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Posted: June 25, 2020 at 12:44 pm
A survey published by casino affiliate site bonusfinder.com showed that during the last four months of the lockdown period, 94% of online bingo and casino players were aware of the responsible gambling tools available to them.
The research surveyed 500 UK online casino and bingo players. It revealed that 31% of players had gambled somewhat more between in the lockdown period, whilst 28% said that they gambled the same amount as they would in regular circumstances.
Importantly, the survey showed that 94% of gamblers were aware of responsible gaming tools during the March to June. The tools include limits on deposit and session times, taking a break, self-exclusion options as well as information on profit and loss.
Interestingly, of those surveyed, the over 45s group revealed that they were three times less likely to know of responsible gambling tools than the younger age groups. Only 3% of 18-24-year olds were unaware of any responsible gambling facilities.
The responsible gambling tool which was the most recognised was deposit limits. In total 66% of men were aware of deposit limits whilst the number was lower for women (66%).
Fintan Costello, Managing Director, BonusFinder.com, said: Our research has found that RG tools have been top of mind for players even when many have been confined to their homes due to government guidelines.
As the UK emerges from this period, we can see that gambling levels have risen but to a lesser extent than we expected and crucially, that players are aware of the range of helpful RG tools available to them across many regulated brands.
The industry is taking a great deal of positive steps to protect players and it is high time we focused on this. We must continue to educate and normalise RG tools across all ages as well as improve and increase education and awareness for younger adults.
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LAS VEGAS RE-LAUNCH OF THE STRIP, an important discussion at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America 2020 – European Gaming Industry News
Posted: June 20, 2020 at 9:56 am
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The top industry companies have all confirmed their interest to join the Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference), which will open its virtual doors between 23-24 June
The virtual seats are limited, so hurry and register now to secure your seat(s)! REGISTER HERE
Lasvegassun.com has released an interesting editorial which is titled Sights and sounds of Vegas give us hope for a full recovery, and we can directly tie this piece with one of the most interesting land-based industry related panel discussions at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference).
After the Bellagio fountains are now back to life with a playing of Simple Gifts to honor the Las Vegas front-liners who have protected the city during the pandemic, MGM Resorts International made another spot-on choice for the follow-up song. This is of course an anthem of the fabulous city, Viva Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is already booming and WADE VANDERVORT, of Lasvegassun.com wrote it so beautifully as we would not change anything:
it was a godsend to see waters dancing, lights twinkling and guests coming through the doors in the resort corridor and downtown. After 78 days of eerie quiet, Las Vegas took its first steps to recovery.
Its a moment of hope and a reminder that our community has rebounded from crisis and tragedy before.
Besides the Bellagio fountains, the gondolas are also gliding along the faux canals at The Venetian.
Up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, from Wynn Las Vegas at the north end to New York-New York and MGM Grand on the south end, gamblers are sliding bills into slot machines and wagering chips at blackjack and roulette tables.
Life is slowly returning to normal in Sin City.
As mentioned above, at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference) we will discuss the subject, and the LAS VEGAS RE-LAUNCH OF THE STRIP panel discussion has some very important guests who are joining us on the 23rd of June to share their insights.
The panel discussion is joined by Jay Kornegay (Vice President Race & Sports Operations Westgate LV Resort & Casino), Seth Schorr (CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino) and Matthew Holt (President at U.S. Integrity), and will be moderated by Benjie Cherniak (Managing Director of SG Digitals Don Best Sports group).
Do not miss this unique opportunity to attend a virtual conference that gathers all North American gaming industry experts for 2 days of discussions and networking. Register your seat now!
Jay Kornegay Vice President Race & Sports Operations Westgate LV Resort & Casino
Jay Kornegay is Vice President of the LVH Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook. He has more than 26 years experience in the race and sports book industry. Jay graduated from Colorado State University in 1987 with a bachelors degree in Restaurant Business Management. Always intrigued by gaming, Jay moved to Nevada later that year to start his path in that field.
Starting in Lake Tahoe and soon afterwards moving to Las Vegas, Jay has worked at four major sports books. He opened the Imperial Palace sports book in 1989, which soon turned into one of the more popular sports books in the state of Nevada.
