Tabcorp’s former General Counsel of Wagering & Media Daniel Lovecek and one of Australia’s most highly regarded and experienced wagering experts, has announced today he is joining former colleague Julian Hoskins at specialist gambling advisory firm, Senet.
Dan and Julian are no strangers to each other having worked closely together at Tabcorp for almost 10 years, grappling with some of the industry’s most complex wagering and media issues. Directing and leading complex commercial and regulatory work for the largest wagering operator in the country, the combination of their knowledge and experience is unrivalled in Australia.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Senet at such an exciting time in its growth. It has been clear from the start that Senet’s plans have been developed with a paramount focus on client service and it has cemented itself in the industry and built a highly trusted brand. Senet has brought a fresh advisory proposition to the gambling industry, and I am so excited to be part of this especially at a time of growing activity in the sector”, said Dan.
“I’ve known Dan for many years, and he is highly regarded by the industry. Dan has a critical understanding of the complex issues wagering operators, regulators, race and sports controlling bodies and other industry participants face and joining the firm further strengthens and deepens our unique level of industry knowledge and expertise. We have developed a genuinely better advisory offering than the industry has seen before and we are confident that the outcomes and value we deliver for our clients is hard to match”, said Principal Julian Hoskins.
The latest high-profile executive to join Senet’s powerhouse team, Mr Lovecek is set to enhance Senet’s senior team at a time of tremendous growth and activity in the sector in Australia.
Star Acting Chief Executive Hogg Resigns
Geoff Hogg has tendered his resignation as Acting CEO of The Star Entertainment Group.
The operator’s board has accepted his resignation, which includes all Hogg’s other positions at The Star. A final departure date is yet to be determined, while he will work with the board to transition his executive responsibilities in an orderly manner.
Ben Heap has been appointed to the role of Executive Chairman on an interim basis, effective immediately and until the commencement of Robbie Cooke as the incoming Managing Director and CEO.
Cooke, currently serving as Managing Director of Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale (EFTPOS) machine provider Tyro Payments, was named as the new CEO of The Star in June, but a start date has yet to be finalised.
ACMA Blocks More Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites
The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling websites.
The sites include Spin Oasis, Fab Spins, RB Carnival, The GoGo Room, Velvet Spin, Zenith Slots, Slots of Wins, Latinbet24, Hell Spin, Sky Crown, Blue Leo, Wolf Winner, Bizzo Casino, Wabo88 and Ozbet88.
The ACMA investigated and found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 614 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.
Over 180 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.
IAGR ANNOUNCES DIGITAL TICKET TO UPCOMING CONFERENCE
IAGR looks forward to welcoming around 200 international gambling regulators, industry stakeholders and thought leaders to Melbourne for its conference, A Kickstart for collaboration: Sparking innovation in regulatory practice, from 17 – 20 October.
To extend the reach of the content to regulators who can’t make it to Australia, IAGR has created a ticket to access the recordings from the conference.
IAGR2022’s digital ticket provides one year’s access to the recordings. IAGR President, Dr Jason Lane, says that this way, attendees can watch the content in their time zone as many times as they like.
“For last year’s conference, we had little choice but to create a digital ticket, given so many of us were unable to travel,” says Dr Lane.
“This year, while we’re thrilled to see in-person ticket sales return to pre-pandemic numbers, we still want to offer the opportunity for as many regulators as possible to access the fantastic sessions we have lined up for Melbourne.
This year’s conference features around 40 speakers and panelists, including:
- Andrew Rhodes, CEO, Gambling Commission United Kingdom
- Professor Sally Gainsbury, Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
- Michael Morton, Senior Policy Counsel, Nevada Gaming Control Board
- Fran Thorn, Chair, Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission
- Are Bashir, Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority
“Your ticket to IAGR2022, whether you watch the recorded sessions or attend in the flesh, allows you to step back and hear from expert speakers and panel discussions on the latest research, trends, and innovative solutions.”
Head to the IAGR conference page to explore the conference program and secure a ticket.
IAGR is proud to hold this year’s conference in partnership with hosts, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission.
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