The SBC Weekly Digest for 18/12/20

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Good week for…
NEW JERSEY

New Jersey’s sportsbooks and casinos have set their sights on hitting the $1 billion in handle mark, having already become the first state in history to record a handle of more than $900 million.

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ILLINOIS

Illinois sportsbooks took more than $430 million in bets, reaching a level in only four full months that no other jurisdiction has reached in fewer than 16 months.

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Bad week for…
AYMEN IKHLEF

The Tennis Integrity United issued a lifetime ban to Algerian tennis player Aymen Ikhlef after it identified 10 different breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme.

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FLUTTER ENTERTAINMENT

Flutter Entertainment has been faced with a $870 million ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court, however the operator will appeal the ruling, noting that the litigation ran contrary to modern US legal precedent.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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“Everyone in the industry has huge stakes in ensuring that players sustain a moderate relationship with our products and, likewise, the last thing we need is to be destroyed by regulation of a level that is incapacitating.”

In a CasinoBeats roundtable, Arcangelo Lonoce, Head of Business Development Europe at Habanero, gives his views on whether European regulators will share a common view that maximum stake limits will be necessary.

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NUMBERS GAME
31.9%
During the first five months of FY21, the Kentucky Lottery reported a 31.9% increase in sales when compared to the same period last year.

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Barretos EC, Olimpia FC and Paulista FC were each handed a four month ban from the Paulista Football Federation after an investigation identified several instances of match-fixing.

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£1.5 million
Low6 secured a new £1.5 million funding round after receiving the backing of technology fund Pires Investments.

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15 platform providers have had their provisional licenses approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board with the providers set to support commercial and tribal casinos’ online gaming and sports betting operations.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
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Following the launch of DCMS’ review into the 2005 Gambling Act, industry experts discuss what the review may entail and its potential impact on the sector.
Recommended Reading
Darina Goldin, Director Data Science at Bayes Esports, takes a look at the ‘psychological momentum’ that occurs during an esports match, focusing on its causes and how it can be quantified.

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Looking back on 2020, Mark Segal, CFO of Gaming Realms, reflects on the key challenges that the company has faced and gives us a teaser on what the supplier has in the pipeline for 2021.

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Oddspedia CEO and Co-Founder Jeton Kodia breaks down the reasons why the US market presents a plethora of new opportunities for the affiliate.

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The growth of cashless payments was a key focal point in Payment Expert’s discussion with Kostas Georgoulas, regional commercial director at OKTO, as they discussed different payment trends

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Artículos Recomendados
2020 marcó el primer año entero de operaciones en Latinoamérica para Habanero y la ejecutiva de Desarrollo de Negocios Vera Motto comparte cómo fue la experiencia y cuáles son los próximos mercados en los que se expandirán los juegos del proveedor italiano.

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Dando comienzo a la serie de análisis de fin de año 2020 en perspectiva de SBC Noticias, Neil Montgomery, socio director y fundador de Montgomery & Associados, repasa paso por paso el año de la industria brasileña y cómo se avanzará en 2021 con el juego y las apuestas.

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