On Tuesday, Aug. 28, voters across the nation will be participating in Democratic and Republican primaries for state, federal, local and non-partisan elections. There are 185 Miami-Dade public schools that will serve as voting sites for the county.Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and the Miami-Dade County Elections Department work together to make sure each school site is secure during election day. For each facility, Elections does a walk-thru with school officials to select a room with only one entrance/exit and away from students. In addition to the customary police presence, each school has cameras it utilizes to monitor daily activity, and extra election staff members will be on site to monitor the entire election process. All Miami-Dade public schools will close for the larger general election on November 6.
Judith Falloon-Reid will host the Independent Publishing session. A Jamaican author, screenwriter, poet and award-winning film maker, she also has several published works to her credit and is the writer and director of two award-wining Jamaican films, The Gift Everlasting andJust Another Friday. Her poetry collection, Screeeem and Riot, was published in 2018. To celebrate Louise Bennett-Coverley’s iconic contribution to Caribbean literature, the clinic will feature three workshops, Fiction, Poetry, and Performance Poetry, will be held simultaneously. One session Independent Publishing will be held in the afternoon. The sessions will cover: character and plot development, stage craft and delivery, playing with rhyme and rhythm, and other topics. The Writer’s Clinic will be conducted by four outstanding Caribbean writers who live in Florida and were influenced by the works of the late Louise Bennett Coverley, former Jamaican ambassador of culture and heritage. The Louise Bennett-Coverley-Heritage Council (LBHC) in association with the South Regional/Broward College Library and the Friends of the South Regional Broward College Library will host a one-day writer’s clinic – “Write it Now”- on Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm. The clinic will be held at the South Regional BC Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. Geoffrey Philp, retired Miami-Dade College professor and award-winning author from Jamaica, will host the Fiction clinic. He has written two novels, two collections of short stories, and three children’s books, His work is represented in nearly every anthology of Caribbean literature including the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories and the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. Christine Craig will host the Poetry clinic. A native of Jamaica, she is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. Her short stories and poems have been published in British, American and Caribbean journals. Described as “one of the Caribbean’s most original and innovative poets”, her poetry collection All Things Bright…and Quadrille for Tigers was published by Peepal Tree Press, UK. Her short story collection Mint Tea and other Stories, and children’s fiction Bird Gang, were published by Heinemann Caribbean. Malachi Smith Jamaican dub poet and author is the presenter of the Performance Poetry clinic. He is a fellow of the University of Miami’s Mitchner Caribbean Writer’s Institute, an alumnus of Florida International University, Miami-Dade College and Jamaica School of Drama. Malachi is a founding member of Poets in Unity. He has recorded seven CD collections of his poetry and has read and performed his poetry internationally. The Writer’s Clinic is free to the public. Applicants are required to submit a sample of their writing. For applications email Malachi at [email protected] or log on to http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/. Lunch and handouts will be provided compliments of South Regional BC Library and the LBHC.
