Fans’ Favourite Bance Close To Al Masry Switch

first_imgRelatedEzekiel Bassey Joins Egypt’s Al MasryJanuary 21, 2019In “Nigeria”Plateau United Dumped Out Of CAFCC After USM Alger ThrashingApril 18, 2018In “Africa”Junior Ajayi Reveals Arsenal AmbitionApril 6, 2018In “England” Burkina Faso international striker Aristide Bance is a fans’ favourite in his native country and Africa as a whole and those fans would have been excited after their idol made the news again.Bance, 32, has reportedly arrived in Egypt ahead of his move to Port Said outfits and Egyptian top-flight side Al Masry.The latest development won’t come as a surprise to many as he’s renowned for spending short period of time at his various clubs. Bance only moved to Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas last year and is apparently on the move again but not after he made his mark by winning the Ligue 1 title in Ivory Coast.His impressive performances at the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) earlier this year in Gabon led to interests from several clubs before he made Al Masry his next destination. The Egypt Ian side would be the Burkinabe’s 20th club during his 18-year career.In addition to ASEC Mimosas, Aristide Bance has also featured for clubs like Augsburg & FSV Mainz (Germany), Al Ahli (UAE), HJK Helsinki (Finland) amongst others.last_img read more

21Bet agrees deal to become official betting partner of Gloucester Rugby

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Ladbrokes boosts Irish profile by announcing new Ambassador club September 10, 2019 Richard HoggOnline bookmaker 21Bet has announced that a deal has been agreed for it to become the official betting partner of Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2017/18 season.Having already agreed to become the shirt sponsor for Waterford FC and become the betting partner for second-tier English football team Wolverhampton Wanderers, it’s clear that 21Bet is looking to expand its venture into the world of sports sponsorship.  21Bet CEO Richard Hogg said: “We are very selective in the clubs that we associate ourselves with and we are absolutely delighted to be partnered with such a renowned and well run club like Gloucester Rugby.“Our whole ethos is based around being passionate about sports and no club exhibits that in rugby quite like the Cherry and Whites.“It’s great to be partnered with a team who share our ambition as well as our appetite and drive for growth and success. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”The sponsorship deal also means that as of next season the West Terrace at  Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium will be known as the 21Bet stand. Commercial director at Gloucester Rugby, Mike Turner said: “We’ve spoken to a number of potential betting partners, and are pleased to announce the new relationship with 21Bet.  We believe 21Bet offer a great solution for supporters who like to bet online and are looking forward to working with them.” SBTech boosts platform offering with BetGames.TV deal April 14, 2020 Time to innovate: gets BOS attention September 11, 2019 Related Articleslast_img read more

