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SIS secures exclusive Czech and Hungarian racing deals

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Leading supplier becomes sole live pictures and data distributor of Czech and Hungary’s biggest horse racing events

SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services, has further expanded its horse racing portfolio having signed agreements with LAB representing Czech racing and Kincsem Park, the home of Hungarian racing, to become the exclusive distributor of live pictures and data of Czech and Hungarian horse races.

As part of these new deals, SIS will broadcast at least 300 races across the year from four of the biggest racecourses in the Czech Republic – Prague, Most, Pardubice, and Karlovy Vary, and 265 races a year from Hungary’s Kincsem Park.

The exclusive rights package includes some of Eastern Europe’s most high-profile races, including the world famous Velká Pardubická on 11th October.

The races will be made available to SIS’s operator partners as part of its international retail channels, as well as its 24/7 Live Horse Racing Channels and 24/7 Live Horse & Greyhound Channels, which provide a betting event every three minutes.

These latest deals further enhance SIS’s market-leading portfolio of international racing, with now over 30,000 races from 6 continents including racing from UK, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Dubai, Germany, Singapore, and the US.

William Morris, Head of International Horse Racing at SIS, said: “Securing the exclusive rights to deliver live pictures and data for horse racing in the Czech Republic and Hungary is a boost to our international offering.

“These additional races further enhance our 24/7 racing service, providing even more quality betting opportunities throughout the day, regardless of time zone, with content that will appeal to bettors, and help drive turnover for operators.”

Vicki Gibbins, Operations and Sales Director at LAB, said: “SIS has an established reputation for distributing live racing to operators all around the world and it made strategic sense for us to partner with them.

“Many bettors will be aware of our world-famous race, Velka Pardubicka and we are excited that thanks to this deal with SIS more bettors from all over the world will be able to enjoy and wager on it.”

Istvan Pecsi, Managing Director at Kincsem Park, said: “Working with a market leader like SIS will help raise the profile of Hungarian racing around the world.

“Through this new exclusive deal, we are sure that more people than ever before will be able to see the exciting action from our racecourses.”

 

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RTSmunity strengthen their position on the european market with forBET partnership

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RTSmunity, esports odds and trading provider, continue their expansion on european betting market with new partnership. The new cooperation with polish sportsbook operator forBET comes in a time where many major sports are facing problems, and esports are working as a stable stream of revenue. Customers of forBET will now be able to experience the top esports offer, improved in every measurable aspect – number of markets, uptime, odds.

The partnership between RTSmunity and forBET confirms the strategy that RTSmunity outlined earlier this year, which is continuous expansion on the european market, combined with new partnerships in the US and LatAm region. With many sportsbook operators looking to esports in a new new perspective, forBET demonstrated ability to be fast and agile company, by quickly enhancing their esports betting offer through RTSmunity odds feed.

Pavol Krasnovský, CEO of RTSmunity, said: We are very happy to start a new partnership with forBET. They have been able to succeed in very competitive betting market in Poland, and bringing their esports offer to the top level is the obvious step forward. We are very confident in our solution, and we have demonstrated that we are able to make esports a growing stream of revenue for sportsbook operators.

Petr Pacinek, General Director of forBET, said: The cooperation we have just started is a clear signal of the way we have chosen – continuous improvement of our offer, in order to support growth of our market share. Esports betting is still a developing industry, but already very competitive, and you can’t succeed without having the best offer. That’s why we have chosen RTSmunity to be our new partner, and we count on them to bring us to the top.

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German States in Discussion Over Possible Transition Period for iGaming

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Several German states are in discussions over a potential transition period that could allow operators to continue offering online casino products until the vertical is legalised from July 2021.

The exact nature of the discussions and whether this would allow operators to provide online casino without any sort of restriction, is as yet unclear, with reports telling that they do not want to pre-empt the talks.

“The federal states are currently coordinating the extent to which enforcement measures against illegal gambling can be effectively implemented in the transition phase,” a spokesperson for the state government of Nordrhein-Westfalen said.

While other states are yet to respond to requests for comment, local media reports that the chancelleries in Bavaria, Hamburg and Berlin are also involved in the discussions.

The discussions are playing out ahead of the implementation of the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStV) from 1 July 2021. This revised regulatory model, which is currently subject to a standstill period as it is considered by the European Commission, expands the online market beyond sports betting for the first time.

From July next year, online casino and poker will be regulated, albeit under strict conditions, such as a €1 per spin cap on slot stakes, and table games licences restricted to the number of land-based casinos in each state.

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Illegal Gambling on the Rise in Austria

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The Austrian Financial Police have carried out a total of 278 inspections on suspected black market gambling venues since January, resulting in the confiscation of over 660 gaming machines. Over half of the seized machines were found in Vienna, the capital city of Austria.

In a statement issued on July 28, Austria’s financial police set out the progress it has made this year towards a reduction in illegal gambling in the country. It made clear that the majority of illegal gambling activity is taking place in larger urban centres such as Vienna and Linz.

In rural areas, illegal gambling has been largely reduced – for example, in the states of Burgenland, Styria and Vorarlberg combined, only two devices have been found since January.

“I congratulate the colleagues from the financial police on these remarkable successes. Illegal gambling is now concentrated in the metropolitan areas and – thanks to the excellent work of the financial police – is no longer active across the country,” Austria’s finance minister Gernot Blümel said.

“The fight against organised illegal gambling will of course continue to protect players. The ‘gambling mafia’ benefits from peoples addiction and destroys their finances, so we must show absolutely no tolerance here,” he added.

Finance minister Blümel called this year for the creation of an independent gambling regulator for Austria, taking responsibility for the activity away from the treasury.

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