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CHIEFS RETURN TO FAVORITE STATUS AFTER WILD WEEKEND

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The Kansas City Chiefs are poised to return to the Super Bowl for the third straight season and have reclaimed their preseason spot as favorites following a wild Divisional Weekend, according to analysts TheLines, which tracks odds in the U.S. regulated sports betting market.

The championship games are set after one of the wildest weekends in NFL Playoffs history. The Kansas City Chiefs will play host to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game on Sunday with the Chiefs opening Sunday night as 6.5 favorites, according to a consensus of the nation’s largest legal online sportsbooks — including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars, and PointsBet. The over/under opened at 53.5 points.

In the NFC title game, the Los Angeles Rams opened at -3.5 over the San Francisco 49ers with a total of 46.5 points in a rematch of a Week 18 game in which San Francisco won to qualify for the playoffs.

Last week, TheLines noted the historic nature of the odds — the Divisional Weekend showed a combined point spread of just 14 points in the four games. Historical data showed that it was the second-lowest combined points in history.

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The tight matchups played out in historic fashion — the road team, all underdogs, won the first three games and did it in similar fashion: kicking a walk-off field goal as time expired. The final game saw four lead changes in the final minutes between Kansas City and Buffalo, before the Chiefs prevailed in overtime.

“The wild nature of the Divisional Weekend will likely carry over to the Conference Championship weekend,” said Brett Collson, lead analyst for TheLines.com. “With Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers now out of the playoffs, the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes return to their preseason position as Super Bowl favorites. But as these playoffs have shown, anything can happen.”

Kansas City opened the season as the preseason Super Bowl favorite at +400. Following the Divisional Weekend, Kansas City moved from +400 at this time last week to +120 heading into this weekend

The Rams are in the NFC Conference Championship for just the second time since 2001. They won the NFC during the 2018 season before losing to Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. They trail the Chiefs on the Super Bowl favorites list at +200 after opening the year at +1500.

San Francisco pulled off back-to-back underdog wins in beating the Dallas Cowboys and a stunning upset of Green Bay. The 49ers are now +450 to win the Super Bowl after opening the season at +1400.

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The Bengals knocked off the AFC’s top seeded Tennessee Titans to advance to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1988. Cincinnati is now one win away from just their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The Bengals opened the year as +15000 longshots for the Super Bowl title, but are now a consensus +800.

The current odds for each playoff team to win Super Bowl LVI as of Jan. 23 (with preseason odds):

  • Kansas City Chiefs +120 (+500)
  • Los Angeles Rams +200 (+1500)
  • San Francisco 49ers +450 (+1400)
  • Cincinnati Bengals +800 (+15000)

The consensus point spreads for the Conference Championship Weekend, as of Jan. 23:

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5); over/under 53.5
  • San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-3.5); over/under 46.5

To access updated NFL playoff lines and Super Bowl odds, and for more analysis, visit TheLines.com/odds/nfl-playoffs.

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ComOps Accelerates Employee Experience Solutions, in Partnership with Medallia

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Utilizing Actionable Insights to Redefine the Future of Employee Experience 

ComOps, a leading customer experience (CX) and professional service solutions provider for the hospitality and casino industries, today unveiled its accelerated Employee Experience (EX) Solutions in partnership with Medallia, a pioneer in experience management. This collaboration is poised to transform employee feedback, a crucial yet frequently underestimated asset for improving a company. By harnessing employee insights, organizations can streamline operations to foster a more productive and satisfied workforce.

The partnership with Medallia enables ComOps to integrate Medallia’s advanced experience management platform into its suite of services, providing clients with unparalleled insights into employee satisfaction and engagement. Drawing on ComOps’ strong foundation in EX, the program includes a suite of services from implementation to program management to advisory services. Notably, the EX surveys feature a transparent, tiered structure based on the number of employees, ensuring flexibility and scalability for organizations of all sizes.

“We are thrilled to partner with Medallia to bring these innovative solutions to our clients,” said Robert Levine, CEO of ComOps. “Our combined expertise will allow us to deliver actionable insights that drive meaningful change, improve employee engagement, and boost operational efficiency. When you realize that less than half of organizations quickly take action based on employee feedback, this presents an enormous opportunity to build employee trust and foster innovation.”

