Ladbrokes’ latest attempt to crack the online market could involve a fling with Betdaq. Reports in the Sunday Telegraph suggest chief executive Richard Glynn has begun talks with billionaire Dermot Desmond that would see the Lads utilizing the betting exchange’s technology. One of the Lads said: “It’s only a discussion about technology supply. Exchanges have good up-to-the-minute pricing technology.”
New kid on the London land-based block samvo has appointed Jesper Jensen as new head of trading and sportsbook. Many of you will recognize Jensen after he co-founded software firm EveryMatrix back in 2008. His role at samvo, a firm that alternates between rejuvenating the land-based betting experience and issuing orders to gamblin’ drinkin’ and carryin’ on sites, focuses on developing new and existing betting products. After accepting the role, he said: “samvo appealed to me for a number of reasons – its culture, spirit and dynamic team match my own work ethic. The opportunity to be part of such a forward focusing company with a passion for change was too good to miss.”
Bally Technology CEO and director Richard Haddrill has been elected new board chairman of the American Gaming Association (AGA). Haddrill served as vice chairman of the AGA for the past two years and was sworn in by fellow members of the board. He follows Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith in the role as chairman and James Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts, takes his relinquished position as vice chairman of the AGA.