In 2004, Jay took the reins of the LVH SuperBook. As the worlds largest race and sports book with over 30,000 square feet, the SuperBook is one of the top sports books in Nevada. Over the years, the SuperBook has won numerous awards and often represents the Las Vegas market with national media outlets. It is known for its aggressive nature and being a player-friendly book by offering fair odds to guests. The LVH SuperBook is also known for offering Nevadas largest wagering menu by posting many 2nd/3rd tier sports, as well as having an international flavor. In addition, the SuperBook hosts the SuperContest, which is recognized as the most prestigious pro football handicapping contest. For the fourth consecutive year, the SuperContest set a record for number of entries and marked the most entries ever this past football season at 1034.
Jay resides in Las Vegas with wife Pam, daughter Cara and son Nicholas. He is also well known for shooting a 36 on the front nine and a 59 on the back nine.
Seth Schorr CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
Seth Schorr is CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. The urban casino resort is the embodiments of Schorrs vision to create a downtown Las Vegas hospitality experience delivering a superior guest experience and a genuine sense of community.
Since beginning his career in gaming and hospitality in 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau, the interactive gaming division, and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. Earlier in his career, Schorr also worked in numerous capacities at Mirage Resorts including positions at Bellagio Hotel & Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, and Treasure Island Hotel & Casino.
Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, co-founded Fifth Street Gaming which owns and operates five casinos. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through its affiliate, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation that owns and manages more than 50 restaurants in the Las Vegas area and Southern California including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Jamba Juice, Lobster ME, JaBurritos, Daily Kitchen, Evel Pie, and Golden Tiki.
In early 2015, Schorr was introduced to the world of eSports and lead the effort of developing the first fully integrated eSports program in a casino resort at The Downtown Grand. The Downtown Grands eSports program has included weekly eSports contests, team residencies and sponsorships, a weekly broadcast and professional tournaments. Schorr sits on the board of GameCo and advised on the development and launch of the worlds first video game slot machine. In 2017 Schorr launched Commercial Streaming Solutions which developed a patent-pending media platform, KonekTV, that provides streaming content, including Esports and sports betting content, to retail venues. Schorr is a founder of the Nevada Esports Alliance and continues to be a leader in the convergence of Esports and sports gambling. Schorr is the co-founder of The Strategy Organization: a Modern Gaming and Hospitality consulting firm.
Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of YPO and sits on numerous boards including those for The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nevada Restaurant Association, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, the Advisory Board of The Smith Center for Performing Arts, One Night for One Drop and was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve on Nevada State Board of Museums & History. He is also an executive board member and Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas alliance. Schorr is an avid cyclist, amateur photographer and has two little angels Dax (10) and Mia (9). Most importantly, Schorr recently married Dr. Emily Schorr.
Matthew Holt President at U.S. Integrity
Originally from New Hampshire, Mr. Holt originally honorably served in the United States Air Force. Once completing his term in the Air Force Mr. Holt attended Morehead State University, obtaining a sports marketing degree before taking up residence in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Holt founded U.S. Integrity, LLC. based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. U.S. Integrity is the gold standard of game integrity and fraud prevention services in the United States. Mr. Holt and his team at US Integrity have built innovative, technology based solutions that allow for easy accessible data and analytics for fraud prevention and game integrity monitoring.
Benjie Cherniak Managing Director of SG Digitals Don Best Sports group
Benjie Cherniak is the Managing Director of SG Digitals Don Best Sports group, a leading provider of sports information products and services relevant to the North American sports betting industry. Benjie oversees the companys sports information platform, automated data distribution, live pricing, and ancillary consulting services.
Following the acquisition of Don Best by Scientific Games, Benjie has accelerated the growth of OpenBet, the companys sports betting platform, by integrating Don Bests world-class pricing services into the technology. Don Bests trading and pricing expertise have seamlessly become an integral part of SG Digitals core offering.
Prior to joining Scientific Games, Benjie spearheaded Don Bests international growth via tailored solutions to tier-one sportsbook operators in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Under Benjies supervision, Don Best introduced (a) a proprietary pricing product for North American based sports that rapidly established itself as the industry standard; and (b) a data integrity offering to assist North American based sport leagues in identifying potential fraudulent betting patterns.
