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PRAGMATIC PLAY EXPANDS IN ONTARIO WITH BET365

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is taking its entire content portfolio live in Ontario with bet365.

The partnership marks the first time Pragmatic Play’s suite of Live Casino games has been available in the province, with players in Ontario now able to discover staple titles such as
Sweet Bonanza CandyLand alongside recent hits such as PowerUP Roulette.

The provider’s Virtual Sports vertical has also gone live, including the high-octane Force 1, with immersive 3D renderings and 24/7 availability for bet365’s player base to enjoy.

In addition, following last year’s deal with NorthStar Gaming in which Pragmatic Play took its slots portfolio live in Ontario, its first entry point into the market, more players in the province can now enjoy award-winning classics such as Sugar Rush.

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The agreement is Pragmatic Play’s second in both Ontario and North America as a whole, with the provider keen to explore the massive growth potential of the market as more states and territories seek to legalise online gambling and sports betting.

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Partnering with bet365 in Ontario is an exciting move for us at Pragmatic Play, as we continue to expand our reach in regulated markets across the world.

“We’re delighted to enhance bet365’s offering in North America with some of the best games in the industry. As we are already live in Ontario with our award-winning range of Slots, this deal brings even
more of our premium content to players in the province, including our popular Live Casino and Virtual Sports products.”

A bet365 spokesperson said: “We are proud to extend our partnership with Pragmatic Play into the Ontario market. Its combination of award-winning innovative slots and live games perfectly fits bet365’s games product, and will be a welcome addition
for our Ontario customers.”

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Bet365 to Go Live with Fixed Odds Horse Racing in New Jersey and Colorado Through BetMakers

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BetMakers Technology Group Ltd announced that it has signed two-year market access and content agreements with bet365 relating to New Jersey and Colorado.

Under the agreements, bet365 will be licensed by BetMakers to offer fixed odds bets on thoroughbred horse racing to bet365 customers within New Jersey. Bet365 will also be licensed to distribute BetMakers’ thoroughbred racing content to bet365 customers in New Jersey and both thoroughbred and harness racing in Colorado. Bet365 will pay BetMakers a “Market Access Fee” based on a percentage of all fixed odds bets placed in New Jersey on all thoroughbred racing events it offers to its customers and a “Content Fee” based on a percentage of all fixed odds bets placed in New Jersey and Colorado on applicable BetMakers Global Racing Network content. The contracts will run for two years.

The structure of the market access agreement allows bet365 to seek BetMakers’ approval to offer fixed odds wagering on third party global thoroughbred racing content to its New Jersey customers from the many rights holders globally. Bet365 will be required to pay BetMakers the Market Access Fee in respect of online fixed odds wagering in New Jersey on all thoroughbred racing content, regardless of whether that content is provided by BetMakers or a third party.

Jake Henson, Chief Executive Officer of BetMakers, said: “We are very excited to be launching fixed odds betting on thoroughbreds in partnership with a leading sportsbook in the US. This is a significant milestone for BetMakers and aligns with our strategy for fixed odds betting on thoroughbreds in the US.

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“The sports betting market in the US is starting to mature and the interest from operators in horse racing as a product is expected to become even stronger. The high frequency of horse racing can deliver high engagement and high margin returns to operators. We believe the opportunity for both BetMakers and the racing industry more broadly to be significant in the long term.

“We are always actively working with rights holders to deliver opportunities for sustainable industry returns and open new opportunities in expanding growth markets. This opportunity in the US ticks both of those boxes and we look forward to helping our partners build out a global race book.”

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IBIA and PFA Canada join forces to provide sports integrity education to the Canadian Premier League

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CPL first to benefit from CA$300,000 education fund commitment by regulated sports betting operators.

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) and its members bet365, Betway and FanDuel have partnered with the Professional Footballers’ Association Canada (PFA Canada) to design a bespoke two-year sports-integrity education program for players and staff in the Canadian Premier League (CPL).

In 2024, the program – which will start in May – will educate approximately 300 players and staff about the potential threat of sports-betting related match-fixing to the integrity of the Canadian Premier League, their careers, as well as its potential to defraud sports betting operators and customers. The agreement also stipulates a repeat training in 2025 to ensure new players joining the league are also able to protect themselves from criminals and corrupters and report any suspicious activity.

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “IBIA’s members take their role – as responsible regulated betting operators – in protecting the integrity of sporting competition and of betting markets seriously. Alongside balanced, efficient and evidenced-based regulation, protecting soccer players, staff and officials from being targeted by criminals is an essential first step to stamping-out sports-betting related match-fixing and fraud.”

