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TAPPP and BetMGM Announce Expansion of Gift Card Distribution Network

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TAPPP, a New York-based technology and marketing company focused on customer acquisition and flexible consumer payment platforms, and BetMGM, a leading sports-betting and iGaming operator, announced an expansion of BetMGM’s gift card distribution network. The number of stores carrying BetMGM prepaid cards will roughly double from around 6000 to more than 12,000 in the current quarter.

BetMGM’s partnership with TAPPP launched in September 2021, attracting a vast group of new customers, and providing existing customers with a fast, flexible option to fund their BetMGM accounts in states in which sports betting is legal. Since its inception, the BetMGM gift card business has experienced an industry-leading redemption rate of 99%, with nearly 75% of customers redeeming their purchases within just 2 hours.

“The launch of our prepaid sports betting card business has exceeded all expectations, and we are looking forward to even greater success as legal sports betting continues to enter new markets across the country. The program’s expansion this quarter is the latest phase of our continued successful partnership with TAPPP to provide customers with an easy and responsible way to fund their BetMGM accounts,” Matt Prevost, Chief Revenue Officer of BetMGM, said.

BetMGM gift cards are now available in 12 states, including the recent debuts in New York and Pennsylvania and upcoming launches in Wyoming and Mississippi. This quarter’s expansion will push the distribution network further into the grocery segment, a vastly underutilized retail space in sports betting prepaid cards, and within big box/home improvement retailers.

TAPPP’s API-driven platform provides real-time redemption data which helps to drive BetMGM’s marketing and acquisition campaigns. Further, TAPPP provides BetMGM with strategic support, payment servicing, and sales analytics all of which help drive sales and customer retention.

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American themed slots are increasingly popular

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​​The stars and stripes, the land of the free, the magic of Hollywood and the aura of the Super Bowl. America has always enthralled and provided a sense of optimism and a clean, bright future for those who emigrate there. As the standard-bearer of all forms of culture over the last century and more, America has also been home to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, and with that the onslaught of popularity that the slot machine had on the general public! With that in mind, how does the modern online slots stack up with the American dream? Are there many American themed slots for you to play at your favourite online casino?

The answer is yes, of course there is! We’ve put together a list of some of the finest American themed online slots for you to play, hot dog in hand and a game of baseball on the telly. 

 

Liberty 7

Freedom is one of the key concepts of America as an ideal. The national flag is synonymous with this, and that is seen through the themes and design of the Liberty 7 online video slot. It brings you the classic casino atmosphere that has the air of old-school gambling but within the modern format of an online casino. The colour scheme is red, white and blue, of course, and the rewards are super-sized. This is a reproduction of a classic slot machine, with flashing buttons, a lever for you to spin the reels and a casino in the background. You could be in Vegas! The rules are simple, a classic 3-reel setup and a single star-spangled paytable. It is a simple game that evokes the classic American casino. 

 

Bars and Stripes

A popular video slot with a 25-payline. There are a whole host of American symbols on show, with plenty of food and drink symbols too. The wild multiplier in this online slot is the Bars and Stripes logo, and there are also football and hat icons that are the scatters of the game. When you get 3 or more hat icons the Hat bonus game is activated where you can win big. The RTP is 95.50% and with the autoplay feature you can sit back and enjoy racking up the wins on this big American-themed online slot. 

 

American Treasures

What’s more American than the Wild West frontier? This incredible online slot also has a soundtrack that makes you feel like you’ve just swung the doors open to walk into a saloon, with the punters inside all going quiet and turning to stare at you, a few twitchy hands on pistols in the corner to be aware of! The RTP on this slot is 95.93% and the features along with the theme and design are quite quirky when compared with other online slots of today. It is laid back with the saloon score and the dustbowl sands in the background. It is a simple, five-reel slot with 20 fixed win lines playing from left to right. To up the ante with the American feel, there is a firework celebration and a freedom bonus when the Patriotic colossal symbols fill the screen. Apple pie scatters provide that sweetness you’re looking for too! 

