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The GamblingCompliance Podcast
36 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Episode 41. US iGaming Conundrum - Scientific Games Perspective
The US iGaming market has experienced phenomenal growth over the last few years, establishing the United States among the very largest online markets in the world. In this podcast episode, we are joined by Howard Glaser, global head of government affairs and special initiatives for Scientific Games, to talk about the growth of iGaming in the US and understand why online casino legislation isn't as prevalent as sports betting bills despite strong returns in the few states where it's live.
34 minutes | May 26, 2021
Episode 40. Riskiest Business: Global Gambling in China’s Cross-Hairs
VIXIO GamblingCompliance Contributing Editor for Asia, Martin Williams, discusses last month’s VIXIO special report on the threat that the Chinese government poses not only to the underground gambling industry in China, but also regulated markets in Asia and further afield struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. This episode looks at the latest fallout from Chinese government actions, the likely impacts on the land-based and online industries, and dilemmas facing operators, governments and regulators as Beijing applies anti-gambling laws to every one of its citizens on foreign soil, and even to foreign nationals and companies who profit from them.
38 minutes | May 7, 2021
Episode 39. Florida In Focus: Sports Betting & The Seminole Compact
In this podcast episode, VIXIO GamblingCompliance chief analyst and US VP James Kilsby joins us to preview May's special session of the Florida legislature where lawmakers will be tasked with reviewing - and approving - a landmark, multi-billion-dollar agreement with the Hard Rock-owning Seminole Tribe that could bring both retail and online sports betting to the populous Sunshine State and reset its overall gaming market for years to come. We discuss how Florida got to this point, what the new compact would mean in the context of the wider U.S. sports-betting market, and offer perspective on what to watch out for as lawmakers prepare to reconvene in Tallahassee on May 17.
32 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode 38. KYC In A Rapidly Changing World
In this podcast episode, we discuss how "Know Your Customer" (KYC) regulatory requirements appear to be evolving in the response to an increasingly digital world. The focus of KYC on anti-money laundering (AML) and fraud prevention has undoubtedly expanded into harm reduction in multiple jurisdictions in the past few years. As these changes are being driven by new technologies and social concerns, gambling operators must now navigate a plethora of new risks and tools to ensure they can keep up. Whether it's overcoming the potential challenge of affordability checks or utilising open banking and cryptocurrencies, KYC in the gambling industry is changing at a rapid pace.
40 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 37. New York Finally Green Lights Mobile Betting: What's Next?
Legalised mobile sports betting in New York has been the dream of many in the gaming industry since the U.S. Supreme Court repealed PASPA. Earlier this week lawmakers reached an agreement on a plan that could produce $500 million in annual revenue three years after launching mobile betting in the state. However, complications surrounding the deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislators has led to confusion and frustration among stakeholders, creating an empire state of uncertainty. In the latest episode of the podcast, we are joined by U.S. gaming expert and VIXIO GamblingCompliance Reporter Matt Carey. We discuss a range of topics including; how the unique New York model could work in practice, who could potentially gain access to one of the coveted sports betting markets in the U.S., and some of the biggest outstanding questions surrounding the plan.
39 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 36. UK Gambling: Change on all fronts
Earlier this month the chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission made a swift exit amid a review of the Gambling Act and its own potentially seismic consultations. To discuss this we are joined by regulatory expert Dan Waugh, a partner with consultancy, Regulus Partners. He shares his view on the need for change at the regulator, what the Act review may hold and much more besides.
38 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Episode 35. AI: The Future of Harm Reduction?
The potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to guide the future of responsible gambling is compelling. But what are the risks and opportunities inherent in this approach? And just how much can AI do to protect players from harm? To discuss this intriguing subject matter and more VIXIO GamblingCompliance Report and podcast regular Harrison Sayer’s is joined for a deep dive conversation with Simo Dragicevic. Who is the Managing Director of Playtech Protect, as well as the Head of Playtech AI and Founder of BetBuddy.
35 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Episode 34. U.S. Gambling Market Hopes & Fears
The results from a recent survey conducted by VIXIO GamblingCompliance which looks into the future for sports and casinos gambling in the U.S. revealed prevailing fears about the status of the Wire Act, the possibility of federal regulation, and much more. For this podcast episode, we are joined by show regulars and U.S. regulatory experts, James Kilsby and Matt Carey for an examination of the survey findings, as well as a discussion of the overall prospects for the U.S. gambling market in 2021 and beyond.
38 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Episode 33. Gambling's Pandemic Fortunes Uncovered
This episode of the VIXIO GamblingCompliance podcast we chart the ups and the downs of the gambling industry during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We are joining by our top data expert Danny Stone as he shares the insights his team have developed from a close look at the financial fortunes of online and offline gambling in multiple jurisdictions, including much of Europe and the U.S.
33 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Episode 32. Argentina's Online Gambling Opportunity
Nearly two years after the legalisation of online gambling and sports betting, the Province of Buenos Aires has announced the seven winners of its tender process and is preparing to launch. In this episode of the podcast, Kristal Rovira, VIXIO GamblingCompliance’s Legal and Research Director of the Americas, is joined by Argentine lawyer, Tomas Garcia Botta, to discuss next steps for the Province, the enactment of a new federal tax, advertising issues and other regulatory topics.