With 15 years of industry experience, Benjie is a leading voice in the emerging US sports betting industry from both an operational and legislative perspective.
Where Are They Now?: Forty years after pitching Quabbin to a title, Joe Orszulak is pitching in on the construction of Worcesters Polar Park – The…
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BARRE Under legendary coach Mike Dymon, the Quabbin Regional baseball team had perhaps the greatest local high school dynasty in the sport with three district titles and a state championship during his tenure.
It was 40 years ago this month that Dymons squad won the third of his district titles and much of the success rode on the right arm of his standout pitcher Joe Orszulak, who went on to become one of two Quabbin players who signed pro baseball contracts.
Orszulak was drafted in the 12th round of the January phase of the 1982 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees, while 1983 Quabbin grad Drew Stratton was drafted in the eighth round of the 1986 MLB Amateur Draft by the Oakland As.
Over a spectacular three-year Hall of Fame pitching career at Quabbin prior to his 1980 graduation, Orszulak posted a 29-8 record, tossed the programs first-ever nine-inning no-hitter and was instrumental in the 1980 district championship run.
Ironically, an incident during a Little League game when he was 12-years old almost made him give up pitching altogether.
While hurling for the Barres Beard Motors team, a fastball got away from him, striking an opposing player in the mouth and knocking out his two front teeth.
I was so upset that I really didnt pitch much after that, he recalled. I spent my last year in Little League as a catcher.
However, once he made it to Quabbin, junior high baseball coach Ray Castriotta sought him out, knowing of his past experience on the mound.
Mr. Castriotta came up to me and said, I heard you can pitch. Id like to have you pitch for us, he recalled. Thats how I got back into pitching.
In time, Dymon got wind of the kid from the Quabbin junior high who was mowing them down on the mound and brought him up to the varsity team as a ninth grader for the district finals run in 1977.
In his junior year he went 10-1, with his only loss coming in tournament play.
During his senior year in 1980, he went 14-1 on the season with a 0.53 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 85 innings, striking out 10 or more in at least 7 games. At the plate, he batted in the mid .300's and belted three home runs.
Toward the end of his senior year, he pitched a nine-inning no-hitter against Narragansett Regional. It would be the second-ever Quabbin no-hitter, with Chuck Andrukonis pitching the previous one in 1974 against Murdock in seven innings.
Two weeks before (the Narragansett no-hitter) I was pitching against Quaboag and had a no-hitter in the sixth inning of a seven-inning game, Orszulak recalled. Mike Dymon came out and said, Do you want to tie the record? (with a seven-inning no-hitter) and I said, No, I have to go to band practice after this. So, he took me out.
Not too long after, he pitched the no-hitter, blanking the Warriors, 8-0, over nine innings on May 27, 1980.
To watch the game, you would have never known a no-hitter was going on, he said. I remember I walked a lot of batters and I was in trouble almost every inning. Id walk the bases-loaded and then strike out three-straight.
On the mound that season he also pitched a one-hitter, a two-hitter, four three-hitters and a four-hitter. He was named team and Wachusett League MVP and also selected a member of Worcester Telegram & Gazette All-Star team.
The Panthers won the Wachusett League title and then advanced right into the District E, Division 3 semifinals, beating Bartlett behind Orszulak on the mound.
The Quabbin team also had senior Bobby Roy on the pitching staff, sophomore Rich Zalneraitis was the catcher, while around the infield was Rich Holden at first, Craig Sullivan at second, Barry Berthiaume at shortstop and the third baseman was Dan Haynes,
Dave Newell was the left fielder and Doug Prentiss in right, while Orszulak would play either shortstop or flip flop in centerfield when Roy was pitching.
Fellow senior Roy took to the mound to beat Hudson Catholic, 8-1, for the Division 3 championship.
We were really happy because Mike Dymon told us, If you win the league, Ill shave my beard, which he did when we won the league, Orszulak recalled. Then he said, If you win the districts, Ill shave my head.
