Sports Betting Could Reach Connecticut Soon

Sports betting fans will be pleased to learn that Connecticut may soon be legalizing sports betting. A new bill incorporates language as follows: “It also instructs the state’s consumer protection department to begin establishing a regulatory structure for potential sports betting in event of legalization by the federal government”. 

The sports betting clause is part of a law that will allow for another tribal casino in Connecticut and also expands off-track betting sites.  The bill passed both House and Senate on the same day. The governor of Connecticut needs to give the final green light to the bill, and it now heads to his table for his signature.

Connecticut is not the only state that is seeking to introduce sports betting legislation. States such as Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, South Carolina and New York have also done so at varying levels.

SB 957 is known by its long name: “An Act Concerning the Regulation of Gaming and the Authorization of a Casino Gaming Facility in the State.” It was introduced by the Public Safety and Security Committee.

As can be expected, there is strong opposition to the new bill. Sen. John Kissel, a Republican, expressed his objection by saying: “I am concerned about the vast expansion of gambling in Connecticut. What do casinos make millions of dollars? Because our citizens are losing millions of dollars.”

Betgenius Signs Long-term Deal with Codere

Betgenius, a leading sportsbook technology company, is pleased to reveal that it has signed a deal with Codere in terms of which it will become the preferred provider of pre-match and in-play trading for the international operator.

The deal signed between the parties will see Codere, which holds a major retail and online presence in Spain, LatAm and Italy, utilizing Betgenius’ automated in-play football, in-play and pre-match trading tools for football as well as for tennis markets.

The Betgenius automated “InPlay’ and ‘PreMatch’ tools give operators a chance to either fully or partially outsource trading functions and offer hundreds of thousands of markets across major sports.

Matt Stephenson, the Business Development Director at Betgenius, commented on the new deal by saying that this deal with Codere – a prestigious operator with a global footprint – consolidates their position as the provider of the highest quality trading services in the market.

Stephenson went on to say that, like Betgenius, Codere constantly endeavors to provide the best possible service to its customers. He added that they are eagerly looking forward to playing a crucial role in the growth of its sportsbook product.

Peter Lucas, the Trading Director at Codere, revealed that as they grow their presence in regulated markets all across the world, they are delighted to secure a long-term relationship with Betgenius to expand their in-play and pre-match trading capabilities.

Lucas also said that Betgenius’ reliable and wide-ranging service was the obvious choice to help them offer the best experience possible to their customers.

NordicBet Renews Sponsorship Deal with Champions Hockey League (CHL)

NordicBet, a subsidiary of Betsson AB sports betting, is pleased to reveal that it has extended its sponsorship of the Champions Hockey League (CHL), the pan-European ice hockey championship in terms of which it will be a key marketing partner of the CHL from the 2017-18 season through to the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

The extended sponsorship will see NordicBet having exclusivity in the sports betting category within the CHL and also serve as the exclusive presenter of official statistics on the league’s website.

In addition to its expanded coverage, NordicBet has also been made the title sponsor of CHL’s end of season “Most Valuable Player – MVP Award with the online gaming firm also benefiting from branding on various surfaces at all CHL games. NordicBet will also continue to benefit from networking at CHL arenas.

Magnus Linder, the Head of Sponsorships and Brand at NordicBet, commented on the sponsorship extension by saying that with their online betting and gaming portfolio already fully integrated into the CHL, they are aiming at further strengthening their position as No. 1 Ice Hockey Sports Betting Company.

Linder went on to say that they appreciate the multiple activation possibilities of the platform as well as the ability to offer a personal element of suspense for the fan beyond the event itself and for spectators outside the arenas. He added that they are able to increase the level of engagement of the fans through their gaming as well as expanding awareness of their brand across Europe.

Genius Tech Group Partners with Draftstars

Genius Tech Group, a leading technology and data provider, is pleased to reveal that it has entered into a partnership with Australia’s leading daily fantasy sports provider Draftstars, in terms of which it will be its Official Digital Daily Fantasy Sports Partner.

Draftstars gives consumers a chance to pit their sporting knowledge on popular local and international sports against other with an opportunity to win cash prizes and the new partnership will see Genius Tech Group provide Draftstars’ players with an additional suite of innovative fantasy sports products.

The new QuickDraft product that was built on Genius Tech Group’s iFantasy Genius technology will be the first output from the partnership and will provide Draftstar’s players with an automated, intuitive lineup for NRL or AFL that is based on the match conditions that they feel is vital to player performance in just a matter of seconds. This product is available free to all Draftstars players on Draftstars’ iOS as well as Android platforms and is a world first in the daily fantasy industry.

Commenting on the partnership, Nathan Rothschild, co-founder and partner at Genius Tech Group, said that they are thrilled to be partnering with Draftstars as they expand into the fantasy sports space. He added that they look forward to enhancing the Draftstars player experience by serving them with their innovative offerings.

The CEO of Draftstars, Matt Sanders, revealed that they are excited to be launching a world first in the new QuickDraft product, which will give their players all the statistical power of iFantasy Genius from the touch of a few buttons.

Habanero Content Live on EscapeBET

EscapeBET, a leading online sportsbook that also offers casino games, is pleased to announce that it has launched a selection of gaming content from Habanero, a provider of quality HTML5 slots and casino games for the online gaming industry.

According to Habanero, the integration was one of the quickest in its history with the partnership progressing from contract signature to going live in less than a fortnight.

The partnership sees the CIS-facing operator gaining access to slots titles that include new slot titles such as Bird of Thunder slot, Fire Rooster slot and Panda Panda slot.

Daniel Long, Head of Sales at Habanero, commented on the integration by saying that this is a significant deal for Habanero, as they look to take their games to new international markets around the world, and will significantly increase their visibility in the CIS in particular.

Long went on to say that they are particularly pleased with how quickly they were able to go live with EscapeBET and boost their product portfolio. He added that it was one of their fastest ever integrations.

The Head of Technical Team at EscapeBET, Alper Tayfun, revealed that their customers demand the best gaming experience and that this deal with Habanero will enable them to satisfy their expectations.

Tayfun also said that the content is very good and that they were also impressed with how quickly and simply the games were delivered, which makes life so much easier as an operator.

Habanero currently operates 75 video slot titles, 9 table games and 50 video poker titles which are available in 32 European and Asian languages and integrated into 45 operators and aggregators.