MANAGEMENT SHUFFLE AT PADDY POWER
Andy McCue, chief executive designate for Irish gaming firm Paddy Power announced three senior management appointments Tuesday effective January 1, 2015.
Peter ODonovan has been appointed chief product officer in a newly created position that will link the technology and product development teams across Paddy Power and Cayetano in Bulgaria.
He will also oversee the technology department of Sportsbet Australia and will coordinate global product innovation.
Paddy Power Online has a new managing director in Johnny Hartnett whose responsibility covers paddypower.com, paddypower.it, Dial-a-Bet and Customer Operations.
Hartnett is currently Director of Operations at Paddy Power and was previously COO in Sportsbet, prior to which he served as Head of Sports Risk & Trading in Paddy Power.
Christian Woolfenden has been appointed managing director Retail (UK & Ireland) moving from his current position of global marketing director. The company will appointed a new marketing director in due course.
Andy McCue, Chief Executive Designate, commented:
"These appointments reflect a strategic emphasis on customer and product. I am delighted to be filling these positions with high calibre individuals with a proven track record of success in the Group."
POKER ACES GO UNDERGROUND ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
The Discovery television channel is set to launch a new poker program titled Underground Poker on September 11, starring colourful Programa Descuentos Deportivos US poker pros Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak.
The show is part of the network's series of gambling-themed programs under the All-in All-Night series, and will follow the two poker players as they roam New Orleans searching for underground poker games.
New Orleans was chosen for the locale because, the publicity hacks claim, the city has the richest private poker games, to which Laak and Esfandiari has access through their many contacts.
The show is part-poker action, part-travelogue as the entertaining duo explore the city's attractions, restaurants and history, and share amusing incidents and information.
BODOG LAUNCH ZONE POKER ON MOBILE AND TABLET
Bodog Poker revealed the launch of its Zone Poker product on mobile and tablet, catering for customers' more popular device option when playing the fast-fold game.
The company said PC's and MACS lend themselves to tournament style play while handheld devices are unsurprisingly more popular with fast-fold poker game play.
888 POKER NOW THE FOURTH LARGEST NETWORK
The independent online poker monitor Pokerscout reports that for the first time yet, 888Poker has overtaken rival network PartyPoker in the Bwin.Digital group to position itself as the fourth largest online poker network globally.
Pokerscout bases its competitive positioning on a 7-day moving average of active players in cash game tables.
The lead is slim, with current numbers showing 888Poker at 2,062 players, and PartyPoker at 2,025.