However, the coach soon changed his tune when his team captured the title.
He got on the bus after we won it and said, Hey guys, my wife will divorce me, Orszulak noted with a chuckle. We let him off the hook because, at the time, he didnt think there was any way wed be better than .500 that season.
The dream ride ended in the state semifinals against Ware High School, 5-1, which featured future Major Leaguer Billy Joe Robidoux, who later played for Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox.
Ware had a powerhouse team with Billy Joe and Kevin Lavallee, who I pitched with in college, he noted.
After Quabbin, Orszulak played for coach Ted Lekas at Quinsigamond Community College and while there in February of 1982 got an offer from the Yankees, prior to his second season.
The first team to draft him was the Montreal Expos, but he declined.
I wanted to finish my second year of college, but then the Yankees came along, he said, noting that Worcester scout Jack Gillis of the Yankees pursued him
It wasnt a tough sell, as the Yankees had been his favorite team since his boyhood, ever since Reggie Jackson hit three home runs on three pitches in the 1977 World Series, he noted.
Orszulak also got some interest from the Mets, the Cincinnati Reds and the Orioles, However, to the dismay of his parents, who were big Red Sox fans, he headed to the Yankees spring training facility in Sarasota with their Double A affiliate.
While pitching for Greensboro, N.C. he struck out future Mets star Darrell Strawberry and also had the opportunity to meet future Red Sox pitchers Roger Clemens and Bob Ojeda.
Then, just a couple of months into his career in June of 1982, he suffered an injury to his arm, which sent him back to Worcester for rehab with Dr. Arthur Pappas.
I just couldnt do it anymore, I had hurt the arm so badly, he said.
In 1984, he met with Worcester native and former major leaguer Paul Mitchell, who taught him the slider and he considered making a comeback at Worcester State.
I tried to make a comeback, first as an outfielder, but then Worcester State wanted to turn me back into a pitcher to come on in relief, but it just didnt work out, he said.
He got married to his high school sweetheart, the former Jamie Keans, and they have two grown children, Dylan and Kylie, who were both Quabbin athletes.
For many years, Orszulak showcased his skills in the Gardner City Softball League with the Hakala Brothers entry, beginning in 1984. The team won the City League title in 1988 and he continued to play in local recreational leagues for the better part of 20 years.
He currently works for Liro Engineers out of Boston as a construction inspector. The firm has worked on a number of high-profile jobs including the $4.2 billion MBTA Green Line extension, the $2.8 billion Encore Casino in Everett and Worcesters $100 million Polar Park.
They wont allow me on site, because they know Im a Yankee fan so security is all over me, he joked about the new Woo-Sox playing site.
He enjoys playing golf with his wife Jamie in his spare time and the longtime musician is president of the Community Band in Barre, where he still plays the trumpet from his high school band days.
My parents had a big goal one day that we were going to form a family band, he said, noting that older sister Sandy was an accordionist, brother Tom played the saxophone and another brother, Rich, was the drummer.
We tried to practice together, but we fought like hell, he said with a hearty laugh. So, we all just went on to play with different bands.
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Posted: June 15, 2020 at 10:42 pm
James Ashton, Head of Content at FindMyUKCasino.com, suggests ways the relationship between affiliates and operators can be improved for the benefit of both parties.
The relationship between online casino operators and affiliates has been under the microscope for some time now, sparked mostly by the pressure being applied to both parties in this new era of regulation and compliance.
The GB Gambling Commission has made it very clear that operators are ultimately responsible for the marketing activity carried out by affiliates on their behalf, which in turn has forced operators to really get to know their publisher partners.
This has meant undertaking audits of affiliate sites and the people and businesses behind them, requiring a real collaborative effort to ensure that affiliates are promoting casino brands within the guidelines set by the GC and other watchdogs.
As a relatively new affiliate, we have been somewhat fortuitous to know and understand these requirements from day one, and have been able to design, develop and operate our online casino comparison site compliantly and responsibly from the get-go.
That being said, we have found that some operators are more willing to assist and support affiliates particularly those that have just entered the space. But those that are less proactive are making the compliance challenge that bit tougher to overcome.
