POSITIVE TRADING UPDATE FROM G.V.C. HOLDINGS
Online gambling group GVC Holdings plc has posted a trading update ahead of its AGM on the Isle of Man today, advising that, subject to AGM approval, shareholders will receive a dividend of 15.5 Euro cents.
The company published daily results to date since January 1st 2015, reporting:
* Sports wagers up 21.4 percent at Euro 4,590,000;
* Margin on sports wagers 8.75 percent (3014 corrsponding period - 9.62 percent);
* Sports NGR up 15.2 percent at Euro 311,000;
* Gaming NGR up 19.7 percent at 347,000;
* Total daily NGR up 17.5 percent at Euro 658,000.
Kenneth Alexander, CEO of the group,said:
"The board is delighted by the strong start to 2015 despite a lower sports margin as a result of punter friendly results so far this year as has been commented upon already by a number of our peers. The business continues to show impressive growth and we continue to remain confident for the rest of the year."
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."
VISIONARY IGAMING EXPANSION INTO LATIN AMERICA
Live dealer casino game provider, Visionary iGaming has fully integrated its live games and gone live with Juega EnLinea across Latin American markets.
ViG's live dealer offering in English and Spanish is "by far the most localized live offering in LATAM", said Gerardo Alcega, chief operating officer of JeugaEnLinea.
Live dealer games have driven top line growth in JuegaEnLinea's existing markets which it expects to continue as it expands into Mexico, Chile, Panama, Peru, Brazil and The Dominican Republic.
James Olsen, chief operating officer of Visionary iGaming said, Our localized solutions result in outstanding player retention and ultimately higher client revenue generation. We look forward to servicing JuegeEnLinea as they expand and grow throughout the emerging LATAM online gaming markets.
POKER ACES TURN OUT FOR MAIN EVENT DAY 1B AT THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER
Official World Series of Poker main event numbers show that at 1,942 entries, starting day 1B is impressive, but on the low side compared with last year's 2,114 players, continuing the trend set on Day 1A.
Tournament observers will therefore be watching the final day 1C registrations with interest to see how it shapes against 2012 Day 1 C entries of 3,418.
The current total for Days 1A and 1B is 2,885 - a long way short of the hoped-for total of 7,000 players in this year's main event.
The all-time entrance record was in 2006, when registrations reached 8,773 and Jamie Gold won over $12 million.
Regardless of the numbers, this year's turnout on the second entry day was impressive in terms of international poker star presence.
Celeb and big-name loggers noted a slew of top online and live tourney players taking their seats that included Scott 'mastrblastr' Seiver, former November Niners Matt Jarvis and Dennis Phillips, David Bach, Bob Bright, George Danzer; Chris Bjorin; Oliver Gill, Peter Hedlund, EPT Grand Final winner Nicholas Chouity and former WSOPE Main Event winner Annette Obrestad.
Also spotted were Liv Boeree, Jamie Burland, international cricket star Shane Warne, Vitaly Lunkin, Natalie Hof, John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, Juha Helppi, Ryan DAngelo, Hollywood writer and WPT player of the year, Matt Salsberg, Erik Seidel, Kevin Saul, Tim Ulrich, Galen Hall, John Monnette, Martin Finger, Terrence Chan, Ross Boatman, Jonathan Aguiar, Jesse Martin, Randy Dorfman, Erik Lindgren, Lex Veldhuis, Dario Alioto, Mike Sowers, Gaelle Bauman, Greg Mueller, Sorel Mizzi, Salvatore Bonavena, Andy Frankenberger, Dan Smith, Tyron Krost, Anthony Gregg and Steve ODwyer.
Ten years back amateur online player Chris Moneymaker took down the main event, an achievement that is widely credited with putting online poker on the map; he was seen celebrating the decade since then by entering this year's spectacular, whilst 2004 champ, Greg Raymer, was spotted just a few tables away from the 1998 champion, Scotty Nguyen.
Elizabeth Hille created a stir last year in company with Gaelle Baumann when the two just missed the final table nine (see previous InfoPowa report. Both of these female aces are in the field again this year.