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STRUGGLES OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS ARE REVERBERATING THROUGH BETTING MARKETS AHEAD OF NFL WEEK 8, ACCORDING TO THELINES.COM

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STRUGGLES OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS ARE REVERBERATING THROUGH BETTING MARKETS AHEAD OF NFL WEEK 8, ACCORDING TO THELINES.COM

 

Any time the Kansas City Chiefs have lost in recent years, it has become the talk of the NFL. But when the Chiefs take a blowout loss and star quarterback Patrick Mahomes gets knocked out of the game, as they did Sunday, the odds market is bound to shift, according to TheLines, which tracks odds in the U.S. regulated sports betting markets.

Last week’s lookahead lines had the Chiefs as 13-point favorites over the hapless New York Giants, according to a consensus of the nation’s largest legal online sportsbooks — including BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, SugarHouse, and Unibet. Now the Chiefs are favored by 9.5 points after a 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, in which Mahomes left early with an apparent head injury.

After passing concussion protocols, Mahomes will likely not be out long, if at all. But oddsmakers have noticed the Chiefs’ 3-4 start. The reigning AFC champions had opened the season as NFL favorites at +500 to win the Super Bowl, meaning bettors would win $500 for every $100 wagered. The Chiefs enter Week 8 at +1300 to win the Super Bowl, surpassed as betting favorites by seven teams.

“Surprise teams are expected in the NFL, but the Chiefs’ struggles have certainly been one of the league’s most unexpected results so far,” said Brett Collson, lead analyst for TheLines.com. “If Mahomes and the Chiefs get hot, it won’t take long for those odds to shift again. But after losing four of six, the margin for error is narrowing rapidly.”

The consensus point spreads for Week 8 games, as of Monday, Oct. 25:

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (-3.5); over/under 53
Los Angeles Rams (-14.5) at Houston Texans; over/under 47
Cincinnati Bengals (-9.5) at New York Jets; over/under 43.5
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-13.5); over/under 48
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-1.5); over/under 49
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (-3); over/under 42.5
San Francisco 49ers (-4) at Chicago Bears; over/under 41.5
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) at Detroit Lions; over/under 48
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-2.5); over/under 46
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers (-5.5); over/under 47.5
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5); over/under 43.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4.5) at New Orleans Saints; over/under 50.5
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos (-3.5); over/under 43.5
Dallas Cowboys (-2) at Minnesota Vikings; over/under 54.5
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5); over/under 52.5
To access the updated futures lines for every NFL team, and for more analysis, visit TheLines.com/odds/super-bowl. To access Week 8 odds, visit www.thelines.com/nfl-week-8-odds-2021/.

 

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PRAGMATIC PLAY AND ECUABET SEAL BINGO PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

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Pragmatic Play has enhanced its partnership with Ecuadorian operator Ecuabet thanks to the addition of its full suite of Bingo products.

Joining Pragmatic Play’s award-winning Slots portfolio, players at Ecuabet will be able to enjoy the provider’s extensive library of player favourite Bingo products, including classic variants such as 90 ball, as well as the innovative Sweet Bonanza Bingo.

The partnership extension is the latest growth for Pragmatic Play in the country and aligns with its strategic progress in the wider LatAm region, where it remains at the forefront of one of the most vibrant markets globally.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s always a pleasure to see existing valued partners request more products and with Pragmatic Play’s Bingo content, we know Ecuabet and its players are getting the very best the industry has to offer.

“The strength of Pragmatic Play’s multi-product offering for operators is clear and the supplier will continue to strengthen each category to ensure LatAm markets the content their players demand.”

Liliana Zuluaga, Manager at Ecuabet, said: “Bingo is hugely popular in Ecuador and we know that Pragmatic Play’s games offer us the right level of quality and diversity we need to maintain our high standards at Ecuabet.

“Having proudly hosted its Slots catalogue for some time now, we know what we’re getting with Pragmatic Play. Its titles will continue to be a huge benefit to our overall proposition and the new Bingo content is key to that.”

