Simona Bostan

Simona Bostan

Simona is coming from a financial background, finishing her BA in Banking and Finance. She started to get into the Igaming World as a Customer Care Agent with Unibet in 2007.

Always seeking to optimize her work she left Unibet and joined Freespin Casino as an Affiliate Executive where she learned all the tricks of the trade.

With her move to B3W in 2010 she used her accumulated knowledge and designed a custom made Affiliate System for B3W.

She has a vast knowledge in SEO and Optimize Affiliate Marketing for Clients, bring new Affiliates to the Client, negotiate deals, motivate an existing portfolio of Affiliates, optimize and develop their performance to maximize player traffic, networking.

Friday, 09 March 2018 11:53

Women in Gaming Diversity Awards 2018

Women in Gaming Diversity Awards 2018

The 9th Women in Gaming Diversity Awards will be taking place this year on the 11th of May at Savoy Hotel in London.

If you appreciate the women you work with, consider nominating them to this amazing award event dedicated only for women.

There are several categories, including: B2B Excellence Award, Best Place to Work, Company of the Year, Employee of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service, Hidden Talent of the Year, Industry Achiever of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Leader of the Year (iGaming & land based), Star of the Future, Team of the Year, Young Leader of the Year and Industry Pride of the Year.

The WIG Award supports the BreakThrough Breast Cancer Charity, so by participating to this event you also help a good cause.

The Judges for this year's event have just been announced and are:

  • Anna Hemmings - CamCare CEO
  • Christina Thakor-Rankin – Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd
  • Elizabeth Wilks- Woods – Compliance Director The Ritz Club
  • Kirsty Thompson – CEO 138.com
  • Lydia Barbara – Head of Innovation Microgaming
  • Michelle Elliott – Senior Cash Operations & Collections Executive Les Ambassadeurs Club
  • Sarah Sculpher – CMO Caesars Entertainment EMEA
  • Sari Lichtik – Head of Marcom Playtech

To nominate your favorite co-worker/friend you can do so here.

Friday, 09 March 2018 11:33

Lisbon Affiliate Conference 2018

Lisbon Affiliate Conference 2018

iGB Affiliate Conferences are happing around Europe throughout the year.

The biggest Affiliate Conference being held in London in February, followed by Amsterdam Affiliate Conference in June and the third is going to be moved to Lisbon this year.

Organized previously in Barcelona and Berlin, this year, the October Conference will be in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

It will be taking place between the 17th and 20th of October.

Although the Berlin Affiliate Conference and Financial Partners Expo Berlin were a huge success in 2017, this year they chose a more sunnier place.

The event will be at the Lisbon Exhibition and Congress Centre.

What to expect:

  • Over 3,000 delegates
  • Over 100 affiliate programs
  • Over 1,500 affiliate attendees
  • Conference sessions that increased your revenue
  • Insights from industry experts
  • Amazing networking parties, in incredible venues, in a stunning city
  • And it was all FREE for affiliates and introducing brokers!

The official hotel has not yet been announced.

For more info click here.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:01

AGS 2018 Hong Kong

AGS 2018 Hong Kong

The third Affiliate Grand Slam will take place on the 18th of May 2018 in Hong Kong.

A very exciting opportunity for successful Affiliates has arise with the 3rd Affiliate Grand Slam organized in Hong Kong.

The organizers behind SiGma are bringing the show this time in Asia. After two successful events in Tallinn and Bucharest, 150 Affiliates will have a chance for an all-inclusive tour in Asia.

Together with six Operators and sponsors, this amazing networking event will bring together the best in the industry for a memorable time to visit, enjoy and make business.

So far, bodog, lapalingo.com, Lifeland Gaming are hosting the event. SiGma is looking for three more operators to join forces.

Sponsors so far are: Hastraffic, Highlight Media Group, matching visions and SMS warriors.

Important event details:

Date: 18 May, 2018.

Venue: Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong.

Stay tuned for more info to be revealed.

For more: http://affiliategrandslam.com/hong-kong/.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:50

PlayOJO crowned Casino Operator of the Year

PlayOJO crowned Casino Operator of the Year

Disruptive challenger takes home trophy at the prestigious Malta iGaming Awards.

Fast-growing online casino operator, PlayOJO, has added more silverware to its trophy cabinet after being crowned Casino of the Year at Malta's iGaming Awards.

The operator, which is powered by popular software provider SkillOnNet, fought off stiff competition to take home the gong.

