Alia Atkinson wins 5th straight 50m breast stroke

first_imgJamaica’s swimming ace Alia Atkinson continued her impressive win streak in the 50m breaststroke this season by winning the event at the Beijing leg of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Tour on Friday, Nov 10.The 28-year-old Jamaican, described by FINA, the world governing body for swimming, as the fastest and most consistent breaststroker in the history of the Short Course World Cup, was a comfortable winner in 29.57 seconds.She was almost a full second ahead of Junyang Feng (30.40) and China’s Ran Suo (30.44).It was Atkinson’s fifth consecutive win in the event this season following previous gold medal performances Moscow, Eindhoven, Hong Kong and Qatar. It was also her fifth consecutive winning time in under 30 seconds this season.Atkinson currently holds the World Record of 28.64 seconds in the 50m backstroke event.For more on Alia Atkinson, click the link: Another goldlast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Messi, Neymar “My Motivation”

first_imgRelatedLuka Modric Rode on The Waves of Good Fortune To Win The Ballon d’OrDecember 4, 2018In “England”Vinicius Jr Reveals Reasons For Joining Real Madrid And Breaks The Ronaldo-Messi Comparison TableMarch 20, 2019In “Spain”Why Cristiano Ronaldo May Be Past His PrimeNovember 7, 2017In “Features” The four time Ballon d’Or winner is set to add another FIFA world footballer of the year trophy to his cabinet, after finishing last season as The La Liga and Champions League champion.When asked to name one particular player that motivates him, he continued:  “To mention one is hard, but the level that I am is like in other sports: Formula One, NBA , the best players always follow the best players.“They want to be in the top of the game because the other ones are there. You cannot rest or sleep because the other ones will pass you. Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has expressed how “healthy” competition from Lionel Messi and Neymar motivates him to be better.In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Ronaldo said: “Of course we fight with everyone, with Neymar, with Messi, Lewandowski, Higuain, with the best players in the world. This is not “fighting” but it’s healthy. We fight to be the best.“It’s my motivation: to be better than them, year after year.”last_img read more

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Greyhound Media Group appoints Brent Dolan as Operations lead

first_img Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Brent DolanThe Greyhound Media Group (GMG) has today announced the appointment of Brent Dolan as its new Director of Operations.A retail gaming and communications industry veteran, Dolan joins GMG having previously served as Director of Racecourse Operations of Totepool for UK independent bookmaker Betfred (2012-2015).GMG governance informed that Dolan would now lead the company’s design and maintenance for racecourse content and media output for UK and international clients.A pleased Clive Feltham Director of GMG and CEO of GRA stated that following an extensive search the firm had found the best candidate to take GMG operations forward;“We are delighted Brent is joining us. His experience, drive and ability will fit perfectly with our ambitions to promote GMG product worldwide. His contacts particularly internationally will allow him to hit the ground running and we all look forward to working with him”.Dolan backed Feltham’s comments stating that he was pleased to be joining GMG’s experienced media team“This is exciting for me and comes at a time when there is real opportunity for UK Greyhound Racing product to expand, not only in territories where fixed odds betting is available but in emerging territories where pool betting is the only form of wagering”. Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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XLMedia acquires Marmar Media outright

first_img Submit Updating the market, London AIM-listed industry affiliate marketing and player acquisition firm XLMedia has confirmed that it has moved to acquire Marmar Media outright.Moving forward, XLMedia will purchase the remaining 46% of Marmar Media equity for a reported sum of $2.4 million (€2 million).Seeking to expand its mobile marketing capabilities, XLMedia first acquired a 54% stake in Israel-based Marmar Media in June 2015, a digital marketing company focused on mobile app and software downloads.Updating investors, XLMedia governance detailed the successful performance of its Marmar media investment which during the 12 months to December 31, 2016, posted revenues of $11.7 million, combined with profits before tax of $2.5 million.Issuing a corporate statement, XLMedia commented on the outright acquisition of Marmar Media“The acquisition of the remaining 46% stake in Marmar is expected to enable XLM to further strengthen the group’s media channel growth, enable the group to extract additional synergies, run an increased number of campaigns and continue the diversification of the group’s revenue and customer base.” Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Share XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020last_img read more

