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SBTech appoints Gavin Isaacs as Chairman

Zoltan Tundik

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Former Scientific Games CEO brings extensive experience to innovative supplier and will help grow company’s rapidly expanding US business

SBTech, a leading sports betting and gaming technology supplier, today has appointed former Scientific Games CEO Gavin Isaacs as its new Non-Executive Chairman.

Isaacs, who joins SBTech today, will use his extensive 20 years’ gaming experience across a series of senior management positions to further grow the company’s rapidly expanding US presence. Since the market opened in mid-2018 SBTech has completed and gone live with several partnership agreements with leading casinos in regulated States including New Jersey and Mississippi.

He spent the last four years as CEO and board member of Scientific Games and was responsible for championing game-changing mergers and acquisitions and growing the global lottery and gaming supplier from $1.3 billion to $2.9 billion revenues in just two years.

“I was approached by a number of companies since leaving Scientific Games, however I chose to join SBTech due to its, superior technology, high standards across every discipline, entrepreneurial approach and incredible ambition and potential to grow further across a wide variety of regulated markets including the US where I am based and have an extensive network, knowledge and experience,” said Gavin Isaacs, Non-Executive Chairman, SBTech.

“The business has already made significant in-roads into the newly regulated US sports betting market and I am extremely excited to be able to help and advise the senior management team to expand that even further across 2019 and beyond.”

 

Isaacs, a qualified lawyer, has a proven track record of successfully leading and establishing companies on strong growth trajectories. Prior to joining Scientific Games in 2014, he was CEO of SHFL Entertainment, where he grew the company to record revenues, globally expanded its slot business, and created a series of commercial opportunities in speciality table-game brands both in land-based casinos and online.

“We’re thrilled that someone of Gavin’s calibre, credibility and experience has chosen to join SBTech. This is a huge coup for the business,” said Richard Carter, CEO SBTech. “Gavin’s two decades of successfully leading, transforming, and acquiring some of the biggest businesses in the gaming sector will be a massive advantage for us, particularly in the US where we have already partnered and gone live with several large brands across multiple states and where there are many more opportunities to grow.

Isaac also spent five years as COO and Executive Vice President at Bally Entertainment eventually leading the negotiations to buy his former employer while at Scientific Games in November 2013 for $1.3 billion; a 37% premium in share price and at sector high multiple. Prior to joining Bally Isaacs spent seven years with Aristocrat Technologies in several roles including President, Managing Director and marketing and business development in Las Vegas, London and Sydney.

 

About SBTech

SBTech is an award-winning global leader in omni-channel sports betting and gaming technology, powering the world’s largest operators, state lotteries, land-based casinos, and horse racing companies. Founded in 2007, and with more than 1,100 employees in nine global offices, SBTech has developed the industry’s most powerful, innovative, data-driven online sports betting and casino platform, serving licensees in more than 20 regulated markets. The group supplies highly flexible and scalable omni-channel betting and gaming software solutions to clients looking for exceptional configurability, differentiation, and the quickest route to market, complemented by proven business intelligence and reporting capabilities. Supported by unrivalled expertise in trading and risk management, acquisition and CRM, and the highest standards of regulatory compliance, SBTech’s partners consistently achieve rapid growth, enhanced brand loyalty and record revenues. For more information, visit: www.sbtech.com

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Middleton Katz Joins SMP Group

George Miller

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Isle of Man-based corporate services provider Middleton Katz has today announced a deal to join the SMP Group of Companies, a global professional and financial services group.  The transaction has been approved by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.

Middleton Katz is a well-respected service provider on the Isle of Man, delivering corporate, tax, and accounting services to a broad range of clients. The company has built its reputation on professional expertise, personal service, and attention to detail.

Martin Katz, Principal of Middleton Katz, commented: ‘I am incredibly proud of the business and sense of community we have built; as a small, close-knit team, we have consistently punched above our weight in terms of the services we deliver. However, joining a larger group gives us the back-office support we need to extend and improve the services we offer clients much farther than we could alone. For us, SMP was a clear candidate from the beginning. We have dealt with them many times in the past and always been treated fairly and respectfully, so we already have strong relationships with many of their team.’

