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What to do when you’re in London

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With LAC 2016 just over six weeks away, we thought it would be a great time to let you know what the iGaming Business team think are the best things to do in London while you’re not at LAC 2016.

We asked the whole team for their favourite things to do in the capital city and we got some interesting answers. We have suggestions ranging from sports to theatre to restaurants and bars.

We’ve heard from a lot of you that you’re taking part in dry January; after all of the holiday period fun it’s probably not a bad idea. LAC on the 4th – 7th February is the best place to start really enjoying yourself again once you’ve been sober for a month. So, check out the teams top recommendations to find out what we think are the best things to do in London.

 

Alana Jones, Head of Events, iGaming Business

Alana’s recommendation is not just for anyone with a sweet tooth. She has suggested “The Chocolate Tasting Adventure” at Hotel Chocolat in Covent Garden. It is a cool place and you get a great experience tasting different chocolates and finding out exactly how it’s made. Hotel chocolat say it has “been created especially for chocolate lovers who would like to take the next step in their appreciation of chocolate – gaining delicious insider knowledge and tasting tips.” What more could you want?

We think it’s a great place to take clients for an intimate and enjoyable evening. Check out the website here

 

Kyle McGrath, Information Sales Executive, iGaming Business

Kyle’s top thing to do in London is to head to newly promoted and currently high flying Barclays Premier League side Watford FC (The Hornets). While it’s a little way out of London, Kyle has insisted that it still counts as London as it’s in the oyster card zones and you can get a quick train from London Euston.

The best match to see around the time of LAC 2016 is Watford vs Chelsea at Vicarage Road on the 3rd February 2016. The high flying Hornets are currently (as this is written) sitting in 7th place above teams like Liverpool, Everton and Southampton. Shock relegation candidates Chelsea, who have recently parted company with Jose Mourinho, are 15th and only 3 points above the relegation zone.

There is bound to be plenty of drama with Chelsea desperate to claim as many points as possible and Watford playing some of the best football in the league at the moment. The atmosphere at Vicarage Road (according to Kyle) is electric and tickets are very affordable.

If you’re in London around the time of LAC, this is the match to see. The best place to get tickets is here

 

Emma Beal, Senior Events Executive, iGaming Business

Emma wanted to jump on the football bandwagon and suggested a trip to her beloved Brighton and Hove Albion. While Brighton may be the most exciting team in the championship at the moment, we did have to point out to Emma that Brighton (as lovely as it is) isn’t in London and is pretty difficult to get to.

In the end we settled for one of London’s great playhouses – Shakespeare’s Globe. There is something magical about the theatre in London, it has been the centre of culture for hundreds of years and is still managing to grow in popularity – all of this grew from Shakespeare’s legacy.

The globe is the only authentic way to truly experience Shakespeare’s work and the theatre is one of the most historical and well-loved buildings in the city of London. We recommend seeing Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s tale” which opens on the 28th January and is expected be very popular. The globe sums up why you should see it perfectly: “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Shakespeare’s late, great plays in the kind of theatre they were written for – the intimate, candlelit, indoor Playhouse.”

You can book tickets to the Globe here

 

Ed Grundy, Sales Manager, iGaming Business

Ed insisted that if you are in London you have got to visit a proper pub. We thought he was pretty spot on and his recommendation, “The Faltering Fullback” in Finsbury Park is pretty great as well.

The ivy-covered Faltering Fullback is four pubs in one. The front bar is a welcoming if bustling horseshoe-shaped affair, well stocked with draught and bottled beers. A curious assortment of objects – guitars, scarves, aeroplanes – hangs from the ceiling. The back bar continues the theme, in a more relaxed way. A third space is more raucous and centres around a pool table. But the real prize of the place is that it houses one of London’s most unusual beer gardens. London city guide describe it as “A bewildering series of stairs, gangways and terraces reminiscent of the Ewok village from Return of the Jedi.” We think that’s pretty apt with the recent release of Star Wars epsiode VII.

Check out “The Faltering Fullback” website here

 

James King, Group Head of Business Development, iGaming Business

James was split for his recommendation of what to do in London but eventually he settled on “The Harwood Arms” gastropub in Fulham. The pub is in a great location and isn’t far from the venue. It is also the only pub in London to hold a Michelin-star. James highly recommended ordering the scotch egg to start (it’s not on the menu so you’ll have to gather the courage to ask).

“The Harwood Arms” sums itself up very well: “Hidden away in the back streets of Fulham, the Harwood offers award-winning food and wine in a casual and relaxed setting. We champion the very best British produce with a focus on game and wild food.”

