Number Crunching - Tennis, Bodog and The Grand National

Number Crunching - Tennis, Bodog and The Grand National

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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Breaking down all the week's news into a set of easy to manage figures

150,000 - Britain’s biggest racing event returns this weekend as the Grand National returns to our screens on Saturday afternoon.

Aintree is predicting that over the period of the three day festival, in excess of 150,000 racing fans will attend the course, witnessing one of the most exciting jump racing events on the calendar.

33,536 - An independent audit has revealed attendance figures for 2018’s ICE London as 33,536, therefore making it the biggest on record, with an 11 percent increase on 2017's figure.

The news marks the seventh year of growth for the conference, with it also being revealed that the represented countries edged upwards, reaching 153 from last year's 151, with a number of key regions experiencing significant growth, namely North America (+33 percent), Africa (+23 percent) and South East Asia (+18 percent).

Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, commented: “Achieving a double digit uplift in attendance and extending the sequence of growth to seven consecutive years is a massive achievement for everyone involved in ICE London.

“This is a fantastic collaboration involving the great team at Clarion Gaming, the gaming community at large who travelled to London from a record 153 sovereign states and jurisdictions, as well as the community of international exhibitors who support the ICE brand with such passion and creativity.

“The backing we receive from exhibitors is evident in the post-show research we commission each year and which measures the satisfaction rating as a Net Promoter Score (NPS). The exhibitor NPS came in at +51.8, which places ICE London among an elite group of business events staged in the UK, an accolade I am extremely proud of.”

Chambers added: “One of the stand-out features of ICE London is the breadth of the gaming offering that’s available for visitors to experience. Whereas more regional centric exhibitions have a narrower focus, ICE London embraces all forms of gaming, a feature which is reflected in the audience profile.

“This year, the number of visitors interested in bingo, street, poker and social gaming more than doubled. Half of the audience had an interest in sports betting and two thirds in the casino business.

“Of the newer gaming sectors, 20 percent of the ICE London attendance had an interest in esports. It’s this mix of verticals that delivers the dynamic that keeps the ICE London experience fresh and relevant to all sectors of the industry.”

16 - Ladbrokes has revealed that only 16 punters had the foresight and confidence to back Roma to qualify for the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.

The side currently sitting in fourth place in Serie A found themselves chalked up at 20/1 to qualify for the last four and just 16 bets were placed on them doing so, the biggest wager totalling £30.

Ahead of Wednesday night's games, Real Madrid find themselves as the new favourites to be crowned champions of Europe this season at 6/4, followed closely by Bayern Munich at 2/1.

Liverpool are the third favourites at 3/1, with Roma next in the betting (10/1), however if punters think another huge upset is on the cards now would be a good time to back Sevilla (125/1) and Juventus (150/1) to land the trophy at triple-figure odds.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "The odds are there to be defied, and that's exactly what Roma did. Fair play to the 16 customers out there who fancied David to take on Goliath on Tuesday evening."

7 - The seven-year partnership between Ayr United and Bodog has come to an end with CoinGeek.com, a supporter of both The Honest Men and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) coming in to take over the shirt branding of Ayr United.

CoinGeek.com is the backer behind the deal but the club shirt will be physically branded by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin BCH, the only true blockchain coin, in a true global first.

Ayr United’s Commercial Director Graeme Miller explained: “We were initially approached to see whether we could accept sponsorship payment in BCH. It was a big learning curve for us but we are very happy to be the first club to accept not just payment by BCH but also to promote the cryptocurrency to a wider audience.”

3 - The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has detailed the further strengthening of its investigative, intelligence and educational capabilities, introducing three new members of staff.

Responsible for enforcing the zero tolerance policy on betting related corruption encapsulating all professional tennis on a worldwide basis, the TIU states that the fresh appointments add greater depth, expertise and capability to the unit.

The first new recruit is Karen Risby who joins as an investigator following an extensive career as a detective, with a number of high profile deployments under her belt including with the Special Branch and Anti-Terrorist Units.

Next is Steven Downes who has been employed as an intelligence analyst, placing a heightened focus on the use of intelligence in combating corruption within the sport of tennis. Third and finally is Richard Sackey-Addo, who joined the Education and Training team in January as an Education Coordinator.

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