Julian Rogers

Freelance Journalist, Editor and Copywriter

An NCTJ-trained journalist and editor with over 15 years of writing experience for magazines, websites and newspapers. I've predominantly covered the global regulated online and land-based gambling industry since 2011. I write for EGR Intel, EGR North America, Legal Sports Report, PlayUSA.com, PlayNJ.com, Online Poker Report, Asia Gaming Brief, PokerNews.com, iGamingBusiness.com, EGR Marketing, Gambling Insider, FourFourTwo.com, EGR Technology, PokerStars Blog, City Magazine, PokerPlayer, Matchbook.com. Also a freelance copywriter and ghost writer for gaming companies. [email protected] Twitter: @pilsudski97

Online Poker Report
Apple's Crackdown On Gambling Apps: 'It's Going To Hurt A Lot Of People'

Apple dropped a bombshell last week when it announced iOS gambling apps now have to be built natively rather than as HTML container apps. Building and maintaining container apps, otherwise known in tech circles as "wrappers," rather than doing it natively is a cheaper and quicker way for gambling brands to deploy apps and gain access to Apple's App Store.

EGR Intel
Network down

Microgaming’s decision to fold its poker network, MPN, next year is another blow to the vertical, but what’s behind the closure and what does it tell us about the difficulties facing poker networks and operators?

EGR Technology
Game on: Propelling esports betting to the next level

As competitive gaming continues to enjoy hockey stick-style growth, EGR Technology shines a spotlight on how some of the latest innovations, including wagering on streamers playing in their bedrooms, is helping to broaden esports betting’s appeal

Play USA
Can bet365 Become An Online Sports Betting Heavyweight In The US?

Describing bet365 as a global powerhouse in the world of online sports gambling is no exaggeration. However, the US is, thus far, one of the last unconquered frontiers for this betting giant. That could be about to change, though, when bet365 finally unleashes its online sportsbook in New Jersey via its partnership with Atlantic City's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

EGR Marketing
Has Paddy Power proven there is still life in print?

Famous for its ability to zig when others zag, Paddy Power is never afraid to push the envelope when it comes to marketing. But was producing a one-off football magazine from scratch with a print run of over a million copies worth the gamble?

EGR Compliance
Analysis: Fixing the problem of match-fixing

With a number of arrests made this year in coordinated busts, are the authorities beginning to get the upper hand in the war on match-fixing or are they barely scratching the surface? It is exactly 100 years since eight players from the Chicago White Sox accepted bribes from a gambling syndicate to throw baseball's World Series in 1919.

Legal Sports Report
NJ Sports Betting Success For FanDuel Sportsbook Boosts PPB

The strength of issued by parent company FanDuel Sportsbook in the NJ sports betting market is underscored in a Q1 trading update Paddy Power Betfair ( PPB). Results for the first three months of 2019 showed total sports wagering stakes amounted to $598 million, which generated $33 million of gross revenue.

EGR North America
Stars of the small screen: Inside the battle for mobile betting dominance

As legal sports betting gradually spreads across the US, the tussle for supremacy and share of wallet seems set to be played out on mobile devices. So how should operators tackle the critical issue of mobile UX to ensure they offer the slickest and most intuitive products out there?

Play USA
Why Legalizing Online Casinos Is Good For Operators, Players & States

Perhaps one of the industry's biggest mysteries is that no state has taken the plunge with first flipped the switch on its online casino gaming in the five-plus years since regulated iGaming market. As things stand, legal online casino gaming is still allows only available in New Jersey and .

EGR Technology
The ongoing war to rid poker of bots

The fight against online poker bots has raged for years, but just how much of a problem are these automated programs in 2019 and do recent advancements in AI pose new threats to the game's future existence online? Whenever peer-to-peer games and money are involved, you can bet your bottom dollar unscrupulous individuals will look to gain an unfair advantage.