From not notifying affiliates about major updates, to asking for tracking links to be removed without providing new ones via changing partnership agreements and a general lack of communication, a better working relationship needs to be reached if compliance is to be achieved.
Below, I list some of the pain points we are feeling as a start-up affiliate business seeking to do all we can to be compliant and ensure we market to consumers responsibly. I also suggest steps operators and affiliates can take to bring the spark back to their relationship.
A lack of communicationAt present, there is a general lack of communication between some affiliate managers and their affiliate partners. For example, one of our operator partners took the decision to close its UK-facing casino without notifying us or their other partners.
This meant we were sending casino players to the brand, which was only operating its sportsbook. We regularly check our links so were able to discover this fairly early on and contacted the operator in question to find out what was happening. Months later, we still havent had a reply.
The vast majority of affiliates are reachable via email and Skype, so there really is no excuse for not communicating with publisher partners, especially around major events such as leaving a market or even changes to bonuses and terms and conditions.
Of course, affiliates could make themselves more available to their operator partners, providing up to date email addresses and Skype IDs. They could also touch base with affiliate managers more regularly to ensure they are on top of any updates coming we speak to most of ours weekly.
Tracking linksTracking links are an affiliates income stream. If they are not working correctly, we are sending players without them being tagged and therefore the revenues they generate once active at the casino are not being attributed to us.
We have had instances where our operator partners have failed to notify us that tracking links have changed, meaning the ones we had in place were no longer active. On another occasion, we were asked to remove tracking links then had to wait almost a month for new ones.
This put us in a difficult position as our content was ranking well for the operator in question and we had a steady stream of traffic to their review page. We had to decide whether to remove the page and lose rankings and traffic or give our readers a poor experience with a broken link.
There are compliance issues to consider, too. If tracking links to full terms and conditions are not working, then we are not meeting UKGC requirements that state full bonus terms and conditions must be no more than one click away.
We understand that operators change links and offers from time to time, but affiliate managers should keep their partners up to date and if existing links are to be removed, have new links ready to replace them straight away.
This is not only to ensure the affiliate is being fairly compensated for the players they are pushing through to the operator, but also to ensure that links to terms and conditions are working and that players can access them via a single click as required by the UKGC.
Mutual respectAs a proactive affiliate that goes to great lengths to ensure we are promoting our online casino partners responsibly and within the rules, it sometimes feels that there is a lack of respect from operators when it comes to the role we play in sending them new traffic.
We have had brands ask to be listed on our site, only for them to be completely inflexible when it comes to commercials when they suddenly adopt a take it or leave it approach. When we have questions aspects of deals, we have been accused of lacking experience and knowledge.
One big-name operator even took the decision to change its terms and conditions to require a minimum number of FTDs per month for our current agreement to stand if we didnt meet that criteria then our commission would be slashed from 40% to 10%.
This makes us and other affiliates, I am sure feel totally undervalued for the huge amount of work we put into developing our websites and brands, creating high value content and ensuring we offer the best possible experience to our readers.
Sure, we get compensated for this when players sign up and deposit, but we have to make a tremendous upfront investment in both time and money to get to the point where we are sending a steady stream of new players each month and generating revenues and profits.
Operators and affiliate managers would do well to remember this when they make major changes, exit markets or decide to revise commercial agreements that negatively impact the revenues an affiliate can generate from the players it sends through.
This certainly applies to affiliates that are also doing all they can to keep up with the changes operators require (usually at short notice), as well as using their initiative to take additional steps to ensure players are given the information they need to stay in control of their play.
I want to make it clear that the above applies to the minority of the brands we work with in most cases, affiliate managers are proactive, responsive and for us at least, hugely supportive of our strategy and long-term approach to FindMyUKCasino.com.
But those that are not being as hands on are making the relationship between affiliate and operator more difficult than it needs to be. Ultimately, this should be a mutually beneficial relationship and by not working together in harmony, both parties lose out.
While the financial impact this has is concerning, for us the biggest worry is that we are not compliant and are putting our reputation, and the licence of the operator, at risk. By working more closely together, this can be mitigated and the potential of the partnership fully maximised.