District 112 GOVERNOR/LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA FLORIDA STATE SENATOR District 30Bobby Powell (Dem) – IncumbentDistrict 34Gary Farmer, Jr. (DEM) IncumbentDistrict 36David Perez (DEM)District 40Annette Taddeo (DEM)STATE REPRESENTATIVESDistrict 82MaryLynn Magar (REP)District 84Delores Hogan Johnson (DEM)District 85Rick Roth (REP)District 86Matt Willhite (DEM) IncumbentDistrict 87David Silver (DEM) IncumbentDistrict 89Mike Caruso (REP) District 93Chip LaMarca (REP)District 98 Michael Gottlieb (DEM)District 103Cindy Polo (DEM)District 105Ana Marie Rodriquez (REP)District 108Dotie Josephs (DEM)District 111Bryan Avila (REP) #5: Broward County Office of Inspector General’s Discretion to Commence an Investigation – YES #1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption – Increases the amount of a home’s value exempted from property tax (Will force local governments to cut public services or raise local taxes) – FAILED #5: Charter Amendment Prohibiting Certain Payments Circulators of Initiatory Petitions………YES Referendum to Approve AdValorem Levy for Teachers, Instructional Personnel, School Safety and Security …..YES #7: Central Examining Boards Appointment of Alternate Members – YES Matt Caldwell (REP) MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ELECTIONS County Commission District 2 Richard DeNapoli COUNTY COURT JUDGE STATE JUDICIAL ELECTIONS #6: Charter Amendment Creating New Municipality in Northeast Miami Dade…….NO Group 18: Maxine Dianne Cheesman Retain Judge Burton Conner YES Jimmy Patronis (REP) #12: Housekeeping Amendment to Delete Ineffective or Unnecessary Language: Yes FLORIDA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER #7 – First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities – Requires death benefits for first responders and military members, a supermajority vote for college fees, and adds state college system structure to constitution (3/4 majority vote to increase fees makes it very difficult to meet university needs) – PASSED. Donna Shalala (DEM) #3 – Voter Control of Gambling in Florida – Requires voter approval of casino gambling (Removes authority to expand gambling from the legislature and returns it to voters) – PASSED #9 – Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces – Bans offshore oil and gas drilling and vaping in enclosed indoor workplaces (Concern for the environment overrides concern about putting vaping in the Constitution – PASSED. Distrct 2: Greg Weiss #9: Posting of Notices, Agenda and Backup Materials No Later Than 48 Hours Prior to Meeting.…..YES Group 4: Ashley Zuckerman #13 – Ends Dog RacingProhibits betting on dog races (Ends legal wagering on inhumane dog racing) – PASSED. COUNTY COURT JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT District 4 Robert Weinroth #2: Charter Amendment Relating to County Appointed Officials and Employees Running for Certain Elective Office ….YES BROWARD COUNTY ELECTIONS District 4 : Lamar Fisher #5 – Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees – Requires 2/3 vote of legislature to impose or increase tax or fee (Will tie the hands of future legislatures making it nearly impossible to address budget needs, such as teacher raises and natural catastrophes) – PASSED FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL BROWAD COUNTY REFERENDA #10: Composition of the Independent Board That Nominates the County Auditor……. YES(We have not been able to get the listed position appointed) District 2 : Mark Bogen FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS Group 38: Stefanie Camille Moon Port of Palm Beach (Grp 5): Joseph Anderson Retain Judge Jeffrey Kuntz YES #8: Board of Rules and Appeals Quorum Shall be the Majority of the Total Board Membership – YES #11 – Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes – Repeals some obsolete language; repeals a provision saying that changes to a criminal statute are not retroactive (Impact of criminal statute portion is unclear and disputed. Other repealed provisions are already unenforceable or expired) – PASSED. #2: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments – Makes the cap on non-homestead (2nd homes and commercial) property assessment increases permanent (Will continue to limit resources available for public services; Three South Florida property appraisers support the amendment and say a Yes vote will avert a sudden and largely unexpected tax crisis for more than 530,000 residential and business property owners in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) – PASSED District 1: Ann Murray Group 25: Sarah Willis #10 – State and Local Government Structure and Operation – Prohibits counties from abolishing certain local offices, changes start date of legislative sessions, and adds an executive office and executive department to constitution (Takes away control granted to charter counties limiting ability to respond to local conditions) – PASSED. PALM BEACH COUNTY ELECTIONS #1: Funding for Countywide Transportation System Improvements thru Levy of Surtax – YES#2: Standards for