Richard Carter – How SBTech is solving Mansion’s vertical challenge

first_imgShare Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 SBTech CEO Richard Carter spoke to SBC about the major new deal announced this morning which sees the company bring on major brand Mansion as a client which and also herald the launch of Mansionbet. SBC: This is a pretty major deal – how did it come about?Richard Carter: As a group Mansion was looking to move into sports betting. It is well established as a gaming brand but has never really ventured into the betting vertical and was looking for a tier-1 sportsbook platform to harness the exposure it has gained in the UK through major sponsorship deals it has had over the past 10-15 years.The fact that Mansion is able to build on this strong brand awareness means players will see the Mansionbet name and know it is part of a well established and trusted gaming company group that has been investing significantly in UK sports sponsorship over many years.SBC: Why is the SBTech solution so well suited to Mansion’s brand?RC: Speed to market, flexibility,  and a powerful BI and sportsbook engine are just some of the strengths we offer as the leading supplier of sports betting and gaming solutions to the industry.These features, combined with the fact that we are 100% regulation-ready and also provide a full platform solution that includes casino, mean operators are always contacting us to discuss new projects and launches.SBC: How much of a competitive advantage is having casino, sportsbook and platform from the same supplier?RC: As mentioned above, this is a key feature of SBTech’s offering and a major differentiator when compared to other platform suppliers. The fact that Mansion is able to run its flagship brand across the two key verticals of sports betting and casino is a major plus for all parties: significant efficiencies are achieved thanks to integration being carried out once across the platform; operationally the group can organise and manage all the different elements of its offering via a single back end.SBTech is unique in being able to provide these services and is a major reason why we have grown so much in recent years.SBC: It’s a great way to start off the year – do you have more in the pipeline?RC: Thank you and, yes, we are preparing to launch a number of major new clients across regulated markets such as Denmark, France or Spain in the coming months; of course not forgetting the US market potentially coming onstream later this year.SBC: How has M&A, both from an operator and a supplier perspective, changed the supplier market? Are there more or fewer opportunities?RC: M&A has always been part of the industry and while there are different challenges in 2018 to what we might have encountered 10 years ago, both operators and suppliers have learnt to adapt and grow in these new environments. The prospect in 2018 (and beyond) of a regulated online betting and gaming sector across many major regions presents SBTech with a fantastic opportunity to further consolidate its place as the leading platform supplier in the industry. Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020last_img read more

Labor minister calls out citizenship changes as offensive and snobbery

first_imgOn Tuesday the debate surrounding the federal government’s proposed controversial changes to Australia’s Citizenship Act 2007 will commence in the Senate.If the planned legislation goes ahead, obtaining Australian citizenship will involve undertaking an English language test with applicants required to achieve a level-6 score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), equivalent to tertiary level.The Labor party, the Greens and Nick Xenophon’s team have made no secret of the fact that they will not be voting in favour of the Bill, which means the chance of the Turnbull government achieving its goal is fairly slim. The language being adopted by Department of immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) officials regarding citizenship applications since 20 April – the day the government announced its intention of changing the law – however, would have you think they have it in the bag: “The new citizenship requirements will apply to your application because it was received on or after 20 April 2017”.To shed some light on the matter and find out what will happen with the tens of thousands of applicants currently in limbo, Neos Kosmos contacted the department, but they declined to provide sufficient information, so we reached out to Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia, Tony Burke MP.Shadow Minister, in a speech you gave last Monday at the FECCA conference talking about the new citizenship laws you went to the extent of characterising them as, and I quote, “the most direct attack on modern multicultural Australia since the abolition of the White Australia Policy”. Why is that? These changes are deliberately designed to prevent many people from a non-English speaking backgrounds from ever becoming Australian. The English language test has been set at a level that many people born in Australia will never reach and they have provided an exception if you come from one of five English-speaking countries where the majority of the populations are white. You also mentioned that if the Bill is rejected by the Senate the department should “return to normal” and process the current backlog under the current law. Do you have any indication that the government will pursue these changes further, introducing another Bill, if this one is rejected? We’ve heard nothing from the government, the only thing we’ve heard from the government is that they intend to implement the entire package and they have already shown that they are willing to implement it even before the law has passed through parliament that’s why I thought that it is important to put down the marker if it rejected in the Senate the government has to go back to processing applications under current law not under proposed law. At the moment their policy is to implement the current package, that’s all we know.If the government puts a new package of changes through parliament which lower the level of the English test requirements, will your party support it? If they bring back separate legislation without those two elements, the four-year residency requirement and the level-6 English language test, we will then have a look at that with fresh eyes. We are not committing to every sentence of it but there are some things in this legistration that are quite reasonable administrative changes, but as long as they are part of this package we reject the whole package. If they bring back separate legislation at a later point that it does not involve the delay, it doesn’t involve the English language test, we will then look at it. We are not committing that we will support every letter of it, but we will have a look at it.You’ve been campaigning on this issue for a while. What do members of the community say to you about these changes proposed by the government? People are shocked because they’ve all been to community functions where all members of both sides of politics stood up and they said how much they love different communities, what a great contribution to Australia communities like the Greek community have made. No-one expected that a government in Australia would then put forward a law that would have meant that millions of people who made a great contribution to Australia would have never be able to become Australian citizens in the first place. Malcolm Turnbull talks a lot about the Greeks and Italians who’ve worked in the Snowy Mountain Scheme and yet a good number of those who worked there would never have had a university level English and under these proposals would never get to become Australian citizens if they had arrived now. So the general reaction is shock because people see the opposite of what the government told them when they turned up to their community functions.Assuming that the government manages to pass the legislation through the Senate, something that many consider as highly unlikely, if Labor wins office after the next election, will you repel this set of changes and reintroduce the current system? I think it is pretty clear by how hard we have gone on this issue what sort of election promises we would make. But right at this point I am not going to contemplate defeat. At this point right now I am just determined to stop it. If I am unsuccessful on that I will have a lot more to say and it is pretty clear from my public comments. I think it is pretty clear we will end up making a commitment like that, I am just not going to make that commitment now because by doing that I am accepting defeat and I do not want to do that. No-one has a problem with the current English test, the current test is in English, if you don’t have conversational level of English you will not be able to pass it. But to demand an IELTS test score at a level required for university entry is offensive; it changes what sort of country Australia is and there is a bit there of snobbery as well in saying that if you do not have university entry level English you are somehow not as good a contributor to Australia. 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