James Ashton is the Head of Content at FindMyUKCasino.com, an online casino comparison site that helps UK players find the best online casinos based on their individual preferences.
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CasinoBeats Malta Digitals Future of Gaming track will see some of the leading lights of the igaming industry share their ideas about the next major developments in online casino, slots and poker, and how they will impact on both players and operators.
The virtual conference and exhibition takes place on 30 June 2 July 2020, with the Future of Gaming content staged over the final two days and accompanied by a programme of themed networking events.
Highlights of the track include the Leaders Panels that will open each day. On Wednesday, a session sponsored by ICS Digital will examine how operators adapted to the COVID-19 crisis and what opportunities emerged during the changed market conditions of recent months. Speakers include Mrten Forste (COO, LeoVegas) Petra Zackrisson (CCDO, Betano Stoiximan), Americo Loureiro (Director, Solverde) and Shelly Suter-Hadad (CEO, Casumo), with William Scott (Director, Warrenside) handling moderators duties.
Thursdays panel features a group of high-profile executives offering their insights on how to tackle the major challenges facing the gaming industry today and where the best long-term opportunities may lie. It features Pontus Lindwall (CEO & Founder, Betsson), Jesper Karrbrink (Chairman, Green Jade Games), Ariel Reem (CEO, Genesis Global) and Alexander Martin (CEO, SKS365), with Dinos Stranomitis (COO, Alternar) in the moderators chair.
Stewart Darkin, Managing Director of CasinoBeats, said: The gaming industry is evolving rapidly to keep pace with constantly changing player tastes and technological advances, and it can be difficult to stay up to date with all the latest developments.
The high-level speakers on the Future of Gaming track will help CasinoBeats Malta Digital delegates to stay one step ahead, by sharing expert insights on the direction of the industry from the perspectives of major operators, games developers, platform suppliers and leading affiliates.
Other sessions on Wednesday include the Affiliate Leaders Panel sponsored by Intertops. It will see Fintan Costello (Managing Director, Bonusfinder.com) moderate a panel of Tobias Svensen (CEO, CasinoGrounds), Jonathan Edelshaim (CEO, Natural Intelligence), Hamish Brown (VP Casino, Catena Media) and Marcos Oliveira (Chief Affiliate Officer, Clever Advertising Group) as they examine how the changing regulatory climate will alter the way affiliates operate.
The growing importance of casino platforms to the industry will be in the spotlight during the Platforms & Aggregators panel. Melvin Ritsema (MD, Royal Panda), Rui Pena (COO & Co-Founder, Darwin Interactive) and Stian Hornsletten, CCO of session sponsor EveryMatrix, will assess what the platforms influence on the market means for both games studios and operators.
Concluding the Future of Gaming content for 1 July is Live Casino: At A Crossroads, which is sponsored by Pragmatic Play. A panel consisting of Jeremy Taylor (MD, Genting Online), Christos Mavridis (Live Casino Mgr, Stoiximan / Betano), Sam Brown (CCO, Hero Gaming) and Stefania Mincu (Head of Casino, Ellmount Interactive) will consider how the sector can develop new game concepts, cross sell to slots players and stay up to date emerging technologies.
On Thursday, attention switches to Gamification, its future role in the online casino industry and whether it is of real value to operators. The panel features Ross Parkhill (MD, Rhino Entertainment), Andy Braithwaite (CCO, Scatters), Uri Admon (CEO, Captain Up) and David Flynn (CEO, Swintt), with Karolina Pelc (Strategic Advisor, Basic Strategy) chairing the discussion.
The resurgent Online Poker sector is the next part of the gaming ecosystem to face scrutiny, as Manuel Lopes (CEO, Pokio/Qufan Technology), Sergii Romanenko (COO, Pokerok) and Ivonne Montealegre (Event Director, Malta Poker Festival) look at how the game can sustain its popularity and become a profitable long-term proposition for operators.
Concluding the track is Acquisition & Personalisation, which sees a panel including Assaf Stieglitz (Founder, Odds1x2.com) and Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co) outline the next generation of strategies for attracting and then optimising the lifetime value of players.
