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UK Gambling Commission appoints Dr Anna van der Gaag as Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board

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Dr. Anna van der Gaag CBE has been appointed as the new Chair for the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) – the Gambling Commission’s expert advisors on the research, education and treatment required to reduce gambling-related harms.

Anna will join RGSB as a member with immediate effect and will take on the role of Chair to succeed Sir Christopher Kelly, whose term as RGSB chair comes to an end in March 2019. Anna is a Visiting Professor of Ethics and Regulation at the University of Surrey and she’s held regulatory roles in the health, social care and legal sectors. Anna also has a particular interest in how regulators can be proactive in the prevention of harm.

Bill Moyes, Gambling Commission Chair said: “It is with pleasure that we announce Dr Anna van der Gaag as the new Chair of RGSB. She brings with her a wealth of experience in health, social care and the prevention of harm that will be an asset in advising on how to implement the next National Strategy, which will launch in April 2019 and on which we will shortly be consulting.”

Dr Anna van der Gaag, speaking about her appointment said: “Gambling-related harms are increasingly recognised as a public health issue requiring robust collective action. I am thrilled by this opportunity to join a team with such a passionate commitment to understanding and reducing harms and raising awareness of the personal and societal costs that can arise from gambling activities.”

Sir Christopher Kelly said: “I am delighted to welcome Dr Anna van der Gaag as my successor. Anna’s strong background in research and regulation provides a solid foundation to provide authoritative advice on the next strategy and to achieve our aim – to reduce the impact of gambling-related harms, especially among the most vulnerable.”

Formerly Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, she is a non-executive director at Health Education England and the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network and a founding member of the Q Community, a quality improvement network led by the Health Foundation. She was awarded the CBE for services to health and care in 2015.

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PointsBet Partners With Catfish Bend Casino in Iowa

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PointsBet Partners With Catfish Bend Casino in Iowa
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PointsBet, the top-tier sportsbook operator, has entered a multi-year partnership with Catfish Bend Casino, one of Iowa’s leading casino, entertainment, and hotel destinations.

The partnership will include the launch of both premium retail and mobile sportsbook operations in Iowa, following proper licensing afforded by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. PointsBet and Catfish Bend Casino will work in tandem to build out a multi-faceted sports entertainment venue centrally located on the Catfish Bend property.

“PointsBet is thrilled to announce this partnership, enabling us to create a first-class sportsbook for Iowa’s sports bettors at one of the best casino resorts in the Midwest. Catfish Bend Casino’s executives – Gary Hoyer and Rob Higgins – are two of the most progressive and forward-thinking operators in the industry. We knew they were the perfect match for PointsBet’s long-term vision of gaming in the U.S. from day one,” Johnny Aitken, PointsBet’s U.S. CEO said.

“We couldn’t imagine a better sportsbook to bring to Catfish Bend Casino and the state of Iowa. The potential legalization of sports betting in Iowa opens an exciting new opportunity for recreational and avid players, and PointsBet’s unmatched dedication to bettors makes them the ideal partner for our brand and go-to-market plan,” Gary Hoyer, CEO of Great River Entertainment said.

 

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AMATIC Industries Reports Excellent FER in Madrid, Presents Roulette Grand Jeu

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AMATIC Industries, an integrated supplier of premium gaming products, in collaboration with Comatel, has reported an excellent Fería International del Juego (FER) show in Madrid.

There was plenty to see as Comatel secured a large stand to house the AMATIC solutions. AMATIC Industries presented the latest Roulette Grand Jeu with the stylish, brand new Corona II overhead design that incorporates a large screen that can be viewed from both sides. This is an excellent way to portray the GO FOR GOLD bonus game which has been created especially for the Spanish market. Another highlight at the FER was the introduction of a further bonus game called LET’S PARTY.

Leopold Öller, Director at AMATIC Industries, summed up the response from the FER, stating, “It was a great opportunity to see our valued customers in Spain. Thanks to our unique partnership with Comatel our games have become extremely popular throughout the country. We are always focusing on bringing new innovations to strengthen our position here. We were able to do this in all areas – with our Corona II on the Roulette Grand Jeu, our new Amarox C24 Nero and new games for our Multiliner as well as the focus on our Landscape solution. We were very pleased with the response.”

 

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Betinvest to present new iFrame product with Asia-specific interface in Macao

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Betinvest is going to the very heart of the Asian entertainment industry – Macao – to take part in one of the gaming business’s leading international events. At stand D1229, the company will present its well-established sports betting products as well as its very latest solutions, such as iFrame Sportsbook. The Betinvest team have also announced that visitors will have the opportunity to get a €5,000 certificate which can be used towards the cost of any Betinvest product.

“We are delighted to be returning to G2E Asia this year, both to network and to present our new special offers. We were able to have a discussion with our Asian partners before the exhibition to find out all about the special needs and requirements of betting operators in Asia. We’re well prepared and hope that visitors to our stand will be pleasantly surprised by what we have to offer them,” said Betinvest’s VP of Business Development, Valentyn Kyrylenko.

“We’ll be presenting our new iFrame solution which offers unique opportunities to integrate and manage traditional Sportsbook and/or eSports betting. Our iFrame solution will be an essential tool for operators in any region. As for special features for the Asian market, we’ve made some changes in the backend according to the market’s needs and developed a corresponding frontend. I hope they’ll like it!” Kyrylenko added.

Between 21st and 23rd May 2019 at The Venetian Macao, the Betinvest team will showcase – and provide every visitor with an opportunity to try out for themselves – all of the company’s products and services. The core Betinvest products are Sportsbook and Data Feed, but the company also offers simple yet profitable in-house solutions such as Lottery, Keno and Roulette.

Betinvest will be exhibiting at stand D1229. You can book a meeting with the Betinvest team here.

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