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A Long Time Coming! Bookmaker Pays Out On Bet Placed 21 Years Ago



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When he was just 13 years old, William Buick probably didn’t have dreams of world domination in mind.

His parents were hugely successful in horse racing, show jumping and dressage, but even so at that age, you suspect Buick simply enjoyed being around his equine companions.

But former trainer Ian Balding saw something in the British-Norwegian while he was riding out, and marched down to his local betting shop to place a bet on Buick going on to become champion jockey on the Flat.

He’d have to wait 21 years, but finally, Baldwin can cash his ticket with The Tote after Buick was crowned champion following a stellar 2022 campaign. His £50 wager earned him a cool £5,000, which he has since donated to the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.

There could be more halcyon days to come next season. Buick’s mount Lezoo has already been installed as a key contender in the 1,000 Guineas ante-post racing odds, with Tahiyra, Commissioning and Statuette also in the running for the May showpiece at 3/1, 4/1 and 10/1, respectively. These odds will fluctuate in the weeks and months ahead, but the 1,000 Guineas does seem an organic target for Ralph Beckett’s horse.

Many of the racing predictions would be minded to side with Lezoo, who won four of her five races in 2022 including a high-quality Cheveley Park Stakes renewal. If she maintains that form, Buick could have another major winner on his hands.

Playing the Long Game

Baldwin’s predictive prowess isn’t the first time that a bettor has profited from being able to accurately predict the future.

One punter that had tracked Lewis Hamilton’s progress as a rising star in motorsports placed a series of bets on the Brit to be crowned Formula 1 world champion, including a wager on him to win the title in advance of his 25th birthday.

His prescience was telling, as Hamilton has since gone on to become one of the most decorated winners in the history of the sport. Although he cut things rather fine – not securing his first world championship until he was nearly 24, and only then after an audacious overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap of the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

It would secure his place in F1 folklore, and the punter in question a payday worth more than £10,000.

There’s nothing quite like the pride of a parent in their offspring, and so you could have forgiven Eddie Kirkland when he placed a £100 bet that his son, Chris, would go on to play football for England.

It wasn’t long before Kirkland Jr was a promising shot-stopper coming through the ranks at Coventry City, and those performances would secure him a big-money move to Liverpool – and a solitary England cap in 2006, which netted proud dad Eddie £10,000.

And how about this for sublime soothsaying? David Threlfell was so convinced that mankind was ready to blast off into space back in 1964 that he wagered £10 – a lot of money in the sixties – on a moon landing taking place within the next decade.

Nobody was cheering louder than Threlfell when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin alighted from Apollo 11 – he was offered odds of 1,000/1 after all!

It just goes to show that the betting industry will satisfy bets placed decades in advance, but just make sure you don’t lose your bet slips.

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Casino Crypto Giant Bitline Partners with Ciphertrace for Enhanced Compliance in Digital Asset Transactions



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BitLine, the only industry provider for casino chip access directly from digital assets, announced a strategic partnership with Ciphertrace, a global leader in digital asset transaction monitoring known for its technology widely used by governments and law enforcement worldwide.

The collaboration follows recent developments in the digital assets industry, where regulatory actions and leadership changes have been observed. By integrating Ciphertrace, Bitline enhances its capabilities for real-time transaction monitoring and compliance with global regulatory standards. Ciphertrace automates the screening of incoming and outgoing transactions.

Bitline CEO and co-founder Richard Jones stated: “In the context of the Web3 industry today, competition is not just about bringing in a product that solves a problem, it is also about ensuring that we all stay way above the line when it comes to compliance and regulations. We are enthusiastic about this collaborative journey with Ciphertrace, reinforcing our commitment to security, compliance, and the seamless integration of innovative technologies into the digital asset landscape.”

Acquired by Mastercard in 2021, Ciphertrace is a global leader in digital asset transaction monitoring. Trusted by governments and law enforcement, Ciphertrace provides solutions for compliance, security, and risk management in the cryptocurrency space.

