Peking Luck™ by Pragmatic Play

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Email Address Take to the stage with Peking Luck™. Get a front row seat to a theatre of slots action with Peking LuckTM, a 3×5, 25 payline video slot that takes its theme from the world of Chinese opera. Packed with features like scatters and wilds, Peking LuckTM brings the house down with its bonus free spins game and multiplier – features that could soon see you taking a winning bow to the tune of thousands! 29th August 2018 | By Aaron Noy Take to the stage with Peking Luck™ Get a front row seat to a theatre of slots action with Peking LuckTM, a 3×5, 25 payline video slot that takes its theme from the world of Chinese opera. Packed with features like scatters and wilds, Peking LuckTM brings the house down with its bonus free spins game and multiplier – features that could soon see you taking a winning bow to the tune of thousands!Play the demo here! Peking Luck™ by Pragmatic Play Topics: Casino & games Slotslast_img read more

Zeal pays tribute to ‘invaluable’ departing COO

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Topics: People Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Susan Standiford will now focus on start-up investments 31st August 2018 | By contenteditor Peoplecenter_img Zeal Group has today (Friday) confirmed that Susan Standiford is to step down from the role of chief operating officer. Standiford joined the business in May 2015 and has overseen a period of great change that included a complete transformation of Zeal’s technology platforms. During her time with the business, Standiford also took on responsibility for the human resources function and led the company’s launches into both Norway and the Netherlands. However, Standiford will now leave the role and also step down from the board in order to devote more time to her non-executive directorship and advisory positions, as well as start-up investments. Zeal, whose divisions include Lottovate and myLotto24, told iGamingBusiness.com that there are no plans to replace Standiford at this stage. The company will instead split her responsibilities between the existing leadership team, with Standiford to support the transition until the end of the year.Helmut Becker, chief executive of Zeal, said: “I’d like to thank Susan for her invaluable contribution to the group over the last three years; turbo-charging our technology capability while at the same time reducing its cost, and launching our new primary lottery products into two new international markets.” Standiford added: “It has been a tough decision to leave Zeal but the time is now right for me to focus on my other interests, including my non-executive directorship and advisory positions, start-up investments, and my work mentoring the next generation of tech superstars. “I am incredibly proud of the great tech platform we have put in place, the innovative new lotteries we have launched, and the progress we have made in pursuing our vision to create a better world of lottery.” Confirmation of Standiford’s exit comes on the back of a successful first half of the year for Zeal, during which revenue increased 17% year-on-year to €73m (£65.5m/$84.9m). However, it hasn’t all been good news for Zeal this year after the firm opted to withdraw from Australia after the country introduced a ban on lottery betting in June. The move came shortly after Zeal had launched its MyLotto24 synthetic lottery product in the country.Image: Zeal Zeal pays tribute to ‘invaluable’ departing COO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Kansas sports betting hearing begins

first_img Regions: US Kansas Legal & compliance State lawmakers to hear testimony from industry experts ahead of 2019 legislative session AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kansas sports betting hearing begins 4th December 2018 | By contenteditorcenter_img Kansas lawmakers are preparing for two days of hearings that could lead to a sports betting bill being filed in the state’s House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.A Special Committee on Federal and State Affairs will hear testimony from legal experts, gaming regulators and other interested parties today (December 4) and on Thursday (December 6).According to its brief, the committee is to evaluate the impact of the US Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and “could consider recent legislation introduced by the Kansas Legislature and other states.”Committee chairman and state senator for Dodge City Bud Estes said he was keen to ensure lawmakers are fully informed about the betting sector before any bills are drafted or filed ahead of the next session, which begins on January 14, 2019.Ohio Senator William Coley, who is president of the National Conference of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), is among those that will give evidence to the Special Committee.Kansas, which has a population of around 3m, allows casino gambling at nine state-regulated venues and tribal casinos. Horse racing, dog racing and parimutuel wagering on horse and dog races is permitted at licensed facilities.Governor-elect Laura Kelly supported the legalisation of betting during her recent campaign, but at present no bills have been pre-filed for discussion in the 2019 legislative session.Earlier this year a bill introduced by Rep Jan Kessinger was assessed by the lawmakers on the Committee on Federal and State Affairs. The bill ultimately died in committee, just weeks before PASPA was repealed by the Supreme Court.Bill HB2792 would have allowed the Kansas State Lottery alone to conduct sports betting. By charging a 6.75% tax on revenues, Rep Kessinger said legalised sports betting could bring in an additional $75m (€66m) to state coffers, and also proposed a 0.25% integrity fee payable to sports leagues.The bill would have allowed betting at existing facilities, such as casinos and racetracks, and via mobile devices. It was supported by the Kansas State Lottery and backed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), whose general counsel Dan Spillane testified to the Committee when the legislation was under discussion. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