EGR Compliance
Analysis: Assessing the possible crackdown on credit cards

With the UK Gambling Commission consulting on whether operators should be prevented from accepting deposits on credit cards, what are the main arguments for and against a ban? Data published by the Bank of England in January showed that UK households owed a staggering £72.5bn on their credit cards last November - up from £70.1bn 12 months earlier and £57.2bn five years beforehand.

Online Poker Report
FanDuel Group: Paddy Power Betfair's NJ Online Gambling Empire

Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) is riding a big winning streak in New Jersey. Revenue for Betfair Casino soared 83% year-over-year to $11.7 million, the parent company announced in its recent Q1 trading update. According to CEO Peter Jackson, PPB's share of NJ online casino revenue has increased sharply to an estimated 14% - up from "a steady 11%" over the previous two years.

EGR North America
Black or white: Can regulated sports betting beat the black market?

Getting PASPA overturned was a landmark victory for regulated sprots betting, but was also simply the first of many hurdles to be cleared. The next step is getting Americans to use the regulated product. Although firmly entrenched in the US, concrete data on the actual size of the black market is hard to come by and estimates vary wildly.

EGR Marketing
Commercial breakdown

The rising tide of complaints relating to online ads shows little sign of receding. So what’s driving this surge, and can two major gambling firms count themselves a little unlucky to have recently had their knuckles rapped?

EGR North America
All bets are off: Behind the West Virginia betting blackout

When two retail sportsbooks in West Virginia suddenly stopped taking bets and their state-wide mobile app went offline, it was presumed gremlins in the system had temporarily paralyzed operations. But with the betting blackout in early March dragging on for days at Delaware North's Wheeling Island and Mardi Gras casinos, and with the BetLucky app still down, confusion reigned as aggrieved bettors struggled to get answers.

EGR Marketing
All broken down: Will the fragmentation of live sports coverage harm betting turnover?

With online channel Eleven Sports and online retail giant Amazon entering live sports broadcasting in the UK, Julian Rogers examines what impact increasing fragmentation of coverage is having on operators' brand exposure and betting turnover Not so long ago, following sports as an armchair fan in the UK was a fairly straightforward and painless experience.

EGR Technology
Brexit's impact on recruiting and retaining tech talent

As the clock ticks down on the UK's exit from the European Union, some business leaders fear a brain drain is on the cards. So, is an exodus of tech professionals from Britain's shores after Brexit a distinct and worrying possibility, or is it more of a so-called 'Project Fear'?

EGR North America
Feel the rush: Inside the rise of PlaySugarHouse

An old adage states that pioneers take the arrows, settlers take the land. In essence, being first to enter new markets and territories doesn't automatically lead to long-term domination.

EGR Marketing
Ladbrokes Coral Q&A: Rock brands

Ladbrokes Coral Group's Alexis Zamboglou discusses both brand's World Cup marketing campaigns, whether there are too many pre-watershed betting ads, and why vociferous criticism from audiences is like water off a duck's back With a combined history of over 220 years and around 3,500 licensed betting offices, Ladbrokes and Coral are in the enviable position of being firmly-entrenched betting brands and household names in UK.

Suncity Group's big diversification gamble

First established in 2007 amid Macau's casino boom, Suncity Group rose to become the former Portuguese colony's largest junket business, operating opulent VIP rooms where well-heeled Chinese gamblers bet small fortunes on one hand of baccarat. Lately though, the Hong Kong-listed outfit, is going to be the flagship for diversification, including by investing in multibillion-dollar IRs across Asia.

EGR Intel
Is bank payment blocking the new form of self-exclusion?

As Barclays is applauded for being the first high-street bank to let customers block gambling transactions, could other financial institutions follow suit? When Barclays announced on 11 December the launch of a feature allowing mobile banking app customers to 'turn off' debit card spending with certain types of retailers, the news garnered plenty of media coverage and was roundly welcomed.

Saving lives one dive at a time: The incredible story of an Underwater Search and Rescue Team

How a dedicated team of scuba-diving volunteers on the Isle of Man is always on hand to carry out underwater searches and recoveries of missing persons... Situated in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland, the 220 square-mile piece of land that is the Isle of Man boasts a dramatic and rugged landscape complimented by unspoilt beaches and stunning bays.

