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888 Holdings Publishes its 2019 Full-year Results

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888 Forecasts Earnings Significantly Ahead of Previous Expectations
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Gambling firm 888 Holdings has published its 2019 full-year results.

Revenue was up 4% to $560.3m last year but the profit before tax fell from $108.7m to $45.3m. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 20% from $107.1m to $85.6m in 2019. The group’s cost ratio increased to 85% of revenue, compared to 80% in 2018.

888 said increased gaming duties in the UK, expansion in regulated and taxed markets and an increase in overheads due to the Betbright acquisition reduced profitability in 2019.

The company said it is “committed to expanding in the US” where it plans to strengthen its team, marketing and product during the year.

“We will continue to appraise potential partnerships that will support 888’s continued expansion and long-term prospects in the regulated US market,” the company said.

888 also said it will continue to target merger and acquisition opportunities, despite the market uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The cancellation of sporting events around the world will impact the group, however, there has been increased customer interest in its casino and poker products.

“Whilst the COVID-19 outbreak is setting back the global economy, 888 remains confident that it will be able to deliver on its plans for 2020 set out in this annual report,” the firm said.

Chief executive Itai Pazner said: “The Board is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on 888 and its customers.

“We continue to recognise that with people spending more time at home and with increased levels of stress and economic uncertainty, 888’s unwavering commitment to preventing gambling related harm is even more important than ever.

“We are proactively communicating with our customers to provide information on safer gambling and, where necessary, offer support. In addition, in recent weeks we have introduced several new alerts to our proprietary safe gambling software, the Observer, which constantly scans all customer activity and flags any potential areas of concern to our highly trained customer care team to act upon in order to prevent harm.

“Underpinned by the strength of 888’s technology, our growing customer base and our talented and committed team, the Board continues to see a number of significant and exciting growth opportunities for 888 which we are confident of progressing during 2020 and beyond.”

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Casino.org Launches “Player Assist” Service

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Casino review site Casino.org has launched its exclusive “Player Assist” service, bringing a new level of support to its players. The casino review site’s new service allows its users to issue complaints about any of its partner sites in just four simple steps.

A site which puts honest, expert advice at the forefront of everything they do, Casino.org wanted to echo this sentiment further than just choosing a casino through their site. The Player Assist service has been launched to aid them in following through with their users if anything should go wrong past the referral stage.

The feature will run completely independent of the partners on the site, so that they can offer their services 100% free of charge.

Casino.org is one of the most popular guides to online casinos and gambling. Its team of experts provides players with a wealth of information to help them guarantee safe play online and win more.

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Spain’s CONFAD Publishes Action Plan for 2020/2021

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Spain’s National Commission to Combat the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and Betting Fraud (CONFAD) has published its action plan for 2020/2021, outlining 21 directives to safeguard the integrity of Spanish sports.

Supporting CONFAD directives, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry states that the action plan will be implemented by the DGOJ and further coordinated with Spain’s National Sports Council, federal police force and Guardia Civil.

CONFAD and government counterparts will work together to improve all Spanish professional sports understanding of integrity threats and competition fraud related to betting. Initiatives include developing a training programme for athletes, coaches and further stakeholders on identifying integrity risks and criminal activities.

The action plan further aims to improve all core disciplines related to integrity monitoring and reporting of suspicious events, improving data transfer and cooperation frameworks between sports clubs, betting operators, government departments and police agencies.

As a final objective, CONFAD and its government counterparts will work to ensure that Spain’s legal framework is “accurately adjusted” to help prosecute sports integrity criminal cases.

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BetConstruct Adds Hi-Lo to its Live Casino Portfolio

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BetConstruct has enhanced its live casino offering by launching Hi-Lo game. Hi-Lo is an adaptation of The Higher Lower, which was once a viral web game.

 Hi-Lo is a live game which suggests players predict whether the next card dealt by a dealer is of a higher, lower or equal value to the one lying face-up on the table. Apart from a single prediction, Hi-Lo allows for a number of side bets which liven up the game and add up revenue figures.

Hi-Lo is perhaps the most straightforward game within BetConstruct’s portfolio. However, the simplicity of the rules in no way diminishes the game’s appeal to players or decreases the profitability for operators.

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