With more US states opening up to a regulated gambling framework, and Ontario recently joining the fold, Issue 21 of SBC Leaders Magazine sets out to shine a spotlight on the developments taking place across North America.

Kickstarting this edition of the magazine, Jan Jones Blackhurst takes us on the journey of her career – beginning with the dare that led to her becoming Mayor of Las Vegas and the reasons why she has always taken a people-first approach to leadership.

While positioning Las Vegas as the entertainment capital of the world was a large point of discussion, Jones Blackhurst spends much of her interview highlighting the importance of diversity, inclusion and social responsibility, explaining how these three values are integral to any business’ success.

Ontario was a big focus for OpenBet’s VP Commercials – Canada, Stewart Groumoutis, as he walks us through the company’s plans to break ground in the Canadian market. Meanwhile Fitzdares CEO William Woodhams talks about transferring their UK and Irish offering to the Great White North.

North America isn’t the only market to feature in Issue 21. Over in Latin America, esports takes centre stage as Federico Maques, Marketing Manager of Boca Juniors, underlines the significance of the football team having a presence in the esports space – a market which he believes holds infinite growth potential.

Africa is a big focus for AstroPay CEO Mikael Lijtenstein as he discusses his views on the direction that Africa is heading in terms of digital payments, how important financial inclusion is for the continent and where it stands in the current global digital payments landscape.

And as the UK awaits news on the Gambling Act Review, we assess whether affordability is going to become a bone of contention for stakeholders as they look to implement best player protection practices.

Also included in this edition of the magazine is a California spotlight by VIXIO GamblingCompliance’s James Kilsby, a roundtable on spiralling player acquisition costs and interviews with three of our new Hall of Fame inductees: Sandy Drozd, Vincent Magliulo and Chris Andrews.

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SBC Leaders: A closer look at the American market