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Master of Ceremonies Steve Donoughue will host a fireside chat with Gillespie about the future of the online gambling industry.
The inaugural World Gaming Expo (WGE) will be held in the Principality of Monaco from December 6th to 8th. The event combines professionals from both the land-based and online gambling industries in one spectacular location on the French Riviera. As a resident of Monaco since 2011, Gillespie is proud to participate in the event and to help ensure the first year’s run is a thrilling success for both WGE and Monaco.
Gillespie will speak with M.C. Steve Donoughue on Friday the 8th at 15:00. The format will be a fireside chat where Donoughue and Gillespie will share their expertise to provide a compelling portrait of the future of the online gambling industry.
Gillespie is the Chief Executive of Gambling.com Group Plc, a company he founded in 2006. The Group is the fastest growing performance marketing company in the online gambling industry. “Affiliate” organizations like Gambling.com Group are responsible for a substantial portion of online gambling operators’ turnover, and in many cases, more than 50% of a gambling operator’s customer database.
“Gambling and Monaco are a natural fit. I am pleased that the organizers of WGE identified the opportunity to do a world-class gaming event in Monaco and am happy to throw my support behind the event,” remarked Gillespie.
Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (born 18 February 1984) is a Cameroonian-French professional boxer. He is a two-time middleweight world champion, having held the WBO title in 2012 and the WBA (Regular) title in 2017. As of December 2016, N’Dam N’Jikam is ranked as the world’s fifth best middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, eighth by The Ring magazine, and tenth by BoxRec.
N’dam N’Jikam won a silver medal in the middleweight division at the 2003 All-Africa Games, losing to Ramadan Yasser of Egypt in the final. N’dam N’jikam also represented Cameroon in the middleweight bracket at the 2004 Olympics, defeating Juan Ubaldo of the Dominican Republic and Andy Lee of Ireland on close countback decisions, but losing in the quarter-finals to eventual gold medallist Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov of Russia. Following the Olympics, and having no means of boxing professionally in his native Cameroon, N’dam N’Jikam moved to France due to the shared language.
At the 2016 Olympics, professional boxers were permitted to compete at the Olympics for the first ever time. As one of the few professionals who entered, N’dam N’Jikam once again represented Cameroon and qualified for the light-heavyweight bracket, but lost in the first round to Michel Borges of Brazil. This was seen as a surprise to many boxing observers, who predicted that amateurs would not fare well against experienced professionals.
N’Dam N’Jikam made his professional debut on 4 December 2004, scoring a third-round stoppage against Alexis Culit. On 30 October 2010, having fought mainly in his adoptive France, N’Dam N’Jikam won the vacant WBA interim middleweight title with a close unanimous decision over Avtandil Khurtsidze at the Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan.
N’Dam N’Jikam’s only defense of his title was made on 2 April 2011 against Giovanni Lorenzo. He won a wide unanimous decision. However, major controversy arose during the fight when N’Dam N’Jikam was knocked out of the ring by a series of punches from Lorenzo in round five. A WBA official then helped N’Dam N’Jikam back into the ring, which was against the sanctioning body’s rules. Lorenzo’s team later argued that this should have been grounds for immediate disqualification, as well as disputing the overly wide scorecards.
A purse bid was ordered between N’Dam N’Jikam and WBA (Regular) champion Gennady Golovkin. The purse bid was scheduled for 2 February 2012. However, days before the purse bid N’Dam N’Jikam vacated his title rather than face Golovkin.
On 4 May 2012, N’Dam N’Jikam won the vacant WBO interim middleweight title via unanimous deicision against Max Bursak. He was later promoted to full world champion status on 25 August, after Dmitry Pirog was stripped of the title for choosing to fight Gennady Golovkin instead of mandatory challenger N’Dam N’Jikam. In his first world title defence on 20 October, as well as his first fight in the United States, N’Dam N’Jikam suffered six knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision loss to Peter Quillin.
N’Dam won an IBF title eliminator over Curtis Stevens with a unanimous decision. Stevens was knocked down in round 8. A second opportunity to become world champion came on 20 June 2015, against David Lemieux for the vacant IBF middleweight title. In an action-packed slugfest, N’Dam N’Jikam again endured multiple knockdowns—four in total—but managed to go the distance to lose on the cards.
2016 saw N’Dam N’Jikam reel off four consecutive victories, with a brief pause in August to compete in the 2016 Olympics. On 17 December, he emphatically re-entered the world title scene by becoming WBA interim middleweight champion for a second time, following a brutal one-punch knockout of Alfonso Blanco in only 22 seconds of the first round.
N’Dam N’Jikam then won the full (Regular) title with a controversial split decision win over Ryōta Murata on 27 May 2017. N’Dam N’Jikam was knocked down in round 4 but survived and got the decision. When the result was announced, the crowd at Ariake Colosseum jeered. The two judges who scored the fight for N’Dam N’Jikam were immediately suspended and WBA president Gilberto Mendoza issued a public apology. A rematch was immediately ordered by the WBA, and scheduled for 22 October.
On 22 October, Murata decisively beat N’Dam N’Jikam, who threw in the towel after round 7. Murata’s body attack wore his opponent down, he was also able to hurt him with a series of combinations. The fight was attended by 8,500 people at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. This was N’Dam N’Jikam’s first stoppage loss.
The seating specialist Patir has been active in the gaming market for almost 20 years, delivering premium quality seating solutions for arcades and casinos. The secret of the company’s success has always been a proprietary design and top quality.
Patir Design is a long term leading European provider of casino seating. The Munich based company was founded in 1993 and has since gained extensive experience and a specific know how of the particular needs and requirements of seating furniture for casinos and other gaming venues.
Highlights with original design
“Player seating is subject to wear and tear”, says Managing Director Seref Patir. “Therefore it must be manufactured according to the highest quality standards, and the fabrics used need to be exceptionally robust. At the same time the guest as well as the operator expects highly comfortable chairs. The comfort has a direct influence on the length of stay at the machine.”
Not least due to its excellent reputation Patir Design has become one of the industry’s trend setters for casino seating. The growing international recognition has its drawbacks, too, to the effect that popular models of Patir chairs have been frequently copied. Patir takes immediate judicial action against any such counterfeiting enterprises. Part of the Patir business philosophy has always been to strictly create original chair design – the company strives to set highlights with its innovative style and design.
Successful trade show participations around the globe prove that the Patir concept bears fruit. Be it IMA in Dusseldorf, ICE in London, G2E in Las Vegas and in Macau or FER Interazar in Madrid – Patir meets its customers, everywhere.
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Patir not only scores with original design and innovative highlights – the company also offers competent and professional advice, short delivery times and first class service. “Top product quality and excellent craftsmanship combined with maximum comfort levels and functionality are a matter of course for us”, says Seref Patir.
Patir is especially proud of the outstanding quality of its products. Thus Patir Design has managed to become the supplier for many major players in the international casino and entertainment industry. Yet the company does not rest on its laurels – it continually pushes the further product development and optimisation.
The manufacture of individual seating solutions as well as exclusively customised products is part of the Patir customer support portfolio. The company offers a broad range of colour and fabric choices as well as individual embroidery or other design variants to meet all customer requests.