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PlayOJO crowned Casino Operator of the Year

Disruptive challenger takes home trophy at the prestigious Malta iGaming Awards.

Fast-growing online casino operator, PlayOJO, has added more silverware to its trophy cabinet after being crowned Casino of the Year at Malta's iGaming Awards.

The operator, which is powered by popular software provider SkillOnNet, fought off stiff competition to take home the gong.

The recognition comes just weeks after PlayOJO picked up its first EGR Award – for Rising Star of the Year – at the industry bible’s prestigious Operator Awards 2017 in London.

Ohad Narkis, from PlayOJO, said: “We are delighted to have been named Casino Operator of the Year at the Malta iGaming Awards. Despite launching less than a year ago, we have already made a significant impact on the industry by taking the player experience to the next level. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of the PlayOJO team, and I’d like to thank the judges for rewarding our achievements and successes in this way.”

Since going live in February, this disruptive challenger brand, has already made a big impression in the UK market with its unique approach to responsible gambling.

Its innovative OJOplus offering rewards players with money back on every bet – whether they win or lose – which can be withdrawn into their wallet at any time.

In an industry first, all bonuses and rewards come with no wagering requirements, so what players see is what they get – it’s that simple.

For more info about PlayOjo Casino click here.

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s.bostan@simkaconsulting.com (Simona Bostan) News Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:50:55 +0000
IGA Awards - Finalists http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/430-iga-awards-finalists http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/430-iga-awards-finalists

IGA Awards - Finalists

Have you made it to the list?

The 11th International Gaming Awards will take place next year in London.

Best of the best in the industry will win and IGA award and some of the profit will go to a good charity.

Event info:

Monday 5 February 2018 @
Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London
18:30 – 1:00
 
Price:

Individual seat @ £430 + VAT
Industry (Table of 10) @ £3950 + VAT

Each ticket includes:

  • Admittance to the International Gaming Awards Ceremony
  • Welcome Champagne Networking Party
  • Dinner with Wine ½ bottle
  • Awards presentation ceremony
  • Celebration Party
  • All entertainment included.

Don't forget that this is a black tie event.

25 Awards are up for grabs including the following categories:

  • Australia/Asia Focused Technology Supplier
  • eSports Betting Software
  • Gaming Operator Americas
  • Gaming Operator Australia/Asia
  • Gaming Operator Europe
  • Great Place to Work
  • iGaming Software Supplier
  • Innovator Operator
  • Innovator Supplier
  • Integrated Resort
  • Live Casino of the Year
  • Lottery Product
  • Mobile Operator
  • Mobile Product of the Year
  • Online Casino Operator
  • Online Gaming Operator
  • Online Poker Operator
  • Payment Processing Company
  • Slot Provider
  • Slots Operator
  • Socially Responsible Land Based
  • Socially Responsible Online
  • Sports Betting Operator
  • Technology Provider
  • VIP Room

For the finalists click here.

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s.bostan@simkaconsulting.com (Simona Bostan) News Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:34:04 +0000
5 Tips on How to land a job in iGaming without experience http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/429-tips-on-how-to-land-a-job-in-igaming-without-experience http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/429-tips-on-how-to-land-a-job-in-igaming-without-experience

5 Tips on How to land a job in iGaming without experience

If you are fresh out of school or a professional in a different industry, you might want to continue reading this article where we will give you some tips on how to land a job in iGaming without previous experience.

#1 Tip: Getting the chance for an interview

Most of the time the HR department will receive tons of CV's for the same position. It will be time consuming for them to read from top to button every single CV. Use a short phrase at the beginning of your CV where you will describe why you are the best for the job. Make your CV stand out. 

# 2 Tip: Experience and knowledge are two different things

If an employer is looking for a role to fill in his company where no experience is required, that doesn't mean you don't need to know anything about the role.

Lets say you are applying for a position within the Fraud and Payments department. You need to know the definition of fraud, ways to prevent, types of fraud, what is payments, type of online payments etc. 

You might also get a test to spot fake documents, cards etc. Knowledge about this field is essential.

