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DevilfishPoker has adopted the Neteller (1Pay) e-wallet system, which it says will enable it to grow its business in Asia as the payment system is designed to cater for the Chinese and Taiwanese markets, with players able to withdraw in Renminbi and Taiwanese Dollars for those respective markets via the 50,000 participating Net Bar counters in China.

Betfair has signed up its two millionth customer 20 months after breaking through the one million barrier. Swedish national Bo Öhrman of Linköping opened an account in September and became the two millionth customer. Chief executive David Yu said: “In a year when we won a Queen’s Award for International Trade, it is fitting that Betfair’s two millionth account comes from outside the UK. Our international customers are already an essential part of our business and they are growing larger in number every day.”

Betsson hands out first scholarship to slot machine thesis writers

Swedish operator Betsson has launched a twice-yearly scholarship to promote research in the field of problem gambling and contribute to the development and implementation of preventative measures to reduce the incidence of problem gambling.

Betsson chief executive Pontus Lindwall presented the first scholarship to Marcus Nilsson and Karl Linné for a thesis they wrote called: “A living-room setting in bars and restaurants”.

Nilsson and Linné’s work analysed the impact of slot machines in bars and restaurants, giving an in-depth account of the gambling behaviours, culture and interactions of slot-machine players in a number of bar and restaurant environments. The authors concluded that the settings of such venues played a crucial role in promoting or discouraging gambling.

Sports revenues help Sportingbet record 23% rise in NGR

Strong sports betting revenue growth helped Sportingbet post a 23% increase in net gaming revenue to £147m for the six months to 31 July, up from £119m a year ago. Operating profit more than trebled to £22.7m, which the company said reflected its successful restructuring following withdrawal from the US market in 2006.

Sports betting revenues, the key driver of the Sportingbet business, rose 45% on the back of an increased product range and a strong performance in Europe and Australia, where net gaming revenues rose by 43% and 54% respectively. Sports betting represented 61% of the group's income, up from 52% last year, which the company said reinforced its strategy of continued investment in that area. 

Operational highlights included significant contributions from its investment in emerging Eastern European markets, with the key markets of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria growing by an aggregate of 79% year-on-year, to generate 13% of Group NGR. Investment in the Latin American market also saw Sportingbet establish its business in the region, with Brazil as the focal point.

Chief executive Andy McIver said: “It has been an exciting year for Sportingbet. The completion of the group's restructuring resulted in a more than three-fold increase in adjusted operating profit and leaves us well positioned to capitalise on the strong position we have in many of our markets.”

The company said it had seen no evidence of its business having been impacted by the recent turmoil in the financial sector, and that it anticipated the imminent launch of live sports streaming on its websites alongside other new product launches to continue to drive customer yields and retention throughout the year.

Sportingbet also announced yesterday that the second of its two employees that were detained by the Turkish authorities back in May has been released pending trial, provisionally set for 26 January 2009. Charges have yet to be formalised. The first of the employees was released in July without charge and allowed return to the UK. Sportingbet no longer has any operations in the territory.


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