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CEO claims Paddy Power Betfair is “well positioned” in USA

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Peter Jackson, chief executive officer of Paddy Power Betfair, said that the company is “well positioned to achieve scale in the US quickly” after a 20 per cent rise in revenue in the second quarter.

The company’s Q2 results were boosted by the activity around Fifa World Cup, as the sales showed a 13 per cent increase. This is encouraging after a weak first quarter showing for the company.

The highlight of the second quarter, though, was the completion of the deal to acquire US daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel.

Although the takeover was only completed last month, after the end of the second quarter, Jackson said in an earnings call that the operator can be justifiably optimistic about growth opportunities in the US, having already established a presence in the country prior to the FanDuel deal.

Sports revenue spiked by 22 per cent in Q2 in the US, with gaming revenue increasing by 18 per cent.

“Fantasy sports will continue to be an important feature in the US market, especially in states where it could take a while for sports betting to be regulated,” said Jackson, who mentioned the “cross-selling” opportunities.

Jackson added that he envisages a “different market construct” in the US in terms of the balance between free-to-play games and sports betting, given the strength of the DFS market.

“Having 100,000 customers in New Jersey is a good starting point,” he said.

“Our US strategy is to go after the B2C market under the FanDuel brand. We have secured market access agreements covering 15 states and 36 per cent of the US population, including markets where regulation is expected by the end of 2019.

“It’s worth remembering that our US business is not a start-up. We have established brands, with FanDuel in sports and TVG in racing, an extensive product suite, operational expertise and we already operate in 45 states, including real-money wagering in 33.”

“Scale is essential for generating sustainable returns in the long term.”

Jackson, referencing the company’s solid base in the US, added: “The group’s strong balance sheet gives us important firepower and could prove to be a competitive advantage.”

In the trading update, Paddy Power Betfair’s profit before tax edged up by 4 per cent to £106m (€118m/$137m), but underlying earnings slipped by 1 per cent.

Additionally, Paddy Power Betfair also said that full-year earnings before deductions and interest, “pre-US sports betting”, is now expected to be between £460m and £480 – down from the previous expectation outlined in the Q1 trading update of between £470m and £495m.

This was attributed to the introduction of point-of-consumption tax and new product fees in Australia and swallowing up Fanduel’s losses “in the high single digits.”

The company added that, with the “infrastructure” already in place to expand in the US, any expenditure in relation to the market would fall under the marketing column.

Jackson added: “In Europe, product enhancements and improved cross sell rates have led to stronger gaming revenue growth over the past few months for both brands, whilst customer satisfaction with the Paddy Power sports app has stepped up.

“Recent marketing campaigns have also been successful with the Betfair brand increasingly identified as having the best odds. The World Cup was a showcase event for Paddy Power, with a series of successfully executed marketing campaigns leading to it being one of the UK’s most talked about brands in social media conversations around the tournament.”


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Criticism mount against casinos in Goa

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Casinos in Goa, India, continue to attract criticism. An organisation called Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG), which means the organisation of common men and women against gambling, has asked the government to shut down all offshore gambling companies in the state.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party government had promised that the casinos would be removed from the Mandovi,” said Sabina Martins, the convenor of the organisation opposing gambling. “[late] Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had categorically stated that within four years of his tenure, the casinos would be phased out. Instead of phasing them out, the term of the existing casinos has been extended by another six months.”

AAAAG main objection is against the new Big Daddy casino, which was added after the government’s assertion.

“Amendments and regulations are made to favour casinos,” co-convenor of AAAAG, Anand Madgaoncar said. “While the world over, regulations govern casinos on the percentage of money to be given back to players, in Goa the casinos are having a field day looting them as no such regulations are implemented. There are no accountability mechanisms to check whether those employed are free from exploitation and addiction.”


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Red Tiger slots go live with PokerStars in Italy

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Slots from Red Tiger, the award-winning casino game and software developer based in Malta, have gone live on PokerStars in Italy.

A number of slot titles will be introduced in the coming weeks beginning with hits Mystery Reels and Arcade Bomb.

The launch follows a similar country-specific deal with PokerStars in Denmark, with Sweden and Spain on the way.

Gavin Hamilton, CEO of Red Tiger, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with PokerStars, which is one of the biggest and most-admired brands in gaming.

We’re also pleased to be entering Italy for the first time, continuing our ambition to be the top supplier in every regulated market.”


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Tom Horn strengthens its position in Lithuania with Betsafe.lt

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Tom Horn Gaming, a Malta-based igaming software supplier, has announced its content is now available to players in Lithuania on Betsafe.lt, one of many brands owned by the leading Swedish online gaming company Betsson Group.

Betsafe.lt belongs among the most trusted online casinos, offering the best-in-class gaming content to players in Lithuania. The operator will gradually gain access to Tom Horn’s award-winning content, including its blockbusters such as Hot Blizzard, 243 Crystal Fruits, and Book of Spells.

Tom Horn Gaming was the first online casino supplier to enter the Lithuanian market. The partnership is in line with the supplier’s long-term strategy to further expand its footprint in the Baltic regulated markets, building on the popularity of its titles among players and trust and recognition it has earned among the operators and regulators in the region.

Ondrej LapidesCEO at Tom Horn Gaming said: ‘This is further evidence that our content is in high demand among players in Lithuania and we’re delighted to have joined forces with such an acclaimed brand like Betsafe.lt. I believe that with this latest partnership we will further grow our presence in the Baltics.’

Kaido UlejevManaging Director Baltics at Betsson Group added: ‘Tom Horn Gaming is a modern-thinking company that has built a reputation for developing beautifully designed games, that are packed full of intriguing features, complex math and mechanics that players love. The company has a well-established presence in Lithuania and we know that our casino offering, featuring Tom Horn games, is strongly positioned among players in the market.’


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