#3 Tip: Know the Company

Preparation for the interview involves knowing the Company you are applying to. All information about the Company you will find it on their website. 

E.g. When the company was founded, where it is licensed, languages offered, products they offer, Terms and Conditions etc.

#4 Tip: Read the job description

Very important. You must carefully read what your responsibilities will be. During the interview use your answer around the experience/knowledge you previously gained that involves your future duties.

#5 Tip: Dress Code

iGaming industry workplace provides most of the time a very relaxed and creative environment. But, that doesn't mean jeans are allowed during an interview. Casual - smart is always the way to go.

To get a job in iGaming, you must be willing to relocate to different countries where companies are licensed and have their offices. Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Curacao are some iGaming hubs. 

Tips:To find a job, you can use iGaming recruitment agencies, go directly to the website of the company or via Facebook groups.

Currently there have been many openings for different language Customer Support roles, such as: Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch and German in Malta. So, if you speak the above languages then you are in luck and much easier to enter in this field.

Good Luck!

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s.bostan@simkaconsulting.com (Simona Bostan) News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:56:26 +0000
Affiliate Grand Slam Bucharest http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/428-affiliate-grand-slam-bucharest http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/428-affiliate-grand-slam-bucharest

Affiliate Grand Slam Bucharest

On the first of September, 2017, 200 great Affiliates were invited (all expenses paid) to Bucharest for the second Grand Slam organized by SiGMA (first one was organized in Tallinn, Estonia).

Simka Consulting took part as well, thanks to Casumo invitation.

Hosts: 10Bet, Casumo, GiG Affiliates, GoWild Affiliates, Karamba and twin.

Sponsors: Betting Gods, CareBoom, EveryMatrix, matching visions, SMS warriors and talkingAds.

The event took place at  JW Marriott Bucharest,  the lovely dinner at 'La Brasserie' and the closing party at 'YACHT Bucharest'.

My favorite workshop was Pitfall and opportunities' where Tal Itzhak Ron, the Chairman and CEO of Tal Ron, Drihem & Co, not only discussed the reason for so many merges and acquisitions that happen lately, but also the due diligence process.

I got the chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones and chance to promote two new operators that are relatively new on the market with new products. 

Stroll through the Old City Town

Thank you Eman & Team for a great event and see you in November in Malta for the biggest event hosted for Affiliates ever.

 

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s.bostan@simkaconsulting.com (Simona Bostan) News Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Betfair joins William Hill, others out of Poland market http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/427-betfair-joins-william-hill-others-out-of-poland-market http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/427-betfair-joins-william-hill-others-out-of-poland-market

Betfair joins William Hill, others out of Poland market

Betfair has become the latest big name in the iGaming world to announce its decision to exit the Polish market.

The company’s move comes after the country brought in new national gambling laws, which are set to kick in soon.

Updated regulations will say that iGaming operators not willing to apply for a new license, which involves a 12% tax on wagering turnover, must stop operations in Poland by April 1.

Last week, William Hill confirmed it would pull out of Poland, while the likes of Bet365, EnergyBet and Pinnacle have also announced their exit ahead of the deadline.

William Hill shot a letter to all stakeholders in Poland, informing them that it intends to stop offering its products in Poland prior to April 1.

Customers can withdraw their funds from the site until April 1. Post this date, they will have to contact customer support to do the same.

Apart from this, William Hill has informed all affiliates to take off any marketing material directed at Polish customers from their websites.

Despite withdrawing from the market, William Hill intends to return to the market in the future.

Totalizator Sportowy is to remain a monopoly in the country, with complete control over its online gaming market.

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k.graeler@simkaconsulting.com (Simona) News Sat, 01 Apr 2017 07:53:28 +0000
DraftKings expands further after going live in Germany http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/426-draftkings-expands-further-after-going-live-in-germany http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/426-draftkings-expands-further-after-going-live-in-germany

DraftKings expands further after going live in Germany

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings is set to expand further after launching in Germany.