EGR North America
Oscar mania: Is there a future for specials betting in the US?

New Jersey broke new ground recently by allowing sportsbooks to take bets on the Oscars. So just how popular was the red-carpet event with gamblers, and could it be the stepping stone to eventually offering a full array of specials markets and, more importantly, political betting?

EGR North America
Get the party re-started: Inside GVC's assault on the US market

As multi-brand online gambling groups go, they don't come much bigger than acquisition-hungry GVC with its bulging portfolio containing more than a dozen operators and sites covering all the main verticals. And with the recent acquisition of UK-centric online and land-based heavyweight Ladbrokes Coral in a deal worth up to £3.9bn, the enlarged Isle of Man-based business is now valued at £5.3bn.

EGR Marketing
Football Index Q&A: A ball market

Football Index CMO Mike Bohan speaks to EGR Marketing about the product's fanatical users, its fervent social media community, and whether the concept of buying and selling shares in footballers can appeal to swathes of casual bettors Hollywood legend Michael Douglas said that years after he starred in 1980s hit film Wall Street, fans would still tell him how the role he played as duplicitous corporate raider Gordon Gekko inspired them become to stockbrokers.

City Magazine
Flavours of the city | City Magazine

From the simplicity of fresh fruit and veg to the complexity of opening a teahouse in a bustling Burmese metropolis, Julian Rogers profiles...

Play USA
The Key To Extending Fox Bet's Reach? Free-To-Play Games

With a free-to-play game for Fox Bet in the pipeline, The Stars Group will be aiming to replicate the success of Sky Bet's hit game " Super 6." When the Stars Group (TSG) and Fox Sports sealed the deal on a blockbuster 25-year partnership, it was the plan to launch the sports betting brand Fox Bet, which understandably stole headlines.

EGR North America
Making a play: FanDuel Group and DraftKings discuss their plans to conquer sports betting

Julian Rogers speaks exclusively to FanDuel Group CEO Matt King and DraftKings co-founder and CRO Matt Kalish to hear more about their bold ambitions You wouldn't normally expect to encounter scores of patrons patiently queuing to gain access to the sports bar at New Jersey's Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford at 11am on a sunny Saturday morning in July.

EGR North America
Live and direct: Why New Jersey operators are doubling down on live casino

Why are operators only now committing to live dealer and how can it help drive revenue and customer loyalty? In early February, David Rebuck, director of New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), had just finished participating in a 45-minute panel discussion on US sports betting regulation at ICE in London.

Ten Years of High Stakes Poker: Celebrating the Iconic Cash-Game TV Show | PokerNews.com

Having been dealt pocket kings for the very last hand of the day's filming, Sammy Farha wasted little time in reraising Barry Greenstein to $12,500. An impassive Greenstein counterpunched by nonchalantly sticking another $50,000 into the pot. With an unlit cigarette dangling between his lips, the debonair Farha pondered his options before he announced that he was all in.

Macau junkets: A broken model?

By bringing in Chinese high rollers and providing them credit to gamble at Macau's glitzy mega-resorts where baccarat is the game du jour, junkets have long played a critical role in the revenue growth of the world's largest casino gaming market.

Home - ProductMadness.com

With leading social gaming company Product Madness completely overhauling its website, I was tasked with creating engaging copy to demonstrate the global firm's prowess.

Play NJ
Pala's Jim Ryan Talks How A CA Tribe Became A Major NJ Online Player

It was only three years ago when PalaCasino launched into New Jersey's regulated online gaming space. At the time, an online casino majority-owned by California's Pala Band of Mission Indians entering a market on the other side of the country did raise some eyebrows. Pala was playing catch up in a crowded arena.

Something you didn't know about... Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - PokerStars Blog

The French poker star discusses his time as a professional StarCraft gamer in South Korea, his passion for fast-paced card game Hearthstone and the buzz he gets from Twitch streaming... With his crop of platinum blond hair and collection of snazzy sunglasses, Bertrand Grospellier, otherwise known simply as 'ElkY', is an instantly recognisable figure on the international poker scene.

