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Aramco Team Series in Hong Kong: Elevating Women’s Golf to New Heights

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Later this year, the Aramco Team Series will be held in Hong Kong, marking a significant event for golf fans. In its third season, the series will showcase some of the world’s top golfers. This season is especially notable as it marks the comeback of women’s professional golf to the region for the first time since 2019. The 22Bet sport review offers insights into the live broadcast, live betting options, and Asian handicap bets for this event. With the leading sportsbooks from Saudi Arabia and the Middle East offering competitive odds for this event, it emphasizes the growing prominence of women’s sports in the region. 

 

What Is The Aramco Team Series?

The Aramco Team Series is in its third year, and the event in Hong Kong will see 28 teams compete for one of the top prizes on the women’s calendar. Each team comprises three professional players, with one amateur star in each squad. The team event is played alongside the individual competition, with the prize fund for the team event standing at $1 million.

The prize pot has already set records on the Ladies European Tour, as it boasts one of the biggest-ever purses for an event held in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the event’s significance is heightened by the fact that important Women’s World Golf Ranking Points will be on the line, meaning that players can add to their tallies in the race to Costa de Sol and the final event on the calendar later this year.

The History Of The Aramco Team Series

The Aramco Team Series has been an excellent addition to the women’s tour schedule, and it has attracted some of the best payers in the world to take part. The first event was staged back in 2020, with Saudi Arabia playing host to a standalone competition. There was a shock winner of the inaugural event, with Danish star Emily Kristine Pedersen landing victory by two shots from Luna Sobron Galmes, Anne van Dam, and Stephanie Kyriacou.

However, the talent of the players involved has increased yearly, with more events being staged as part of the series. In 2021, competitions were staged across three continents, with Marianne Skarpnord winning in London, Charley Hull landing victory in New York, and Pia Banik landing an important victory in Saudi Arabia.

One of the most successful players in the event in recent years has been American superstar Nelly Korda. She finished second in the New York event in 2021 before she landed a maiden victory in Spain in 2022. The American was one of five winners in last year’s edition of the Aramco Team Series, which only highlights the increased interest in the series on the world calendar.

The 2023 Aramco Team Series

Once again, there are five events on the Aramco Team Series for 2023, with the event in Hong Kong making up the penultimate leg of action. The first event was staged in Singapore at the end of March, with Pauline Roussin landing a dominant four-shot victory over Danielle Kang. Carlota Ciganda won in the second event, as the Spaniard beat Klara Spilkova by one shot in Florida. The most recent event on the calendar was staged in mid-July, as the impressive Nelly Korda landed a dominant four-shot victory over Charley Hull.

That victory saw the American land a second win at the competition, and she will once again be among the leading contenders for the first-ever event in Hong Kong at the start of October. The 2023 season will close at the beginning of November, with the final event of the season taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Conclusion

The penultimate event on the calendar later this year promises to be among the most significant events on the Women’s golf calendar for many years. Hong Kong has seen the significance that hosting major tournaments in football has done to countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and the nation will be looking to build the same success with the event on the Ladies European Tour.

It is an event that could help inspire future stars to embark on a career in the sport and holds extra importance within the nation as the first professional women’s event to be staged in the country since 2019. It will be a huge event in the nation, and there are few better locations to host such a historic event than the iconic Old Course at Hong Kong Golf Course.

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Gaming Innovation Group – Mandatory notification of trade

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Mikael Riese Harstad, Chairman of the Board and primary insider of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.

(GiG), has today transferred 864,403 shares in GiG to a life insurance policy with SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC with himself as the sole policy holder.

In addition, Helena Riese Harstad, a close associate of Mikael Riese Harstad, has today transferred 477,733 shares in GiG to a life insurance policy with SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC with herself as the sole policy holder.

After these transactions, Harstad and close associates owns no shares directly, but hold 1,342,136 shares through life insurance policies with SEB Life International Assurance Company DAC.

For further information, contact:
Tore Formo, Group CFO, [email protected] +47 916 68 678

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

 

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Clarion Gaming and ExCeL London plan for the migration of iGB L!VE 2025 to the heart of igaming

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Clarion Gaming is advancing preparations for the migration of iGB L!VE to London in July 2025 establishing a roadmap of activities in partnership with the senior team at ExCeL London which will host the leading global event.

The latest meeting between the two organisations featured:

  • iGB L!VE Portfolio Director Naomi Barton,
  • Clarion Gaming Managing Director Stuart Hunter,
  • Head of Operations Richard Logan and
  • Head of Marketing Jody Frost with the senior team from ExCeL led by the venue’s
  • Chief Commercial Officer Simon Mills.

Expanding on the meeting Naomi Barton said: “This was the second senior level planning meeting that we have held with our colleagues at ExCeL London in order to move the home of the igaming community to a city which is the heart of the igaming industry in a country which is igaming’s largest market.

