The week leading up to the Global Gaming Expo is already chock full of happenings, including a PSA campaign collaboration announcement between the Responsible Gambling Council and thinkTV.
On this first Tuesday morning of October, we find ourselves in serving mode. Not a la Serena Williams or Roger Federer, but as a bow tie-wearing waiter setting the table for a busy week around the gambling industry.
That’s somewhat of a departure from our usual Tuesday a.m. dispatch, which usually serves as the appetizer for Thursday’s main course. Anyway, as the late Jackie Gleason used to bellow, cigarette dangling from between his fingers:
The management team at Fans Unite Entertainment – president Darius Eghdami, CEO Scott Burton and Betting Hero president Jai Maw - is holding an investor webinar this afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. You can register to watch/listen by clicking here.
For lovers of all things soccer in the Greater Toronto Area, Parleh Media Group’s Room 4-4-2 residents – James Sharman, Sara Poraria and Albert Vartanian – are hosting a Footy Talks gathering this evening at The Rivoli in downtown T.O. Tickets are still available for the soccer soiree, which will also include Joshua Kloke of The Athletic discussing his new book The Voyageurs, former Canadian national team goalkeeper and soccer broadcaster Craig Forrest, and Michael Singh, who covers Toronto FC for Parleh. Click here to order your tickets.
If you have more than a passing interest in what’s happening with online sports betting south of the border, VIXIO Gambling Compliance is hosting a webinar tomorrow morning with senior regulatory officials from Massachusetts, Maryland and Ohio. You can register here to watch/listen.
Hey, and while we’re wearing our signup chapeau, let us also direct you to next week’s Global Gaming Expo at The Venetian Expo on the Las Vegas Strip. Seems every Tom, Nicky and Mary from the industry is heading to first wide-open, post-pandemic G2E – and we’ll have more information about the agenda and other happenings in Thursday’s newsletter. If for some reason, you’ve been hemming and hawing about making the trip, you can still register here.
The ongoing wave of conferences, webinars and other types of information and networking sessions has prompted us to include a new section in the Thursday newsletter that highlights these events, so we’ll kick start that this week.
To kick off a busy week leading into G2E, the Responsible Gambling Council and thinkTV Canada announced yesterday the launch of an online gambling public service announcement to educate the public on the risks. The campaign is a response to Ontario’s still-new regulated online sports betting and gaming market, which has lit the fuse on an explosion of gambling-related marketing and advertising since early April.
“With the rise of online gambling and sports betting advertising in Ontario – and across Canada – we recognized there was a need to help the public understand the sensationalized ads we’re seeing on TV don’t necessarily reflect reality,” Shelley White, CEO, RGC, stated in a news release. “It is important for everyone to learn and understand the risks involved when gambling in the online space and how to minimize those risks when playing online. This campaign is more important than ever as new operators continue to enter the market. We are proud to be collaborating with thinktv and Canada’s broadcasters to deliver critical responsible gambling messages to the public so that people can make informed decisions if they gamble.”
Here's a sneak peak of the campaign, which will be featured on television and radio.
We spoke with White yesterday and will have more on the RGC’s efforts in Thursday’s edition of Gaming News Canada. For Thursday, we’ll also have more than a few bon mots from FanDuel trader Matt Herbstreit on the start of the NFL regular season for sportsbooks and bettors in Ontario and beyond. Loto-Quebec has released its latest financials, so we’ll shine on light on them.
As always, please join us and our yet-to-be-named special guests on Twitter Spaces at 2 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon. We’ll discuss the news of the week, it’s pretty much a given there will be some G2E talk, and we’ll ask our regularly scheduled guests about the Blue Jays’ chances in the American League postseason.
A new gig, a follow-up on a Toronto startup, and Room 4-4-2 moves into The Rivoli
On the latest episode of The Gaming News Canada podcast, Kris Abbott joined us to explain his new role as Canadian country manager for Kaizen Gaming, and BetSwap founder and CEO Brent Winston brought us up to speed on the Toronto startup company. The aforementioned Sharman also grabbed the mic to deliver his insight on Canada’s recent FIFA World Cup friendly matches with Qatar and Uruguay while also previewing tonight’s Footy Talks at The Rivoli.
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