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SBC reveals huge expansion plans for SBC Summit Rio 2025

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SBC has revealed plans to transform its SBC Summit Rio for 2025, with a larger venue, a new date and a far bigger audience.

Building on this week’s sold-out event in Brazil, SBC Summit Rio will transfer to Riocentro – the city’s foremost event space – to increase the capacity to 10,000 sports and iGaming professionals and no less than 400 exhibitors and sponsors on February 25-27, 2025.

In order to accommodate the growing number of exhibitors, SBC will organize the show floor into dedicated areas for the Casino, iGaming & Sports Betting and Payments & Fintech professionals, and will introduce the Affiliate Leaders Summit to cater to the thousands of affiliates and marketing delegates expected to attend next year.

After sharing the plans with Rio de Janeiro Governor Cláudio Castro, who attended this year’s event on Wednesday evening, SBC Founder and CEO Rasmus Sojmark revealed that the plan to triple the size of the event will solidify SBC Summit Rio 2025 as the biggest industry event in Brazil and the wider Latin American region.

He commented: “Even during the planning stage of the 2024 edition, we knew that this event held promise for further expansion. The rapid sell-out of our first event had made it clear that we needed to accommodate this increased demand.

“In 2025, with plans for over 10,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors and sponsors, we want to provide the ultimate platform for all things iGaming and sports betting in Brazil. This development is incredibly exciting for both SBC and the industry, which has supported us in this decision in more ways than we could hope for.”

Set to host the event for at least four years, the new venue provides ample space spanning over 40,000 sqm. From Pavilion 4 to the Arts Pavilion, the amphitheatre, and outdoor food courts and networking spaces, Riocentro enables SBC to host the largest sports betting and iGaming event not just in Brazil, but throughout Latin America.

Additionally, the Riocentro offers the 4-star Lagune Barra Hotel onsite and is conveniently located near several hotels within a 4km radius, all offering complimentary shuttle services to the venue, ensuring a frictionless experience for the attendees.

For its conference segment, SBC Summit Rio 2025 will bring together 250 leading industry experts from Brazil and across the globe to share their knowledge, analyze trends, and discuss proactive initiatives to further advance the industry and shape the trajectory of Brazil’s gambling landscape.

This will include discussions on regulatory frameworks, localization intricacies, sports integrity, emerging sponsorship prospects, and the evolving dynamics among operators, affiliates, regulators, media, service providers, and other stakeholders.

The timing of the show was strategically selected for two primary reasons. Firstly, to establish a dedicated event for Brazil early in the year, enabling attendees to gather valuable market insights to shape their annual activities. Secondly, the show concludes just as the Brazilian Carnival begins in February 2025, offering attendees the opportunity to extend their stay in Rio and partake in this incredible cultural experience after attending SBC Summit Rio.

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ZITRO SHOWCASED DIVERSE PRODUCT PORTFOLIO AT IGA 2024

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Zitro exhibited its new product lineup at the 2024 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention (IGA) held in Anaheim, California. Their commitment to the tribal gaming community was evident, drawing attendees eager to explore Zitro’s latest innovations: a diverse range of new games finely tuned for the U.S. market.

Operators had the opportunity to experience firsthand the quality, innovation, and unique personality that define Zitro. The showcase featured a selection of recently launched games and mechanics from G2E Las Vegas, including the player-favorite, Fu Pots, a title that has been delivering exceptional performance across the U.S. and global markets.  

Adding to their impressive display, Zitro also introduced brand new games such as Drum Dynasty, featured on the Allure Glare cabinet, which promises thrilling gameplay with its unique Bonus Mighty and Bonus Power that enhance Link symbol prizes. Night Link, showcased on the Illusion Glare cabinet, offers a captivating combination of three functionalities – Boomerang, Storm, and Collect – that can unlock up to 8 different bonus links. Finally, the premium Altius Glare platform housed Epic Empires, featuring a brand-new 3-Level Link Evolution Bonus.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with the tribal gaming community at this year’s IGA show”, said Derik Mooberry, CEO at Zitro USA. “Our commitment to innovation was on full display, and the energy and interest surrounding our product lineup solidified Zitro’s position as a trusted partner in the U.S. market. This is just the beginning, as we remain dedicated to developing cutting-edge products that meet the demands of both players and casinos”.

