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Fulham FC returns to Premier League and unveils Dafabet deal

Zoltan Tundik

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Fulham FC is getting ready to return to the Premiership and has now confirmed a deal with Dafabet as its new main team partner. This is a two-year record shirt sponsorship deal for the club and the new partnerships coincides with the launch of the club’s new 18/19 Adidas home and away kits. The shirts will contain the Dafabet logo displayed on the front of the playing which will worn by the First Team for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign. The deal extends to the Fulham FC Women’s team as well.

The Home Kit will be worn for the first time this Saturday (14 July) when Slaviša Jokanović’s side plays Reading in a pre-season friendly at Aldershot Town.

Besides the presence on the front of playing shirts from 2018/19, Dafabet branding will also be visible around Craven Cottage on matchdays and across the Club’s social media and digital channels. This is a huge opportunity for Dafabet to reach the Club’s domestic and international fan base.

Dimitris Karatzas, Chief Executive Officer at Dafabet, commented: “We are delighted to continue our long-lasting presence in the Premier League by partnering with a club full of heritage and tradition.  While the relationship is in the early stages, our initial discussions with the club’s officials have given me every confidence that we share the same passion for football, we’re looking forward to a fruitful and successful partnership.”

John Cruces, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Dafabet, added: “We’re very proud to announce our partnership with Fulham Football Club who are steeped in tradition being London’s oldest club. Being one of the most recognised Asian brands it was very important to us to continue to be seen in the most watched league in club football, especially seeing more new gaming brands entering football of late.  We’ll be bringing the highest level of experience to the partnership and will engage with both the club and fans, working towards common goals. It goes without saying we look forward to forming a successful relationship, roll on the new season.”

Fulham Football Club earned a place in the Premier League, after an absence of four years, by defeating Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley last May. Pre-season preparations are firmly underway as the team gets ready for the 2018/19 Premier League opener at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday 11 August.

Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of Fulham FC reacted to the new partnership: “I am delighted that the Club has been able to benefit from the team’s tremendous success of last season’s promotion to the Premier League by securing a record shirt sponsorship deal. We look forward to enjoying our return to the top flight with Dafabet and working with them to continue to grow the Club’s brand globally.”

Source: sbcnews.co.uk

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STS to focus on further development in Poland

Niji Ng

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STS, the premier bookmaker group in Poland, is focusing on further business development in Poland, in spite of the several proposed challenges. STS has categorically ruled out any plans for listing on the stock exchange.

STS currently holds 49 per cent of Poland’s bookmaker’s market in Poland.

“We want to focus on business development in Poland. After the statutory changes, the market is growing all the time. We realise that we will not reach 70 per cent market share, there is an influx of new companies, competition is increasing and the challenge may be to maintain such a high market share. I would be happy if we had 43–45 per cent in five years.” – CEO Mateusz Juroszek told PAP Business.

The President pointed out, quoting the estimates of the “Graj Legalnie”(Play Legally – ed.) Association, that the turnover value of legal bookmaking activities in 2018 should generate about PLN 5 billion. Thus, STS – according to estimates – should make a turnover at the level of approx. PLN 2.5 billion in 2018. In 2017, the STS turnover reached PLN 1.6 billion.

“Analyzing the Italian market, it can be seen that the average Italian spends on one bet five times more than the Pole. The Polish bookmaking market is much younger, Polish society is getting rich, and it has more and more money for betting. Currently, the average amount per bet is PLN 25, and recently it was PLN 19. This should allow us to grow and increase revenues – said president Juroszek – as STS we want to grow faster than the industry in Poland, above all at the expense of illegal competition, which has about 40 per cent of the market” – he added.

The President of STS informed in April that the company has no plans to enter the Warsaw Stock Exchange, which had been mentioned earlier. He also pointed out that the company could make its debut on the London or Stockholm stock exchanges in the future.

 “A few years ago, we said that we would like to go public. Then the company, the stock exchange and the market were in a different situation. We do not need capital, we do not intend to sell the company. Therefore, the stock market debut today is not an interesting topic for us and we do not have any discussions in this matter” – said Mateusz Juroszek.

 

Source: E-PLAYOnline

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Arkansas court ruling paves way for casinos

Niji Ng

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an amendment, which will pave the way for setting up licensed casinos in the state. Specifically, the court upheld Issue 4, the amendment for allowing four casino licenses in the state.

Nate Steel, counsel for Driving Arkansas Forward that lobbies for casino licenses, said that the Supreme Court ruling clears the path for Arkansas voters to add almost US$6 million to the state’s economy and create 6,000 new jobs.

 “We are grateful the Supreme Court upheld the Attorney General’s certification that Issue 4 is clear and understandable to voters. We are confident Arkansas will vote to keep casino entertainment dollars in our state when they cast their ballots on Nov. 6,” said Steel.

The legal challenges were filed in September against the ballot and Chief Justice Dan Kemp, who was in charge of the challenges and later recused from the cases. The lawsuits were trying to get the proposal disqualified from the ballot, even after a major lobbying campaign that managed to get the question on the November election.

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GambleAware promises funding to software that blocks gambling websites and apps

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GambleAware, a leading charity working to promote responsible gambling, has promised funds to a software called Gamban, that will block gambling websites and apps.

The charity said the funding is as part of its treatment offering to people suffering with problem gambling.

Gamban software will acts as a firewall in the access to both licensed and illegal gambling sites. This way, users can easily exclude themselves from betting and gaming online or via apps.

GambleAware said it will provide funding to the software so that it can continue to be available for free to use and encourage more people to use it.

Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware said: “Blocking software can be an effective tool to help those at-risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days.

“This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation. This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services.”

The move comes ahead of this year’s Responsible Gambling Week, which will run from November 1–7. Aspers, Mecca, William Hill and Cashino are among the top brands to have pledged their support to the initiative.

GambleAware has also urged parents and families to teach young people about the risks associated gambling.

 

Source: iGamingBusiness

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