from 62 balls. He was supported by Simeon Pierre, 51 and Keniel Irvin, 23. Bowling for Port St. Lucie, Elton Tucker Jr. and Anthony Niranjan each taking a wicket for 35 and 42 respectively.In reply, Port St. Lucie were blown away for a mere 42 runs in 13.3 overs with only captain Elton Tucker Jr. getting into double-figures, with 17. Bowling Lauderhill Jammers to a mammoth 189 runs victory, was Durant Dennis with 2 for 7 from his allotted four overs, which included a maiden; while Linford Williams, David Brathwaite and Dwayne Thompson each getting one wicket for 5, 6, 13 respectively.  Upcoming Games for Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Lauderhill Sports ParkLauderhill Jammer vs. Southshore at 11: A.M. and Tropics vs. Port St. Lucie at 3: P.M.last_img read more

AUDIO: Sunshine Stars Won’t Be Relegated – Duke Udi

first_imgRelatedAUDIO: Duke Udi Reflects On Outgone NPFL SeasonSeptember 22, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Away Win At Rivers United Thrills Duke UdiJuly 20, 2017In “Nigeria”‘Pay Me My Money’ – Duke Udi Fires Back At Ondo State GovernmentMarch 14, 2018In “Nigeria” Following recent impressive results, Sunshine Stars coach Duke Udi says he is confident the ‘Owena Waves’ will not suffer relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season.The Akure-based team who currently play home games in Ijebu-Ode, have won 4 of their last 5 NPFL matches, including two on the road against ABS FC and Rivers United.The team which was in the dreaded relegation zone when Udi took over the reins few weeks ago, are now placed 11th on the table with 42 points after 31 matches, just three points above the drop zone.Udi, a former player at Enyimba, says his love for challenges motivated him to accept the job in the first place.“Like I used to say, now we have about 21 points to play for. We will keep gathering our points,” the former Osun United coach said. “I don’t look at the relegation battle.“I took this job because I love challenges – they make me to be stronger. When I took this job, people were complaining: ‘Why will you take this kind of job?’“But I believe Sunshine (Stars) cannot be relegated. We still have about 21 points to fight for. We will keep fighting; we are a fighting team,” Udi said.Sunshine Stars will be guests of Wikki Tourists in Bauchi in a Match Day 32 tie on Sunday.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League (Women): City Earn Commanding Win In Norway

first_imgManchester City women have all but qualified for the last eight after they secured a dominant 5-0 win over Lillestrom in their first leg round of 16 clash in Norway.Demi Stokes, Isobel Christiansen and Claire Emslie gave City a 3-0 lead before Jane Ross added a brace to make it a comprehensive display for Nick Cushing’s team ahead of the second leg in England on November 16.City join other top sides like Barcelona, Olympique Lyon and VFL Wolfsburg in taking commanding away victories ahead of their respective 2nd leg games. Round of 16 Results (1st leg):BIIK Kazygurt 0-7 Olympique LyonLillestrom 0-5 Manchester CityGiatra Universitetas 0-6 BarcelonaFiorentina 0-4 VFL WolfsburgStarjnan 1-2 Slavia PragueChelsea 3-0 RosengaardBrescia 2-3 MontpellierSparta Prague 1-1 LinkopingRelatedlast_img read more

BtoBet CEO Kostandina Zafirovska ‘True industry omni-channel innovation can only be driven by Artificial Intelligence’

first_img StumbleUpon Kostandina ZafirovskaAhead of this week’s Vienna International Gaming Expo 2017 (VIGE – 20-22 March) BtoBet CEO Kostandina Zafirovska has stated that true industry omni-channel innovation will be driven by new Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities.This year, Malta-based industry platform and software provider BtoBet has challenged industry standards and perspectives with regards to innovation and new technologies.Last February, the firm presented the industry’s first ever ‘augmented reality’ mobile CRM tool at the ICE 2017 conference. In its development BtoBet has stated that the firm is concentrated on delivering technology output which will deeply impact the industry’s current value chain and ‘stagnant’ processes.Highlighting innovation and new technology impacts, Zafirovska will be speaking at VIGE day 2 on AI capabilities presenting “Foresighted innovate the Omnichannel journey” at the Expo’s panel area.Backing its supportive stance of AI capabilities, BtoBet’s commercial and development teams will be displaying the firm’s latest omni-channel platform at the event, demonstrating to delegates live capabilities and functions.Zafirovska commented on AI’s potential industry changing capabilities: “Artificial Intelligence will run the evolution of physical bet-shops into intelligent shops via a single back end, integrating web and physical stores by giving the opportunity to better understand players and provide bettors with the best gaming experience, whether that is mobile, online desktop or retail.” Share BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