EGR North America
Raking it in: Have FanDuel and DraftKings raised their take-out too much?

Words by Julian Rogers Price rises are very rarely met with widespread customer approval. So when the two biggest names in DFS quietly increased the rake - up 1% to almost 16% for certain guaranteed prize pool (GPP) contests - ahead of Week 4 of the NFL season, it caused quite a backlash on a prominent DFS forum and on Twitter.

iGaming Business
The impact of a TV ad ban

With a potential daytime ban on television gambling adverts in the UK looming, Julian Rogers examines how operators could adapt their marketing efforts.

EGR Marketing
Analysis: Socially unacceptable

In the wake of what has been an extremely damaging and costly period for Facebook, new research suggests younger users are still abandoning the platform in their droves. Should marketers be worried or is the exodus merely a drop in the ocean?

EGR Technology magazine
Channel Hopping - EGR Technology

As operators look to bridge the divide that often still exists between online and land-based operations, EGR Technology shines a spotlight on the latest product developments

Poker Player magazine
Up All Night | Poker Player magazine

Before the WPT and High Stakes Poker, it was UK show Late Night Poker that led the way. To mark 15 years since its first transmission, Julian Rogers speaks to the crew and players involved and uncovers a fascinating story

New Social circles - Asia Gaming Brief

Aristocrat Leisure recently snapped up social games developer Plarium for $500 million, but what exactly is the appeal of acquiring a studio that creates strategy/ role-playing game (RPG) titles for a very different player demographic to social casino gamers?

EGR Technology magazine
Reality Check - EGR Technology

With consumer versions of VR headsets finally landing, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for gambling operators. By Julian Rogers

Something you didn't know about... Jeff Gross

The Team PokerStars Pro discusses his passion for soccer, staying in physical shape and his close friendship with former US Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps... Poker is inherently a sedentary playing experience, which is why keeping fit away from the tables is crucial if you want to stay mentally and physically sharp during a gruelling tournament.

NJ Online Gambling
Lee Terfloth and Resorts are Blazing New Trails in Online Gambling

Online gambling years are like dog years. Every year you are in it is like seven compared to a regular job. Even though he says he "kind of fell into the industry," Lee Terfloth, Director of Interactive Product at Resorts Digital , confesses to having been captivated since his teenage years by the fast-paced, constantly evolving nature of .

PokerStars Festival Lille: French legends of poker

The French have always had an innate passion for all kinds of card games . In fact, the old French card game poque, which involved skill and bluff, is believed by many to be an early forerunner of poker.

iGaming Business
Best Odds Guaranteed Plus: a boost too far?

bet365 has joined Ladbrokes in offering Best Odds Guaranteed Plus, Julian Rogers investigates if rivals will follow and whether online operators just see racing as a recruitment tool.

iGaming Business
Far Eastern Promise of football sponsorships

The influx of Asia-facing gambling brands as Premier League shirt sponsors and clubs' official betting partners shows little sign of slowing down. But what exactly is the appeal and how do operators benefit from these deals? Julian Rogers reports

Betting account restrictions: winners unwelcome?

It's a Thursday morning in November and lifelong horseracing fan and punter Brian Sykes is logged onto a leading bookmaker's site on his laptop. After poring over the form for a 10-runner novices hurdle at Market Rasen, the 59-year-old Yorkshireman plumps for an obvious choice, 5/2 favourite Western Miller.

Asia Gaming Brief
Poker in Asia: A busted flush?

For over a decade, Asia has been touted where the next - and most explosive - poker boom will occur, and yet the spark has failed to fully ignite. So how much appetite is there still for poker in the Far East and what is holding the game back?

Branching out in a crowded market: eSports, Bitcoin & DFS

ESPORTS BETTING Competitive video gaming's roots can be traced back to 1980, when Atari staged the inaugural Space Invaders Championship in the US, which attracted over 10,000 eager button bashers. Nowadays, eSports, as it's known, is a multimillion-dollar global industry with professional 'athletes' idolised by besotted fans like sports superstars in sell-out arenas.

