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Altenar obtained Gold certificate

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Why official data is worth the investment
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Sports data is a hot topic at the moment given the opening up of the US sports betting market. Leagues such as the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball have been quick to make sure they receive some of the benefit of the repeal of PASPA by signing deals to provide betting data.

All indications so far point to sporting bodies and indeed many regulators being eager to make sure licensed sportsbooks use only this type of ‘official’ data as the market opens up.

But while it may be Stateside it’s getting a lot of attention right now, sports data has also been under the spotlight in Europe in recent years.

There has been a significant debate over data rights due to integrity issues in some sports, and some software providers have also faced legal action over the unauthorised use of data.

For these reasons, sportsbook software provider Altenar says it isn’t taking any risks when it comes to the data it provides its clients.

It has recently reaffirmed its commitment to providing official data, having been awarded Gold Certified status by sports data provider Betradar for the second time.

The company has been working with Betradar since 2011 and first became a Gold Certified partner in 2017. In December last year it passed another review, meaning its Gold status is now in place until the end of 2020.

Altenar’s chief operating officer Dinos Stranomitis says Betradar’s sports betting feeds are a “must have” for the company.

“Betradar is the leader in sports betting feeds and obtains data from recognised sources with proper quality assurance,” he explains.

“Betradar has quality data from reliable sources. Those sources are leagues or tournament organisers, or scouters in the venue wherever permitted, who transmit real-time data, as well as media sources such as TV.”

While official data comes at a price, Stranomitis says its value cannot be underestimated. “The process of acquiring data definitely requires significant effort and cost, especially if the source used is what we call in our industry ‘first-hand’ and is under quality assurance surveillance in order to avoid any type of error.”

Stranomitis says operators looking for a software partner should think carefully before signing up with any provider whose data sources are less robust. “Who wants to use unreliable, scraping over the web data in a business that involves millions of euros of investment?”

It seems a large number of sportsbooks agree, judging by the growing roster of clients signing up with Altenar. After rapid growth over the last three years, it now has more than 20 partners using its sports betting solution.

These include Winbet in Bulgaria, Red Sevens in Romania, BetRebels in Greece, Wplay in Colombia and Betbiga in Nigeria.

With the increasing preference among players for in-play betting in established online betting markets now spreading to emerging markets, the advantage of having immediate and official sporting results is only going to become more important in the betting industry.

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Playtech launches digital sportsbook with Mansion

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Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company, announces the signing of an agreement to provide online gambling giant, Mansion, with its digital sportsbook product for their flagship brand, Casino.com.

The agreement further strengthens the long-term relationship between Playtech and Mansion, following the five-year partnership extension agreed in January. This will see Mansion add Playtech’s sportsbook product to its successful gaming portfolio, as well as Playtech’s innovative Virtual Sports offering, which features 3D animation for popular ball and racing sports.

The second phase of the launch will see the sportsbook product extended to the MansionCasino brand later in the year.

Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer at Playtech, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Mansion in their position as market leaders. This is a further step in the evolution of our strong long-term partnership, and we are excited to be part of their growth. Together, we can support them in delivering an even more personalised, responsible player experience, and look forward to seeing continued success across markets in the coming years.”

Karel Manasco, Chief Executive Officer at Mansion, said: “We are very excited to grow our long-standing partnership with Playtech, their proven expertise enables us to offer the ultimate experience for our players. The addition of their digital sportsbook will provide our customers with a seamless, multi-gaming platform; the very best in online gaming, all under one roof.

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BOSS. Gaming Solutions welcomes another leading games provider, BOOMING GAMES!

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BOSS. Gaming Solutions welcomes another leading games provider, BOOMING GAMES!
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BOSS. Gaming Solutions, a well-known software developer, platform provider and also multiple casino brand owner has recently announced a content collaboration with BOOMING GAMES, a leading provider for the gaming industry.

This agreement gives BOSS. Gaming Solutions platform and its online casino customers access to the fantastic and modern BOOMING GAMES slots. The amazing BOSS. Gaming Solutions’ library will now be complemented by exciting titles such as Gold Vein, Booming Seven Deluxe, VIP Filthy Riches and other games that all provide rich rewards and special features.

On the BOSS. Gaming Solutions platform, players can enjoy the option of trying out games on demo mode and getting used to the games that are offered, this will give them an all-round understanding of what exactly is on offer from some of the best providers in the industry at bosscasino.com and bootleggercasino.com, before playing for real money. Apart from slots and video slots, they also offer some other popular games in the online world today such as: video poker, casual and table games, scratch cards and many other popular titles from leading suppliers.

The large variety of games is available for partner operators through a single API. Along with this announcement of cooperation, you can already find the BOOMING GAMES slots on the Platform library. BOSS. Gaming Solutions strive to introduce new partners and their high-quality products to customers as quickly as possible so that players can immediately enjoy the latest titles and enjoy an exciting gaming experience.

