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Partypoker Merges French and Spanish Player Pools

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Partypoker, the online Poker Operator headquartered in Isle of Man, has merged its French and Spanish player pools. With this, it will enter the shared online poker liquidity scheme, over four months after the scheme was launched.  The scheme expected to become a boon for the game across Europe’s segregated markets.

Partypoker confirmed late last week that its .eu platform went live yesterday and would give Spanish and French customers the opportunity to play against each other. To celebrate its participation into the shared liquidity project, the operator, owned by gambling giant GVC Holdings, will more than double its multi-table tournament (MTT) schedule for its French players. As for Spanish players, they would be able to play MTTs for the first time in a while, as partypoker had previously pulled the format from Spain.

The poker brand has already upgraded its .es website ahead of merging its Spanish and French pools and revealed last week that more updates and improvements would be rolled out across both its .es and .fr clients in the months to come.

Partypoker has recruited French poker star Bertrand Grospellier to promote its .eu endeavour. Grospellier joined the operator’s cluster of sponsored brand ambassadors after leaving PokerStars Team Pro in January.

The gambling regulators of France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy signed last a shared online poker liquidity agreement that would allow operators licensed in the four markets to merge their player pools and thus hopefully give a much-needed boost to online poker across Europe’s ring-fenced markets.

PokerStars was the first operator to launch shared poker tables in January 2018. The operator first merged its French and Spanish pools. Its Portuguese website joined the shared European pool mere days ago.

The shared liquidity project is in its initial stages and it would be difficult to say how it would develop and whether it would indeed improve Europe’s online poker scene. On the other hand, it seems that some of the participating countries already enjoy some benefits from the scheme.

Spain’s gambling regulator, Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), published late last month its latest quarterly report about the state of the country’s online gambling market. The figures reported showed that online poker revenue grew significantly during the first quarter of the year.

Total poker revenue amounted to €21.5 million during the three months ended March 31, 2018. Cash game revenue totalled €8.4 million, up 30 per cent year-on-year, while revenue from online poker tournaments reached over €13 million. Tournament poker jumped more than 50 per cent from the first quarter of 2017, DGOJ reported. Cash game spending grew more than 18 per cent, while tournament fees surged over 40 per cent during the reviewed period.

France, on the other hand, saw a slight drop in cash game revenue to €24.1 million during the first quarter of the year, despite the 18 per cent increase in cash game spending. Tournament revenue rose 15 per cent year-on-year to €44.8 million and tournament fees grew 14 per cent.

Source: CasinoNewsDaily

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Superliga Argentina selects Genius Sports as global integrity partner

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Global sports technology company to launch comprehensive programme, combatting match-fixing and data piracy

(ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires – 20 August, 2019) Superliga Argentina, the premier football competition in Argentina and one of the largest leagues in the world, has partnered with Genius Sports to launch a comprehensive integrity and official data strategy.

Through a rigorous review of its integrity strategy and existing rules, 24/7 bet monitoring technology and a series of educational workshops, Genius Sports’ Integrity Services will provide Superliga Argentina with an unprecedented level of protection against match-fixing and betting-related corruption.

Superliga players, coaches, officials and administrators will be trained to identify, prevent and report any threats to the league’s integrity while Genius Sports’ leading Bet Monitoring System will provide 24/7 oversight on global wagering patterns by monitoring global odds movements through its unique predictive algorithms.

To protect the value and integrity of its official data, Superliga will launch a new rights enforcement initiative, identifying both unauthorised scouts operating in-stadia and unofficial data feeds that have been scraped and reutilised. Through Genius Sports, Superliga will be able to control the supply and use of its official data, expanding the league’s global audience and providing new platforms for fans to engage with the live action.

Mariano Elizondo, President of Superliga Argentina, said: “Ensuring the transparency of our games is a fundamental priority for Superliga. We aim to guarantee all our teams with the same rules for every game, which is the main requirement for providing our fans and sponsors with the spectacle that they expect.

