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888’s mission is to develop state-of-the-art technology and products that provide fun, fair and safe digital gambling products to players globally

Owning and developing its own technology enables 888 to create differentiated products, adapt to regulatory changes effectively, enhance customer safety, and respond quickly to new opportunities. Its product-leadership strategy is central to the company’s growth plans, providing safe, quick, content-rich and entertaining products that can be deployed to millions of customers, driving superior return on investment.

In addition to its technology leadership, 888’s deep data expertise enables rapid data-led decision making, providing highly efficient marketing campaigns, ensuring its players are using its products safely, and providing the right content, to the right customers at the right time.

The Group is structured into two lines of business: B2C, under the 888 brands, and B2B, conducted through Dragonfish, which provides partners a leading platform through which to establish an online gaming presence and monetise their own brands.

888’s business is diversified across multiple products (FY2020)

Product Leadership

Consumer technology businesses, from media and entertainment to travel and banking, are consistently innovating and raising the standards. Customer expectations of what good product and technology looks like constantly evolves, and 888 benchmarks itself against both its direct competitors, and the broader digital entertainment landscape, to ensure a consistently high quality of product.

To achieve product-leadership, 888 has 5 key product principles:

  • Safety: All products must make gambling as safe as possible.
  • Usability: Quick, simple and intuitive products
  • Content-Rich: Providing the range and breadth of content that customers want
  • Entertainment: Using AI and gamification to serve up the right content to the right customers at the right time
  • Scalability: Build once, and deploy across millions of customers to drive superior return on investment

Exciting & Trusted
Online Gaming Brands

888 owns and operates some of the most exciting and trusted online Casino, Sport, Poker and Bingo brands in the market.

One of the world’s leading casino brands
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Our Offer

888casino is of the world’s leading casino brands, with a multi-award winning casino experience enjoyed by more than 25 million members. 888casino aims to provide the most enjoyable online experience available by combining exclusive games developed in-house by Section8 alongside branded video slots and ‘live’ Casino games, which offer high-quality video streamed casino games with a range of professional dealers.

In May 2018, the Group launched a new Casino platform, internally called Orbit. This represented the Group’s most exciting new product development of recent years and has been recognised with two important and high-profile industry awards (EGR – Casino Operator of the Year 2019 and Gaming Intelligence – Casino Operator of the Year 2020).

How we generate revenue

Online casinos replicate the real-life casino experience with players playing against ‘the house’ across online versions of classic casino table games such as roulette and blackjack as well as slot and video games. In these games, the house has a statistical advantage or ‘edge’.

Casino revenue is the difference between the amounts of bets placed by customers, less the amount returned as winnings.

An innovative, cutting-edge sports experience
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Our Offer

888sport is an innovative, cutting-edge sports experience. At the heart of the 888sport offer is genuine passion for sport, with thousands of live and pre-event betting markets on offer across hundreds of events, from the obvious to the obscure.

During 2020, 888 began to roll out its own in-house sports betting platform the first time, following a strategically important acquisition In March 2019, thereby giving 888 complete ownership over an end-to-end sports betting solution for the first time.

How we generate revenue

Customers place bets on a variety of events against ‘the house’ across, at different odds which are determined by 888sport. The group attempts to set odds such that there is built-in theoretical margin into each set of odds and each market, which over the long term delivers a fairly stable betting win margin, but given the variance and unpredictability in sporting results, this can be volatile in the short term.

Sport revenue is the difference between the amounts of bets placed by customers, less the amount returned as winnings.

One of the fastest growing online poker rooms
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Our Offer

888poker offers a leading poker environment that enables players of all abilities to enjoy the games of their choice whether on mobile or desktop. 888poker offers Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi’Lo, 7 Card Stud and other poker variations in Pot Limit, Fixed Limit and No Limit formats.

During 2020, 888 rolled out its all-new Poker8 product, providing a cutting-edge, mobile portrait interface to enjoy poker any time and anywhere.

How we generate revenue

In online poker, the operator acts as the virtual host for the game and provides a platform that enables customers to play various forms of poker against each other. Poker revenue represents the commission (or ‘rake’) charged from each poker hand in ring games, and entry fees for participation in Poker tournaments.

