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888poker announces it is on track to return almost $300,000 of refunds to its players in 2022, having recovered more funds from accounts aided by artificial intelligence than in any other year.
Using sophisticated and innovative methods of detection, 888poker has continued to make progress in tackling the issue of bots, which use software programming to create unfair advantages over real-life players. During the first few months of 2022, 888poker has already refunded $80,858 to 1390 players, taking the total amount refunded to players since 2021 to almost $300,000.
This progress has been driven by 888poker’s increased investment in improving its detection capabilities since the implementation of this new technology, as part of its broader efforts to ensure a safe, fair and enjoyable poker experience for all of its players. Over the course of 2021, 888poker increased the headcount of its team focused on fair gaming, further developed its tech monitoring software, and hired a number of leading data scientists and professional poker players to work alongside the team to detect bots and Real Time Advisors (RTA).
“Our continued progress in tackling bots is crucial in ensuring that 888poker continues to provide an enjoyable, safe, and level playing field for all of our players. This has been driven not only by our increased investment in our detection capabilities but also through the continued support and cooperation of our players, who have an important role to play in helping provide us with vital information about players they think are using AI and RTA. We will continue to do all in our power to ensure we keep poker fun and fair, as part of our Made to Play strategy, and listening to our players will be a key factor to progress on this front,” Matan Krakow, Poker Offering Group Manager at 888poker, said.
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After a scorching summer recess, the iGaming industry’s collective batteries have been recharged in readiness for a return to a series of autumn events.
In what is now a truly global calendar, SBC Summit North America at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Exposition Center set a new attendance record as delegates flocked to a show that – as was the case with iGaming NEXT New York before it – focused on a North American market which continues to boom.
We have now entered an era in which marketing purse strings are being closely examined, both from an operator and supplier perspective. Getting ‘bang for the buck’, to use that US expression, is vital when it comes to assigning budgets to the remaining events of 2022. Bigger is not always necessarily better when it comes to gaining new sales leads and, increasingly, it pays to be smart when planning out an attendance strategy.
In this feature, European Gaming highlights the six events, both on a large and small scale, that top-level executives need to be pushing their sales and executive teams towards as 2022 draws to a conclusion:
iGaming NEXT Valetta ’22 (September 27-29)
Following on from the success of the organisers’ inaugural US event in New York City in May, iGaming NEXT is back to present the latest edition of its popular show in the Maltese capital. As was the case in New York, this is a VP-style show that has a unique vision, promising to cut through the noise with unique networking and learning opportunities provided by the highest level of content. Naturally, there is no shortage of topics to be discussed by the expert line-up of speakers. Everything from the growing popularity of Web3, NFTs, blockchain and the metaverse, to new markets launching in North America and across the world, will be examined. In a world of massive waves of M&A and investment, this is an event that will pose the question of what the industry can do now to secure its place in the future.
SBC Summit Barcelona (September 20-22)
The first major event to follow the summer break takes place against the beautiful background of Barcelona, an appropriately grand city to host a gathering of global leaders in sports betting and iGaming. This year, the show will be split into five distinct zones: Sports Betting, Casino & iGaming, Payments & Compliance, Affiliate Marketing and Media and Emerging Tech, and Blockchain and Metaverse. Each area will have its own conference stage, exhibition floor and networking area, providing up to 6,000 delegates with the chance to connect with fellow professionals, take a deep dive into the insights and ideas shaping the future of each sector, and to view the most exciting new specialist products.
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) (October 10-13)
With the vast potential for sports betting and iGaming in North America being such a hot topic, more attention than ever before will be focused on the second successive in-person Global Gaming Expo on behalf of the online gaming industry. Held at The Venetian Convention and Expo Center in Las Vegas, G2E is billed as the world’s premier international gaming trade show and takes place on a vast scale as business leaders convene to shape the future direction of the industry. Key to the event is an education programme that reflects the evolving landscape – essential given the complex, patchwork regulation that exists in North America – while topics covered within the schedule include innovations across online gaming, land-based casino floor, digital payments, crypto and Web3.
SiGMA Europe, Malta (November 14-18)
With a strong focus on the promotion of start-ups, the SiGMA Group once again welcomes industry leaders from all over the world to Europe’s premier iGaming hub. Over 100 free booths are on offer across the expo floor, with SiGMA Pitch – in which competitors vie for a prize pool containing investment and mentorship – provides an insight into some of the iGaming industry’s most compelling innovators. As is always the case with this show, networking opportunities are hardly in short supply and often come with a beautiful sea view, as business leaders gather for drinks, dinner and special gala events within some spectacular venues.
EGR Power Summit (September 13-14)
This invite-only event is being held at the Surf & Sand Resort in California, a state that has hit the headlines recently due to a long-running saga concerning the legalisation of sports betting. Guests attending the Summit will be able to connect through one-to-one meetings and social activities, while also joining in with the debate at expert-led content sessions including topics ranging from fixed-odds horse racing to proactivity in responsible gambling. Keen golfers can get involved in an event tournament, while there’s also a whisky tasting session at which delegates can unwind.
