On this day in history, Haitian Dictator François (“Papa Doc”) Duvalier was installed as “President for Life” on June 22, 1964. Papa Doc was elected “President” on Sept. 22, 1957, and inaugurated Oct. 22nd.Born in poverty in Port‐au‐Prince on April 14, 1907 to Duval Duvalier, a school teacher, and Uritia Abraham, a bakery worker. Duvalier graduated from the University Of Haiti School Of Medicine, in 1934. Following graduation, he worked as a travelling doctor in rural Haiti where he won the respect of the suffering and superstitious, as a doctor who could “work miracles.” Garnering the support of regional voodoo houngans (witch doctors), he published the book, “Gradual Evolution of Voodoo” in 1944.In 1946 Duvalier served as Director General of the national Public Health Service and in 1948, having become interested in politics, he was made Secretary of Labor, however, being anti the current Magloire regime, Duvalier was forced into exile. When General Magloire was deposed in 1956, Duvalier returned from exile and returned to politics.After having won by an overwhelming majority, in the 1957 elections, Duvalier set to work recruiting the notorious Tontons Macoutes who were responsible for carrying out orders to rid the country of and/or detain any enemies, to silence the media by bombing newspapers and jailing editors and publishers of local periodicals.Duvalier suffered from trust issues, and frequently “retired” generals who he felt may potentially lead coups against him. In 1959, following a coup attempt by Haitian exiles, Papa Doc suffered a serious heart attack that almost killed him. Following his recovery, Duvalier jailed his stand-in and went on to rig elections in his favor in 1961.During his rule, the notorious dictator was so consumed with his own power and a need to be seen as the loved leader of Haiti, that he ordered huge likenesses of himself plastered on walls in the capital city, Port‐au Prince, and from time to time required “spontaneous” demonstrations of affection, busing in thousands of the largely illiterate and desperately poor to the capital, to scream adoringly, “Du‐val‐yeah, Du‐val‐yeah!” and “Viva Papa Doc!” The dictator also known to have indoctrinated Haitian children with a political catechism that included his own parody of The Lord’s Prayer:“Our Doc, who art in the National Palace for life, Hallowed be Thy name by present and future generations. Thy will be done at Port‐au‐Prince and in the provinces. Give us this day our new Haiti and never forgive the trespasses of the anti-patriots who spit every day on our country; let them succumb to temptation, and under the weight of their venom, deliver them not from any evil . . .”Duvalier remained in power until he died in 1971, succeeded by his son, Jean‑Claude Duvalier.
RelatedWhy Liverpool Are The New Champions ElectDecember 29, 2018In “Articles”VIDEO: Watch Liverpool Fan Blast Jurgen Klopp For Frustrating Burnley DrawSeptember 17, 2017In “England”EPL: Everton Frustrate Liverpool’s Title Hopes In Merseyside DerbyMarch 3, 2019In “England” Former Manchester United combative midfielder, Roy Keane has questioned Liverpool’s ability to go far in the Champions League following the Red’s 2-2 home draw against Sevilla.Firmino missed the chance to give Liverpool a 3-1 lead just before half time when his penalty kick struck the post before Joaquin Correa earned a point for the Spanish side with a second half equaliser.Speaking on ITV, Keane said: “It’s the easiest part of football: switching on,”“Liverpool do the hard things really well in terms of creating chances, pace, power and a bit of quality going forward.”“But that is the easiest part of football, yet Liverpool cannot seem to do it.Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s goals turned the tie around for Liverpool after Wissam Ben Yedder’s 5th-minute strike gave the visitors the lead in a game that yet again raised eyebrows about Liverpool’s defense line.Keane continued: “I think they have enough to get through the group but later on against Real Madrid and all the big boys, they’ll be laughing at Liverpool.”“This sums up Liverpool in a nutshell and why they are not going to win any big prizes: the switching off from a throw-in and it leads to an equaliser in such an important game,”“They must drive the manager crazy because that is schoolboy defending – from a throw-in!”
