30 Aug
2020

Guy Templer appointed Chief Operating Officer of Rational Group

first_img StumbleUpon BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Guy Templer, PokerStarsGuy Templer has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Rational Group, the operator of the world’s largest poker business, PokerStars.Templer, who is currently Chief Strategy Officer, will assume the role on January 1 and continue to report to Rafi Ashkenazi, CEO of Amaya and Rational Group.He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of significant parts of the organisation including customer support, security and payments, whilst retaining responsibility for the launch of core products into new markets.Ashkenazi said: “Guy has been a key architect of our strategy and our Operational Excellence efforts that are driving our business toward sustainable, diversified growth. His deep knowledge of the company, our customers and our products combined with his industry expertise makes him a vital member of our executive management team.”Templer commented: “Rafi and I have a great established working relationship. My renewed focus on the operations side of the business, both core products and new markets, will free Rafi to continue to deliver the strategic gains that we’ve planned for our growing portfolio of brands for 2017 and beyond.”Templer, who joined PokerStars in 2011 as Group Director of Business Development and Strategy, has directed key initiatives including PokerStars’ re-entry into the US market, launches for casino, sportsbook and social gaming products, and the local licensing of the company’s brands across Europe.Prior to joining Rational Group, Templer held positions at NetPlay TV Plc as Chief Operating Officer, and Two Way TV as Group Commercial Director and Managing Director. ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Jacob Johns – Easyodds – Preparing for The Cheltenham Festival

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Jacob Johns, EasyoddsWith less than two weeks to go until the biggest horse racing meet of the year, we caught up with Jacob Johns, one of the leading horse racing tipsters at odds comparison site Easyodds, to find out more about his company’s preparation for The Festival and how he expects the bookmakers to respond after the ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’ in 2016.SBC: How have you prepared for the Cheltenham Festival?JJ: Cheltenham Festival is usually one of, if not the, busiest week for Easyodds in terms of users on site, so we give ourselves every chance to make a success of it as a business.We prepare an SEO and content plan months in advance with search terms decided upon our ante-post tips and Cheltenham Festival news pieces, and we strike deals with bookmakers to be a part of our Cheltenham Festival centre and exclusive app.We first created a stand-alone Cheltenham app last year – which received positive data results for the business and got a good review in the Racing Post on Sunday, which we were very proud of.This year we have been ahead of schedule with the release of the app; we are already seeing more users than we had last year and have even more content already, with more coming daily between now and the start of the Festival via myself and guest tipster Steven Power – the Racing Blogger.SBC: How are you hoping to stand out from the other odds comparison providers?JJ: As above, we have a bespoke and exclusive Cheltenham app, providing the usual Easyodds service of odds comparison, tips, free bets and offers, but for the Festival.It’s a one-stop-shop for your Cheltenham Festival needs. It’s an improved user experience which is making comparing the latest odds easier and faster than ever before for Festival punters.We also have a much larger social audience than ever, including our ever-growing presence on YouTube with myself and our editor Ross Casey making multiple Cheltenham videos in the weeks leading up to the Festival which are seeing great numbers already. These are available in-app and will continue to be produced in the lead-up to and throughout the Festival.Our successful two-part Cheltenham preview video with the enigmatic ‘Racing Blogger’ certainly saw our comments section blowing up. We are the punter’s pal and we aim to give our users value for money via our odds comparison, whilst also entertaining and informing them with our social media.SBC: Are there any betting trends or strategies that you expect to see this year?JJ: The favourites have dominated proceedings for the past couple of years, so I expect them to be hammered more than ever this year. Of course, with multiples becoming more and more popular we should expect to see short priced favourites being lined up in Lucky 15’s throughout the Festival as well.Also, everyone wants to get their Festival off to a flyer so they will be latching onto something on day one to make their week. Usually the ‘Willie Mullins multiple’ is the obvious place to start but it seems unlikely this year. If Charli Parcs goes for the Supreme, I think we could get a lot of punters latching onto the Charli Parcs – Altior – Buveur D’air Nicky Henderson treble instead.SBC: Do you expect to see more conservative pricing after last year’s ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’?JJ: In all honesty, I don’t. This is the biggest horse racing meeting by a long distance and the bookies are just going to be interested in getting new punters depositing.We’ve already seen some crazy new customer offers from the newer bookies to get their foot in the door, such as Bet On Brazil, and I fully expect many of the short-priced favourites to be bigger on the day, with the players piling in. So, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be the opposite!last_img read more

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