Establishing County Commission Districts – YES CIRCUIT COURT 15 JUDGE #3: Redistricting Procedures for County Commission Districts – YES)#4 : Broward County Affordable Housing Trust Fund – YES US SenateRick Scott (Dem) leading Democrat Bill Nelson. Results too close to call, and advances to a recount as Nelson is behind by less than 0,5 percent of total votes cast.US CONGRESS: District 20Alcee Hastings (DEM) IncumbentDistrict 22 Ted Deutch (DEM)District 23Debbie Wasserman Schultz- (Dem)District 26 Debbie Mucarsel Powell (Dem) Group 46: Maria Markhashin-Weeks Group 14: Vivianne del Rio Group 19: Jackie Powell Nicholas Duran (Incumbent) –(DEM) SCHOOL BOARD REFERENDUM Ashley Moodie (REP) Group13: Scott Ryan Kerner ATTORNEY GENERAL of Florida CIRCUIT COURT 17 JUDGE COUNTY REFERENDA #12 – Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers – Prohibits public officials from lobbying for compensation while in office and 6 years thereafter (Applied too broadly at local level; will not solve problems of money and influence in politics) – PASSED CIRCUIT COURT 11 JUDGE District 113Michael Grieco (DEM)District 114Javier Fernandez (DEM)District 115Vance Aloupis (REP)District 116Daniel Anthony Perez (REP)District 118 Anthony Rodriquez (REP)District 119 Juan Fernandez-Barquin (REP)District 120.Holly Raschein (REP) #4: Charter Amendment Regarding Elections for County Commissioners and Mayor……………..YES District 27 #6: Broward County Planning Council Revisions to Zoning Glossary and Public Hearings – YES Group 9 Corey Amanda Cawthon Retain Justice Alan Lawson YES #11: Compositon of the Broward County Inspector General Selection Oversight Committee…. YES(We have not been able to get the listed position appointed) #4 – Voting Restoration Amendment – Restores right to vote for most people with felony convictions upon completion of sentences (Gives 1.5 million Floridians the right to vote after paying their debt to society) – PASSED Ron DeSantis/Nunez (Rep) #6 – Rights of Crime Victims; Judges (multiple questions) – Adds a Marsy’s Law (victims’ rights) to state constitution, increases judicial retirement age; prohibits judges from deferring to admin agencies to interpret law (Victims’ rights already protected in the Constitution; Eliminates an existing provision that protects the constitutional rights of the accused) – PASSED. Broward Soil & Water Conservation BROWARD SCHOOL BOARD COUNTY COMMISSION Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer services #3: Charter Amendment Relating to Review of Initiatory Petitions for Legal Sufficiency………….YES Retain Judge Carole Taylor YES School Board question……….YES MUNICIPAL ELECTIONSBROWARD COUNTYCoral Springs Commissioners Seat 2 Dan DaleySeat 4 Joshua A SimmonsCooper CityCommissionerSeat 2 Howard M. MeltzerDania Beach CommissionersLauren OdmanLori LewellenDavieCity CouncilDistrict 2 Caryl HattanDistrict 3 Susan StarkeyHallandale Beach Special Mayor At-Large – Joy D. AdamsCommissionersSeat 1 Mike Butler Seat 2 Sabrina JavellanaHollywood CommissionersDistrict 1 Caryl Sandler Shuham District 3 Traci Lynn CallariDistrict 5 Kevin Biederman LauderhillCommissionersSeat 2 – Richard CampbellSeat 4 Denise GrantLauderdale LakesCommissioners Seat 1 Marilyn DavisSeat 2 Beverly Williams Margate CommissionersSeat 3 Antonio ArserioSeat 5 Joanne SimoneNorth LauderdaleMayor At-Large Ana ZiadeCommissionersDistrict A Lorenzo WoodDistrict B Mario BustamanteOakland Park CommissionersMichael E. CarnJane F. BolinParkland Commissioners Richard WalkerPlantationMayor Lynn Stoner City CouncilGroup 1 Erik Anderson Group 2 Denise HorlandGroup 5 Nick SortalPompano BeachMayor Rex HardinCommissionersDistrict 1 Andrea Leigh McGee District 2 Rhonda Eaton District 3 Tom McMahonDistrict 4 Beverly PerkinsDistrict 5 Barry MossSouth West RanchesCouncil MemberDistrict 1 Bob HartmannSunriseCommissionerGroup C Neil C. Kirch Group D Lawrence “Larry” Sofield TamaracMayor At-Large – Michelle J. GomezCommissionersDistrict 2 Mike GelinDistrict 4 Debra PlackoWestonCommissionerSeat 4 Mary Molina-MacfieWest ParkCommissionersSeat 1 Anthony DorsettSeat 2 Brandon Smith Wilton ManorsMayor Justin FlippenCommissionerPaul Rolli
On Tuesday night preliminary results of the midterm elections in Florida left Democrats with the blues. The expected ”Blue Wave” of Democratic victories failed. But unknown to most voters were that thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots were still being be counted. On Wednesday as these votes were counted, it became evident that the results of key races for US Senator, governor and commissioner of agriculture will have to be recounted. This outcome has given hope that one or more of these results could be overturned.DeSantis’s lead shrinks from 0.68 to 0.44%Tuesday night preliminary results had Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for governor narrowly losing his bid to be Florida’s first black governor by 0.68 percent, approximately 65,537 votes, to Republican Ron DeSantis. However, by Thursday morning DeSantis’ lead shrunk to 0.44 percent or 36,223 votes According to Florida’s