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Fergal O’Brien gives update on Matchbook Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle contender, Benny’s Bridge

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Fergal O’Brien is looking forward to running Benny’s Bridge in the Matchbook Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle at Sandown Park this Saturday.

Last year, Matchbook doubled the bonus for any horse to win both Sandown’s Imperial Cup and any race the following week at the Cheltenham Festival from £50,000 to £100,000.

The bonus remains at £100,000 for this year in a bid to attract owners and trainers to Matchbook’s handicap hurdle, worth £75,000, on March 9 and persuade winning connections to go on to Prestbury Park. A total of 26 entries have been made for Saturday’s feature with a maximum field of 22 allowed.

Talking about the six-year-old gelding who was last seen when winning at Cheltenham on trials day, O’Brien said:

“Benny’s Bridge was very impressive in his first handicap at Cheltenham on trials day.

“He ran over two miles and it looked like a very good bit of placing but I can assure you there was an awful lot of luck involved!

O’Brien added:

“We were disappointed when he got beaten the time before at Market Rasen. The handicapper gave him a mark of 119 and he has gone up to 126 now and I think the handicapper has still been very fair with him. We are looking forward to running him at Sandown Park in the Imperial Cup.

Talking about Benny’s Bridge future plans, O’Brien said:

“If he runs well there (Sandown Park) we will see about Cheltenham and where he goes next. Sandown is his next mission and I think he will handle the track and he goes on any ground and is very versatile.

“The important thing with him is a fast run two miles, so hopefully he will get that, and he will run well.”

Speaking about the bonus, Matchbook’s CEO Mark Brosnan, said:

“We are excited to invest £100,000 in our continued commitment to British racing and support of The Jockey Club, doubling the previous bonus we brought back to the Imperial Cup in 2017.

“We look forward to seeing some Cheltenham contenders at Sandown Park on what is a fantastic day in the lead up to the festival.”

A bonus was first introduced in 1992 and was reinstated last year after the 2016 Imperial Cup was not sponsored.

The last horse to lift the bonus was David Pipe’s Gaspara, who took the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle three days after scoring at Sandown in 2007.

Confirmed entries for the Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle:
All Yours (FR), Ar Mest (FR), Benny’s Bridge (IRE), Blu Cavalier (GB), Call Me Lord (FR), Chti Balko (FR), Dream du Grand Val (FR), Extra Mag (FR), Fin And Game (IRE), First Flow (IRE), Flashing Glace (GB), Havana Hermano (IRE), Leoncavallo (IRE), Magic Dancer (GB), Malaya (FR), Monsieur Lecoq (FR), Our Merlin (GB), Prairie Town (IRE), Pyromaniac (IRE), Solomon Grey (FR), Sparkleandshine (IRE), Speredek (FR), Storm Rising (IRE), Totterdown (GB), West To The Bridge (IRE), Winston C (IRE)

About Sandown Park and Matchbook:
Sandown Park is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare. For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Matchbook is a peer-to-peer betting exchange designed for smart bettors who want better value, deeper liquidity and exceptional customer service. We’re not the alternative, we’re the difference.

Matchbook is licensed and regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Global Gaming to launch NanoCasino.com in Sweden in cooperation with Finnplay

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Global Gaming will be launching their new online casino, NanoCasino.com, in Sweden. The launch marks the first step in the cooperation between Global Gaming and Finnplay, announced last week, as well as being the first launch for Global Gaming on the Finnplay technology platform, which is licensed or approved for commercial use in the UK, Sweden, Malta, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia and Mexico.

NanoCasino will be operated by Finnplay’s subsidiary Viral Interactive Ltd., holder of a Swedish Gambling Authority licence for online gambling.

Tobias Fagerlund, Global Gaming’s CEO, said: “It’s a pleasure to launch NanoCasino with Finnplay as our partner. Both organizations are utterly professional, and we are certainly not wasting any time. I think the proof is in the fact that we have only just launched the cooperation last week but are already announcing the imminent launch in Sweden of a player experience that’s fully licensed, safe and secure.

“The cooperation is clearly already bearing fruit, and we look forward to future opportunities for growth. Our absolute focus is on being able to continue offering our players the best and safest possible gaming experience, in all markets we wish to operate in.”

Martin Prantner, Finnplay’s CEO, said: “Finnplay is excited to launch the first brand in partnership with Global Gaming, which will bring an enjoyable and safe gaming experience to the Swedish players in accordance with the regulation. Our new platform, TITAN, is built for socially responsible gaming and fulfilling the compliance requirements in regulated markets.”

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Dutch Games industry in the spotlight at gamescom 2019 as this year’s official partner country

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The Netherlands is the official partner country of 2019’s gamescom! Dutch Games Association will be hosting the tenth Holland Pavilion at gamescom this year, bringing a record number of Dutch delegates and presenting the Netherland’s newest projects to the world.

The Netherlands is the official partner country at gamescom this year!
This year, Dutch Games Association is proud to announce that the Netherlands is the official partner country for gamescom, the biggest European games expo. This means the Dutch games industry and its attendees will be in the spotlight worldwide. gamescom takes place in Cologne, Germany from August 20th to August 24th and is the most important event for game developers when it comes to sharing knowledge and expanding their network. The event combines B2B and B2C and attracts over 370,000 visitors from 114 countries.

It is also the 10th anniversary of the Holland Pavilion! It will not only be the largest Holland Pavilion so far to gamescom, but this year will also feature a record number of participants. A grand total of 30+ companies will present their games, services and products at gamescom.

DGA Chairman Horst Streck says “It’s an honour to be chosen as gamescom’s official partner country this year. For us in the Netherlands, being part of the games industry is about creativity and independence – finding new ways to push boundaries and come up with playful solutions both for entertainment products and serious games. There are hundreds of Dutch studios which embody these traits, along with a smaller core of large, internationally renowned companies. The Netherlands offers a healthy working climate with the ideal mix of freedom and support to allow studios to try new ideas.”.

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Betsoft partners with OGaming

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Deal will see innovative supplier’s games live across portfolio of brands

 

Industry-leading casino content developer Betsoft Gaming has signed an agreement with OGaming which will see its full portfolio of cutting-edge games live across the operator’s brands.

The OGaming Group, which currently has RioAposta live, is also launching EagleBet in the coming weeks, with a third brand to follow later this year. They will have access to Betsoft favourites, including recent smash hit slot games Spinfinity Man, Viking Voyage and Chillipop.

Today’s agreement with OGaming marks another significant step for Betsoft as it continues to expand globally, signing a series of strategic deals with other operators in recent months including Caliente in Mexico, Carousel in Belgium and international brand Bethard.

Francesca Raniolo, Sales Executive, Betsoft Gaming, said: “We are delighted to partner with OGaming, who are one of the industry’s most innovative, up-and-coming operator groups.

“We have made it a key point to expand in a number of growing markets, and this is yet another statement of intent from Betsoft.”

Thomas Golding, Chief Executive Officer at the OGaming group, said: “We are very pleased to be offering Betsoft games across our brands, as they have some of the most exciting content in the industry.

“We are always looking to add new, dynamic content that will enhance our customer experience, and Betsoft’s award-winning portfolio of immersive games will give our players some fantastic new titles to play.”

Betsoft won the Innovation in RNG Casino Software category at the annual EGR B2B Awards at the end of June. The company was named the winner as a result of its product development for their revolutionary release Max Quest: Wrath of Ra.

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