Scout Gaming to launch fantasy sports in Mexico

first_imgDFS Scout Gaming is to enter the Mexican market for the first time after signing a partnership to provide its fantasy sports products to leading casino operator Logrand Entertainment Group.Logrand, which operates 14 casinos across Mexico, is planning to launch Scout’s B2B service via its online brand Strendus in the first half of 2019.Stockholm-listed Scout said it will add new leagues and sports for the Mexican market, where American football, basketball and Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league are the most popular verticals.Scout added that its revenue from the deal is dependent on performance, with income generated through a revenue share agreement. It described the deal as strategically important as it offers a route into a new market and the opportunity to entice more players and thus offer larger prize pools.Scout CEO Andreas Ternström said the company’s entry into Mexico aids its ambition of becoming the world’s leading B2B provider of fantasy sports products.“We are really pleased with this deal, making us enter the Mexican market,” Ternström explained. “We see big potential in the region and are proud to be chosen by Logrand which is one of the leading Mexican brands. Their ambition to build the top product offering aligns well with our ambition.”Scout is not required to obtain a Mexican licence, with the Strendus fantasy sports product allowed under Logrand’s permit.It has been a busy few months for Scout, which received a UK B2B licence in November. In the last year it has signed partnerships with operators such as Betsson, ComeOn and Dafabet.James Camilleri, Scout’s head of sales and general manager, told iGamingBusiness.com that the company’s first deal in Latin America is the precursor to further expansion in the region.“Currently we are not operational in other Latin American markets however in 2019 we are looking to grow aggressively in such markets,” he said.Logrand was established in 2005 and its casinos across Mexico offer 6,000 gaming terminals via locations in Cancun, Guadalajara and Monterrey.“The alliance that we made with Scout Gaming Group for establishing our fantasy sports offering, strengthens our commitment to provide our clients a quality service and high-level diverse online entertainment platform,” Logrand chief operating officer Lenin Castillo said. “We are sure that will see an expanding number of users and that with this partnership will strengthen our leading position in the industry.” Fantasy sports service provider to go live through new partnership with local casino operator Logrand’s iGaming brand Strendus 3rd January 2019 | By contenteditor Scout Gaming to launch fantasy sports in Mexico Regions: LATAM Mexico AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation DFS Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Fantasy Sportslast_img read more

