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Massachusetts senate candidates make online lottery pitch



Massachusetts senate candidates make online lottery pitch

Legalization of online lottery in Massachusetts is turning out to be a hot political debate for many candidates eyeing a senate seat.


Lowell Sun reported that at least four of the five senatorial bets are making a pitch for the legalization of online lottery games in Massachusetts as concerns over dwindling state funds lingers ahead of the state elections.

Current Leominster City Councilor Claire Freda, who is gunning for a Senate seat as an independent, expressed concern over the move of their neighbor New Hampshire to allow online lottery sales, saying that the Granite State will eat up their lottery revenue.

Fred warns that Massachusetts will lose its “competitive edge” should the Bay State will just stand on the sidelines and watch New Hampshire go online with lottery sales in the first quarter of 2018.

Our cities and town rely on this money; it’s a huge piece of municipal aid,” Freda said, according to the report. “Anything New Hampshire does certainly affects our area more than others because of our proximity to the border.

Democratic state Senate candidate Michael Kushmerek also expressed support to the proposed online lottery legalization but “with some reservations.” While he wants the state to be able to retain its lottery revenues, Kushmerek emphasizes the need to put safety nets that will protect children from gambling.

He also noted the possible impact of passing the online lottery bill to the convenience store.

Fellow democratic Senate candidate Michael Mahan also echoed the sentiments of Kushmerek but stopped short of endorsing a cap on online game play. One of the solutions that Mahan proposes in order to mitigate the impact of the possible legalization of online lottery is for municipalities to assist local convenience stores using the aid they receive from lottery.

State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan is set to step down from her post after being appointed in the Cannabis Control Commission. Before she left, Flanagan has introduced a bill to allow online state Lottery games.


New Hampshire city OKs Keno Lottery Game

As the online lottery debate heats up in Massachusetts, a New Hampshire city has finally approve the gambling game keno.

The Concord Monitor reported that Keno received a 60 percent vote after a citywide election on Tuesday.

Their votes came after the Legislature legalized the game in order to fund the state education, specifically kindergarten programs. Under the recently passed legislation, Keno will only be allowed in cities or towns that approve it.

Lottery commission officials is projecting $443 million revenue.…

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Pragmatic Play Partners with Starkbet





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is celebrating the signing of a new partnership with Starkbet, enhancing its standing across Latin America.

Like many partnerships in the region, this latest tie-up with Starkbet includes three of Pragmatic Play’s popular verticals. Its Slot provision will see players able to enjoy recent releases including Rocket Blast Megaways and Diamond Cascade, as well as a host of award-winning popular hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus among 300+ quality titles.

The operator’s Live Casino offering will be significantly stronger once the deal goes live, with consistent top-performing titles such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Mega Wheel being available for players along with a comprehensive collection of classic games such as roulette and blackjack.

Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports titles which offer a wide range of realistic games to complement real-life sporting schedules also form part of the new deal. Products like Force 1 and Horse and Greyhound Racing are among the sports soon to be available, giving bettors on-demand opportunities to enjoy a large selection of bet markets.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Starkbet team on board as Pragmatic Play’s latest partner in Latin America. It’s another fantastically strong brand that we’re delighted to see Pragmatic Play bringing its content to and we’re sure the relationship is going to work out incredibly well for both parties.”

Henry Berger, CEO at Starkbet, said: “Starkbet has always been a popular choice for LatAm players and that will be even more true now we will have content from Pragmatic Play in our portfolio. Its games are among the most requested among our players and we’re going to able to offer them so much more as a result of this agreement.”

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Pragmatic Play Brings Localized Roulette Table to Brazilian Market





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has launched a localized Roulette table for operators in Brazil.

Creating its first Brazilian Portuguese-language version of its leading Live Casino product, the new release includes Pragmatic Play’s signature high-quality studio, boasting a 4K immersive view which Brazilian operators will now benefit from.

As with all of its Roulette tables, it also features interactive game statistics, the ability to save favorite bets and chat with a dealer as well as special bets: Final en Plain, Finales a Cheval, and Full Complete.

Joining a number of region-targeted Roulette tables such as Turkish Roulette, Korean Roulette, Swedish Roulette, and Flemish Roulette in its portfolio, the supplier continues to focus on delivering localized content in its Live Casino offerings.

The new table serves as a further testament to Pragmatic Play’s dedication to being the leading supplier in the Brazilian market.

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Customised region-focused content has proven pivotal to the continued success of our Live Casino portfolio, and we’re delighted to now offer this to Brazilian operators with our latest Roulette table.

“Providing a table in the player’s native tongue will further immerse them into the game and increase the enjoyment of the experience, boosting engagement for our partners.”

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Pragmatic Play Expands in Brazil with Beette Partnership





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is setting its sights on further expansion in Brazil after signing a multi-vertical deal with Beette.

More Brazilian players will now be able to discover the supplier’s esteemed portfolio of slots, including award-winning classics such as Gates of Olympus and Sugar Rush alongside recent hits such as Zeus vs Hades – Gods of War.

In addition, Pragmatic Play will bring its live casino vertical live with the operator, including games such as PowerUP Roulette and Sweet Bonanza CandyLand alongside further twists on the classics.

Beette’s customers will also have access to the provider’s Virtual Sports offerings, featuring cutting-edge 3D renderings of horse racing, football, motorsport, and more.

The deal sees Pragmatic Play further bolster its position as Latin America’s leading supplier, with an impressive number of recent partnerships throughout the region as well as several LatAm awards to its name.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “We’re thrilled that Pragmatic Play is bringing its three most prominent verticals to Beette, giving them the opportunity to expand even further in Brazil and Latin America.

“Pragmatic Play has a truly impressive portfolio of exciting and engaging games, with Latin America as a key market. We’re excited for new players to experience their titles and can’t wait to see what they think.”

The representative of Beette said: “Pragmatic Play has some of the biggest and best games out there, with a portfolio of acclaimed, easily recognised titles that we can’t wait to bring to Beette.

“It’s a brand that has made impressive strides in Latin America already, so we’re ecstatic to be partnering with Pragmatic Play and contributing to that success. We’re confident this will be a successful partnership.”

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