OPTIMA – The continued growth of the serverless solution

first_img CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’  August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Betting solutions provider OPTIMA concluded a successful 2017 by not only agreeing a deal to supply Betfred with its Multi-Channel Gaming Suite platform, but also by being crowned Standalone Platform Provider of the Year at the SBC Awards.   OPTIMA received the award, which its CEO Jacob Lopez described as “a great accomplishment” in the same month that it also reached a partnership with IGT for the licensing, support, and development of its sports betting platform in all international regions outside of Italy, the United States, and Canada.Speaking to SBC after the awards, Lopez added: “As a firm, OPTIMA is committed to being a solution provider of choice for an ever increasing number of customers, and our clients overwhelmingly tell us that they are confident they did the right decision in selecting our platform as their main business framework. Giving the best service possible to our clients and staying at the forefront of the gaming technology, is our primary mission, and we look forward to continuing growth in the near future. To be recognised with the SBC Awards for two consecutive years is a powerful evidence of the effectiveness of our products.“We work hard at OPTIMA to provide the kind of culture that foster excellence, commitment and learning. Our recent awards are great motivation for Optima employees to be more efficient and do their best every day.”Analysing how the market has evolved for platform providers over the past year, Lopez continued: “This industry is driven by the market factors as any other. Millennial gamers force the market to go online, adopt flexible, multi-channel format, be everywhere they demand personalised service, and they want the choice.“At Optima, we not only respond immediately and efficiently to our customers’ needs, but we also carefully follow market trends and observe demographic and psycho-graphic shifts of the players in order to recognise early behaviour patterns and create products that will help our clients enrich greatly their portfolio of products and services. New currencies, new technologies, such as data processing tools, AI, VR and others help us create previously unimaginable solutions that will ensure further market shifts and customers’ growth.”  A key factor to OPTIMA’s progress this year was the group’s progress in integrating its serverless solution to the UK market. Something that was aided when OPTIMA reaffirmed its commitment to servicing independent bookmakers by announcing an extension to its partnership deal with the Bookmakers Technology Consortium (BTC).Commenting on the growth of serverless solution, Lopez said: “I will let the numbers speak for themselves: 70% of our customers are Serverless now and more will follow. Among our clients, there are operators who have saved costs massively since they migrated, for new setups and also for day to day operation. OPTIMA Retail product is live in renowned bookmakers worldwide, more than 4000 shops counting amongst the operators live with the system: Chisholm Bookmakers, JenningsBet, Corbettsports, Backhouse, David Pluck, Stan James (Megabet), BarOne Racing, BetCafe (Superbet) Romania, Nairabet and many other operators worldwide.”He concluded: “EPoS is a cash-based application featuring two-phase image capture and translation and full and partial mark-sense. It has a centralized but supporting ‘stand-alone’ architecture featuring real-time centralised alerting. The notable feature of this product is the large range and richness of features of the products offered. The very traditional background to players in betting shops means the market is resistant to change and therefore electronic systems have evolved to emulate traditional manual practices. “The EPoS system is largely based on Commodity hardware. This means there is no vendor tie-in; the hardware can be sourced either by OPTIMA or directly by the client. That makes it incredibly easy for the customer to adopt it. The core of the system runs on a totally standard PC running Windows 10 with very low specs, making it very cheap to acquire for the bookmakers.”last_img read more

Brexit Party tipped to gain majority as EU elections loom

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit With the UK European elections due to take place tomorrow, the newly-formed Brexit Party is tipped to gain the most seats with it being traded at 97 per cent on Smarkets. The eurosceptic party, fronted by Nigel Farage, has shaken up the market for the ‘most seats’ in the UK European elections. Smarkets detailed that while the party was originally traded at 22 per cent on the exchange,  they’ve now reached 97% to get the most seats – pushing Labour down to 2% – their lowest price since we opened this market.Sarbjit Bakhshi, Smarkets Head of Political Markets commented: “The Brexit Party, despite having no members, no manifesto and no proposals of what they will do in the European Parliament, are set to storm the European Parliamentary elections with a 97 per cent implied probability of getting the most seats from the UK in the European Parliament market.“The media-friendly approaches of both Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson are paying off. A result of the attention, our markets are showing that both are strongly favoured to achieve their respective aims. The question remains whether other party leaders can break their hold on the news cycle, restrained as they are by manifestos and ideologies.”Across Europe, the market has seen a number of major coalitions being formed to cement themselves into the European Parliament. Smarkets has shown that there has been systematic growth in money being traded towards the European People’s Party, which is now being traded at 93 per cent. While markets have also shown that the implied probability for Tommy Robinson being elected as an MEP has taken a turn, with the ‘no’ contract dropping from 90 per cent to 76 per cent since the infamous milkshake-gate.With recent news yet again turning towards a potential UK conservative leadership contest, Boris Johnson is currently front-runner, increasing his lead at the top of the market to 34 per cent implied probability. Dominic Raab, meanwhile, has jumped into second favourite at 17 per cent implied probability and Michael Gove dropping to third favourite at nine per cent.Theresa May yesterday announced that she has come up with a series of amendments to her current Brexit deal to get it through parliament, including – most notably – allowing MPs to vote on a potential second referendum. This has ruffled some feathers among senior Conservative figures, but could also be just what May needs to stay in Number 10. Share John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Share BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020last_img read more

