Six things you need to know in gaming today – Tuesday, February 24

Six things you need to know in gaming today – Tuesday, February 24

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Totally Gaming

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has written to Lord Gardiner of Kimble after the UK Government whip incorrectly said in a House of Lords session that “the RGT has said that in its view it is, ‘overtly naïve and massively premature’, to suggest that reducing the maximum stake size [of FOBTs] would help to reduce problem gambling”. Neil Goulden, chair of the RGT, wrote that the organisation “does not have a view on the appropriate stake size for Category B2 gaming machines”. He added that the quote Lord Gardiner used was actually from Dr Adrian Parke, an academic at the University of Lincoln, in an interview published by Betting Business Interactive.

This week, TotallyGaming.com is running a special on fantasy sports, and en cue Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey has announced it is to launch a new fantasy sports service after signing a partnership with Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY). The company says that the first fantasy game is due to go live before the opening day of the 2015 baseball season in early April.

Also in New Jersey, Betfair is reported to have paid out the largest ever jackpot since legal online gambling was launched in November 2013. Some $1.5 million was won on the poker game ‘Let It Ride’ with Don Ryan, general manager of BetfairCasino.com, adding: “We're thrilled to be a part of US online gaming history.”
 
GTECH has appointed a new senior vice-president of investor relations after recruiting James Hurley from fashion house Ralph Lauren. Hurley will lead investor relations and assume responsibility for overseeing analyst and investor engagement strategies as the gaming and lottery supplier adapts following its expected acquisition of International Game Technology (IGT).

Australian online lottery provider Jumbo Interactive has been boosted by record ticket sales in its home market as it announced H1 revenue of AUS$14.3m (€9.8m/$11.1m), up 16 per cent year-on-year. Jumbo saw sales of AUS66m, some 21 per cent higher than in the same period in the previous year.

Elsewhere, Betradar, the sports betting and data brand company, has launched its new User Certification Programme. The Sportradar subsidiary said that the new certification process has been designed to help build long-term co-operations between itself, its clients and users. The company said that Betfair and Snai have already completed the new programme.

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