SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Share Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation August 26, 2020 Share BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon As 2019 comes to a close SBC looks through the year to highlight major news that you might have missed in the sports betting world. This tenth edition looks at November and more specifically at an interview with BtoBet’s CEO Alessandro Fried, the future of retail, Trustly’s Pay N Play celebrations and the four pillars supporting state lottery success.Alessandro Fried: BtoBet – Providing a real omni-channel environmentAlessandro Fried, CEO of BtoBet, has emphasised how finding the right technology partner is vital for operators who are looking to establish themselves in the African market. Speaking to SBC, Fried looked into the differences between the established markets of Europe and new markets such as Africa whilst also discussing how betting brands risk wasting years attempting to understand the African markets if they don’t find the right technology partners to help make the transition. He stated: “An operator that wants to move from Europe to this country first of all with have to find a partner for the technology. There is no way that with the same technology that they have [in Europe] they will be able to go [to Africa], no way. “So the first thing is they will have to find the right partner. When they find the right partner then the journey will be quite simple. Otherwise, they will lose some years in understanding [African] markets.”Read MoreThe future for retail: Could ‘staff-less’ shops become a reality?It is widely accepted that we are entering a new era for retail betting, ushered in by the fast-tracked fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) legislation and an increased expectation of technology amongst customers – for so many of whom digital is now king.Yet will this new era include the advent of ‘staff-less’ betting shops? Are bookmakers likely to respond to declining retail business by running shops without any need for human intervention?This issue was raised by Howard Chisholm, who operates 38 shops mainly in the north-east of England, as part of his presentation on offsetting FOBT losses at last month’s Bookmakers Trade Fair.He pointed to the “radical measures” introduced by BetXS for three shops in Ireland. All of the shop systems are controlled remotely, from doors and lights to security, CCTV and TV, while bets are placed and settled through self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) complete with a customer service terminal set up to deal with any problems.Read MoreTrustly celebrates 100 live brands for Pay N PlayTrustly is celebrating a huge company milestone after Pay N Play, the company’s innovative player registration and verification product, reached 100 live gaming brands.Introduced in 2015, Pay N Play allows customers to register and get verified to start playing on a gaming site simply by making a deposit. The KYC data for the customer is collected by Trustly during this same significantly shortened and fully compliant process.We took a trip down memory lane with Vasilije Lekovic, Director of Gaming at Trustly, to discuss the history of Pay N Play, why it has been so disruptive, which brand helped surpass the milestone and what the future holds for the product.Lekovic stated: “We recently surpassed 100 Pay N Play brands with Coolbet, an online sportsbook and casino live in Sweden, Finland and Estonia. It’s a huge company milestone, and shows how quickly confidence in the product has grown over just a four-year period.”Read MoreKeith O’Loughlin: The four pillars supporting state lottery success for Scientific GamesScientific Games is now serving seven lotteries with sports betting solutions in Canada, Europe and Asia after a second half of 2019 littered with lottery contract wins.After closing the summer by finalising a fresh deal with Milli Piyango (Turkey’s National Lottery), Scientific Games has celebrated an autumnal double by extending its player account management (PAM) and instant games partnership with Nederlandse Loterij(NLO) to include sports betting before securing a five-year renewal with Canada’s British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).Keith O’Loughlin is the SVP for Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, the digital division of Scientific Games. He told us about the four key “pillars” of a successful sports betting offering for a lottery operator and how it is “absolutely crucial” that OpenSports – SG Digital’s sportsbook proposition – puts the NLO in a strong position to compete with other Dutch licensees from 2021.O’Loughlin stated: “There are four significant areas that lotteries are keen to establish from their sports betting supplier – scalability, trust, differentiated and competitive features, and flexibility.”Read More Submit
Month: August 2020 RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET
Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles RTSmunity extends esports partnership with Sazkabet August 25, 2020 RTSmunity has continued to grow its presence across the European sports betting market after entering into a new partnership with polish sportsbook operator, forBET.The agreement will allow forBET customers to benefit from RTSmunity’s esports offering, including a range of markets, uptime and odds.Petr Pacinek, General Director of forBET, said: “The cooperation we have just started is a clear signal of the way we have chosen – continuous improvement of our offer, in order to support growth of our market share.“Esports betting is still a developing industry, but already very competitive, and you can’t succeed without having the best offer. That’s why we have chosen RTSmunity to be our new partner, and we count on them to bring us to the top.”The agreement comes at a time when more operators are expanding their esports offering as a result of major live sports tournaments being postponed due to the pandemic.Pavol Krasnovský, CEO of RTSmunity, added: “We are very happy to start a new partnership with forBET. They have been able to succeed in the very competitive betting market in Poland, and bringing their esports offer to the top level is the obvious step forward.“We are very confident in our solution, and we have demonstrated that we are able to make esports a growing stream of revenue for sportsbook operators.”