 

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California Gambling Control Commission Approves Key Licensing Decisions Amid Regulatory Updates

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The California Gambling Control Commission held a significant meeting on April 18, 2024, to discuss and decide on various licensing and compliance matters crucial for the operation and regulation of the state’s gambling entities. The California Gambling Control Commission’s agenda was packed with key issues ranging from the renewal of cardroom licenses to the approval of tribal gaming key employees.

A notable decision from the meeting was the approval of the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Final Report, allowing for the distribution of quarterly license revenue to eligible recipient Indian tribes. This move underscores the California Gambling Control Commission’s ongoing commitment to supporting tribal communities through structured revenue sharing, even as some financial shortfalls were acknowledged.

The California Gambling Control Commission also reviewed several renewal applications for cardroom owner licenses. Noteworthy renewals included Bankers Casino under Old Town Investments Incorporated, Blacksheep Casino Company and Bruce’s Bar and Casino, which were approved with specific conditions related to operational compliance and security protocols.

Another critical area of focus was the licensing of key employees at tribal casinos. Several applications for initial and renewal of key employee licenses were approved, reflecting the California Gambling Control Commission’s stringent oversight in ensuring that individuals in significant casino roles meet the regulatory requirements. These decisions are essential for maintaining the integrity and security of gaming operations within the state.

Additionally, the meeting addressed the renewal and approval of third-party proposition player services, which are vital for cardrooms that do not bank their games. The California Gambling Control Commission approved several of these licenses, highlighting its role in facilitating responsible gambling while ensuring compliance with state laws.

The California Gambling Control Commission’s actions during the April meeting highlight the complex regulatory environment governing the state’s gambling industry and its proactive approach in adapting to new challenges and ensuring fair and safe gambling practices.

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Florida Panthers Announce Multi-Year Partnership with Hard Rock Bet

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Florida Panthers Announce Multi-Year Partnership with Hard Rock Bet

 

The Florida Panthers announced that the club has agreed to a multi-year partnership with Hard Rock Digital to engage fans on its Hard Rock Bet sports betting platform and in-person at Amerant Bank Arena. This marks the first partnership in this category for the Panthers.

“We are thrilled to enter into an exciting new partnership with Hard Rock Bet,” said Florida Panthers Chief Revenue Officer Shawn Thornton. “Through this partnership, we will increase fan engagement and excitement around the game of hockey in South Florida and beyond by adding an entirely new element to the game.”

The partnership will officially begin at tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators with on-site activations, digitally enhanced dasher boards, marquee signage, and digital branding. Starting with the 2024-25 season, additional enhancements will be unveiled to further engage fans on-site and online.

“We’re excited to join Panthers Territory and partner with the club to bring hockey fans closer to the action,” said Nick Menas, Hard Rock Digital’s Managing Director, Corporate Strategy. “With thousands of bets available on sports from around the world and live streaming of NHL games nightly on the Hard Rock Bet app, we’re thrilled to entertain hockey fans like no one else can.”

Hard Rock Bet is Florida’s only legal sportsbook and has thousands of ways to engage with hockey action – including pre-game and live wagering, plus Same Game Parlays – and over 20 other sports from around the world. The Hard Rock Bet app is available for download in the App Store and Play Store, and a web sportsbook experience can be accessed at HardRock.bet. As a sign-up bonus, new online players will receive up to $100 back in Bonus Bets if their first bet doesn’t win. In-person sports betting is also available at Seminole Hard Rock Casinos and Seminole Casinos in Florida.

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