CEEGC 2022 (Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference), Budapest, Hungary (September 16)
Hipther Agency, parent company to betting and gaming media platform European Gaming, is preparing to host the largest edition yet of its CEEGC (Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference) in Budapest, Hungary. The 7th edition of the event is set to be held on 16th September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, marking the conference’s first return following the last two years.
The wellestablished, Germanybased provider for iGaming and betting operators will demonstrate its award-winning live streaming platform and API nanoStream Cloud with new coverage for improved Quality of Service and Quality of Experience and continue the focus on reliable integrated B2B interactive live streaming to be available on mobile and around the world.
Nanocosmos makes adaptive streaming a priority for its presence at SBC Barcelona this year. Live Transcoding and Adaptive Bitrate Playback (ABR) are now accessible to enable smooth streaming for all clients and free trial accounts. This enhances the adaptive streaming service not only by making it much easier for customers to manage their live transcoded streams, but also enabling uncomplicated access to the passthrough stream and live transcoded streams with different video quality levels. Adaptive Bitrate Playback and Live Transcoding are critical features for smooth playback on all devices for any network in any region. In addition, the new dashboard and API improve also usability and support for ABR. The ABR focussed features are laid out for operators to provide a seamless streaming experience for players and to unlock the full potential of interactive live streaming content that is available in all regions. In combination with the new player for subsecond latency, nanoStream Cloud is now positioned to cover both as part of the standard package: Interactive live streaming with the possibility to achieve subsecond latency, including live transcoding and adaptive playback.
Furthermore, nanocosmos will Illustrate how nanoStream Cloud serves usability, reliability, security, and additional datainsight. The established interactive live streaming platform for iGaming and betting operators now added the streaming protocols SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) and WHIP (WebRTCHTTP ingestion protocol) to its portfolio which are available next to the established RTMP ingest protocol. nanoStream Cloud, the unique combination of an ultralowlatency live streaming CDN, browserbased player and advanced analytics, hereby continues to highlight the focus on optimized Quality of Service and Quality of Experience for a 100% stable and reliable system.
To allow gaming and betting operators to better observe the performance of their streamed content, Nanocosmos upgraded its nanoStream Analytics platform with an enhanced data logging and search backend. Customers will gain improved insights on streaming performance and respective parameters from ingest to playback. This benefits service and viewers’ experience. Customers can access additional data made available via API or dashboard. nanoStream Cloud users can now ingest using the RTMP, SRT and WHIP protocols for WebRTC ingest for improving connectivity, especially for remote ingest locations and higher bitrates.
One of the focussed areas of this year’s product development at Nanocosmos has been stream security. In that regard, the provider continues to build on the features that were added in spring 2022 the interactive live streaming platform and API now benefit from added misuse protection; it is possible to block specific IPs and websites that are using content inappropriately via both: API and dashboard.
“From ingest to playout to support and datainsight, nanoStream Cloud integrates all areas needed for B2B interactive live streaming and to continuously improve 100% stability, reliability and customer success. iGaming and betting operators no longer have to compromise quality of service, quality of experience and ease of use to engage their audience with interactive content. Our commitment is to provide interactive
streaming of high quality; our updates redefine interactive experiences based on the reliability and stability that our customers are used to”, says CEO Oliver Lietz.

Paysafe Ltd has appointed Alex Gersh as its new Chief Financial Officer. Gersh joins the company on October 3 and will report to Paysafe CEO Bruce Lowthers.
Gersh brings to Paysafe a proven track record of over 25 years’ international financial leadership and has previously held CFO positions in public and private organisations in both the UK and US.
Gersh joins Paysafe from Sportradar, the leading global sports technology company creating immersive experiences for sports fans and bettors, where he built a high-performing finance function and successfully led the company’s IPO on NASDAQ in September last year. Earlier in his career, he spent six years in the online betting industry, most recently as CFO and Board Director of Paddy Power Betfair plc, which was formed in February 2016 following the merger of Paddy Power plc and Betfair Group plc – two of the fastest-growing online betting operators in the world. Before entering the online betting industry, Gersh spent nearly eight years as CFO for NDS Group London, a leading global provider of digital pay TV software solutions. In his earlier career, Gersh held finance leadership roles for high-profile organisations in the telecommunications industry including British Telecom and Motorola.
Bruce Lowthers, CEO of Paysafe, said: “Alex is a highly talented finance executive with a proven track record of driving growth for the international companies he has helped to lead. I know he will be a real asset to our team as we continue our path to accelerate growth and drive long term value for all our stakeholders.”
Alex Gersh said: “Paysafe has a highly diversified and relevant digital payments offering in the specialized industries it focuses on including gaming and entertainment. I have been fortunate to have worked for some of the biggest brands in these sectors and I very much look forward to bringing my knowledge and insights to my new role at Paysafe and being part of this ambitious company’s future growth story.”
Gersh replaces former CFO, Izzy Dawood who leaves the company later in the year.
Lowthers added: “I would like to express our sincere thanks to Izzy for his significant contribution to Paysafe during his time with the company and his commitment to ensuring a smooth transition of responsibilities.”
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