TIU hands lifetime ban to Joao Olavo Soares de Souza

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Superbet highlights integrity commitment with IBIA membership July 9, 2020 TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions July 27, 2020 Share Victoria Police charges two following tennis corruption investigation June 29, 2020 The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has handed Brazilian tennis player Joao Olavo Soares de Souza a lifetime ban after he was convicted of multiple match-fixing offences as well as a number of associated corruption offences.In addition to the lifetime ban, Souza has also been issued with a $200,000 fine after he ‘committed numerous breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). These included repeated incidents of match-fixing at ATP Challenger and ITF Futures tournaments held in Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Czech Republic..’The TIU also revealed that Souza was found guilty of failing to report corrupt approaches, failure to fully cooperate with the TIU which is said to have included destroying evidence.Souza had also solicited other players to not use best efforts according to independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H. McLaren at a disciplinary Hearing.In March 2019, and prior to being charged with corruption offences, Souza had been provisionally suspended from professional tennis, pending completion of the TIU investigation and case against him.The subsequent ban came into effect on 24 January, with Souza no longer able to compete in or attend any event organised or recognised by a tennis governing body.The 31-year old is currently ranked 742 in ATP singles, with a career-high of 69 reached in April 2015. As a doubles player his highest ranking was 70, achieved in January 2013.In a statement made via LinkedIn, the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) ‘welcomed’ the decision made by the TIU.It said: “IBIA welcomes the decision to impose a lifetime ban and $200,000 fine on Joao Olavo Soares de Souza after a conviction on match-fixing charges. IBIA and its members will continue to work closely with the Tennis Integrity Unit and the association is confident that the measures being taken by the sport aligned with the detailed customer-based data provided by IBIA members will continue to enable the identification and punishment of betting related corruption in tennis.”last_img read more

Countdown to Cheltenham: Geoff Banks labels ‘Wednesday wipeout’ as a figment of the imagination

