Kindred Group Reveals Stan James To Become Unibet

Branding is an important part of the online gambling industry to attract customers. Knowing your destination on the internet gives the punter a sense of security similar to coming home after a long day at work. The online betting operator for a variety of betting options including sports and casino poker action is a trusted brand licensed by The British Gambling Commission, The Irish Revenue  and Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. The firm which began back in 1973 has grown with its reputation as a solid destination for wagering service.

Now with a recent disclosure from the directors of Kindred Group, have announced they will be migrating the brand to the Unibet platform.  

Kindred Group is headquartered in Malta and is owned by Nordic OMX a listed public company Kindred Group Plc. The online gambling operator holds and operates a number of brands, including its keystone property, Unibet, and Maria Casino, Stan James, 32Red. In 2011 Unibet was awarded one of 48 licenses for the recreated regulated Danish market.

In July 2015, Kindred Group bought Stan James Group for an estimated £19 million. Kindred CEO Henrik Tjarnstrom revealed recently that Unibet would be replacing the Stan James as the company’s leading sports book brand in the UK.  Stan James customers will be sent to the Unibet domain in the coming months Tjarnstrom said. The CEO also said that the Unibet logos and sponsorship drives will eclipse the Stan James goals.  

An announced was made already that Unibet will now be the title sponsor of The Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham starting in 2018. Unibet also made a significant investment in with a one year sponsorship shirt advert deal with Championship league footballers Aston Villa Football Club. Unibet also signed a three-year deal with the Professional Darts Corporation replacing Betway as the title sponsor of the Premier League darts tournament.


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The Art Of Navigating Online Gambling

Looking for trouble is not what a person looks for when choosing an entertainment venue such as online gambling. People are social creatures who like to punt with others by purchasing a ticket for the lottery or putting a few down on the game. There is an art to being a gambler that takes some instruction and retention. Most people today are relatively computer savvy and aware of the benefits it has to offer, so getting good at working the hardware is a start.

The second step of course is learning what games are of interest which the online gambling industry has done a marvelous job of doing.  Providing instruction and access to almost every game on the internet is what portals such as do with a serious effort to help punters in their endeavour to have a good time.

The art of gambling includes knowing about the techniques that one needs to play poker for example in order to win at least once in awhile. Sal Piacente, a casino consultant involved in the gambling industry for over thirty years had some good advice that works for online participants too. Give yourself time to think before making a decision. "You never want to jump the gun,” Piacente said, “Always sit back and evaluate the situation.” He said that he and his wife have a pact to not make a big decision until they sleep on it. “You go to a car salesman, everybody's going to promise you everything,” he said. “Then you go home and think about it and you realize, wait a minute, it's not really what it seems.” The same goes for online betting the rold adage read the fine print makes so much sense.

There are usually tutorials in the lobby areas of the virtual casinos and it is well advised that close attention is paid for there are sometimes features that can really improve the experience.




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New Smartphones Deliver Best Online Gambling Content

The recent launch of the newest smart phones has some gamblers having to make some hard choices. The selection is interesting and these computers in the palm of one’s hand are not inexpensive so with the idea of budget in mind the choice may be somewhat limited.

The number of software providers for the global mobile gambling market is massive but there are those that rise to the occasion better than most. Microgaming has a sterling reputation for being able to stay ahead of the gaming curve with new products constantly coming out. Microgaming, NYX and NetEnt already share games on each other’s casino platforms and all have opened the door to competition  from companies that are just gaming developers that require a software platform for distribution.

Quickfire, one of Microgaming’s products is responsible for delivering the right code to the right device according to the game selected by the user. Android devices, iOS Tablets, MACS, iPhones, Windows 8 mobiles and desktop OSs.

NextGen and NYX have a similar operation to the Microgaming and Quickfire arrangement. NXY is an Australian-based enterprise running its own progressive jackpot network and a number of casino table games, bingo, lottery games and slots on the desktop and mobile devices. NYX’s complete OGS casino solution takes care of the platform; while its subsidiary, NextGen Gaming, develops the entertainment products. With NYX’s premium software platform and NextGen’s great games the firm has partnered with 100 operators to distribute over 300 games on the internet.

The specs competition for smartphones continues to progress, with RAM and processors being boosted every year and when it comes to gaming, the options have never been greater. There is the most powerful, most affordable or most unique in features there are many choices. Breaking it down to the basics the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes out on top but it has some stiff competition from other makers.  



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Problem Gambling Growing with Access to Mobile Devices

The National Problem Gambling Clinic released the findings of a report they have done that reveals the extent to which mobile smart phone use has impacted the occurrences of problem gambling. The number of individuals being treated for gambling addiction on tablets and smart phones has gained ground significantly recently.

The concern the Clinic has identified goes hand and hand with the proliferation around the world of the use of mobile devises making available gambling apps. The report posted by the BBC news source compared the issue back in 2012-13 when incidents of the struggle with mobile gambling among patients of the clinic was at only 24 percent and it is now at 63 percent in 2016-17. It may be clear from this report that efforts in the UK industry to tackle such issues is lacking.

