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Entain Opens New-Look Digital Shops across UK & Europe

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Retail to have a more contemporary, digital feel

Entain, the global sports betting and gaming entertainment operator, has embarked on a digitization initiative across its retail business, converting a core of shops in key locations across both the UK and Europe into contemporary, digital, spaces to enhance the omni-channel experience for customers.

The retail makeover will initially apply to Entain shops in the UK and Italy across the Ladbrokes, Coral and Eurobet brands.  In both countries, Entain has run successful trials of new, more contemporary store design and formats more closely aligned to customers’ online experience.

“Entain is a global online operator, but we are focused on delivering a great local experience for our customers.  This investment allows us to give a more immersive and joined up online omni-channel experience to our customers” said Rob Wood, CFO and Deputy Chief Executive of Entain.

“Since high streets re-opened, our retail customers have returned in large numbers which reflects the continued demand from customers for an engaging in-shop experience,” he added. This digital makeover of shops, together with ongoing investments into our industry leading tech platform and £100m of innovation investment over the next 3 years, are important drivers of our future growth.”

Since the re-opening of retail, Entain has opened 18 new digital hubs across the UK and plans to have a total of 30 new-style Ladbrokes and Coral shops open by the end of the year in cities including Leeds, Birmingham, London, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Dumfries and Leicester. The aim is for 200 UK digital stores by the end of 2024.

The move will provide a welcome boost to many high streets and town centres in both Italy and the UK. In the UK alone The British Retail Consortium recently noted that more than one in seven shops are now vacant (*), rising to one in five in particularly hard-hit parts of the country.

“Our shops are at the heart of local communities and employ around 13,000 people across the country,” said Andy Hicks, Entain Retail MD for the UK and Ireland. “We want to bring the experiences customers have with us online into our shops, also making them more digital and contemporary environments.  We want to offer local customers a place to socialize, enjoy sports, bet and play games in a relaxed and enjoyable way.”

Initially UK stores being converted into digital hubs contain the latest gaming machines, and interactive displays, giving customers a more engaging and dynamic experience as well as more choice of interactive sports and gaming content. In both Italy and the UK, the converted stores have digital window displays and additional interior screens which allow live events and new promotions to be shared with customers across retail locations.

In Italy, where Entain’s retail outlets operate under the Eurobet brand, the Group also plans to convert around 200 shops and plans to have the first 30 locations open by the end of this year. These include a number of “Eurobet Cafes”, which offer customers a new place to meet and socialize with friends.

“This is all about offering a different and more distinctive experience to new and existing customers, “said Andrea Faelli, Managing Director of Entain, Italy. “We want to move from simply offering betting shops to hosting spaces in town centres where people can come to have a good time, which may or may not include having a bet.”

All the initiatives are powered by Entain’s proprietary technology, which has the benefit of making the digital and retail experiences more similar for customers and being scalable internationally to other locations.

 

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TVBET goes live in Africa at eBet through Bitville Gaming

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TVBET and Bitville Gaming are now working together, thanks to a recently signed partnership. This new collaboration is a significant step towards the provider’s aim to gain a strong footprint within Africa. B2B provider of live games, and B2B development company Bitville Gaming have united under one goal — to provide the gaming market with the best products and services.

The provider of B2B online streaming games, TVBET, stays strong in pursuing its goals and continues to conclude win-to-win partnerships. This time, the new deal is a collaboration with the B2B development company Bitville Gaming. As part of the deal, a range of TVBET live games is already available at Bitville Gaming’s partner — eBet Swaziland.

eBet Swaziland is an operator offering a wide range of gaming activities. The portfolio of eBet includes betting on sports, like soccer, basketball, boxing, rugby, tennis, etc., virtual sports, a wide range of slots, lotteries, and so on. From now on, eBet players may enjoy TVBET’s chosen live games. The products available at eBet include some of the most popular B2B provider’s games, namely Fruitrace, 1Bet, Lucky6, WheelBet, 5Bet, 7Bet, Keno.

