AATA conference spotlights co-mingling efforts, illegal gambling challenges

by Gregory Conroy *   The Asian-African Tote Association (AATA), which was established last year to foster relationships between global wagering operators, wrapped up its annual conference in Sydney Sept. 4th- 5th, with leading industry figures providing insight on topics including the potential of co-mingling and the challenges posed by illegal gambling. Members include wagering operators from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand and many other regions. The conference’s main day on the Friday included presentations from Tabcorp, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Singapore Turf Club, NZ Racing Board and also Australia’s leading telecommunications company, Telstra, as well as ‘big data’ company Quantium. Tabcorp CEO David Attenborough opened proceedings outlining the strong competitive challenges and progress being made at Tabcorp. The points included:  They represent 53 percent of the Australian wagering market’s total revenue – with the integration of ACTTAB recently completed. Retail represents 52 percent of all bets, with soccer (football) and NBA (basketball)...

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