Kambi lands sportsbook deal for Moldovan National Lottery


ulgaria-based gambling operator National Lottery JSC has selected Kambi to support the launch of a new online and retail sportsbook service with the Moldovan National Lottery. Sports betting is currently prohibited in Moldova, but the country passed new laws in 2016 to regulate the activity under a monopoly framework. National Lottery JSC recently landed the contract after a successful tender process.

National Lottery JSC agreed to run both its national lottery product and a brand new online and retail sportsbook for the Moldovan National Lottery, as part of a public-private partnership that will run for 15 years. Kambi already provides its sportsbook and


Caesars confirms Rodio as new CEO


Entertainment announced that its Board of Directors has named Anthony Rodio as Chief

Executive Officer (CEO). Rodio, currently CEO of Affinity Gaming, will transition to Caesars in the next 30 days and will replace Mark Frissora. Based at the operator’s headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rodio will bring almost four decades of experience to Caesars. Prior to his time at Affinity Gaming, where he has been CEO since October 2018, Rodio was president and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment.

Affinity brings in Higgins to replace Rodio as CEO

Las Vegas-based casino operator  has appointed Mary Elizabeth Higgins as its new chief executive,

after Tony Rodio stepped down. Higgins moves into the position having only taken on the role of  January of this year, after a short spell as its chief operating 

Prior to joining Affinity in June 2018, Higgins helped establish VICI Properties, a real estate investment trust spun from Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (CEOC), serving as its CFO. Higgins was also CFO of CEOC from 2014 to 2017. Earlier in her career, Higgins also served as CFO at Global Cash Access Holdings, Herbst Gaming, the predecessor company of Affinity, and Camco.

SKS365 poaches Stanleybet’s Grisci for retail role

Sports betting and gaming operator SKS365 has appointed Luca Grisci as its new director of retail as part of

an effort to enhance its land- based operations. Grisci joins SKS365, the operator behind the Italy-facing PlanetWin365 brand, from Stanleybet, where had been serving as group managing director since September 2017. During his near six-year spell with Stanleybet, Grisci also spent time as chief operations officer, director of development, director of operations for Southern Europe and sales manager. Prior to this, Grisci held a number of senior roles with Italian operator Sisal, including regional trustee, area manager and assistant district manager.

BOSS. Gaming brings in Letlat as new chief executive

Gambling software

developer BOSS. Gaming solutions has announced Jeff Letlat, formerly of

Betsson Group and Adjarabet, as its new chief executive. Letlat has joined the supplier following a spell as general manager for Latvian casino operator Storm International.

Prior to this, he spent over a year as director of retention at Georgian operator Adjarabet – in which Paddy Power holds a controlling stake – and had five years with Betsson, serving in various roles such as customer insights manager and CRM manager for its Star Casino brand. Earlier in his career, Letlat also had a spell as payment and fraud analyst with YouWin, as well as VIP account manager and sales representative at Betway.

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managed services to the National Lottery JSC’s brand in Bulgaria and will now extend this service into the Moldovan market. National Lottery JSC and Kambi plan to roll out the online sportsbook within the next few months, with the retail service to follow shortly after.

“When replacing our previous sports betting supplier with Kambi, we did so with the goal of becoming a market leader in Bulgaria, a position we’ve achieved well ahead of time,” National Lottery JSC

managing partner Milen Ganev said. “This triumph, coupled with Kambi’s scalable technology, gives us the freedom to expand into new markets, beginning with Moldova and the Moldovan National Lottery monopoly later this year. We therefore decided to extend our contract with Kambi, enabling us to enter the next chapter of our exciting growth story with confidence.”

Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén added: “For the brand to be among the market leaders in Bulgaria within 18 months of partnership is testament to the quality of the Kambi sportsbook, as well as the National Lottery’s marketing expertise. “I’m delighted we’ve agreed to take the partnership to Moldova, where I’m confident players will enjoy our exciting sports betting experiences in both the online and retail environments.” The new deal between Kambi and National Lottery JSC replaces the initial partnership that the two parties agreed in July 2017.

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