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New Zealand’s Sky City plans to launch online casino

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Sky City, the New Zealand-based casino company, is mulling over options for launching an online casino in its compete with foreign online casinos.

Graeme Stephens, Sky City’s chief executive,  said the company is likely to team up with an offshore online casino operator.

The news, however, has been criticised by the Problem Gambling Foundation.

“We would not want that to happen at all because online gambling creates an immense amount of risk,” said Andree Froude.

“We don’t want to see any more online gambling opportunities,” she said.

Already Kiwis could gamble online with TAB, and also play Lotto online, she said.

Stephens said Kiwis were already gambling at online casinos run by overseas-based operators.

“It’s available here in New Zealand. A lot of offshore-based casino operators are making their online offerings available to Kiwis, including our own customers,” he said.

“It’s something we have been looking at for a while, as we need to. We have got a large investment in bricks and mortar. The future of the world, not just our industry, but everywhere is going online.

“We are evaluating our options in that space, and if we can make something work, we would like to.”

“It’s a logical segue from our land-based [business] into the online.”

But there are two big hurdles for Sky City to launch an online casino. The first is surmountable. Sky City lacks the internal competence to do it, which means any launch would be likely to be in partnership with an existing overseas-based online casino operator.

“You’ve got to be pretty globally competent, if you are going into the online space, and we don’t have any of that competence today, so if we were going to do anything, I’m pretty confident it would have to be with a partner at least to start with,” said Stephens.

“You couldn’t have a second rate offering online and hope to attract business.”

The second hurdle is a legal one. A law change would be needed to allow an onshore-based company like Sky City to set up an online casino.

“It’s not regulated in New Zealand. Therefore there’s no opportunity to create a business in New Zealand today,” Stephens said.

“Everyone that’s offering product in New Zealand is doing so from offshore.”

“A huge sensitivity for us is to make sure that we are ever compliant in New Zealand. We have got massive investment in bricks and mortar here, we don’t want to trip ourselves up in any way.”

“We certainly aren’t going to do anything aggressive in this space that would offend our regulator here.”

Sky City had not been lobbying the Government to change the Gambling Act to give it a level playing field to compete with online casino operators based overseas.

But Stephens had this message for Parliament: “It’s going to happen regardless, so you might as well regulate it because then you get the benefits of harm minimisation and taxes,” he said.

The Problem Gambling Foundation would like a review of the Gambling Act too, but would oppose allowing onshore companies to launch online casinos.

Instead, it would like it to explore ways New Zealand could control overseas online casino operators, such as requiring them to be licensed here, or restricting the use of credit cards to gamble on offshore-based casino sites.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Slow and steady wins the race

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James Ashton, Head of Content at online casino comparison site FindMyUKCasino.com, says that affiliates should focus on brand building rather than link building.

The online casino affiliate space is one of the most competitive for performance marketers to enter and fight for the spoils. There are thousands of sites all targeting the same players with the same offers from the same casinos.

The majority take the same approach to drive players to their sites, identifying key search terms and then creating ranking content around those words and phrases. This is then supported with link building activity where a volume of value approach is considered the best.

But with so many sites targeting the same keywords with the same content and same approach to link building, it is tough to stand out and deliver potential players the information, tools, and services they need to make an informed decision about where to play.

It could be argued that online casino affiliates are so focused on ranking and link building that the product they offer those that do land on their sites is not up to the standard that it should be. With FindMyUKCasino.com, we have prioritized product and brand over ranking and link building.

So how, and why, have we done this?

Design for the user first and foremost:

The majority of online casino comparison sites use the same design and layout, with the online casino brands they work with listed on the homepage followed by reams of content based around the keywords they want that page to rank for.

With FindMyUKCasino.com, we have designed our homepage so that it looks more like a news or magazine website, allowing us to showcase the great content that we have invested a lot of time and effort into creating.

We have sections for news, features, and must-read guides and interviews that split the homepage into various sections. This makes it really easy for readers to navigate and explore; they can access all this information for free without having to scroll through reams of online casino listings.

Sure, we have split this up with casino cards that we use to push our casino partners, but we have achieved this in a way that looks authentic and does not impose on the user experience. We want them to access our content first and then if they wish, sign up to our casino partners second.

 

Content that delivers genuine value:

When it comes to the content we create, we focus on genuine, authentic features, explainers, guides and interviews that online casino players want to read. We work with our operator partners to create this content, as well as game developers, regulators, and other stakeholders.

Of course, we are mindful of the need to create some content around key ranking phrases as search remains a big driver of traffic for online casino affiliates. But even when we do, we ensure the content provides the value our readers are looking for.

There really is no point in ranking for a keyword or phrase and have a reader click through to your site only to find the page they have landed on does not provide the information or answers they are looking for. They will simply click off and never come back.

This means writing content that is clear and easy to read and not packed full of terms and phrases designed to assist with ranking. For example, we would never write “the best online casinos the UK will offer…” – a visitor reading this will assume we have made a typo or our writers are not that great.

For online casino comparison sites looking to deliver the best possible experience to visitors, creating top-quality content must be an absolute priority.

 

Active on social media:

Social media can be a bit of a minefield for online casino affiliates, but we believe it is a powerful way to engage and communicate with our readers. No matter the size of your following – we have a little over 60 followers but growing steadily – its shows you are real and helps to build trust.

The great thing about social media is that affiliates can experiment and have fun; we are working on all sorts of ideas for videos, competitions, interviews, that we believe will really drive engagement and loyalty with our readers and followers.

 

Build a brand for long term success:

The approach we are taking with Find My UK Casino is that of building a brand as we believe this will ensure we not only acquire readers and potential players but that we are able to retain them over time. Sure, this is a long process to undertake but slow and steady often wins the race.

The ultimate goal is that people Google “Find My Uk Casino” as they know we are the best destination for everything they need to know about playing at online casinos in the UK. We know that is a long way off, but by taking the above approach is a goal we are certain we will achieve.

This approach will not be for all online casino affiliates, but we are happy to be swimming against the tide as we believe this is what will ultimately allow us to stand out from the crowd.

 


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Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. Declares Third Quarter 2019 Cash Dividend of $0.68 per Share

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Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLPI) (the “Company”), announced today that at its meeting yesterday, the Company’s Board of Directors declared the third quarter 2019 cash dividend of $0.68 per share of its common stock.  The dividend is payable on September 20, 2019 to shareholders of record on September 6, 2019.

While the Company intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the Board of Directors at its discretion.


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PR – NSoft at Entertainment Arena Expo 2019

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NSoft is going to exhibit at the Entertainment Arena Expo and enable operators to discover the rich one-to-one customized experience of NSoft’s products – Sportsbook, Virtual Sports Betting, Draw Based Games and NSoft Vision.

 

Entertainment Arena Expo (EAE) is the biggest exhibition for the casino and betting industry in Central and Eastern Europe. The event will take place from September 3rd-5th, at Romexpo Exhibition Center Bucharest.

 

Entertainment Arena Expo 2019 is the spot where exhibitors and visitors will extend their businesses and materialize their growth plans. NSoft, taking part in this premium event will present its complete solutions aiming to meet the customer’s uppermost requests.

 

In order to obtain in-depth and comprehensive information about the latest NSoft’s innovations and products, feel free to book a meeting with our representatives at sales@nsoft.com, or simply meet them at Stand 523 during the event, they will be happy to share NSoft’s know-how with you.


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