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1/ST PARTNERS WITH FRANCE GALOP TO BOOST INTERNATIONAL RACING BETWEEN FRANCE AND U.S.

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1/ST, North America’s preeminent Thoroughbred racing and leading pari-mutuel wagering company, has today announced a breakthrough partnership with France Galop, the governing body of French horse racing.

This new initiative sees both parties come together to form a series of high-class partnerships that will power increased international participation across a host of top-quality Graded contests and marquee race days, beginning with the $100,000 Grade 3 Gallorette Stakes on Preakness 149 race day at 1/ST’s Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on May 18. The winner will be automatically qualified to run in the €250,000 Group 1 Sumbe Prix Jean Romanet Stakes at Deauville on August 18. The Galorette winner will also receive a free equine travel stipend to cover its subsequent travel costs to France.

The collective aim is to establish long-lasting links between revered races in France and valuable turf contests at 1/ST racetracks across North America, boosting the international profile and prize funds of all participating contests and increasing the number of runners entered in these races which, in turn, will engage a wider international audience and drive global wagering turnover.

This innovative collaboration with France Galop leverages natural synergies between two powerhouses of the sport. Moreover, it builds on similar global “gateway” partnerships which 1/ST has already formed with Ascot Racecourse (via Gulfstream Park’s Royal Palm series for Royal Ascot’s juvenile races) and the UK Jockey Club around the Group 1 July Cup and the Eclipse Stakes, now twinned as qualifiers for the newly minted California Crown taking place at Santa Anita Park on September 28, marking California’s richest day of racing.

As an automatic qualifier for France Galop’s Prix Jean Romanet, the Gallorette Stakes also shines the spotlight on a high-profile undercard for Preakness 149. This year’s Preakness 149 race day will be the most lucrative in the event’s history with $3.3 million on the line, highlighted by the running of the 149th Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel in the Triple Crown, featuring an increased $2 million purse. These enhanced purses reflect 1/ST’s vision for the future of the highest standard of world-class Thoroughbred horse racing, combined with unique and elevated guest experiences, and exciting opportunities for owners, trainers and bettors to usher in a new era for racing.

Aidan Butler, President of 1/ST, said: “1/ST is thrilled to create another great global partnership, breaking new ground in France with our friends at France Galop. This Gallorette-Romanet pathway is an exciting trial for hopefully more reciprocal race days in France, considering France Galop’s rich heritage in staging many of the most prestigious turf contests in Europe at courses like Deauville, Chantilly and Longchamp.

“We look forward to announcing more global racing partnerships over the year ahead. Whether we’re bolstering the brand, increasing horse-recruitment numbers, or driving wagering dollars overseas, it’s high time for more innovative moments on the worldwide racing stage.”

Henri Pouret, Chief Operating Officer at France Galop, added: “We’re naturally delighted to be teaming up with 1/ST on this compelling initiative which will introduce many new French racing fans to Preakness 149 and add some welcome transatlantic flavour to the Group 1 Sumbe Prix Jean Romanet Stakes, now in its 20th year of attracting the best middle-distance horses in the business.

“The travel stipend is an excellent incentive for facilitating stress-free long-haul travel, helping to secure a stellar field of global contenders for the Romanet, and proving that racing is a sport whose worldwide appeal is no barrier to worldwide participation, be it in France or the States. We look forward to welcoming the Gallorette victor to Deauville later this summer and building on the success of US-trained horses at other elite European events, such as Royal Ascot.”

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Double Win For Kaizen Gaming at 2024 EGR Marketing & Innovation Awards

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Kaizen Gaming wins ‘Best Native App’ and ‘Responsible Gambling Marketing Campaign’

Kaizen Gaming, one of the world’s largest GameTech companies, has achieved another significant milestone, securing two prestigious wins at the EGR Marketing & Innovation Awards held in London earlier this month. Recognised for ‘Best Native App’ and ‘Responsible Gambling Marketing Campaign’, the double win reaffirms Kaizen Gaming’s steadfast commitment to delivering unparalleled, safe and secure betting experiences for its customers.

The ‘Best Native App’ award is given to the operator that has developed a market-leading native app over the past 12 months. The award highlights the remarkable success of Kaizen Gaming’s and its premium brand’s, Betano, highly engaging mobile-first strategy, resulting from a commitment to ever-improving game play, elevated experiences and a laser sharp focus on customer centricity.

