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Longlist Revealed For The William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2023 Award – and £30,000 Top Prize

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  • 18 books selected for the longlist including current professional snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, and three-time winner Duncan Hamilton 
  • 13 different sports featured including two fiction books
  • 100% growth for longlisted female authors

The longlist for the 35th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award – the world’s most valuable literary sports-writing prize – has been revealed today (Thursday 28th September), featuring a diverse selection of sports from squash and snooker to swimming and surfing.

The 18-book longlist was selected from more than 150 entries following a rigorous judging process from a panel with expertise in both sports and literature including The Athletic’s Nancy Froston, sports presenter Matt Williams and William Hill’s Neil Foggin.

Books making this year’s longlist celebrate a diverse world of sports literature, covering tales and insight from 13 different sports. From gripping memoirs to thrilling narratives and insightful analysis from some of the most compelling sporting stars, the longlisted books have one common thread: a profound passion for sports and sporting literature.

Six female authors make this year’s cut, doubling the number from previous years.

Three-time William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner Duncan Hamilton is in the running for this year’s Award, alongside arguably one of the greatest snooker players of all time, Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2023 Longlist (alphabetical by author surname):

  • 1923: The Mystery of Lot 212 and a Tour de France Obsession by Ned Boulting
  • Hope and Glory: Rugby League in Thatcher’s Britain by Anthony Broxton
  • Inshallah United: A Story of Faith and Football by Nooruddean Choudry  
  • Unfair Play: The Battle for Women’s Sport by Sharron Davies with Craig Lord
  • Good for a Girl: My Life Running in a Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman
  • The Silence of the Stands: Finding the Joy in Football’s Lost Season by Daniel Gray
  • Answered Prayers: England and the 1966 World Cup by Duncan Hamilton
  • Tinseltown: Hollywood and the Beautiful Game – a Match Made in Wrexham by Ian Herbert
  • Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson by Sally H. Jacobs
  • Nazaré: Life and Death with the Big Wave Surfers by Matt Majendie 
  • Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

 

  • The Hard Parts: A Story of Courage and Triumph by Oksana Masters 
  • Unbreakable by Ronnie O’Sullivan  
  • Concussed: Sport’s Uncomfortable Truth by Sam Peters
  • On Days Like These: The Lost Memoir of a Goalkeeper by Tim Rich
  • Nowhere to Run: The Ridiculous Life of a Semi-Professional Football Club Chairman by Jonathan Sayer
  • Kick The Latch by Kathryn Scanlan
  • The Tour: The Story of the England Cricket Team Overseas 1877 – 2023 by Simon Wilde 

 

Award panellist and renowned sports broadcaster, Matt Williams said: “This year’s longlist showcases the diversity of sports and the many ways in which they inspire, entertain, and unite communities.

“We received an unprecedented number of outstanding entries from talented authors this year, including a high volume of contributions from both female authors and international writers. Whittling these down was no small feat, resulting in an historic moment for the Awards as we reveal a list of 18 longlisted books, which encompasses fiction and non-fiction.

“These remarkable titles explore the depths of sportsmanship, triumphs and challenges across the sporting industry including sexism, and the devastating effects that head injuries have on sportspeople. All the longlisted books not only have a great story to tell but their writing captivates the reader and is the best in sporting literature.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading so many inspirational books from the most talented of authors and I’m excited to see which of the 18 books comes out on top.”

Now in its 35th year, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports-writing and provides authors and publishers a platform to showcase and promote their book. The first William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award took place in 1989, earning it the title of the longest-established competition in the industry.

The shortlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2023 Award will be unveiled on 26th October, with the winner declared on 30th November 2023 at an official award ceremony at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London. The Award has a £30,000 cash prize for the winner and the shortlisted authors will each receive £3,000 and a leather-bound copy of their book.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 27-December 3

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

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Rush Street Interactive announced that a woman from Cumberland County, NJ hit the IGT MegaJackpot at BetRivers.com. The 33-year-old woman hit the jackpot with a $0.60 bet, winning $662,000 while playing at home on her mobile phone.

betJACK has received a top ranking among the nation’s largest online sports betting brands. In a comprehensive evaluation conducted by research firm Eilers and Krejcik, betJACK emerged as a top performer, securing its place alongside the nation’s best online sports betting products.

On 26 June 2024, the starting pistol will be fired in São Paulo for the first gamescom latam, the new gamescom satellite event for all of South America. This was announced at an event in Brazil by the involved partners: game – The German Games Industry Association, Koelnmesse, BIG Festival and Omelete Company.

The Global Esports Federation’s pro-series – Global Esports Tour (GET) – will kick off its next season in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in April 2024. Staged by the Brazilian Confederation of Games and Esports (CBGE) and strongly supported by Brazil’s National, State and Local partners. The event promises intense competition and a boost for economic and tourism development in the vibrant city.

As part of its strategic review, Kindred Group will exit the North American market with the expectations to have fully exited operations in the market by the end of Q2 2024, subject to the regulatory process. The Group also announced decisive actions to drive growth on core markets and dedicated cost reduction initiatives, which includes a reduction of over 300 employees and consultants during 2024.

Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi was one of several Coast casinos where the buffet didn’t return after the pandemic, and now that space is about to be repurposed. Golden Nugget and DraftKings announced last Tuesday the addition of a high-tech retail sportsbook area that will open in January.

iGaming Ontario (iGO)’s vision is to lead the world’s best gaming market, which includes building a safer and more enjoyable experience for all igaming players in Ontario. To support players who decide to stop or take a break from gambling, iGO is going to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in early 2024 for a centralised self-exclusion solution that will enable a player to self-exclude from all Ontario regulated igaming operators in a single registration process.

Jackpot Digital announced that it has received licensing approval from the Jackson Rancheria Tribal Gaming Agency, the regulator for Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort located in Jackson, California.

New Appointments

Aruze Gaming Global has appointed Betty Zhao as its SVP of International Operations. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer at LT Game since 2007, Betty Zhao demonstrated a unique blend of strategic vision and operational excellence in overseeing LT Game’s operations, including marketing, sales, product development and casino operations.

Betsul has appointed Fernando Garita as its new CEO. With more than two decades of expertise in the gaming industry sector, Garita served as regional director and director of business development at Betcris, in addition to having an extensive portfolio of projects throughout Latin America, as well as Asia.

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EFL Becoming a Popular Betting Market

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The Premier League will, of course, take precedence when it comes to English football and its connection to the betting industry, but the English Football League (EFL) is beginning to catch up due to its competitive divisions and unpredictable nature.

What Does The EFL Consist Of?

The EFL consists of three divisions, the Championship, League 1, and League 2. The Championship, which lies directly below the Premier League, consists of 24 teams hoping to reach the promised land of England’s top league, whilst League 1 and League 2 also consist of 24 teams.

The three divisions are considered to be among the most competitive in world football, giving those interested in having Championship bets, or those that prefer getting involved in League 1 betting markets, a plethora of interesting options on each match day.

Some of the EFL markets that are popular include promotion and relegation, outright winners, top goalscorers, and match betting.

Teams To Look Out For This Season

Championship

Leicester City – Only relegated from the Premier League last season, Leicester are the team to beat in this year’s Championship. They have a talented young manager and a strong mix of experienced players and exciting youngsters that make them a very tough team to beat.

Ipswich – The Championship has a habit of throwing up surprise performers, and this year’s mantle goes to Ipswich Town. Having gained promotion from League 1 last season, they are more than holding their own against the better opposition in the Championship, and they have given themselves a great chance of achieving back-to-back promotions.

League 1

Bolton – Bolton were once a Premier League mainstay, but the past few years haven’t been kind, and they now find themselves in the third tier. Thankfully for their fans, things seem to have taken a turn for the better this season.

Portsmouth – Another team that were once highflyers in the Premier League, Portsmouth have been stuck in League 1 for a few seasons now, and the heady days of European Football qualification are well and truly in the rearview mirror. This season, things are going well, but it could turn out to be a case of close but not close enough in such a difficult division.

League 2

Wrexham – Now one of the most famous clubs around the world, Wrexham’s rise from the ashes continues unabated. Their world-famous Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, as well as their hugely popular documentary, have seen Wrexham gain fans from all over the globe, and having finally achieved promotion into League 2 last season, back-to-back promotions are very much on the cards.

Notts County – Having been involved in an epic battle with Wrexham last season in Non-League, Notts County are once again going head to head with their rivals in League 2. One of the oldest clubs in English football, they may just be ready to start climbing their way back towards the top of the game again.

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Nailed It! Games Blends Retro Iconography with Contemporary Mechanics in Cosmic Coins

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Nailed It! Games, an independent Krakow-based games studio, has launched Cosmic Coins, a slot that will see players utilising the Epic Strike mechanic to climb an incrementally increasing prize ladder.

Played across 5×3 reels and 20 paylines, the slot pays homage to AWP machines of the past with symbols depicting a variety of sevens, bars and fruit icons. These are joined by wilds that substitute for all base game symbols, making it easier for players to form a win.

Additionally, the titular cosmic coin symbols are present on the reels with at least three needed anywhere on the matrix to award an instant cash prize. Landing more of these symbols will progress players up the incrementally increasing prize ladder with the Epic Strike mechanic with nine coins needed to award up to 2,000x.

Three scatters are required to enter the free spins round, which begins with players spinning a wheel with numerous spins and multiplier values attached. This can grant players up to 30 free spins with a 3x multiplier. This bonus can also be retriggered by landing three additional scatters during the free spins round.

Marrying classic aesthetics with modern features, Cosmic Coins continues Nailed It! Games’ ethos it has developed all of its hit games from, including recent titles like Grim Reaper Supermatch, Rainbow Burst and CatPurry.

“Cosmic Coins’ blend of retro and contemporary elements will appeal to a wide demographic,” the co-founder of Nailed It! Games, Pawel Piotrowski, said. “Many players will be drawn to the game’s classic design elements while others will be attracted to its varied innovative features.

“The base game’s coin collection mechanic builds anticipation for a big win every spin and the bonus round’s multiplier further increases the game’s winning potential. With so much excitement on offer, we are confident that the slot will be popular with players of all types.”

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