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Nikos is a CRM specialist and joins Carousel Group from William Hill where he was CRM Manager for their largest territory. His role will see him plan, manage and deploy a global, multi-channel strategy for Carousel Group’s SportsBetting.com and RaceBook.com brands.


Ben Clissitt appointed Racing Post Group Sports Director


Ben Clissitt has been named Group Sports Director of the Racing Post in a newly-created role. Ben was


previously Head of Sport at both the Guardian and the Telegraph (where he also had stints as Digital Director and Executive Editor). He joins Racing Post from the newspaper where he has been Managing Editor.


Announcing the new appointment, Alan Byrne, Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief, said: “Ben is an exceptional journalist and we are delighted he has agreed to join us to lead our superb sports team. In addition to having ultimate oversight of the provision of the sports coverage required by the Racing Post, Ben will be devoting his energies to boosting our increasingly important business-to- business sports output and also to coordinating the creation of compelling sports content across the wider Group, which now includes Independent Content Services (ICS) in Leeds and Apsley. We are also enhancing our coverage of sport in the United  that project too.”


Shane Anderson joins Better Collective


World-leading sports  Collective, has hired former


General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of Racing.com, Shane Anderson. Anderson joins the headquarters in Copenhagen where he will take on the position as Senior Director of Group Content & Brand. In his new position, Anderson will be in charge of leading an ambitious content strategy that will strengthen the on-site content of Better Collective’s brands and products.


Anderson said: “I have followed the development that Better Collective has undergone with great admiration over the past few years. I look forward to becoming part of the team in Copenhagen and bringing my experience within journalism to the content production of BC’s products to make them even stronger and more appealing to the global community of sports betting fans.”


Shane Anderson has been part of Racing. com since its launch in 2014, where he has


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Betsson and SkillOnNet penalised for Swedish bonus violations


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etsson’s NGG Nordic subsidiary and PlayOjo operator SkillOnNet have been found to have violated Swedish bonus restrictions, resulting in hefty penalties for each operator. The country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen found that each licence holder had breached regulations by offering players bonuses on multiple occasions. The regulations that came into force from January 1 restrict operators to offering one bonus per player upon sign-up.


The review of NGG Nordic’s NordicBet site by the Spelinspektionen discovered bonus offers in a range of different forms, including weekly surprises, cash prize draws, free spins, and free games. It also found that NGG Nordic had been organising lottery games, something which is not covered by its igaming and online wagering licence.


The regulator said that such promotions had been offered for as long as four months after the one-bonus restriction came into effect. As a result of repeated violations, Spelinspektionen issued a warning and a penalty fee of SEK19m (£1.6m/€1.8m/$2.0m). However, Betsson has pledged to appeal the fine. It said it believed the offering was compliant with Swedish legislation, though


had made changes following


Spelinspektionen’s intervention. It described the regulation on bonuses as “vague”, and easily interpreted in a range of different ways. By appealing the fine, it aims to have the Swedish courts provide guidance on how the bonus restrictions should be interpreted. SkillOnNet, which operates multiple brands in the market including PlayOjo, RedKings and SlotsMagic, was found to have offered daily bonuses, monthly rewards, cashback, free spins and VIP packages across its network. It too was found guilty of organising lotteries online, which is not covered by its igaming licence. This saw it warned and hit with an SEK14m penalty fee.


Nektan launches bingo across B2C white label casino network


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ektan has further expanded its product offering with the launch of a new mobile-first bingo product, which is now available across its white label network of casino sites.


The new bingo product, supplied by Pragmatic Play, has been built specifically for mobile players and is unique in providing an in-game lobby on mobile, which features a wide range of mini games to enjoy alongside the community bingo games.


Jane Ryan, Chief Operating Officer, Nektan, said: “The launch of bingo allows our partners to attract and acquire new player segments, as well as giving our current players more content choice. The large majority of our players are on smartphones and we’re confident that the mobile-specific UX and in-game lobby will drive increased mobile traffic. We look forward to delivering incremental gaming revenue to existing white label casino partners as well as working with new bingo-focused partners.”


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