The SBC Weekly Digest for 01/05/20

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

Good week for…

Flutter Entertainment has successfully completed its $11 billion merger with The Stars Group Inc.

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Financial Data Exchange now has a total membership of 103 organisations, after it welcomed 22 new members between January 1 and March 31.

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Bad week for…

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Boyd Gaming saw a 17.7% drop in revenues, with all properties to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

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Channelisation numbers for sports betting and online casinos in Sweden are predicted to be between 80-85% and 72-78% respectively, much lower than the target set out by the Swedish Gambling Authority.

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“This is a perfect opportunity to put responsible gaming on top of the agenda to show that we care, to show that we take our responsibility and that we, at some point, look back on in a couple of years and see things we missed and what put us in this situation and that is very important.”

Jesper Kärrbrink, co-founder and chairman of Green Jade Games, emphasises that the gaming industry has a duty to prioritise responsible gaming during the pandemic.

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The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, has shut down a further 16 websites after it was found that they were offering betting and gaming without a licence.

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7 million
Barclaycard has revealed that it has processed over 7 million contactless payments, less than a month after the new limit of £45 was rolled out.

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£16 million
To help support the league once the lockdown is lifted, the Rugby Football League has received a £16 million emergency loan from the government.

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According to a survey carried out by – part of Leadstar Media group – 85% of sports bettors in Germany have stopped placing bets during the lockdown.

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SBC Digital Summit
The Betting on Sports America track on day four of the SBC Digital Summit saw a collection of US industry figures undertake an in-depth examination of the state of play in the US market.
Recommended Reading
Delivering the day-one keynote address at this week’s Digital Summit, Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl explained that the strength of its partnerships will be ‘proved in crisis’.

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As part of the Live Casino in Lockdown panel on day two of the SBC Digital Summit, panelists discussed the ways that operators and suppliers have adapted the ways they engage with audiences.

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Day three of the SBC Digital Summit saw the State of play – US lotteries during the coronavirus panel address the challenges set by the coronavirus and prepare for a future post-COVID-19.

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On day four of the SBC Digital Summit, those on the Banking Crisis panel discussed why the relationship between banks and the betting industry must adapt.

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