SBTech builds B2G momentum with lottery hat trick

first_imgLottery Between June and September, SBTech has signed three sportsbook deals with World Lottery Association members, announcing the business as a major new presence in the state-owned gaming market. Chief development officer Andrew Cochrane discusses the challenge of bringing legacy offerings into the 2020s. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 26th September 2019 | By contenteditor SBTech builds B2G momentum with lottery hat trick Topics: Lottery Sports betting Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Between June and September, SBTech has signed three sportsbook deals with World Lottery Association members, announcing the business as a major new presence in the state-owned gaming market. Chief development officer Andrew Cochrane discusses the challenge of bringing legacy offerings into the 2020s.Once may be chance and twice a coincidence, but SBTech — with three agreements with World Lottery Association (WLA) members since June — has made a habit of securing sportsbook supply deals with state lottery operators.First came the Oregon Lottery in June, as SBTech was selected over high-profile competitors to power the operator’s retail and mobile sportsbooks in what was arguably the largest US lottery contract for the vertical to date.Then it was Veikkaus, Finland’s gambling monopoly, a month later. This time, SBTech were tasked with a major overhaul of the existing pre-match and live sports betting products, as well as building a new user interface. It comes at a time when calls for an end to Veikkaus’ monpolopy status is growing, with the operator in the midst of a digital overhaul to fend off competition from offshore operators.Earlier this month, SBTech completed the trifecta with Svenska Spel, helping the lottery operator adjust to the newly re-regulated market in Sweden that has tripped up plenty of newly licensed private operators.SBTech’s chief development officer Andrew Cochrane says the supplier’s hat trick is a statement to the industry.“The word is momentum,” Cochrane says. “Ambitious, growing, forward-thinking businesses like working with the same type of businesses, and today in the industry SBTech has a good reputation as a good, innovative, forward-thinking, product-led business that is successful and has been chosen by Tier-1 operators.“Companies can see that we have momentum.”Strong brands, weak product? For Cochrane, the move to secure more lottery all started with a simple observation: the operators involved could perform much better.In 2018, live betting made up only 16.4% of Veikkaus’s sports betting revenue and 2.4% of the monopoly’s overall revenue, a figure SBTech felt could be improved. Cochrane says, however, that Veikkaus, and indeed other partners were being held back with poor in-play products and legacy technology.“We saw it as an opportunity where the sector has very low-quality product for end users,” Cochrane explains. “The majority of lottery operators have archaic, monolithic technology solutions, inflexible products and not a very strong live offering for sports.“They’ve all got these complex, bespoke builds that are slow and inflexible and not built with modern technology,” he continues.While this may have held them back, he says, they had the in-built advantage of strong brands. Veikkaus, for example, is the only gaming brand legally available to Finnish players. Svenska Spel, until January this year, stood alone in Sweden. Yet both, and the Oregon Lottery too, are predominantly land-based businesses.“They’re really strong brands,” Cochrane says. “[We] see great potential to take these very large retail footprints through a strong omni-channel journey, to engage players online and drive online revenue.“For us it’s about omnichannel product, and we felt that it suited the sector particularly well and we’re delighted that three lottery operators in the last few months said they also agree.”While the moves all lined up in a short space of time, however, they have been a lot longer in the making.Cochrane pointed to his experience building relationships with both Veikkaus and Svenska Spel dating back to his time at Sporting Solutions. This work continued when he joined SBTech in 2017, while the procurement process for each Scandinavian business lasted over a year.But perhaps the most significant steps along the way were the company’s deals with Sazka Group in 2016 and Danske Spil in 2017.“For us there’s been a number of milestones at SBTech over the last three years,”  Cochrane said. “The first was Sazka signing with SBTech to operate the online sportsbook in the Czech Republic.“Then this really gave Danske Spil the courage to say, ‘These guys have a WLA member client, we feel confident in choosing them.’ And then I think Danske Spil was a real milestone client for SBTech and helped up with Veikkaus and Svenka for sure, if not all three.”Focus on flexibility Key to securing these contracts, Cochrane continues, was the ability to offer a flexible solution. They wanted new technology, yes, but they also wanted to maintain in-house trading teams, and handle risk management internally.“I think they’re looking for flexibility,” he says. “If you look at these lottery operators, they typically have their own in-house trading teams. They don’t want to shut those down, make people redundant and hand over the keys to their risk management to somebody else overnight.“So SBTech offered a hybrid solution: if they want to keep their staff, if they want to keep their trading teams, if they wanted granular control over risk management, we’ve given them the ability to do that and that’s definitely been really important.”As much as lottery operators may have similarities, however, each of the three sits in a very different position. Svenska Spel as a former monopoly in a market that has only recently opened to competition. Veikkaus remains a monopoly, but may find itself in a situation similar to that of its Swedish counterpart in the future. The Oregon Lottery is a new entrant to sports betting in a market where the ability to even consider regulating wagering was only granted a year back. But Cochrane said he believes the company can help its partners succeed in each situation.“We believe that we can help a lot of these operators protect their market share,” Cochrane said. “If you look at the numbers across Europe, a lot of lottery operators’ market shares are under pressure or in some cases falling. So I think SBTech’s product fits really well into helping operators regain that momentum and protect that market share.”“We work in partnership with our partners, it’s not about a customer-supplier relationship, so we’re always looking at the markets that our partners operate in and make sure that we have a product that’s competitive in that specific market. We welcome open market competition because we have a strong product that can compete with any online sportsbook.”For SBTech now, the focus is on the launch of each product. With Oregon Lottery’s product initially scheduled for the start of the NFL season on 5 September, Cochrane said the release is now imminent. Veikkaus and Svesnska Spel, meanwhile, are expected to roll out the new sportsbooks in the first half of 2020.“It’s great that we have that reputation in the industry, now we have to deliver on these contract and get them live,” Cochrane adds. “The proof is in the actual product when we get them live; we have to do what we said we would do in the agreement.“So we’re really excited about getting Veikkaus live early next year, Svenska Q2 next year and Oregon sooner than both of those – Oregon should be very, very soon.” Regions: Europe US Nordics Finland Sweden Oregon Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Email Addresslast_img read more

