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The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for a record-equaling fourth time.Bolt joins outstanding tennis player Roger Federer as the only two athletes to have won the award on four occasions.Bolt continued blazing a trail of glory in 2016 when he copped three more gold medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The Jamaican won the 100 metres, 200 metres and anchored the 4×100 metres relay – achieving that treble for the third Olympics in a row. Bolt has since had to return his Olympic relay gold medal earned in Beijing, China Olympics in 2008 due a controversial doping violation by teammate Nesta Carter.Simone BilesBolt received the honor during a ceremony in Monaco on Tuesday, having bested fellow nominees Stephen Curry, Mo Farah, LeBron James, Andy Murray and Cristiano Ronaldo.Bolt joins tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams as a four-time Laureus award winners.Earlier, Simone Biles had been confirmed as the winner of the World Sportswoman of the Year award.The American, who claimed four gold medals and a bronze in Rio, is the first gymnast to be honored by Laureus in the men’s or women’s category.
The movie- Crown HeightsHis experience is told in Crown Heights, a new movie directed by Matt Ruskin. The movie stars Lakeith Stanfield as Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King, Warner’s best friend who is also from Trinidad.The movie was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January, winning the Audience Award. It opens nationally on September 8. It’s distributed by Amazon Studios and IFC Films. It shows King’s relentless fight for justice for his friend who was released from Fishkill Correctional Facility, upstate New York, in 2001.Both men went to school in Trinidad. King migrated to the United States first with Warner following three years later. They rekindled their friendship, attending Prospect Heights High School in Brooklyn.It opens in South Florida on September 8 at the AMC Aventura and AMC Sunrise cinemas. Crown Heights opens nationally September 15 and is distributedby Amazon Studios and IFC Films. Life changed dramaticallyWarner’s life changed dramatically in April 1980 when 16-year-old Mario Hamilton was killed on Flatbush Avenue. Warner was implicated by two 14-year-olds, one of whom was Hamilton’s brother, Martell.While under police interrogation, the other teen, Thomas Charlemagne, fingered the Rastafarian Warner through a mugshot from a police book.Ruskin was drawn to the story which made national headlines 37 years ago.“I first heard Colin’s story on the radio show, This American Life. Anya Bourg (a producer at 60 Minutes) traced the course of events that unjustly sent Colin to prison. It was a story I couldn’t get out of my head. Colin not only survived unimaginable injustice but emerged from two decades of incarceration with his humanity and his dignity intact,” Ruskin said. by Dr. MaryColin Warner was incarcerated at age 18 for a crime he didn’t commit. After spending 21 years in prison for murder, his innocence was finally proven. Now, a movie depicting his story has won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Incarcerated at age-18Who can fathom this injustice? Fifty-five-year-old Trinidadian Colin Warner was in that predicament, incarcerated at age 18 for murdering someone he had no connection with.“I felt out of mind, out of place, out of body. I did not kill the victim. I did not know this body, why am I being arrested for killing the victim?” he asked in a recent interview with CNW. Kidnapped off the street of New York City According to Warner, “This movie took 37 years from 1980 to 2017. I was kidnapped off the streets of New York at age-18. I was in a fight for my life with no training, no skills. I barely knew who I was. I would never admit to a crime that I didn’t commit that is why I spent 21 years in prison.”At the time of his arrest, Warner had some run-ins with the law. “I was arrested on two prior occasions; one was for a 007 knife I didn’t know I could not carry, I paid a fine for that. The second arrest was for a handgun. I got three years probation for that,” he said. Married while incarcerated Today, Warner lives in Atlanta with his wife, who he married while incarcerated, and their children. Their first child died in a pool accident some years ago. He has dedicated his life to helping others who were wrongly incarcerated.It is important for him that opponents of injustice see Crown Heights. “I hope this movie could energize any type of thinking that may have been halted or stopped. If you are touched by my story let it be the genesis for you to do something,” he said.
