The entries are in and the judges have been considering their merits. But who will emerge victorious at the Gaming Intelligence Awards?

One of the beauties of hosting an Awards ceremony is that it reminds you that we work in a vibrant and innovative industry. Yes, innovative!

That is not to say that certain corners of the industry would not benefit from more innovation or enhancement. And indeed, there have been a few ups and downs: PKR went out of business; 888 received an almighty slap from the Gambling Commission; William Hill struggled on numerous fronts; and even the mighty Playtech issued a profit warning.

However, the Awards entries give us numerous reasons to be cheerful. Which is nice at this time of year and particularly nice at this time in this year, when current affairs give us plenty of reasons to be miserable. There have been more entries than ever before this year, which has left our judges with some very tricky decisions to make.

So, the judges have been meeting in the exclusive surroundings of London’s Lansdowne Club last week to discuss the Awards entries. Thanks to Soko Advisors’ Paul Beattie, Odgers Berndtson’s Andrew Bulloss, Ben Cleminson of Square in the Air, Laura Da Silva Gomes of Silverfish CSR, Simon Davies of Cannacord Genuity, Sandford Loudon of Oakvale Capital, Pearse McCabe of McCabe Brands and Dawid Myslinski of Redeye for sharing the benefits of their wisdom.

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