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Clark County residents can bring a friend for free to Super Bingo $160,000 tournaments at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in March and April

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Home to downtown Las Vegas’ only bingo room, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is offering Clark County, Nevada residents who register for the next Super Bingo tournaments occurring March 4-6 and April 8-10 the opportunity to bring a friend for free.

Held in the Plaza’s expansive ballroom, Super Bingo draws nearly 1,000 people from the local Las Vegas valley and across the country and Canada for the opportunity to win big playing fun-filled games of bingo over two days, with a $50,000 super coverall both days while socializing with like-minded bingo players.

Bingo-only registration is $160 per person, and Clark County residents who register can bring a friend for free. Registration is available online at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/bingo/super-bingo-registration/. Hotel-and-bingo packages start at $300 for a four-night stay with no resort fee.

All Super Bingo players receive one 6-on paper pack for both days, two daubers, free drinks via an open bar at all sessions, boxed lunch both days, and $10 in free slot play after the first day’s session.

Bingo at the Plaza Hotel & CasinoThe Plaza’s Bingo room offers six daily bingo sessions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and is located on the 3rd floor. By parking on the third floor of the Plaza’s self-parking garage, guests have convenient and direct access to the Plaza’s bingo room and parking is validated for bingo players.

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Scientific Games Testifies at Maryland House Ways and Means Hearing in Support of Proposed iLottery Legislation

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The Public Policy and Government Affairs Senior Vice-President for Scientific Games, Christine Wechsler, testified today before the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee to share the company’s support of House Bill 1218, State Lottery – Internet Sales Authorization and Distribution of Proceeds. If adopted, the legislation would authorize the Maryland Lottery to offer its games to in-state consumers through online sales channels.

Wechsler discussed the importance of remaining competitive and modernizing at the same pace as other gaming products offered in the market in order to maintain and grow the Maryland Lottery’s more than $714 million in profits returned annually.

“The Maryland Lottery is like all other businesses selling products to consumers; it must modernize to meet changing consumer demand,” Wechsler said in a prepared testimony. “Providing convenient and relevant experiences to consumers online and at retail will be critical to enable the Maryland Lottery’s sustainability and maximize revenue potential for the state.”

Wechsler also shared key iLottery facts with the Committee as it considers this legislation, which included:

  • iLottery doesn’t cannibalize bricks-and-mortar retail sales. Of the twelve United States lotteries selling online today, none have experienced cannibalization at retail. Retail sales have grown faster in iLottery jurisdictions than in states that do not sell online.
  • Online sales platforms provide player protections and tools that support healthy, responsible lottery play. Key platform features can include the ability to self-exclude, engage in cooling-off periods and/or set limits on deposit and play amounts.
  • iLottery is a new, convenient sales channel to offer lottery products; it is not designed to be a substitute for or compete with casino games. iLottery has proven in other states to successfully co-exist with iCasino, sports betting and other forms of gaming.

As a 27-year partner to the Maryland Lottery, Scientific Games provides the systems technology, terminals and communications infrastructure supporting sales of its lottery games at retail. The company also provides the Maryland Lottery with other key products and services including printed instant games and inventory management software as well as manages the entire interactive category which includes the My Lottery Rewards loyalty program, associated mobile app and second-chance promotions.

“Our focus has always been on delivering solutions and services to facilitate retail growth and maximize profit returned to Maryland’s beneficiaries,” Wechsler said. “And we are invested and fully committed to helping shape a successful iLottery framework for the state that responsibly drives continued growth across the Maryland Lottery’s established bricks-and-mortar retailer network while providing incremental online revenue.

Scientific Games is the global leader in retail instant games, a major provider of retail systems and technology and an industry pioneer in iLottery and digital lottery solutions that drive profits for government-sponsored lottery programs. The company is a trusted partner to more than 130 lotteries spanning 50 countries including over 30 iLottery customers.

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