Related Articles Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Submit SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 European champion Ruud Gullit has joined the lineup for H20 Data, the sports data seminar organised by SBC Events in association with BetConstruct.Gullit, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1987, was part of the now legendary AC Milan squad that won 3 Serie A titles and 2 European Cups from 1987 to 1993 and captained the Netherlands national team that was victorious at Euro 1988.The Dutch master will be appearing alongside England and Liverpool legend John Barnes and both former footballers will be answering questions about their long and successful playing careers.The invite only sports data seminar is being held at One Whitehall Place in London on 5 February, the Sunday before the ICE Totally Gaming show at ExCeL.The seminar also includes a session featuring industry experts, such as trading consultant Jon Thompson, data expert Nathan Rothschild of iSportConnect and Jonathan Smith from Sportsbook Training Services. They will be discussing the application of data within business, both pre-match and live, and the vital role that data feeds play within the industry.BetConstruct will also be hosting an innovative session covering the ways in which it utilises data in its B2B services. The event is pitched at sports betting traders, C-Level Management, Sportsbook Directors and Sportsbook Managers across the industry.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “This event is really proving popular – we’ve already had to extend the capacity of the evening – and getting Ruud Gullit involved is a great coup. A great mix of debate, fine food and insight from footballing superstars sounds like a great way to start ICE week to me.”BetConstruct founder Vigen Badalyan added: “Data is such an important aspect of business that an event such as this is a great opportunity to discuss how feeds are evolving with the business.”The event will begin at 6:00 pm and officially end at 11:30 pm, but will be quickly followed by drinks and networking at the Royal Horseguards Hotel.H20 Data is the first of a new range of one-day targeted events from SBC Events. To register your interest in the event, click hereFor more info, please see our website: http://sbcevents.co.uk/sports-data-seminar/
Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Sandra Burton – EveryMatrixEveryMatrix’s payment processing subsidiary MoneyMatrix has announced its first esports-centric partnership, confirming that it will become the lead payment systems provider for VIE.VIE (vie.gg) an esports wagering exchange, will move to integrate MoneyMatrix’s NexGen Payment Processing platform, expanding its digital transaction capabilities.“We are excited to launch with MoneyMatrix’s processing platform as we can now offer our users access to a myriad of international payment options in a very secure environment,” said Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment.As an esports exchange, VIE provides its users peer vs. peer betting (PVP) on a wide range of international esports tournaments broadcast on Twitch.tv, YouTube, HitBox.tv, Azubu.tv and through additional online streaming devices.MoneyMatrix will enhance VIE operations, allowing for swifter and safer processing of user payments, whilst allowing VIE access to over 150 Payment, Risk, AML and KYC solutions via one single API.Backing VIE as new platform partner Sandra Barton, CEO of MoneyMatrix stated: “MoneyMatrix is the next generation of processing platform – we are not a solution, we are the solution. We have created an all-encompassing platform that allows you to do your business your way. Irrespective of your size, where you want to operate or how you want to operate, MoneyMatrix is the partner to help you achieve global success.”
Share Share Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Submit Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Growth has continued for Catena Media, as it continued its aim to become a global leader in quality content with the confirmation of two new acquisitions.The group first announced the acquisition of Forextraders.com, Forexcharts.net and Forexindicators.net, all sites which will be used to create an ecosystem of quality content in the area of foreign exchange as part of the Trade Finance vertical. The acquisitions will provide Catena with the opportunity to improve sites currently focusing on advertising so that they instead focus on lead generation. The acquired assets currently generate quarterly sales of about USD 250,000.Acting CEO Henrik Persson Ekdahl commented on the deal: “Foreign exchange represents major trading volumes, both for professional and non-professional traders requiring reliable information – Catena Media has set-out to become the leader in this space.”ForexTraders.com started in 2004. It is a foreign exchange trading Information site providing details of foreign exchange brokers, sign-up offers and useful information pertaining to the area of foreign exchange. Catena Media will extend this by adding premium content relating to various currencies, newsletters and instructional videos and newscasts. The group followed this up by acquiring the premium Australian stock market news and analysis site, TheBull.com.au together with other key sites, such as TheBull.asia and the domain FatCat.com.au.To build this brand and stay ahead of the competition Catena Media is also acquiring the video-focused sites LearnTrading.com.au and LearnCFDs.com, as well as similar domains, from the author Ashley Jessen, who has published books, articles and several videos on trading. The acquired assets currently generate quarterly sales of about AUD 100,000. TheBull.com.au provides stock market analysis from Australia’s leading finance journalists. Ashley Jessen (author of industry-leading book “CFD’s Made Simple”) will stay with the company and produce a variety of exclusive video content for Catena Media. The sites and IP rights acquired will be used to build an eco-system of quality written, video and audio content. In addition to the sites and domains, the lead-generating business model will be leveraged to improve on current revenue generation. Persson Ekdahl outlined: “Taking a great stock market news publishing site and adding video content, weekly market round-up pod and video-casts, as well as ‘how-to’ videos will be a powerful combination and a first for Australia.”TheBull.com.au was started in 2006 by traders and is run by long-standing finance journalists with no ties to any financial services companies, associations, or any other listed or unlisted companies. It is now based in Melbourne, Australia. TheBull.com.au is a website providing stock news relating to the Australian stock market.The initial purchase price of The Bull, payable in conjunction with the transfer of the assets, amounts to an upfront cash payment of AUD 0.9 million. In addition, there is a deferred payment after six months of AUD 0.25 million based on hand-over obligations being met. The purchase price of LearnTrading.com.au and related assets amounts to a maximum payment of AUD 0.1 million and includes the production of video content for Catena Media sites for one year.
