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FanDuel Follows Rivals DraftKings With Plans To Possibly Enter Sports Betting Market
May09

FanDuel Follows Rivals DraftKings With Plans To Possibly Enter Sports Betting Market

Daily Fantasy Sports Operator FanDuel have definitely lost a lot of their luster in the last few years. Rival operator DraftKings has without a doubt gained momentum over them and is unquestionably the leading DFS operator in the market. It seems that FanDuel are always a step behind their rivals DraftKings especially after the failed merger between these two giants. In yet another reactive move, FanDuel CEO Matt King has said that like their competition DraftKings they will could expand into sports betting in the U.S. if the Supreme Court lifts the Federal Ban. As we have reported in the last few months, all eyes are on the Supreme Court as a decision is expected any day now regarding the legalization of sports betting. Many believe that the ban will be lifted and have openly announced their preparations ahead of a favorable decision. DraftKings are just one major player who announced a while ago that they are working on a platform that will be ready to launch if and when sports betting ids given the green light. Commenting on their plans to consider move into sports betting Matt said, ”It would mean we would get into sports betting. This business is around fan engagement and helping fans feel closer to the things they like, and clearly sports betting is one way to help people to do that. So it would be very logical for us to get into it. We have some ideas of how to make that experience better and ones that we feel will resonate with our users. We think we’re uniquely positioned to fulfil that market demand.” Matt was careful to hedge his bets should the decision in the Supreme Court not go the way of legalization and insisted that FanDuel have a robust roadmap without it as well. He went on to say that from a product perspective 95% would be relevant regardless of the decision ion the Supreme...

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Lottoland Expands Into Italy with Giochi24 Acquisition
May08

Lottoland Expands Into Italy with Giochi24 Acquisition

Despite the much publicized battles in Australia, Lottoland show no signs of slowing down their global reach in online lottery markets. Today the Gibraltar-based Lottoland announced they have acquired the majority share in Giochi24 which is one of the leading online lottery  and online game sites in Italy. Giochi24 has been running since 2008 and was one of the first operators to get approval by the Italian Regulator. In addition Lottoland will also be launching their own site lottoland.it in Italy which will offer the public the opportunity to play both instant win, scratch cards and keno games. In addition lotteries like SuperEnalotto and 10e Lotto will be available to play. This latest acquisition for Lottoland means they now have 8 national gambling licenses which include the UK, Ireland, Australia and Gibraltar. Commenting on the acquisition, Lottoland CEO Nigel Birrell said,:” We are delighted to have partnered with Giochi24 and to enter into the regulated Italian market. Italy is a vibrant, growing market with huge potential and we are very confident there is a strong appetite for our jackpot offering.” CEO of Giochi24 Paolo Di Feo was equally chuffed at the new partnership and said, ” We are very excited to have partnered with Lottoland and the opportunities that will bring to both businesses. We are also thrilled to be able to provide Italian players with two sites, Giochi24.it and Lottoland.it. We are now in a great position to fulfil our mission – to have the most complete offering of games of luck and lotteries that are approved by the regulator and available to players in a simple and easy...

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Lottoland Vows To Fight For Right To Operate In Australia
May07

Lottoland Vows To Fight For Right To Operate In Australia

Gibraltar based online lottery operator Lottoland is vowing to put up a fight in Australia ahead of a planned debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Lottoland are in a public battle to retain the right to offer what many term “synthetic lotteries” to their 700,000 customer base. Australia Lottoland CEO Luke Brill has said they will consider a High Court Challenge if the legislation banning betting on overseas lotteries passed the federal parliament down under. Lottoland’s main claim to the voices looking to ban them is that they are a victim of monopolies like Tatts Group who see Lottoland as serious competition and a threat to their market share. Lottoland have always contended that the real motive behind the smear campaigns against them is due to the fact that they are disruptors in a sector that does not have too many competitors. Brill went on to say that Lottoland is fully regulated and compliant and should the ban come into play it will simply harm the consumer as it creates a monopoly like market. In the most recent development Lottoland has received support from one of the newsagent groups namely the Victorian Association for Newsagents who have said the planned legislation to ban Lottoland like operators will hurt small business and stop increased competition. The latest offer by Lottoland to newsagents is a 12 percent revenue share that will be given to the newsagents of the...