 

Evel Knievel

A 95.01% RTP game with low volatility, 50 paylines, 5 reels and 3 rows, this brings the danger of a stuntman’s life to the online casino screen. There are expanding wilds, a wheel bonus, and colossal symbols. You’ll be jumping over barrels and trucks with Evel Knievel, based on the legendary stunt performer. It is a truly enjoyable, fast-paced and simple online slot for you to play, as you’ll also get to see some of the famous stunts on the screen that the famous man succeeded with back in the day! It is the ideal game for both low-stakes and high-stakes players. 

 

Slots Angels

Get on your motorbike and head for the highway with the Hells Angels in this magnificent American themed slot machine. It is a rebellious 3D video slow with heavy metal music keeping you on the open road. There are different bikers and other symbols that cascades down the reels, with a win triggering a re-spin, with ever-greater multiplier the more you win. With 5 bearded bikers on line 1 you’ll start the big progressive jackpot, and three or more scattered dartboard symbols brings an instant cash bonus. It’s a great game to play and has a 97.00% RTP.

Some of best online casino providers, such as Play North, understand the need to diversify and build up online casino game catalogues that are varied and have many different designs and themes to meet the needs of a varied audience of customers. In a country such as the Netherlands, for example, where online gambling has only been legal since 2021, the landscape is ripe for exploration, with gamers wishing to play many different slots, whether that’s an American themed slot, a sports theme, tumbling candy on the screen, or travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. As you can see with this list, there are some great American slots at the online casino of your choice.

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1/ST Announces $25 Million on the Line with Introduction of New Racing Series Linking Preakness 149, The California Crown and 2025 Pegasus World Cup

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149th Preakness Stakes Purse Increases to $2 Million to Kick Off Series

$5 Million Challenge Coast-To-Coast Pick’ Em Challenge Sweepstakes Connects 1/ST Premier Events

1/ST, the innovative brand behind North America’s most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing, entertainment and wagering events, has announced a $25 million dollar racing and incentive series connecting Preakness 149, The California Crown and the 2025 Pegasus World Cup.

Kicking off at Preakness 149, 1/ST’s three premier race days will feature more than $12.5 million in elevated purses and $7.5 million in incentives for both dirt and turf participants. 1/ST is offering a $5 million bonus in addition to the respective purses to the owner(s) of the horse who wins the 149th Preakness Stakes (GI), The California Crown (GI) and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (GI). For turf stars, 1/ST will award a $2.5 million bonus, added to the elevated purses, to the connections who win the Dinner Party Stakes (GIII), The California Crown John Henry Turf (GII) and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (GI).

Preakness 149 celebrations, taking place on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, will mark the inaugural races in this new series. The 149th Preakness Stakes purse will increase to $2 million and the Dinner Party Stakes will increase to $500,000, making Preakness 149 race day the most lucrative in the event’s history with a total of $3.3 million on the line. The decision to elevate the purses for the 149th Preakness Stakes and for the Dinner Party Stakes reflects 1/ST’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and growing the thoroughbred horse racing industry to usher in a new era for racing in Maryland.

On September 28, The California Crown will debut at Santa Anita Park for a reimagined opening day experience for the track’s 2024 fall meet. The California Crown will replace the Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up and will be run on 1 1/8 mile offering a $1 million-dollar purse. The $750,000 California Crown John Henry Turf along with the $750,000 California Crown Eddie D Turf Sprint (GII), taking place on Santa Anita Park’s famed downhill turf course featuring American racing’s only right-hand turn, will add to the excitement of what will be California’s richest day of racing.

Since 2017, the Pegasus World Cup has become the premier luxury event in the sport and has set the standard for the modern thoroughbred horse racing experience. The 2025 Pegasus World Cup, to be held on January 25 at 1/ST’s Gulfstream Park, will feature the coveted $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The live broadcast of the Pegasus World Cup – horse racing’s hottest party – will feature the presentation of the potential $7.5 million in bonuses for any owner(s) who manage to achieve this remarkable feat.