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The program will include a combination of dedicated in-person trainings and online resources for players and staff in the CPL’s eight league teams. The in-person sessions will educate players on the environment in which they are operating, including rules and sanctions, as well as highlighting the scale and accuracy of technology enabled sports integrity monitoring.

Dan Kruk, Executive Director of PFA Canada, said: “IBIA has delivered sports-integrity education to over thirty-five thousand athletes in Europe since 2010, and we’re grateful that they can leverage that know-how to design a bespoke training for CPL players. At PFA Canada we understand that, despite being more resource-intensive, in-person sports integrity education is essential to gain the trust and understanding of busy athletes, and to enable full, frank and open conversations.”

The CPL’s sports-integrity education program has been enabled by a CA$300,000 commitment over three years by IBIA and its member operators bet365, Betway and FanDuel for the Canadian market, from which other sports are also expected to benefit.

“At FanDuel Canada, we recognize the critical role athlete education plays in maintaining sports integrity,” said Dale Hooper, General Manager of FanDuel Canada. “We are thrilled to expand our engagement with IBIA through this new partnership helping to build a curriculum that will help athletes understand their role in protecting sport.”

Joachim Bjerg of Betway stated: “We’re very proud to partner and support IBIA and the Professional Footballers’ Association Canada that will design, create and implement a bespoke course that will further enhance Betway’s global commitment to educating players and staff involved in sport.

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“As a responsible regulated betting operator, we see our role in this sector imperative to safeguarding the integrity of sports and we very much look forward to working with IBIA on this exciting and important initiative.”

Jean-Francois Reymond, IBIA’s Education Ambassador, who will work with the PFA Canada trainers on the May launch, said: “We look forward to working with PFA Canada to further protect the Canadian Premier League from the threat of sports-betting related match-fixing. Protecting the integrity of sport means protecting the integrity of athletes. Most often through a lack of awareness, it is the athletes who are risking their careers and livelihoods. IBIA’s objective is to help build a best-in-class program for all athletes that serves to protect the integrity of Canadian sport and the careers of Canada’s athletes.”

IBIA’s sports-integrity education program is a global offering, alongside IBIA’s not-for-profit model for sharing data on suspicious sporting events with sports regulators and law enforcement, player education can significantly reduce the threat of sports betting related match-fixing. In 2024, IBIA has already trained athletes at the EUBC’s European Boxing Championships in Serbia and is in active discussion with sports governing bodies in Canada and several other jurisdictions to ensure that as many athletes as possible can benefit from sports integrity education. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

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Xpoint Launches Groundbreaking New Capability to Reduce Geolocation Costs for Operators

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Trust Mode feature reduces unnecessary location checks by over 20%

Xpoint, a leader in geolocation security solutions, has unveiled its proprietary Trust Mode feature, a patent-pending product that allows online gaming operators to realize previously unattainable efficiencies while remaining compliant with all state regulations and enhancing player satisfaction.

Trust Mode is a product feature that decreases geolocation checks while complying with state-mandated check frequencies by minimizing location checks when a player is connected to a residential or office WiFi, even if they are near the border. Results have shown that Trust Mode reduces geolocation service checks by over 20%, allowing Xpoint customers to realize significant cost savings compared to legacy industry technologies.

“Trust Mode is a clear example of how competition fosters innovation,” the Chief Executive Officer for Xpoint, Manu Gambhir, said. “There is no need to frequently re-check the location of a bettor connected to Wi-Fi at their home despite being located near a state border.

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“As well as benefiting operators, end users also benefit from Trust Mode as their battery usage will decrease due to the operator’s ability to reduce the number of location checks for players without accuracy being sacrificed. This technology will serve as a game-changer for operators looking to get the most out of their geolocation service provider.”

Xpoint is licensed and authorized in 20 states and the District of Columbia across its current customer portfolio including names such as Bet365 and PrizePicks. Trust Mode delivers efficiencies to an industry that has remained largely static due to previously low levels of competition. Trust Mode saves iGaming operators money while enhancing user experience. Roll-out for the service is expected later this year.

The company’s flagship geolocation platform for iGaming, Xpoint Verify, is an advanced toolset for geo-compliance. The service is focused on being the most accurate, allowing players in permitted locations and denying all others including those attempting to spoof their location. Xpoint Verify detects and prevents fraud while providing valuable marketing insights to operator customers.

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