Month: August 2020 Stephanie Frappart confirmed to officiate UEFA Super Cup finals
History will be made at the UEFA Super Cup on August 14 as Stephanie Frappart has been confirmed as the official referee for the game between Liverpool and Chelsea.This is the first time a woman will be in charge of a major UEFA men’s competition as the two premier league clubs go head to head in Istanbul, Turkey.In July, the Frenchwoman had the honour of refereeing the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands in Lyon. She also took charge of the 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO semi-final where the Netherlands played England.Frappart will lead a team made up mostly of female officials. She will be accompanied by Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neal from the Republic of Ireland who will be the assistant referees for the match. The pair, like Frappart, also officiated at the Women’s World Cup final on 7 July. The fourth official will be Turkey’s Cuneyt Cakir.“I have said on many occasions that the potential for women’s football has no limits and I am delighted that Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed to officiate at this year’s UEFA Super Cup along with assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neal,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.“As an organization, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas. I hope the skill and devotion that Stéphanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti praised Frappart’s ability as an official and said she “fully deserves” the opportunity to oversee such a high-profile fixture.“Stéphanie has proved over a number of years that she is one of the best female referees, not just in Europe but across the world,” said Rosetti.“She has the ability to officiate on the biggest stage, as she proved at this year’s Women’s World Cup final. I hope this match in Istanbul will provide her with yet more experience as she enters the prime of her refereeing career.”Frappart created history domestically in France as she became the first female referee to officiate a Ligue 1 match, as she took charge of the match between SC Amiens and RC Strasbourg in April. In June, it was announced that the Val-d’Oise native would be promoted to join the pool of Ligue 1 referee on a permanent basis for the 2019/20 season.However, the 35-year-old Frappart is not the first female referee assigned to a men’s UEFA competition match. That honour went to Switzerland’s Nicole Petignat who refereed three UEFA Cup qualifying round games between 2004 and 2009.Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used for the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea. The VAR official will be Clement Turpin from France, and he will be aided by fellow countryman François Letexier, Mark Borsch of Germany and Italy’s Massimiliano Irrati. Source: UEFA.com
Month: August 2020 Instagram account of Black Stars captain Andre Ayew hacked
The Instagram account of Black Stars forward Andre Ayew has been hacked.Ayew, whose account currently has over 425,000 followers was taken over on Tuesday, with his profile picture replaced by a picture of the logo of Turkish side Fenerbache.The name of the profile has also been changed to ‘Andre Ayew MOPAO’, which means ‘Andre Ayew Boss/Master’ while the account’s handle has also been altered.The last post by the account, made after it was hacked, is a picture of the Fenerbache flag with the caption: “Swansea City de çok sıkıldım havası bunalttı. Fenerbahçe’ye dönüyorum”, which translates loosely as “I’m very bored with Swansea. Back to Fenerbahce.”Ayew spent last season on loan at the Turkish club where, despite a less than stellar campaign, he still scored five goals in 35 matches in all competitions.This season Andre has been in fine form for Swansea scoring 6 goals in his last 8 league games and nine in total as Swansea fight for a Championship playoff place.It appears he endeared himself to Fenerbache fans while he was there, and his current form has left some desperate for him to return with the transfer window open.Ayew’s current club, Swansea City announced the hack on Twitter and stated that efforts were being made to resolve the matter.
