#twitterlygaming - Trump, skill gaming and a major DFS deal

#twitterlygaming - Trump, skill gaming and a major DFS deal

Friday, November 4, 2016
Scouring the industry's Twitter feeds so you don't have to

Have trouble keeping up with twitter? Well Totally Gaming has been scouring the feeds to bring some of the more interesting tweets from the industry to your attention. Have you seen something that is worthy of attention? Tweet us at @totallygaminghq or re-tweet using the hashtag #twitterlygaming

For betting operators this week has been a big one for politics with the culmination of the perhaps the most publicised and widely debated US election in history. Following the revelation of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton, odds for Trump were cut across the board from 5/1 to, as of the time of writing, around the 7/4 mark.

William Hill’s Graham Sharpe noted how they received a substantial bet from one customer on Trump in a shop in Nottingham…

He wrote: "A first time customer in one of our Nottingham betting shops has just bet £15,000 on Donald Trump to win US Election at 7/4. #DonaldTrump"

The first skill based video game gambling machines, by GameCo, entered their first casinos recently by way of Harrahs in Atlantic City. Capable of offering games in a variety of genres, GameCo plan to launch them in plenty more casinos, including in Vegas, in the near future.

They’re an attempt by casinos to attract a younger clientele raised on video games, and moreover offer current gamblers a new exciting, and skill orientated, option than slots. Kevin Wasielewski, CEO of Origin PC, is more than keen to check it out.

He wrote: "I NEED to play this! = Harrah's Introduces First Skill-Based Video Gambling Machine http://cbsloc.al/2erAged  #DangerArena @blaineglobal"

More US election stuff as Ladbrokes Politics held a Q&A in Westminster with Ed Balls and Geoff Hoon with the latter commenting on the huge importance of the decisions by those that are not normally voters that have registered to this time around. It was also revealed by Ladbrokes that whilst they’ve seen more money placed on Hillary, there have been more bets on Trump. Brexit anyone?

They tweeted: "Hoon: If Trump attracts 5% of those usual non-voters that makes a big difference #LadbrokesUSA"

Over in Warsaw meanwhile the World Regulatory Briefing for Eastern Europe took place on Thursday which saw the differing statuses of markets there compared and discussed.

As our own Ewa Bakun tweeted: "There is hope in Pol: Romania also started with wrong legislation, now a well performing, licensed market, Cosmina Simion at #wrbriefing"

Discussions and intensified rumours around a DFS giants merger of DraftKings and FanDuel raged on social media this week, but as Legal Sports Report’s Dustin Gouker pointed out on Halloween they’re nothing new…

In response to a news headline professing "DraftKings, FanDuel Deal Is Coming Together Quickly", he tweeted: "If three years of rumors is "quickly," then sure."

David Purdum meanwhile noted on Thursday that the merger, which would be the biggest news to come out of the DFS industry in its short history, could be wrapped up and officially announced next week.

He tweeted: "Doesn't sound like DraftKings-FanDuel merger will be announced this week. Still unsigned, but "all but done," one insider said."

 

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