David Hudson, CEO of SMP Group, added: ‘Middleton Katz is an efficient and highly skilled company that is well-loved and respected by both clients and staff for its personable and reliable service and culture. We know they will integrate very naturally into our business, and we believe our shared history and ambitions will be hugely beneficial for their clients and staff.

‘Middleton Katz is our second acquisition since completion of the MBO on 14th June and represents another significant milestone for our Group.’

The deal has been undertaken with the support of Palatine Private Equity LLP, the UK mid-market private equity house that took SMP through its 2019 MBO, with additional debt funding from Apera Asset Management.

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GambleRock.com Launches a Social Online Gambling Community

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Introducing, GambleRock.com! Players, affiliates and gaming sites are all welcome to join the fastest growing community for the online gambling industry

 

A newfangled online casino community is now live for gamblers looking for the freshest gaming news, honest casino reviews, top 10 rankings and prodigious welcome bonus offers. Introducing, GambleRock.com! Players, affiliates and gaming sites are all welcome to join the fastest growing community for the online gambling industry.

The website is free for everyone and connects gamblers directly with online betting sites through its social media like features: private messaging, friends and followers, status updates, activity feeds, WordPress blogs and community discussion forums.

Launched in May 2019, the social gambling community already has members sharing their thoughts and providing helpful tips in the GambleRock forum. It aims to connect players with affiliates, casinos and sports betting websites. The community also provides trusted online casino reviews and lists the top ranked gambling sites organized by country. i-Gaming affiliates and casino affiliate programs are encouraged to share information about their websites and develop business brand pages on gamblerock.com.

GambleRock members have discussions on different topics in the community forum. Players will find exclusive casino bonuses and new casino promo codes from highly trusted gambling websites. Active discussion categories for online betting matters are accessible in the forums. GambleRock offers members a free dispute and mediation service for any complaints they have with an Internet gambling site. Submit your complaint to the online casino complaints forum and they’ll contact you to try and help you collect payments and resolve the matter (no cost to you).

The GambleRock top 10 online casinos list is for people who want to play for real money. In addition to their current rankings, they are also developing further lists of trusted online casinos based on the country where players are located in. The reviews are trustworthy, reliable and to the point. Learn useful betting strategies for casino games before making your decision on where to play.

Stay abreast with gambling laws and other issues affecting the online gambling community. Dive deep into the news and read important and extensive news from the industry. Its noteworthy news stories are gathered from credible news sources like CNN, Wall Street Journal, BBC News, Bloomberg, AP News, etc. Every gambling news story that you’ll read on GambleRock is from a trustworthy source.

 

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EveryMatrix signs partnership agreement with Wiraya to develop strategic commercial network

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EveryMatrix signs partnership agreement with Wiraya to develop strategic commercial network
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International software provider EveryMatrix has signed a partnership agreement with Wiraya, which will support commercial expansion for both businesses in the iGaming industry. The new partnership brings together EveryMatrix’s premium offering and client network with Wiraya’s Mobile Customer Activation solution.

EveryMatrix has always strived to offer the very best technology available to its clients and the new partnership with Wiraya will support us in our efforts. By using Wiraya’s solution across the player lifecycle, we can now facilitate superior player engagement to our operators.

“One of our fundamentals is to always be a flexible and agile partner to our clients across sports and casino, which means that we have a responsibility to find or develop the best solutions available for their needs.” comments Kiril Nestorovski, Head of Sales at EveryMatrix.

“Wiraya has some ambitious growth plans, and to achieve these objectives, strategic partnerships with some of the biggest brands in the industry will be key.” says Patrik Eriksson, Wiraya’s Partnership Manager for iGaming.

“From the beginning of our discussions, EveryMatrix recognised the potential value here for their customers, as all major operators are now really understanding the benefits of focussing on customer experience. This means taking active steps to engage with players throughout the entire player lifecycle, to address the critical challenge of customer loyalty.” adds Eriksson.

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