Submit StumbleUpon Share International profile buoys Flutter during troubled times April 17, 2020 Related Articles Flutter backs strategy to navigate 2019 complexities February 27, 2020 Reading the weather: The ‘nerdy’ aspect to RotoGrinders analysis February 26, 2020 Share Matt King – FanDuelNew Paddy Power Betfair’s US subsidiary FanDuel has announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with multi-state casino and leisure group, Boyd Gaming Corporation.Updating the market, FanDuel is set to become the lead sports betting and online gambling services provider for Boyd Gaming, a New York-listed gambling group which is set to significantly bolsters its US land-based presence acquiring Pinnacle Entertainment LV properties.“Under terms of the agreement, subject to state law and regulatory approvals, Boyd Gaming will establish a presence in the online gaming and sports wagering industry by leveraging FanDuel Group’s technology and related services to operate Boyd Gaming-branded mobile and online sports-betting and gaming services.In turn, FanDuel Group will establish and operate mobile and online sports-betting and gaming services under the FanDuel brand in the states where Boyd Gaming is licensed” details a joint corporate statement.Updating the market, FanDuel leadership confirms that it has secured a long-term solutions and cross-licensing arrangement, servicing all digital verticals across Boyd Gaming’s current and future US footprint.Deal stakeholders believe that, the partnership has secured the ‘largest network for sports betting in the US’, with Boyd Gaming set to increase its active casino portfolio to 29 gambling properties across 10 states once the firm completes its pending acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment.“With more than 40 years of experience, Boyd Gaming is a leader in the gaming and entertainment space, and a natural partner as we continue to build a leading position in the sports betting market,” said Matt King, Chief Executive Officer of FanDuel Group.“There is incredible momentum in the sports betting space and we look forward to partnering with Boyd Gaming to bring the FanDuel Sportsbook to more customers across the United States.”Keith Smith – Boyd GamingThe two companies will further benefit from extensive co-branding and cross-promotional initiatives, promoting each other’s online gambling services, land-based properties and player rewards programs.Backing FanDuel as technology lead, Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming stated: “By joining forces with FanDuel’s nationally-known brand, as well as their considerable technical expertise and resources, we will be positioned to build market-leading sports-betting and online gaming operations in each state as they move forward with these new forms of entertainment. We will also see immediate benefits from our cross-marketing agreement with FanDuel, introducing millions of FanDuel customers to Boyd Gaming’s properties nationwide.”
Related Articles Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Gaming software and services provider Nektan has unveiled a new deal with Yggdrasil, which will see content from the slot developer go live on its operated online casinos.Expanding its suite of games, Nektan details that this latest agreement “greatly increases the variety of games” at the disposal of its operator partners.Michael Byrne, chief operating officer of B2C at Nektan, commented: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Yggdrasil, one of the industry’s leading providers of highly-engaging slot games.“Being able to offer an abundant variety of games on our platform is an attractive proposition for members of our casino network. Wherever you are in the world, players are always after a rich gaming experience, and Yggdrasil is renowned for being able to offer just that.”Yggdrasil´s complete collection of games, including its latest releases Tut´s Twister and Penguin City, are now available on all global casino sites operated by Nektan.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil, added: “This is a great partnership for us and gives us the opportunity to fast track our expansion.“The integration process with Nektan was quick, seamless and efficient. We look forward to an exciting and fruitful partnership with Nektan.”The deal follows on from Yggdrasil announcing the expansion of its European footprint by signing a partnership with Intralot Italia, a subsidiary of the Gamenet Group, regarding the provision of its portfolio of slot based titles.The deal meant that the firm enhanced its global footprint to cover “one of the world’s most established regulated markets,” allowing Intralot to integrate a variety of content from Yggdrasil’s portfolio of video slots.At the time of the deal, Yggdrasil CEO, Fredrik Elmqvist stated: “Extending our partnerships across major regulated and newly regulated markets is part of our long-term strategy so we’re delighted to announce our agreement with Intralot, Italy is a well-established online gaming market and we expect further growth in the future with demand from operators there increasing year-on-year.”