electoral law a recount can be requested by the losing candidate if that candidate loses by less than 0.50 percent of the votes. With thousands of votes still to counted in Broward and other counties up to Thursday morning, it became apparent that a recount would be requested by Gillum’s campaign although he had conceded defeat to DeSantis on Tuesday night.Rick Scott’s lead shrinks from 0.37 to 0.18 percentIn the US Senate race between incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Florida incumbent governor Rick Scott, Tuesday’s result had Scott winning 0.37 percent of the votes counted. However, although Scott declared his victory, Nelson refused to concede and indicated on Wednesday he would be seeking a recount. By Thursday Scott’s lead dropped to 0.18 percent or 15,085 votes. Nikki Fried now leads in votes cast In the race for Commissioner of Agriculture, the results on Tuesday saw Democrat Nikki Fried losing to Republican Matt Caldwell by less than 0.50 percent. As votes continued to be counted by Thursday Fried took over the lead by a narrow 0.9 percent.Florida counties have until noon on Saturday November 10 to submit their final tally of votes. If the final tally for any race fall below 0.50 it’s pretty certain the losing candidate will seek a recount. The first recount would be conducted by refeeding the paper ballots into voting machines to be re-tabulated. If after this procedure the winning candidate margin is less than 0.25 percent another recount will be conducted by hand count.The delay in counting mail-in and provisional ballots has incensed the opposing campaigns. A campaign spokesman for Scott insisted Scott won fairly, and criticized Nelson for insisting on a recount saying, “It’s a sad way for Nelson to go out.” But Nelson remains unfazed.Scott reacts with anger The delay in the counting votes in Palm Beach and Broward counties has drawn criticism from Scott and Republican US Senator Marco Rubio. Scott threated to sue Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach Supervisor Susan Bucher for allegedly refusing to release details on voting tabulations and hindering the processing of absentee ballots respectively. In a tweet Rubio asked why “Broward County elections can’t do what 65 of 67 counties did, count all votes in a timely way and in compliance with Florida law?”If the votes are to be recounted in any or all the three races this would likely be done next week.
Slovak Hockey praises Tipsport’s vital support June 24, 2019 TIPOS Slovakia chairman arrested on money laundering charges November 28, 2019 Submit Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Seeking to expand its European commercial capabilities, industry live HD casino games supplier Authentic Gaming has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art office in Slovakia.The firm’s Slovakian division will act as an operational support for its Malta commercial unit providing the key functions of data provisions and back office development.Furthermore, the office will host a dedicated client integrations team to shorten the time to market for the company’s rapidly growing list of operator clients.Authentic Gaming details that at present its Slovakian operations employees 15 tech integration focused employees. Authentic Gaming managing director, Jonas Delin, commented on the office opening: “I am delighted to be cutting the ribbon on our new office, which is a major milestone for Authentic Gaming as we continue to expand our business across Europe.“We chose this location because it has a growing reputation as hub for tech companies. It is located in the heart of central Europe, and provides access to an impressive talent pool that we can tap into.“In the short term this office will focus exclusively on clearing our new client integrations back log and to support our continuous flow of new operator signings,”
Oulala has signed a deal which will see its football management game integrated into Marsbet’s iGaming platform.The daily fantasy sports provider has signed the first ever agreement between a licensed B2B skill game operator and an iGaming company, with Oulala providing its game across the Marsbet group.Benjamin Carlotti, Managing Director of Oulala, said: “We warmly welcome Marsbet as a member of our B2B Network.”“Sports betting operators are now fully convinced of the benefits that come with offering DFS to their clients. “The Oulala Network fits the exact needs of the new generations and it also generates long term loyalty.” Marsbet, licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), and new brand Piramit Casino, will see the management game complement its existing offerings of an online sportsbook, poker, bingo and casino games.Ioannis Ntousias, a senior member of Marsbet’s marketing team, commented:“We are delighted to offer our customers something new.“We believe that Oulala’s skill-based monetised football management game is the perfect tool for them to put their knowledge to the test against each other. We have high hopes that it will attract new users and retain existing ones thanks to its social structure.”This deal by Oulala, licensed by the MGA in March of this year, follows a white label agreement with Bravio Gaming and Orange Africa in addition to a partnership with Game Interaction Group, with more deals set to be announced in the near future. Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Share
Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Australia ASX listed gambling group Tabcorp Holdings has confirmed that it has completed its full divestment of Odyssey Gaming Services (Odyssey).Updating investors, Tabcorp confirms that it has fully sold its gaming machine and venue solutions supplier to Australian National Hotels Pty Limited, a transaction initially agreed in April 2017.The divestment of Odyssey is in accordance with merger demands stipulated by the Australian Competition Tribunal’s (ACT) markets review of Tabcorp-Tatts AUS $11 billion merger deal to create the ‘outright Australian gambling leader’.Due to Tabcorp-Tatts high penetration of gaming machines in Australian leisure venues, Tabcorp governance was commanded to sell its Odyssey division by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in H1 2017.“The divestment of Odyssey was conditional on the proposed combination becoming effective. Both Tabcorp and ANH have waived this condition to allow for the transfer of the business prior to the Christmas period.” Detailed Tabcorp in its corporate statement.This morning Australian news sources report that Tatts Group investors have unanimously approved the merger of Tabcorp-Tatts, creating a new ASX gambling enterprise.The new enterprise will be forwarded to the Supreme Court of Victoria for legal approval of the combination with a hearing officially scheduled for Dec. 13, Tatts detailed in its confirmation statement.Following 14 months of gruelling negotiations, deal reviews and compliance obligations, an under pressure Tabcorp governance may actually deliver on its 2017 investor promise to ‘marry Tatts’… Well better late than never! Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead August 27, 2020 Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Submit
The Football Association has banned former Lincoln footballer Bradley Wood for six years and fined the defender £3,725, after he was found guilty of 25 betting related breaches.The two most damning charges which Wood denied, related to events that occurred during Lincoln’s memorable 2016‑17 FA Cup run, when the player was ruled to have purposely picked up two yellow cards, against Ipswich and against Burnley. In doing so, an FA tribunal ruled that Wood “influenced a football betting market” as two people known to the player placed bets on both matches that gambling operators flagged up as “atypical in the context of the caution betting market,” according to the FA’s written judgement.In its statement, the FA concluded: “The gravamen of the case against Mr Wood is that he planned to be cautioned, told personal acquaintances of that plan so that they and others to whom the information was passed placed bets.“The data supplied by betting organisations has revealed what is said to be unusual bets being placed on Mr Wood being cautioned in both matches. Two of those placing the bets are said to have close personal involvement with Mr Wood.“It is said that the bets were atypical in the context of the caution betting market, and in relation to the betting history of those placing the bets. The potential winnings (some were not paid) totalled approximately £10,000.”The FA also outlined that in the two matches a total of seven individuals made bets that Mr Wood would be cautioned, in each case those individuals’ bets were atypical both in relation to their personal betting history – none had previously placed bets in the caution betting market; and in relation to the caution betting market – the size of the bets made them stand out. Additionally, William Hill also revealed that they had never seen four figure sum being placed on the card market before, and Sky Bet revealed it was incredibly rare.The Chief executive of Lincoln, Liam Scully reacted to the FA’s decision: “This football club takes its own integrity, and the integrity of football as whole, extremely seriously so were shocked and saddened to be informed of the allegations.” He added: “We acted quickly when we were first informed and have, at the request of the FA and for the sake of Bradley Wood, kept the allegations private until the matter was resolved.“We wholeheartedly condemn any behaviour which could tarnish the reputation of football as a sport and have given the FA our complete support in conducting the investigation.“It is important to note, however, that these charges relate to the individual actions of a single player and it is accepted by everyone that they played no part in the results of games. We are relieved the matter has now been brought to a conclusion.”One of Wood’s key defences was that in the Ipswich game, he didn’t receive a booking until the 90th minute, adding that the foul was professional foul and was not one that sought out deliberately. The full written reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission are available from the FA’s website. Submit StumbleUpon English football suspension extended until 30 April March 19, 2020 Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share UEFA confirms indefinite Finals postponement March 24, 2020 Related Articles
Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column.UK: Regulation – Where’s the Harm?The publication this week of Britain’s first reporting framework for gambling-related harm offered a glimpse of future public policy debates – and set out a number of clear challenges for the industry.The report, which was commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, identifies nine recommendations for collecting data on the societal and public health costs of excessive gambling. The list comprises the loss of employment (and increased welfare payments); bankruptcy and debt relief; homelessness; increased debt; the commission of crimes; divorce and relationship breakdown; stress, anxiety and mental and physical health issues; and suicide and suicide ideation.The report’s lead author is the eminent Dr Heather Wardle – and the work of her team on this project is a long overdue addition to the evidence base for guiding gambling policy. Critically, it highlights how the debate on gambling is shifting from the abstract concept of problem gambling towards the more vivid (and relevant) realm of harm.The collection of reliable data on harms may undermine some of the more fantastic claims from the anti-gambling lobby; but it also presents a significant challenge to the industry. The incidence of harm lends itself to availability bias in a way that reports on the prevalence of problem gambling do not.Two years ago, eight-year-old Keira Broadhead of Wakefield was murdered (along with her father, Andrew) in an arson attack reportedly linked to the perpetrator’s gambling addiction. While such extreme harms are rare (and probably far more complex than press reports suggest), there is a force to them that allows no counter-balance. One simply cannot weigh jobs and taxes against such human costs.The recent launch of the pressure group, ‘Gambling with Lives’ (formed by bereaved families) has raised the profile of gambling-related suicide – and Parliament is taking notice. The Conservative peer, Lord Chadlington has repeatedly pressed the Government on this issue and shows no sign of relenting.The relative severity (in financial terms) of recent sanctions from the Gambling Commission reflects our regulator’s deepening interest in the consequences of licensing breaches. The £2.3m Gala Coral settlement in 2017 (which included £1.3m of revenue foregone and a £1m punitive element) related to just two of the licensee’s customers; but both are now serving time for crimes committed to fund their gambling.The Commission has made it clear (within its revised enforcement strategy) that it is prepared to move to licence revocation if “what happened seriously affected consumers, either deliberately or through incompetence”. Quite rightly, the outcomes matter rather than the simple facts of non-compliance.As we wrote last week in our blog (http://reguluspartners.com/index.php/2018/07/06/in-pursuit-of-balance-stuck-in-the-middle-with-who/), while the focus on harm is both important and overdue, “there is a risk that – unleavened by broader considerations – it may skew thinking in relation to what constitutes effective and proportionate regulation”.How the gambling industry responds to the changing nature of regulatory discourse will be key. Spin is not the answer; but it is not entirely clear what is. The first step has to be to engage with the subject and to understand it. Only by confronting and addressing the harms can licensees hope to be considered credible witnesses to this debate.UK: In Parliament – It’s About TimeIt is perhaps a reflection of the state of government in Britain that, the best part of two years after the DCMS launched its review of machine gambling, so many questions on FOBTs remain unanswered. This week, the Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith took the Government to task on the key question of when the maximum stake on machines in betting shops would be reduced to £2.The Government – the statutory instrument required to effect the change will be laid (as an affirmative resolution) in the autumn. Given that we have just one week to go before summer recess, this revelation smacks of the bleeding obvious and leaves us all better informed but none the wiser.The noble prelate did at least force some new information out of. In what was a fairly uncomfortable debate for the Government, Lord Ashton of Hyde was harangued from all sides. Lord Cormack and Lord Debden (Conservative), Lord Griffiths of Burry Port and Lord Rooker (Labour), Lord Foster of Bath and Lord Tyler (Liberal Democrat) and the Bishop of Chester all supported Smith’s calls for swift implementation of stake reduction and questioned the ethics of delay.Lord Ashton’s suggestion that timing would