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MAN UNITED’S SECOND HALF COMEBACK WINS PUNTER £58,670 ON A 3,378/1 ACCA, PLUS PREDICTOR GAME JACKPOT, ON SAME WEEKEND

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Lucky punter wins 3,378/1 acca, plus the £8,000 jackpot in 888sport’s Up For 8 prediction game this weekend, after Edinson Cavani’s 92nd-minute winner.

One lucky 888sport customer has scooped £58,670 after Edinson Cavani’s dramatic winner for Manchester United on Sunday helped him land not only the £8,000 jackpot on the bookmaker’s Up For 8 free football predictor game, but an eight-leg accumulator at huge odds.

He correctly predicted all eight results in 888sport’s free-to-play football predictor game Up For 8 and backed his selections further with a £15 acca at incredible odds of 3,378/1.

He backed wins for Cardiff, Leeds, West Brom, Swansea, Man United and Wolves, with draws between Chelsea vs Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday vs Stoke.

After Manchester United turned around a two-goal deficit to beat Southampton in the early game on Sunday, our punter still needed Chelsea vs Spurs to finish as a draw and Wolves to win away at Arsenal. Both results came in but not without a scare as Chelsea and Spurs squandered late chances to win it whilst Wolves had backs against the wall as they held on to a surprise 2-1 win at the Emirates.

888sport’s free-to-play football predictor Up For 8 invites players to predict eight results over one weekend, with an £8k jackpot up for grabs if they name them all – and a £1 free bet given out for every correct pick.

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Best-price sportsbook app SBK joins Oddschecker grid

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SBK, the sportsbook app powered by Smarkets, is now live on Oddschecker, allowing the odds comparison site’s three million monthly users to directly compare SBK’s industry-leading pricing against the rest of the market.

SBK’s odds are taken straight from the Smarkets betting exchange – which has been on the Oddschecker grid since March 2018 – meaning the app is the only place in the industry where users can get the unique combination of low-margin exchange pricing and an intuitive sportsbook user experience.

Smarkets CEO/Founder Jason Trost said: “I’m excited that Oddschecker’s substantial user base can now see SBK’s odds on the famous grid. SBK’s blend of the superior pricing of a betting exchange with the simpler interface of a traditional sportsbook is unmatched in the industry, and there is no better place to showcase that than Oddschecker.

“For price-savvy customers, Oddschecker is the place to go to ensure you’re getting the best odds, and SBK is the best-priced sportsbook app in the country, so this move was a no-brainer.

“After partnering with Oddschecker for Smarkets nearly three years ago, joining the grid with SBK is further evidence that we are serious about disrupting the industry by offering the best value out there.”

SBK boasts its own in-app price comparison feature, Price+, which highlights odds in the app when they are better than those offered by nine leading bookmakers. The app-only sportsbook also features a built-in social network that allows users to like and comment on other users’ bets, share tips with followers, and check out selections from leading tipsters.

Sports bettors can download SBK, which was first launched in 2019, from the App Store for iOS, Play Store for Android, or via getSBK.com.

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Big Fight: Tyson vs Jones Jnr – Cloudbet customers ring the changes

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Mike Tyson remains favourite, but Cloudbet customers turn their backs on Saturday’s boxing circus

  • Savvy bettors shun Tyson vs Jones Jnr exhibition
  • Value of Cloudbet’s market so far less than 1% of McGregor vs Mayweather fight
  • Celebrity undercard bout featuring Disney star Jake Paul and ex NBA point guard Nate Robinson attracts 12x number of bets
  • Almost 50x amount of money wagered on Paul v Robinson than on Tyson v Jones with the bitcoin betting pioneers

The Covid-hit sports calendar of 2020 might have thrown up a number of surprise hits with global betting enthusiasts but it seems the forthcoming Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jnr bout is not destined to be one of them.

Belarussian football, Taiwanese basketball, League of Legends… at different times, these all caught fire with sports bettors, but this high-profile boxing exhibition seems unable to land a knockout punch. Back in 2017 the match-up between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jnr, hyped as “The biggest fight in combat sport history”, or more simply, “The Money Fight”, totally lived up to its billing, making it the biggest betting event in Cloudbet’s history by number of players.

Fight promoters Triller, a social media app spending millions to try and compete with Tik Tok, hoped to replicate this excitement, and gave it a whopping $49.99 pay per view price tag. But bettors think you must be punchdrunk to get involved, likening it to that Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson PPV head-to-head back in 2018, which proved a waste of time for all except the two golfers, who netted a huge payday.