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William Hill signals intentions to convert NYX shares

first_img Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Share SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon William Hill has issued a corporate update with regards to the conversion of its preference shares becoming ordinary NYX shares prior to 4 December, in order to enable William Hill to vote in the proposed acquisition of NYX by Scientific Games Corporation.The announcement follows on from lengthy negotiations between William Hill and Scientific Games over a potential commercial agreement that could follow the purchase of NYX. To require William Hill to vote for the deal, the betting operator has underlined the importance of numerous conditions, including rights to a copy of NYX source code and certain anti-competitive arrangements in US jurisdictions.William Hill has also raised concerns about the deal and has revealed that ahead of the proposed acquisition it “is considering its options,” emphasising that if the two are unable to reach an agreement, it will move to block the deal between Scientific Games and NYX. Should the deal come to fruition, Scientific Games will offer shareholders 112% growth, by paying  C$2.40 per ordinary share of NYX in cash. For William Hill, opting to convert shares into ordinary shares, would lead to a loss of approximately C$49.7 million. Utilising the advice of its financial and legal advisers has outlined its priority to continue to work in the best interests of its shareholders, whilst securing the acquisition is best suited to security and fairness for NYX. This latest story in the case follows on from Scientific Games confirming that it will sanction a private offering of $350 million senior secured notes due for reimbursement in 2025 in order to fund the bid, that would be made up of both cash and debt.Should the deal be concluded, it will result in Scientific Games boasting one of the most expansive industry digital services portfolios, given that NYX currently provides content to William Hill, Betsson, bet365, Caesars Interactive and others.last_img read more

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Rumour Mill: Paddy Power Betfair targets FanDuel acquisition

first_img Related Articles The Supreme Court’s repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate has likely triggered a further betting industry arms race, as US betting news source LegalSportsReport.com details that Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB) is ‘close to acquiring’ DFS operator FanDuel.Entering 2018, the governance of FTSE100 PPB stated that it was ‘reviewing all options’ for further expansion within the US market.The UK betting group has an established presence within the US market, operating California-based horseracing track operator and broadcaster TVG, which was acquired in 2009 by Betfair’s legacy enterprise for $50 million.PPB governance is reported to have ‘accelerated discussions’ with FanDuel, following SCOTUS’ ground-breaking judgement.The acquisition of FanDuel would see PPB gain significant traction within the US, securing a large database of players within multiple states, whilst obtaining a recognised brand to target US sports consumers.In its update, LegalSportsReport.com did not reveal a PPB target price for FanDuel. However, the news source detailed that FanDuel would likely be sold below its $1 billion valuation.To date, FanDuel has raised + $430 million in venture funding, competing against main DFS marketing rival DraftKings.Last March, US news sources reported that FanDuel governance were seeking to ‘go public’, undertaking a reverse merger guided by Hollywood financier Jeff Sagansky, who had developed special investment vehicle Platinum Eagle Acquisition.Sagansky was reported to have raised $325 million, seeking to list FanDuel as a Nasdaq enterprise. FanDuel investors had been reported to want to pursue a sale or public offering of the company, which had reached its ‘peak DFS’ position within the US market. StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Ladbrokes launches ‘Bettors of Britain’ under new creative guidance of Cravens Newcastle

first_img Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Alexis Zamboglou – LadbrokesLadbrokes (GVC Holdings) has launched its first multi-channel advertising campaign ‘Bettors of Britain’, under the guidance of new creative and brand development agency Cravens Newcastle.In time for the start of World Cup Russia 2018, Ladbrokes debuts ‘Bettors of Britain’ starring iconic British thespian Brian Blessed.“For the World Cup, national treasure and owner of Britain’s biggest voice, Brian Blessed can be seen riding a Russian bear to wax lyrical about great products like Odds Boost and Ladbrokes Get A Price”Alexis Zamboglou, Marketing Director for Ladbrokes added, “Ladbrokes is a big, inclusive brand close to the hearts of all the nation’s bettors and gamers. Our new campaign not only promotes our great range of products, such as Odds Boost and Get A Price but is also a real ‘call to play’ to customers’ existing and new in the homes, pubs and high streets across the land.”Phil Coverdale – CravensLadbrokes’ new campaign will run across multiple formats including; TV, social media, in-store POS and in-press. Furthermore,  Bettors of Britain’ campaign is set to be continued as a series of adverts for football and horseracing, which will include the ‘guest appearances by actresses Kelly Brook and ‘Inbetweeners star’, James Buckley.In addition to the launch of the ‘Bettors of Britain’ campaign, Ladbrokes Marketing confirms the appointment of Cravens Newcastle as new creative lead, tasked with developing a new brand identity for the Legacy bookmaker.Phil Coverdale, Managing Director of Cravens said, “We’re delighted to be working with one of the country’s most recognisable digital and high street brands. Over the past six months we’ve been working to define the brand strategy of both Ladbrokes and its sister company Coral. The new creative route for Ladbrokes brings this strategy to life in a big way on TV, digital and beyond, beginning with the World Cup.”last_img read more