Is PokerStars' dominance of online poker coming to an end?

For almost a decade, PokerStars has bossed online poker. To use a poker analogy, the Isle of Man-based giant has been the industry's 'table captain', mercilessly crushing its rivals and cornering around two-thirds of the global market.

Gambling Insider
Gone Phishing | Gambling Insider

This summer's hacker attack on New Jersey's online gambling industry once again highlighted the crippling and costly cyber threats operators face. Julian Rogers reports on why the sector is such an attractive target and why this problem shows little sign of subsiding The 24/7-nature of online gambling and a reliance on reoccurring high-profile sporting events for spikes in revue make operators' websites a prime target for malicious hackers and other cyber criminals.

Fighting to stay relevant | Gambling Insider

Confronted with a PlayStation generation who find luck-based games a complete turnoff, Julian Rogers asks how the industry can appeal to younger audiences.

eGR North America
Going for gold | eGR North America

As the tussle for supremacy heats up in the DFS space, Julian Rogers assesses which operators are poised to cash in this NFL season.

Poker Player magazine
The Big Show | Poker Player magazine

Julian Rogers speaks to those responsible for creating the World Series of Poker and hears how this colossal event has changed since yesteryear

Poker Player magazine
History In The Making | PokerPlayer mag

To celebrate 10 years of the European Poker Tour, Julian Rogers meets the main players behind the rise and rise of the word's biggest poker tour

eGR Mobile Intelligence
Pay as you go | eGR Mobile Intelligence

With Apple Pay finally launching in the UK, Julian Rogers studies the potential impact of the one-touch payment service on the egaming industry

Analysis: Mobile display headaches | eGR Digital Marketing

Julian Rogers explains why creating engaging and nonintrusive mobile ads is now more important than ever Despite market research company eMarketer suggesting US mobile ad spending will match desktop in 2015, much of the mobile display ads served up by online publishers still mar the overall mobile web browsing UX.

Poker Player magazine
The Mighty Nine | Poker Player mag

After a four-month wait the WSOP Main Event Final Table is finally upon us. Who will win? Julian Rogers gazes into his crystal ball...

Social Casino Intelligence | Social Casino Intelligence
Breathing Life Into Poker

As Zynga Poker's player numbers continue to tumble, PokerStars is ramping up social poker efforts. Julian Rogers examines how the space is changing and what the future holds

Social Casino Intelligence
Taking Slots To The Next Level

Julian Rogers examines the latest trends and challenges in the evolving and ultra-competitve social slots vertical

eGR Mobile Intelligence
The Big Push

Push messaging revolutionised CRM in the mobile sector, but has the industry started pushing customers away?

Gambling Insider
Let's Go To Work | Gambling Insider

The bookies are primed for what could be the biggest betting event ever. Julian Rogers catches up with a group of them to hear how conditions are perfect for a betting frenzy. But when it's dog-eat-dog, which of them will make off with the spoils?

eGR Mobile Intelligence (cover story)
We need to talk about Google...

With gambling apps still restricted from Google's Play store, how can the industry avoid losing out on the unstoppable growth of Android? By Julian Rogers

Gambling Insider
Still evolving, still relevant

Not only is SEO alive and well but it's also as significant as ever for gaming affiliates and operators. The key, as Julian Rogers explains, is knowing how to use it

Poker Player magazine
Rank And File

Alexandre Dreyfus chats to Julian Rogers about his bold plans for the Global Poker Index (GPI)

eGR Mobile Intelligence
Second Screen

Julian Rogers examines the spread of second screen content and what lessons the egaming industry can learn

eGR Mobile Intelligence
What Comes Next? (cover story)

With 2014 set to be the year of the next leap forward in mobile tech, Julian Rogers asks what wearables, phablets and smart TV means for operators

eGR Mobile Intelligence
Winning the battle, losing the war

The native apps vs HTML5 debate just won't die. Although native seems to have won the battle, can HTML5 win the war?

eGR Mobile Intelligence
Keep It Simple

Does the emergence of stripped down, simplified sportsbook apps herald a new era in product development? By Julian Rogers

Should the UK Gambling Industry Do More To Tackle Problem Gambling? | PokerNews.com

Last month, a quintet of the main trade associations representing the various facets of the UK gambling industry unveiled the creation of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG). As well as establishing the best practice on consumer protection across the sector, the IGRG will undertake a "stock-take" of current responsible gambling initiatives and identify where standards can be improved.