Bitline will implement Ciphertrace Traveler to support compliance with “Travel Rule” regulations and FATF recommendations, strengthening efforts against financial crimes. Bitline launched its service in 2023, facilitating direct access to cryptocurrency and digital asset liquidity in just minutes. The Bitline platform can be used in casinos around the world 24/7.

The latest addition of Ciphertrace’s risk threat detection tools underscores Bitline’s commitment to upholding the highest standards within Web3 compliance.

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Unearth Riches and Mystery in Endorphina’s Latest Slot Adventure: Book of Conquistador!



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Get ready for an exhilarating journey into the unknown with Endorphina’s newest slot game release: Book of Conquistador. This game promises to transport players to a world of undiscovered wonders and hidden treasures. The slot launches on January 18th, so stay tuned!

Book of Conquistador is not just any slot game – it’s an adventure packed into a 5-reel, 3-row, and 10-payline format. Designed to immerse players in a thrilling quest, this game takes you on an expedition to uncover secrets buried beneath ancient ruins.

In this gripping adventure slot, players follow a mystical map leading to forgotten treasures, hidden deep within lost temples. The legendary Book of Conquistador, serving as both a SCATTER and WILD, is your guide to untold riches. The reels are filled with symbols of ancient gold coins, golden masks, mysterious maps, exquisite necklaces, and valuable rings – all leading the way to the legendary lost ancient city.

The excitement intensifies with the appearance of 3 or more SCATTER symbols, which trigger 10 Free Games featuring a special expanding symbol. These Free Games maintain the same bets and lines as the initial game and can be retriggered, offering endless possibilities for big wins. The WILD symbol adds an extra layer of excitement, substituting for 9 regular symbols during Free Games, except for the special expanding symbols.

A unique twist awaits players at the beginning of the Free Games feature. A special expanding symbol is randomly selected and hidden inside the Book of Conquistador. When enough of these special symbols appear on the reels, they expand vertically, potentially leading to significant payouts.

For those who like to up the stakes, the Classic Risk Game offers a chance to double winnings up to 10 times. The Bonus Pop feature is also available, adding another layer of excitement to the gameplay.

Open the Book of Conquistador and let the adventure begin! Watch as fortunes unfold and mysteries unravel, one spin at a time.

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Riot Games Announces VALORANT Esports EMEA Partnership With Unilumin



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With the start of the 2024 competitive VALORANT Esports season now underway, we’re proud to announce our partnership with Unilumin, a world leading LED display solution provider!

Unilumin has been instrumental in helping us level up the fan experience at the all-new Riot Games Arena with their industry-leading LED display technology, of which 250 square meters will now feature across the Riot Games Arena in Berlin. We’re so excited to welcome them on board as an official supplier for VCT EMEA, VALORANT Game Changers EMEA, and VALORANT Ascension EMEA.

Unilumin’s screens will light up the stage at the Berlin arena – and their logo will feature across various VALORANT Esports EMEA broadcasts throughout 2024. They’ve supplied display solutions globally from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium to the Mercedes-Benz Arena, a mere stone’s throw away from us at the Riot Games Arena in Berlin. They’ve also worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment venues and global sports stadiums to illuminate events across the globe with grandstand, perimeter, and centerhung screens alongside scoreboards in major competition venues.

As we continue to level up the fan experience throughout 2024, we know Unilumin is the perfect partner to help us bring the most immersive experience and exciting atmosphere to the Riot Games Arena in Berlin, for our fans.

“Unilumin Sports is pleased to bring our solutions and technologies to the Riot Games Arena in Berlin and be a partner of VALORANT Esports in EMEA”, said Oscar Feng, the Global Director of Unilumin Sports. “We will use our well-designed products and fast response services to cooperate with Riot Games for their events and show the ultimate audio-visual experience to their fans.”

“After working with Unilumin for the refit of the Riot Games Arena, we’re delighted to welcome them as a supplier for our various VALORANT Esports EMEA events in 2024,” said Daniel Ringland, Head of VALORANT Esports EMEA. “Unilumin has helped us enhance the fan experience for those watching from home and joining us on-site, and we can’t wait to use their display technology throughout the season.”

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