Share IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 Submit Related Articles Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Andrew Morgan, International Director at Independent Content Services, anticipates 2019 will be all about M&A, the USA and the ongoing rise of esports.It has been another incredible year for the global online gambling industry. From power-play acquisitions to new markets opening their doors to legal betting for the very first time, the past 12 months have been transformational for the sector. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing; regulators in markets around the world have tightened the screw on operators, while margins continue to be squeezed due to tax increases and crackdowns on bonuses and advertising. For these reasons and more, 2019 looks set to be a roller-coaster year for online gambling operators and suppliers, with plenty of challenges to be overcome in order to unlock the incredible opportunities on the table. Here are some of the key trends I think will emerge over the coming 12 months: 1) Another wave of M&A will crash down over the sector. William Hill’s takeover of Mr Green is just the start. Related to this, I think we will see M&A used as a way for established operators to pivot away from the UK and refocus on international markets such as the USA. 2) Margins look set to tighten as governments increase betting taxes and crack down on advertising in mature markets such as the UK. At the same time, bookies need to differentiate their product in new markets in order to stand out from their rivals. Emerging regions such as the USA and Africa offer huge potential, but competition will be fierce and to succeed operators must innovate across all areas of the business and deliver a truly superior player experience. 3) Additional US states will legalise sports betting and deploy regulatory frameworks to license operators plying their trade within their borders. I think by the end of 2019 we could see 15-20 states up and running. The industry will therefore treat the United States with ever increasing importance, with more conferences taking place there.4) Away from the US, Brazil and Argentina will build on the small steps made at the tail end of 2018 regarding the legalisation of sports betting. In addition, I think voices in India will become louder and while the market may not legalise in 2019, I believe significant progress will be made. 5) The importance of data will continue unabashed. Operators now understand that gathering, segmenting, analysing and acting upon the huge volumes of information they collect each day is key to driving efficiencies and improving their products and services. 6) eSports will continue its meteoric rise and eSports specific bookmakers such as Luckbox will lay down a major marker to established operators. This will force the major brands to finally take esports seriously. To do this, they will need to focus on personalisation. eSports bettors want their own experience and to offer this, operators will have to use data to generate specific bets and markets, as well as bespoke written, audio and video content that appeals to this largely millennial demographic.7) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smart assistants will play a greater role in delivering a personalised and improved player experience. We are already seeing operators use AI to recommend games, markets, odds etc to players. Voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa will also be used by more bookmakers to engage players and provide them with the information and data they need to wager without lifting a finger – literally. 8) Finally, I think we will see a resurgence in the popularity of bingo in 2019. The betting industry has been damaged by FOBTs and an over-saturation of adverts, and has a largely unfavourable impression among the general public. Bingo, on the other hand, is seen as a more acceptable form of gambling – a bit like playing the lottery – but has been neglected by operators in recent months and years. There is plenty of untapped potential, so long as the vertical receives a little attention and innovation. Share
SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Related Articles Share PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Omni-channel sports betting solutions provider Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has teamed up with OPAP to roll out its new sports betting digital platform, Quantum.Under the terms of the agreement, OPAP will become the first operator to gain access to the Quantum platform. It strengthens the existing partnership between PBS and OPAP after the two agreed to integrate the PBS retail sports betting platform across OPAP’s Greek retail estate in 2017.Commenting on the new partnership between PBS and OPAP, Playtech BGT Sports CEO Armin Sageder said: “OPAP is one of the most renowned gaming companies internationally and we’re thrilled to be debuting our state-of-the-art multi-channel sportsbook with them.“The result of over two years of development, we have no doubt that QUANTUM Digital will prove to be a growth driver for OPAP throughout 2020 and beyond. We look forward to a continued successful relationship together for many years to come.”PBS’ Quantum will deliver an omnichannel betting operation, allowing customers to access every retail and online bet entry point simultaneously from one centralised source.Damian Cope, CEO of OPAP, added: “The introduction of the PBS platform, across all of our retail betting outlets in Greece, has been a critical element in the improvement and growth of OPAP’s retail sports betting performance.“We are therefore pleased to be expanding our partnership with the adoption of the QUANTUM digital platform, which will provide OPAP with a number of exciting new opportunities. We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with PBS in the future.”
