Today’s need-to-know news – Wednesday, January 21

Today’s need-to-know news – Wednesday, January 21

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Contagious Gaming has moved a step closer to its takeover of Chelbis after entering into a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding securities of the UK online bingo provider...

The Senet Group, the recently established self-regulation body set up by Paddy Power, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral, is to launch a new responsible gambling TV advertising campaign this Friday. The advert features the tagline ‘Bad Betty’ to the tune of iconic rock song ‘Black Betty’ to inform punters the potential dangers of gambling when upset, angry or spending more money than they can afford... 

Sky Betting and Gaming has launched its first social casino application in partnership with OpenWager, a business-to-business partner that delivers custom brand social casino entertainment. ‘Sky Hollywood Slots’ is now available to download to Android and iOS devices...

Is there a changing of the guard in New Jersey? Online gaming operator WSOP and 888 have claimed top spot in the state’s online poker rankings after recently beginning to share players in an effort to boost prize pools. Rival operator PartyPoker and its land-based partner, Borgata, have been overtaken at top spot by the new happy couple. However, can PartyPoker hit back? It is the first time PartyPoker has not led the rankings since New Jersey first opted to regulate online gaming in November 2013... 

And finally Inspired Gaming has made a number of changes to its senior management team in preparation for its expansion plans this year. UK managing director Lee Gregory will take charge of operations across VLT, virtual sports and mobile, while UK operations director Dave Hammond will oversee the firm’s mobile business and new Gibraltar-based operation. Lorna Evans has been promoted to vice-president of development and delivery, while Phil Katsaros joins Inspired as head of business development for the Americas.

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