In its continued effort to engage the next generation and provide game-changing opportunities for existing customers, 1/ST is putting up $5 million for a Coast-To-Coast Pick’ Em Challenge sweepstakes to successfully pick the first four finishers of each race, in order, for the 149th Preakness Stakes, The California Crown and the 2025 Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The challenge is free to enter through the innovative 1/ST Bet app. If there is no perfect winning entry, the entry with the most overall correct selections will win a $100,000 cash prize.

“My team and I continue to believe and invest in the modernization of thoroughbred horse racing with a commitment to the highest level of international safety standards and horse care as we continue to elevate our already industry-leading wagering, entertainment and hospitality programs,” the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer for 1/ST, Belinda Stronach, said. “To back this up, 1/ST is adding to the legacy of the Preakness by increasing the purse, creating a new marquee race event for the majestic Santa Anita Park – The California Crown – and continuing to build on the phenomenal success of the Pegasus World Cup. We’re proud to work with incredible partners who share our vision and see the future of world-class thoroughbred racing combined with unique and elevated guest experiences.”

“The $25 million in racing purses and bonus incentives available for Preakness 149, The California Crown and the Pegasus World Cup including a $5 million sweepstakes for bettors and fans shows our commitment to innovation and excellence in thoroughbred racing,” the President for 1/ST, Aidan Butler, said. “Providing lucrative opportunities for owners and bettors while also delivering exceptional entertainment experiences is our speciality.”

1/ST’s industry-leading horse care and safety protocols including increased veterinary oversight will be strictly enforced throughout the new racing series under the leadership of Dr Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer for 1/ST Racing.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Preakness 149, visit www .Preakness. com or @ PreaknessStakes on social.

To stay connected on The California Crown, visit @ CaliforniaCrownOfficial on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube and @ TheCaliCrown on Snapchat. Tickets for California Crown go on sale in the spring 2024.

For more information on the Pegasus World Cup, visit www .PegasusWorldCup. com or follow on social @ PegasusWorldCup.

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EvenBet Gaming expands presence in Latin America with Betplay launch

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Integration sees provider significantly strengthen its position in key market

EvenBet Gaming, a leading developer of online gaming software and solutions, has announced its poker solutions going live on Betplay, one of the top sports betting operators in Colombia.

BetPlay, owned by Corredor Empresarial, has a user base exceeding 3 million players. In six years of operation, it has become a major player, contributing to 60% of the country’s online betting market.

Under the terms of the agreement, EvenBet provides its full suite of gaming products to Betplay, including its industry-leading poker software. Integrating EvenBet’s innovative and flexible gaming solutions will allow Betplay to enhance its gaming offering and provide Colombian players with an exceptional online entertainment experience. Currently, BetPlay is gearing up for a robust communication campaign to strengthen its poker operation in the Colombian iGaming landscape.

This partnership, secured in 2023 and resulted in poker going live now, marks EvenBet’s continued expansion in the Latin American iGaming market and entry into the rapidly growing Colombian online gaming industry. Colombia represents a core target market for EvenBet due to the country’s thriving regulated online gaming sector.

Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO at EvenBet Gaming, said: “Partnering with a premier brand like Betplay is an exciting opportunity for EvenBet Gaming as we further expand our footprint in Latin America.

“As one of the biggest sportsbooks in Colombia, Betplay has an outstanding reputation and reach with players. We look forward to powering the next phase of growth for their gaming business and increasing our presence in this key strategic market.”

Daniel Arias, Online Manager of BetPlay, highlighted the importance of the partnership: “The integration of EvenBet has significantly enriched our digital entertainment offering. We are committed to further expanding our content portfolio and offering customers an exciting range of products.”

Manuel Jiménez, Sales Manager in LatAm, added: “It is gratifying to see the steady growth of the poker vertical in BetPlay’s operation since our solutions went live on their platform. Colombia now has an operator offering the country’s main iGaming poker network, allowing players of all levels to rely on a solid, responsible, and recognized brand backed by the Colombian regulator, Coljuegos.”

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