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Inside The Pocket (ITP), the world’s only free-to-play and pay-to-play (F2P & P2P) aggregation platform, has launched Pro Football Survivor, an exciting new F2P game that offers industry professionals a jaw-dropping $100k prize ($50k to the winner, and a further $50k to their nominated charity) ahead of the upcoming 2023/24 Pro Football season, which gets underway on 7 September.

Pro Football Survivor is aimed at engaging all businesspeople at the intersection of sports betting and business, media and igaming, alongside a wider ecosystem – from leagues to agencies, across hospitality providers, caterers and even restaurants.

The popular Survivor format simply asks all participants to pick a non-reusable team to win every week throughout the entire Regular Season and the Playoffs. This ease of play is the reason for its recognised acquisition and retention strengths around repeat visits and improved dwell-time (as players routinely return to check results and their respective standings against colleagues and friends on the leaderboard, which is settled and updated after each game day).

The competition rules are as follows:

  • Register at:
  • Each week during the Pro Football season and playoffs, you must pick the winner of a game.
  • You can only choose each team once throughout the entire season, including the playoffs and the Pro Football Championship game in Las Vegas.
  • Only the final results at the end of regulation time will count. If a game you select is tied at the end of regulation, the selection will be deemed to have lost, regardless of overtime.

The game is now open to entries and industry peer-to-peer sharing across an evolving landscape of diverse players and companies which represent a wide spectrum of commercial intersectionality. ITP continues to stand alone in the F2P and P2P content market in that, via a single integration, it opens up an entire market of 20+ free-to-play and pay-to-play content providers to satisfy sports and casino needs around the world, irrespective of the data environment.

Hussain Naqi, Founder and CEO of Inside The Pocket, said: “No matter what Al Pacino said in Any Given Sunday, it’s actually a game of inching along, surviving week-by-week, and outlasting your rivals. So, join us for Pro Football Survivor and stand a chance to win big while also supporting a great charitable cause! It’s a fun way to learn more about America’s favourite sport, or flex your bragging-rights if you know the game well. It takes under a minute each week, and hopefully you’ll be coming back every week to play!”

“We’ve launched Pro Football Survivor to help people understand how we’re different. And it’s a broad church out there whom we want to engage, shining a light on the wide-ranging solutions that our unique platform can provide when it comes to acquisition and retention.

“We’re focused on B2B clients, whether that’s in sports media, the betting and gaming space, the hospitality industry, the restaurant sector or any other party amongst a varied Venn Diagram of interconnectivity. At ITP, we want to house many new potential partners under this same roof, such is our platform’s ability to target specific recreational player-groups and fulfil nuanced acquisition and retention goals.

“At ITP, we don’t view the landscape merely in terms of games. Rather, we think about the space as an entire ecosystem and strategy which we specifically cultivate as a flexible and ever-evolving piece of content for an overlapping and interdependent chain of companies to whom we can now demonstrate the multifaceted solutions of ITP.

“We have content of our own. We have an aggregation layer where we’ll put competitors side-by-side. We offer best-in-class data deals. In short, our unique platform drives new levels in acquisition and retention through its multiplicity of games, bespoke localised strategies and a quick-fire integration which averages just under three weeks in duration. This allows our partners to plan globally but think locally, mitigating regulatory risk from the patchwork quilt of state-by-state regulation in North America to LatAm, Africa and APAC.

“Perhaps our biggest challenge is to make people understand that variety is our touchstone. You can’t just back one horse, lest it become a flogging horse. Instead, companies need to be rolling out a variety of different products. We want our registrants to come to see this Survivor game as a sticky and intuitive free-to-play product that reliably gets people coming back each week. It has that crucial repeat-engagement attribute where everyone can quickly see the value proposition.”

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Plaza Hotel & Casino to debut glittering new South Tower Guest Entrance, Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.




Committed to improving the guest experience, the Plaza Hotel & Casino has revamped its South Tower guest entry and will officially turn its lights on at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The new South Tower entry, accessible at Main Street and Carson Avenue, will be the Plaza’s primary entrance for guests arriving by personal vehicle, taxi, or ride share.

Earlier this summer, the Plaza’s Main Street Reimagination transformed its circular porte-cochere from a vehicular driveway into a pedestrian friendly, one-of-a-kind destination for gaming, drinks, and dining, with the centerpiece being Carousel Bar under the iconic dome. As a result, the Plaza redesigned its South Tower entrance into a glittering beacon for guests parking or being dropped off for hotel check in, trying their hand in the casino or downtown’s only bingo hall, going to a show, playing pickleball on the rooftop courts, or dining at Oscar’s steakhouse.

The new South Tower entrance was designed with a Beverly Hills inspiration paired with the Plaza’s red and gold colors for its columns and awning. The entrance offers a great backdrop for selfies with the Plaza’s iconic glittering light bulbs that similarly illuminate the dome portico for pedestrians on Main Street. The new entry also features an LED screen measuring 11 ft. x 8 ft. that will display digital art, welcome messages, and programmable greetings for groups and special events.