One of the UK’s leading bingo networks
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Our Offer

888’s bingo brands each have engaging themes, a variety of games and a strong sense of community, replicating the experience of traditional bingo halls. The Group’s bingo brands also benefit from an extensive range of 888-developed slot games, casino games and scratch cards that are offered alongside traditional bingo formats.

888’s portfolio of brands includes 888ladies, Costa Bingo and Wink Bingo.

How we generate revenue

As with traditional bingo halls, online bingo rooms offer customers the chance of winning prizes by purchasing tickets and playing their bingo format of choice.

Bingo online gaming revenue is represented by the difference between the amounts of tickets purchased by customers less amounts won.

Strategy for
Continued Growth

888’s mission is to develop state-of-the-art technology and products that provide fun, fair and safe digital gambling products to players globally

888’s growth strategy is based on four key pillars:

Putting safer gambling at the heart of the business
Putting safer gambling at the heart of the business

Putting safer gambling at the heart of the business

The Group acknowledges the potential risks that online gaming and gambling can present. We are completely committed to ongoing improvements to make gambling safe, enjoyable and not a cause of harm. Click here further information on the Group’s Safer Gambling activities.

Expansion in regulated markets
Expansion in regulated markets

Expansion in regulated markets

888 has rapidly expanded its presence in regulated markets, by both launching into new regulated markets, and growing market share in existing markets. 888’s focus is to continued expanding its regulated market presence, which benefit customers through strong and clear regulation, benefit jurisdictions by having a well-regulated industry that contributes fiscally, and benefits 888 with the sustainability and visibility of returns.

Product-leadership
Product-leadership

Product-leadership

888’s focus on developing and improving industry-leading products supports its growth ambitions, creating unique products that are quick, simple and intuitive, helping to attract and retain more customers.

Data-driven investments
Data-driven investments

Data-driven investments

One of 888’s core strengths is its unique, proprietary technology platform, used by millions of customers and providing big data that is used to support efficient product development, marketing and CRM.

Putting safer gambling at the heart of the business

The Group acknowledges the potential risks that online gaming and gambling can present. We are completely committed to ongoing improvements to make gambling safe, enjoyable and not a cause of harm. Click here further information on the Group’s Safer Gambling activities.

Putting safer gambling at the heart of the business
Expansion in regulated markets

Expansion in regulated markets

888 has rapidly expanded its presence in regulated markets, by both launching into new regulated markets, and growing market share in existing markets. 888’s focus is to continued expanding its regulated market presence, which benefit customers through strong and clear regulation, benefit jurisdictions by having a well-regulated industry that contributes fiscally, and benefits 888 with the sustainability and visibility of returns.

Product-leadership

888’s focus on developing and improving industry-leading products supports its growth ambitions, creating unique products that are quick, simple and intuitive, helping to attract and retain more customers.

Product-leadership
Data-driven investments

Data-driven investments

One of 888’s core strengths is its unique, proprietary technology platform, used by millions of customers and providing big data that is used to support efficient product development, marketing and CRM.

At the Fore of Global
Online Gaming
since 1997

888 has been at the forefront of the online gaming industry since the company’s foundation in 1997, providing to players and B2B partners an always innovative and world-class online gaming experience.

2020

2020 will be remembered as the year that the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked a terrible human cost and disrupted businesses and communities across the world. Against this challenging backdrop, 888 quickly adapted to new ways of working and maintained its relentless focus on product innovation and safe gambling.

The Group successfully delivered a number of cutting-edge new product developments during the year including launching its proprietary Sports betting product for the first time; rolling out Poker8, an exciting new poker platform; and developing and launching the Control Centre, a new customer-facing interface to ensure that safe gambling will always be front and centre of the 888-user experience.

Towards the end of 2020, 888 was also pleased to announce the signing of three multi-year market access agreements to launch in the U.S. states of Colorado, Indiana and Iowa initially with the 888Sport brand during 2021.

2019

Itai Pazner was appointed as CEO, to continue to deliver 888’s growth strategy. 888 continued to expand geographically with the launch of its brands in the regulated Swedish and Portuguese markets.

In February 2019, the Group acquired a portfolio of bingo brands, including Costa Bingo

In March 2019, the Group was delighted to announce the exciting acquisition of the sportsbook technology alongside associated risk management, product and trading capabilities previously behind the BetBright brand. This acquisition gave 888 complete ownership over technology and product development across four key online betting verticals for the first time.

