Gambling.com Group Limited (Nasdaq: GAMB), a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry, today announced that it is ready to provide marketing services to licensed online sports betting operators in the state of Kentucky as legal online sports betting goes live on Thursday, September 28, 2023.
The group launched BetKentucky .com in April of 2022 ahead of the legal online sports betting market in Kentucky going live to help sports bettors find trusted, comprehensive and up-to-date information on sports betting and legislative updates in ‘The Bluegrass State’. With seven approved online sportsbook operators available on day one and one more expected at a later date, access to comparison websites like BetKentucky .com enables consumers to read expert reviews of all legal sportsbooks in the state to help them choose their best option.
Through its portfolio of informational websites, Gambling.com Group helps operators acquire players, reducing their reliance on more intrusive forms of advertising. In addition to BetKentucky .com, the group is ready to help licensed online gambling operators in Kentucky with its national and international websites including Gambling .com, Bookies .com, RotoWire .com and USAToday .com through its media partnership with Gannett Co. Inc as well as with the Lexington Herald-Leader (at Kentucky .com) via its media partnership with The McClatchy Company and the Louisville Courier Journal (at Courier-Journal .com) via its media partnership with Gannett.
Kentucky with a population of over three million adults, launched retail sports betting in the state on September 7 with Governor Andy Beshear announcing bricks-and-mortar sportsbooks posted a handle of over $4.5 million after the first two weekends. BetKentucky .com in late-July commissioned a survey reporting that 42% of Kentucky adults say they are ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to bet on sports once it is legalized. Kentucky has a strong college sporting history with college teams at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and others receiving undivided attention from fans across the state.
“Kentucky has been one of the quickest states to launch sports betting after legislative approval and ‘The Bluegrass State’ is taking the right approach by keeping the barriers to entry low and allowing a variety of operators to enter the market,” the Chief Executive Officer for Gambling.com Group Limited, Charles Gillespie, said. “We believe that this will foster competition and ultimately benefit consumers as the operators with the best products rise to the top. Kentucky has a rich sporting tradition and Gambling.com Group Limited is excited to help guide and educate sports bettors in the state to get the most out of their online sports betting experience.”
“Kentucky allowing sportsbooks to take legal sports bets just as the NFL season is kicking off and with the MLB post-season on the horizon is a huge win for sports bettors in the state,” the Vice-President for Gambling.com Group Limited, Caroline Smart, said. “The competitive marketplace in Kentucky will guarantee plenty of choices and opportunities for customers, who can count on our dedicated websites that feature trusted, comprehensive and up-to-date information on sports betting as well as reviews of the legal sportsbooks to provide them all of the resources needed to navigate these exciting times.”
Hacksaw Gaming Debuts DraftKings Partnership in New Jersey
The launch celebrates another North American venture with DraftKings this quarter.
Hacksaw Gaming established its business relationship with DraftKings this time last year. The pair have embarked on a North American takeover since, having successfully set the collaboration in motion in West Virginia after receiving full regulatory approval in June. The studio has already set eager sights on Pennsylvania as another future target.
Gripping the charts as renowned industry lead in the US, DraftKings has rolled out Hacksaw’s classic slots, Chaos Crew and OmNom, alongside fan-favourite Dare2Win games Mines and Boxes. The games have received a warm welcome in the online casino lobby following a fruitful agreement to brand Hacksaw’s first 10 games with exclusivity in the market for the next 2 weeks.
“Having secured such a significant presence in the US in 2023 is something we are incredibly proud of,” said Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming, “our hard work takes form in our ever-increasing footprint”.
SPORTSNET PARTNERS WITH SPORTRADAR TO PROVIDE DATA-RICH CONTENT TO THE CANADIAN MARKET
Following a competitive tender process, Sportsnet, Canada’s #1 sports network, has selected Sportradar to deliver innovative, data-driven content that creates a more immersive experience for sports fans in the North American region.
Viewers can anticipate the seamless inclusion of real-time statistics, player information and advanced data sets into Sportsnet broadcasts, all made possible through Sportradar’s OnAir service. Additional access to both statistical experts and radar360, Sportradar’s web-based research application, will elevate Sportsnet’s real-time storytelling capabilities. This support includes the integration of enhanced digital graphics and in-depth research to bolster Sportsnet’s MLB and NHL broadcasts.
“We are proud to partner with Sportsnet, a market leader, who is committed to entertaining and informing Canadian sports fans,” said Brian Josephs, Head of Regional Sales, North America, at Sportradar. “This collaboration showcases Sportradar’s expertise in enhancing sports content through data and technology. Together, we will bring fans closer to the action, providing them a unique, more engaging viewing experience.”
Sportradar’s comprehensive support will apply to Sportsnet’s entire brand portfolio, which includes their regional channels, East, Ontario, West, and Pacific, as well as Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet+, the Sportsnet Radio Network, Sportsnet.ca, the Sportsnet app and podcasts.
PRAGMATIC PLAY GROWS EVEN FURTHER IN BRAZIL WITH JOGAR.COM.VC
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has maintained its market-leading position in Brazil, signing an operator agreement with Jogar.com.vc in one of Latin America’s most flourishing markets.
More Brazilian players than ever before will be able to enjoy Pragmatic Play’s extensive portfolio of games as a result of this new partnership with award-winning classics such as Gates of Olympus™ and Sugar Rush™ alongside more recently released titles such as Zeus vs Hades – Gods of War™.
Live Casino fans will be delighted by the inclusion of player-favourite games such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand™ and PowerUP Roulette™, alongside classic table games with intriguing twists.
Virtual Sports content is set to complement the huge library of Slots and Live Casino, delivering cutting-edge 3D renderings of popular sports such as horse and greyhound racing, football and motorsport.
Another multi-discipline deal in the region, this latest agreement with Jogar.com.vc follows several similar recent partnerships and strengthens Pragmatic Play’s position at the fore of the burgeoning Latin American iGaming and betting market.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “This is yet another delightful agreement for Pragmatic Play to sign. Its continued success with new partnerships across Brazil and Latin America as a whole shows that the brand is producing the content that players here want and are trusted to deliver them efficiently and with a speed to market that operators demand.
“I’m confident this relationship between Pragmatic Play and Jogar.com.vc will achieve just the right kind of results they’re both expecting.”
A representative from Jogar.com.vc said: “Pragmatic Play is one of the most requested content developers by players here in Brazil and so we had to ensure we had its full complement of games and products. This new deal gives us just that and empowers us to be more competitive than ever in a crowded and growing space.”
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