Month: August 2020 Neymar shines as PSG knock out Borussia Dortmund in UCL Round of 16 [VIDEO]
RelatedPosts Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Tags: Borrussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund PSGNeymarPSG Source: BBC Sports Rare Neymar set-piece header sends PSG on their wayLike Valencia’s match against Atalanta at the Mestalla on Tuesday, this match was contested without the presence of supporters because of the country’s concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.However, that edict did not deter hundreds who gathered outside the Parc des Princes – some wearing masks synonymous with the pandemic – chanting and setting off fireworks that were visible from within the confines of the stadium.Dortmund had the benefit of their ‘yellow wall’ of supporters inside their Westfalenstadion three weeks ago, the question was how would PSG cope with trying to overturn their deficit without their 12th man.Coach Thomas Tuchel had them on the front foot from the kick-off. They controlled possession for the first 25 minutes without making Roman Burki work before the Swiss keeper pulled off a brilliant save with his foot to turn behind Edinson Cavani’s angled strike.Neymar celebrating after seeing off Borussia DortmundThen came the breakthrough, as Neymar manoeuvered into the six-yard area to meet Angel Di Maria’s peach of a corner with a diving header. The Brazilian had writhed around in pain the previous three times he had hit the turf, this time he wheeled away in delight to celebrate with his bench – throwing caution to the wind regarding any coronavirus advice.His eighth goal in nine Champions League games put PSG ahead on away goals before they took the outright aggregate lead just before half-time thanks to Sarabia. The former Getafe and Sevilla player surged down the right and delivered a low angled ball into the area which was deflected in by Bernat.France forward Kylian Mbappe, who had not trained with his team-mates for two days because of a sore throat, was brought on after the break but made little impact as keeping Dortmund at bay took precedence. But despite conceding more possession to the visitors their Costa Rican keeper Navas did not have to stretch to make a save.There was one sour note for Tuchel’s side after Di Maria picked up a yellow from the bench having got involved in a late fracas with some Dortmund players.Under-par Dortmund finish with 10 menPARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 11: (FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE) In this handout image provided by UEFA, Emre Can of Borussia Dortmund pushes Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain and is later sent off during the UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes on March 11, 2020, in Paris, France. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). (Photo by UEFA – Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)Lucien Favre’s Dortmund signaled their intent by playing a high line, but they rarely pushed PSG defense back.Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland scored two of his 12 goals since signing in January in his side’s win in the first leg. But, except for narrowly failing to connect with a low ball from the right in the first half, he never got close to adding to his tally.After the final whistle, several PSG players trolled the 19-year-old by recreating his yoga goal-celebration pose.English winger Jadon Sancho, Dortmund’s top scorer with 19, stung the palms of Navas with two efforts but they were routine saves.Paris Saint Germain’s fans celebrate the victory after the Champions League round of 16-second leg soccer match between PSG and Borussia Dortmund, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Paris. The match is being played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak. (UEFA via AP)Dortmund’s day was compounded by the late red card for midfielder Can, who received yellow for a foul on Neymar before getting a second yellow from referee Anthony Taylor for his reaction.Watch the highlights of the game here: Paris St-Germain rid themselves of their Champions League curse as they overturned a 2-1 deficit against Borussia Dortmund inside an empty Parc des Princes to reach the last eight.Concerns over the coronavirus meant fans were barred, but many gathered outside the stadium and celebrated when Neymar headed PSG into the lead. ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Juan Bernat made it 3-2 on aggregate when he turned in Pablo Sarabia’s ball.Dortmund’s Emre Can saw red late on after two bookings in quick succession.PSG’s players celebrated wildly at full-time before greeting the hundreds of supporters who remained outside the Parc des Princes.
Month: August 2020 Covid – 19: Ghanaian consulate in Ethiopia demand money to evacuate stranded players
Former Black Stars defender Lee Addy has revealed that the Ghanaian Embassy in Ethiopia is demanding an amount of two thousand US dollars to evacuate he and a number of his colleagues who ply their trade there.“We have made contact with the Ghanaian embassy here and the only thing they are telling us is that we should pay two thousand dollars so that they can put us in a cargo plane.They say unless we do that there is nothing that can be done about our situation,” he explained.The players numbering more than ten have been left stranded as a result of Ghana’s borders remaining closed as a measure of preventing the importation of the Coronavirus pandemic.The players have been stuck in Ethiopia for close to two months following the decision of the Ethiopian football federation to cancel 2019/2020 league season on May 5, 2020.The Ghanaian footballers are desperate to return to Ghana and have made a desperate call on government to evacuate them as they have been left stranded in the East African country.Aside Lee Addy, the other players faced with the crisis include Muntari Tagoe, Yakubu Mohammed, Abdul Latif Mohammed, Fuseini Nuhu, Alhassan Nuhu, Rahim Osumanu, Aaron Amoah, Edwin Frimpong Manso, Osei Mawuli among a host of others.In a video that has since gone viral Muntari Tagoe passionately outlined their current status.“We beg the government, we are footballers and now our season has been cancelled.“Our teams have sorted us out and we have also squandered all the money with have for food and rent.“On the 30th our rent will also expire.“We have our own return tickets, we are not asking anyone to do anything extraordinary for us.“We beg the officials to come to our aid to rescue us because after our resident permit expires that will further complicate the situation.” he stated.According to the players other countries are evacuating their citizens and want the Ghanaian government to do same for them.
