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Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons praises the courage, kindness and vision of YGAM founders on tenth anniversary of tragic loss

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Dame Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has praised the work of YGAM co-founders Anne and Keith Evans, congratulating them for their unstinting commitment to help improve awareness of gambling and gaming related harms.

After suffering for over two decades with a gambling addiction, Anne Evans’ son Alan tragically committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.  Since then, Anne has worked tirelessly to help educate others on the potential consequences that gambling and gaming can have, co-founding the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) a national charity which is now collaboratively delivering a £10 million national education program which aims to reach over 3 million young people.

Speaking on the tenth anniversary of Alan’s death, Rosie Winterton, who served as a Minister in the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “It has been an absolute honour to have worked with Anne and Keith over recent years. I have so much admiration for their bravery in the face of personal tragedy and their commitment to helping others is incredibly inspiring.

“Anne and Keith are very wonderful people whose kindness and concern for others is a beacon of light.  I strongly believe that their work shaping the magnificent YGAM charity, which safeguards young people from gambling and gaming-related harm, will have saved lives and I am very proud to count them as friends.”

Reflecting on the past decade, 86-year old Anne, who in 2016 was nominated to receive an NHS National Award for Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am determined to make sure other mothers and families do not have to experience the hurt that I did.  I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has listened, supported, and hugged me over the past 10 years. You have helped make a mother very proud.”

YGAM’s chief executive, Lee Willows, added: “Anne and Keith Evans have been involved in YGAM from the very start and have seen the charity grow, develop and mature to where it is today. I see the grief Anne, Keith and the family still experience ten years on and take great pride and comfort that we are collectively using our experience in a positive way, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including many from the gaming and gambling industries, to work collaboratively in order to minimise harms.  Anne, Keith, Alan and the wider family are always at the forefront of our minds and are consistently remembered in everything we do.”

 

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BF Games partners with Crocobet in Georgia

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Creative development studio BF Games has signed a deal with Crocobet to offer its entire portfolio of casino content to the leading operator in Georgia.

The deal gives Crocobet access to BF Games’ entire slots portfolio, including classic hits such as Book of Gods, Stunning Hot, Crystal Mania, Hot Classic and Bonnie & Clyde, as well as newly-released summer title Hot Sunrise.

Crocobet is a well-established local operator in Georgia, offering its customers a wide range of casino and slot games as well as a complete sportsbook.

The agreement will see BF Games further expand its footprint in Georgia where it is already live with local operator Adjarabet, and will provide Crocobet with a portfolio of exiting new content, suitable for all player preferences.

Claudia Melcaru, Head of Business Development at BF Games, said: “Our games have been proven popular with players in Georgia and we are thrilled to add yet another leading operator to our list of local partners.

“We continue to expand our portfolio with exciting titles that appeal to a wide demographic of players and we look forward to offering our games to Crocobet’s customer base.”

Giorgi Barnabishvili, co-owner at Crocobet, said: By partnering with BF Games we will enhance our offering and further cement our position as a leading operator in the market. We look forward to a fruitful partnership.”  

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BetMGM signs with PGA TOUR as an Official Betting Operator

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The PGA TOUR announced that BetMGM has signed a multi-year content and marketing relationship to become an Official Betting Operator of the PGA TOUR.

By joining the TOUR’s Official Betting Operator program, BetMGM will have rights in the United States to use PGA TOUR marks, rights to advertise within TOUR media and TOUR partner platforms, plus content and video rights allowing BetMGM Sportsbook platforms to create pre-game and post-game betting programming, as well as distribution of highlights to users who have placed bets.

“BetMGM is part of a premium brand that is deeply connected to golf through sponsorship of various PGA TOUR players and tournaments,” said Norb Gambuzza, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Media and Gaming. “Through the power of the BetMGM brand and resources, this new relationship will help accelerate our sports betting strategy, and enable the TOUR to reach new fans and further engage current fans who enjoy betting on golf.”

The PGA TOUR is one of the most popular offerings on BetMGM’s platform. Currently available for download on iOS and Android, the BetMGM mobile app offers the latest betting odds, enhanced offers and multiple betting formats, from money line and point spread bets to parlays and futures. BetMGM is currently licensed for sports betting in seven states including ColoradoIndianaMichiganMississippiNew JerseyNevada as well as West Virginia, and has plans to be in eleven states by the end of 2020.

Matt Prevost, BetMGM Chief Marketing Officer said, “We look forward to working with the PGA TOUR to integrate great experiences for BetMGM customers. BetMGM’s advanced betting technology, combined with the PGA TOUR’s world-class competitions and iconic players, will not only advance the TOUR’s position at the forefront of professional sports, but the entire betting industry as well.”

BetMGM has access to existing sponsor relationships with several members of the PGA TOUR, including Max HomaJimmy WalkerKevin NaPat PerezRyan MooreJoel Dahmen and Boo Weekley.

Following the Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, the TOUR instituted an integrity program in collaboration with Genius Sports to protect its competitions from betting-related corruption. Later that year, the TOUR announced a global partnership with IMG ARENA to license its official, live scoring data to betting operators all over the world.

The PGA TOUR is a Platinum Member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, committed to industry-leading responsible gaming practices.

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Playtech Poker and Casino content now live with Enlabs

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Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company, has welcomed Enlabs brands Optibet.lv and BestPoker.com to the Playtech iPoker network – the leading poker network in the world.

At a time where Poker as a vertical is evolving in line with market challenges, Playtech is continuing to develop and expand the iPoker network. This new partnership sees Playtech enter the Latvian poker market, in line with Playtech’s wider strategy to focus on growth in regulated markets worldwide. The iPoker network offers an excellent liquidity pool, backed by premium software and services developed to comply with regulatory requirements in multiple jurisdictions.

The new partnership will bring not only Playtech’s award winning Poker product to Enlabs customers, but also Playtech’s industry leading Casino content including access to Playtech’s extensive offering of branded titles such as Justice League and the Sporting Legends Suite.

Maksims Gorbacs, Head of Poker at Enlabs said: “We’re delighted to expand our Poker and Casino offering with Playtech and bring its industry leading content to our customers. Playtech’s scale and innovation are powerful tools when looking to deliver the best player experience in growing and established markets alike. We look forward to developing this partnership further as we continue to grow our content offering.”

Marat Koss, Head of Poker at Playtech said: “We’re truly excited to partner with Enlabs and welcome Optibet and BestPoker to the iPoker network. The Poker market is facing undeniable challenges, but at Playtech, we’re continuing to invest in expanding and evolving our software and network to address the future head-on. Our active development of new products and expansion into new markets demonstrates Playtech’s commitment to the Poker vertical. We are joining forces with a very professional and experienced Poker team led by Maksims Gorbacs and I have no doubt that this partnership will be fruitful and productive”.

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