first_img Share Share Submit SBC announces digital future for Europe, America, CIS & Africa July 30, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon With only three days left in the Countdown to Cheltenham, SBC has continued to question the betting industry’s major operators on what to expect at the four day event.Speaking to Geoff Banks of Geoff Banks Sports, we found out why he thinks the possibility of a Wednesday wipeout is a ‘figment of the imagination’, and why request-a-bets might not play a bigger role in fan engagement.SBC: Three of the shortest-priced favourites of the week have been lined up to race on the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival – is this a worry for Geoff Banks Sports? and how do you plan to mitigate the risk of a ‘wednesday wipeout’?  Geoff Banks: I think the Wednesday wipeout is a figment of the imagination for PR reps from betting supermarket companies! Of course Tiger Roll looks a total penalty kick – and at prices around Even money represents for me the value short priced favourite of the festival. The feature race is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and for me any of the front three can win the race. I give preference towards Defi Du Seuil. For me Altior is this year’s hype horse. He’s had a very poor season. Well beaten at Ascot and sketchy against very weak opposition. I am a passionate advocate these horses show their best when actively campaigned. Altior dodges too many big matchups for me. I see Henderson failing notably here against Defi Du Seuil whose Clarence House win has been the best trial for Cheltenham. Chacun Pour Soi could equally spring a shock. The race is wide open betting wise, we offer Altior at 5/2 and not being knocked over for that!  The other feature event is the RSA Chase and that, again looks like an open heat. The wipeout won’t be happening as the fancied runners aren’t the overpowering stars of the infamous Annie Power fall last year!SBC: What role will request a bets and promotional offers play in engaging punters with this year’s festival?Geoff Banks: Cheltenham used to be the engine room of a bookmaker’s profits. These days the profits lie more in gaming and the great Festival is utilised to source custom with offers. Alongside the opposition we are offering rebates for all 2nd place runners in every race at the Cheltenham Festival. This type of offer is proving exceptionally popular and will cost us a pretty penny! It is essential, however, to the modern world of online bookmaking to bet to a diminishing margin. Will request-a-bets play a bigger role? Not to the degree of soccer I would imagine, where the variety of wagering suits that type of enquiry somewhat better.SBC: Data has suggested that this year’s Cheltenham Festival has attracted – on average – 40% more ante-post punting in comparison to last year. Why do you think this is? And what have you done to capitalise on this?Geoff Banks: I’m not sure we have seen an uplift of 40% on the ante post market. But our promotion on horses finishing second throughout the festival applies to the ante post. With horses often double and even triple declared it’s always going to put the cautious punter off, and give oxygen to the conspiracy theorists when horses are laid and subsequently withdrawn. I think the ante post market is more the tonic we employ to attract attention and comment, add flavour and anticipation for race fans. We are also 1/4 the odds in all the Cheltenham events, which makes for excellent value in heats involving shorter odds favourites.SBC: The Gold Cup hasn’t been defended since 2004, what are the chances of current joint favourite Al Boum Photo doing it for Willie Mullins this year?Geoff Banks: It wasn’t a blue riband gold cup last season. However I think Al Boum Photo’s prep has gone well this season, albeit he has not raced as often as I would like to have seen. These horses are athletes and in my opinion perform best when camp[aigned regularly. It’s a hard ask to win the Gold Cup in successive seasons, being such a tough race. Again this season it looks like a rather weaker renewal. The front two look value to stand at coupled odds of around 5/4. The loss of Native River will be deeply felt as he brought star quality. Lostintranslation has the kind of profile I would be looking at. The ground will be of course a factor. With months of rain even the great track, with its well draining soil, will be extra testing if it continues to rain. Can King George king Clan Des Obeaux do the double? The trip is clearly the issue here. Kempton form doesn’t travel well to Cheltenham. It’s hard to have a strong opinion in this race except I would see the Irish as dominant. Santini looks like a hard ride for the UK team, Bristol De Mai appears to have little chance at this track. It looks a bookie’s race if I can field money for Santini and match that for cash for Al Boum Photo and look onSBC: And finally, are there any runners that SBC readers should be keeping an eye on?Geoff Banks: A longshot for this season for me is the mighty Faugheen. Loves the track. Looks totally revitalised this season and at 10/1 looks a value alternative to Champ in the RSA. He stays 3 miles, and is incredibly versatile. Of course he’s older, and it’s a big ask at 12 years, but he jumps well and if he does take this, there won’t be a hat on anyone’s head ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Virtus.Pro challenge SK Gaming to $100k esports football match

first_imgWhen it comes to rosters, the teams will be using a variety of players. On the Polish side we have paszaBiceps acting as captain along with three of his teammates, Janusz “Snax”Pogorzelski, Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas, Filip “NEO” Kubski and their coach Jakub “kuben” Gurczyński. Joining them are VP’s DOTA 2 support player Alexei “Solo” Berezin and their League of Legends Mid Laner  Ivan “Paranoia” Tipuhov.The Brazilian side will see their entire CS:GO roster play, with Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo acting as captain along with their video producer Valeri Kirov and Managing Director Alex Müller.Image courtesy of SK/Virtus.ProWhile pasza did mention a stream being included in the deal, the location of this stream has yet to be announced by either side. All information about this match will be released on this site, so make sure to stay tuned both there as well as on ESI for any upcoming information as it is released.Esports Insider says: Having professional esports players involving themselves in one of the most popular traditional sports on the planet is both interesting and a good way to promote the teams and the esports industry as a whole. SK or Virtus…who’s your money on? In what is perhaps the most interesting challenge in esports history, the Brazilian SK Gaming will be battling the Polish Virtus.Pro in a 7v7 football match. Following a Twitter dare by Virtus.Pro’s CS:GO player Jarosław “paszaBiceps” Jarząbkowski in response to a post SK Gaming made offering fans a chance to play football with their CS:GO team, came one of the most interesting ” esports tournaments” to date.We’ve seen the likes of PSG, Schalke, Valencia and more football clubs enter esports in recent times and now it’s time for two top esports orgs to try this procedure out in reverse.After talks with ESforce Holding Managing Partner Anton Cherepennlkov and ESL Vice-President Michael Blicharz, the teams agreed on the date of the event and the $100k (£78,000) prize pool. Scheduled to take place on July 10th, the day after ESL One Cologne 2017, the location has not yet been revealed.last_img read more

