Tom Hall is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of interactive gaming with a track record of leading major gaming companies through their growth phases and cementing their market leading positions. A regular keynote speaker at Gaming Conferences and Investor Forums around the World, he has been actively involved in the gaming sector since 2002.
Hall co-founded AsianLogic (“ALOG”) in 2002 where he remains as major shareholder and currently sits as non-executive Chairman. ALOG was one of the pioneers of online gaming and betting in Asia and was floated on the UK stock exchange in 2007 before being taken private in 2009. ALOG’s primary revenue line is online casino and it is now one of the largest online casino operators in the world with bet turnover exceeding US$25Bn a year and 2200 staff across 5 countries. It also operates the MSW retail sports betting chain with 105 outlets in the Philippines. ALOG are active in the poker and P2P space with proprietary P2P Asian games and mahjong software. It also acquired Asia’s premier poker tour, the Asian Poker Tour (“APT”) and has rolled out a series of high profile poker events in. ALOG’s primary gaming brand, Dafabet are one of the largest sponsors of sport and currently work with – Burnley (Main Sponsor), Leicester City (International Betting Partner) – both English Premier League football teams, Celtic FC (Main Sponsor), Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland (Main sponsors), Welsh FA (Official Partner), Anthony Joshua (World Heavyweight boxing champion), Matchroom major snooker and darts events sponsors and Fnatic e-sports. www.asianbge.com
In parallel to AsianLogic, Hall was instrumental in the development of Playtech as a late stage entrant into the casino software market to becoming the largest publicly traded online gaming software supplier. Hall joined the Playtech Board in 2002 after their commercial launch in 2001. He subsequently became Playtech CEO and was responsible for global customer growth and oversaw 3 consecutive years of 100% per annum growth for the Company. In his role with Playtech he had considerable dealings with gaming operators and regulators throughout the world. Hall stepped down as CEO and became Global Business Development Director shortly before the 2006 London floatation. Hall co-led the successful US$900m raise for Playtech (UK:PTEC) and remained as an executive director until mid-2008 and as a non-executive director until 2010. He retains close ties to Playtech, remains a shareholder in a Company whose market cap has risen to US$3.5Bn.
Hall and his team were heavily involved in many of Playtech’s recognized innovations in gaming technology and Playtech are credited with the introduction of many groundbreaking industry features, including: simultaneous multi-window casino gameplay; one-time account creation and login for integrated third-party systems; cross-platform funding and instant game/application launch; real-time game and transaction histories; VIP rating and comp points scoring; groundbreaking fraud and player-dealer collusion prevention tools; video streamed games featuring real human dealers; progressive games with interactive, animated bonus stages and integrated real-time chat support for players in need of assistance.
He is also credited as being one of the major factors in the growth of online gaming in Asia through his role as lead advisor to CEZA and First Cagayan in the Philippines when establishing Asia’s only recognised gaming jurisdiction in the early 2000’s. Hall assisted in establishing the tax and regulatory regime, successfully persuaded several of the Region’s leading operators to relocate their businesses to the Philippines, introduced software vetting standards, established the first gaming-friendly data center and launched the first Asian-based live-videostream casino studio. The stable regulatory environment and cost effective operational environment has subsequently allowed the early stage operators and numerous new operators and Western Groups expanding into Asia to enjoy the growth of online gaming in the Region
Hall currently serves as non-executive Chairman of Voidbridge Limited, that he established and co-founded in 2013 as an innovative gaming software developer. Since 2010, Hall has also served as Board Advisor to Oneworks, Asia’s largest sports betting platform provider, who are growing their product range and expanding from their Asian powerbase into European markets. Oneworks provide sportsbook platforms integrated with automated markets/events and bet pricing and casino and bingo games. Its systems support 7 of the 10 largest Asian online operators, as well as numerous European operators expanding into Asia.
Hall’s knowledge of the gaming sector led to a series of speaking engagements including:- June 2004 Singapore Asian Casino Executives Summit – “The Asian Audience and its Game”; June 2005, Singapore – “Asian Betting Trends”; April 2006 Amsterdam CAC Conference – Keynote Speaker “Latest Developments in the Field of Gaming Software”; July 2006, Singapore Asian Casino Executives Summit – “Asia – The Promised Land for Online Gaming?”; November 2006, Beijing International Conference and Forum on Gaming Industry and Public Welfare – “The Gambling World today and how China might further integrate gaming whilst balancing social concerns”; February 2007, PCIG Macau – Keynote Speaker “The Asian P2P Factor”; May 2007, CLSA Shanghai Investor Conference – “Gaming in China and Beyond”; October 2007, CAP Euro Barcelona – “Asian Affiliates, Agents and Junkets”; February 2008, AIG Macau – Keynote Speaker “Partnerships in Asia”; July 2008, Madrid, Deutsche Bank CEO Gaming Conference – Keynote Speaker “Hear the Asian Tiger roar” and June 2009, Macau, G2E Asia Conference “Poker in Asia”. After a 3-year break from speaking engagements he headlined the July 2013 Deutsche Bank World Gaming Executive Summit. Tom was also a regular member of the Asian Gaming 50 – http://www.asgam.com/news/item/854-the-asian-gaming-50-2010-11-20.html the annual list of the 50 most influential execs in the Asian gambling market.
In 2005 in partnership with Stephen Ford (now with Crystal Capital), he established the first online gaming index “The ESL Global Online Gaming Index”, the forerunner to many commonly referenced online indexes, as well as the “ESL Asia Pacific Gaming index”, “ESL Global Gaming Index” and “ESL Global Gaming Suppliers Index”. These indexes are still utilized today by Asianlogic’s advisory clients. He has also lectured at the China Center for Lottery Studies at Beijing University (CCLS) and was commissioned and completed the 2007 Paper “The Gambling World Today and how to successfully introduce and implement integrated gaming solutions in China”.