Poker Player magazine
The final chapter

London's Vic casino was a fitting host for the PPUKT Grand Final – and it lived up to expectations. Julian Rogers reports...

eGR Mobile Intelligence
Your Ad Goes Here...

How mobile advertising is changing the game. By Julian Rogers

Online Poker Legislation Making Progress in the Netherlands

The Netherlands may be known for its liberal stance on soft drugs and prostitution, but it's a whole different story when it comes to gambling and poker. There are no legal online poker sites, while state-owned Holland Casino is the only bricks-and-mortar operator available for card players to sharpen their skills in a live environment.

eGR Mobile Intelligence
Is Mobile Giving Bingo Wings?

With tablets on the up, bingo operators are facing a new opportunity to for growth, but can they cash in?

Gambling Insider
Cheats sometimes prosper

As casino security gets tighter, so the tricks employed by casino cheats become harder to detect.

Gambling Insider
Pluck of the Irish

With Paddy Power toasting record results, Julian Rogers gets the lowdown from financial chief Cormac McCarthy. It turns out there's more to it than wacky publicity stunts and 'money back specials'.

eGR North America (cover story)
The elephant in the room

It's time to face up to the truth about social convergence. By Julian Rogers.

eGR Mobile Intelligence
The poker problem

Can mobile turn out to be the defibrillator to jump-start online poker back into life?

Gambling Insider (cover story)
2020 Vision

Julian Rogers gazes into his crystal ball and speaks to industry insiders to paint a picture of the ever-evolving gambling landscape in the year 2020.

eGR North America (cover story)
Battle of the brands

As operators flex their marketing muscles ahead of egaming launches, Julian Rogers examines the strategies that coule be deployed to steal the limelight and snag players.

eGR North America (cover story)
Full steam ahead

888 is gearing up for a bold foray into the US by capitalising on its sophisticated software and vast egaming experience, CEO Brian Mattingley tells Julian Rogers.

Poker Player magazine
Enter the dragon

Cardiff was the backdrop for an absorbing two days of poker that crowned a local PPUKT champ. Julian Rogers reports...

Gambling Insider

Do gambling companies deliberately create controversial ads, and do they care if they get banned?

eGR North America
All part of the game

With New Jersey locked in a fierce legal battle with pro and amateur leagues over legalising sports wagering, Julian Rogers examines the case for both sides.

eGR North America
Ready to rumble

New Jersey aims to launch egaming in November, but months of hard work lie ahead to grant licences in time. By Julian Rogers.

Affiliate Focus
Land and deliver

How the right landing page layout and design can help your site achieve maximum results

Sweden's Svenska Spel Determined to Tackle Problem Gambling

Sweden's gambling monopoly Svenska Spel said it has taken a "big step towards a healthier gaming market" with a soon-to-be-created professorship to study problem gambling. The professorship at Lund University's Faculty of Medicine will carry out detailed research into the causes and effects of problem gambling - the first of its kind in Sweden, according to the state-owned operator.

The Bet Newspaper
Fed Express

5/2 Roger can hit them for six

Gambling Insider
How To Be Seen

Julian Rogers speaks to the industry's big spenders

Next Generation O&G
Future Vision

An oil chief passionate about alternative forms of energy – cynics would argue that this proclamation is an oxymoron. John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil Company, would beg to differ, however. In an exclusive interview with O&G, he talks about Shell’s investments in green fuels, future energy security, and how America’s strict drilling restrictions are creating an unnecessary over-reliance on foreign imports.