The recognition comes just weeks after PlayOJO picked up its first EGR Award – for Rising Star of the Year – at the industry bible’s prestigious Operator Awards 2017 in London.

Ohad Narkis, from PlayOJO, said: “We are delighted to have been named Casino Operator of the Year at the Malta iGaming Awards. Despite launching less than a year ago, we have already made a significant impact on the industry by taking the player experience to the next level. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of the PlayOJO team, and I’d like to thank the judges for rewarding our achievements and successes in this way.”

Since going live in February, this disruptive challenger brand, has already made a big impression in the UK market with its unique approach to responsible gambling.

Its innovative OJOplus offering rewards players with money back on every bet – whether they win or lose – which can be withdrawn into their wallet at any time.

In an industry first, all bonuses and rewards come with no wagering requirements, so what players see is what they get – it’s that simple.

For more info about PlayOjo Casino click here.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:34

IGA Awards - Finalists

IGA Awards - Finalists

Have you made it to the list?

The 11th International Gaming Awards will take place next year in London.

Best of the best in the industry will win and IGA award and some of the profit will go to a good charity.

Event info:

Monday 5 February 2018 @
Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London
18:30 – 1:00
 
Price:

Individual seat @ £430 + VAT
Industry (Table of 10) @ £3950 + VAT

Each ticket includes:

  • Admittance to the International Gaming Awards Ceremony
  • Welcome Champagne Networking Party
  • Dinner with Wine ½ bottle
  • Awards presentation ceremony
  • Celebration Party
  • All entertainment included.

Don't forget that this is a black tie event.

25 Awards are up for grabs including the following categories:

  • Australia/Asia Focused Technology Supplier
  • eSports Betting Software
  • Gaming Operator Americas
  • Gaming Operator Australia/Asia
  • Gaming Operator Europe
  • Great Place to Work
  • iGaming Software Supplier
  • Innovator Operator
  • Innovator Supplier
  • Integrated Resort
  • Live Casino of the Year
  • Lottery Product
  • Mobile Operator
  • Mobile Product of the Year
  • Online Casino Operator
  • Online Gaming Operator
  • Online Poker Operator
  • Payment Processing Company
  • Slot Provider
  • Slots Operator
  • Socially Responsible Land Based
  • Socially Responsible Online
  • Sports Betting Operator
  • Technology Provider
  • VIP Room

For the finalists click here.

5 Tips on How to land a job in iGaming without experience

If you are fresh out of school or a professional in a different industry, you might want to continue reading this article where we will give you some tips on how to land a job in iGaming without previous experience.

#1 Tip: Getting the chance for an interview

Most of the time the HR department will receive tons of CV's for the same position. It will be time consuming for them to read from top to button every single CV. Use a short phrase at the beginning of your CV where you will describe why you are the best for the job. Make your CV stand out. 

# 2 Tip: Experience and knowledge are two different things

If an employer is looking for a role to fill in his company where no experience is required, that doesn't mean you don't need to know anything about the role.

Lets say you are applying for a position within the Fraud and Payments department. You need to know the definition of fraud, ways to prevent, types of fraud, what is payments, type of online payments etc. 

You might also get a test to spot fake documents, cards etc. Knowledge about this field is essential.

#3 Tip: Know the Company

Preparation for the interview involves knowing the Company you are applying to. All information about the Company you will find it on their website. 

E.g. When the company was founded, where it is licensed, languages offered, products they offer, Terms and Conditions etc.

#4 Tip: Read the job description

Very important. You must carefully read what your responsibilities will be. During the interview use your answer around the experience/knowledge you previously gained that involves your future duties.

#5 Tip: Dress Code

iGaming industry workplace provides most of the time a very relaxed and creative environment. But, that doesn't mean jeans are allowed during an interview. Casual - smart is always the way to go.

To get a job in iGaming, you must be willing to relocate to different countries where companies are licensed and have their offices. Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Curacao are some iGaming hubs. 

Tips:To find a job, you can use iGaming recruitment agencies, go directly to the website of the company or via Facebook groups.

Currently there have been many openings for different language Customer Support roles, such as: Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch and German in Malta. So, if you speak the above languages then you are in luck and much easier to enter in this field.

Good Luck!

Monday, 04 September 2017 00:00

Affiliate Grand Slam Bucharest

Affiliate Grand Slam Bucharest

On the first of September, 2017, 200 great Affiliates were invited (all expenses paid) to Bucharest for the second Grand Slam organized by SiGMA (first one was organized in Tallinn, Estonia).

