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Sportech Announces Key Changes to its Bump 50:50 Team

Niji Narayan



Sportech Announces Key Changes to its Bump 50:50 Team
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Sportech PLC has announced key changes to its Bump 50:50 team. The changes include the promotion of Dave Kurland to the position of President.

Bump 50:50 is a leading provider of digital fundraising raffle solutions to philanthropic organisations with clients across the US and Canada, many affiliated with professional sports franchises.

Dave Kurland joined Bump in 2011 as its first Director of Business Development. Dave’s deep roots in professional sports, philanthropy and fundraising raffles greatly informed the design and execution of Bump’s successful growth strategy, helping the company grow from just one client in 2011 to over 120 today.

The Company also announced the elevation of key commercial team members to senior roles to align with Bump’s growth and online raffle expansion strategy.

Dennis Sampier has been named Vice President, Bump Nonprofit Division to spearhead the continued growth of Bump’s non-sports related charity clients. Dennis has been with Bump since 2015.

Jeff Schultz has been named Vice President, Bump Sports Division. In this role, Jeff will maintain the company’s focus on delivering innovative platforms and unmatched services for in-stadia and web-based 50/50 raffles that have produced record-setting jackpots for clients. He joined Bump in 2015.

The changes to Bump’s commercial team complement enhancements made on the technology side with the 2019 appointment of Bump CTO Matt Annis. Matt is one of the original architects of the GLI-31 Electronic Raffle Systems Technical Standard.

“We are delighted to strengthen our Bump 50:50 team with an unmatched group of specialists who, combined, bring decades of direct experience in the sports, raffle and nonprofit fundraising sector. This team have been pivotal to the growth of Bump. Their dedication to client service and product innovation aligned with the highest level of integrity continues to deliver impressive results and stronger relationships,” Richard McGuire, CEO of Sportech, said.

“Sportech continues to invest in Bump’s talent, technology and infrastructure and as a result the division is recording unparalleled client growth, particularly online and with nonprofit organizations. I can think of no stronger professional than Dave Kurland to lead the division and of no greater commercial and technical team of dedicated professionals to propel Bump 50:50 forward,” Richard McGuire added.

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Codere SA Launches New Italian Gaming Machines Distribution Unit “Codwin”

Niji Narayan



Codere SA Launches New Italian Gaming Machines Distribution Unit “Codwin”
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Spanish gaming company Codere SA has created a new Italian gaming machines distribution unit “Codwin” by merging its subsidiaries FG Slot and Gap Games Italia.

Codere is the majority shareholder in the two existing businesses and won approval from investors to merge the units at a shareholder meeting in April.

Andrea Rigodanzo, former MD of FG Slot, will head up the new company, which Codere hopes will offer savings on operational costs.

Rigodanzo said: “It is an extremely difficult time for the legal gaming sector, in particular for operators of gaming machines. As a result, we have decided to join forces to face the challenges the market is presenting to us. The Covid-19 pandemic arrived in an already difficult context of increased taxation and regulations that put a strain on the sector…

“With Codwin we intend to offer a model of management integration and efficiency that will also represent an incubator for other companies that want to continue operating according to the usual standards of reliability and legality and who have a long-term project to share with us. We are able to support companies that are currently experiencing difficulties and to implement a shared strategy that allows them to face the future with optimism and competence.”

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Four casino innovations that failed to hit the jackpot

George Miller



Four casino innovations that failed to hit the jackpot
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More than ever, casino players are spoilt for choice when it comes to the amount of games available to play, whether it be online or at a land-based casino.

Multiple versions and variations of blackjack, roulette, video poker, and poker exist, while there are literally hundreds of slot games.

However, attempts to broaden casino horizons have not always gone to plan. History is filled with many games, and twists on existing games, that fell wide of the mark.

Here we look at four innovations that had ambitions of becoming the next big thing but ultimately failed to hit the jackpot.

Webcam Poker

In theory, webcam poker should have been a roaring success. Online poker had become a behemoth of a game, attracting casual and professional players alike.