A consultant clinical psychologist and service manager at the NPGC, Dr Neil Smith said,  “The use of mobile phones as platforms to gamble on over the preceding five years is not surprising given their ubiquity in society.”

It is an obvious fact but the political football is still in play with a comment from the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which has called for the industry to take further action. The spokesperson said,  “There is clearly more work needed in this area,” adding, “We are currently undertaking a review of the gambling sector that includes looking at social responsibility measures across the industry, including protections around gambling advertising.”

It was noted that some major software developers are working on apps to block gaming sites from  phones and tablets belonging to problem and at risk punters. The Remote Gambling Association spokesperson said that the “technological advantages of remote gambling” contributes to the operators ability to encourage responsible online gambling on all devices.



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New Online Casino PlayOJO Moves Into Denmark

It is always a good sign for the online gambling industry to see the new launch of a virtual casino offering come on stream successfully. The pressure from all directions in this extremely competitive business can overcome and make a project go sideways very easily.

The February first 2017 launch of is an example of a new casino on the internet that has made a mark by creating an innovative reward system for players. Casino software developer and supplier SkillOnNet powers the new enterprise which has an experienced team in charge. Licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority with offerings in almost every language PlayOJO casino can handle most transaction currencies and methods.

PlayOJO was designed as a transparent and trustworthy location, "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" brand. Players can see what is being offered and know exactly what they get and its all in the open. "The brand puts them in control of their own funds and their own money," commented, Ohad Narkis at SkillOnNet

“The vision behind this brand is to create a brand that offers players a fairer alternative to what is currently available in the online casino market,” said, Narkis as quoted by Calvin Ayres’ Bodog representative Becky Liggero.  "We create a much more simplified relationship between the casinos and the player and very importantly, we bring trust back into the industry," Narkis continued.

Now the firm is already rolling out a new destination in the Scandinavian market by launching in Denmark.

Narkis, PlayOJO, co founder commented,  “We are delighted to have flicked the switch on PlayOJO in Denmark, further strengthening our position in the Nordics.

“Our unique approach to responsible gambling, and the open and honest way we reward players, sets us aside from our rivals.

“We will be supporting this launch with increased marketing activity in Sweden, as we look to gain a larger share of the Scandinavian market.

“We are confident Scandinavian players will accept our brand principals and unique value proposition with open arms.”







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Irish Pubs Creating Online Gambling Issues for Punters

The regulations for online gambling services in Ireland are being adjusted to include internet betting. Ireland’s gambling industry is currently controlled by laws that date back to 1931 and 1956. The regulatory framework does not provide an adequate set of rules for the regulation of online gambling.

Back in 2013 the Gambling Control Bill was introduced in the legislature with a focus on revamping the nation’s gambling industry. Since then however the country’s main legislative body, has made little progress on the bill’s implementation.  Lawmakers are making noises that they might act soon on the bill.

David Stanton, the Irish Minister of State for Justice, stated last May that he would try to advance the legislative piece so that the bill is voted on by the end of this year. The recent report from the Sunday Times revealed that a number of complaints have come about indicting Irish pub holders are taking illegal bets at their venues, Additionally, it appears that some pub owners have been taking advantage of promotional screens installed by bookmakers.

It is alleged that pub owners have been taking wagers from customers without having authorization to do so. The promo screens provide odds on major sporting events, and encourage punters to place bets at the local retail outlet. Bookmakers and an Irish support group working with problem gambling customers said this creates an issue for problem gamblers.  The risk for the people acting as bookmakers is substantial with fines of up to €150,000 or a sentence of up to five years in jail, if caught.

Chief executive officer of Problem Gambling Ireland, Barry Grant, said he had come across at least half a dozen cases of gambling addicts that relapsed due to the availability of gambling facilities in local pubs.

“We have had clients and service users bring this up, particularly in rural areas, where we are talking about relapse prevention,” commented Mr.Grant.


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Unikrn Stikes Gold With New Cryptocurrency Product

The internet gambling industry has a new kid on the block called eSports and it has taken awhile to become main stream but it has definitely arrived. The introduction of eSports has attracted a new set of entrepreneurs such as investors Mark Cuban,  Ashton Kutcher, Binary Capital and Indicator Ventures, and others. Launched in 2014, Unikrn which offers real money betting on eSports events in the UK and Australian markets has matured and branched out.

Last June Unikrn and Betgenius signed a partnership to drive customer engagement by leveraging esports data analytics, content, pre-match and live betting markets. This and other significant changes has allowed Unikrn to flourish in the new online gambling sector.

Now just a few months on the company is offering another virtual product. The Ethereum co-founder and Mark Cuban have put millions towards Unikrn’s  eSports betting platform’s digital token sale. The Seattle USA based company launched its initial coin offering (ICO) pre-sale recently for the UnikoinGold tokens. The digital currency is designed as a decentralized token on the Ethereum platform, meaning that it can be bought, sold and traded on digital currency exchanges that are with Ethereum.

The preliminary sale of the virtual currency which are for exclusive use on its skill-based betting platform was limited to the larger block chain groups.

