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AFC Wimbledon Become the Latest Club to Back The Big Step Campaign

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AFC Wimbledon has become the fifth English league club to take a stand against gambling advertising in football by signing up for The Big Step campaign.

Johnnie Jackson, manager of AFC Wimbledon, said: “If you look at gambling and the damage it causes – the stats around suicides in particular – it’s touched a lot of people and probably more than we realise.

“The fact that so many people voted it through shows just how prevalent the problems around it are and how much people are affected by it, whether it’s themselves or the people around them. The more awareness around gambling you can create, the better.”

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Tom Fleming, Communications Manager at Gambling with Lives and The Big Step, said: “We’re thrilled to have the backing of Wimbledon and their owners – the fans. Gambling advertising is unhealthy and unpopular so the Club’s decision is welcome good news, following the sharp rise in high-profile players harmed by gambling. We’re sure that if it were down to the fans of each club, no club would partner with a gambling company.

“Despite young fans being bombarded with relentless gambling adverts while watching their heroes, this year has shown that football is incapable of self-regulating. We still hope the government will take control and end gambling advertising in football, but in the meantime it’s so important that clubs like AFC Wimbledon have taken a stand to protect their fans.”

The announcement comes at a time when gambling’s relationship with football is under increasing scrutiny, following the high-profile cases of players including Ivan Toney, Harry Toffolo, Sandro Tonali and Lucas Paqueta – all are either under investigation or serving a ban for breaking gambling regulations.

Michele Little, Dons Trust Board member, said: “As a club at the heart of our community, we are committed to being a force for good. We took the decision some time ago not to accept gambling advertising or sponsorship as a club. Now with the backing of our owners – the fans – we’re signing up to The Big Step and saying that it’s time to end the harm that gambling advertising in football causes.”

The Big Step campaign is part of Gambling with Lives, a charity set up by families bereaved by gambling-related suicide. A 2023 Office for Health Improvement and Disparities study estimated there are up to 496 suicides related to gambling every year in England alone.

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Earlier this year, the Premier League announced it will phase-out front-of-shirt gambling sponsors by the 2026/27 season. But a government whitepaper on gambling reform, published in April, took no action on gambling advertising in football despite a recent study finding that up to 3500 gambling logos were visible during a single televised Premier League game – only 7% were on the front of shirts.

Another study found that fans received 11,000 gambling messages during the opening weekend of the Premier League season in August.

The Club will work in partnership with Gambling with Lives to promote preventative messages and information, as well as provide training and education about the risks of gambling in the community.

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Esports Charts partners with ESI Lisbon 2024

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The Esports Charts team is pleased to announce our strategic partnership with the ESI Lisbon event, organized by Esports Insider, a leading business events and media company. We invite you to visit our stand at the expo from September 23 to 25 to learn more about our products and services, and to engage with the team.

This partnership marks a significant opportunity for Esports Charts to connect with industry professionals and enthusiasts, showcasing our commitment to supporting the esports community. We look forward to fostering new relationships and exploring potential collaborations during the event.

Esports Charts will be represented by Sergii Rudenko, Head of Sales and Partnerships, and Bruno Reis, Sales and Partnerships Manager at Esports Charts.

Additionally, Sergii Rudenko will join a panel discussion, Building Blocks: Growing a Community and a Competitive Scene, which will take place on September 25 at 12:15 – 12:35 BST (15:15 – 15:35 GET). Together with other participants who will be unveiled shortly, he will discuss the nuances and challenges of building a dedicated gaming community, the difficulties sponsors deal with, and much more.

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ESI Lisbon, one of the biggest b2b events in esports, will take place at MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. The venue will feature two stages for presentations and five zones for exhibitors, categorized into Esports, Tech, Publishers, Education, and Creator Economy. This three-day event will be packed with various activities and events, including a forum covering legal questions that affect the global esports industry and gatherings with leading figures in the esports industry, including tournament operators, teams, sponsors, and more.

