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WhichBingo Announces 2020 Award Winners at Star-Studded Online Event Marking 20 Years


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WhichBingo, the UK’s number one, independent online bingo reviews and affiliate site, owned and operated by XLMedia, announced its 2020 WhichBingo Awards winners at an unprecedented pre-recorded video ceremony. The highly anticipated event featured UK television personality and chef Rustie Lee, actress and presenter Linda Lusardi, and actor and presenter Christopher Biggins as its co-hosts, while taking a virtual trip to destinations around the globe to announce the winners.

The WhichBingo Awards is one of the annual highlights for the UK online bingo industry and a collective celebration of the best brands in the gaming business. This year was particularly memorable as WhichBingo marked its 20th year of operation. With almost 200,000 votes cast across 18 categories and brand submissions for the judging panel categories, the WhichBingo Awards continue to grow in prominence and has sealed its place as a major event on the online bingo calendar.

Buzz Bingo led the event, capturing four of the bingo industry’s esteemed awards and claiming the coveted prize of the ‘Best Bingo Site’. Buzz Bingo remains a relatively new player to the online bingo space, winning the ‘Best New Bingo Site’ category only last year. Dream Bingo was awarded ‘Best Microgaming Bingo Site’ for the fourth consecutive year, while Wink Bingo picked up ‘Best Dragonfish Bingo Site’ for the fourth year running.

“I want to extend my congratulations to all of the deserving winners and nominees,” said Stuart Simms, CEO of XLMedia PLC Group. “The WhichBingo Awards looked very different this year as it was impossible for us all to come together and celebrate the many bingo accomplishments of the past year. Online bingo’s future looks very promising as we head into the second half of 2020. As the industry continues to welcome new players to the online space while simultaneously embracing the latest regulations, we are confident that online bingo will continue to flourish and rise in popularity.”

The winners in full:

  • Best Slot Game: Slingo Rainbow Riches (Gaming Realms)
  • Best New Bingo Game: The Voice™ UK Bingo
  • Best Jumpman Bingo Site: Zeus Bingo
  • Best Dragonfish Bingo Site: Wink Bingo
  • Best Microgaming Bingo Site: Dream Bingo
  • Best Playtech Bingo Site: Buzz Bingo
  • Best Bingo Chat Team: Buzz Bingo
  • Best New Slots Site: Rainbow Riches Casino
  • Best New Bingo Site: Smooth Bingo
  • Best Slots Site: Gala Spins
  • Best Bingo Site: Buzz Bingo
  • Most Socially Responsible Operator: Gala Bingo
  • Best Customer Service: mFortune
  • Best Marketing Campaign: Mecca Bingo
  • Best Social Media: Gala Bingo
  • Best Mobile Bingo Site: Mecca Bingo
  • Best Bingo Software: Pragmatic Play
  • Best Slots Provider: Pragmatic Play

 

The full ceremony can be found here, along with the list of winners.

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Tekkorp Capital Continues Expansion; Former CFO of William Hill US Bolsters Team

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Tekkorp Capital, the investment vehicle founded by gaming entrepreneur Matt Davey, has added former William Hill US Chief Financial Officer, Mark McMillan, to its advisory team as a Partner, consolidating the strength of its industry-leading team.

McMillan brings over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy to bear at the Company. Having worked in investment banking, he joined William Hill in its M&A team and latterly as CFO for its US business, overseeing its transition through the repeal of PASPA and its development into a national sports betting leader, resulting in its eventual sale to Caesars Entertainment.

McMillan joins an illustrious team of seasoned executives in the online gaming industry. The group has held a host of C-Suite roles, including CEO, MD, CFO, COO and CMO, alongside cultivating a distinguished M&A reputation which has, in aggregate, completed over $24bn of deals. The team includes Crispin Nieboer, former William Hill Online MD, Andy Clerkson, US media and gaming specialist, and Steve Schrier, ex-CCO of SG Digital.

Commenting on his appointment, McMillan said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Tekkorp Capital. As part of a multi-faceted team, I will assist my fellow partners in delivering strategic and value-additive solutions for our clients at this exciting time for the iGaming sector. Tekkorp has expanded rapidly and I am excited to be a part of its development.”

Elsewhere, President Robin Chhabra has been promoted to CEO of the group, with Matt Davey moving to the Chairman role.