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Metric Gaming – Pricing up the World Cup

first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Chris Taylor, Head of Football at Metric Gaming, looks at the challenges sportsbook traders face during major tournaments, such as the World Cup.The World Cup has delivered a run of surprise results to date; Argentina, Spain, Portugal and reigning champions Germany have all been eliminated. And perhaps the biggest shock of all – England beat Colombia in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win to progress to the quarter Finals.The explosive start to the tournament has captivated football fans all over the world, but it is causing chaos for bookmakers and their trading teams as they struggle to keep pace and strike the right balance between risk and reward.Take, for example, the odds of England winning the World Cup. They began the tournament at a realistic 16/1. However as soon as the tournament kicked off events have created a perfect maelstrom for the Three Lions and their hibernating supporters.“Fluctuating odds and markets are only part of the huge challenge”The odds have changedOn the 17th of June, Germany’s loss to Mexico combined with Argentina’s draw the previous day with Iceland shortened England to 14/1.On the 18th after the last gasp winner against Tunisia they shortened to 12/1.Four days later Argentina lost to Croatia and England shortened to 10/1.On the 24th after beating Panama they dropped to a single figure price of 9/1.Despite losing to a superior Belgian outfit, their position in the benign side of the draw shortened them to 8/1 on the 28th.By the time Spain lost to Russia, England dropped to a low of 11/2.They drifted back to 6/1 and 13/2 as the markets saw a flood of bets for Colombia before their encounter with England, with odds on Colombia progressing to the quarter-finals shortening by as much as 4.5/5%.On Tuesday, England beat Colombia on penalties to go 4/1 making them the joint second favourites with France.As of Tuesday, England are the shortest of the four favourites to qualify for the semi-finals at 2/5, and the shortest to win their match in 90 minutes at 19/20. MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020center_img Share Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Traders under pressure to keep paceThese fluctuating odds and markets are only part of the huge challenge operators and traders face during major tournaments. Additional pain points include:A bad run of results can do untold damage to bottom lineThe World Cup consists of just 64 games – the Premier League and Serie A are made up of 380 games – so variance can have a huge impact on such a small data set. Bookmakers can have a horrendous run of results across just 64 games, which would invariably even out over the course of a nine-month season.During the 64 games the entire focus of the business bears down on the football desk, and when pricing strategies are driven by an ultra-competitive landscape where all that matters are turnover and acquisition numbers, there’s nowhere to hide when variance is unkind.“Reacting to events in tournaments like the World Cup is crucial”Long-term prices take up valuable resourceIt is also the one time of the year that football desks release and update hundreds of long-term prices daily (tournament winners, top goal scorer, etc).Some of these are not linked to the match prices, which means they have a lot of mutually inclusive prices that are not algorithmically linked.These prices therefore take up a huge amount of physical resource which often amounts to little genuine turnover. These markets will attract the savvy mathematical punters disproportionately, whilst the recreational customer has little interest in the top Costa Rican goal scorer.Less games, more painThe truncated format of the tournament means there can be up to four games a day, funnelling customers’ activity into fewer betting opportunities than they would have during the regular football season. Customers who place multiple bets generally display very similar betting patterns and invariably, if all the favourites win the bookmakers take a big hit.Unexpected events and statistical blipsReacting to events in tournaments like the World Cup is crucial; some books got wise to the unusual number of penalties being awarded in the opening games, others just moved their lines up 3-5% and got caught as they didn’t respond to the tournament events.Own goals have also been a statistical blip. Interpreting the data and the trends is vital for any trading department but is also one of the hardest areas to understand; 64 games is not really an adequate data set to work with.“The industry and the market often overreact based on one or two results”Tips for tradersTraders need to constantly re-evaluate teams that have out-performed their odds. However, in such a short format, variance and luck can play a huge part in who qualifies and who doesn’t. The more matches that are played, the more the best team will triumph, but cup competitions will always produce anomalies.The industry and the market often overreact based on one or two results when the reality is probably somewhere closer to the initial expectations for that match a day before the tournament started. The skill is to quickly fit the revised expectations into the model before someone else has fit them into their model.I’d always recommend running a model based on the expectations the day the tournament started to reference against current market prices. This will help you rationalise the weight the market is attributing to the circumstances that unfold once the tournament starts.Traders should fit the current expectations into a model and continually run the model to remain within the market. Metric are currently developing football products that will automate some of these issues, and that will prevent a company from internally arbitraging with themselves between match prices and long-term pricing.There is still a long way to go in the 2018 World Cup, with plenty more surprises in store. This will undoubtedly keep traders on their toes, but by following the above advice they stand a much better chance of coming out on top.last_img read more

