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World’s leading betting integrity body touches down in North America – FanDuel and DraftKings endorse IBIA’s launch

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) today announced that it is launching its integrity monitoring service in the US and Canada. The launch is being endorsed by leading US operators FanDuel and DraftKings, and the integrity body has already secured licenses in a number of US states – Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey,  New York, and Wyoming – with others pending.

The North American market is the fastest growing and most dynamic in the world and is expected to reach $96bn in handle in 2022, and with wagers on this week’s Super Bowl projected to top $7bn for the first time with almost a third through the US regulated sector as compared to 6% in 2019, according to H2 Gambling Capital. IBIA’s world-leading betting integrity monitoring system will play a major role in ensuring the integrity of the North American market, which is essential to maintaining the continued growth of the industry.

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “IBIA is delighted to announce that we are touching down in the North American market. With the largest customer transaction-based betting integrity monitoring system in the world, we will play a crucial role in protecting and supporting the growth of the betting industry in the US and Canada.”

Ali continued: “IBIA is run by sportsbooks for sportsbooks, and our mission is to provide the best and broadest protective coverage of the market. With the accelerated growth of regulation, existing IBIA members have encouraged the association to extend its global betting integrity coverage to North America, which we are delighted to do.”

IBIA’s monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. It allows IBIA to protect its members and the betting market from corruption through collective action.

“Flutter Entertainment have a long successful working relationship with IBIA’s global integrity monitoring system via our existing agreements through international brands and are proud of the collective improvements in the space,” said John Sheeran, Director of Risk and Trading, FanDuel Group.  “Expanding an excellent working relationship to include integrity monitoring of North American sports and wagering will add another element of trust and security to our sports betting product, which we know is of the utmost importance to our consumers.”

“Protecting the integrity of sport while creating an engaging product for sports fans is at the heart of everything we do,” said Roy Pollitt, DraftKings’ Vice President and Head of Regulatory Affairs. “We are impressed with the progress IBIA has made in promoting high standards for the betting industry and we warmly welcome their arrival to North America.”

With the support of FanDuel and DraftKings, IBIA is already protecting over 60% of the regulated US online market from betting corruption. The launch is the beginning of a process to secure a license in states that require operators to be part of a monitoring body and to engage with gambling regulators more generally across the US. The association has also applied to the Canadian province of Ontario, which similarly requires operators to be part of an integrity monitoring system.

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Ellipse Entertainment Enters Geolocation Partnership with GeoLocs

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mkodo Limited (mkodo) is proud to announce that it has partnered with United Kingdom-based casino operator Ellipse Entertainment. Ellipse Entertainment has chosen mkodo’s advanced geolocation verification service, GeoLocs, to enhance its iGaming operations in Ontario, Canada.

Ellipse Entertainment has seamlessly integrated GeoLocs’ specialised iGaming geolocation platform into its High Flyer Casino brand. This integration will provide a safe, secure and fraud-free environment for its players across Ontario that meets and exceeds the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) regulations and requirements.

GeoLocs is a leading geolocation verification service, one of the largest in the Ontario region, specialising in North America’s regulated sports betting and iGaming markets. The platform was built specifically to support iGaming operators, ensuring they are operating in licenced jurisdictions and guaranteeing that they are providing responsible gaming to their customers.

Through this partnership, GeoLocs will bring its cutting-edge solution to Ellipse Entertainment’s High Flyer Casino brand, addressing unique challenges faced by iGaming operators through a swift and smooth integration process. Ellipse Entertainment will benefit from GeoLocs’ support in enhancing compliance strategies, optimising revenue opportunities and meeting regulatory standards. Additionally, users will experience a seamless journey, eliminating the need for additional downloads or companion apps.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Ellipse Entertainment in Ontario introducing GeoLocs to enhance its iGaming operations,” the Managing Director for mkodo, Stuart Godfree, said. “Our partnership supports Ellipse Entertainment’s High Flyer Casino brand, ensuring a secure and seamless geolocation verification experience for players across Ontario.”