Esports betting site SickOdds partners with Seven Star Digital

first_imgSickOdds, an esports betting company, has partnered with a customer acquisition company that deals specifically in the gaming industry, Seven Star Digital.The deal with see Seven Star Digital provide SickOdds with funding to aid with expansion, and it will provide its expertise in commercial and marketing to help the website grow in the ever-growing world of esports betting.Luke Eales, Founder & CEO at Seven Star Digital stated: “By combining our expertise in developing fast-growing, user-centric comparison sites with the SickOdds founding team’s knowledge and passion for esports – as well as their active engagement in the bustling esports community – we plan to forge a position as a leading portal for esports betting worldwide.PASPA’s recent repeal in the US creates the possibility of regulated esports betting in this potentially lucrative market. Our immediate focus, however, is on expansion in the UK and Europe, where we see a range of exciting growth opportunities.”The recent development – as mentioned by Eales – in sports betting in the US could have great results for esports. In mid-May, the Supreme Court finally came to a decision regarding the Murphy vs. NCAA case; eradicating the law that prohibited sports betting in the United States and deeming PASPA unconstitutional. This means states, at their own discretion, can legalise sports betting – and this may just involve betting on esports, too.Tom Wade, Co-Founder of SickOdds added: “Both myself and Nick Pateman, with whom I started the site, are extremely excited to work with Seven Star Digital. Our deep understanding of esports and what resonates with its fans give us an edge over more general sports betting sites. Our platform will provide the first esports betting aggregation of its kind, and we can’t wait to accelerate the development of its features with Seven Star Digital.”SickOdds’ current offering includes Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Clash Royale, Rocket League, and plenty of other titles.Esports Insider says: SickOdds is just one of a growing number of websites that offers esports betting, but in partnership with Seven Star Digital, it will be hoping to emerge as a frontrunner in the industry. We’re interested to see how the two companies decide to differentiate their offering from the competition.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Jordan Ayew is Crystal Palace’s top player for October

first_imgGhana’s Jordan Ayew has picked up his second monthly club award at Crystal Palace by being voted the ManBetX player for October. The latest gong adds to what he picked up in month of August.In the month under review, Ayew scored against West Ham and Arsenal on the road to help Palace pick up a win and draw.Fans gave 35 percent of their votes to the Ghanaian while Gary Cahill got 21 and James McArthur 16 percent respectively.Ayew told Crystal Palace’s official website that he was pleased with the level of recognition he was getting but his work was highly complimented by his team mates and he was more concerned with the success of the team.“It’s a pleasure, obviously. I work really hard and I have the support from the players, from the staff, from the football club and from the fans. Everything’s good.“I’ll just keep on working and never stop working. It gives me more hunger for more hard work and to get to where the club wants to get to. That is a positive thing and without the players I wouldn’t win this award so I have to thank everyone and thank the players especially.“I just try to do my best for the team. If I can chip in a few goals it’s a positive thing. But the important thing for me is for the team to win and that is what I try to do every time I’m on the pitch, to make sure we win games.“That is my mentality. I don’t like to lose so I want to win every game and whether I score or whether my partner scores, I am very happy.”Ayew and his team mates will face Leicester City at Selhurst Park on Sunday at 2pm in the Premier League and the game will be live on Citi 97.3 FM.last_img read more