47 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Episode 31. 2021 Outlook: Europe, Asia, and the Americas
Although the hope of an end to the pandemic dominates the view of 2021 around the world, in the meantime the pace of regulatory change in gambling shows no sign of slowing. Join VIXIO GamblingCompliance's regional experts as they take a look at the issues that will set the agenda for the year ahead in key gambling jurisdictions - Europe, Asia and the Americas. Podcast host Joe Ewens is joined by show regulars Martin Williams and James Kilsby for a detailed discussion on the hot topics affecting the industry this year, including: the rapid expansion of the U.S. sports-betting market; the prevalent role China will play in Asia's gambling market; a look ahead to the UK Gambling Act review; and the overarching theme of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, its effect on all facets of gambling and the response from the industry.
43 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Episode 30. Australia's Crown Slips
In this edition of the VIXIO GamblingCompliance podcast, Contributing Editor for Asia Martin Williams speaks with veteran industry consultant David Green on the troubles facing Australian casino giant Crown Resorts. The company has been under constant pressure as damage from the pandemic combines with the fallout from inquiry hearings into the suitability of its subsidiary to hold a licence for its new Sydney casino.
30 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Episode 29. UK Casinos: COVID, 2021 and Beyond
Main Episode, UK Casinos: COVID, 2021 and Beyond Recent multi-award winner at the VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards and compliance boss at Genting Casinos UK, Jon Duffy, delivers his verdict on the compliance challenges facing the UK casino industry today, the devastating impact of COVID-19 and his hopes for reforms in the government review of the Gambling Act in 2021.
34 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Episode 28. Canada’s Sports Betting Opportunity
Main Episode, Canada’s Sports Betting Opportunity As 2020 draws to a close, Canada’s gambling market has been thrown into the international spotlight, with the country's parliament considering legislation that would permit single-event sports wagering. In this episode of the VIXIO GamblingCompliance podcast, U.S. based reporter Matt Carey is joined by John Levy, CEO of theScore, to talk about the opportunity legalised Canadian sports betting presents for operators and how the Toronto-based digital media company plans to capitalise on its home market of Ontario.
45 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Episode 27. A Las Vegas Classic Revisited
Main Episode, A Las Vegas Classic Revisited Before it was imploded to make way for the Venetian, the Sands was the quintessential classic Las Vegas casino that hosted the icons of the day, from legendary musician Frank Sinatra to U.S. President John F. Kennedy. In this episode of the podcast, VIXIO GamblingCompliance US Editor Chris Sieroty is joined by historian and author David Schwartz to discuss the Sands' place in Vegas history, as well as his thoughts on the future for the iconic Las Vegas Strip.
33 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Episode 26. Malta's Gambling Future
Main Episode, Malta's Gambling Future Malta remains a nexus for online gambling, despite an evolving regulatory picture across most of Europe. In this episode of the VIXIO GamblingCompliance podcast, WH Partners' James Scicluna joins the show to discuss the island's place in the future on the industry, as well as some of the regulatory hot topics hitting closer to home.
37 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Episode 25. The Future For Affiliates
Main Episode, The Future For Affiliates The role of marketing affiliates in the world of online gambling has been central to success in that sector for a number of years. However, with new advertising rules popping up across Europe, and the US market developing at pace, the role of the affiliate has never been more complex. But the sometimes fractious relationship between operator and affiliate remains central to the industry. In this episode of the VIXIO GamblingCompliance podcast BonusFinder’s Fintan Costello lays out his view on whether affiliates should be licensed in the UK, the battle against offshore gambling in the US and much more besides.
49 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Episode 24. YGAM's Gambling Lessons
Main Episode, YGAM's Gambling Lessons The charity partner for the 2020 VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards, are YGAM, the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust a charity which focuses on teaching young people and their educators how to develop the resilient skills needed to avoid harms caused by video gaming and gambling. In this episode, the charity’s founder Lee Willows and external affairs chief Daniel Bliss dig into YGAM’s past, present and future, touching on the lessons learned along the way, as well as digging into some of the thorny issues surrounding gambling charities and the industry at large. Find out more about YGAM and the work they do educate and safeguard at the VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory awards, on October 29 at 16:00 (GMT), click here to register for free now.
40 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Episode 23. Lifetime Achievement Interview: Richard Flint
Main Episode, Lifetime Achievement Interview: Richard Flint As we approach the fourth annual VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards, on October 29th 2020. We sat down with the winner of the Compliance Lifetime Special Achievement Award, the former Sky Bet CEO and well-known industry spokesperson Richard Flint. During his nearly 20 tenure with Sky Betting & Gaming Richard oversaw remarkable transformation and unprecedented growth, turning them into an online gambling powerhouse, while at the same time confronting head-on some of the industry’s most pressing responsible gambling challenges. His tenure saw massive growth at the sports-betting company, which he left shortly after it was acquired by The Stars Group, now part of Flutter, where Richard serves on the board as a non-executive director. In this special episode, VIXIO GamblingCompliance podcast host and Editor Joe Ewens interviewed Richard Flint ahead of the Global Regulatory Awards, to get his insight on a host of topics, most pressing being the crisis of reputation facing the UK gambling industry, and beyond.
40 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Episode 22. U.S. Election Impact
Main Episode, U.S. Election Impact The unique election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will have long-lasting aftershocks for the entire world. But where does gambling fit into the mix? Two of VIXIO GamblingCompliance's Washington D.C. experts guide you through how November's seismic election battle could affect U.S. gaming, from state laws up to the potential for federal consequences.
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