James was very keen to highlight the benefits of taking a morning run around London’s famous Hyde Park. He will be happy to lead anyone who is interested on Saturday Morning at 7am. Get in touch if you’re keen.

View “The Harwood Arms” website here

 

Emma Ridley, Events Executive, iGaming Business

Emma wins the award for being the most romantic of the iGaming Business team. Her recommendations are perhaps more suited to dating than networking but we wanted to share them with you anyway.

Emma’s recommendations are as follows:

For the prettiest view of London, take a stroll up Primrose Hill. Once you’re done, treat yourself for a short walk along the canal to Camden Lock for some super tasty food and cocktails at Gilgamesh.
Canal boat to Little Venice and lunch/dinner at The Waterway. The canal is a hidden gem of London – serene and quirky with some of the best pubs and restaurants around!

We may have jumped the gun calling Emma a romantic but we couldn’t help it. Her recommendations – “The Waterway” and “Gilgamesh” are two of the nicest places in London and definitely worth checking out.

See the websites for “The Waterway” here  and “Gilgamesh” here

 

Haydn Williams, Marketing Assistant, iGaming Business

Haydn’s recommendation once again goes down the theatre route. While the West End is the famous theatre district in London and Shakespeare’s globe is packed full of history you cannot forget the National Theatre on south bank just by Waterloo Station. With its brutalist architecture and four theatres the NT is one of London’s most prized possessions. If you have time book yourself a backstage tour and see the huge workshops where they create all of the props and sets for their shows.

The theatre that created West End favourites like “War Horse” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” is a must visit if you are in London – even if you just pop in to the world class book shop. One show in particular catches the eye at the moment – wonder.land – a brand new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story with music written by Blur’s Damon Albarn.

The National Theatre describes it as: “A new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives.”

To view all the shows at the National Theatre and book tickets, click here.

So, those are a few of our team’s top recommendations of things to do in London while you’re not at LAC. We hope you find time outside of the conference to really enjoy London and make sure you tweet us if you do try out some of our favourite things.

If you haven’t registered for LAC yet then make sure you book your place today.

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The 8th edition of the Romanian Conference on Gambling

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On the 6th of March 2018, the Parliament Palace in Bucharest hosts the 8th edition of the Romanian Gambling Conference – CRG8, the biggest annual event of the gambling industry in Central and Eastern Europe.

The eighth edition of the CRG, a regional conference of gambling, will be held under the slogan “Ready for the Gambling of Tomorrow.

As in the previous editions, this years event aims to approach all elements of the gambling industry based on the novelties of the legislation and the enforcement rules, both in Romania and other European countries, as well as the vulnerabilities of the current system, passing through the slot rooms and AWPs, but also casino life or online gambling. Special sections will be provided for human resources, marketing, image, social responsibility and responsible gambling.

Among those who will speak, we find representative names in the gaming world both in Romania and abroad. Representatives of the Romanian authorities, as well as from other European Union countries, are on the guest list.

Those present at the event will be able to ask questions to clarify all the unclear aspects in the special questions and answers (Q&A) sections.

The organizer, as in all previous editions, is the most popular magazine of the Romanian gambling industry, Casino Life & Business Magazine, the double winner of the “Best iGaming Magazine of the Region” Award at the CEEG Awards Budapest, Hungary in 2016 and 2017.

As in the previous editions, during the conference, the organizers wish to host a mini-exhibition in the lobby, so that participants can see on the spot the novelties, as well as other projects of interest.

The event, of both local and international importance, will be hosted by the famous marble halls of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, on March 6th, 2018.

The Draft of the Program has four plenary sessions as follows:

– Partners Presentation
– CSR & Responsible Gambling
– Europe up-to-date
– Romanian Actuality

The Program has also coffee breaks and a working lunch.

Permanent partners of the events organised by Casino Life & Business Magazine are DGL PRO, GRISOGONO jewelry and ROMBET.
Gold Partner of the conference is NOVOMATIC Romania.

Media partner of the event are the portal www.forrichonly.ro, BURSA news-paper and the very well-known iGaming Business Magazine, part of Clarion group.

Those interested can download the Registration Form from here: Registration Form conf march 2018

For details, registration and other information send your inquiries to redactie@casino-magazine.ro

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The gambling industry in France, un problème historique

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The link between France and gambling always has been strong and could even be described as historic.

The country largely contributed to the development of gambling through time with the creation of inescapable games such as roulette (by the mathematician Blaise Pascal) and the 52 card game which gave birth to Baccarat or Shimmy (also known as Chernay).

