Andrew Tottenham - October 27, 2016

Backlash – The People Strike Back

No, this is not a piece about the rise of Donald Trump or nationalism in Europe or even Brexit. It is about the move against gambling machines in Europe where we are seeing a rise in opposition to the expansion of gambling similar to what we have seen in the last few decades, specifically, in […]

Andrew Tottenham - June 9, 2016

Is It Just Fantasy? The Future Of DFS in Europe?

A few weeks ago I was on a panel at a breakfast briefing organised by my old friend, David Schollenberger from Healys. It was a lively debate on the topic of Fantasy Sports and eSports and the part of the briefing with the most divergent views was whether Fantasy Sports will be a main stream betting […]

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Poking A Gorilla In The Eye With A Sharp Stick – DFS in America

Unless you have been living at the bottom of a well you will have heard about the troubles facing America’s Daily Fantasy Sports industry (DFS).  DFS has been caught in an argument as to whether it is skill or gambling and the consequences of it being one or the other are potentially enormous. Clearly it […]

Andrew Tottenham - February 10, 2016

Wake up America!

The Times, this morning, contained an excellent article about match fixing in Ancient Greece (now part of Egypt). In fragments of papyrus discovered 120 years ago but only recently translated due to the sheer volume of fragments discovered (over 150,000) was the details of the first evidence of match fixing in AD 267 in the […]

Andrew Tottenham - September 23, 2015

AutoRek announces iGaming alliance with Tottenham & Co

You can download this PRESS RELEASE as a PDF HERE Financial data management experts partner with gaming consultancy to deliver regulatory and financial controls solutions to the iGaming industry LONDON, 23 SEP 2015 – AutoRek, providers of financial, operational and regulatory reporting and control solutions, today announces an alliance with Tottenham & Co, the specialist […]

Andrew Tottenham - May 18, 2015

When it comes to gambling European case law is an ass!

The European Commission started to get interested in the gambling (and when I write “gambling” I include betting) industry in 1990 when it commissioned Coopers & Lybrand to write a report on the European industry as part of their 1992 Harmonisation program. It did not help that the C&L report was badly flawed; adding gaming […]

Andrew Tottenham - February 11, 2015

Ail Caesars!

The big news recently is the filing by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (CEOC), in the Chicago courts for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The filing is not for the whole of Caesars Entertainment Inc. but for one of its many subsidiaries. This subsidiary owns a large part of the Caesars’ empire, mainly the competitively challenged older properties […]

Andrew Tottenham - January 6, 2015

We Need To Talk About Money Laundering

The European Commission’s 3rd Anti Money Laundering Directive was passed in 2005 and we now have a proposal for a 4th one (AMLD4). This Directive could have a big impact on the casino and other gaming operations in Europe but I question whether it will be effective in reducing money laundering. Before going into some […]

Andrew Tottenham - October 27, 2014

Where Next?

In the past decade the now large gaming companies have benefited enormously from the growth in the Macau market. What once was a $4 billion a year market has grown in a decade to over $45 billion in 2013.  Although there has been a slowdown in recent months due to a government crackdown, gaming revenues […]

Andrew Tottenham - October 4, 2014

Does iGaming compete with land-based gambling?

In the last couple of years there has been quite a debate as to whether iGaming competes with land-based gambling opportunities. This debate has been fuelled by various initiatives to legalise iGaming with both sides of the debate trotting out statistics to support their case. This article is a qualitative look at both activities and […]

Andrew Tottenham - September 4, 2014

Dire Straits

The European land based casino industry is not in a good place. Many countries have seen revenues contract sharply since the glory days of 2007/2008. For example, in 2013 in Greece total casino GGR has dropped almost 60% from the €744 million won in 2008. In the Netherlands GGR in casinos has declined from €627 […]

Andrew Tottenham - August 26, 2014

Why is it just so difficult?

There have been, in the past few years a number of initiatives to develop large scale casino destination resorts. The success or failure of these initiatives is usually a matter of geography. In Asia they have, thus far,been hugely successful. I am not talking about the commercial success of the facility but of the initiative; […]

Andrew Tottenham - August 22, 2014

My New Blog

Over the next weeks and months I will be writing a number of articles about the world-wide gaming industry. I hope you will find them thought provoking and I welcome your comment.