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Clarion pledges Action Plan to tackle industry sexism

Clarion pledges Action Plan to tackle industry sexism February 12 2018

Clarion Gaming’s managing director Kate Chambers has today undertaken to raise standards on the show floor, specifically with regards to the representation of women, as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity across the global gaming industry.

Chambers said that Clarion would take a “greater degree of control over this important issue”, with the centrepiece an Action Plan of wider deliverables put out for consultation across the industry, to then be applied across all of Clarion Gaming’s events and information platforms.

Industry stakeholders who would like to be part of that process have also been invited to contact Chambers directly.

Chambers’ statement followed a speech by CEO of British regulator the Gambling Commission Sarah Harrison to the International Casino Conference at the ICE Totally Gaming event held by Clarion Gaming at ExCeL last week. In this she criticised some exhibitors’ use of scantily clad women to promote their product in “an industry where we have a number of talented, powerful and successful women. Indeed a woman from the gambling industry is Britain’s highest paid boss – not highest paid female CEO but highest paid CEO”. Harrison’s comments were followed by adverse mainstream press coverage of these promotions on the show floor.

In a statement, Chambers said: “Our campaign to encourage respectful representation of women began prior to the 2017 edition of ICE. The majority of the senior team at Clarion Gaming is female and our strategy has been to drive a cultural change, which hopefully has a degree of permanency rather than a proscriptive change.

“While I think we have achieved some success adopting this strategy, moving forward we will be taking a greater degree of control over this important issue and updating our position in partnership with our stakeholders.

“Wherever Clarion Gaming operates in the world it does so with the support of the industry we set out to serve and we will be canvassing stakeholders through our Ampersand Think Tank and Research initiative that enables us to communicate directly with the industry.

“Following this process we will produce an Action Plan of deliverables for wider consultation and I would like members of the industry who would like to be part of that process to contact me directly. The Action Plan will apply to all of our brands.”

ICE Totally Gaming’s free-to-attend seminar programme, which ran alongside The ICE VOX programme of paid-for content and the Totally Gaming Academy taster courses, included a day-long joint initiative with Global Gaming Women on the challenges of creating a diverse workforce within the gambling sector.

Prior to this year’s show, Clarion Gaming released a joint statement with the European Casino Association calling on the industry to “mindfully represent support staff promoting their products at the show in a non-offensive and non-stereotyping way”.

Separately, the division’s head of content Ewa Bakun wrote a comment piece also published on TotallyGaming.com and on LinkedIn which acknowledged that the representation of women in some parts of the industry was behind the times, and appealed for a more professional approach.

“There are, and will be, more and more women making strategic and purchasing decisions, or looking to change jobs; women that ICE exhibitors will want to attract to their stands too – very much a reason to reconsider their promotion choices at the show,” Bakun wrote.

“And there are a multitude of other reasons to do that, from the changing image and need to be more socially responsible, to commercial benefits of having more diverse boards”.

Chambers’ statement followed a “record-breaking” edition of ICE Totally Gaming, which occupied 36 of the 44 halls at ExCeL London, with 589 exhibitors from 65 countries represented on the show floor. Pre-registration numbers were 4% up and initial attendance figures showed similar uplift, “which would be the seventh consecutive year of growth”, added Chambers.

 

February 13, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Kevin Hart and Usain Bolt battle it out in Pokerstars #Gameon finale

 

KEVIN HART AND USAIN BOLT BATTLE IT OUT IN POKERSTARS #GAMEON FINALEONCHAN, Isle of Man – February 8, 2018 – PokerStars has launched the finale of its current #GameOn series, continuing the poker-based feud between the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt and Hollywood comedian Kevin Hart. The final challenge in this phase of the series is designed to test the core qualities and skills of poker, by opening with the two mis-matched celebrities competing in a 100-metre sprint followed by a heads-up poker match.

Daniel Negreanu, the world’s highest-earning live tournament poker player and member of Team PokerStars Pro, will once again join Bolt and Hart as the game’s commentator to provide expert insight and analysis. The stars will also put to the test the poker skills they’ve been honing since the campaign started in June 2017.

“Usain may be fast on the track but I’m going to be fast taking his chips at the table,” said Hart, one of the most successful comedians in the world and star of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

“The little funny man won’t be laughing much longer when I take all his chips at the poker table,” said Bolt.

The nearly year-long competition has seen Hart and Bolt try to out-do each other by posting videos to their combined 140 million-strong social media following. The most recent series saw them complete a set of challenges to test the core qualities and skills of poker, including reading opponents, emotional control, and bluffing.