Earlier in 2017, the company had revealed its plans to increase its presence in the European market after getting a Controlled Skill Games License from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

At the time, DraftKings had mentioned Germany as a possible expansion market, and has now accomplished that plan by launching a beta version of its DFS platform for all the customers in the European nation.

German players can access all 10 sports currently offered by DraftKings in US markets, including on contests from NFL American football league, Major League Baseball and the NBA basketball league, as well as seven leagues of football.

Jeffrey Haas, chief international officer at DraftKings, said:

“Germany is known for its passionate sports fans and we are pleased to welcome them to daily fantasy sports.

“Germans show a proclivity for American sports, particularly the NFL and NBA.

“Initial testing in Germany shows that our most popular sport has been the NBA, which is why we are opening our beta test to all German sports fans.”

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k.graeler@simkaconsulting.com (Simona) News Sat, 01 Apr 2017 07:51:37 +0000
GVC cites bwin.party acquisition as main reason for boost in finances in 2016 http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/425-gvc-cites-bwinparty-acquisition-as-main-reason-for-boost-in-finances-in-2016 http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/425-gvc-cites-bwinparty-acquisition-as-main-reason-for-boost-in-finances-in-2016

GVC cites bwin.party acquisition as main reason for boost in finances in 2016

GVC Holdings has stated that its takeover of bwin.party last year was the key reason behind a year-on-year increase in key finances in 2016.

The company’s pro forma net gaming revenue was €894.6 million ($963.7 million), an increase of 9% on the €822.2 million posted in 2015.

Clean earnings, before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), jumped up 26% year-on-year to €205.7 million, on a pro forma basis.

GVC also revealed that pro forma sports wagers were up 4% from €4.39 billion in 2015 to €4.55 billion in the last year, with an increased sports margin of 8.5%.

The pro forma results exhibited a combined group as if GVC acquired bwin.party on January 1.

The company’s actual net gaming revenue rounded up to €843.4 million, while actual clean EBITDA came in at €193.5 million and actual sports wagers stood at €4.33 billion.

Kenneth Alexander, chief executive of GVC, said: “The acquisition of bwin.party in February 2016 was our most ambitious transaction to date and through the hard work of our people we have once again demonstrated our ability to create significant shareholder value through selected acquisitions.

“Our strategy of pursuing international diversification and scale through leveraging our proprietary technology, is more appropriate today than at any time in our history.

“The organic growth opportunity is equally exciting and we are confident of delivering further growth in 2017.”

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k.graeler@simkaconsulting.com (Simona) News Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:49:31 +0000
International Federation of Poker flops in SportAccord bid http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/424-international-federation-of-poker-flops-in-sportaccord-bid http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/424-international-federation-of-poker-flops-in-sportaccord-bid

International Federation of Poker flops in SportAccord bid

The International Federation of Poker (IFP) global governing body failed to become a member of SportAccord, the umbrella organization for Olympic and non-Olympic governing bodies.

The organization had made an application before the 2017 edition of the SportAccord Convention that will be held from April 2-7 in Aarhus, Denmark.

During the General Assembly at the April event, SportAccord members will vote to decide on entry for other federations into the organization.

The IFP administers sports poker and endorses poker and its Match Poker variation as a skill game and a mind sport.

However, in a statement put out by Insidethegames.com, IFP president Patrick Nally made it clear that SportAccord has not accept the organization’s application at the upcoming convention.

Naturally it was disappointing to receive such news, both for me and - more importantly - for players and officials representing our 60 National Federations around the world who have collectively worked very hard, over a number of years, in our quest for SportAccord membership,” Nally said.

“We have always believed that acceptance by SportAccord into the global sports family would assist us in promoting match poker, the team-based, non-gambling variant of the world's most popular card game, worldwide.

“It is important to state how grateful IFP is for the support we have received from SportAccord president Patrick Baumann, the SportAccord Membership Commission and the SportAccord Council to date, and for their promise of continued support as we look to enhance our application.

“I look forward to attending the meeting for SportAccord applicants due to be held in Lausanne later this year and to our application being considered by the membership at a future General Assembly.”