“This agreement with a world leader like Genius Sports allows us to work together to combat any threat to the transparency of our games through the same tools used by the most prestigious leagues in world football.”

Fernando Martinez, Head of Commercial Partnerships, LATAM for Genius Sports, said: “Argentinian football is at a critical stage of its growth with increased data quality and access to content driving major developments. This partnership with Superliga sets a precedent for leagues across LATAM to proactively safeguard the integrity and future of their competitions while controlling the collection, management and distribution of their real-time data.”

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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ORYX signs deal with Rootz

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ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company (TSXV:BRAG), has partnered with Rootz to launch its extensive portfolio of in-house and third-party content.

The supplier’s entire catalogue of proprietary and partner games will soon go live on Rootz’ platform and will also be made available on Wildz, its flagship online casino brand, through the recently enhanced ORYX Hub.

Backed by Rootz’ reputation as an industry trail-blazer, Wildz has rapidly established itself as 2019’s hottest new brand.

Adding content from ORYX’s 80+ content suppliers, which include top performers Gamomat, Kalamba and Golden Hero, will enable the company to continue to grow its foothold in Europe and enter new markets.

Matevž Mazij, Managing Director of ORYX Gaming, said: “Wildz has already made a splash in the online casino arena with its commitment to customer satisfaction, making it an exciting brand to partner with and extend our client base.

“It’s great to be working with Rootz’ knowledgeable and creative team to deliver a portfolio that not only offers a stand-out player experience but also advances online content delivery in our industry.”

Lasse Rantala, Wildz CEO, remarked: “ORYX Hub’s robust selection of games, seamless integration process, and promotional tools will provide a great advantage to us as we focus on building the Rootz and Wildz brands across Europe.

“Putting the customer first is central to our company ethos and we are confident both our Rootz partners and Wildz players will love the high quality and varied new additions to our online casino offering.”

The recently enhanced ORYX Hub allows partners to effortlessly integrate content from more than 80 leading providers and over 8,000 games, with advanced marketing tools such as free round promotions, achievements, leaderboards, tournaments and jackpots.

ORYX Hub provides operators with access to its portfolio of content, which is fully compliant in major regulated jurisdictions, via a single account and seamless integration process.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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OKTO to showcase latest wave of gaming payments disruption at EArena 2019

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OKTO Group, the financial technology provider specialising in digital payment and player engagement applications, is set to exhibit its next-generation suite of products and services at next month’s EArena Expo in Bucharest, Romania.

The event, which takes place from the 3rd to the 5th September, will see OKTO’s commercial team showcasing the company’s mobile-centric payment solution for gaming at stand #422, demonstrating how operators can drive player engagement by bridging the gap between the payment and retail experience.

Building on the success of its digital banking, mobile payment and retail products in Europe, the Athens-based fintech firm is set to hit the ground running with its one-of-a kind gaming solutions, while having recently appointed industry veteran Simon Dorsen to lead the charge.

OKTO’s payment products are focussed on harnessing the mobile-based payments revolution, while digitising betting processes to provide a seamless journey across multiple player channels, offering operators add-on loyalty and promotional functions that deliver a player-retaining service.

With experience in directly operating an established network of 5,000 points of sale across multiple jurisdictions and processing transactions reaching up to €1 billion, the payment service provider is well positioned for continuing its rapid growth in the region.

Commenting on their plans for Eastern Europe’s unique market environment, Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming at OKTO, said:

“Eastern Europe is a major focus for us, with a tech-savvy population that are proving to be quick adopters of innovations in mobile technology. There is real appetite for OKTO’s fully digital experience, which we have tailored to tackle the niche challenges of this promising market. 

“We look forward to meeting with local operators at EArena to showcase how our innovative solutions not only reduce cash handling costs for operators, but also speed up the flow of transactions and deliver a better player experience. The next wave of payments disruption is here – and we’re glad to be leading the charge.”  

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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