Arsenal have ended their winless run (dating back to 6 matches) in the North London Derby following a convincing 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners knew they could not afford to lose more grounds in both the title race and the sprint for top four and their performance matched that as two first half goals in minutes courtesy Skhrodan Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez gave the home side an healthy lead.Tottenham threw everything at Arsenal in the second half but Arsene Wenger’s side held on for three valuable points as well as the bragging rights in North London.The victory ended Arsenal’s 6-match winless league run against Tottenham to move them above Liverpool into 5th spot (22 points) while their rivals stay in 3rd position with 23 points. Related
Kindred Group’s £176 million outright cash offer for 32Red Plc assets has become ‘unconditional’ following its acceptance by 32Red majority shareholders and having gained approval by the Licensing Authority of Gibraltar.Updating the market this morning, the governance of 32Red informed corporate stakeholders that both its investors and directorship had accepted Kindred’s £176 million offer put forward on 23 February 2017.Kindred Group has successfully passed the 50% shareholder acceptance rate needed to progress with its acquisition. The operator further informs that on 23 March the Licensing Authority of Gibraltar granted its deal approval having met all business regulatory conditions.Having gained an unconditional offer, the governance of 32Red will now move to de-list the company as a London AIM enterprise. As the acquiring company, Kindred will initially seek to re-register 32Red as a private limited company before integrating the firm with its current multi-brand portfolio.Kindred governance will seek to integrate all 32Red assets (casino, poker and sports betting) by H1 2017, with its acquisition contributing directly to its full-year forecasts and expected performance. Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Related Articles
StumbleUpon Related Articles PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Industry provider EveryMatrix has continued to boost its live casino games inventory by announcing that it will distribute Visionary iGaming content through its proprietary CasinoEngine platform.Updating the market, EveryMatrix informs that it will make the ‘live dealer and high-definition’ games available to its CasinoEngine client base.Following a review of games and services by EveryMatrix development and product management teams, Visionary iGaming has been sanctioned as CasinoEngine content suppler.Doina Stefanescu, CasinoEngine CEO, commented: “We’ve been actively looking to increase our casino offer to include high-quality live dealer content from top vendors in the industry, and Visionary iGaming was an obvious choice. With more games and more possibilities at hand, our clients have all the reasons to stay positive about their gaming offering.”A live gaming industry software supplier, Visionary iGaming claims to have the closest ‘land based experience’ from its live dealer games portfolio. Games include Live European Roulette, Live American Roulette, Live Blackjack, Live Baccarat, and Live Super 6.James Olsen, Visionary iGaming’s Marketing Director, added: “It is our company’s mission to create highly entertaining Live Dealer experiences which maximise client revenue. This new partnership enables us to distribute our live games to EveryMatrix’s large network of operators. We are confident that our unique Live Dealer solutions will help EveryMatrix operators differentiate their brands and generate more gaming revenue.” Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Submit Share
Share This Saturday’s mega fight between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather vs ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has surpassed all bookmaker expectations. Grabbing the general public’s attention, Mayweather vs McGregor looks to break all combat sports records (PPV, wagering, global audience etc…). SBC’s Bookies’ Corner details how bookmakers have approached this unique fight, regarding market pricing, public expectations, hype and rumour. Furthermore, should McGregor achieve the impossible, how beaten and bloodied will bookmakers be!________________________SBC: As a sporting event Mayweather Vs McGregor has received daily hype, rumour and speculation. How has this affected pricing and punter wagering, is Mayweather Vs McGregor effectively a betting ‘freak show’?Jessica Bridge (Head of PR Ladbrokes): Some call it a freak show, some call it a circus, we call it the second biggest single betting event of the year. Only the Grand National will see more wagers placed on a single market, which speaks volumes about the magnitude of this fight, whatever your personal feelings are about it.So far we’ve taken around 10x as many bets on McGregor than we have for Mayweather, and we simply cannot give the boxer away right now. Punters are firmly siding with the underdog, which leaves us in the unusual position of cheering on the favourite. When the fight was confirmed we were 1/12 v 13/2 and it’s now 2/7 v 11/4, we’ve had to shorten up McGregor more than we would