Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Share Share Online betting exchange Smarkets, has moved to significantly strengthen its executive leadership team, announcing a quartet of C-level appointments.Updating the market, Smarkets confirms that former enterprise team member Robin Harrison has returned to the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).Harrison re-joins as Smarkets technology lead, having spent a year as Head of Engineering for Santander Bank backed fintech start-up ASTO.Further strengthening, the betting firm’s day-to-day operations, Smarkets confirms the appointment of former Hero Gaming executive Chris Baldacchino as Chief Compliance Officer.The new executive, appointments will be supported by the promotions of Tom Hardman and Céline Crawford as Chief Operations Officer (CPO) and Chief Communications Officer respectively.Smarkets revamps its executive leadership team, as the betting group prepares to launch its best-price sportsbook product in 2019, powered by the firm’s proprietary platform and systems.Backing Smarket’s new executive team, company Founder and CEO Jason Trost stated – “Robin, having been a team lead at Smarkets previously, is well-placed to develop and advance our class-leading product further, while Chris’s industry expertise will be invaluable as we look to expand to new territories, such as the emerging US market and other European countries.“Both Céline and Tom are integral employees who have been with the company for many years and fully deserve their promotions, having played a big part in our recent success.” Related Articles Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon
Kent Kauppinen appeared to be nothing more than a warm body for Alessio Sakara heading into the main event of Bellator 211. This marked Sakara’s fifth fight in his native Italy, having gone 3-1 there prior to Saturday. He looked to post another stellar performance in front of his countrymen.But Kauppinen had other ideas in mind, blasting Sakara with a left hook to win by KO at 1:10 of the first round at RDS Stadium in Genoa, Italy. A stunned crowd in Genoa, Italy as @KauppinenKent drops the hammer🔨 pic.twitter.com/a9JL2D3Rwa— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 1, 2018Kauppinen came out striking, including hard right hand that hurt Sakara. The 37-year-old was stalking Kauppinen to the point where the former pro boxer had his back to the cage. Sakara connected on a right to the body and Kauppinen went over the top to drop Sakara with a vicious right hand. Kauppinen hesitated as he thought referee Dan Miragliotta would have stopped the fight. Kauppinen blasted Sakara with two ground-and-pound punches and Miragliotta stepped in and stopped the fight to silence the Italian crowd. The victory snaps a two-fight losing streak for Kauppinen (11-4), who propelled himself as a serious contender in the light heavyweight division.Co-Main EventDomingos Barros def. Hesdy Gerges via TKO (punches) at 2:53 of the first round.A very good showing from Barros. He didn’t let Gerges get into a rhythm by immediately taking down the kickboxing veteran. Barros kept transitioning positions until he went from half guard to a mounted crucifix and then to full mount. From there, Barros unloaded a series of heavy strikes to force referee Todd Anderson to call the fight.Main card resultsPedro Carvalho def. Luca Vitali by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:43 of the first round.Alen Amedovski def. Ibrahim Mane via KO (punches) at 0:12 of the first round. Look at Alen Amedovski’s huge right hand. Finished the fight in just 12 seconds #bellator211. @bellatormma fighters want to finish early an enjoy Genoa. pic.twitter.com/9pKiGut23m— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 1, 2018 Kiefer Crosbie def. Orlando D’Ambrosio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).