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ClutchBet goes live in second US state, with licence granted in Colorado

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ClutchBet goes live in second US state, with licence granted in Colorado

 

Australia-based international online wagering provider, BlueBet Holdings Ltd, announces that it is now live in Colorado, its second US state, having launched under its ClutchBet B2C brand after being licensed by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

The launch in Colorado, ClutchBet’s home state in the US, follows Iowa which went live in August 2022.

Colorado is the US’s sixth largest sports wagering market and will add significantly to BlueBet’s scale in the US, leveraging the capability of BlueBet’s technology and team to run profitable sportsbooks.

A key element of the launches in Colorado and Iowa is the successful rollout of BlueBet’s multi-jurisdictional website and mobile apps, which enable faster rollouts in future B2C jurisdictions and unlock the next stage of BlueBet’s US market entry, a B2B Sportsbook-as-a-Solution model for US partners.

With market access already secure in Louisiana and Indiana, and both states expected to go live in 2023, BlueBet has the platform to execute the first stage of its differentiated “Capital Lite” US market entry strategy.

BlueBet’s proprietary technology platform was certified and approved by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) after a successful verification and testing process.

BlueBet Chief Executive Officer, Bill Richmond, commented: “We are excited to go live in Colorado, our second US state. It’s a homecoming for us, with ClutchBet’s headquarters located in downtown Denver.

“We’re really pleased with our progress in the US, as we move towards the next stage of our “Capital Lite” US market entry strategy. Our US team has worked hard to deliver a memorable betting experience for our US customers, who have responded strongly to our differentiated brand, with initial uptake very encouraging.

“The multijurisdictional capability of our scalable proprietary technology platform enables us to expand faster in the US and to progress our B2B Sportsbook-as-a-Solution offer, which is attracting interest from potential partners.

“I would like to congratulate and thank The Wild Card Saloon & Casino, our valued partners in Colorado, and the BlueBet team, who made this moment possible.”

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Elys BMG Group Announces Approval for The Ugly Mug Sportsbook in Washington, DC.

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Elys BMG Group announced that The Ugly Mug in Washington D.C. has been granted provisional approval from the District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Gaming Regulation and Oversight Division (DCOLG) to open its sportsbook at 723 8th St. SE. As the fourth privately owned sportsbook venue in the District powered by Elys’ innovative Gameboard betting technology, The Ugly Mug stands as a testament to Elys’ commitment to bringing cutting-edge solutions to local businesses and sports enthusiasts.

The grand opening for The Ugly Mug sportsbook is anticipated to occur during the week of April 27th. Elys will unveil the grand opening festivities, promotions, and events as the date draws closer.

With easy access to sports wagering and a classic American menu in a relaxed setting, The Ugly Mug sportsbook is set to become a premier destination in the Navy Yard region of Washington D.C. and is another step forward for Elys becoming the leading betting technology provider for neighborhood sportsbooks in the US.

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eCOGRA Authorized to Offer Certification Services in Brazil

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eCOGRA, the Internationally renowned Independent Testing Laboratory, has been officially authorized by the Secretaria De Prêmios e Apostas (SPA) to operate as a certifying entity for betting systems, live gaming studios, and online games in Brazil. This announcement marks a significant milestone as eCOGRA continues to extend its international offering of iGaming testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) services in regulated markets across the globe.

The announcement comes two months to the day after eCOGRA received approval to operate as a Certification Laboratory in Peru. The organization now operates in 39 online gambling jurisdictions, including Buenos Aires City and Province, Peru, Mendoza, Colombia, and Brazil in South America.

Since its establishment in 2003, eCOGRA has been at the forefront of online gambling certification, providing assurance on fairness and safety to players while offering the highest standards in TIC services to industry operators and software providers seeking to comply with regulatory requirements. The approval to operate in Brazil reflects both the trust eCOGRA has built in the international iGaming community and the quality of its certification services.

Bradley Khoury, Chief Technical Officer of eCOGRA, said: “We are thrilled to bring over two decades of expertise in online gambling certification to the vibrant market of Brazil. This approval from the Secretaria De Prêmios e Apostas (SPA) of the Brazilian Ministry of Finance is not only a testament to our unwavering commitment to the highest standards of competence and quality but also marks an exciting new chapter for eCOGRA. We look forward to working closely with Brazilian operators and interested parties to ensure a safe and fair gaming environment for all players.”

The new Brazilian regulatory framework aims to effectively safeguard player interests and enhance the integrity of online gambling operations within the country.

“Brazil offers a dynamic and rapidly growing market, and we are excited to contribute to its development. Our goal is to ensure that Brazilian players have access to certified iGaming experiences, akin to what has successfully been implemented in other highly regulated jurisdictions,” Khoury added.

Operators and software developers offering in the federal Brazilian jurisdiction seeking to comply with the laws and regulations by undergoing testing, inspection, and certification can now turn to eCOGRA for their renowned services, assured of their commitment to quality, impartiality, and fairness.

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IGT and Acres to Resolve All Pending Litigation

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International Game Technology (IGT) and Acres 4.0, Acres Manufacturing Company, and John Acres (Acres) announced that effective April 12, 2024, they have reached an agreement to resolve all legal disputes between the two companies. Terms of the settlement have not been announced.

The resolution was reached in the US District Court of Nevada, directed to US patents that pertain to facilitating use of a financial transaction device in a cashless wagering system in a gaming system, and Nevada State Court directed to a breach of contract claims.

“IGT is pleased to reach a mutual agreement with Acres that resolves all disputes between us. This allows us to dedicate our collective resources where they are better served, driving continued innovation in the exciting and evolving cashless gaming space,” said Nick Khin, IGT COO Gaming.

“We are thrilled to put this matter behind us and work cooperatively with IGT to build exciting new gambling experiences that can increase both player enjoyment and casino profits,” John Acres, CEO of Acres, said.

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