Simka Consulting took part as well, thanks to Casumo invitation.

Hosts: 10Bet, Casumo, GiG Affiliates, GoWild Affiliates, Karamba and twin.

Sponsors: Betting Gods, CareBoom, EveryMatrix, matching visions, SMS warriors and talkingAds.

The event took place at  JW Marriott Bucharest,  the lovely dinner at 'La Brasserie' and the closing party at 'YACHT Bucharest'.

My favorite workshop was Pitfall and opportunities' where Tal Itzhak Ron, the Chairman and CEO of Tal Ron, Drihem & Co, not only discussed the reason for so many merges and acquisitions that happen lately, but also the due diligence process.

I got the chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones and chance to promote two new operators that are relatively new on the market with new products. 

Stroll through the Old City Town

Thank you Eman & Team for a great event and see you in November in Malta for the biggest event hosted for Affiliates ever.

 

Ritz Club Casino sue self-excluded billionaire for $2m losses

Safa Abdulla Al-Geabury, who signed a self-exclusion order in 2009, lost £2 million at the Ritz Club in London.

The incident took place on February 19th 2014 and the billionaire managed to lose that amount in just less than two hours playing roulette.

However now London Clubs International owned casino has taken Safa to High Court as check he signed that night was returned unpaid.

The casino now intends to reclaim the outstanding balance, plus an extra £200,000 in interest by taking the gambling act to court.

But Safa Abdulla Al-Geabury argues Mayfair’s Ritz Club that the blame lies with the casino as he only allowed to access to his gambling funds after the casino gave him match tickets for Arsenal vs Bayern Munich at the Emirates stadium in London, proceeding to give him a £5 million gambling credit line straight after.

Safa Abdulla Al-Geabury said:

“[A casino representative] asked why I was not coming to the Ritz Club. He then suggested I should go to the Ritz Club and said my style of play was very attractive. I told [the man] I was a problem gambler and that I had limited my access to my own money for that reason. He said access to money was not a problem and I would be provided with credit of up to £5million, which I could pay back when I liked.”

The 52-year-old’s counsel Kevin Pettican argued that The Ritz Club was in breach of its own gaming license terms by virtue of giving credit to the self-excluded problem gambler.

He also went to state it the casino bore responsibility in exerting “undue influence and unconscionable transaction”.

In addition, a counter claim for £5.4million was filed against the Ritz Club, depicting the amount of cash Safa lost gambling at the casino between October 2010 and February 2014.

As part of procedure, the honorable court has directed psychiatrists to evaluate the degree of the Swiss national’s gambling addiction, and whether it was notable enough for the casino employees.

2014 recap: Online poker’s biggest winners and losers

2014 was a fabulous year for online poker and 2015 promises to be even better. As we take the plunge into yet another season, let us reflect back on how 2014 was, especially for big name poker pros. Hence, here we list some of the biggest winners and losers in online poker in the year gone by.

None other than Dan “jungleman12” Cates was 2014’s biggest online winner with winnings worth $2,805,751 on Full Tilt Poker. With his $631,288 winnings on PokerStars, Cates’ total winnings add up to $3,437,039. Despite being numero uno, Cates did not better Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker’s 2013 total of $6,190,599.

Mikael “punting-peddler” Thuritz, despite a spirited performance, had to settle for the number two position with a profit of $2,572,989. Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius rounded up the top three with an impressive total winning tally of $1,683,538 in 2014. 

The biggest losers list of 2014 in online poker boasts of some of the biggest names in the world of poker. Gus Hansen has topped in 2014 with losses worth $5,864,263. He has witnessed a downfall in last couple of years after dropping $8,461,472 in 2013 and $3,204,539 in 2012.

Poker legend Phil “Polarizing” Ivey too had a terrible 2014 with all the lawsuits off the felt. On the felt, especially online, Ivey’s year was not great either. Phil lost $2,372,298 in 2014, finishing second on the list behind is former FTP colleague Hansen.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom is never far away from such lists. He ended up in number three position dropping $1,698,911 in 2014. Another big name Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, too lost $1,092,098 in the year gone by.

That’s a round up of all the biggest winners and loser of 2014 in online poker. We wish all the players and pros a very happy new year and may the poker gods smile on them so they have a wonderful 2015 winning big eye-bulging amounts.

 

Friday, 03 October 2014 19:15

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