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Leighton Webb

VP, iGaming and Sports Betting, PayNearMe

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Leighton Webb

The payment industry has been evolving and PayNearMe had undoubtedly the most basic option when sports betting and iGaming were first legalized. In the early days of iGaming and mobile sports betting, at a time when credit or debit card transfers were difficult, where direct payments from banks were suspect, PayNearMe allowed players to head to a local shop or convenience store, deposit money in their account—for a fee—and go home and play. Leighton Webb, the vice president for iGaming and sports betting for PayNearMe, explains how his company has evolved and is now offering a full range of products and services for cashless transaction both online and inside betting locations. He explains how the PayNearMe strategy is to keep it simple for the player and profitable for the operator. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his home office in April.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.