FanDuel to launch mobile sportsbook in Indiana

first_img22nd October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Sports betting Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting FanDuel has been granted authorisation to launch mobile sports betting in Indiana, effective today (22 October).FanDuel will operate mobile sports betting in partnership with Blue Chip Casino. The operator already runs the sportsbook at Blue Chip’s land-based facility at Michigan City in the state.While mobile sports betting has been legal since September 1 in Indiana, the same day retail sports betting launched, authorisation for operators has taken longer. FanDuel will be just the third operator to offer a mobile betting product in the state.Read more on iGB North America. FanDuel to launch mobile sportsbook in Indiana FanDuel has been granted authorisation to launch mobile sports betting in Indiana, effective today (22 October). Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Indianalast_img read more

Italian retail lottery sales suspended due to Covid-19

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Email Address 2nd April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Italy’s Agenzia Dogane Monopoli (ADM) has opted to suspend retail lottery sales, including Sazka subsidiary LottoItalia’s 10e Lotto, Millionday and Lotto games, due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Italian retail lottery sales suspended due to Covid-19center_img Italy’s Agenzia Dogane Monopoli (ADM) has opted to suspend retail lottery sales in the country, including Sazka subsidiary LottoItalia’s 10e Lotto, Millionday and Lotto games, due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.The restrictions are the latest in a series to curb the spread of the virus that have hit the Italian gambling industry.After the country instituted a nationwide lockdown – including the closure of all betting shops – on 9 March, Playtech was forced to close all of its Snaitech retail betting shops in Italy.Newgioco, meanwhile, said its sales have declined 20% as non-sports verticals partially offset a steep sports betting decline.Lottery games, however, were still available both online and in tobacconists, but Sazka said retail sales had drastically decreased due to much lower foot traffic after social distancing measures were put in place.“We are working to drive online sales across all of our markets, including the introduction of digital products, which are being thoroughly tested in order to meet the highest standards of responsible gaming, and measures to promote our existing online and digital offerings,” Sazka explained.“At the same time, we are continuing to evaluate savings and deferrals in our operating and capital expenses across our companies.” Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Global Gaming partners Altenar for sportsbook launch