“The #GameOn competition highlights the variety of skills it takes to be a good poker player including endurance, street smarts, bluffing, strategic thinking and reading your opponent,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications at The Stars Group. “At the same time, Kevin and Usain show the tremendous fun and friendly social competition at the heart of poker.”

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About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 178 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

PokerStars is the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), which owns gaming and related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, and the PokerStars Festival, PokerStars MEGASTACK, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, European Poker Tour, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour live poker tour and event brands. PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions.

February 11, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Report: Steve Wynn $7.5m sexual harassment settlement involved paternity claim

steve-wynn-paternity-claimCasino mogul Steve Wynn’s sexual harassment settlement with a female Wynn Resorts staffer reportedly involved a paternity claim, according to Bloomberg sources.

On Friday, Bloomberg reported that the 2005 payment of $7.5m by Wynn to a former manicurist at Wynn Las Vegas involved a paternity claim by the woman. Sources claimed that Wynn made the payment because he didn’t want the allegations to become a distraction to Wynn’s ongoing expansion in Las Vegas and Macau.

Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts have vehemently denied last week’s bombshell Wall Street Journal report that detailed decades worth of sexual harassment allegations against the casino titan.

The reports led to a significant decline in the value of Wynn Resorts stock and have prompted regulators in Nevada, Macau and Massachusetts to launch investigations to determine Wynn’s suitability to continue casino operations in their respective jurisdictions.

This week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a hearing in which it was confirmed that Wynn Resorts had actively concealed the existence of the private settlement while the MGC was determining the company’s suitability to build its $2.4b Wynn Boston Harbor casino.

Steve had already been forced to resign as finance chair of the Republic National Committee and this week saw universities in Iowa and Pennsylvania strike Wynn’s name from buildings on their respective campuses.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published audio recordings of a speech Steve Wynn gave to Wynn Resorts staff, urging them to close ranks and to treat the company like a family. Steve didn’t directly address the allegations, but did say “we live in a sound-bite world … where a partial truth or something that sounds sensational is on everybody’s lips every day in a 24-hours news cycle.”

Steve Wynn also referenced President Donald Trump’s own #MeToo moment after the Access Hollywood ‘grab ‘em by the pussy’ recording surfaced during the 2016 election campaign. Trump reportedly told Wynn that “It was so scary. When those tapes came up, I almost died.” Chuckling, Steve told his Wynn audience: “I know the feeling.”

February 3, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Australian online bookie Neds launch Bitcoin betting platform

neds-bitcoin-betting-platformAustralia’s newest online bookmaker Neds is braving new ground by launching the country’s first Bitcoin-based betting platform.

On Thursday, Neds CEO Paul Cherry announced that the operator would launch its new in-house developed cryptocurrency-based betting site on Friday. Initially, the site will be limited to Bitcoin betting only, but plans are to add other cryptocurrencies later this year should sufficient demand arise.

Cherry (pictured) told the Australian Associated Press that the platform would accept deposits and pay out winnings in Bitcoin, with no option to convert deposits to fiat. Odds will appear identical to those on Neds’ main betting site, but wagers will be handled in milli-Bitcoins (one-thousandth of a Bitcoin).

Cherry explained that the recent Bitcoin buying frenzy provided at least some of the impetus behind the new crypto-betting platform, suggesting that many of the “non-sophisticated investors” who bought Bitcoins “are probably wondering what to do with them.”

To encourage Bitcoin holders to do more than just check the rollercoaster valuation every day, Neds has offered to pay up to 2.5% of transaction fees incurred in transferring Bitcoins to Neds’ new platform.

(Note that this sweetener wouldn’t be necessary if Neds offered the ability to wager in Bitcoin Cash (BCH), which features infinitely less onerous transaction fees and significantly faster processing times than the legacy Segwit BTC token. But we digress…)

Cherry also claimed that Neds viewed itself as a tech company, and since Bitcoin is a “technological solution,” it was “very fitting” that Neds incorporate the technology into its platform.

Cherry told the Australian Financial Review that many Neds’ staffers, along with many in the site’s target demographic of 18-35-year-old males, were not just sports fans but also “computer nerds” who were already well-versed in cryptocurrency technology, “and we think there is a lot of crossover into that target market.”

Neds, the brainchild of former Ladbrokes Australia CEO and Bookmaker.com.au founder Dean Shannon, launched its Australian operations last October. Cherry said the site has so far amassed around 75k regular customers, ahead of where the company expected to be by this point, with a roughly 80/20 split in terms of race/sports bettors (and perhaps 100% nerds).

February 2, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments
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