Chhabra, Tekkorp Capital CEO, commented: “We’re delighted to have added another Tekkorp Capital partner as well-respected as Mark. Collectively, our team has led many business transformations, as well as executing a number of the most significant merger and acquisition transactions in the sector. Our combined history as hands-on operators represents our core strength and differentiator, allowing us to solve our clients’ critical strategic issues and help them create value.”

Davey, founder and Chairman of Tekkorp Capital, added: “Tekkorp Capital has grown rapidly over the last couple of years. Robin Chhabra has done an incredible job in not only building the team but also setting the standard for M&A across the industry. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Mark join our world-class team.”

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Kambi launches Bet Builder cash out and in-game ahead of Super Bowl LVII

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Players will be able to cash out a large majority of pre-game Bet Builder bets live for the first time during this weekend’s Super Bowl, with plans to expand into other sports in the coming months

Kambi, the world’s trusted sports betting partner, has added cash out and in-game functionality to its market-leading Bet Builder product ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, bringing an extra element of excitement to what is expected to be the biggest betting event of all time.

Following a successful trial during the NFL playoffs, players will be able to place Bet Builders as the Super Bowl action unfolds, as well as having the option to cash out their pre-game or in-game Bet Builders during any stage of the game. By the end of the trial period, the cashing out of Bet Builders in-game had reached two-thirds of the level of single bets, underlining the appetite for the feature.

The Bet Builder enhancement extends to combinations made up of main bet offers, which are the majority of Bet Builders placed, with the cash out of additional markets to be added in time for next season. In addition to NFL, Kambi intends to add cash out and in-game Bet Builder functionality to various other sports and leagues over the coming weeks and months, including the MLB, NBA and the March Madness college basketball tournament.

Same and multi-game parlays have quickly become a must-have for leading sportsbooks with Bet Builder accounting for approximately 30% of all pre-game NFL bets on the Kambi network during the recent regular season. The addition of cash out and in-game marks the next phase of Bet Builder development, with Kambi’s market-leading product having recently won ‘Innovation in Sports Betting Software’ at the EGR B2B Awards.

Kambi’s Bet Builder, which has been built into the core of its sportsbook to deliver a high-quality user experience, is currently live for baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer, and is now also available to operators as a standalone service.

Simon Noy, SVP of Trading at Kambi, said: “The Super Bowl is always one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and with the immense popularity of Bet Builder, it was important for Kambi to continue to improve its market-leading product in time for Super Bowl LVII.

“Kambi has been consistently ahead of the market with its premium Bet Builder product and the launch of cash out and live functionality was the next logical step in the product’s evolution.

“We look forward to rolling out these features across other sports and leagues in the coming months.”

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Greentube-owned StarGames obtains German licence

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Digital Gaming and Entertainment division, has successfully obtained a German nationwide licence to offer online slots via its brand StarGames.

This means the StarGames.de website, as well as all of Greentube’s processes on Responsible Gaming, anti-money laundering (AML), IT security and game mechanics, has been acknowledged by the Gambling Authority of the Federal States of Germany (GGL) as compliant with the Interstate Treaty 2021, and the operator has been recognised as a safe and secure place for German players to enjoy the best Novomatic and Greentube games.

Georg Gubo, COO of Greentube, said: “Receiving this licence is further testament to the quality and reliability of not just the StarGames brand, but also Greentube as a whole. Being granted the German licence is a major milestone for Greentube and we are extremely proud that the regulatory authorities deemed our application successful.

“Our goal was to create a product of the highest quality, one that customers would not only enjoy playing but also feel safeguarded by while doing so. With StarGames.de, we feel we have a brand and a website that goes above and beyond to ensure we offer players the best place for safe and secure entertainment in Germany.”

StarGames, known in the online gaming industry as the first brand to offer the original Book of Ra™ to online players in Germany, has been live across the country since the Interstate Treaty 2021 came into force on July 1, 2021.

The licence now offers a number of possibilities for Greentube in the country.

Laszlo Pados, Brand Manager of StarGames, said: “Receiving the nationwide German licence is a testament to – and proof of – all the hard work that everyone at Greentube has put into the project over the last two and a half years. This also opens up a wide range of opportunities for StarGames.de, mainly in the field of mobile apps, but also in marketing and advertising within the boundaries of the Interstate Treaty 2021. We cannot wait to get started on this exciting next chapter.”

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