New German Sports Betting Association Formed


Leading European sports betting operators have formed a new trade group – the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) – in order to press for more stable sports betting regulations in Germany following many years of uncertainty.

According to Mathias Dahms, the former Mybet Chief Executive Officer who serves as President of the Association, the current situation is untenable and it is their goal to remove the legal uncertainty and to ensure safe betting for consumers as well as for providers.

The German Sports Betting Association includes a mixture of domestic and international operators, a few of which were among the country’s 20 lucky recipients of federal sports betting licenses as well as others who were left out.

Founding members include German firms BetterBet, Happybet, Tipico, Admiral Sportwetten, Deutsche Sportwetten (Deutsche Telekom) and Mybet. International operators Stanleybet, Ladbrokes, Cashpoint, Betfair and Bet365 will also be joining the association. All members of the association are either federal license recipients or otherwise holders of online betting licenses that have been issued by the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Matthias Dahms, the former Chief Executive Officer of Mybet, will head the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) while Dirk Quermann, the Chief Executive Officer of Merkur Interactive (the joint venture of Playtech and gaming device maker Gauselmann) and Hans Wolfram Kessler, Tipico general counsel, have been appointed vice-presidents of the German Sports Betting Association.

The Chairman of the Committee on Economics and Energy Affairs in the German Bundestag, Peter Ramsauer, welcomed the founding of the association which he said is a strong ally in the war against illegal gambling and addiction.

666Bet to Sponsor Joshua MBE’s First Title Fight


666Bet, one of the leading online bookmakers, has announced that it has partnered in a sponsorship agreement with Matchroom Boxing, in terms of which it will sponsor Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua MBE’s first title fight against Dennis Bakhtov.

The WBC International Heavyweight title is due to take place as part of Matchroom’s “Moment of Truth” event at the 02 Arena in London on Tuesday, 11th October, 2014.

In terms of the deal the bookmaker will have its logo displayed in and around the ring at the event as well as on the centre canvas and the two fighter corner posts. The logo will also appear on all event artwork, backdrops and media day training rings.

According to Barry Martin, the Chief Executive Officer of 666Bet, they are tremendously excited to bring fans Anthony Joshua’s first title fight which is a match up that could prove to be historic in the context of this young heavyweight’s prospect’s career. He added that after their first taste of boxing when they sponsored July’s “Fight for the Right” event in Manchester, they were extremely keen to support another sensational boxing card.

Martin also revealed that it has been a productive few months at 666Bet, having launched just prior to the World Cup and that they are now the proud shirt sponsors of Leyton Orient as well as the official betting partners of both Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion.

Joshua’s opponent in the October event will be the Russian Dennis Bakhtov, a veteran fighter who held the vacant WBC International Title on two occasions.

Betway to Sponsor World Cup of Pool


Betway, one of the leading online betting companies, has announced that it has entered into a deal with Matchroom Sport in terms of which it will become the title sponsor of the 2014 World Cup of Pool, the prestigious international team event.

The Betway World Cup of Pool is scheduled to take place from Tuesday, 23rd to Sunday, 28th September, 2014, at the Mountbatten Centre in the maritime city of Portsmouth.

The event is due to be broadcast live throughout by Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland as well as on CCTV in China, ESPN3 in the USA, Fox Sports in Australia, OSN in the Middle East as well as several other nations.

Barry Hearn, the Chairman of Matchroom Sport, the event’s promoter, revealed that the World Cup of Pools is one of the sport’s major brands and that the event has a wide reach across the world to millions of fans through broadcast and digital platforms. Hearn added that they are looking forward to an exciting event and are very excited that Betway will be involved in it.

Betway also served as title sponsor of the WBA and IBF super middleweight world title rematch between George Groves and Carl Froch a few months ago.

Bob Dutnall, the Executive Director of Betway, said that they are delighted to sponsor the Betway World Cup of Pool. He added that with the best talent in the world taking to the table, it will be a case of which teams can catch the lucky breaks.

Pinnacle Sports to Exit from UK Market


Curacao based Pinnacle Sports, the online gaming website that was founded in 1998 and has since become one of the world’s largest, fully licensed, online sports books, is the latest online gambling operator to announce its imminent exit from the U.K. market.

The operator issued a statement last Thursday advising that owing to imminent changes to the gambling licensing regulations in Britain, Pinnacle Sports will be unable to offer their services to any players that are resident in Great Britain after Tuesday, 30th September, 2014.

Pinnacle Sports provided clarity on the implications for existing U.K. players by revealing that amendments to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act will come into force on Wednesday, 1st October, 2014, that will see all companies that advertise or provide gambling services to British residents to be required to obtain a license from the British Gambling Commission.

Launch of New Social Sports Betting App


The recent launch of Tipday, a free sports tip facility from 180Vita, which is available in both iOS as well as Android formats will see social sports betting fans having the opportunity to access a new aid on their smartphones and tablets this week.

The new apps will allow fans to predict match results as well as correct scores on thousands of football fixtures which includes all English Premier League and La Liga matches.

Players who access the apps are given the social and personal opportunity to make free bets which will allow them to see what they could have won or lost, using realtime and factual odds from seven of the leading bookmakers in the world that includes William Hill and Paddy Power. These free bets will allow punters to try out the facility and practice before making the decision as to whether or not to put real cash on the line.

A spokesman for 180Vita, Jamie Nevin, said that from the outset, Tipday has planned to cater for sports fans that are forever with their mobile phones while watching a game, by introducing a mobile friendly product. He added that the intuitive nature of the Apple and Android Apps gives punters the opportunity to get a feel for sports betting wherever they are without having to spend anything.

Nevin revealed that each correct tip that is tied to bookmakers’ odds will earn points and that tipsters will have a chance to follow the most successful tipsters and then copy or challenge their predictions.

Over 7,500 tipsters have already signed up to Tipday and those members who also sign up to real-money betting sites through this sports tip facility will benefit from great promotions and special bonus offers.