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MightyTips announces collaboration agreement with Merkur Bets

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MightyTips has announced a brand-new partnership with Merkur Bets targeting German-speaking bettors across Germany.

The move aims to expand the customer base for Merkur Bets, which is striving to build its position as a leading player in several Central European countries.

The exclusive partnership with the MightyTips platform – a tips and predictions hub – is hoped to boost acquisition rates in the region ahead of what is likely to be a busy conclusion to the summer.

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The Olympics, the new Bundesliga and Premier League season, and other major sporting events are to take centre stage, with more people than ever engaging with sports betting.

After ten years of operating as XTiP, a recent rebranding means it is now known as Merkur Bets. The sports betting experience has been modernised, as the website now provides an updated design, faster loading times, and enhanced user-friendly navigation.

The change was announced by operators Merkur Group earlier in the year and included a fresh logo and redesigned aesthetics across both its online and physical outlets.

Stefan Bruns, CEO of Online Gambling and Sports Betting at Merkur Group, cited it as a new beginning for the company: “The renaming of XTiP to Merkur Bets is not only a new beginning, it also offers the opportunity to establish a completely renewed approach to sports betting within the Merkur Group.”

Since 2013, Merkur Group has been one of the leading operators in Germany. Its origins stretch back to 1957, when it was founded as a family-owned business by Paul Gauselmann.

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Eugene Ravdin, MightyTips Communications and Marketing Manager said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Merkur Bets. They are one of the biggest betting companies in Europe and our services can further solidify their reputation as a leading player in this sector.”

Martin Collins, Head of Affiliates at Merkur Group added: “We are very pleased to continue our work with the MightyTips team. Both sides bring great knowledge to the table for our core markets, and we look forward to a long-term beneficial partnership.”

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GGPoker & Triton Poker Offer High-Roller And Super-High-Roller Events At 2024 WSOP Paradise

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GGPoker, the World’s Biggest Poker Room, and Triton Poker today unveil details of their partnership for the second iteration of the World Series of Poker® (WSOP) winter tournament series, WSOP Paradise. The live poker festival will take place from Dec. 6 to Dec. 19, 2024 at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas and feature the largest guarantee in live poker tournament history.

Following a well-received debut in 2023, this year’s WSOP Paradise festival will feature the most comprehensive set of high-roller and super-high-roller tournaments ever offered, now curated in partnership with industry leaders GGPoker and Triton Poker.

The Triton Millions event beginning on Dec. 7 is already highly anticipated; the playing field in this tournament will be evenly split between invited players (typically poker enthusiasts successful in business or entertainment) and their poker pro guests. Each pair of players will contribute $1,000,000 to the prize pool; $500,000 per participant. With a truly unique field, the clash of different playing styles in the Triton Millions will ensure excitement from start to finish.

The definitive headliner of WSOP Paradise will be the $25,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em championship, which will have a historic $50,000,000 guarantee and be billed as the Super Main Event. Road to Paradise online qualifiers and tournament promotions will begin in the near future at GGPoker.

“This is one you can’t miss,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “There were a lot of learnings from year one and everything is going to be bigger and better. A 50 million guarantee in the Bahamas! Are these guys crazy?”

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“We are thrilled to showcase the Triton Series in the Bahamas for the first time, marking a significant milestone in our journey. This event brings us closer to North America, expanding our reach and allowing more poker enthusiasts to experience our unrivaled high-stakes format. Our partnership with GGPoker and WSOP further strengthens our commitment to delivering premier poker experiences. Hosting at the iconic Atlantis resort is an honour, as we set new benchmarks for poker tournaments and elevate the excitement and prestige of our events” adds Andy Wong, CEO of Triton Series.

The full WSOP Paradise 2024 daily events schedule will be announced later this year, along with details on complimentary hotel accommodations available through special GGPoker tournament packages. The festival organizers reserve the right to cancel, change, or modify the tournament or any tournament event, in part or in whole, without notice.

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