Experts call for thought-out approach to sports betting regulation in the US

first_imgShare Related Articles David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Jake Williams, head of legal for the US at Sportradar, said that alignment with the major US sports leagues was a good idea for sports betting stakeholders, but stopped short of taking sides in a hot debate over the presence or absence of an integrity fee and official data.Speaking at last month’s Betting on Sports conference, Williams defended the way the sporting leagues had been approaching the mechanism of an ‘integrity fee’, while suggesting that Australia is an example of why it might be worth the gambling industry to consider getting the sports on side.He said: “I think the leagues in the beginning had certain policy considerations they wanted to push and if you’ve read any articles or watched any clips of Roger Goodell, Adam Silver or any of the other commissioners, they talk about the integrity of the game first and foremost and then further down the line they will talk about their intellectual property, they’ll talk about other policy aspects.”Before adding: “I’m from Australia and I’ve seen this idea of an integrity fee (usually termed ‘product fees’ in Australia) work relatively well there in terms of having alignment with the sports leagues there engaged and active with sports betting.“In terms of that mechanism, there has been a lot of push back certainly that one per cent of turnover is a bad idea and will stifle sports betting – I think that’s a separate argument. In terms of a mechanism of having sports leagues aligned with operators, I think that’s a good idea.”Representing Sportradar, the only sports data company that works with US sports leagues to redistribute official data for betting purposes outside of the US, Williams also expressed his view that the use of official data will continue to be a talking point and needs to be well thought out. The landmark NBA and MGM Resorts agreement may cause a push towards US leagues and operators engaging in commercial negotiations to handle certain key policy objectives such as use of official league data.To explain this further, he detailed: “If a legal regulated sportsbook in the state of New Jersey, Mississippi, wherever it may be, wants to offer bets on the FIFA World Cup and you have a mandate that they must take official betting data from the sports league or federation putting on the event, what do you expect that bookmaker to do? I don’t know whether you can call up someone in Lausanne or Zurich to get access to the official betting data feed.”He concluded: “Nowhere else has official data been mandated in law and if we are going to go down that route, which the US league’s prefer and the operators have pushed back on, then we will have to have a well thought out approach for this brand-new concept in the US. It may take a state doing it to see how it plays out.”Williams was part of a panel that was largely agreeable in its assessment of both the Wire Act, whose “days are numbered” according to Princeton Global Strategies Managing Partner George Rover, and the need for cross-state information sharing to prevent suspicious betting activity, but one which became fractured with conflicting opinions on the aforementioned ‘integrity fee’.Rover said: “For the leagues now to say, they’re entitled to a financial windfall, by simply saying you owe us money for this, I just don’t think they’ve made the case. And I really do think that they’ve created their own issue by not trying to work with the state of New Jersey or regulators before the litigation and even after it when they lost.”He added: “I think the leagues do have a lot of gall to ask for an integrity fee. They battled the state of New Jersey for nine years. I was there when that was occurring. Not once did they want to come to the table of the regulator or the state about resolving the issue. Not once. Total radio silence. Even after the case no conversations with regulators in the state of New Jersey to try and resolve the issues.”The comments came after Daniel Wallach, gaming and sports law attorney at Becker & Poliakoff, argued that the rhetoric around the fact that the leagues opposed betting needs to ‘be put to bed’ if the industry has any hopes of progressing on the issue.“The league is a stakeholder now,” said Wallach, “and they’re the only stakeholder outside of federal law enforcement that has multi-jurisdictional investigative and monitoring resources at its disposal.“They (the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA) bring something to the table that no stake licence holder and no state regulator can possibly match, which is the ability to investigate and monitor, and provide intelligence about all these activities over and across state lines. The jurisdiction of the state regulator stops at that border and there is no mandatory sharing of information across those state lines.”The pair were also in disagreement over the need for federal involvement in the expansion of sports betting across the country, with Rover predicting: “There will be a strong push by people in the industry, and actually a lot of the regulators, that the federal government should stay out of it and let the states handle it.”However, Wallach countered that the current state by state approach invests all of the discretion in betting operators to determine what constitutes a suspicious bet, and queried how quickly this message would be communicated to betting operators in other states.Instead, he suggested that a federal framework “could provide a national integrity platform through which all stakeholders would be required to share anonymised betting data in real time so that it can be aggregated and evaluated by regulators, the leagues and stakeholders, and compared to global betting transactional data, to form a true early warning system.”Andrew Winchell, chief of staff for New York Senator John Bonacic, concurred that individual state rules to maintaining integrity could be easily circumvented without cooperation. For example, he questioned the point in having a mandatory report for bets over $10,000 when someone could quickly place five bets of $9,000 in five different states.“The only way you catch people who are trying to spread out major bets, or if there is a match-fixing issue, is to have some sort of interstate compact for integrity or a federal framework dealing with integrity,” said Winchell. “The match is going to be in one place, the bets are being struck in another so figuring out if something untoward is happening will be difficult at best.”Williams, Rover, Wallach and Winchell were speaking on the ‘Betting on Americas’ track alongside Joseph W. Grad, Founder of Grad Gaming Law, and session moderator Sue Schneider, a Chief Advisor to next year’s Betting on Sports Americas conference in New York (23-25 April 2019).last_img read more

