Keogh surprised by Ireland omission

first_img The 27-year-old Derby defender marked his first start for Ireland with a goal in the 4-0 friendly demolition of Georgia in June, but did not even make Giovanni Trapattoni’s provisional squad for Friday night’s clash with the Swedes and Tuesday’s trip to Vienna. He told the Derby Telegraph: “I am disappointed not to be in the squad, to be honest. I feel like I have started the season well and when I went away with Ireland last time, I thought I did well. Richard Keogh has admitted his disappointment at his omission from the Ireland squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria. “But that’s football and I can only keep doing what I’m doing. I’m sure if I keep playing well for Derby, I’ll get back in there. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. I think my form over the past three seasons has been consistent enough to be in with a shout. “But it will give me a chance to recharge my batteries (during the international break) as I’ve played a lot of football.” Trapattoni has had to contend with a series of problems with defenders since naming a 29-man party, with Sean St Ledger having withdrawn through injury and Stephen Kelly for family reasons, while full-back Marc Wilson has been nursing an ankle problem. But when the Italian called for a reinforcement, it was Bristol City’s Greg Cunningham who got the nod to join up with the squad earlier this week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ohad Narkis: Taking a ‘no nonsense’ approach to PlayOJO launch

first_imgShare Submit Share StumbleUpon Ohad Narkis, PlayOJOCan an operator’s ability to remain as open and transparent as possible become a unique identifier within the online casino industry?Ohad Narkis, Co-Founder of Maple Marketing, has bet big on ‘player responsibility’ with the launch of new online casino PlayOJO. Will his gamble pay off?Launching a new online gambling property will always test the hardest of stomachs, as leadership is faced with a gruelling terrain in which to conduct business, especially with raising costs, greater competition and increasingly stringent regulatory policies.Adding further worry, operators have seen compliance failures make national media headlines in 2017. For example, 888, one of Britain’s biggest online gambling firms, was ordered to pay a record penalty package of over £7.8m for what the Gambling Commission described as ‘serious failings’ in its handling of vulnerable customers.Nevertheless, Narkis believes that social responsibility can be used as a commercial driver for online casino PlayOJO, launched in March 2017. He is straight to the point about PlayOJO’s take on the UK market, stating that his firm will take a ‘no nonsense approach to its brand, voice, and proposition’.“We were made for the player, and believe in being as open and transparent with them as possible,” said Narkis. “That means no shifty small-print, no lengthy T&Cs, and no ridiculous wagering requirements attached to bonuses and prizes. We just offer real money and real play. It’s as simple as that.”Narkis admitted that 2017 has been a consequential year for social responsibility, and one in which high profile incidents have tainted the online casino industry’s reputation.“Online casino should be all about maximising the fun factor, but players also want to know that the money they win or are awarded in bonuses and prizes is their money,” he said. “However, because this is often not the case, the online casino industry has a bad reputation when it comes to fair play.“This has not been helped by the Commission’s decision to slap 888 with a £7.8m fine for dropping the ball when it comes to responsible gambling measures. It is another reason why we have taken the approach we have; we want our players to be healthy and happy.”Not satisfied with marketing and messaging transparency, Narkis and Maple Marketing have invested deep resources into developing the most ‘fair play’ online casino destination.He explained: “Our system, OJOplus, pays players money back on every bet, win or lose. And when we say money, we mean money, paid immediately, directly into their accounts, with no restrictions.“Of course, this is not a ground-breaking idea. We are simply replicating what happens in land-based casinos; players simply take their chips or winnings receipt to the cage and collect their cash. They are not required to wager it 20x before leaving the casino.”Looking forward to new challenges faced by PlayOJO, Narkis states that a key corporate goal will be to win the ‘trust lost’ between gambling consumers and bigger online casinos.“Players are not naïve, and are becoming increasingly frustrated with online casino sites that do not put them first,” he concluded. “They want greater control over their play, the limits they want to impose on it – as well as the marketing collateral they receive – and the bonuses and prizes they are awarded. Operators need to take this on board and make changes.”With Narkis’ no nonsense approach, PlayOJO may well be the brand to follow in 2018.last_img read more