Roy Jones Jnr’s team has been bigging up their man’s fitness and “evolution” as a fighter, while Tyson, who last set foot in the ring in 2005, claims his recent persona of a weed-smoking peacenik will be a distant memory the second he gets his gloves on. But, with both Tyson and Jones Jnr the other side of 50, the fight is being held on special exhibition rules – such as “hard sparring” only, no knockouts and the threat of just a cut precipitating an immediate stop from the referee – the only thing to look out for is if these two legends of the ring remember they’re not supposed to be fighting for real.

The bout between the two aging ex-heavyweight world champions takes place on Saturday at Staples Centre, Los Angeles, on a bizarre card which also features a former NBA star, Nate Robinson, facing YouTuber-turned- Disney Channel star (and Triller investor) Jake Paul.

Cloudbet’s customer base just aren’t buying into this seniors’ day out and haven’t spent much time searching for Tyson vs Jones odds. Twelve times the number of bets have been taken on the Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson fight, with almost 50 x as much turnover in this market, compared with wagers on Tyson vs Jones Jnr.

Founded in 2013, Cloudbet is one of the world’s longest established bitcoin betting operators, and will be running winner’s and total rounds markets on this fight and its undercards. Besides bitcoin, Cloudbet accepts ethereum, bitcoin cash and a number of stablecoins including USD Tether and USD Circle.

New customers gagging for bitcoin odds for boxing can get a bet on Tyson or Jones Jnr through an easy sign-up process and on-site cryptocurrency purchases with a credit card. Iron Mike is favored, by the way, at 1.53 (- 187).

So why have these two legendary boxers agreed to something that could leave their reputations on the ropes? Another ex-champion George Foreman has been in the media saying he thinks he knows. “It’s temporary insanity. I liken it to a guy who wants to get on a boat and go out to sea. It seems like so much fun, so peaceful, so he wants to get out there and do it. Then he gets out there and the big waves start coming and the sea is rough and it’s raining and the wind is blowing and he asks himself: “Lord, why did I ever do this?”

Anyone stumping up the $49.99 fee to watch this may well end up asking themselves the same question.

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Delasport partners with Progress Play as their new sportsbook provider

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High-end software solutions provider Delasport is happy to announce the new strategic partnership with Progress Play providing them with a sportsbook iFrame and enhancing their offering to the next level.

International leader Delasport delivers cutting-edge software and turnkey solutions to iGaming operators all over the globe and brings expertise and innovative technology together to create state-of-the-art products. With a wide range of premium offerings, Delasport has the perfect solution for operators that want to run a successful sportsbook/casino platform.

Eli Moscovich, VP Strategic Partnerships at Delasport, said:‘’We strive to provide top-quality software solutions and services to our partners and to always be at the forefront by creating and offering innovative products that best fit the needs of industry developing at a fast pace. We are excited to partner with Progress Play as this is an opportunity for us to see one of our premium products implemented in another successful high-performing platform. ‘’

Progress Play is the first real-money, access-anywhere casino and sportsbook platform provider which offers top-notch turnkey solutions to iGaming operators. With a full-service white-label offering, accessible from all kinds of smart devices – mobile phones, tablets, and PCs, Progress Play enables its partners to increase their customer engagement and gaming experience.

Itai Loewenstien, CEO at Progress Play added:‘’With Delasport’s sportsbook solution, we’ll be able to provide our partners a complete cutting-edge platform and enable them to increase their revenue. The dynamic iFrame solution makes a perfect fit for our proprietary platform, and we are looking forward to more enhancements and increased customer satisfaction’’.

Delasport is looking to grow its partners’ portfolio and bring accessibility of their world-class offerings to small and big operations alike. The company remains dedicated to delivering the best sportsbook and casino products, fully corresponding to the demand of a dynamically changing industry.

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Elys Game Technology Appoints Matteo Monteverdi as CEO

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Elys Game Technology has announced the appointment of Matteo Monteverdi as its Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 January 2021.

Monteverdi served as an independent strategic advisor to the Company since March 2020, and in September 2020 was appointed as the President. Michele Ciavarella will continue in his current role as Executive Chairman of the Company.

“We are honored to welcome one of most accomplished and recognized gaming executives in the industry to our team. Matteo brings over 20 years of industry experience, including an amazing track record in the betting, gaming and technology sectors. In the short time since joining the Company, he has already demonstrated his leadership and continuous innovation. We believe his experience in driving organic revenue growth, combined with his background in M&A, will help accelerate growth in both our online and land-based retail channels,” Michele (Mike) Ciavarella, Chairman and CEO of Elys Game Technology, said.