have liked, and vice versa for Mayweather, but we have to manage the liabilities accordingly, and the money is going nowhere near the Moneymaker at present. Any McGregor result would be a bit of a nightmare at this stage, but in the final 24 hours leading up to the fight and on the night itself it’s hard to see the big boys resisting the lure of such ‘generous’ odds on offer for Mayweather.Alistair Gill – KindredSBC: As a sporting event, how hard has it been to accurately price Mayweather Vs McGregor, in what is essentially a ‘Master Vs Novice’ scenario? Alistair Gill (Kindred Group – Sportsbook Commercial Relations): This fight has been difficult for the industry to price up based on the complete opposite end of the spectrum the fighters come from regarding experience. But Mayweather’s age and two-years of inactivity versus McGregor’s power and mobility mean that it maybe wasn’t as clear cut as some think, with even the experts in the industry disagreeing on how easy Mayweather will have it.The shortening of McGregor’s price from 8/1 into today’s 13/4 just proves how tough the initial pricing was, but with the real money starting to come now during fight week the odds are holding fairly steady, showing that the odds are now where they should be.Johan Munthe – KambiSBC: This fight has caught the wider sporting public’s imagination, however, should it be ‘a dud’ could Mayweather Vs McGregor impact future boxing markets? Johan Munthe (Head of Pre-Match Odds, Kambi): I don’t think it will. I think the public have short memories about these things and hype plays a massive role in the interest we see. Mayweather vs Pacquiao was billed as the fight of the century and failed to live up to the hype but here we are a few years later with another Mayweather fight, and the interest is huge, much bigger than Mayweather vs Pacquiao. I also think the public know that this McGregor fight is slightly different to a normal Boxing match and so they will be more likely to forgive the wider sport if this fight doesn’t prove to be entertaining.In a broader sense, the term “Boxing is dead” has been talked about since the early 21st century. Boxing is currently in rude health and is having its best year in a long time. We have some exciting, established PPV stars such as Anthony Joshua, and Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, who fight each other next month in what I believe is the best fight for some years. We also have a wealth of talented fighters on the verge of becoming stars, fighters like Vasyl Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia and Terence Crawford. Overall the quality of Boxing as a sport is very strong at the moment so one would hope this is reflected in interest from the public.Furthermore, betting interest has also been on the rise, thanks to a mix of high-profile fights and improvements to the product. The Joshua vs Klitschko fight earlier this year was a very high turnover event, as was Alvarez vs Chavez Jr. For Mayweather vs McGregor, we have already surpassed the Mayweather vs Pacquiao turnover with days still to go and that turnover at the time was thought to be a complete one off, not to be seen again for years in Boxing. So both public interest and betting interest in Boxing has remained strong and are unlikely to be derailed by one ‘dud’ fight.Lee Price – Paddy PowerSBC: A vast amount of punters are backing the impossible…Could a Conor Mcgregor victory bloody the industry?Lee Price (Paddy Power – Head of PR): This is the biggest boxing betting market in history, and most of the money is for McGregor. So everyone throughout the industry will have prepared for a hit should Conor win.We just hope Floyd’s similarly prepared, if he gets knocked out in the first round, then there really is trouble, as it’s our best backed round-betting market. Paddy Power has taken the decision to pay-out early on a Mayweather victory, we hope that Conor McGregor is not another Trump 2016 moment!___________________________ StumbleUpon Share Submit
Skores CEO and Co-founder Christian De Cailleux – The mobile revolution in the consumption of sports
Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 Neil Banbury: 32Red – Gambling operators can do more than just support a club’s performance on the football pitch April 17, 2019 Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup April 30, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Share Submit Related Articles Ahead of this Summer’s World Cup, CEO and Co-founder of award-winning sports media platform Skores, Christian De Cailleux explained to SBC how there is a ‘revolution’ taking place within the way fans and punters consume sports._________________SBC: As football coverage continues to expand, do you anticipate Russia 2018 is going to be the most mobile based World Cup yet?Christian De Cailleux: For sure, Russia 2018 will be the most mobile based World Cup we have seen. In 10 years, the usage of our app has continued to change at a fast pace. Whereas, football fans used to source football information solely from a desktop, they now have transferred onto mobile, from our perspective, at the last World Cup mobile represented more than 50% of our total traffic, at Russia 2018, we anticipate it will represent more