“GeoLocs has been the ideal solution for our geolocation verification needs in Ontario,” the Director for Ellipse Entertainment, Andy McDowall, said. “The platform’s advanced technology and expertise, tailored for iGaming operators, align perfectly with our commitment to responsible gaming. Teaming up with mkodo and its GeoLocs service allows Ellipse Entertainment to provide High Flyer Casino players with a compliant and enjoyable online gaming experience.”

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GGPoker and Great Canadian Casino Bring WSOP Circuit to Toronto

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GGPoker partners with Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto to bring first-ever WSOP Circuit event to Daniel Negreanu’s hometown

From March 22 through April 1, Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto will host eight WSOP Circuit events

GGPoker, the world’s biggest poker room, and Great Canadian Entertainment, Canada’s leader in gaming and hospitality, today announced the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), is heading to Toronto for its first-ever WSOP Circuit event at Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto from March 22 to April 1, 2024.

The new series builds on the momentum generated by the record-breaking 54th annual WSOP, which took place this past summer. Featuring eight Circuit ring events in total, the Toronto edition of WSOP boasts a total of $3.9 million in estimated prize pools including a $2,000 main event with a $2.1 million estimated prize pool and $3,500 high-roller event with over $850,000 in estimated prizes.

“We are thrilled to partner with GGPoker to bring the World Series of Poker to the city of Toronto for the very first time,” the General Manager for Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, Robert Katsavelos, said. “This is a fitting milestone that will create further momentum for our 30-table poker room that recently opened at Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, Canada’s newest and largest casino resort. We are excited to welcome tournament participants from across the North American poker community and from right here in the city of Toronto.”

GGPoker, which sent 774 players to the main event at last summer’s WSOP and 1,000 players to WSOP Paradise, is launching satellites today across Ontario and Canada with buy-ins starting at only $1.

As well as online qualifiers, GGPoker will be represented at Toronto’s first-ever WSOP Circuit event by some of its brand ambassadors including local poker hero Daniel Negreanu.

“I have been playing WSOP events around the world for over 25 years,” GGPoker Global Ambassador Negreanu said. “There is something quite special about being able to finally compete in one in my hometown.”

The full schedule of events will be announced in the coming days. The WSOP reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the tournament or any tournament event, in part or in whole, without notice.

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Push Gaming and NEO.bet roll out Ontario deal

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B2B gaming supplier Push Gaming has secured fresh regulated expansion in North America thanks to a new partnership live with NEO.bet, providing content for its online casino in Ontario.

Push’s critically acclaimed slots portfolio is now available to players in the burgeoning Canadian province including its high-profile titles. The smash hit of 2023, Razor Returns, now graces the screens of Neo.bet’s players, along with established titles such as Jammin’ Jars, Big Bamboo and Retro Tapes. 

Also featuring in the agreement is the studio’s recent launch Hearts Highway and upcoming launches, Samurai’s Katana and the keenly anticipated sequel to one of Push’s most popular games, Wild Swarm 2.

The partnership marks Push Gaming’s latest commercial activity as it continues to ramp up its 2024 expansion in regulated markets across the globe.

Fiona Hickey, Director of New Business and Markets at Push Gaming, said: “NEO.bet is a fantastic example of a slick, contemporary brand and an exciting new operator, so of course, we’re pleased to see our content feature on its platform.

“We’re proud to boast an equally compelling content library that will suit its players, and with our release schedule for this year, the outlook is extremely positive for slots fans in Ontario.

“We have a busy year ahead of us at Push and we’re hard at work with new deals in regions worldwide to match our expanded content roadmap.”

Simon Erpenbach, Head of Casino at Neo.bet, added: “Push has one of the most vibrant and invigorating range of slots in the market today so we had to make sure they were part of our online offerings. We pride ourselves on providing the very latest in entertainment for our loyal customers and this partnership with Push fits the bill perfectly.”

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