Jason Trost fronts debut advert of SBK ‘rewriting the sportsbook’ campaign

Smarkets has declared a ‘full assault’ on all UK bookmakers launching its new nationwide multi-channel campaign promoting its SBK sportsbook. 

Launched this Monday, under the title of “SBK – The ad we weren’t allowed to make, but we made it anyway” – the campaign sees Smarkets CEO Jason Trost ‘take direct aim at SBK competitors’.  

Filmed at Smarkets London HQ, the campaign was developed by The Tenth Man – the Dublin-based creative agency of Ken Robertson, former Paddy Power Advertising Director who founded the Irish bookmaker’s notorious ‘Mischief Making Division’.

The advert seeks to refresh SBK’s engagement with a range of UK sports audiences and will form part of Smarkets’ wider ‘SBK Rewriting The Sportsbook brand campaign.

Smarkets launched SBK in 2019 as its ‘ground-built’ proprietary mobile sportsbook that would deliver sports fans ‘true-and-fair matched betting’ across all markets using real-time Smarkets betting exchange prices.   

Campaign notes saw Smarkets state that “due to the nature and content of the campaign’s main video, clearing organisation Clearcast would not give their approval for it to be shown on television, saying it would ‘bring advertising into disrepute.”

 “The industry’s old guard has been giving unnecessarily bad odds to customers for so long.” – Trost said, launching the first ad of Smarkets Rewriting The Sportsbook campaign.

“We launched SBK to provide our world-best pricing to the mainstream market in the familiar feel of a sportsbook.

“That’s what this campaign is all about: how our odds are better than the rest who make easy money on casino products and huge sportsbook margins, and we’re not afraid to call them out. I had a blast filming the ad. I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I did making it.”

 

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