Month: August 2020 Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Injury Is ‘No Drama’
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has admitted his fears that the injury picked up by Cristiano Ronaldo during their 7-0 victory over Malaga in the Spanish Primera Division on Thursday evening could be serious.The Portugal international asked to be substituted immediately after scoring his third goal of the evening at the Bernabeu in the 77th minute, leaving his team to play the remainder of the match with ten men as Mourinho had already used all three substitutes.After the match, Mourinho revealed his apprehension that the muscle injury to Ronaldo could be serious and, according to the Canadian Press, said, “I don’t know. It seems like a serious injury, that’s the negative note from the game. Especially as Ronaldo doesn’t just do small things.”“If Cristiano has something it’s something minor, it’s no drama,” Mourinho added.Update 0120 CET: Madrid’s official website later confirmed that Ronaldo had suffered an injury to his left hamstring and explained the player’s progress is being monitored.Source: Goal.com
Month: August 2020 Boys and Girls Club Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps Create Plastic Awareness Through a Colorful Theme
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRaising awareness on the dangers of plastic, the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps developed a colorful work of art. Tying in their project with MLK Day, Mainville said the mural has more than one meaning.The group collected over 1000 bottle caps throughout the months. While combating pollution, the group also learned important facts.The mural will go on display at local art exhibits including the Besser Museum and Art in the Loft.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Core strength stands for less shoveling injuriesNext Youth Volunteer Corps Name ‘Volunteer of the Month’ Meet Brandon Briggs
Month: August 2020 Alpena High School unveils new Mechatronics Lab
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The Career and Technical Education program at Alpena High School showed off upgrades and new equipment for many of the specialty programs they offer including a brand new $400,000 Mechatronics Lab.The lab will help guide students interested in engineering, electronics, and robotics on a career path in those fields. With the new lab, the hope is to help AHS students get a leg up before entering college. The funding for the new lab comes from a Michigan Department of Education competitive grant that Alpena High School applied for and received.Career & Technical Education Director Joyce McCoy said every penny was used on the brand new lab which features different electronic and engineering equipment along with over 20 new computers. Local contractors helped assemble the lab and assist with the design and layout. With the ribbon cut, students of all ages can explore the new possibilities available at Alpena High.“Once all of the equipment started coming in, we would see students peeking in the windows from all over the building,” said McCoy. “We’re going to do some special things to bring kids from all the other classes down here to see what we have because they probably can’t imagine what’s here.”Members of the Alpena Public Schools board and Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on the new lab. The community could walk through other Career and Technical Education Classrooms to check out new equipment and upgrades. Those other programs included automotive technology, health care, welding, cosmetology, arts and communications, business and technology, and agriscience and natural resources. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, Alpena High School, Alpena Public Schools, Automotive, Business, Career & Technical Education, Cosmetology, Engineering, Mechatronics, Open House, Robotics, Technology, WeldingContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending on October 15Next Couple charged with multiple sexual assault crimes
Month: August 2020 Man Dies in Snowmobile Accident
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOnaway, Mich.-One person is dead after suffering injuries from a snowmobile accident.According to the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office, the 35-year-old man from Southern Michigan was snowmobiling on trail number 9 south of Millersburg around 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.Onaway and Case Township Fire and Rescue along with EMS and law enforcement were able to remove the victim from the scene by rescue sled. The 35–year-old untimely died from injuries caused by the crash. The incident is still under investigation at this time.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Ice Fisher Lucky to be Alive After Car Sinks in Long LakeNext Man Charged in Alpena With Using ‘Fraudulent Checks’ at Alpena Area Credit Union