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ComeOn Group hires strategically, Aaron Lowe to join as Director of Casino and Jonathan West as Director of Sportsbook


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Leading iGaming operator ComeOn Group announced two strong recruits to join their leadership team, appointing Aaron Lowe as their new Director of Casino, and Jonathan West as their Director of Sportsbook.

Aaron Lowe who has been appointed Director of Casino joined the Group on November 1st from William Hill owned MrGreen, where he had the role as International Head of Gaming. Lowe will report to Chief Product Officer, Cristiano Blanco, and will be responsible for the casino verticals across all brands and markets. Lowe has previously had casino focused roles at JackpotJoy as well as Entain.

Cristiano Blanco, Chief Product Officer at ComeOn Group, said “ComeOn is successfully following up on its growth strategy and this is an exciting time for Aaron to join our business and lead the casino vertical to the next level. Aaron is a leader with profound casino knowledge and a vast understanding of how to create a long term sustainable value proposition to our customers. In addition to his proven track record, Aaron is bringing a lot of energy and innovative ideas that will benefit our products and customers.”

Newly appointed Director of Sportsbook Jonathan West who joined the Group on October 24th, will also report into the Chief Product Officer, Cristiano Blanco. West, who recently joined ComeOn from Casumo, will be heading the sportsbook vertical across all brands and markets. West has extensive experience from the sportsbook field due to his previous role as Director of Sportsbook at Casumo, as well as leading sportsbook roles at MoPlay and BetVictor.

Cristiano Blanco commented: “The sportsbook business is a key pillar of ComeOn’s growth strategy and we are delighted to have Jonathan leading our sportsbook business to the next stage. Jonathan is combining extensive product and trading experiences as well as know-how in proposition management and will guide our sportsbook vertical to the next stage of acceleration.”

The Group confirmed that Lowe will be based at ComeOn’s Headquarter office in Malta and West will be based in Gibraltar.

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World Pool extends global network with biggest ever World Pool season in 2023

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World Pool, the globe’s largest commingled horse racing pools created and powered by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), will be extended further in 2023 with the addition of major fixtures, including Lightning Stakes Day in Australia, The Saudi Cup and the Irish Derby.

Following the successful introduction of World Pool Moment of the Year in 2022 in Great Britain and Ireland, this has now been extended to all global World Pool meetings and will reward stable staff with a total of over HK$1 million (approx. £103,000) in prizes, as well as a VIP trip to Hong Kong, thanks to additional funding from the HKJC, UK Tote Group, Racecourse Media Group (RMG) and Ascot Racecourse.

Starting on Saturday 28 January with Met Day at Kenilworth in South Africa, the first meeting where racing fans from over 20 countries will be able to bet into the World Pool, and ending on Melbourne Cup Day on 7 February in Australia, one World Pool Moment of the Day will be selected at each World Pool meeting to win a prize of £4,000 (HK$38,785).

Each winning groom from the season’s 25 World Pool days will also enter the chance to be named World Pool Moment of the Year and win a VIP trip for four to Hong Kong for either the 2024 Hong Kong Derby or 2024 FWD Champions Day.

The 25 individual World Pool Moment of the Day winners will be narrowed down to a final four by a panel of global racing experts, before being voted on by the public for World Pool Moment of the Year, which will be revealed at the Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin in December.

Last year’s World Pool Moment of the Year winner was Alpinista and winning groom Annabel Willis, who lit up the Knavesmire at York Racecourse when landing the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks before going on to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The Saudi Cup and Lightning Stakes to make World Pool debuts in Q1 2023

 

Lightning Stakes Day at Flemington on 18 February and Saudi Cup night in Riyadh on 25 February have been confirmed as the two new additions to the first quarter of World Pool races for 2023.

The opening quarter of the year now boasts five fixtures, with two visits to Meydan for Super Saturday (4 March) and Dubai World Cup Night (25 March), as well as the aforementioned Met Day (28 January) at Kenilworth.