As a consequence, it feels natural for gambling to be legal in France. But to settle on this territory, you must have a license from by several organisations:
• for betting activities: Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and Pari Mutuel Urbain(PMU);
• for bingo lotteries and sports betting, only the Française des Jeux (FDJ) keeps the monopoly on land base activities.

Some conditions must however be respected if you want to offer gambling activities in France. For example, physical casinos can only be established in seaside and tourist towns (except Paris) and on some cruise ships with the French flag.

Since 2010, online gambling is regulated by the Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), which can authorise licenses for club games (until now, only the poker is allowed), sports betting and horse races. Online casino games are forbidden in France.

Fifteen licenses have been issued by the ARJEL so far. This particularly low number of licenses can be explained by high tax rates which can frighten some operators.

However, the market is doing well as the third quarter of 2017 results show: an increase by 23% of the revenues linked to sports betting despite a year without international competition, a 10% growth of horse racing revenues and +5% for poker.

France is a market which needs to be followed especially as online casinos should be authorised very soon. The 2018 Football World Cup, with a French team considered as favorite for this new edition, should also contribute to the sector’s success thanks to high sports betting revenues.

On October 16, 2018, the inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana is set to host a panel where the state of France will be discussed directly with the regulator. To find out more details about the event make sure you follow our news.

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We are sponsoring the prizes at ASEAN Gaming Summit Poker Freeroll

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We are excited to announce our first event sponsorship and we would like to thank our friends at All-In Translations for the opportunity and initiative. As a strategic partner of Asia Gaming Brief (organizers of ASEAN Gaming Summit), the honor is even higher. (see EEGMedia/EEGEvents engages in strategic partnership with Asia Gaming Brief)

It was great to see that All-in Translations will once again host the official poker tournament of the ASEAN Gaming Summit in March and we want to make it even more interesting for the players by giving some prizes on behalf of our company.

The tournament is a freeroll for delegates attending the conference and we will be sponsoring the prize pool with no less than three packages of great value.

Prize 1 (worth $1600): 1 Seasonal ticket for a company representative which includes access to 5 EEGEvents in 2018.

The ticket includes access to the conference/seminar, complimentary lunch and access to all networking sessions.

More details about the events can be found on the official landing page of the events division: www.eegevents.org


Prize 2 (worth $550): Tickets for 2 EEGEvents in 2018 for a company representative. 

The winner can choose from the above list of events.


Prize 3 (worth $900): Featured radio spot for 3 months and interview on iGaming Radio

The player who wins this gets the opportunity to present the company with a radio spot which will be streamed during peak hours on iGamingRadio.comThe radio spot can be created by the representative’s team or by the team at the first online radio dedicated exclusively for the b2b sector of the online gambling industry. A selected representative will also get the chance to take part in the Innovation Talks monthly show and discuss the latest innovation in the industry.

As you may already iGaming Radio is the first online radio streaming gaming related news exclusively through daily shows, interviews and press releases. The aim of the station is to keep its audience connected 24/7 with the online gaming industry by playing awesome music and serving the news first hand.

You can tune in on www.igamingradio.com


About ASEAN Gaming Summit

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TECH TRENDS, CONVERGENCE, STRATEGY, RETURN ON INVESTMENT
20-22 MARCH, 2018, CONRAD MANILA, PHILIPPINES

The ASEAN Gaming Summit draws together the region’s leading operators, regulators and suppliers, who are successfully developing the next generation of gaming offerings, both terrestrial and online.

From new-style integrated resorts, addressing the premium mass market, to sports betting innovations and online gaming, this event is for anyone with an interest in this dynamic region.

Mark your calendars for 20 -22 March, 2018.

For any questions about the 2018 conference, send an email to events@agbrief.com or visit the official website www.aseangaming.com

 

About All-In Translations

All-In-Translations We are sponsoring the prizes at ASEAN Gaming Summit Poker Freeroll

All In Translations is the only Language Service provider offering such a large variety of languages (70+) combined with a true enthusiasm for iGaming, hence their slogan “We speak your iGaming language”.

They are now a market-leading provider of language services to the iGaming industry. Their high-quality standards and service level are ISO certified and trusted by several of the biggest platform providers, developers, operators and affiliate marketers. The team helps companies like Playtech, William Hill, Betfair, Microgaming, Interblock, Betsson and many more to boost their online presence and grow their brands internationally.

The subject of iGaming has been their bailiwick since the company started up in Malta in 2008, meaning that all their linguists and project managers have both a strong knowledge of and a genuine passion for casino games, poker, sports betting, lotto, bingo, trotting, backgammon, roulette and more.

Visit their official website for more details: www.allintranslations.com

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