“The roadmap is being created in order to anticipate industry needs, address pain points and to exceed the expectations of customers. The migration of what is already a top performing Tier One igaming event is set against the backdrop of iGB L!VE’s 5-year growth plan which is focused on delivering 35,000 visitors and over 550 exhibitors and sponsors by 2029.

“Our vision is to harness the tremendous momentum created by the iGB L!VE brand and to take the event to a whole new level in a new venue, and a new exceptionally well-connected global home in the city of London.

“ExCeL London has a fantastic track record of helping events to fulfil their potential, and all of the building blocks are in place for iGB L!VE and its customers to accelerate their businesses to new heights in London.

She added: “Placing our customers at the heart of everything that we do is central plank to the iGB L!VE growth strategy, and the roadmap for 2025 is underpinned by a clear customer-focused programme that will ensure maximum cost-effectiveness as well as global growth for all of our stakeholders.

“We will be using July’s edition of iGB L!VE not only to reflect and celebrate our time in Amsterdam and say thank you to our fantastic partners for many years RAI Amsterdam, but also enable our vendors and customers to secure their presence at ExCeL London in 2025.”

 

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Paf’s results for 2023

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The Nordic gaming company Paf’s annual report for 2023 shows that it has been a good year which means a good sum of Paf funds for society. Paf’s published customer segments show more sustainable revenue in the past year. The Paf board gets a new member.

The Paf Group’s revenue for 2023 increased from €165.7 million to €177.1 million, an increase of 7%. The growth in revenue results in an increase in profit from €44.8 million to €55.1 million, which is a record for Paf.

“We can be happy and proud with the past year. We have gained a larger customer base and the number of active customers has increased by 27%, which explains some of it, but we are also well aware that the temporarily low gaming taxes in Finland have helped the result,” says Christer Fahlstedt, CEO.

Paf’s result is the best result in Paf’s 57-year history and an increase of 23% compared to the previous year. However, gaming taxes in a number of countries will be increased in 2024, which will create different conditions going forward. In Finland, the temporary reduction of the lottery tax has increased from 5% to 12%, in Sweden the gambling tax will increase from 18% to 22%, in Estonia from 5% to 6% and in Latvia from 10% to 12%.

“The trend of increasing gaming taxes will continue, and we expect to see more much-needed demands for increased responsible gaming measures. The changes will result in reduced profitability and many operators will find it more difficult. But Paf is well prepared for the times ahead,” says Christer Fahlstedt.

31.4 million euros in Paf funds
The annual distribution of Paf funds will be €31.4 million. Paf funds are used for the benefit of society, including a number of third sector organisations that work to promote society in social activities, culture, youth work, sports, environmental activities and more.

“It’s undeniably great that Paf is achieving a great result, allowing us to distribute a total of €31.4 million in the form of Paf funds. The employees have done a phenomenal job over the past year, and the Board would like to thank all Paf employees who have made this possible,” says Jan-Mikael von Schantz, Chairman of the Paf Board.

Sustainable entertainment
In 2023, Paf chose to invest heavily in responsible gaming, and the loss limit for all customers was lowered to EUR 17,500 per year. In addition, in spring 2023, Paf introduced a specific loss limit for young players aged 18–19, €1,800 per year. In spring 2024, Paf chose to lower the loss limit for young people aged 20–24. Young people of that age already had a lower loss limit at Paf but it was further reduced from €10,000 to €8,000 per year.

“This is an important continuation of the direction we are striving to take at Paf for our responsible gaming. Now young customers can only gamble with us for sums that are at more sustainable levels and within the framework of the customer segment we have defined ourselves as the green segment,” says Christer Fahlstedt.

Paf’s customer segments 2017–2023
The published table shows the development of gaming in different customer segments from 2017 until 2023. The red segment for customers who have lost more than €30,000 in one year is at zero in recent years, as Paf’s loss limits stop large losses. The white segment shows the number of players who ended the year in profit.

“It is encouraging to see that we have once again increased the green revenues with more sustainable revenues by a full 7.6%. It is possible to change an outdated business model in the industry and we will continue our strive to be a gaming company that provides sustainable entertainment in everyday life,” says Christer Fahlstedt.

The figures for Paf’s customer segments have been reviewed by auditors as part of the audit of the financial statements.

“Our published and open customer segments show what our investments in responsible gaming measures have achieved over the years. The publication gives credibility to our efforts at a level that no other gaming company has been able to show,” says Christer Fahlstedt.

Daniela Forsgård new on the board
Paf gets a new board member when Daniela Forsgård takes a seat on the board. At the same time, Birgitta Eriksson is stepping down after many years on Paf’s board.

“I really want to thank Birgitta for the solid contribution she has made to Paf’s Board over the years.”

“Daniela Forsgård’s merit-based knowledge of finance, combined with the international experience she possesses, will fit in well with the Board. In addition, Daniela has personal experience of Paf as she previously worked at Paf,” says Jan-Mikael von Schantz.

The Paf Board now consists of Chairman Jan-Mikael von Schantz, Board members Gunnar Westerlund, Denise Johansson, Roger Nordlund and Daniela Forsgård.

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