‘Game of our lives’: African footballers in coronavirus-hit Italy

first_img Tags: CoronavirusEmmanuel Agyemang Badu ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Reconnecting with family“You need to constantly reassure your family and friends back home of your safety, and that you are OK and your immediate family is fine,” Simy says.“I can understand the panic, and we also feel the same way. But we have to keep praying … We all have to unite because it’s a global problem … I believe we will come out of it very soon.”Badu’s family, friends and loved ones in Ghana are also extremely worried about him but, he says: “This is the situation now … We just have to take precautions very seriously and stay out of trouble.“With this lockdown, you get a little time to reflect on certain aspects of life. You begin to appreciate life more.“Some people were with us at the start of the year, but they are no longer here because of this. We need to pray for the families of those not here and continue to wish those infected a speedy recovery. Our faith and survival instinct will be tested. But we can never give up or relent; I believe mankind will win this battle.”Simy has found a silver lining to the lockdown: “This football life is fast. Training, flying out to matches. Because it is your career, being on the road, you miss out on some important aspect of life, which is spending enough time with your family.“I have extra time for my wife and daughter now because we practically do everything together. It helps that we take advantage of this moment together.”There are more important things than football“It’s been a big hit on the football world because everything is on a standstill now,” admits Simy.“I think it’s only fair … There are things much more important than football. This is like the biggest game to play, the game of our lives. We need to join hands together and play it.“The medical officials have done a terrific job so far, and I have to praise them … The government is doing a great job as well … football can only take the back seat because it is not bigger than life.”Badu adds: “As a fan, it helps to travel for games to back your team … Football brings people together and stadiums allow people to hug and share in the immense passion provided by the beautiful game. But life is so precious, we can’t just risk our lives for it now … We have to lose something small by not playing, rather than risk lives for it.” Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Simeon “Simy” Nwankwo are remarkably calm. The two professional football players from Ghana and Nigeria are laying low, self-quarantining and reassuring their families back home that they are doing fine in Italy, the current epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.When the Italian government decided to take emergency measures to try to stop the spread of the virus, crowded sporting events were among the first to go, hitting Italy’s football season hard. All sport is now suspended until at least April 3, including the top two tiers of Italian football – Series A and B. Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Badu, 29, has been in Italy since 2010 and plays in the top flight for Hellas Verona on loan from Udinese, while Nwankwo, 27, who represented Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, joined second-tier side Crotone as a striker in the summer of 2016.Life-changingItaly entered a country-wide lockdown last week, with police patrolling the streets to ensure people stayed indoors – the most restrictive measures since World War II. People are only allowed to move around for work, health needs or emergencies.The death toll from coronavirus rose throughout the month as Italy became the worst-hit country after China, where the virus was first detected late last year.“The situation is a tough one, a very scary one. Now we’ve been home for the past six days without going out. So it’s really really tough,” Badu, who has scored 11 goals in 192 league appearances in Italy, told Al Jazeera.“Training has been suspended. Unfortunately, we played Sampdoria [Serie A rivals] last week away in Genoa, and some of their players have tested positive for the coronavirus. So as a club we’ve been quarantined for 14 days.“We only talk on our WhatsApp platform. When you start hearing of the casualties and number of deaths, you are human, so automatically you start feeling weird. Scared sometimes, because life is precious.”Italy’s reported 1,266 deaths and 17,660 infections send shivers down the spine of many players.“At the moment, we have a couple of players who have tested positive … we are always in contact through the WhatsApp group … we practically spend our whole day talking about the situation … People are dying … losing family members,” says Simy, the leading goal scorer for second-placed Crotone this season with 13 league goals.center_img ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace RelatedPosts Source: Simeon ‘Simy’ Nwankwo of Crotone celebrates after scoring his team’s opening goal during the Serie B match between FC Crotone and Virtus Entella [File: Getty Images]last_img read more