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George Polyard, Vice President of Customer Experience at ComOps, added, “Emphasizing Employee Experience has been shown to boost employee satisfaction, reduce turnover, and improve retention rates. Additionally, research indicates that satisfied employees are more inclined to deliver superior service, an essential factor for industries heavily dependent on customer service.”

The new Employee Experience Solutions by ComOps are designed to address the unique challenges faced by various industries, including hospitality, healthcare, and commercial operations. By leveraging Medallia’s powerful analytics and ComOps’ strategic expertise, organizations can expect to see notable improvements in employee retention, productivity, and overall workplace satisfaction.

ComOps is officially unveiling the Employee Experience Solutions at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), the world’s largest, longest-running hospitality technology event, June 24-27, 2024. Attendees can stop by ComOps at Booth #817 for more information.

 

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Red Rake Gaming Partners with DraftKings in the U.S.

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Red Rake Gaming Partners with DraftKings in the U.S.

 

Red Rake Gaming, a prominent developer of high-quality online casino content, is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with DraftKings, a leading name in the U.S. sports betting and online gaming industry.

This landmark agreement will see Red Rake Gaming’s innovative and engaging casino games integrated into DraftKings’ platform, offering their extensive player base access to a rich selection of top-performing titles.

The partnership will initially focus on key states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania including Ontario in Canada, where Red Rake Gaming aims to establish a strong presence and contribute to the vibrant online gaming markets. This collaboration is a significant step in Red Rake Gaming’s broader North American expansion strategy, highlighting its commitment to delivering exceptional gaming experiences to American and Canadian players.

“We are thrilled to partner with DraftKings, a true leader in the U.S. online gaming sector,” said Nick Barr, Managing Director of Red Rake Gaming Malta. “DraftKings’ extensive reach and dedicated player base provide a fantastic platform for us to showcase our innovative games. We are confident that our diverse range of content will resonate well with DraftKings’ players and enhance their gaming experience.”

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This collaboration with DraftKings is one of several strategic alliances that Red Rake Gaming has planned as part of its entry into the U.S. markets of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. By partnering with leading operators in these states, Red Rake Gaming aims to replicate its European success and deliver its captivating gaming experiences to a new audience.

Players across these states can anticipate an influx of engaging and innovative games, characterized by Red Rake Gaming’s trademark high-quality graphics, unique game mechanics, and player-centric features. As Red Rake Gaming continues to expand its footprint in the U.S., it remains committed to pushing the boundaries of online casino gaming and setting new standards in player entertainment.

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BetMGM Ranked #16 on Fortune Media and Great Place To Work’s 2024 Fortune Best Workplaces in Metro New York

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BetMGM announced that Great Place To Work and Fortune magazine have recognized the operator as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in New York. The leading sports betting and iGaming operator landed at No.16 and secured the spot on the prestigious list by surpassing rigorous benchmarks, establishing itself as one of the best workplaces among companies headquartered in the New York region. About 92% of employees surveyed said that BetMGM is a great place to work, 35% points higher than the average U.S. company.

“Landing on this prestigious list is a reflection of BetMGM’s ongoing commitment to fostering a great work environment. I am honored to lead an organization filled with dedicated and talented employees who have created a place where people feel welcomed and supported,” Adam Greenblatt, CEO of BetMGM, said.

To determine the Fortune Best Workplaces in New York List, Great Place To Work collected nearly 140,000 confidential survey responses from employees at eligible companies. Via the Trust Index Survey, employees shared honest feedback about their experience by responding to 60 statements about the employee experience and answering two open-ended questions. To be eligible for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified and headquartered in the New York region.

Some other figures from the survey revealed that 96% of BetMGM employees were made to feel welcome when they joined the company and 94% of employees surveyed are proud to tell others that they work at BetMGM.

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“Congratulations to the Best Workplaces in New York. As the business landscape is disrupted — from AI, global conflict, and market pressure — companies who have built a reservoir of trust with their employees will be more resilient and, ultimately, more successful,” Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place To Work, said.

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