than 95%.Skores has managed to successfully adapt to a mobile platform, with a successful application for IOS and Android. Recently, we won the 2017 award for best Mobile Reputation and have been ranked number one within the top 30 media apps in the French market, this is something we are very proud of.SBC: Do you feel this is indicative of the way football coverage is changing around the World?CDC: Yes, something that’s especially, but not only the case for millennials is that more and more football fans like to be informed by the online media, with the development of mobility and the increase of bandwidth, there is currently a real mobile revolution in sports media. Something that has been driven by sports fans with a desire for real time sports data and information (live scores, stats, news etc.), as well as video content that they can share with their friends on social media.It’s significant that among the top applications downloaded by users, sports scores apps is ranked third just behind games and social media. At Skores, throughout the years we have invested a lot to develop a 360° Sport Media, to ensure we deliver the ultimate amount of sports information in real time, that’s easily accessible on mobile and on Social media. This content has to be relevant and in real time, we deliver news, video content, live scores, odds comparison, stats, tips etc, it’s something we like to call “THE ULTIMATE FAN ZONE.”SBC: As a renowned sports media platform, what can you do to stand out at Russia 2018?CDC: Skores has a unique position because we have developed a real Media 360° for Sports fans with over 100 Million visits per month, 3,5 Million Sports fans on Facebook, 130 millions video views and 600 Million Impressions per month, Skores offers extensive real time sports information to its users. No other Affiliate has reached these volumes on each digital channel.On mobile, our app is currently thriving, it’s available in seven languages and has been meticulously redesigned to become easier and more enjoyable to navigate through, furthermore we have also evolved the app by adding an efficient search function, new complete in-depth team records, enhanced videos and additional statistics.As well as this, we also released a voice-over function and gave our consumers the opportunity to pay to utilise the app without advertisements, we also further detailed how the app can be customised by allowing the user to select preferences such as, favourite teams and competitions, a feature that makes it a 100% on-demand product.Furthermore, with a view to increase the real time information and data that we deliver to our consumers, we will add new content in the next few days: Daily football news (match previews, rumours, transfer news, tips etc.). This will allow us to provide the complete app for sports fans.To conclude, we believe that the modern sports fan desires a product with real time information, currently all our investment is designed to make our product the quickest on the market in terms of loading on mobile and on web, it’s our ambition to be the quickest to send mobile notifications of goals and other key match highlights._________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and the way it is consumed will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information.
UKGC orders Caesars to pay £13m following ‘serious systemic failings’ April 2, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Speaking to CNBC News, Mark Frissora Group President & CEO of Caesars Entertainment has stated that his firm is reviewing all options with regards to competing within a US state-licensed sports betting framework.Frissora and Caesars’ executive team welcomed ‘with excitement’, last week’s groundbreaking Supreme Court repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate, which will open US licensed sports betting.Caesars leader believes that his firm holds the ‘best position to take advantage of SCOTUS ruling’, having operated casino-integrated sportsbooks within its Nevada properties for a number of years.Furthermore, Frissora details that Caesars ‘enhanced digital focus’, which has seen the casino operator launch a number of mobile platforms, merging land-based customer engagement with digital content/dynamics, as a significant advantage over its US competitors.“We have been doing this for a while, and we are excited by this opportunity. We believe that we can develop the best in-play engagements and software experiences for US customers”. Frissora details.Moving forward, Frissora has called for all industry stakeholders to eliminate the illegal US sports betting market, which is estimated by the American Gaming Association to have generated a ‘$150 billion handle’.The repeal of PASPA comes at a time when Frissora and his new executive team seek to revamp and diversify Caesars business proposition at a global scale.Having navigated Caesars Entertainment through its complex two-year bankruptcy restructuring, Frissora seeks to rebuild the US legacy operator ‘beyond the Vegas strip’.Acting fast on state-licensed sports betting may well offer Caesars a trump card in its $ multi-billion competition against Las Vegas Sands, MGM and Galaxy Entertainment.“We have a strong balance sheet and position to enable us to pursue and implement this kind of development. We’re working to create the future of gaming and we’re ready to win.” Related Articles Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 Share AGA urges White House to intervene over Paycheck Protection Program April 9, 2020 Submit
