Tabcorp Legel Exec Joins Ranks of Senior Team at Senet

Former Tabcorp former General Council of Wagering & Media, Daniel Lovecek, has joined Senet, a key Australian legal and regulatory firm.

The senior team at Senet grows ever strong with the addition of a former Tabcorp executive. Daniel Lovecek is Tabcorp’s former General Council of Wagering & Media. Lovecek is leaving that post and joining Senet.

Senet is a specialist gambling advisory company whose team has unrivalled experience and deep knowledge of the gambling sector. The company combines top-tier lawyers, senior gambling regulation, and public sector leadership experience to the table. Furthermore, Senet ranks first for gambling and gaming expertise by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific since 2017.

Lovecek Joins Another Former Tabcorp Exec at Senet

Lovecek teams up with a former Tabcorp colleague at Senet. Julian Hoskins and Lovecek worked together for almost 10 years, battling with some of the gambling industry’s most complex media and wagering issues. Reuniting at Senet delights the pair.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Senet at such an exciting time in its growth. It has been clear from the start that Senet’s plans have been developed with a paramount focus on client service and it has cemented itself in the industry and built a highly trusted brand. Senet has brought a fresh advisory proposition to the gambling industry, and I am so excited to be part of this especially at a time of growing activity in the sector”, said Lovecek.

“I’ve known Dan for many years, and he is highly regarded by the industry. Dan has a critical understanding of the complex issues wagering operators, regulators, race and sports controlling bodies and other industry participants face and joining the firm further strengthens and deepens our unique level of industry knowledge and expertise. We have developed a genuinely better advisory offering than the industry has seen before and we are confident that the outcomes and value we deliver for our clients is hard to match”, said Principal Julian Hoskins.

Who and What Is Senet?

Senet acts as advisors to both the government and gambling operators. It provides advice on Australian gambling law and regulations, assisting companies as they strive to comply with legislation.
The company takes its name from the oldest known gaming in the world, which dates back to 3,000 B.C.. Senet means “passing” with the aim of the game to move their pieces around the board while avoiding hazards. Oh, how Crown Resorts could have done with some of Senet’s industry-leading guidance.

It should not be confused with Senet Group in the United Kingdom. Senet Group is made up of elite gambling brands, Betfair, Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Scotbet, and Sky Betting & Gaming. The gambling companies created the group in 2014 as a way to self-regulate in addition to rules the UK Gambling Commission sets out. Those part of the Senet Group voluntarily does not advertise sign-up offers before 21:00. Also, they refrain from advertising gaming machines in their betting shop windows. Lastly, they dedicate 20% of their shop windows to advertising responsible gambling messages.

TopSport Fined $60,000

TopSport could have done with some expert guidance as is evident by the $60,000 fine they are paying. The Liquor & Gaming New South Wales regulator fined TopSport $60,000 over illegal gambling advertisements.

The regulator investigated TopSport and found it breached the state’s Betting and Racing Act 1998. Such offences carry a maximum penalty of $100,000 per offence. TopSport pleaded guilty to three illegal gambling adverts. Two relating to its ‘Top Up’ enhanced odds feature and one to its weekly tipping competition. The latter awarded TopSport bonus bets as prizes.

Liquor & Gaming NSW fined TopSport $20,000 per breach. The regulator’s compliance director, Marcel Savary, commented on the fine.

“The laws are there for a reason; enhanced odds and tipping competitions linked to betting accounts have the ability to induce people to open a betting account when they otherwise may be refraining from gambling, and they may encourage people to gamble more frequently.

“During sentencing, the Magistrate noted TopSport didn’t have previous convictions for this type of offence however there was a need for specific and general deterrence.”