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FRENCH ONLINE POKER CONTINUES DECLINE
2015-05-05

Online poker once again failed to impress during the first quarter of 2015, the French regulatory authority ARJEL revealed in its first quarterly report of 2015.

The French regulated market yielded a total gross gaming revenue of Euro 190 million, largely attributed to a rise in sports betting as horse race betting remained flat and online poker declined.

French operators took stakes of Euro 351 million during the quarter, up 38 percent over the same period last year while gross profits amounted to Euro 63 million, up 17 percent.

Overall active player numbers grew 27 percent to 202000 and pay out ratios rose to 82.1 percent compared to 79 percent in quarter 1 of 2014.

Despite sports betting stakes in handball and basketball rising 87 percent and 42 percent respectively, football and tennis remained the most popular betting sports during the quarter. The sports betting sector delivered a 3 percent rise in gross gaming revenue.

Online poker saw a decline of 15 percent regarding cash game stakes with gross profits dropping a further 5 percent to Euro 61 million.

Horse race betting dipped 1 percent in terms of pari mutuel stakes to Euro 266 million. Gross profit remained static and amounted to Euro 66 million.

In related news, Christian Eckert, The French Budget Secretary reiterated the Countrys commitment to tackling problem gambling saying the French Government attaches much importance to the promotion of responsible recreational play while welcoming the launch of a new online initiative EVALUJEU today (Tuesday).

EVALUJEU will allow players to anonymously track and assess their personal gaming practices while benefiting from personalised advice.

Eckert also revealed a package of measures due to be presented as part of the online draft law which include:

Player protection: allowing players to use their gaming data for prevention purposes.
Consumer protection: a mediation mechanism which will facilitate the resolution of disputes.
And finally, a provision that will allow for the much anticipated sharing of European poker liquidity with other EU regulatory authorities in specific agreements with ARJEL.




BOYLESPORTS MANAGER CONVICTED ON SERIOUS THEFT CHARGES
2014-05-28

Ronan Crowley, a 33-year-old manager Apuestas Deportivas Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US NFL Betting Lines at a Boylesports retail betting shop in Cork, Ireland developed such a penchant for sports betting that over a two year period he stole hundreds of thousands of Euros from his employers and, incredibly, was able to do so undetected for some time.

This week he paid the price when Judge Sen Donnabhin imposed a five-year jail sentence on him, and was fortunate that the judge suspended it in its entirety.

The Irish Examiner reports that Crowley gambled most of the Euro 590,810 he stole through the Paddy Power website and that the online bookmaker appeared to have flagged his big-spending account. The court was told that Paddy Power carried out an internal investigation on the account and stopped Crowley from making further deposits...but it did not feel it was necessary to advise Boylesports.

Paddy Power became so concerned about the extent of Crowley's betting that the Boylesports manager was approached and asked about the source of his funds. He lied to the betting group, saying that he had inherited the money.

It took 22 months, but eventually Crowley's employer tumbled to the thefts and called in the police.

Detective Padraig Harrington told the court that in 236 separate thefts Crowley failed to lodge shop cash receipts into the companys main account any day on which he was working over a 22-month period between November 19, 2011, and September 2 2013, misappropriating Euro 590,810 over the period and gambling Euro 398,000 of it away online at Paddy Power.

Harrington said that the chances of recovering the money in a reasonable time from the accused were negligible.

They [Paddy Power] failed to notify Boylesports. They knew he was a manager at Boylesports, the detective claimed.

Crowley's legal representative said that his client had hoped to secure a big win which would have enabled him to put the money he had stolen back into his employer's account, but he had only lost more money.

He suggested that had Crowley been stopped earlier he might have stood a chance of repaying the stolen funds. He added that Crowley had cooperated with the police and was remorseful.

Judge Sen Donnabhin expressed surprise that the theft of such a large sum of money had gone undetected for so long.

This is a truly extraordinary case," he said. "In excess of half a million Euro was stolen from Boylesports over almost two years, a significant breach of trust.

It beggars belief that a company like Boylesports are so disorganised in their set-up they did not know this was going on for almost two years - a man entrusted to make lodgements was not making the lodgements.

One would expect this would be picked up overnight or within a week in a properly-run business.

Paddy Power knew or suspected there was something wrong, had the accused as a monitored customer and seemed to be slow in either reporting it or detecting it. Again that is quite extraordinary.



PARTYPOKER INTERNATIONAL TV CAMPAIGN
2013-11-07

Berlin-based agency DDB Tribal has created an international TV campaign for Bwin's Party Poker platform using the strapline "The Game Is Changing".
The TV ad shows city streets teeming with people from a varied demographic, converging at an intersection as playing cards rain down from above. The ad is accompanied by a voice-over that talks about experiencing a new kind of poker.
The campaign, recently launched in the UK, will be followed by an international launch adapted to a multitude of markets.
Toby Pschorr, managing director of DDB Tribal Berlin told Horizont in an interview: "We have developed a fully integrated campaign for bwin.party that introduces the brand's identity and the main features of the new PartyPoker platform through digital and analog points such as outdoor media, online and TV."