Zeal co-founder Marc Peters backs Lotto24 takeover as ‘best business strategy’

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Issuing a corporate filing, the governance of Deutsche Borse listed Zeal Network has revealed that enterprise co-founder and active shareholder Marc Peters has declared his support for the acquisition of German market rival Lotto24 AG.Peters who founded the company in 2000, alongside partner Jens Schumann has detailed his support of a takeover of Lotto24 to Zeal investors, backing corporate governance’s future strategy.“Having reviewed the proposed transaction as well as the recent changes in the regulatory environment in detail, I have come to the conclusion that both the business model change, as well as the proposed transaction with Lotto24, are the right way forward for the company” reads Marc Peters statement.Zeal’s latest communication follows last week’s confirmation by governance that it would not proceed with putting forward Lottoland’s proposed €76 million offer to buy-out Zeal’s German market assets.In its statement, Zeal governance labels Marc Peters endorsement of the takeover as a further ‘confirmation of its planned corporate transformation for the German lottery market’ and the best strategy for stakeholders moving forward.Zeal’s scheduled shareholder vote on the Lotto24 takeover will take place this 18 January, with shareholders unable to attend having been told to submit proxy votes before the deadline of 09.00 GMT on Wednesday 16 January. Share Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

Sportradar to deliver in-game edge through official MLB deal

first_imgShare Submit Share Sportradar will deliver a significant competitive edge to sportsbooks ‘in-game’ after securing the exclusive rights to distribute official real time game statistics from Major League Baseball (MLB) to media companies and regulated sports betting operators.Starting with the 2019 season, the new multi-year partnership encompasses media and gaming rights at both international and domestic levels.Across international markets outside of the US, Sportradar will hold exclusive distribution rights for the statistics, as collected at every ballpark via the league’s proprietary technology and stat operators, to both media companies and regulated sports betting operators. Meanwhile, it will also have exclusive rights to distribute live industry standard audio-visual game feeds to gaming operators outside the US in territories where sports betting is legal.In the US, Sportradar will have the same exclusive rights for official real time statistics distribution to media entities in their coverage of Major League Baseball.  Sportradar will also serve as the official supplier of MLB’s real time betting data feed in the US, where distribution to regulated sports betting operators will be on a non-exclusive basis through Sportradar and additional authorised distributors.Alongside the commercial partnership, MLB will incorporate Integrity Services from Sportradar, who will be monitoring and analysing every MLB game via its fraud detection system, as well as access to its intelligence and investigations services.Kenny Gersh, MLB Executive VP of Gaming & New Business Ventures, said: “A high-quality, reliable, and fast official data feed is the building block to creating engaging gaming products for MLB fans.“Sportradar, a proven industry leader in data distribution, is perfectly positioned to help MLB deliver an exceptional Official MLB betting feed. We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership will unlock as the sports betting landscape continues to unfold in the U.S.”“We are truly excited to be working with Major League Baseball as its official global data partner,” added Carsten Koerl, Chief Executive Officer of Sportradar. “This is not only a tremendous opportunity for Sportradar, but ultimately it opens up new doors for MLB fans who have historically shown a proclivity for sophisticated data. “We look forward to utilizing our vast global experience as the global leader in the data, AV, and integrity spaces to give fans and partners an unmatched experience.” Related Articles StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020last_img read more

Tom Mitchell: RISQ – Helping sportsbook platforms to deliver guaranteed margin solutions to clients