Whilst the skin betting world has been somewhat quieter of late, with Valve’s previous Cease and Desist orders seemingly proving a deterrent, it’s safe to say that websites operating in the unregulated space remain rife.Worse still, awareness is still seemingly lacking as many of these sites still gain prominence through streamers, personalities, teams and even through tournament sponsorship.We’ve recently seen the emergence of a slightly more subtle gambling product. Whereas previously, wagering on esports teams and playing casino-style games such as Roulette were the most common, the latest incarnation is somewhat less garishly obvious, but the legitimacy is understandably questionable. Skin case opening sites effectively market themselves as a cheaper way of opening chests in game, with a chance to unpack an extremely rare item, as you would by purchasing a case from Valve. The issue here, is that the people who run these sites, as revealed by esports journalist Richard Lewis fix the odds and can go as far as putting their sites in “rape mode”; a mode where only the two cheapest skins from any case could be discovered. Equally, those promoting the sites would have better odds and win big. It all harks back to previous scandals where famous streamers even went as far as, in Trevor “Tmartn” Martin’s case, owning the site and not disclosing it so to encourage his fan base to use his site and thus make him even more money. Late last week it seemed as though someone had gently prodded Valve and suggested that their initial C&D had not actually had the impact they desired. Two websites, Lootmarket and CSEsport had all of their bots banned and thus have been forced to cease operations.Lootcase and LootmarketWhilst Lootcase issued a statement following having its Steam bots (used to collect and redistribute items from users) saying that it had never engaged in shady practice, certain terms and conditions on its site suggested otherwise.One read: “You understand that the odds shown on the site are estimates and not exact”. before also adding “You also understand and agree that the odds may change at any time without notice”. Lootmarket could then be used to sell items, thus allowing users who “win” valuable skins to directly convert into cash. EDIT: After discussion with the Lootcase/market CEO, clarity on the terms has been provided. “The bit about odds being exact just references the rounding. Users could click to see odds for any of the cases. We may show 1% instead of 1.1% or 3% instead of 2.893%.”“The bit about odds changing any time without notice is true. As the prices for items fluctuate, we may need to adjust the odds for item drops within a case to maintain our desired returns to users.”There’s little doubt that Lootcase are not the worst example of a skin site by ethics, morals or even layout but the point remains. These sites can often be shady by nature and without regulation, be it gambling specific regulation and lax age control, and they effectively encourage youngsters to engage in gambling activity. The holding page reads “RIP Loot Case…” and explains that the bans from Valve mean the website will be closing operations. It does say “Keep an eye out for new projects from the Loot Team!” — insinuating a potential return could be on the cards at some point in the future. CSesportCSesport is reminiscent of CS:GO Lounge or Dota 2 Lounge. A user can simply place skins on professional games that are taking place. It served as a sportsbook and the site is now still operating, although only with skins which are already contained on the site. The terms and conditions of CSesport are all too common across skin betting sights and go to highlight the sheer obscenity of the unregulated industry.Here are some of the most ludicrous: “2. If you don’t agree with all of these rules… don’t place bets on CSesport”3. By placing a bet on CSesport you are confirming that you are in abidance with your country’s laws which allow you to participate in skin-betting. This is generally 18 years of age or older, but make sure to check.” If you have a bet on, and you’re going to win at a certain price, CSesport can change it at any time: “5. The value system is automatically updated at our discretion and can be updated without warning and may occur during active bets.”Then there’s arguably the two best of the lot: “24. You have 21 days to claim your items/winnings from your returns. After which, these items will be claimed by CSesport and used for giveaways, promotions and, in some cases, added to winnings of future bets.”“25. These are the basic rules to which we operate, however, we reserve the right to change these rules at anytime without warning. If a situation arises for which we have no rules, a decision will be made amongst the CSesport staff – and this is the final decision.”Just 21 days to claim, otherwise we keep all of your money. And we are able to make up any rules at any point that suit us best. It’s just the wonderful world of skin betting. Esports Insider says: You just have to look at these websites and laugh. Valve, seemingly out of the blue has been proactive and banned two sites. That leaves just the remaining hundreds. It’s just another reminder that these operators lack proper rules and regulations. They’re a danger to the industry (especially the likes of CSesport) and the more that get shut down the better.