Jeff Letlat, CEO at BOSS. Gaming Solutions said “Booming Games are exceptional and we are enthusiastic about the positive impact they will have on bosscasino.com and bootleggercasino.com.”

Frederik Niehusen, CCO at BOOMING GAMES added “We are excited to partner with BOSS. Gaming Solutions and see our flagship games available to the players across all their brands. Teaming up with a leading player like BOSS. Gaming Solutions is a further strong addition to our client network. We are looking forward to a successful partnership.”

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Playtech and Stoiximan/Betano launch industry-first Live Cashback Blackjack

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Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company, has partnered with Stoiximan/Betano, the leading Greek operator and one of the fastest growing in Europe, to launch an exclusive new scalable Live Blackjack variant, Cashback Blackjack Live.

Previously available as an RNG game, the new scalable Live Cashback Blackjack variant is an eight-deck game open to an unlimited number of players. In this game, players can choose to “cash out” during any action round instead of taking an action, placing a dynamically determined cashback amount depending on the round. Continuing the All bets Blackjack line, Six different side bet options are available to players and add to the excitement. This unique scalable Blackjack variant is the recent addition to the growing portfolio of scalable Blackjack games available from Playtech live and marks the fifth variant after Unlimited Blackjack, Quantum Blackjack, All bets Blackjack and the recent Majority Rules Speed Blackjack.

Stoiximan/Betano chose to work directly with Playtech to produce the industry-first live dealer version of Cashback Blackjack, adding a new collaborative dimension to an already successful relationship.

 

About the game

Players begin by placing their main bet, plus any additional side bets.

Six different side bets are on offer: 21+3, Buster Blackjack, Dealer Pair, Lucky Lucky, Player Pair and Top 3. Buster Blackjack (dealer’s hand) has the biggest win potential – a result of 8+ cards and player’s Blackjack pays out at 2000:1.

In the action rounds, players have five choices – Cashback, Hit, Stand, Double or Split. If a player chooses to Split during an action round, Cashback is offered for both hands. If a player chooses to Double, Cashback is not offered. The Cashback amount is calculated based on the cards on the table and may change for each action round. Cashback only applies to the main bet, with side bets resolved and paid out separately.

Edo Haitin, CEO, Playtech Live, comments: “The development of Cashback Blackjack Live has been a truly collaborative effort, and takes our partnership with Stoiximan/Betano to a new level. Stoiximan/Betano is already one of the leading operators in the Greek market, and we’re committed to working closely with them to not only build on this position, but also extend that success into further territories.

“Thanks to a fantastic initiative from our friends at Stoiximan/Betano group and a great effort from the development teams on both sides, we’ve been able to deliver a dynamic new experience for players in record time, which emphasizes our strategy of equipping our partners with scalable dedicated solutions while still providing players with a fun and personal game experience. The Cashback concept is of course well-established in Sports betting, so we’re very interested to see how players will respond to it in a Live Casino setting, where there’s interaction with a dealer and other players. We’re confident players will find Cashback Blackjack Live a highly engaging experience”.

Christos Mavridis, Live Casino Manager at Stoiximan/Betano adds: “Product innovation, wide game offer and an optimum customer experience have always been among our priorities at Stoiximan/Betano. We’ve already seen a fantastic response to Cashback Blackjack as an RNG game, so are very much looking forward to delivering a new experience for our players with the first Live version. Having worked closely with Playtech for some time now, we were well aware of their track record in producing innovative new content and game variants. As such we felt they were the ideal partner for the development of Cashback Blackjack Live, and we’re sure our players will be just as impressed with the finished product as we are”.

 

About Playtech:

Founded in 1999 and premium listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech is a technology leader in the gambling and financial trading industries.

Playtech is the gambling industry’s leading technology company, delivering business intelligence-driven gambling software, services, content and platform technology across the industry’s most popular product verticals, including casino, live casino, sports betting, virtual sports, bingo and poker. It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling technology through its integrated platform technology, Playtech ONE. Playtech ONE delivers data-driven marketing expertise, single wallet functionality, CRM and responsible gambling solutions across one single platform across product verticals and across retail and online.

Playtech partners with and invests in the leading brands in regulated and newly regulated markets to deliver its data-driven gambling technology across the retail and online value chain. Playtech provides its technology on a B2B basis to the industry’s leading retail and online operators, land-based casino groups and government sponsored entities such as lotteries. As of June 2018, through the acquisition of Snaitech, Playtech directly owns and operates the leading sports betting and gaming brand in online and retail in Italy, Snai. Snaitech operates a B2B2C model as a service provider, allowing franchisees to utilise the Playtech technology stack in the retail environment while operating the leading brand, Snai, directly online as a B2C business.

Playtech’s Financials Division, named TradeTech Group, is a technology leader in the CFD and financial trading industry and operates both on a B2B and B2C basis.

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