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Eventus International hosts successful Sports Betting & Gaming India conference



South Africa based Eventus International hosted a successful and well attended two-day event, Sports Betting and Gaming India (SBGI) conference on 27th and 28th February at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa.

The event started with a house-full of more than 150 attendees on Day 1. Tim Shepherd, co-founder of Silver Heritage Group started the event by making a presentation on the global gaming industry, growth in demand from India’s burgeoning middle class and how can one can capitalise on the Indian market.

This was followed by three panel discussion with key discussions on the gambling and betting in sports legalisation in India, casinos of India and future of lotteries in India, which all had eminent panelists like William Howie (Betradar), Ranjana Adhikari (Nishith Desai Associates), Susan O’Leary (Alderney eGambling), Vidushpat Singhania (Krida Legal), Manoj Jain (Deltin Group), Vaibhav Gaggar (Gaggar & Associates), Felix Mukaxe (Mozambique Gambling Board), Geaspar Byrne (Lottoland Solutions), Ratul Sethi (Golden Gaming), Jay Sayta (Glaws), Kit Szybala (Global Market Advisors) etc.

There were presentations on important topics like analytics from Andrew Pearson (Intelligencia Limited), on sports integrity and responsible gaming from Kevin Carpenter and Nandan Kamath (LawNK) respectively. The day ended on high spirits with a poker tournament at Deltin Royale.

Day 2 kicked off with a presentation by Christina Thakor-Rankin (1710 Gaming) on the key growth markets and opportunities in India, followed by a joint presentation from AIGF, which was followed by a factual presentation of DFS by Harsh Jain CEO of Dream 11. The rest of Day 2 was followed by four panel discussions concentrating on fantasy sports, mobile gaming, poker & rummy in India, horse racing and e-sports in India.

Commenting on the conference, Yudi Soetjiptadi, the Managing Director of Eventus International said, “India is definitely the next big thing, with an online gambling being estimated worth as much as 1.5 billion USD but could rise to as much as 4.6 billion USD – or more – in the years to come, it’s time for a change. Regulating online gambling would create jobs, bring in foreign investment, open up a new source of tax income, and protect consumers to the risks of an unregulated market and deployment of responsible gambling awareness campaign.

The summit was initiated to create awareness about betting integrity, and we had great support from the industry. Everyone present was eager to make it work for the future of gaming industry in India. Eventus role has always been to create the platform for various gaming industry stakeholders to network and share ideas. We have succeeded in delivering that in Goa recently as the feedback from participants was very encouraging. In conclusion, the event was a huge success to us and the industry and we look forward to hosting it again next year!”

Eventus International has announced that the India conference, now re-branded as Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPICE) India,  would be held again next year, on 26th and 27th February, 2019.

Jay has researched extensively on gaming laws and has been cited by various media houses and journals as an expert. He has helped leading newspapers in their stories on gaming laws. Jay completed his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS, Kolkata in 2015 and is currently based out of Mumbai.

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  1. Nik

    March 7, 2018 at 12:38 am

    So how’s the conference successful if states are banning even poker and rummy? The laws are not explicit about sports betting except for Maharashtra which clearly states that gambling of any sort is illegal. the Govt. has blocked the deposits to and withdrawal from online betting sites based abroad. What is India’s position on online sports betting?

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