Today’s need-to-know news – Wednesday, January 7

Today’s need-to-know news – Wednesday, January 7

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Totally Gaming

PokerStars said that a “minor technical issue” leading to the withdrawal of online casino games from its service in Spain in recent weeks will be resolved soon, and possibly by the end of this month. “We are removing blackjack and roulette casino games from PokerStars.es,” a note distributed by PokerStars to its players in Spain stated. “This is necessary for us to fix a minor technical issue where blackjack hand histories are not available to all players from directly within the software, as required by national law.”...

Ladbrokes is the new title sponsor of English rugby league’s Challenge Cup – one of the oldest team competitions in world sport – in a three-year deal, from 2015 to 2017. The sport’s administrators in England have previously been reluctant to attach their top properties to the gambling sector, swerving potential partnerships with the likes of 888.com and Betfair in recent years after several top stars were caught up in a betting scandal a decade ago. Interestingly, the deal will feature Ladbrokes introducing a responsible gambling programme for the sport’s “players, fans and staff”...

The Reuters news agency reported that private equity group CVC Capital Partners will part-fund its previously-announced acquisition of a controlling shareholding in online betting operator Sky Bet from UK pay-television broadcaster Sky with £390m (€497m/$591m) in leveraged loans...

Gaming certification company BMM Testlabs has struck a deal to provide gaming laboratory testing services to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission in the US...

Sportech subsidiary MyWinners.com, which offers online horseracing betting services in the US state of Connecticut, teamed up with affiliate software supplier Income Access. MyWinners.com’s new affiliate programme will be integrated with Income Access’s platform by the end of Q1 2015...

Kicktipp has become the latest partner of Sportradar, which has integrated its media service’s live scores and statistics solutions into the German online prediction game operator’s offerings...

Mark Claxton and Sandra Barton have joined Plumbee and EveryMatrix, respectively.

Finally, a couple of industry moves have been confirmed (both pictured above). Sandra Barton, who spent more than a decade in the online gaming industry with the likes of Betfair and BetVictor, has joined gaming services provider EveryMatrix as its new head of payment product development. Meanwhile social casino games provider Plumbee has appointed Mark Claxton as the new head of its in-house slots production team.

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