Bitville Gaming is a well-established development company with a highly qualified team of experts. It specializes in creating fixed-odds B2B products for the betting, gaming, and gambling industries. The company’s services also include B2B iframe betting solutions, portal, and free-standing pos wagering solutions, online and SMS wagering solutions, mobile-money wagering solutions, bespoke platform and product development, B2C product development. Originating from South Africa, the company has established itself very well worldwide.

“We believe that the addition of TVBET to our suite of products displays our ongoing commitment to bringing up-to-date, contemporary, and innovative solutions to the African i-Gaming landscape. This is just the beginning of many exciting solutions and products to come!” — says Andrew von Hoesslin, Managing Director of Bitville Gaming.

The partnership promises to be mutually beneficial for all parties. Cooperation between companies will help them strengthen their positions in the betting market and offer their partners new solutions.

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SKS365 welcomes ELK Studios: the international operator signs a partnership for online slots on Planetwin365

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SKS365, the international sports betting and gaming operator ends in glory a year of steady growth for its online casino vertical with another strategic partnership.

The company has signed an agreement with ELK Studios, a Swedish provider specialized in slot machines and online games, which entered the Italian market this year. Thanks to this deal, SKS365 will be offering to its clients the most renowned titles of the provider such as Wild Toro 1 & 2, Katmandu Gold and Nitropolis via the Planetwin365 casino. Further releases such as Book of Toro, Toro 7’s and Stars of Orion are expected soon to be added to the operator’s gaming portfolio.

The extensive portfolio of games, the attention to detail, and the solid mathematical modeling are the strong points of ELK Studios combined with the X-iter mode, which allows players to pick different bonus features for each game, from single bonuses to multiple combinations.

“The titles of ELK Studios are among the best in the world for the quality of their content and the advanced game features and this will allow us to offer an even richer and more engaging gaming experience. We are confident that this new addition will immediately impress our players “, said Troy Cox, Chief Commercial Officer of SKS365.

“We are very excited to grow ELK’s footprint in Italy with such a well known brand as Planetwin365 and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership”, added Martin Lerby, CSO at ELK Studios.

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WSOP Winter Online Circuit Returns To GGPoker

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At least $100,000,000 and 18 WSOP gold rings to be won from December 12 through January 9

GGPoker today launches the WSOP Winter Online Circuit poker tournament series, which runs December 12 through January 9.

This series is made up of 18 headline ring events, each awarding the winning player a coveted WSOP gold ring in addition to the prize money collected, and a full schedule of hundreds of side events and satellite tournaments.

The WSOP Winter Online Circuit series guarantees at least $100,000,000 in cash prizes across the full schedule, with 13 of the ring events boasting tournament guarantees of $1,000,000 or higher.

The series highlights include:

  • BIG 50 MILLION$ – $50 BUY-IN – Sunday, Dec 12 [Final Day] – $1M GTD

  • $400 COLOSSUS – $400 BUY-IN – Sunday, Dec 19 [Final Day] – $2.5M GTD

  • $400 PLOSSUS – $400 BUY-IN – Sunday, Dec 26 [Final Day] – $1M GTD

  • $100 MILLION$ Mini Main Event – $100 BUY-IN – Sunday, Jan 2 [Final Day] – $2M GTD

  • GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH – $1,050 BUY-IN – Sunday, Jan 9 – $1.5M GTD

  • $525 Main Event – $525 BUY-IN – Sunday, Jan 9 [Day 2] – $5M GTD

 

Day 1 flights to the first WSOP ring event, BIG 50 MILLION$, are already running at GGPoker, with satellites starting from $0.50.

“WSOP circuit events are great; they give every player the chance to win a big prize and gold ring, while enjoying a taste of the WSOP experience,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “This time around, there’s also the not-insignificant matter of $100,000,000 in prizes to enjoy as well; it might be getting cold outside, but the action is just heating up at GGPoker!”

Players will receive leaderboard points each time they take part in a ring event or side event, with the top 100 players on the leaderboard sharing $100,000 in prizes upon the conclusion of the series.

Two of the WSOP Winter Online Circuit headline events will be broadcast on GGPoker.TV – the $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Roller will be shown on Tuesday, December 21, while the $525 Main Event $5M GTD event will be showcased on Saturday, January 15.

New GGPoker players are eligible to claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

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