Canadian Unikrn founder Rahul Sood said they, “felt would work to build commercial opportunities for the UnikoinGold ecosystem,”  Unikrn also said it plans to open the coin sale region by region and gradually. Ethereum co-founder Anthony Diiorio, Blockchain Capital and Pantera Capital also participated in the ICO.

The company is well on its way to finding more capital for its growth with partner CoinCircle with a plan to sell $100 million worth of its cryptocurrency tokens. UnikoinGold is the extended version of the original virtual coin Unikoin, which was launched back in 2015 and now known as UnikoinSilver.


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Online Gambling Prohibition Imposed In Uruguay

Officially known as the Oriental Republic of Uruguay this upscale country in South America has been a leader as a changing progressively social nation. Online Gambling is not mentioned in the wagering regulations in Uruguay and the government does not offer licensing opportunities to provide internet gambling services. Instead, players in Uruguay who want to gamble on the internet use offshore online gambling websites. Not all international gambling sites will accept players form Uruguay, and of the sites that do, not all will offer Spanish services.

Things regarding gambling laws in Uruguay have changed in recent months with the government of Uruguay adopting a strict ban on online gambling. As part of a budget package signed into law recently new enforcement powers to national authorities to curb offshore sites. The Uruguayan Senate voted 30-6 in favor of the country’s new Accountability Law, including revised gaming regulations. The bill previously approved by the lower house, and was signed into law by Uruguyan President Tabaré Vázquez.

A new 0.75% tax on gambling turnover obtained from officially approved gambling venues and the operations of the state-owned National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas will be imposed. The national lottery operator is the only operator officially approved to operate online gambling, for sports betting only.  Law 19.535’s Article 244 states that “casino games such as poker, roulette, slots” and similar products are “absolutely prohibited” via any remote channels. International operators have been filling the wagering space in Uruguay’s gray market for years with the absence of regulations.

The Uruguayan Casino Control Commission report revealed stakes placed at local casinos amounted to more than U$6 billion in 2016, up 6.5% year-on-year. Product demand for Lottery and Supermatch, wagers grew to a total of about U$10.8 billion last year, reflecting an increase of U$281 million over last year. The country’s unregulated market is expected to be even greater.


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Gambling and Baseball...This Day In History

On this day many years ago gambling and sports were on a collision course when eight Chicago White Sox baseball players were indicted for fixing the 1919 World Series. Known as the "Black Sox scandal,”  it made it clear that there was something wrong with the system. In the days when players were being paid very little the club owners were reaping the benefits of players locked into contracts and with no hope of making more money players went rogue and cheated despite the risk. Some Chicago White Sox team members were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from a gambling syndicate led by Arnold Rothstein.

Of the eight baseball players indicted was "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, a star outfielder and hitter confessed in sworn grand jury testimony to receiving $5,000 cash from the gambling syndicate. He later recanted his confession, protesting his innocence to no effect until he died in 1951. The extent of Jackson's collaboration with the match fix is still controversial. The appointment of the first baseball commissioner was the result of the scandal but the motivations behind the creation of the office were more than a mere desire to rebuild public relations and restore the lost integrity of baseball. Federal Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, was given nearly unlimited authority to act in the "best interests of baseball"

It is no wonder there are problems in the sports betting industry still today with not just match fixing being an issue facing Major League Baseball but as is witnessed many times in other sports the use of performance enhancing drugs. The indefinite suspensions imposed by Landis remain the most to be imposed all at once in the history of organized baseball, it was the most suspensions of any duration to be imposed until 2013 when thirteen baseball player suspensions of between 50 and 211 games were announced following the doping-related Biogenesis scandal.

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Bede Gaming's Successful Partnership Strategy

The internet gambling business is a game of connecting the dots and some operators are finding that partnering is a safe bet to success. Bede Gaming is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission to supply remote gambling software and it has been connecting the online gambling industry since 2011. The partnership approach has served this premier software company very well in past and continues with the latest developments proving that the direction is solid.

The Rank Group back in June of this year cited its change over to the Bede Gaming platform as one of the key reasons behind recent revenue growth. The private business is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the United Kingdom, including offices in London and Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Chief Executive Officer at Bede, Michael Brady said then, “Our company’s mission is to become the first-choice gaming platform in regulated markets and Rank’s digital growth is proof that we can achieve this goal.”

Last month Bede Gaming agreed to a deal with Ezugi a leading technology provider specializing in live dealer casino gaming. Ezugi’s full suite of live casino games will be integrated onto Bede Gaming’s ‘PLAY’ content platform.

Commercial director at Ezugi, Sagi Ifrach, said, “We’ve been admirers of Bede Gaming for some time now and it’s great to be working alongside such a high-performing gaming platform.

“Partnering with Bede was a no brainer for us and following a straightforward integration, our games are now available to their customers via Bede PLAY.”

“Enhancing our partners’ offerings is what we strive for and this will clearly bring fantastic opportunities for both Ezugi and Bede.”

Now we see Bede Gaming expanding once again with another content partnership deal with online gambling games developer CORE Gaming. CORE’s entire suite of HTML5 titles will offered on the Bede PLAY platform and delivered to Bede’s various operating partners via a single integration.


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