be in part be dictated by considerations of employment effects indicates that HM Treasury may (for now) have carried the day in its tug of war with the DCMS; but this is a sticky wicket for the Government to defend.The Bishop of St Albans also submitted a Parliamentary Question on the nature of ministerial and civil service meetings with stakeholders in relation to FOBT policy. He is not the first to probe this subject – and it is unlikely that he will gain much satisfaction – but it all adds to the pressure.The progress of EDM 1440, which calls for immediate stake reduction is another sign of the gathering pressure. A further five MPs signed the EDM this week, including the out of favour but high profile Chuka Umunna (Lab, Streatham). The EDM now has 46 signatures, making it the 114th best-supported EDM of this Parliament (out of 1,530).This was also the week when Matt Hancock (Cons, West Suffolk) called time on his stint as Culture Secretary. Hancock may only have spent six months in the post (as part of a two year tour of duty in the DCMS) but will be remembered for shepherding the FOBT review through to a conclusion of sorts. His successor, Jeremy Wright (Cons, Kenilworth & Southam) appears to have little interest in matters of gambling policy – something which undoubtedly commended him to the role.Hancock is unlikely to be free and clear of gambling with questions of policy likely to follow him to the Department of Health and Social Care.Elsewhere, the Conservative peer Lord Chadlington continued to press the Government on gambling advertising (suggesting that the DCMS consider the impending ban in Italy as a useful precedent); and on the relationship between “online gambling and levels of loneliness in the UK”. The latter question appears particularly canny given the gambling minister Tracey Crouch’s (Cons, Chatham & Aylesford) interest in the question of loneliness. After all, she is a Spurs fan.US: sportsbetting – New Jersey shores up demand?The stats for the first two weeks of NJs landbased sportsbetting market are very similar to Delaware’s: optically very encouraging in handle terms (US$16.4m), artificially high gross margins and including a dominant player (in this case Monmouth Park: 66% share, albeit at least in part due to being first). Pretty much all the same caveats flagged for Delaware apply therefore when seeking to extrapolate (in a word, don’t). Early landbased trading, for all its interpretative issues, does at least demonstrate one (unsurprising) thing – pent up demand for sportsbetting in the US is material and customers are prepared to show up to wager (at least during the ‘novelty’ phase). Number of unique users is probably the best early measure of sustainability and these are not visible. However, we reiterate our view that the key danger of early US noise is not the slowness of market evolution but the potential for false positives of early legislative activity (which leads nowhere fast) and early encouraging trading (which soon dissipates or at least does not grow into anything meaningful in strategic terms). The early days are usually those of greatest enthusiasm and the biggest willingness to spin everything into a positive – it is therefore the phase where the pursuit of “first mover advantage” can lead to significant corporate mistakes…UK: sports rights – racecourse rebellion…Ascot racecourse has once again refused to follow the crowd in terms of its commercial arrangements, with a new TV rights deal struck with Sky Sports Racing, due to commence in March 2019. This most recent ‘rebellion’ follows the course’s decision not to join the racecourse’s operated pool betting project, Britbet, instead opting to partner with Betfred to create its own offering. RMG will still be responsible for the course’s betting shop pictures and International distribution.This deal is a timely boost for Sky Sports Racing (due to launch early 2019), having suffered the loss of Irish racing from its roster (announced this spring). The channel, which is free to Sky subscribers, now has the potential to make further big wins from RUK when contracts come up for renewal with a more compelling offer to customers than the previous SD ATR content, which often lacked quality. Ascot’s separatism is undoubtedly good commercially for Ascot and the long-term future of GB racing needs to be built upon sound commercial decisions. However, further evidence of splitting a product designed at source to hang together is in danger of lessening the overall customer experience rather than enhancing it – and the vast majority of stakeholders have neither Ascot’s power nor luxury of choice.Global: cryptocurrencies – now you see it, now you don’t!In China a special investigation team of the country’s police force has seized over $1.5m worth of cryptocurrencies as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Chinese state operated news agency Xinhua reported on July 11 that authorities attention had been drawn to the unnamed gambling platform in May following advertisements that claimed it would “accept international