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Exclusive interview with Tal Zamstein, Group Head of Gaming at Fortuna Group

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My next interviewee is a well know expert in the gambling industry. Tal Zamstein (Group Head of Gaming at Fortuna Group) is going to be among the speakers at the second edition of Prague Gaming Summit (more details here) and I want to thank him for taking his time and doing this interview.

I would also like to thank you for following my interview series and for sharing these information with your colleagues and partners. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming interview, please send me an e-mail to reka.szalo@europeangaming.eu and I will happily get back to you!

Mr. Tal, thank you for accepting this interview. I have read in your biography that as a manager team-work, leading your team to achieve great results is very important for you. Will you please shortly speak about you and your career?

Tal: I grew up from the very basic level in this industry, started as a CS agent while studying. This gives me until today the ability to understand the CS agent behind the Phone/Chat/Mail and his/her challenges. As I moved to managed projects I did not forget the focus on the customers, always having in the back of my mind, the experience with faults and errors I had to deal with as a CS agent.

Later moving to manage people was easier. They knew and felt I was coming from the lower level and I always paid attention to the fact I should be part of the team, accept other opinions while giving direction. It is a key for a success to give the people a space for their own creativity while creating the boundaries.

As I moved to roles which required me to manage people in multiple locations the challenge became bigger, and there is no way to convince someone to behave in a certain way while you are absent if the other party does not understand what is the main goal and is not part of the whole journey there. People engagement is a key and we cannot achieve it with orders but with a team set of mind.

The Fortuna Entertainment Group is the largest European betting operator. It operates in several European countries. Please speak about the services, products this company offers.

Tal: Fortuna Entertainment Group is the biggest Central and Eastern Europe operator. In the UK and Germany we can still find bigger operators. We concentrate on our 5 territories and building ourselves as a one stop shop, in terms of betting and gaming in those countries.

Currently we offer Sportsbook and Virtual Games retail and online in Poland and Slovakia, the regulator is restricting gaming at this point. In Czech Republic we launched online gaming a year ago (Technical Games and Live Games licenses) and of course Sportsbook online and retail.

In Romania we are operating currently with 2 brands (Fortuna and Casa Pariurilor) and we have a full gaming, instant games, Sportsbook offer in both retail and online.

In Croatia we own the PSK operation, similar to Romania where we have a very comprehensive retail and online Casino, Lotto, Sportsbook offer in this market.

The company you represent is a leader in setting trends in the betting sector. How could it reach to this level? What is the key of success and which are the values the company considers vital in order to achieve its goals?

Tal: We are leading the market because of a work which was done well in the past. The Fortuna brand was built very strongly, especially with the retail presence in the main three territories (Poland, Czech Rep, and Slovakia) and later with a big first acquisition in Romania.

The Group is always putting in mind to be first out with a new product once allowed in the territory and push forward with innovation within the operations. The leading management of the Group changed the emphasis into online and Mobile offers a while ago, showing the trends to the territories.

With the last acquisition of Hattrick Group (Casa Pariurilor in Romania and PSK in Croatia) the Group extended its arms in the region and took another step to get this vision into those two brands.

You have a vast experience in the gambling industry. Please tell our readers your opinion about the Czech market regulations and the present situation of this market.

Tal: The Czech Market is a very non-mature gaming regulated market. It is not unique for this territory to restrict a lot in the very beginning, we can remind ourselves about Slots not being allowed in Italy and Spain i.e. For now, there are many restrictions regarding products (Live Dealer offer is restricted), amounts are very tight (max bet and max win) and the government took it very slowly to protect the customers.

I assume that like the other territories did in the past, the Czech regulator will understand that the operators are not the bad guys and there is a space to offer everything in a proper way. This will take time, too.

The Market has a space for more operators and I think that we will see more brands go live this year. It is a process of several years and I think we will have the Czech market structured like the mature regulated markets as Italy, Spain, and UK etc.

Finally I would like to ask you to share with us the future plans of the company and your expectations regarding the future of the Fortuna Entertainment Group.

Tal: We do expect a lot from the Group, as you know, our major shares holder is currently buying back all the Fortuna stocks. The plan is to finish the migration of the new brands, put everything on one advanced platform with the most innovative technology and continue to expand territory wisely.

There are still regulated countries in this region we are not operating in and I assume it will be changed at some point.

To meet Tal in person, make sure you register and attend Prague Gaming Summit 2018, held on the 29th of March at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague.

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European Gaming Congress Ljubljana announces Luka Popovic as latest speaker in the Balkans oriented panel discussion

Zoltan Tundik

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European Gaming Congress (EGC) is slowly becoming a must-go-to event in the calendar by attracting lots of attention from operators that are eager to hear more about the compliance updates in Europe from the experts that are going to be present at the conference.

The conference will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and is a must attend event for European operators who are active in regulated and non-regulated markets.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

European Gaming Congress is specially designed to bring together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers in order to discuss burning issues some of the markets are facing when working with compliance updates and licensing. The event also offers networking sessions which will help attending delegates to meet and greet some of well known faces of the gambling industry in Europe. The agenda will give the opportunity for attending delegates to dive into regulatory updates from Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Greece and many more jurisdictions. We look forward to seeing you in Ljubljana with a full day of quality content and networking.