“Over the past 9 months, I have had an opportunity to fully immerse myself with the Elys team, customers, and technologies. I can confidently state that Elys has built a first-class operation with a strong product foundation and has tremendous potential waiting to be unleashed. Given the convergence of shifts in the US regulatory landscape and technological innovation, Elys is positioned to capitalize on emerging trends as sport betting evolves into new forms of entertainment at the intersection of media and gaming. The Company offers a differentiated omni-channel framework that provides a distinct competitive advantage in this market. Overall, I believe Elys has the potential to become a market leader and capture a significant share of the i-gaming and sports betting markets in Europe and the Americas,” Monteverdi said.

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Genius Sports Group secures exclusive 10-year official data and streaming partnership with Polish basketball

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Genius Sports Group granted the exclusive rights to distribute live data and video from Polish basketball to its global network of sportsbook partners

The Polish Basketball League (PLK) and Polish Basketball Association (PZK) have selected Genius Sports Group as their Official Data & Streaming Partner in a 10-year exclusive partnership.

As the premier technology partner in world basketball, Genius Sports Group will continue to provide Polish basketball with its leading data collection, management and distribution solutions. FIBA LiveStats will capture advanced play-by-play statistics including shot, four and turnover locations at eight competitions and more than 1,800 games per season.

FIBA LiveStats GameCentres will help both the PLK and PZK connect with their fans at each stage of hundreds of games per year. Fans will be brought closer to the action, analysing head-to-head records, full box score statistics and team and player shot charts.

From the 2021/22 season onwards, both the PLK and PZK will be able to implement Genius Sports’ cutting-edge live streaming solutions, delivering live broadcasts, data-driven graphics and highlights to fans worldwide. GeniusLive and GeniusLive+ are powering live streaming solutions for leagues and federations at all levels of world sport, delivering vital visibility and new revenue opportunities.

Radosław Piesiewicz, President of the Polish Basketball Association and Polish Basketball League, said: “Signing a long-term contract with such an important partner as Genius Sports will allow us to take another big step forward for the development of Polish basketball. Apart from cooperation with other basketball federations, Genius Sports cooperates with the NBA and the World Basketball Federation (FIBA).

“For the first time, Genius Sports will have the exclusive rights to distribute live date and video from all Polish basketball games. I am convinced that such 10-year cooperation will allow us to promote our leagues outside Poland, providing a platform for faster and even better development of our leagues.”

Jonny Katanchian, Head of Commercial Partnerships – EMEA at Genius Sports, said: “Long-term, trusted partnerships like this are pivotal to driving the development and global expansion of basketball leagues and federations. FIBA LiveStats will continue to power a world-class data ecosystem while our streaming solutions and global distribution networks will transform how Polish basketball engages new audiences around the world.”

On October 27, 2020, GSG entered into a business combination agreement with dMY Technology Group II, Inc. (NYSE: DMYD.U, DMYD and DMYD.TS) to drive its expansion as a leading provider of official data and technology powering the global sports, betting and media ecosystem. Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company expects its ordinary shares and warrants to trade on the NYSE under the symbols “GENI” and “GENI WS”, respectively.

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Football Index Donates Forest and QPR Shirt Sponsorship to Promote Safe Gambling

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Football Index has donated its shirt sponsorship for Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers football clubs.

As part of the Safer Gambling Week campaign, the two Championship clubs will carry the logo of the YGAM on the front of their shirts to promote the charity, which provides educational training and resources to help prevent gambling-related harm among young and vulnerable people.

Football Index, the principal shirt sponsor for both clubs this season, is hoping this will help trigger a conversation about safer gambling and help the YGAM reach more football fans. Committed to providing a safe environment and to raising awareness about gambling-related harm, Football Index will also be supporting the YGAM’s work with a £5,000 donation.

Mike Bohan, Co-Founder of Football Index said: “We are delighted to support YGAM and promote Safer Gambling Week this year. At Football Index, we have always made safer gambling one of our utmost priorities, and we are incredibly pleased to be able to support YGAM’s important work to educate future generations and prevent harm. We hope that this initiative will increase awareness and prove an important step towards ensuring young people have the information and knowledge to make informed decisions about gambling.”