first_img Amelco continues international expansion with Colorado licence July 2, 2020 Alternative betting markets: short-term filler or long-term fixture? May 12, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share StumbleUpon Tom Mitchell – RISQIn partnership with sportsbook platform supplier Amelco, RISQ specialist in betting insurance, risk management and liquidity solutions, has announced the launch of its ‘fixed % trading models’.Allowing betting incumbents the option to operate markets on a fixed % of sports betting turnover over standard GGR models, SBC speaks to RISQ Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Tom Mitchell on the benefits of % change and how RISQ and Amelco seek to ‘redefine operator-client sports betting partnerships’ …_________________SBC: Hi Tom, thanks for this interview. Can you breakdown for SBC Audiences your partnership with Amelco, which seeks to disrupt several key components related to modern sportsbook practices? Tom Mitchell (Chief Commercial Officer – RISQ): Of course. Our partnership with Amelco allows them to offer their current and potential partners the option to remove the volatility of running a sportsbook.In essence, sportsbook operators have winning periods and losing periods and we are able to help sportsbook platform providers remove the latter for their partners. Instead, we allow Amelco to give them a fixed-guarantee based on turnover and volume.This allows sportsbook operators to concentrate on driving new player sign-ups, retaining punters and delivering a world-class experience to their customers.SBC: Hitting industry headlines, your partnership seeks to deliver a new platform trading model based on ‘fixed %’ of wagering turnover’ over the ‘standard GGR models’, why is this such a radical change for incumbents? TM: Sports betting is different from other gaming verticals in that the operator can have more extreme periods of profit and loss.This volatility in revenue makes it difficult for sportsbooks to allocate spend for key factors such as marketing and advertising, product development and technical support. Our solution removes the volatility and provides a steady revenue stream.This will be of particular benefit to online casino operators looking to launch sportsbooks as these companies are not used to such volatility. In fact, when most enquire about launching a sportsbook, they are surprised by the notion of a “losing month”.Our solution combines our unrivalled expertise in trading, risk and insurance to make this more palatable for such operators and also for current sportsbook operators who are not comfortable with the standard GGR models.It also offers  upsides to sports betting platform providers as they no longer have the issue of their operator partners calling them up first thing Monday morning after a weekend of losses complaining that they got their pricing wrong, and allows them to grow their market by signing on operators who have previously shied away from Sports due to the volatility.SBC: How does adjusting a bookmaker’s market % model, help bookmakers tackle scale complexities… why is having flexibility on % structures such an important asset?  TM: By taking away the uncertainty of whether they will be profitable or not, regardless of whether that is over a weekend, a month or a year. Our solution allows operators to plan marketing, acquisition and retention with a fixed budget. What is the benefit of this?They can focus on driving growth which in turn will allow them to scale much quicker and then operate sustainably in the long term. For online casino operators looking to expand into sports betting, it provides a more manageable revenue and profit model.SBC: RISQ competencies have focused on risk management and supplying liquidity, do you worry that Amelco partnership will be viewed as somewhat conflicting by industry stakeholders?   TM: Not at all…. as RISQ is not a platform technology provider. We are simply partnering with expert sportsbook platform providers and supporting their technologies and services with a non-risk solution for their operator partners.Our experience with insurance combined with our trading and quant team allows us to offer a complimentary service to established platform providers looking to deliver the best possible product to their operator partners.SBC: Beyond disrupting trading % models, where do you see this partnership developing further provisions for sportsbook operators?  TM: We are not just taking the risk away from online sportsbook operators; our trading team is also monitoring what platform providers are doing when it comes to markets and prices. It is in our interest to ensure they are pricing correctly, and we are aligned to help them deliver the best product they can.For Amelco’s operator partners – and the operator partners of subsequent platform providers we work with – this means they can be certain they are receiving the absolute best odds and prices for their given markets. In essence, we are acting as a third eye and are helping to make ongoing improvements.We also have plans to roll-out additional services and solutions and will be announcing more on that in the not too distant future.____________________Tom Mitchell – Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) – RISQ Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020last_img read more

IBIA to share betting information with MGA’s Sports Integrity Unit

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has signed a betting integrity information sharing agreement with the Sports Integrity Unit, a new unit launched by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) this summer as part of an initiative to increase the focus on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is the first agreement between the MGA’s new Unit and a betting monitoring system, which underlines the desire of both parties to tackle betting related corruption.  Khalid Ali (pictured at Betting on Sports 2019) is the IBIA CEO. He said: “The creation of the Sports Integrity Unit and its focus on tackling match-fixing is a very welcome move, which is why I am delighted to have reached this agreement with the MGA that will allow us to work collaboratively on integrity. “For its part, IBIA will utilise its unique global betting monitoring system, which includes many of the largest MGA licensed operators, to provide information on suspicious betting to the Unit with the aim of preventing sports betting related corruption.”Antonio Zerafa, the MGA’s Sports Integrity Officer, added: “The MGA has made the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions a core part of its licensing and regulatory policy. Working in partnership with other stakeholders, notably betting operators, is critical to the success of that approach and the MoU with IBIA is therefore of particular importance. “IBIA and its members bring a wealth of market and consumer data that will undoubtedly serve to significantly strengthen the information and intelligence gathering ability of the Unit.”It comes in the same week that the IBIA praised tennis authorities for allowing the continued sale of official live scoring data to betting operators for International Tennis Federation (ITF) matches at the $25k level. The organisation played a key role in revising initial proposals put forward by the sport’s Independent Review Panel (IRP), which suggested discontinuing the data for both $15k and $25k events.last_img read more