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Despite Pending Government Crackdown Zeal’s MyLotto24 Set To Launch In Australia
May03

Despite Pending Government Crackdown Zeal’s MyLotto24 Set To Launch In Australia

The ongoing mudslinging match between Lottoland and the newsagents is supposed to be purely based on the law. It does however seem that Lottoland with their rapid expansion has made it personal with their rivals like Tatts and the ALNA. This seems to be confirmed as in a surprise move Zeal Network’s MyLotto24 announced they will be launching their lottery service in partnership with one of the Northern Territory newsagent representative bodies. This move is certainly surprising given that the Australian government had made their intention clear in that they plan on introducing legislation that would ban all betting on lottery companies. The deal is in conjunction with Victorian Newsagents Association (VANA) which will see newsagents offer Zeal’s products via VANA’s Nparcel payment system. In terms of the business model newsagents will get a 12% omission based on initial deposits in store. In addition they will receive 3% from any deposits made by customers online after they have signed up via one of the stores. Commenting on the deal, VANA’s general manager Chris Samartzis said,” At a time where newsagents’ incomes are under pressure, this innovative opportunity gives them a brand-new way to generate additional revenue. It expands the range of products available, giving customers more choice and yet another reason to visit our stores. This new service is good news for customers, for the mums and dads who own and manage newsagencies across the country, and for the thousands of people they employ.” MyLotto24 Australian country manager Mikael Sundelin gave his side of the partnership and said, “As hundreds of thousands of customers will tell you, betting on international lotteries is a complementary add-on to traditional Australian lotteries. This pioneering partnership, a convergence of online and in-store, enables newsagents to benefit from lotto betting in a way that’s been previously closed to...

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UKGC Fines Leovegas £600,000 For Misleading Advertising and Self Exclusion Failures
May02

UKGC Fines Leovegas £600,000 For Misleading Advertising and Self Exclusion Failures

The UK Gambling Commission has shown in the last few years that they are not scared of enforcing heavy penalties and fines on operators who are in breach of the law. We have reported on the hefty fines given to 888, Lottoland, Ladbrokes and others. The latest big name operator to feel the wrath of the UKGC is that of online gambling operator LeoVegas who were penalized for failures relating to their handling of customers at the end of their self-exclusion period and misleading advertising. The fined give to LeoVegas was £600,000. In addition LeoVegas will have to divest themselves from any funds gained as a result of their failings. The UKGC found that LeoVegas were responsible for no less than 41 misleading adverts. They also failed to return funds to 11,205 players who had chosen to self-exclude themselves and close their accounts. In terms of marketing breaches it was found that 1,894 people who were already self-excluded received marketing materials. Lastly LeoVegas permitted 413 previously self-excluded customers to gamble without speaking to them first or offering them a 24 hour cooling off period. The CEO of the Gambling Commission Neil McArthur explained the decision and said,” The outcome of this case should leave no one in any doubt that we will be tough with licence holders who mislead consumers or fail to meet the standards we set in our licence conditions and codes of practice. We want operators to learn the lessons from our investigations and use those lessons to raise standards....

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Lottoland Accuses Rivals Of Misleading Government
May01

Lottoland Accuses Rivals Of Misleading Government

The Australian lottery market and in particular the online lottery sector has been in the headlines recently with private online operators like Lottoland creating a fury down under. We have reported on the anti Lottoland campaigns and the subsequent offers made by them to newsagents in an effort to block pending legislation that would block all lottery operators that offer betting on the outcome of a lottery and not the lottery itself. In the latest mudslinging, Lottoland has accused it’s main rivals to their existence of misleading the public. Lottoland Australia CEO Luke Brill has called for a review by the Australian Government on their planned legislation that would ban online lottery betting. Lottoland claims to have proof that the newsagents misled the public regarding their true membership numbers. Brill claims that the Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) parent company was  “facing financial ruin” and misrepresented the government in their claims that they have over 4000 members when in fact they only have 707 paid members which id almost 80% less than their initial claim. In addition Brill said that the ALNA were only helping Tatts to create a monopoly and were not acting in the interests of the public. Not surprising the ALNA were quick to fight back and said that the latest Lottoland claims were “adding another string to their ruthless bow of propaganda and deception” and even accused Brill of twisting the facts. The ALNA also threatened legal action against Lottoland for spreading such rumors and stated that the documents submitted to the government reflect there being over 4,000 small business operating as lottery...

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