100 Thousand Club
Deal Me In

How an old cowboy card game became the game du jour

eGR North America
All aboard!

Ed Sutor, CEO of Delaware's Dover Downs Casino, tells Julian Rogers that it's vital to be one of the first to board the egaming train.

Business Management
Beating the odds

Multi-millionaire betting tycoon Victor Chandler rescued his eponymous business from the brink of bankruptcy, turning it into a global gambling empire with half a million customers in over 160 countries. By Julian Rogers

Inside Poker Business
Rough road ahead for poker?

After a difficult year for the online poker industry, Julian Rogers assesses the fortunes of the leading players and the challenges lurking around the corner

Poker Player magazine

Julian Rogers meets the creators of Bet Raise Fold, a new feature-length documentary exploring the online poker boom

CXO magazine
Betting on a sure thing

With around 6.4 million transactions completed every day, online betting exchange Betfair is busier than all of Europe’s stock exchanges combined. Julian Rogers goes behind the scenes to meet CTO Tony McAlister

Business Management
Loan ranger

Five years after the emergence of peer-to-peer lender Zopa, its CEO and co-founder Giles Andrews says the public’s distrust of the greedy banks has been a boon for his business.

Gambling Insider
Have we hit an innovation wall?

Is the notion that the industry is facing an innovation decline an accurate or exaggerated assessment? Julian Rogers gauges the views of industry experts.

Inside Poker Business
PokerStars Vs The World

PokerStars holds a monster chip lead over its short-stacked rivals, but can the competition realistically shift the balance of power? Julian Rogers finds out

Gambling Insider
Push the tempo

Fast-fold poker is an action junkie’s ultimate fix. But is it just a passing fad, a sign that online poker is in decline or, in fact, the industry’s saviour?

iGaming Business
The fall of an empire

With the first anniversary of Full Tilt Poker’s shock collapse fast approaching, Julian Rogers charts the rise, and spectacular fold, of a former online giant.

Business Management

Repairing a badly damaged brand in the wake of a crisis doesn’t come cheap, both in hard cash and man-hours. So what lessons can we learn from those who tackled a crisis full-on and those who ducked for cover?

Gambling Insider
Bad form

With horse racing struggling in the battle for the punter’s pound, betting turnover on the sport has plunged. So what’s gone wrong for this stalwart of the gambling arena? Julian Rogers investigates

Gambling Insider
Operators prepare for Spanish scrap

As recession-hit Spain regulates online gaming, Julian Rogers asks whether the operators’ gamble to reign in Spain will pay off

Gambling Insider
More than a bit of fun

Novelty bets are not just a marketing gimmick; they’re a burgeoning revenue stream in their own right, argues Julian Rogers

Business Management
Faster, higher, stronger

Its iconic triumvirate of perfectly parallel stripes have been synonymous with sport for decades. But with profits tumbling in the year Adidas celebrates its 60th birthday, Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer talks candidly about trimming the fat, beating archrival Nike into submission and why innovation is key to this sportswear giant’s future.

Business Management
On the right track

It’s 46 years since Italian tractor maker Ferruccio Lamborghini hatched his harebrained scheme to build a luxury supercar. But with the wheels falling off the car industry amid the deepening recession, can this luxury brand navigate the tricky conditions ahead? Julian Rogers investigates and hears from Director of Brand and Design Manfred Fitzgerald.

Gambling Insider
Lots of action

Intralot Interactive are at the forefront of today’s innovative e-gaming solutions. Julian Rogers spoke to general director George Zenzefilis to learn the key to the company’s success and how the developing world offers enormous potential

Gambling Insider
Poker Pioneer

With Ultimate Poker winning the 'race' to offer regulated online poker in Nevada, Julian Rogers sits down with CEO Tobin Prior to discover how the site has performed ahead of rivals entering the market.