It’s one major difference compared to live table poker is that players hidden behind screens have been unable to pick up on the physical tells and bluffs of their opponents, thus helping to forge a strategy based on the actions of fellow players.

In 2011, 888 Poker thought they had solved that problem with the launch of Pokercam tables. Players would compete at an online table and make themselves visible through a webcam while being able to see their opponents at the same time.

In practice, though, most players decided against using their webcams in order not to give anything away. A typical webcam poker game might see one or two players turn on their webcams while the other six or seven players refused to.

After failing to take off, 888 Poker removed webcam poker from their services a few years later, citing “technical difficulties”.

Duplicate Poker

The charm of poker is that it combines skill with luck. While players have no control over the cards they are dealt, they can dictate what they do with those cards. The players who are best at bending the luck in their favour are of course professional multimillionaires!

When Duplicate Poker came along in the 1990s, its aim was to all but eliminate the luck factor of poker.

The game sees players situated on two or more tables with an equal number of players at each. All tables are then dealt the same cards in the same sequence, so Player A on the first table will get the same cards as Player A on the second table.

The primary aim of the game is to then be more successful than the player on the other tables with the same cards. Whomever plays the best hand, wins.

The big problem with Duplicate Poker is that is relies almost entirely on decision-making and removes the luck factor altogether. It also ran into trouble as a table game in casinos due to the fact that multiple tables needed to be dedicated to the same game. attempted to break into the online casino market, but struggled to capture the audience there, too, and in October 2008 it closed down, blaming the global financial crisis.

Live Dealer Slots

The introduction of live dealer games has, by and large, been a major success for online gaming companies. Players can now play at virtual roulette, poker, and blackjack tables with a live dealer, helping to replicate the experience of being at a land-based casino.

Many live dealer games also allow players to interact with fellow players and the dealers through a chat service, bringing more interaction to the game.

However, while live dealers are a necessity for games where dealers are actually required to deal cards and spin the wheel, a foray into live dealer slot games fell flat.

The only discernable difference between regular betting slots and live dealer slots was that the latter featured wheels instead of traditional reels. Beyond that, players were paying more for a dealer to spin the wheel and offer the occasional chat conversation.

Unsurprisingly, live dealer slot games never caught on.

Virtual Reality Gambling

Virtual Reality headsets have been readily available for the past six or seven years and first tried to crack the online gambling sector around 2015.

The VR features from SlotMillions, who designed an entire VR gambling experience, were no doubt impressive. Housed inside a virtual skyscraper, players had access to a full casino, slot games, a lounge, bar, and could even venture up to the 80th floor and enjoy the view.

Two years later, in 2017, NetEnt joined the VR movement by launching re-releases of popular slots games that allowed players a first-person view when wearing a headset.

While VR has long been tipped as a key technology for the future of casino gaming, it has so far failed to truly go mainstream.

The rise of mobile gaming is down to the fact people can play anywhere and everywhere. No one is interested in strapping on a headset to play a quick game of blackjack while taking the bus to work.

While it might be jumping the gun to call VR gambling an outright failure, it has so far fallen short of disruptive expectations it was expected to have.

Here you have 4 casino innovations that didn’t really make the cut. If you want to make sure you won’t fail when gambling on any online casino check out the best betting tips for beginners here:

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MGA | Notice by Sanctions Monitoring Board – Invitation to Subscribe to Notification Service

George Miller



MGA | Notice by Sanctions Monitoring Board - Invitation to Subscribe to Notification Service
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The Sanctions Monitoring Board (SMB) within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, would like to invite you to subscribe to its notification service. As the competent National authority on sanctions, the SMB issues regular notifications in relation to updates of National, EU or UN sanctions in addition to information pertaining to upcoming events or guidance issued by the Board itself.

The role of the Sanctions Monitoring Board is to ensure the effective implementation of UN, EU and national sanctions with the assistance of other government authorities, supervisory bodies, FIs and DNFBPs. The SMB is the national competent authority in Malta for sanctions implementation is the Sanctions Monitoring Board which is set up under the National Interest (Enabling Powers) Act. For more information on the Sanctions Monitoring Board please visit here.

To subscribe to this service please kindly send an email to [email protected].

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