Buzzed Up! Playtech secures Gala Leisure omni-channel lead systems agreement

first_img Related Articles Shimon AkadFTSE industry technology group Playtech Plc has confirmed that it will act as lead omni-channel systems provider for Gala Leisure, as the UK bingo operator transitions to its new identity as Buzz Bingo.Updating the market, Playtech will become the lead bingo and casino platform provider for Gala Leisure, servicing the retail and land-based provisions of Buzz Bingo future enterprise.The FTSE technology group has begun the initial rollout of its Playtech ONE Omni-Channel systems across Buzz Bingo properties, bridging Gala Leisure consumer engagement between land-based and digital verticals.Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “We are delighted to announce this new strategic partnership with the UK’s market leader in bingo”.“Through Playtech ONE we have proven the value our technology can bring to leading retail brands. Our data-driven Omni-channel technology allows operators to devise bespoke, intelligent marketing campaigns and seamless online and offline customer journeys. This means that, on average, an Omni-channel player will spend twice as much as that of a single channel player. We are very excited to be partnering with Gala Leisure and its new Buzz Bingo brand.”Chris Matthews – Gala LeisureThis June, Gala Leisure governance announced that the company would undertake a £40 million overhaul across its +120 UK bingo estates, as the firm prepares to relaunch its consumer proposition as Buzz Bingo.Playtech development details that Gala Leisure will be serviced by a best-in-class omni-channel system, allowing for live customer engagement, optimised CRM functions and a seamless single-wallet experience across Buzz Bingo digital and in-venue play.Backing Playtech as the lead technology provider, Chris Matthews, CEO, Gala Leisure, said: “We have exciting plans for the future under our new name, Buzz Bingo. As the market leader in the UK for retail, our customers have been asking us to allow them to play online as well. Our decision to partner with market leader Playtech is based on delivering an exciting, transformational proposition for our customers. We look forward to working with Playtech in the future as a key partner.” Submit Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020last_img read more

Tyler Skaggs set to return to Angels, trying to finish on a good note after a frustrating second half

first_img“I should have went on the DL right there (in June), taken two or three weeks, gotten completely healthy, threw a rehab start and come back,” he said. “I probably wouldn’t be in this position. But the team was in desperate need of some starting pitching. I was throwing the ball great. I figured why not just keeping pushing through? I was still throwing the ball well up until the last few starts.”In fact, Skaggs was enjoying the best extended stretch of his career.The first years of his career were marked by arm injuries, including 2014 Tommy John surgery and a shoulder problem during his rehab. When he was healthy in between, he pitched inconsistently, lacking a pitch to go with his fastball and sharp curve.This season, though, as he’d finally discovered a changeup he could use as a weapon, Skaggs enjoyed the best stretch of his career. He began the season by ripping off a string of 14 starts with a 2.81 ERA before the weight room incident.Related Articles “Two starting pitchers went down and I knew for a fact they needed me,” Skaggs said. “I tried to do all I could. Maybe I could have been a little selfish and taken a few weeks to make sure I was completely healthy, but I wanted to be there for my teammates, and in the long run I ended up hurting myself.”Skaggs came back from the initial injury and pitched twice, only to make it worse. He took the minimum 10 days on the disabled list in early July. He returned and pitched four more times, during which he realized that overcompensating had caused him to hurt the groin on the other side.He pitched through it and gave up 10 runs on July 31, shooting his ERA from 2.62 to 3.34. After that, he took another 10-day stint on the disabled list, only to return to give up seven runs on Aug. 11.After that, he shut it down. With the Angels falling out of the race, and leery of hurting his arm as he tried to pitch through the groin issue, Skaggs stopped to get himself right.Finally. ANAHEIM — Tyler Skaggs believes he learned a hard lesson this year.“I tried to be a hero,” Skaggs said Saturday, upon his return to the Angels clubhouse after a three-month battle with a groin injury that ruined what was shaping up to be the best season of his career.Expected to go back into the rotation sometime next week, Skaggs just wants to finish strong and forget about the frustration that, in retrospect, he feels he brought on himself.After Skaggs’ start on June 15, just after Shohei Ohtani and Garrett Richards had both gone on the disabled list, Skaggs hurt his right groin while lifting in the weight room. Skaggs, who was clearly the Angels best pitcher and perhaps on track for the All-Star Game at the time, simply took a couple extra days before his start. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “I think that he’s really harnessed the ability to change speeds,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “His changeup became a real force within his best stuff. He always had that great breaking ball and his fastball command was terrific. You put all that together, and his stuff was very good and that translated into a terrific first half of the season.”Skaggs, a 27-year-old with two years left before free agency, was looking like a solid top-of-the-rotation starter.He clearly learned about himself as a pitcher, on and off the mound, and now he’s got to figure out how to keep the good and correct the bad.As far as his training regimen, Skaggs said he thought he was doing everything right, in terms of stretching and preparation. However, he’s now had muscular injuries two years in a row. He missed half of 2017 with a strained oblique.“I don’t know if I need to change something training-wise or work with the training staff or strength staff,” he said. “I don’t know. I’m at the point now where maybe less is more. I’m doing too much stuff.”In the short term, Skaggs is just interested in getting back on the mound — perhaps as soon as Tuesday, in Oakland — and refreshing the organization’s memory about how well he was pitching in the first half.“The season I put together, I don’t want it to end the way it’s going to end,” he said. “I want to show them I’m still he guy. I want to show them that this wasn’t a fluke. I had a great season and I want to finish it.”last_img read more