888’s continued product innovation in Casino was recognised with two major industry awards: the EGR Casino Operator of the Year and Gaming Intelligence Casino Operator of the YearJet bingo acquisition

2018

888 announced the strategic acquisition of the remaining 53% interest in the All American Poker Network, a joint venture established in 2013, and rolled out the first interstate poker liquidity network. The acquisition represented an important strategic milestone to facilitate the Group’s future growth strategy in the US. This followed the launch of 888Sport in the state of New Jersey in September 2018, marking 888’s first sports betting offer in the regulated US market.

During 2018, 888 commenced the roll-out of its cutting-edge Orbit Casino platform that would go on to enjoy tremendous success across multiple markets.

2017

888 continued its expansion with a year of record revenue reflecting further expansion in Casino, Sport and across regulated markets. The senior management structure was revised and Itai Pazner appointed as COO to help support 888’s continued growth.

Board of Directors

Lord Jon Mendelsohn
Chairman
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Lord Jon Mendelsohn
Lord Jon Mendelsohn
Chairman

Jon is a highly experienced gambling sector professional with more than 20 years' industry experience that includes co-founding Oakvale Capital LLP, a leading M&A and strategic advisory boutique focusing on the gaming, gambling and sports sectors. He is the Senior Adviser to Value Retail, the developer and operator of luxury outlet shopping villages. He co-founded LLM Communications, a corporate and public affairs consultancy which was acquired by Financial Dynamics to create one of the largest global financial and business communications companies. He served as a Managing Director and later as Chairman of the Global Issues Division, including after it was acquired by FTI Consulting. He is also an investor in early stage and start-up companies in areas ranging from technology to energy. Jon is a Labour life peer who has sat in the House of Lords since October 2013 and sits on the International Relations and Defence Committee.

Anne de Kerckhove
Senior Independent Director
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Anne de Kerckhove
Anne de Kerckhove
Senior Independent Director

Anne de Kerckhove is currently the CEO of Freespee - a fast growing company in the communication cloud space. Previously, she was the CEO of Iron Capital and the Managing Director EMEA for Videology, Global Director of Reed Elsevier, and COO and International Managing Director at Inspired Gaming Group. Ms. de Kerckhove is also an angel investor and mentor for early-stage startups and entrepreneurial funds including Metail, CRE and Daphni, and holds board positions with 7digital. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Itai Pazner
Chief Executive Officer
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Itai Pazner
Itai Pazner
Chief Executive Officer

Itai Pazner was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2019 after more than 17 years within 888. He previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer, since October 2017.

Prior to becoming COO in 2017, Itai Pazner spent more than six years as Senior Vice President (‘SVP’) of the Group’s B2C Division where he oversaw the significant development of 888’s strong brands as well as having oversight of the Group’s marketing, customer support functions, and B2C operations.

Yariv Dafna
Chief Financial Officer
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Yariv Dafna
Yariv Dafna
Chief Financial Officer

Yariv Dafna was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and to the Board on 1 November 2020. Mr. Dafna held a number of positions with Telit Communications plc since 2003, taking an active role in its IPO in 2005 and subsequent fundraisings. Mr. Dafna’s positions at Telit included Group CFO from 2007 to 2012, Chief Corporate Development Officer with responsibility for all M&A activity, and subsequently also COO, with responsibility for all operation and purchasing activities. In 2017, he rejoined the Telit’s Board as Finance Director with responsibility for finance, legal, IT, IR and corporate development activities. Mr. Dafna started his career in 1999 at Deloitte Israel. Mr. Dafna is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and a BA in Business Administration from the College of Management Academic Studies.

Mark Summerfield
Independent Non-executive
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Mark Summerfield
Mark Summerfield
Independent Non-executive

Mark Summerfield is a Chartered Accountant and worked for KPMG in the UK and US for 29 years, 18 as a partner. His roles included Global Head of Gaming, UK Head of Audit for Technology, Media and Telecoms (“TMT”) and UK Head of Assurance. Mark has extensive knowledge and experience in auditing, financial reporting and governance, as well as mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. Mark spent most of his career working for companies in the TMT and leisure sectors and built KPMG’s gaming practice, working with a number of online gaming operators. He was also William Hill Plc’s interim CFO for 15 months, helping set the group’s strategic direction and assisting with its transformation and technology programmes.

