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Kambi Group plc partners with Racing and Wagering Western Australia

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The world’s trusted sports betting partner expands global reach with leading Australian operator

Kambi Group plc, the leading global sports betting supplier, has signed a long-term agreement to become the sports betting partner of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA).

The partnership will see RWWA leverage Kambi’s technology to upgrade its current sportsbook offering across its retail outlets and established online brand TABtouch.

The Kambi sportsbook will complement RWWA’s existing racing wagering product, and RWWA will take full advantage of Kambi’s deep sports betting offer, powerful bonusing toolbox and extensive differentiation capabilities across front-end and odds to deliver players a best-in-class experience.

Established in 2003, RWWA is the state-run, self-funded racing authority for Western Australia, responsible for the operations of the state’s Totalisator Agency Board (TAB). Sales channels include a network of more than 320 retail agencies and TABtouch, which encompasses the online, mobile and call centre operations. RWWA distributes the profits gained through its wagering business to support the growth and competitiveness of the state’s racing industry.

Kristian Nylén, CEO, Kambi, said: “This is an important strategic partnership for Kambi. RWWA has achieved excellent recent growth, and we are very pleased that they view Kambi’s high-performance sports betting technology as central in pushing that to the next level.

“The agreement underlines Kambi’s ability to configure our technology to meet the needs of any operator and regulated market, and we are excited to play a crucial role in driving RWWA’s online and retail success.”

Ian Edwards, CEO, RWWA, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Kambi to build on our reach across our online and retail sectors.

“Kambi’s track record as a springboard for growth is evident, and their flexibility and power under the hood marked them out as an ideal partner.

“As the organisation which funds the State’s racing industry, RWWA is focused on maximising its profits through the Western Australian TAB in the long-term interests of the industry, and we believe this partnership will help drive greater results.”

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Crown Resorts Director John Poynton Resigns from Board

Niji Narayan

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Crown Resorts has said that director John Poynton had quit the board over accusations he was too close to top shareholder James Packer, as another regulator said it was probing the troubled casino operator.

Poynton’s departure is the latest in a string of executive exits at the casino operator that is one-third owned by billionaire Packer, after an inquiry accused it of money laundering and governance issues.

The representative of Packer’s private company had been on Crown’s board since 2018. After a regulator rebuked Packer’s control over the board, Poynton said last month he was ending his arrangement with Packer and would stay as an independent director.

But on Monday Crown Executive Chair Helen Coonan said the regulator, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), considered it appropriate that Poynton step down “due to a perceived lack of independence arising out of his past relationship” with Packer.

Poynton agreed to resign “despite no adverse findings by the commissioner in the ILGA inquiry in relation to his suitability, integrity or performance”, Coonan said.

Three Australian states have either held or said they would hold inquiries into Crown since Australian media reports accused the company of doing business with tour operators with ties to organised crime.

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Sportradar Signs Data and Audio-visual Partnership with NBL1

Niji Narayan

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Sportradar has signed a long-term data and audio-visual partnership with Australia’s professional semi-elite basketball league, NBL1.

The new deal covers all national NBL1 Conferences for both men’s and women’s competitions, as well as the Victorian-based State Championship.

Sportradar has secured the official data and audio-visual rights to over 1500 Australian basketball games annually, which the company will supply to its downstream partners alongside other basketball properties in its portfolio such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) whom it has worked with since 2016.

David Edwards, Sportradar Director of Sports Media and Partnerships, Oceania, said: “We’re very pleased to secure a long-term official data and audio-visual rights agreement with one of the most exciting semi-professional sporting leagues in the region. The NBL1 competition is a stepping stone to the NBL, one of the world’s top professional basketball leagues, and it is important that they have a flexible, state of the art technology platform to help showcase that talent and engage new fans.”

NBL1 Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner said: “Sportradar’s technology and data-driven approach is especially effective and relevant in today’s sporting environment. Their knowledge of Australian sports and fans, together with their technology-focused approach and global track record in sports content was instrumental in our decision to announce Sportradar as our Official Data Partner to the NBL1 Competitions.”

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National Party Opposes Proposal for Prepaid Gambling Cards in NSW

Niji Narayan

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The National Party has opposed the proposal for prepaid gambling cards in New South Wales.

The idea of pre-paid cards was introduced late last year by Victor Dominello as a way to help people manage their gambling. Players would be required to register to obtain a government-regulated card, which would then allow them to preload money and use it for gaming purposes in various venues.

The discussion of the proposal gained new traction after Patricia Bergin, in her report into Crown Resorts, stated the cards would be a good system to combat money-laundering.

MP Andrew Wilkie, an advocate for gambling reform, supports the card because it can “significantly reduce money-laundering and provide opportunities for reducing the prevalence of gambling addiction.”

He is also quoted as saying it is important NSW is leading this discussion because the “state is home to about half the country’s poker machines, as well as the poker machine industry’s most strident advocates.”

“The community now understands much more clearly the harm caused by poker machines. Moreover, revelations like the Bergin Crown inquiry have alerted people to the importance of gambling for money-laundering,” Wilkie said.

However, the Nationals party remains sceptical and its leader John Barilaro argues this is “not the time to strangle pubs and clubs with red tape.”

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