Kaizen Gaming was also celebrated at the awards for its impactful promotion of responsible gambling. The campaign for Stoiximan, the sports betting and gaming brand Kaizen Gaming operates in Greece and Cyprus, featuring top Stoiximan Super League (Super League Greece)  footballers and the tagline “If you’re always in the game, then it’s not a game anymore,” garnered over one million views on YouTube and extensive media coverage, amplifying its significant success in raising awareness.

Pablo Puertas, Marketing Director of Kaizen Gaming, commented: “Winning twice at this year’s EGR Marketing and Innovation Awards is a fantastic recognition of the hard work and dedication of every single person at Kaizen Gaming. With an exciting summer of sports ahead and a growing number of fans embracing mobile-first entertainment, our team continues to set new standards in delivering the most trusted and exceptional sportsbook experiences available worldwide. Crucially, ensuring strict adherence to regulation and customer access to essential support and tools for responsible gambling will always be our top priority. Working with top sports stars in our awareness campaigns helps us to effectively communicate the importance of participating responsibly in betting activities.”

The EGR Marketing & Innovation Awards honour the most innovative and creative companies in the online gaming industry. Celebrating commercial success, game-changing innovation, exemplary customer service and marketing prowess, the awards highlight companies and individuals who have excelled in the last year.

Kaizen Gaming’s double win at this year’s awards builds on the company reaching new heights in the world of sport with it also becoming the first bookmaker to gain approved partner status for both UEFA EURO 2024™️, and CONMEBOL Copa America™️ 2024. The company also recently joined the English Premier League, with Betano becoming Aston Villa FC’s principal and front-of-shirt sponsor.

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Circusbet, a new bookmaker available in France

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This is the good surprise of this month of June 2024, CircusBet is a new bookmaker available in the French regulated market. Launched on June 5, CircusBet is now the 16th legal betting site in the country.

 

CircusBet is replacing BarrièreBet

Circusbet has obtained an ANJ (formerly ARJEL) license number, but it did not do this on his own. The bookmaker launched the website www.circusbet.fr in France using the existing license of BarrièreBet, another French betting platform, which had closed its doors on May 31st 2024. 

More and more bookmakers are using this method to enter highly regulated markets like France. We have already seen the cases of Vbet which shared its license number and Olybet which should arrive soon by taking over the license number of France Pari. We still don’t know at that stage what it will mean for former Barrière Bet players, if a welcome offer is ever available on CircusBet.

 

Circus already have some activities in France

Since 2018, Circus Casino France has operated the Briançon casino and recently strengthened its presence with the acquisition, on March 25, of the Vals-les-Bains casino in Ardèche. With this new acquisition, the group, owned by the Belgian company Gaming 1, now has six establishments in France. The group has great ambitions on the French market, particularly with its online betting site. Gaming1 is working with BetConstruct on this CircusBet project.

Gaming1 is most known for its flagship brand, Circus, which operates within the Belgian gambling and sports betting market. Gaming1 already has brands present in, on top of other regions in Europe such as Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. 

 

CircusBet online platform

As for the betting site from CircusBet, the bookmaker has chosen a dedicated TLD French domain circusbet.fr. For more details on CircusBet in France, you can go to the website lebonparisportif.com, a bookmaker comparator in France, who published a review of CircusBet (in French).

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Endorphina Launches Brand-new Game Tools: E-drops and Tournaments

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The top casino software provider, Endorphina, has just announced the launch of its two intriguing promotional tools, E-drops, and Tournaments.

The company explained E-drops as tools that inject excitement into the players’ gaming experience, functioning through dynamic Prize Drop actions, where random cash prizes will be unpredictably distributed from a diverse prize pool.

Endorphina laid out a few key benefits of this new tool, including additional excitement for players, instant gratification through immediate rewards, player retention, differentiation, and the attraction of new players to the online gaming platform.

Furthermore, Endorphina describes the tournament tool as structured competitive events allowing players to display their competitive side and use it to their advantage to win attractive prizes. With tournaments, players will compete against each other to achieve the highest score by playing selected slot games at a set time.

According to Endorphina, this tool brings many benefits, including increased engagement, revenue, and retention rates, promotion of new games, enhanced customer loyalty, and a competitive edge over the competition. However, the provider disclosed that Tournaments and E-drops availability may vary depending on the applicable jurisdiction.

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