The SBC Weekly Digest for 05/04/19

Your weekly roundup of the most popular articles from SBC News, SBC Americas, CasinoBeats, Insider Sport & PaymentExpert.

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PUERTO RICO
Pending the approval of a new bill, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has estimated that by legalising sports betting in Puerto Rico, up to $3bn can be generated per year by 2023.
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PRAGMATIC PLAY

Pragmatic Play has been granted permission to operate its new Bucharest-based live casino studio after receiving a Class II licence from the Romanian gambling regulator (ONJN)
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Bad week for…
NEW YORK
State legislators failed to include mobile sports betting in the states $175.5bn 2020 budget, instead opting to include a number of reforms and initiatives for other forms of gambling. The decision has been described as ‘disappointing’ by Senator Joe Addabbo.
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UK RETAIL BETTING OPERATORS
Warwick Bartlett and Lorien Pilling from the Global Betting & Gaming Consultancy (GBGC) analysed the implications of the reduction in Cat B2 gaming machine maximum stake from £100 to £2.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard

“It is exciting for us to be joined by Morten Andersen, an undisputed legend of the NFL. Andersen’s journey from starting in Denmark and obtaining such success in the USA is an obvious source of inspiration for us and our US strategy, and we are proud to have him as an ambassador for Better Collective.”

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NUMBERS GAME
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The number of gambling sites blocked by the Danish Gambling Authority Spillemyndighede in agreement with the country’s telecommunications providers.
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The number of years Scientific Games has extended its current agreement with Danske Spil by. Danske Spil is set to benefit from SG Digital’s enhanced sportsbook solutions.
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6
The approximate number of hours that Paddy Power and Betfred were allowed to try something different before being leaned on by the UKGC
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$718,750
Building on its strong relationship with the US women’s national soccer team (USWNT), nutritional foods manufacturer, Luna has issued a $718,750 donation to the side as a show of support for the campaign for equal pay within sports.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
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The official Betting on Football video was released which saw leaders from all corners of the industry come together at Stamford Bridge last month to discuss the future of sports betting.
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Casino Beats 100 Club answers the question: “Should the online casino sector be subject to these kinds of regulatory restrictions?”
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At last month’s Betting on Football conference, BetConstruct’s David Webb discussed a couple of “major changes” to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regulations and how they would impact the sector.
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Ahead of the first edition of Betting on Sports America later this month, Marcos Oliveira, Head of Business Development at Clever Advertising Group, discussed the affiliate opportunity that’s emerging in the freshly-legalised Brazilian gambling market.
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A ‘Mobile First Approach’ is a growing trend in the gambling industry, and is only likely to grow even more as technology develops.
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