David Cook, Chief Commercial Officer at Nottingham Forest said: “This builds on last year’s activities, we are once again very supportive of Football Index’s desire to highlight and promote the safer gaming message, in particular through this promotion of the YGAM charity. It’s great to work with a brand that takes responsibility in how they work, and who always look to stress the importance of responsible gaming for the wider fan base.”

Euan Inglis, Commercial Director at Queens Park Rangers said: “In all of our activation discussions with Football Index, responsible gambling messaging is always at the forefront of content that is produced. The donation by Football Index of our front of shirt property to YGAM to help promote Safer Gambling Week is an initiative that we as a football club fully get behind and are delighted to support.”

Daniel Bliss, Director of External Affairs at YGAM said: “We’re enormously grateful to both clubs and Football Index for their fantastic support. It is vital that we educate our future generations about the potential risks associated with gambling so we can collectively help prevent harm. This weekend will provide an important opportunity to raise the profile of the charity and help us support parents, teachers and young people across all communities.”

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Gaming Innovation Group to expand partnership with K.A.K. DOO with online and retail sportsbook deal

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has today signed a long-term agreement with existing
casino client K.A.K. DOO Skopje, hospitality, tourism and services company (K.A.K.) for the provision of GiG’s sportsbook, including online, over the counter (OTC), omnichannel and on premise sport solution to launch both their digital and land-based sports betting operation in the regulated North Macedonian market.

K.A.K. and Gaming Innovation Group signed a long-term agreement in September this year for the provision of GiG’s platform, frontend solution and managed services to power K.A.K.’s digital casino transformation. Today’s additional agreement follows K.A.K. ‘s decision to enter into Macedonia’s growing sports betting market under their own license, allowing up to an initial 25 physical sites across the country as well as online operations.

Gaming Innovation Group will provide K.A.K. with its end-to-end sportsbook, delivering an online offering as well as a physical offering through GiG’s over the counter, omnichannel retail solution. Through GiG’s partnership with Betgenius, end-to-end live data, trading and risk management services will also be delivered as part of the agreement. This allows K.A.K. to offer its customers official sports betting content from over 300 competitions including the English Premier League, Serie A and EuroLeague basketball.

The agreement is based on a combined fixed fee and revenue share structure.The sports offering is expected to go-live in Q2, 2021, and is expected to make a positive contribution to GiG’s revenues from H2 2021 onwards.

Ognjan Cigovski, Chief Executive Officer of  K.A.K. DOO Skopje says: “Our recent decision to expand into both the retail and online sportsbook market was a natural step for us, building on our successful land-based casino activities and we see it as a very exciting proposition. We can now offer our customers a full suite of products across multiple locations as well as online. We are excited to partner with GiG on this venture who’s product and service offering were a great fit for what we want to achieve in the local Sportsbook space”

Richard Brown, Chief Executive Officer of GiG says, “I am very pleased to expand our partnership with K.A.K, they have secured a local sports betting license and have exciting growth plans which are highly complementary to their existing premier retail casino presence in the country. By adding our online and OTC sportsbook technology offering to the online casino also powered by GiG, K.A.K’s end users will have a seamless end-to-end experience. We are very much looking forward to working with them to deliver a great product to the local market.”

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Dutch National Lottery to Split Lottery and Sports Betting Accounts

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The Dutch National Lottery (Nationale Loterij) has announced that they are going to separate online accounts for sports betting and the lottery.

From 1 March 2021, customers will need to have separate accounts for the lottery and sports betting verticals since they will be subject to different laws under The Netherlands’ legislative changes.

The lottery’s Toto sports betting service will fall under the country’s new Remote Gambling Act, while lottery products such as Lotto, Eurojackpot and scratch cards will remain under the existing Gambling Act.

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Betsoft Gaming Partners with BetBoom

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Award-winning content provider Betsoft Gaming has partnered with the Russian sports betting operator BetBoom.

The resumption of many sporting events, following the lockdown caused by the pandemic, has seen increased levels of traffic among Russian facing operators for whom Betsoft games hold particular attraction and create engagement.

 “Betsoft’s innovation and tailored game development continuously deliver excitement and entertainment to both established players and those new to gaming. We are happy to be able to provide this service to BetBoom through our constantly expanding portfolio,” Kai Botha, Marketing Manager at Betsoft Gaming, said.

“BetBoom clients demand only the best in gameplay. Working with content providers of Betsoft’s caliber ensures that we maintain our position as the preferred casino operator of choice,” Maya Nowak, Product Owner at BetBoom, said.