Betting and Gaming veterans Lee Richardson, Dan Phillips and Vigne Kozacek are proud to bring you this regular series of podcasts that focus on the good, the bad, and the ugly of this great ‘Balagan’ of an industry that provides us all with a living!
With their unique style, banter, humour and insights, they will provide topical debate, big-name guests and cover off all the major issues and opportunities.
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Episode 43 – Farewell 2021, Hello 2022!
In the final episode of the year, we reflect on the major news stories that grabbed the headlines in 2021. This included the many Billions spent on M&A, the rise of the SPAC, NFT and huge numbers being generated in the US, plus our old nemesis COVID. We also look forward to 2022, picking up on iGaming in the US, unsustainable marketing, launches in LATAM, in-house technology and regulatory clarity in the UK and beyond. In more up to date news, activity at Playtech, 888, PlayUp, Clarion and the Gambling Commission all get the Balagan treatment.
Happy Holidays to all our viewers and listeners and we thank you for your ongoing support!
Dan, Lee & Vigne.
Episode 42 – Pini Yakuel, CEO of Optimove
Pini Yakuel, CEO of the leading data & marketing company Optimove, and who work with many major brands in the industry joined us today to chat through his background and how AI & Data science is changing everything. In a packed news section Camelot’s latest numbers, the ongoing bidding war for Playtech, further M&A for Flutter and trouble in Florida are all covered. We also discuss the likes of SEGA and ESPN making moves into the space and in a final piece of breaking news Lee defends his racing tipster record!
Episode 41 - The future of UK Gambling with Chris Elliott from Wiggin LLP
Recorded in front of a live audience at the recent Betting on Sports conference in London, we were joined by Chris Elliott from Wiggin LLP who updated us on the likely outcome and impact of the forthcoming White Paper on the pending UK Gambling Act review. In other news, we discuss the Aristocrat and Gopher bidding war for Playtech, along with an update on the ‘Safer Gaming Week’ initiative and problem gambling stats. Also, Super Group / Betway strategy of increased soccer sponsorship in the face of media and regulatory pressure to decrease exposure all get the Balagan treatment.
Episode 40 – All the News and Almost Live…
Given they say life starts at 40 (!) the guys bring you another busy show previewing their upcoming live pod at the #BOSEUROPE conference in London on the 11th November at 2pm (UK). We are also joined by Dennis Algreen, Marketing Director from SBC who provides more insight into that event. Full details can be found here: https://sbcevents.com/betting-on-sports-europe/. Don’t worry if you can’t make the live broadcast as it will also be dropping across all our channels including https://www.youtube.com/thebigbettingbalagan shortly afterwards.
In other news, the Melbourne Cup, Flutters Q3s and sports betting in Florida finally going live get the Balagan treatment.
Other upcoming and future guests include Chris Elliot, Senior Associate at Wiggin to discuss the pending White Paper on the UK Gambling Act review. Also, Optimove CEO Pini Yakuel will be joining us to discuss the value of predictive analytics, AI & Data Science.
Episode 39 – ‘Boom’-in Entertainment
James McLoughlin from Boom Entertainment joined us today chatting about the value opportunity in the US around 'free to play' content alongside real money.
We also covered activities in New York and what he saw at G2E. In the news roundup, Entains impressive numbers and Germanys lack of iGaming licensees alongside low staking limits and high taxation get the Balagan treatment. Lee also updates on the UK National Lottery License bid as it (finally) approaches the finishing line. Don't forget to like, rate review and subscribe.
Episode 38 - Alphabet Soup...AGA, G2E and M&A
VP of Global Events at the American Gaming Association, Meredith Pallante, joined us today, updating us on what the AGA are up to and what they have planned for next week’s G2E conference in Vegas. In other news, the Draft Kings / Entain bid and Endeavour buying Openbet from SG get the Balagan treatment. The regulatory position in the Netherlands and further fallout following the demise of Football Index plus a quick review of the recent SBC Barcelona conference are also discussed. Don’t forget to like, rate, review and subscribe.