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  • Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal enjoy big Premier League wins

    first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON,(Reuters)-Chelsea made light of striker Diego Costa’s absence to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points yesterday with a 3-0 win at champions Leicester City.After a Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham Hotspur and a ruthless Arsenal side kept up the pressure at the top with 4-0 victories, Chelsea found an unlikely hero in wing back Marcos Alonso, who scored their first two goals at the King Power Stadium.All the pre-match ballyhoo had been about Costa, the league’s leading marksman, having been dropped from Antonio Conte’s squad amid reports of a fall-out over his fitness.Before the game, though, Chelsea released quotes from Conte on their official Twitter site saying that Costa had not trained since Tuesday because of “a pain in his back”.“We played without Diego against Bournemouth and we have had time to prepare for this. We’ve prepared very well,” Conte said.That preparation was shown swiftly as Spaniard Alonso struck early in both halves and Pedro completed a rout of the feeble champions as Chelsea moved to 52 points, seven clear of Spurs.Liverpool, on 44 with third-placed Arsenal, could regain second spot and cut the gap at the top back to five points if they win at Manchester United, who are fifth, today.Tottenham striker Kane had a special day with a brilliant hat-trick in the 4-0 demolition of West Bromwich Albion that saw Mauricio Pochettino’s ever-improving contenders move into second with a seventh straight win in all competitions.It was Kane’s first match since he became a father last Sunday. “It’s amazing. The week has been a whirlwind having a little daughter – to finish it off like this is the best way possible,” he said, after taking his season’s tally to 13 league goals.OWN GOALSArsenal went up to third on goal difference after Olivier Giroud struck his fifth goal in as many games to set them on the way to a 4-0 trouncing of Swansea City, who are now bottom.Between Giroud’s opener and Alexis Sanchez’s 73rd minute effort, Paul Clement, in his first league game in charge of the Swans, also had to watch miserably as Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton deflected Alex Iwobi shots past their own keeper.Hull City recovered to beat Bournemouth 3-1 with a double from Abel Hernandez giving new manager Marco Silva the ideal league debut as they leapt from last place above Swansea and Sunderland, who were beaten 3-1 at home by Stoke City.Peter Crouch scored his 99th league goal for the Potters – a header, naturally – while Marko Arnautovic netted twice, but the goal of the day came from West Ham’s Andy Carroll who struck an astonishing mid-air volley in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.“It’s been a while in the making. I’ve been trying for a couple of years. It’s got to be the best goal I’ve scored,” the striker, who has suffered from a string of injuries, said.Joey Barton made a remarkable return for his old club Burnley, coming on as a substitute and scoring with a free-kick in the 1-0 win over Southampton.“It was an incredible thing for him to bring me back with the circus that goes on around me,” said Barton, paying tribute to Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who signed the midfielder after his stormy spell with Scottish club Rangers.It was an emotional afternoon at Vicarage Road as Watford fans paid a lovely tribute to Graham Taylor, the former England manager who died on Thursday, before facing Middlesbrough.At the club he took from the old fourth division into the top flight, the chant of “One Graham Taylor” rang around the ground, fans in the stand named after him held up cards that spelt out “Love G.T” and others were reduced to tears.However, after a long round of applause for their old manager, the Hornets could not deliver the result the supporters craved as they missed chances and were held to a 0-0 draw.last_img read more

  • Gbet: Where KYC is a self-imposed standard not a regulatory obligation

    first_img Share HooYu – SBC webinar to examine COVID-19’s impact on global gambling sector May 4, 2020 Related Articles Share ‘Know your customer’ is a phrase that almost always applies in the betting space to the person at the sharp end of the betting equation, namely the punter placing the bet. But it has equal if not greater importance further up the supply chain, especially if you’re a bespoke software supplier to those wanting to establish or enhance their sports betting business. A firm advocate of the “consultative” KYC approach is Conall McSorley, Business Development Director of platform and sportsbook provider gbet. Key to that process, he believes, is understanding. “It’s important to read the industry news – look beyond the headlines, listen to operators and understand what’s really happening with their businesses,” he said. “Then use that insight and knowledge to address specific needs and concerns that an operator might have. “An operator wants to know about your capabilities, sure, but only to the extent that you can resolve their pain points and ultimately significantly improve their offering…otherwise why bother considering migration?”He added: “The operator may want a player account management platform, a fully functional sportsbook, a betting exchange or all three – which gbet provides. “Perhaps they’re currently with a supplier that controls their risk management and they want the option of owning their risk function, or outsourcing it. Whatever they want, it’s vital that they have confidence in your ability and proven performance to deliver.” According to McSorley, a classic operator frustration is the inability to integrate quality 3rd party content to their offering. This is why gbet has almost 30 pre-existing integrations for operators to choose from, including identity validation right through to payment processing and fraud prevention. “We run through all of the integrations to the platform and ascertain which ones the operator wants,” he explained. “What we have seen though is that operators increasingly want the freedom to choose their 3rd party suppliers as opposed to being spoon fed 3rd party content or worse still, be force fed content on a glorified white label.“Capturing those requirements, and getting firm agreements in place, are the fundamentals to ensuring a smooth journey to product delivery. It can be a pain point for all parties if those things aren’t well documented and agreed early in the process.“A clearly defined roll out plan is vital. Where the process can fall down is when all parties involved aren’t in entire agreement about what role each of them has. “To counteract that, we get every customer to sign off technical requirements and mutual obligations and responsibilities even before we get to commercials. All parties must know exactly what each other is doing…and what the milestones for project management and delivery are.”For some operators, the need to take an open approach to the process can feel invasive, but with gbet NDAs are signed very early in the process and therefore operators have nothing to fear with being open. McSorley insists that there has to be transparency. He said: “We look at an operator’s current and projected transaction levels, concurrent user numbers and concurrent event/market numbers, as well as up time expectations. All of those components play into the end user expectation which we need to match and exceed from a technical perspective on behalf of the operator.”That level of transparency is vital in what McSorley described as a consultative business where, “the customer’s success is our success”. “We don’t dictate at all,” he said. “We don’t say you have to have a such and such feed provider for example. It’s completely open ended to the point where operators can have as many feed providers as they wish and they  control for example their own risk strategy whether in-house or externally.”McSorley concluded: “It’s really an open ended discussion where we as a tech provider are saying ‘…you guys operate, you know the market, tell us what you want and we’ll deliver it.” David Pope: HooYu – Betting needs to stay alert on temporary KYC actions June 23, 2020 Roger Tyrzyk, IDnow: Helping online operators stop the bad guys May 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more