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Peter Schmeichel: “Gambling can be a little fun as long as people are wary”

first_img Related Articles Submit Schmitt joins Schmeichel for STS ‘Bet with the leaders’ campaign November 22, 2019 Tipico temporarily suspends affiliate programme  May 4, 2020 Share Share Flutter strengthens igaming offering with CasinoEngine December 17, 2019 StumbleUpon Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel will be co-hosting this year’s SBC Awards alongside Kirsty Gallacher on Tuesday 4 December. Just a few weeks before the event, which returns to The Artillery Garden at the HAC, we caught up with him to discuss his dalliance with the gambling industry through Tipico, the size of the market in his native Denmark, and a growing friendship with Oliver Kahn.SBC: Hello Peter, we are pleased you can join us for our celebrations next month. You’ve worked with the gambling industry in the past?PS: I was an ambassador for Tipico in Denmark. Apart from being a lot of fun for me, it also contained the right message as far as I am concerned. The way I see it is that people can place bets, some small bets and some serious bets, but that doesn’t mean they will eventually have a gambling problem. Gambling can be a little fun as long as people are wary. I think we were successful in communicating that you can have a bit for fun with betting, but we were also very, very strong in our message that betting can be compulsive and you have to be careful. You have to bet with your head and be sensible about it.SBC: Denmark is quite a big betting market, isn’t it?PS: Denmark is incredible. It’s a small country but all the betting companies love Denmark because we like a bet, but it’s also a very challenging market because the state lottery had an advantage for a long time. The other firms now have an opportunity to do business there. SBC: Your trophy cabinet is huge with lots of great achievements – but do you have any moments you don’t look back on fondly? A goal conceded that still niggles?PS: I don’t really think like that to be honest. I don’t look back and think there’s something I didn’t do right. There are some goals that are frustrating though, such as Spain scoring against Denmark on my 30th birthday when it was a clear foul on me. Everyone in the world who has seen it will agree it was a foul, except for the referee. They scored, we lost 1-0 and we didn’t go to the World Cup, so obviously that one was very, very annoying. SBC: The adverts you did with Oliver Kahn and Tipico were great, and you seem to have been in some memorable ones. One for Danish bacon stands out particularly…PS: It wasn’t fun for me that one. Obviously back then I was playing so I didn’t have the time to put a lot of energy into finding out what my team had signed me up to do. I turned up on the day and I realised that I was supposed to sing, which no-one had told me. I was really embarrassed about it. Needless to say I won’t be singing at the Awards.But I did really enjoy the shoots we did with Tipico. I really loved them. They had ideas, they had imagination, they were relevant and we had a really good time doing them. It showed in the end product too as it was high, high quality. It wasn’t showing anyone off in a bad light and it still had the required message and intended result. SBC: You seem to have a good chemistry with Oliver Kahn in the adverts. Were you friendly during your playing days?PS: In playing times you are focused on the next match in front of you. Then you move onto the next one and then the next one. You don’t really pay too much attention to the people you are playing against in those teams.But it’s when you aren’t playing any more and you meet up in different scenarios, be it work through the media or commercial events, and you end up connecting socially around these. It’s through things like this that me and Ollie became really good friends and we had a great time doing those shoots. This summer I was in Russia for the World Cup and the number of former players working there is huge. While these are people you don’t really know you still have a bit of a shared history. And then you get to know them and within minutes you are friends. I really enjoy this part of my life now.SBC: Good to hear, Peter. Hopefully you’ll have as much fun at the SBC Awards next month.PS: I hope so! See you there. If you are interested in meeting Peter Schmeichel at the SBC Awards, please contact [email protected] for ticket and table bookings for the event.last_img read more

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Teddy Sagi sanctions full cash out from Playtech Plc

first_img Related Articles Share Codere appoints ‘transformation pro’ Luis Sanchez Serrano to lead digitisation strategy July 17, 2019 Codere secures Hard Rock Mexican market joint-venture August 22, 2019 StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Submit Representatives of Playtech enterprise founder Teddy Sagi, have today disclosed that the Israeli billionaire has sold his entire remaining shareholding in the FTSE250 technology group.The family office of Teddy Sagi informs that personal investment fund ‘Brickington Trading Ltd’ has approved the sale of 15,193,489 shares in Playtech Plc targeting a £85-90 million transaction, administrated by Credit Suisse Securities.Updating the media, Sagi representatives detail that Playtech’s founder seeks to diversify his investment portfolio beyond gambling, investing in real-estate, e-commerce and next-generation technology ventures.“Over the last few weeks, Brickington Trading Ltd has been working on this divestment. The sale follows a smaller trade executed on the 12 November and is in line with our long-term diversification strategy”.Earlier this week, speculation had mounted relating to Teddy Sagi’s long-term investment/commitment in Playtech Plc, as renowned US activist investor Jason Ader increases his shareholding in the struggling FTSE250 enterprise.Signing off as a Playtech stakeholder, the company he founded in 1999 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2006, Sagi issued the following personal statement:-“My focus for the last few years has been in real estate, co-working, service apartments, e-commerce and advanced technology, cyber-security and innovation companies.”“I consider myself part of Playtech’s successful history, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together since its inception. I wish it every success in the future”.last_img read more

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