Limor Ganot
Independent Non-executive
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Limor Ganot
Limor Ganot
Independent Non-executive

Limor Ganot is Managing Partner of Gefen Capital, a US-Israeli venture capital fund that invests in disruptive technologies, a member of the global advisory board of Diners Club International, a board member of Diners Club Israel, and former co-CEO of Alon Blue Square Israel. She is a certified CPA who started her professional journey in the corporate finance division at KPMG, and received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Board Committees

The Board of Directors of 888 (the Board) has established five committees: an audit committee, a nominations committee, a remuneration committee, an ESG Committee, and a Gaming Compliance Committee. From time to time, separate committees may be set up by the Board to consider particular issues when the need arises.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee assists the Board in discharging its responsibilities with regard to financial reporting, external and internal audits and controls, including reviewing 888’s annual financial statements, considering the scope of annual audit and the extent of non-audit work undertaken by external Auditors, approving 888’s internal audit programme, advising on the appointment of external Auditors and reviewing the effectiveness of internal control systems.

The UK Corporate Governance Code recommends that all members of the Audit Committee should be Non-executive Directors, all of whom are independent in character and judgement and free from relationships or circumstances which are likely to affect, or could appear to affect, their judgement and that at least one member should have recent and relevant financial experience. The Audit Committee comprises three Independent Non-executive Directors: Mark Summerfield (Chair), Anne de Kerckhove and Limor Ganot. Normally, by invitation, the Chief Financial Officer and Internal Auditor attend Committee meetings, as can representatives of the external Auditors.


Terms of Reference
Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee assists the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to the composition of the Board. The Nominations Committee is responsible for reviewing, from time to time, the structure of the Board, determining succession plans for the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and identifying and recommending suitable candidates for appointment as Directors.

The Code recommends that a majority of the Nominations Committee should be Non-executive Directors independent in character and judgement and free from relationships or circumstances which are likely to affect, or could appear to affect, their judgement.

The Nominations Committee presently comprises independent Non-executive Directors Anne de Kerckhove (Chair) and Mark Summerfield.


Terms of Reference
Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee assists the Board in determining its responsibilities in relation to remuneration, including making recommendations to the Board on 888's policy on executive remuneration, determining the individual remuneration and benefits of each of the Executive Directors and recommending and monitoring the remuneration of senior management below Board level. The remuneration report and remuneration policy generated by the Remuneration Committee is put to an advisory vote of 888's shareholders annually at the Annual General Meeting of 888.

The Code recommends that all members of the Remuneration Committee should be Non-executive Directors, all of whom are independent in character and judgement and free from relationships or circumstances which are likely to affect, or could affect, their judgement.

The Company's Remuneration Committee presently comprises three Independent Non-executive Directors: Anne de Kerckhove (Chair), Mark Summerfield and Limor Ganot.


Terms of Reference
ESG Committee

The Board has appointed an Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee. Its members are Jon Mendelsohn (Chair), Anne de Kerckhove and Mark Summerfield. The Committee will provide Board-level oversight of 888’s ESG strategy, targets and progress against key performance indicators. Responsibilities of the Committee include responsible gaming, suitability of business relationships, business ethics, diversity, the Company's relationship with its stakeholders, the environment and climate change.


Terms of Reference
Gaming Compliance Committee

In accordance with Nevada Gaming Control Board requirements, the Board has appointed a Gaming Compliance Committee. Its members are Michael Alonso (an external consultant to the Company) (Chair), Yariv Dafna and Mark Summerfield. The Gaming Compliance Committee is entrusted with making sure that the 888 Group’s licenced gaming activity is carried out with honesty and integrity, in accordance with high moral, legal and ethical standards, and free from criminal and corruptive elements. As such, the committee is responsible and has the power to identify and evaluate situations arising in the course of the Company’s and its Affiliates’ business that may adversely affect the objectives of gaming control. The Committee is not intended to displace the Board or the Company’s executive officers with decision-making authority but is intended to serve as an advisory body to better ensure that the Company’s goals of avoiding unsuitable situations and in entering into relationships exclusively with suitable persons. The Committee’s work is being done independently and impartially. To this end, its members are appointed by and report directly to the Board of Directors.

Terms of Reference


Terms of Reference