Business Management (Middle East)
Rebuilding Iraq

It’s a fractured and fragile country scarred by bloody wars, the shackles of sanctions and a despotic regime. But with green shoots of peace and stability sprouting, the Iraqi government is beckoning foreign companies and investors to resuscitate the nation and unlock its riches. There’s no doubt this is the land of opportunity – but is now the time to finally put Iraq on the business map?

Gambling Insider
Smark your card

Smarkets CEO Jason Trost tells Julian Rogers how the latest betting exchange on the block are all about offering price-sensitive punters a social way to bet

Business Management
Cool For Cats

How do you promote an über-­cool brand for the fickle sports lifestyle  consumer? Antonio Bertone, former record shop owner and club  promoter, and now Puma’s global Chief Marketing Officer, offers a  candid insight into his creative side.

PokerPlayer magazine
The Online Pioneer

With online poker celebrating its 15th birthday, Julian Rogers meets the man who ignored the doubters and launched the game on the world wide web.

Business Management
Behind Enemy Lines

Why shell out millions sponsoring a high-profile event when you can just ambush it, usurping your rivals in the process.

Next Generation OIl & Gas
OIl, toil and trouble

Piracy is back, but not in the traditional sense. Swashbuckling Blackbeards brandishing cutlasses have been superseded by ruthless, money-hungry Somali gangs armed with automatic weapons, global positioning systems and satellite phones....

Poker Shark Magazine
Tony G: the mouth of poker

Motormouth Tony G is never shy when it comes to offering his opinion across the felt. What can we learn from this conroversial style?

Gambling Insider
Upwardly mobile

Powerful and intuitive devices, dedicated apps and now 4G connections; is mobile gambling set for another explosive year of growth, asks Julian Rogers

Next Generation OIl & Gas
Black gold rush

Julian Rogers speaks exclusively with Libya's top oil official and Chairman of NOC, Dr Shokri Ghanem

Gambling Insider
Zynga gets real

Beleaguered social games giant Zynga is finally on the cusp of launching real-money gambling in the UK. But will social gamers convert, and can this move reverse the company’s flagging fortunes. Julian Rogers investigates.

Business Management
Birdies, bogeys and bytes

Julian Rogers tees off with Mark Lichtenhein, CIO and Director of Broadcasting and New Media at golf's European Tour

Gambling Insider (Las Vegas supplement)
Check or bet?

Now that Nevada is on the verge of a legalised online poker market, Julian Rogers asks whether it's a prize worth winning for operators

Gambling Insider
US tentative to take the exchange route

With exchange betting put on the backburner in California until sometime next year, much to Betfair’s frustration, Julian Rogers examines both sides of this thorny issue

iGaming Business
Poker's Second Coming

With online poker traffic and revenues on the slide, is it premature to be sounding the game’s death knell? Julian Rogers assesses the hand strengths of the industry’s major players and asks whether we are, in fact, on the verge of a second poker boom.

Gambling Insider (cover story)
The battle for engagement

The major social networks are now a battleground for gaming firms trying to reel in new customers and keep them loyal and attentive, as Julian Rogers discovers

Gambling Insider
Turbulent times

There’s been the infamous ‘ghost’ bet furore, a hacking scandal and a mini-exodus among senior management. Then the stock market launch was more sink than float. Julian Rogers weighs up how Betfair are recovering from their recent woes

CXO Magazine
Gearing up for the road to recovery

Plummeting sales, mass layoffs and government bailouts have all been a by-product of the recession for a spluttering global car industry. But for a previously bankrupt General Motors the crisis is all about unearthing opportunities, suggests European CIO Alejandro Martinez. By Julian Rogers

Inside Poker Business
Lessons from history

As we approach the 15-year anniversary of the first real-money online poker hand, Julian Rogers catches up with Planet Poker pioneer Randy Blumer

Business Management
Electric Avenue

Japanese automaker Nissan is hoping to steal a march on its rivals with the Leaf, the first mass- produced, affordable electric car. But will its zero emissions and wallet-friendly running costs be enough to tempt motorists to swap tried and trusted petrol power for electric power? Julian Rogers investigates.