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Kansspelautoriteit Appoints Gambling Addiction Advisor

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Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has appointed Dr. Gert-Jan Meerkerk as its new senior research consultant on gambling addiction and compulsive behaviour.

Meerkerk is regarded as a Dutch health and public welfare figurehead, having led the academic studies of the Rotterdam-based research unit IVO on addiction, care and rehabilitation for the past 25 years. All contemporary lifestyle issues related to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, social media, games of chance, gaming, porn and mobile addiction have been covered by main IVO projects led by Meerkerk.

“Next year, the KOA ACT will come into force, legalising and regulating online gambling. That means there will be more supply and a lot of marketing. I hope and expect to contribute to the knowledge at the KSA about effective means for addiction prevention,” Meerkerk said.

“That will be a subject that will receive a lot of attention. Gambling addiction is not a huge problem in the Netherlands at the moment, it must remain that way. Incidentally, I am in favour of the law, because reclamation does not work. It is easier to protect consumers in a legal, regulated market,” Meerkerk added.

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Polish Volleyball Federation Renews its Partnership with STATSCORE

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Polish Volleyball Federation (PVF) has announced that STATSCORE will remain the Official Data Provider of the Federation for another two seasons.

Based on the renewed agreement, STATSCORE data and widgets will be widely presented on the official website of the federation (pzps.pl) to provide engaging content to the fans.

“We’re pleased that under the new agreement our collaboration has been extended, and that STATSCORE will continue to deliver match data for PVF’s website and social media as our Official Sports Data Provider. We realize that, in addition to the basic information about the scores, volleyball fans are increasingly often looking for extensive and attractively presented match statistics, related both to teams’ and players’ performances. Thanks to the cooperation with STATSCORE, we are able to provide our fans with this kind of content quickly and professionally,” Justyna Tkaczyńska, Head of Marketing Department at PVF, said.

STATSCORE will provide the full coverage for all the national teams’ games through a dedicated LeagueCenter. Besides the international games, fans will also have access to all the domestic competitions for men and women covered with top quality stats. Every single game of the top tier leagues is available with 2D animations and live trackers.

“We are happy to renew our tie with the Polish Volleyball Federation, which is one of the most important partners for STATSCORE within the professional sports industry. When you think about global volleyball there is not more prominent federation to work with than Polish, which represents the world champions men team! It was not only a matter of business relation but mainly a matter of our ambition to be on the side of the people who know how to play volleyball better than anyone else in the world!” Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE, said.

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Massive Jackpot Won at 32Red Online Casino

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Microgaming’s WowPot jackpot has been hit for a massive €17,529,047.11 (£15,183,085.96), marking the first-ever Mega win on the progressive jackpot.

On 14 April 2021, a 32Red Casino player in the UK became the first to land the top WowPot jackpot after placing a £0.80 bet on Book of Atem: WowPot. The player is one of 93 EUR millionaires to be created on Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network, which has paid out more than €1.3 billion across all games and jackpots to date.

Not only is the eight-figure sum the largest WowPot win of all time, eclipsing the €1,123,513.15 Major win triggered on Sisters of Oz: WowPot in March 2021, but it is also the third-largest award in the history of Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network. As with all wins on the network, the jackpot prize has been paid to the player in a lump sum.

Launched network-wide in September 2020, Egyptian-themed Book of Atem: WowPot was created exclusively for Microgaming by All41 Studios and was the second title to feature the four-tiered WowPot progressive jackpot. A total of €23 million has since been awarded through the game across all jackpot tiers, with one winner scooping a Major jackpot of €998,876.35 in March 2021.

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Neymar Jr Becomes Cultural Ambassador of PokerStars.net

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Brazilian football star Neymar Jr has become the Cultural Ambassador of online poker site PokerStars.net. The appointment complements an existing collaboration between PokerStars and the football star.

In this latest chapter, Neymar Jr will collaborate closely with PokerStars.net on a series of creative projects inspired by the world of culture, from art and design to music and more. Bringing his passions and interests to the table, he will be shaking up poker with a series of exciting experiences for the PokerStars.net community.

In his first foray as Cultural Ambassador, Neymar Jr has curated a series of music playlists in partnership with PokerStars.net, providing the ultimate soundtrack for every type of poker game.

“Poker is so much more than just the game. It is a community and a culture and that is what I love about it. I am excited to start this next chapter with PokerStars.net, and we are already collaborating on a number of key areas. Music is a real passion of mine, so that was first on the list, but there is much more to come. I am excited for you to see what else we have in store,” Neymar Jr said.

“Neymar Jr is not just a globally recognised sports star, he is also a proven creative with a deep interest in the culture around him. This new role marks the start of something exciting for the PokerStars.net community, a merging of two worlds, where poker meets culture. In a first for the industry, together we’ll be creating moments to truly shake up poker and rewarding those who get involved in all that’s to come,” Martin Nieri, Global Director of Brand and Creative at PokerStars.net, said.

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