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THE MONEYMAKER TOUR KICKS OFF ITS 2024 SCHEDULE WITH NEW VENUE AT TEXAS CARD HOUSE HOUSTON

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The Moneymaker Tour has a new partnership with Texas Card House in Houston, which will host the first stop of its 2024 schedule, the Tour announced today. The new deal also marks the Moneymaker Tour’s first stop in the state of Texas. The first Moneymaker Tour series of the new year brings players 12 days of action starting on January 10 and running until January 22.

The Moneymaker Tour at Texas Card House Houston will feature 12 trophy events that range in buy-ins from $150 to $1,500, with more than $500,000 in guarantees across the whole series. The Moneymaker Main Event will have a $1,500 buy-in with a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and will take place from Tuesday, January 16 to Monday January 22. The Main Event features five starting days with a live-streamed final table on the 22nd.

The Tour, which saw its inaugural stop in May 2023, has been steadily increasing in popularity. Its third series at Hard Rock Casino in Cincinnati in September was the first to draw a $1 Million guaranteed  Main Event, with a strong 788 entry field eventually won by Joseph Bakun for more than $208,000.

“The Moneymaker Tour is excited to kick off the new year in a new state with a new partner, Texas Card House Houston”, said Tony Burns, Executive Manager. “Texas is becoming well known for its great action and we look forward to having our first ever stop in Houston starting January 10.”

The Moneymaker Tour was created by 2003 WSOP Champion and ACR Team Pro, Chris Moneymaker and Moneymaker Tour Executive Manager, Tony Burns. The Tour was conceived as a way for Moneymaker to give poker players opportunities to have their own ordinary to extraordinary moments as he did. One such player was Michael Rossi, who echoed Chris’s own story when he won the first Moneymaker Poker Tour Main Event at Palm Beach Kennel Club. Rossi, who won his seat via an online satellite, this time courtesy of ACR Poker, took down the tournament for more than $134,000 on May 23, the 20th anniversary of Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event victory.

“This partnership with Texas Card House, Chris Moneymaker and the Moneymaker Tour is a key highlight in our ongoing efforts to deliver exceptional poker experiences in Texas,” said Texas Card House COO Victor Leone. “Our community of players and members can look forward to a dynamic and thrilling tournament series, showcasing the high-stakes play and intense competition synonymous with Chris Moneymaker! We warmly invite poker fans from all regions to join us for what is set to be a series of memorable tournaments and experiences.”

Following the event at Texas Card House, the Moneymaker Tour will return to Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida from February 15-27.

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UNLV International Gaming Institute Announces Inaugural ESPN Research Fellows

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The resulting research will provide insights into the impact of responsible gambling messages used by media in covering the global sports wagering and gaming industry

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Gaming Institute (IGI) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 ESPN Research Fellowships. This year’s selection showcases a diverse group of scholars whose innovative project proposals will be pivotal in advancing knowledge on responsible gambling messaging in sports media.

Fellowships have been awarded to:

  • Dr Hannah Borenstein, Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Teaching Professor at The University of Chicago
  • Chance Dow, a Master’s student at the University of Memphis’ Tennessee Institute of Gambling Education and Research
  • Dr Eric R Louderback, Research and Evaluation Scientist in the Division on Addiction at Harvard Medical School
  • Dr Brian Petrotta, Assistant Professor of Sport Media and Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Dr Travis Bell, Associate Professor of Digital and Sports Media at the University of South Florida

Each of the Fellowship proposals address unique facets of responsible gambling messaging in sports media. As the intersection between sports and gambling continues to evolve, the work of these scholars is essential in promoting healthy gambling practices and awareness.

These projects will provide insights into practical strategies that policy-makers and the industry can adopt to help safeguard the wellbeing of sports enthusiasts and the public at large.

Dr Borenstein will explore the relatively untapped domain of track and field and marathon running. Dr Borenstein’s investigation focuses on the implications of integrating gambling into mainstream broadcasting and spectating of these sports.

Dow will investigate the nuances of gendered gambling and responsible gambling. Dow’s study examines how to enhance the effectiveness of responsible gambling messages, particularly among college student populations.

Dr Louderback will analyze video-based sports gambling advertisements on social media. Dr Louderback’s research looks at how responsible gambling messages influence advertisement effectiveness and demonstrates the use of publicly available social media data in advancing knowledge in responsible gambling.

Dr Petrotta and Dr Bell will analyze actual gambling broadcasts during ‘March Madness’ competitions. The study explores how responsible gambling messages are conveyed and will provide crucial insights into real-world practices during live sports broadcasts.

“The IGI is tremendously excited about these projects,” the Executive Director for the IGI, Dr Brett Abarbanel, said. “A key goal of this initiative is to support innovative and impactful research to better understand the rapidly changing global sports and betting environment. This research represents a broad range of perspectives on how gambling is represented in sports media and holds important implications for all gambling stakeholders.”

“ESPN is proud to work with IGI to advance responsible gaming standards through this comprehensive research,” ESPN Corporate Citizenship Vice-President Kevin Martinez said. “These diverse research projects will help to inform how the industry can continue to respond to and improve upon responsible gaming practices in the sports entertainment ecosystem.”

Each research fellowship lasts for a duration of six (6) months. The results of the research will be featured in an IGI webinar in early 2025.

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Aposta Ganha Partners with Fast Track to Enhance Player Engagement in the Brazilian Market

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Aposta Ganha Partners with Fast Track to Enhance Player Engagement in the Brazilian Market

 

Aposta Ganha, a prominent iGaming operator catering to the LATAM market with a focus on Brazil, announces a strategic partnership with Fast Track, a leading CRM technology company, to elevate player engagement and loyalty in their markets.

Aposta Ganha, recognised for its comprehensive igaming offerings and commitment to delivering exceptional player experiences, collaborates with Fast Track to integrate innovative CRM solutions. This partnership marks a significant milestone in enhancing player engagement strategies across the iGaming landscape, leveraging Aposta Ganha’s market expertise with Fast Track’s advanced CRM technology.

By seamlessly integrating Fast Track’s AI-powered CRM platform, Aposta Ganha can now deliver personalised gaming experiences at scale, driving deeper player engagement and retention. Fast Track’s real-time data capabilities and automation empower operators to execute hyper-targeted campaigns and dynamic player journeys, tailored specifically for their audience.

“We are excited to partner with Fast Track to enhance player engagement and loyalty in the Brazilian market,” said Halison Rodrigues, Commercial Director of Aposta Ganha. “This collaboration represents a strategic move to further strengthen our position as a leading iGaming operator in the region, leveraging Fast Track’s expertise to deliver personalised gaming experiences that resonate with our players.”

Simon Lidzén, CEO and Co-Founder of Fast Track, shared his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “Partnering with Aposta Ganha presents a unique opportunity to elevate player engagement in the Brazilian market. Together, we are committed to delivering personalised gaming experiences that drive long-term player loyalty and satisfaction.”

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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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