The CasinoBeats Malta Digital agenda also includes tracks about Working in Malta, Technology & Innovation, Regulation & Compliance, and Payments.
Away from the conference rooms, the 3,000 industry delegates will have multiple opportunities to make new contacts. In addition to the schedule of themed networking sessions, attendees can take part in workshops with sector experts, join in group discussions in the virtual networking bar or use the event platforms chat facility for one-to-one conversations.
There is also a 40-booth interactive exhibition showcasing the latest products from both leading suppliers and innovative start-ups, along with a programme of product presentations running throughout the event.
Find full details of CasinoBeats Malta Digital, including information about how to register and the discounts available on company group passes, at the events official website.
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Erik Bergman has already proven himself as a success in founding Catena Media, but since then hes proven to be so much more, going on to charitable ventures and founding Great.com as well. As we all start to discover the things that matter most to us during these troubling times, our Becky Liggero Fontana spoke with Bergman to see how he thinks we can make a better world, on this weeks episode of The Long Con.
Bergman is a relentlessly positive man, and that comes from a conscious decision to smile more. Liggero Fontana asked why that is. Well first and foremost, I believe that smiling communicates that you are happy, and what that means is that if Im happy you are safe, because Im not going to attack you if Im smiling, he said. So I believe that being smiling communicates that the people around you are safe, and I believe thats something that sets an energy between people. I think that safety is one of the feelings that we prioritize the least in our society and in our companies and stuff like that, we dont think about it, but when we feel safe we can be ourselves, and where well be ourselves we can be genuinely happy. I believe that if we feel safe thats when the inner child within us comes in, thats what we can play and just enjoy the moment.
Catena Media has been such a success in the gambling world, and its almost shocking that Bergman would have left it. I mean the very short story of Catena Media is that it started out of pure joy and pure happiness. Me and Ian, and my other co-founder, we just did this as a hobby project, and then suddenly it took off. We hired a lot of people, I had no idea what we were doing we had investors, we had lawyers, we had an IPO, and a lot of the passion I originally felt was replaced by demands and sacrifices and late nights and stress, and all of these things. And I just lost all the joy, and at some point, reached immense financial success.
After leaving Catena, Bergman went on to help fund school project in Africa, and that gave him a whole new perspective on life, as he discovered just how rough some people have it. He told a story about a school he helped funded, which had to have the unique rule that the children shot not be beaten. In the other school buildings, the kids got beaten up, and the kids had to be afraid, but here the kids got to be safe, as we touched upon, and they got to be happy, he said. And for me that was the first time I realized that, whoa, this is something that you can do with money, this is something that can change things, that really brings meaning.
That new perspective lead to what has become Great.com, and rather than focus on short term moves to build profit, he hopes for something much greater. Well, in very short, Great will be a casino affiliate, very similar to Catena and all the others out there, but with a big, big difference that this will be a lifelong project, he said. Im doing this for the next 50 years and for me its not important to make results this year, its important that we make the biggest possible bang for the buck over the next decades.
To build a truly great organization that can help support these projects, Bergman is exploring the ways he can have a happier, more committed workforce. I believe that the single most important thing when it comes to reaching results is consistency over time, and being persistent chasing your results, he said. And this is very, very easy if youre having fun, and its very, very hard if youre not having fun. And I believe that most organizations, they strive towards not having fun and pushing themselves to the results, because thats usually the quickest way of getting there, while were prioritizing having fun and creative freedom and whatever it is otherwise that is important in life, because we believe thats how youll get the better results in the long run and the happiest team.
Bergman hopes that by leading by example, and making charity a top priority, he can help shift the corporate culture permanently. If I could accomplish one thing in my life, that would be to make charity cool, he said. And what I mean by that is that people spend $10,000 on a Rolex watch, to show their Rolex watch and be genuinely proud of their Rolex watch, but theyre not giving $10,000 to charity and talk about how they did that.
Watch the full video to see Bergmans thought on other important charitable causes, how he hopes to let employees set their own salaries one day, and the lessons he expects the world to take from the Covid-19 pandemic. And dont forget to subscribe to the CalvinAyre.com YouTube channel so you dont miss any of the great interviews and videos we have coming.
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