The World Armwrestling Federation and Rugby League International Federation are also believed to have had membership applications turned down.

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k.graeler@simkaconsulting.com (Simona) News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:46:43 +0000
Playtech games live in regulated Czech Republic online market http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/422-playtech-games-live-in-regulated-czech-republic-online-market http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/422-playtech-games-live-in-regulated-czech-republic-online-market

Playtech games live in regulated Czech Republic online market

Playtech casino games can now be accessed in the Czech Republic after content and software supplier’s deal with Fortuna, the country’s first licensed online gambling operator.

Last week, Fortuna secured the first-ever licence to operate online technical games from the Czech Ministry of Finance. Fortuna is now up and running with a bunch of Playtech’s online and mobile slot and table game content.

After joining forces in August 2016, the two firms have launched products in Romania and intend to expand their reach to countries like Poland and Slovakia in the future.

“We are delighted to be the first supplier to go live in the Czech Republic with our pioneering omni-channel platform technology and best-performing casino content and to further expand Fortuna’s offering in this newly regulated market,”said Shimon Akad, Playtech’s chief operating officer.

“We pride ourselves on being leaders in regulated markets and today’s announcement highlights just how we always aim to lead the way.”

At the moment, brands wanting to enter the online gambling market of Czech Republic need to secure a licence or face prosecution from the national regulator and police.

Companies will also have to adhere to rigid licensing processes, which includes a new tax rate of 23% on gross gaming revenue for sports betting and lotteries, and 35% for RNG casino games, on top of a standard 19% corporate tax rate.

David Vanek, general manager, Fortuna CZ, added: “We are proud to be the first company in the Czech Republic to have met the demanding conditions defined by the new legislation and to be granted a licence as a result.

"Broadening our product range to complement our sports betting offering is a major priority. We are therefore very pleased that our customers will be the first to play online roulette and casino games in full compliance with Czech legislation.

“Granting this licence means that Fortuna has become the first multi-product (sports and games) gaming company in the Czech market. Our new online casino and aggressive games expansion is crucial to growing the business and means the Fortuna product offering will be comparable to some of Europe’s largest operators.

"Thanks to our close co-operation with Playtech, the industry’s leading online gaming technology company, we have a comprehensive range of best-performing products and the best gaming experience to offer our players.”

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k.graeler@simkaconsulting.com (Simona) News Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:04:11 +0000
Ladbrokes loses HMRC appeal, asked to pay £71m tax charge http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/423-ladbrokes-loses-hmrc-appeal-asked-to-pay-£71m-tax-charge http://www.simkaconsulting.com/index.php/blog/item/423-ladbrokes-loses-hmrc-appeal-asked-to-pay-£71m-tax-charge

Ladbrokes loses HMRC appeal, asked to pay £71m tax charge

Ladbrokes has lost an appeal to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the UK to reverse a ruling over a bogus tax avoidance scheme and has ordered to pay £71 million (€83.7 million/$88.4 million).

Last year, HMRC won a judgment against Ladbrokes worth £54 million after the company admitted to arranging a deal between two of its divisions, resulting in a share price drop in one of the operations. This allowed the other division to claim a tax loss.

The deal, supervised by Deloitte, exploited a 2008 tax loophole that related to loans between companies and third parties.

HMRC initiated legal action against the 100 firms that gained due to this loophole, including Ladbrokes, which appealed against the initial ruling and claimed no wrongdoing on its part.

However, the Upper Tribunal of the Tax and Chancery Chamber did not agree with the claim and dismissed each of Ladbrokes’ three arguments, directing the company to pay HMRC a total of £71 million.

HMRC compliance director Jennie Granger said:

“Ladbrokes would have been better off just paying the tax but instead they pursued this lengthy legal dispute with HMRC.

“Avoidance schemes like this just don’t work and HMRC will always take firm action against them.

“The bookie gambled and lost when the odds of success could not have been lower.”

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k.graeler@simkaconsulting.com (Simona) News Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:44:09 +0000