WHAT:           The Plaza Hotel & Casino lights its new South Tower entrance

WHERE:        Entrance is accessible via Main Street and Carson Avenue driveway

WHEN:          Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Celebration and illumination of the lights will occur at 7:30 p.m.

WHO:             The Plaza Hotel & Casino employees and guests; members of the media are welcome and should RSVP to amy@twgpr. com

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Pariplay® set for North American showcase with aggregation webinar




NeoGames S.A (Nasdaq: NGMS) subsidiary Pariplay®, the leading aggregator and content provider, is set to ramp up its preparation for G2E by hosting two webinars focused on the power of aggregation in North American markets.

Ran by VP of North America, Shivan Patel, and Ashley Bloor, Director of Partnerships, the discussion will look at how aggregation platforms can revolutionise North American gaming offerings, as well as how localised content developed by in-house, or boutique studios can gain cut through in the saturated market.

In addition, there will be insightful conversation regarding compliance, licences, and various ways aggregation offerings can assist with strategic expansion plans, by utilising local knowledge.


Shivan Patel, VP of North America at Pariplay®, said: “The potential of the North American market is still really only just being tapped, and with a number of major conferences coming up, not least G2E, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some of the insight we have gathered since being live in the continent.

“We can’t wait to explore the opportunities over the course of the two webinars, and look forward to the discussion.”

Ashley Bloor, Head of Partnerships at Pariplay, said: “Pariplay®’s aggregation platform offers us unique insight into operator successes, player preferences, and so much more, and we think this webinar series gives up the perfect opportunity to share our learnings and support the industry.

“From compliance to content, it touches on a number of key sections of the market, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to our webinar!”

The webinars will take place on Tuesday, 26th of September and Wednesday, 4th of October, at 4pm CET.


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MGCB Executive Director Meets with Flint City Officials to Discuss Ways to Combat Illegal Gaming




In an effort to combat illegal gaming activities, Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Henry Williams recently met with Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and State Rep. Cynthia Neeley (D-Flint) to discuss strategies to help deter and crack down on illegal gaming operations in the city.

During their August 29 conversation, the officials also talked about the impact of storefront casinos and illegal gaming on residents and how such establishments are a nuisance for the city, tarnishing the reputations of regulated, legitimate gaming establishments.

“As a regulator, it’s important to me to have face-to-face conversations with area leaders so that we can share our knowledge and gain a more comprehensive understanding of illegal gaming issues, especially from their local perspective. I look forward to working with Mayor Neeley on the city’s efforts to prevent individuals from reopening a place of business under a new name in a location that was previously cited for illegal gaming operation concerns, minimize risks to his community from such establishments, and help protect Flint residents from harm,” Williams said.

A week before the leaders’ meeting, the MGCB seized 50 gambling devices and $13,260 in suspected gambling proceeds on August 23 from an alleged illegal storefront casino that was operating under the name of The Flint Arcade, located at 3301 Corunna Road in Flint. Authorities had previously conducted a raid at the same location a year earlier, on Aug. 18, 2022, when the MGCB investigated suspected illegal gambling at The Cellular Vault. That search yielded 43 computers used for gambling and $2,572.48 in winnings and gambling proceeds.

“It is important to protect the Flint community from predatory illegal gaming operations, and I thank Director Williams for his continued partnership in this effort. These unwelcome operations threaten public safety by creating environments where other criminal activity can thrive,” Mayor Neeley said.

“By working together to implement comprehensive measures — from strengthening laws and regulatory frameworks to raising awareness about the issue of illegal gaming machines — we can help reduce the prevalence of illegal gaming in our communities. I look forward to continuing this conversation with MGCB Executive Director Williams and appreciate the time he took to visit Flint and discuss this important issue, and I will do what I can to help advance any necessary changes to the law in my capacity serving with the Michigan Legislature,” Rep. Neeley said.

Unlicensed casinos, unauthorized online gambling platforms, underground sports-betting operations, or any other form of wagering that is not regulated by the MGCB are all considered forms of illegal gaming. As a result of MGCB investigations from January 2015 through July 2023, a total of 1195 illegal machines and $470,401.98 have been seized. Additionally, since November 2022, 48 locations have received cease-and-desist letters involving 105 illegal machines.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Mayor Neeley and Rep. Neeley in Flint and to share information with him about how the MGCB can assist with investigations and raids on alleged illegal gaming operations. Illegal gaming is a widespread problem that is not unique to Michigan, but we are prepared to act and will hold bad actors accountable who are caught breaking the law. The agency is committed to fighting illegal online gaming, pop-up illegal casinos, and the proliferation of illegal gaming machines in gas stations, bars, and other locally owned establishments — and I look forward to seeing what the Michigan Legislature can do to help us with these issues,” said Williams, who was recently selected as a finalist in the Regulator of the Year category of the 2023 American Gambling Awards.

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