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Danske Spil Launches SBTech Solution


SBTech has played an integral role in the landmark launch of Danish state lottery Danske Spil's latest gaming and betting brand Youbet


Tis latest launch in a regulated market is built around SBTech's powerful sportsbook engine, offering event coverage and in- play betting


DENMARK SPORTS-BETTING


SBTech has played an integral role in the landmark launch of Danish state lottery Danske Spil's latest gaming and betting brand Youbet. Te new site will target fresh sports-betting demographics with dynamic features and competitive pricing, and will also include a best-of-breed casino hub with over 1,000 gaming titles and live casino products from the world's best developers and live studios.


Tis latest launch in a regulated market is built around SBTech's powerful sportsbook engine, offering unparalleled event coverage and in- play betting, thousands of proprietary bet types and industry-best features such as Action Betting, Add2Bet and Pulse.


Youbet will also benefit from SBTech's Chameleon360 iGaming platform, providing it with advanced player management services, high-end analytics, strong anti-money laundering and responsible gambling features,


UK


Sports Information Services (SIS), has signed a partnership with the global gambling operator Unibet, part of Kindred Group, to deliver horse racing and greyhounds live pictures and data. SIS will provide Unibet with its British and Irish Greyhound service consisting of a market leading 42 fixtures a week. SIS will also be providing Early Prices enabling Unibet to open markets to their customers earlier. Te deal also includes live pictures from Latin American racecourses, covering 2,750 races per annum, Dubai Racing featuring 220 meetings from Meydan and Jebel Ali and a further 296 races from its Mauritian courses. Unibet is currently undertaking a revamp and expansion of its racing offering, with SIS’s content and expertise in the area set to assist in the process. Erik Bäcklund, Kindred Group, said: “Tis new partnership with SIS will see us deliver a much more comprehensive greyhounds and horse racing betting product to our customers, featuring thousands of events across numerous time zones.”


robust regulatory reporting and streamlined payments.


Niels Erik Folmann, CEO of Danske Spil, explained the thinking behind the Danish lottery's new brand: "SBTech showed a profound understanding of our needs during the RFP process. Te sports-book and casino platform looks good, as does the roadmap for new features, meeting our need for a partner that will drive the success of our new brand through cooperation and co-creation," Folmann added.


Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, added: "I look forward to working closely with Danske Spil and to building the success of this exciting new brand. Tis partnership is another major milestone for SBTech as it establishes itself as the leading provider of fully managed platform solutions and services to state lotteries and major operators in regulated markets worldwide."


Cold weather freezes profits for the Rank Group in the UK


UK


A drop in visitation due to cold weather and a run of good luck for its high spending casino clients has seen British operator Rank Group


Te Mecca Bingo and


Grosvenor Casino operator said that overall revenue for the 13 weeks to 1 April 2018 fell by two per cent. It has reduced its full-year operating prediction to between £76m and £78m down from the previously pitched £85m. Revenues from Rank’s casinos fell nine per cent in the 13 weeks to April 1 due to a ‘a negative


contribution from VIP players’ while revenue at its bingo halls fell by two per cent.


Digital gaming showed growth of 17 per cent.


Rank said: “Both UK venues businesses have been impacted by weaker than expected visits which have been compounded


by two periods of cold weather. Te board is cautious about the UK consumer outlook and as a result expects the group's UK venues to continue to be


impacted for the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year and into 2018/19.”


Te group said it had identified ‘a number of key operational actions’ which will improve results. Tese include the ‘roll- out of single account and wallet in Grosvenor Casinos’, developing its digital portfolio and investing in its existing properties. Te group is


currently on the lookout for a new chief executive after Henry Birch ‘s resignation in order to pursue a role at Shop Direct Group. Stockbrokers Goodbody said it would reduce Rank’s profit forecast to £77m from £84m.


“Te Grosvenor retail performance is a


disappointment, but VIP activity has proven to be volatile in the past and we


remain of the opinion that over time this business has resilient and stable cash flow


characteristics,” it explained.


SPAIN – The “Syndicat de Casinos Modernes de France” (SCMF), which brings together 60 prestigious French casinos, recently held its general assembly in Barcelona. The event included a visit to the Zitro Technology Campus to learn about the facilities, as well as the range of gaming machines available for the French market.


The visit of this select group of operators came just days after Zitro received approval from the French authorities for their sophisticated Fusion cabinets.


Ari Sebag, President of the SCMF, said: "We are very impressed with the Research and Development Center at Zitro, as well as with the products we have seen during our visit. The French gaming market is a very demanding industry, but Zitro is undoubtedly ready to achieve their goal of having a place in it.”


Sebastián Salat, CEO of Zitro, added: “We thank the SCMF members for their visit. The entry into the French market is an important milestone for Zitro, and the visit of the SCMF has given us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to a significant number of operators in that country. We have prepared a long time for this moment, and we are now ready to face the challenge of positioning Zitro among the most important suppliers of gaming machines for French casinos. "


FRANCE – TCS John Huxley has appointed LGS Gaming has been appointed the sole supply partner for its products and services throughout France and French-speaking Switzerland, with immediate effect.


This new agreement underlines TCS John Huxley’s strategy to provide excellent local customer support, to ensure the requirements of operators’ can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. LGS Gaming is well established in the region, headed up by Laurent Gaubout who has extensive experience in serving the French market. Established in 2011, LGS Gaming represents several market leading gaming companies in various European countries.


LGS Owner Laurent Gaubout said: “LGS Gaming is delighted to be representing TCS John Huxley. The quality and reputation of the brand will allow strong growth in France and French-speaking Swiss markets and we look forward to introducing their exciting products and services to our customers.”


“We are very pleased to appoint LGS Gaming as an official distributor,” said Tristan Sjöberg, Executive Chairman TCS John Huxley. “Laurent Gaubout brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in this region and we look forward to working with such an experienced distributor to further our reach and drive sales.”


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