recognised cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, ether and litecoin” in order to draw in users. An investigation was launched soon after, according to the outlet.Investigators discovered that the site, based overseas, utilised a traditional online gambling model coupled with cryptocurrency payments. It is believed that the site adopted regulatory loopholes in which it was able to secure profits by hiding proceeds using virtual currencies. Over the eight months the site remained active around 333,000 used the site, which reportedly generated an estimated transactional volume of $1.5bn. Six of the website organisers have been arrested thus far.In 2012, the European Central Bank defined virtual currency as “a type of unregulated, digital money, which is issued and usually controlled by its developers, and used and accepted among the members of a specific virtual community”. To follow on from this in the US, the IRS decided in March 2014 to treat virtual currency as taxable property rather than currency. As the popularity of these virtual currencies continue to rise in our view as does the requirement for them to become regulated and recognised as currency. Global: M&A Watch – Stars Group and Sky Betting & Gaming; Sportradar; Gala.On Wednesday, Stars Group announced the formal completion of its acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming, which was agreed in April at a reported price of £3.36bn. Today, the CMA has published an Initial Enforcement Order which states that it is considering whether to make a reference of the arrangement under the Enterprise Act 2002 (relating to potential “substantial lessening of competition”). The Order obliges the relevant companies to take a number of steps to ensure the businesses remain distinct during the process.Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Silicon Valley-based growth equity firm TCV have together acquired a stake in Sportradar at an enterprise value of €2.1bn, from private equity firm.EQT and minority shareholders. The transaction is expected to formally close in Q4 2018.Caledonia Investments’ Q2 2018 quarterly report revealed a further £14m investment in Gala Bingo, to enable the company to launch an online presence and rebrand as Buzz Bingo.
AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020 Share Share Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 Related Articles Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Seven-in-a-row Scottish champion Celtic has announced a new record sponsorship deal with Dafabet, which will see the partnership with the club run for the next seven seasons. The fantastic new five-year contract, which will follow on from the existing two years, means The Hoops and Dafabet’s association will run until the end of season 2025. The deal announced today represents Scottish football’s biggest ever front-of-shirt sponsorship deal.Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are absolutely delighted to secure such a lucrative, long-term arrangement with Dafabet, a fantastic partner with whom we have already enjoyed such a great relationship.“Celtic is currently in a terrific position on and off the field, achieving regular football success and with an infrastructure of strength and stability. Celtic continues to be one of the world’s great football clubs and through these strong fundamentals we continue to be able to attract and deliver such quality partnerships.“This announcement represents further great news for the club and our supporters ensuring another positive, high value and high calibre partnership for the future. We thank Dafabet for their continued commitment to Celtic Football Club.“Agreements such as the one we announce today allow us to look forward with confidence as we strive to ensure Celtic maintains its position as the biggest and best in Scottish football.”John Cruces, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Dafabet, added: “We are absolutely delighted to extend our partnership with Celtic, one of the world’s great football clubs and an institution which with which we are so proud to be associated.“Our connection to Celtic has already been fantastic for us and even with two years still to run on our existing partnership, it was a relationship we were eager to continue.“We could not have envisaged how well the last two years would have been for us, with the Invincible first season, then a second successive treble last year.“The number of records broken and club firsts, have brought so much joy to all connected with the club. Being on the front of the famous iconic Celtic shirt during this time brought us as much pride as it does to the Celtic supporters, who are some of the best and most passionate in the game.“We are very pleased to enter this new agreement and make this further commitment to the club and its fans.“We are absolutely certain that over the next seven years we’ll continue to see more records broken and by continuing to work together as part of the Celtic family we are sure we will be able to deliver our objectives.” StumbleUpon Submit