Given the location of the conference, the panel discussion includes regulatory updates from the Balkans region, with special emphasis on Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Luka Popovic (partner in the leading regional law firm BDK Advokati) is going to join the “Highlighting the Balkans and Southeast Europe” panel discussion along with Zoran Puhač (European Organization for Gaming Law -EOGL), Tatjana Scepanovic (Montenegro Bet) and Zlatan Omerspahic (NSoft)

The panel discussion will be moderated by Donata Szabo (GamblingCompliance)

About Luka Popovic

Luka is a partner in the leading regional law firm BDK Advokati (with offices in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina). He is a member of the Montenegrin Bar Association and was on the list of arbitrators of the Arbitration Board for the Resolution of Consumer Disputes at the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro.

Luka has been managing BDK Advokati’s Montenegrin operations since 2013. He is involved in all aspects of the firm’s Montenegrin work, and maintains special industry focus on gaming and hospitality. Luka is the head of the firm’s gaming practice.

IFLR1000 recognizes Luka as a highly regarded lawyer, Legal 500 regards him as a leading individual in the legal market, and Chambers & Partners ranks him as a top-tier lawyer in Montenegro.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit of the great lineup of speakers and meet Luka to hear about how you gambling operation can evolve with the new advertisement banning criteries.

Full details about the event can be found on the official website of the event: https://europeangamingcongress.com/

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CEEGC 2018 Budapest – Less than a week until kick off, see who is attending and why you should not miss it

Zoltan Tundik

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There are only 6 days left until the third edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC) and Awards (CEEG Awards) opens its doors and gives access for the industry to benefit of this unique opportunity in the CEE region for learning and networking.

CEEGC is the leading conference that is shaping the industry in the CEE region by influencing the emerging market trends.

Rafal Nowak – iGaming Sales Director at Mobiyo stated about last year’s event:

A week after the Budapest Gaming CEE conferences, I’m still discussing the topics brought up there with fellow delegates. Thank you Zoltan Tundik for organizing an informative an well shaped event on this, often underestimated iGaming territory and good luck with the next one!

Kostandina – Nina Zafirovska – CEO at BtoBet also stated last year’s event:

CEEGC in Budapest was the event that brings together experts in the industry together with Central and Eastern European regulators to exchange thoughts and knowledge for development of iGaming in the region. Great experience with wonderful people.

The 2018 event is going to take place on the 25th of September at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest and we are adding 10 more seats to the event because of the high interest shown by industry shareholders to attend the event.

REGISTER HERE, to benefit of an exclusive media partner discount of 15% for your ticket(s). Make sure you use the “CEEGC2018” promo code when registering.

The agenda of the event will feature interesting panel discussions that are focusing on both operators and service providers and among the registered delegates you will find the representatives of NetEnt, Play’n Go, SBTech, BetConstruct, BtoBet, Altenar, Iforium, Superbet, Amusenet, Curacao eGaming, Data Bet, All-in Translations, GLI Europe, Greentube, HiPay, Mobiyo, Orange Pay, Pocket Games Soft, Podium North, RISQ, Sporting Solutions, Endorphina, GamblingCompliance, Fortunaweb, Tom Horn Gaming, Global Legal Group, Payvision, Bethereum, Trustly, Digitain, ARQ Risk & Compliance, Bitpay, Acapture, BetterBetting, Bird&Bird, Danish Online Gambling Association, EGT Interactive, Harris Hagan, Rombet, Playtech, Scout Gaming Group, Tonucci & Partners, EOGL, UltraPlay, WH Partners, NNDKP, Sorainen, MuchBetter, Gaming 5.0 and much more.

The event includes 6 informative panel discussions that focus on emerging markets such as Belarus, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and a special IMGL MasterClass about the state of the U.S. market.

You can view the full agenda of CEEGC 2018 on the following link

REGISTER HERE, to benefit of an exclusive media partner discount of 15% for your ticket(s). Make sure you use the “CEEGC2018” promo code when registering.

For more details about the event, visit www.ceegc.eu

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Chris Elliott (Wiggin) to speak about advertisement banning in the UK at EGC 2018 Ljubljana

Zoltan Tundik

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Ljubljana – 17 September 2018 – There is one month until the inaugural European Gaming Congress opens its doors in Ljubljana and we are honored to invite you to join us and the leading operators of the industry at this unique event.

The conference will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and is a must attend event for European operation who are active in regulated and non-regulated markets.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

European Gaming Congress is specially designed to bring together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers in order to discuss burning issues some of the markets are facing when working with compliance updates and licensing. The event also offers networking sessions which will help attending delegates to meet and greet some of well known faces of the gambling industry in Europe. The agenda will give the opportunity for attending delegates to dive into regulatory updates from Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Greece and many more jurisdictions. We look forward to seeing you in Ljubljana with a full day of quality content and networking.

Given the location of the conference, the panel discussion includes regulatory updates from the Balkans region, with special emphasis on Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As announced earlier, European Gaming Congress will feature a special IMGL MasterClass™ which is titled “Advertising for gambling – a new minefield for operators”.

The latest announced expert will join the above mentioned panel and will share the insights about the latest trends in the UK that shape the way operators are allowed to advertise their brands.

About Chris Elliot (Wiggin)

Chris is a commercial and regulatory lawyer, concentrating on providing UK regulatory and compliance advice to various stakeholders in the online gambling and gaming industries.

Chris acts for some of the industry’s leading operators and suppliers, as well as smaller start-up companies, advising on the regulation and marketing of betting and gaming products.

Chris also regularly advises businesses looking to expand into new markets, and has particular expertise in helping businesses understand the legal and regulatory implications associated with operating in regulated and unregulated markets.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit of the great lineup of speakers and meet Chris to hear about how you gambling operation can evolve with the new advertisement banning criteries.

Full details about the event can be found on the official website of the event: https://europeangamingcongress.com/

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