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Email Address Global Gaming has expanded beyond its core casino offering for the first time with the launch of a new sportsbook for its flagship Ninja Casino brand.The new product is powered by betting technology provider Altenar, and was first revealed by Global chief executive Tobias Fagerlund earlier this month, following the publication of the operator’s half year results.It comes amid the operator’s efforts to rebuild the business following the loss of its Swedish operating licence in June 2019, which saw Global’s access to a market from which it generated 75% of revenue cut off.This appears to be succeeding. For the six months to 30 June, Global cut its net loss by more than half, to SEK53.3m, having posted a small net profit in the second quarter of 2020.“With a focus on delivering outstanding gaming experiences, we are very excited to further enhance our product offerings by launching betting on our flagship brand Ninja Casino,” Global Gaming chief customer officer Slava Korneychik said. “Our partnership with Altenar gives [us] a very competitive sports betting product to ensure our growth focus.”Altenar chief executive Stanislav Silin added that the supplier was “delighted” to have signed up Global Gaming as a customer.“[We are] really looking forward to solidifying this working relationship that we built in the last months with [a] good sports betting performance,” Silin added.Following its expansion into sports betting, Global now aims to move into new markets during the third quarter of the year. Global Gaming has expanded beyond its core casino offering for the first time with the launch of a new sportsbook for its flagship Ninja Casino brand.center_img Topics: Sports betting Global Gaming partners Altenar for sportsbook launch AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 25th August 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

DraftKings strengthens board with Mosley and Moore

first_imgJocelyn Moore is currently a venture partner at Ozone X Ventures in New York, an early-stage venture capital firm which invests in tech companies founded by women and members of minority groups, as well as serving as the executive-in-residence at private membership club The Gathering Spot in Atlanta. People moves AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 23rd September 2020 | By Aaron Noy “I am absolutely thrilled to serve on the DraftKings’ Board of Directors”, she said. “With its innovative and engaging product offerings, DraftKings has revolutionised the way sports fans consume content”. Read the full story on iGB North America. She previously served as executive vice president of communications and public affairs for the National Football League (NFL), leading their public affairs response to the US Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Commenting on her appointment, she said: “DraftKings is a fast growing powerhouse of a company with a strong, competitive and compassionate management team. I look forward to helping DraftKings continue to add value to their shareholders and stakeholders”. The pair fills two newly created seats on the board which now consists of 15 members. The appointments follow recent news that NBA legend Michael Jordan will serve as a special advisor to the board, a position in exchange for which he received an equity interest in the company. She was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business and one of the 75 Most Powerful African Americans on Wall Street by Black Enterprise Magazine. The board’s other new appointment, Valerie Mosley, is founder and chief executive of Upward Wealth, a technology platform helping working Americans to grow their net worth. Mosley also advises and invests in companies and assets through the financing advisory firm which she founded, Valmo Ventures, where she continues to act as CEO. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: People Sports betting People moves DFS Daily fantasy and sportsbook operator DraftKings announced today (September 23) that Jocelyn Moore and Valerie Mosley have been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Regions: US DraftKings strengthens board with Mosley and Moore Email Addresslast_img read more

PointsBet partners with NFL’s Colts and Bears

first_img PointsBet partners with NFL’s Colts and Bears Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sponsorship For its deal with the Colts, this includes the team’s Official Colts Podcast, which will now be sponsored by PointsBet. The operator will also launch mobile push notifications for Colts regular season games prior to kickoff. 25th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy PointsBet has agreed partnerships with both the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, making it a sportsbook partner of the Indiana and Illinois-based National Football League franchises. PointsBet USA chief executive Johnny Aitken said the agreement – following PointsBet’s partnership with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers – shows the operator’s commitment to the state of Indiana. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “This deal will bring fans a new way to interact with and cheer on the club.” Chicago Bears president and chief executive Ted Phillips said of that team’s deal with the operator: “As we break into the sports betting category for the first time, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome PointsBet to the Bears family as a proud partner. Regions: US Illinois Indiana Sponsorship Read more on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Under both deals, PointsBet may use the team’s logos in its marketing and will have access to sponsorship opportunities and brand visibility across various digital assets.last_img read more