Irish Derby and Lockinge Stakes among 18 UK and Irish World Pool events

For the first time, World Pool will be in operation at Newbury Racecourse in the UK with two races added to the World Pool season on Lockinge Stakes Day on 20 May, while Irish Derby Day is also set to feature amongst 18 UK and Irish events on 2 July. Coverage of Irish Derby Day will also include the Deutsches Derby at Hamburg-Horn, marking the first World Pool race from Germany.

In 2022, World Pool betting turnover hit a new high of HK$6 billion (approx. £622m), up from HK$4.8 billion (approx. £498m) in 2021, across the 21 racedays that were commingled, while Derby Day at Epsom recorded the single highest day of turnover with HK$66.1 million (approx. £6.8m) – *note: turnover is recorded in HK$, and approximate pound sterling figures are therefore based on current exchange rates.

Michael Fitzsimons, Executive Director Wagering Products of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said“We were absolutely thrilled with the results from our 21 World Pool meetings in 2022 and are excited to be extending that offering to 25 days this year.

“Having Australia and Saudi Arabia on the fixture list of 2023 World Pool meetings is another important step in the globalisation of World Pool, while adding some high-profile British and Irish meetings to the schedule is another exciting advancement.

“To complement our expanding list of World Pool meetings are the Moment of the Day and Moment of the Year initiatives, which for the first time will reward winning stable staff from all countries hosting World Pool races.

“Last year’s launch of the competition in the UK and Ireland was met with great feedback from yards across the region and we look forward to opening that up to our World Pool days in South Africa, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Dubai.”

Alex Frost, Chief Executive of the UK Tote Group, said: “We are looking forward to another World Pool season which now extends its reach across eight countries worldwide. For the UK and Ireland, it is welcome to see new additions to this year’s schedule, with two races from Newbury’s Lockinge Day added, along with Irish Derby Day, taking World Pool events hosted in the UK and Ireland to a total of 18.

“The ambitions for a global wagering platform are already being realised with over 20 pool betting operators now part of World Pool. Last year alone, the UK and Ireland saw record turnover of £521 million across 17 World Pool events, showcasing the best of our racing to a global audience, ensuring an improved value proposition for our own wagering customers and creating a more sustainable funding mechanism for horseracing in the future, with additional income for our racecourse partners.

“Our continued thanks go to our partners the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and in collaboration with RMG and Ascot, we are delighted to see Moment of the Day and Moment of the Year now extended to include all countries hosting World Pool races.”

Martin Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), which represents the media interests of The Jockey Club, Newbury, Goodwood, and York racecourses, said: “RMG is delighted to partner with Hong Kong Jockey Club, UK Tote and our racecourses to bring 11 high-quality British and Irish days to the innovative and important World Pool schedule.

“RMG looks forward to working with all the parties in growing both the sport’s revenues and global appeal. We’re also excited to see the World Pool Moment of the Day and Year awards increase in prize money and evolve into a global initiative for stable staff – the real unsung heroes of our sport.”

Alastair Warwick, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ascot Racecourse, said: “It’s fantastic to see this truly global expansion of the meetings included in the World Pool for 2023. The continued growth of World Pool since launching at Royal Ascot in 2019 has been very impressive and hugely important for British racing. We look forward to being involved again across our major meetings this year.”

Gregory Bortz, the Executive Chairman of Cape Racing, the operator of racing in the Western Cape of South Africa, said: “We are honoured to have WSB Met Day, one of the biggest and most prestigious days on the South African racing calendar, be included as a World Pool event. We believe the sight and sounds of nineteen of our finest equine athletes competing for this prestigious Grade 1 race, with the views and sounds of Cape Town playing out in the background, will make for an unforgettable experience for the countless racing enthusiasts around the globe betting into the World Pool.