AffiliateINSIDER has been confirmed as the exclusive media partner for the AskGamblers Awards 2018, a ceremony designed to recognise the best online casinos over the last year, which will be held in Belgrade on Thursday 17 January, 2019.The company’s founder and CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone, supported by newly appointed marketing manager Natalie Lees, will be making the trip to Serbia to cover the gala event live, which features the following three prizes key casino industry nominations – Best Casino, Best New Casino and Best Slot.Johnstone commented: “As a media partner, we are proud to support this unique AskGamblers initiative. After all, AffiliateINSIDER is a business built around on supporting innovation by affiliates and operators in the iGaming industry. “The AskGamblers awards is a great way for an affiliate brand to help operators and players to work together to deliver unique experiences and improved community values.”Every single online casino on AskGamblers – a trusted affiliate portal for transparent, unbiased casino and games reviews, was made eligible for nomination up until the 30 September deadline, before the official voting opened on 1 October with 10 casinos and slots in each category.Last year’s Best New Casino winner King Billy Casino is in the running once again, this time alongside Betsson Casino, Cashmio Casino, BitStarz Casino, SlotsMillion Casino, Videoslots Casino, ShadowBet Casino, Lapalingo Casino, Fable Casino and Bob Casino for the Best Casino award.The Best New Casino will come from the following group: Casino Calzone, Campeonbet Casino, LadyHammer Casino, Genesis Casino, 7 Gods Casino, West Casino, Cadoola Casino, Champagne Spins Casino, Mr. Play Casino and Fairplay Casino.Meanwhile, the Best Slot shortlist features Eastern Emeralds Slot, Berryburst MAX Slot, Fruit Blox Slot, Great Rhino Slot, Exotic Cats Slot, Vikings Go To Hell Slot, Sweet Alchemy Slot, Legacy of Egypt Slot, Asgardian Stones Slot and Wild Seas Slot.AskGamblers commented: “The opinion of our players is one of our main priorities, and we want to make sure that their voice is heard across the industry. That’s way we have decided organize unique awards that celebrate their opinion. We are very excited to have AffiliateINSIDER as our official media partner. This cooperation will definitely help us spread the word.” Cypriot football seeks betting levy for development programmes June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit From Niš to 150: Better Collective’s Serbian growth continues October 16, 2019 Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Share Related Articles Share
Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Golden Race, creator and global provider of virtual sports and betting solutions, is presenting the latest version of its multi-awarded 3D Virtual Football at next week’s Betting on Football.This enhanced version features a new virtual stadium created with on-site scanning, advanced animations based on real players movements, and new player models applying proprietary scanning technologies. It also presents true camera angles from real cameramen and in-game voice-over from professional commentators in the major languages.“We have used the latest technology and filming techniques to offer the most authentic Virtual Football experience to date,” said Golden Race CEO, Martin Wachter. “We have also incorporated many popular formats that players love. From single match to league format, and a cup format that includes the international favourites: Euro Champions and the World Cup.” Created from the ground up with HTML5 technology, the product also provides improved visuals; with a new vibrant, clean, modern look and complete brand integration. The competitions are fully customisable on demand. Additionally, this complete virtual product integrates real odds from professional in-house bookmakers, and offers all the betting markets. One of the major advances of Golden Race virtual football is that it does not require a big infrastructure investment. Its live-rendering technology allows an easy and fast integration, so operators don’t need to store any extra data in external hardware to load the company’s products – only an internet connection is required.“Live-rendering directly on the box means that players will never see the same match twice, that one box can display every league, and that entire new leagues, customisations, statistics, and uniforms will update in minutes,” explained Watcher, who will be a speaker on the following conference session – ‘Let’s get digital – Where now for virtual sports?’The company will be showcasing this advanced version of its 3D Football, along with its entire suite of virtual sports at the Golden Race Bar. Attendants can visit it directly during the event or book a personal meeting previously at the Golden Race website. Submit PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020