“The Hong Kong Jockey Club represents the gold standard for racing operators around the world, and we at Cape Racing look forward to following their lead by ensuring our top-class racing provides the entertainment and turnover befitting of World Pool status.”

Provisional World Pool events to be hosted on the following days in 2023:

 

January

Saturday 28: Met Day – Kenilworth Racecourse, South Africa

 

February

Saturday 18: Black Caviar Lightning Race Day – Flemington Racecourse, Australia

Saturday 25: Saudi Cup – King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

March

Saturday 4 March: Super Saturday – Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

Saturday 25 March: Dubai World Cup – Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

Other key fixtures will be finalised later in the year, but major meetings including Royal Ascot, King George Day, Goodwood Festival, York Ebor Meeting, British Champions Day and Melbourne Cup Day will also form part of World Pool 2023.

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OnAir Entertainment™ launches a new game, Blazing Dragon Tiger

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OnAir Entertainment™️, the go-to provider of premium live casino content to operators, launched a new game, Blazing Dragon Tiger to their game portfolio on 26th January.

With its unique studio environment and table-felt animation, in Blazing Dragon Tiger players decide which spot to bet on and anticipate the winning side to be either Dragon, Tiger, or Tie, with the option of additional side bets.

Alongside the smooth gameplay and great UI visuals, the studio environment will bring greater value to customers by offering brandable studio elements. In addition, customisation by customers may also be in the configurable side bets and bet limits.

Real-time percentages will show how many users are betting on Dragon, Tiger, or Tie offering live predictions and statistics. Additionally, the option to zoom in and zoom out on specific roads will allow players to see better all-needed results on these roads.

Blazing Dragon Tiger will join the OnAir Entertainment’s™️ games portfolio with Standard Blackjack, Standard Roulette, Speed Roulette, Auto Roulette, 9 Pots of Gold™ Streamicon™, Eclipse Blackjack™, Card Matchup, and Lotus Speed Baccarat™️.

OnAir Entertainment’s™️ games are designed to offer a real-life gaming experience thanks to world-class digital branding technology, professional game presenters, and sleek branded environments which offer an immersive experience for players.

Seval Kaya, Business Development Director at OnAir Entertainment™, added: “We are very happy to announce a new game in our portfolio with great animation features creating stands out in the industry. Furthermore, our customers can use the brand elements on this new gaming experience for even better customisation. We have achieved this wonderfully designed user interface thanks to everyone who was involved in bringing this game to life.”

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FAVBET switches to Single Wallet for increased player comfort and smoother operations

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FAVBET is doing away with the practice of creating several wallets in the player’s personal account on favbet.com in favor of its own Single Wallet solution which makes it much easier for users to manage their accounts. Migration to the new system is automatic and will not require any action from users.

The Single Wallet replaces the previous system where casino players and bettors had to create a separate account called “wallet” for each payment method without the ability to transfer funds between different wallets. In contrast to the previous approach, the Single Wallet combines all user accounts into one that allows deposits and withdrawals using different cards and payment systems.

The key advantage that FAVBET users get after switching to the Single Wallet is one account for all payment methods. Now, there is no need to create separate wallets for debit cards, Skrill, or other payment methods.

This is not an update to the existing system, but rather a solution developed from the ground up that not only adds convenience but also significantly increases the capabilities of our platform. On the surface, the changes don’t seem like much, but what we created here is in fact a full-fledged banking system that is similar in its functionality and efficiency to the solutions used by the leading financial institutions,” says Serhii Kostiushkin, Head of Engineering at Betinvest.

According to the company’s tech lead, developing the new system was unavoidable as the previous solution was created quite a while ago and could no longer keep up with the company’s growth and user numbers. Additionally, its outdated architecture significantly complicated financial accounting and put excessive load on the platform. The new system processes five times more transactions while being much more stable and not requiring as many resources.

The Single Wallet approach is now a standard for the world’s leading sportsbooks and casinos. Now, all of its advantages are available to favbet.com users.

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