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New Jersey Sportsbooks Accepting Legal Oscars Bets for First Time in U.S. History

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Academy Awards should generate interest from bettors, according to PlayUSA.com analysts

For movie lovers in and around New Jersey, there has never been a better time to have a strong opinion on this year’s Oscars. New Jersey sportsbooks are the first in United States history to legally accept bets on the Academy Awards — which are set for Feb. 24 — breaking new ground on the rapidly expanding legal sports betting market, according to analysts at PlayUSA.com.

PlayUSA.com’s complete rundown of the Oscars — including odds on every major category, a pick sheet, what sites are accepting bets, and analysis on the races — can be found at www.playusa.com/sports-betting/oscars.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for American movie lovers to bet on the Academy Awards — legally — for the first time ever,” said Jessica Welman, betting analyst for PlayUSA.com and a movie historian who earned a bachelor’s in Cinema-TV Critical Studies from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in Film and Media Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. “Oscars betting has been popular overseas for years, so it will be intriguing to see what the reaction here is. We suspect interest will be relatively high during a typically slow month for sportsbooks.”

In late January, New Jersey regulators opened the door to legal Oscars betting, though it is possible that this is the only year that it is offered. New Jersey sports betting operators have responded, with nine online sites currently offering odds on the Academy Awards.

Odds and contests vary by sportsbooks, and betting limits are relatively low compared with mainstream sporting events. Most books are simply offering odds on the winners of the big six Academy Awards categories: best picture, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress.

“The novelty alone should pique interest of bettors,” said Dustin Gouker, lead sports betting analyst for PlayUSA.com. “People already love to try to predict who will win the Oscars, and now they can actually put their money where their mouth is. Do you think Black Panther, Roma, or A Star Is Born can win it all? You can bet on it in New Jersey.”

As an event that has never been offered before, the handle for legal Academy Awards betting is difficult to predict. But this year could be ideally situated. Odds for a tight Best Picture race range from the favorite, Roma (odds are as low as 1 to 2), to the dark horse, Vice (as high as 800 to 1).

Without a clear favorite, the Best Picture race could generate significant interest.

“This is a fun year, especially for bettors, because there is no heavy favorite,” Welman said. “Looking at the classic indicators of who will win Best Picture, the results are all over the map. While Roma may be the frontrunner, it is far from a guaranteed winner, which means one of these underdog winners could result in big payday for those who back them. Take Black Panther, for example. There is a scenario that the box office smash could win Best Picture. And with some books offering +2,500 odds, a small $10 bet could result in $250 profit.”

For more information, visit www.playusa.com/sports-betting/oscars.

About The PlayUSA Network:
The PlayUSA Network and its state-focused branches (including PlayNJ.com and PlayPennsylvania.com) is a leading source for news, analysis, and research related to the market for regulated online gaming in the U.S.


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Interblock Announces Corporate Partnership Agreement With Penn National Gaming Including Installations at Over 20 Properties

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Luxury gaming manufacturer and electronic table game (ETG) market leader, Interblock, announced today their partnership with Penn National Gaming Inc..

The corporate partnership agreement with Penn National will include installations at over 20 properties of the company’s portfolio across the United States, and guarantees Penn National exclusivity on newly released products. Interblock’s extensive product portfolio will allow Penn National to offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette and Craps in an array of formats from Standalone Automated and Video units, BarTops, Live and/or Automated Stadiums and Pulse Arenas.

Interblock’s CEO, John Connelly, said, “Penn National has long been regarded as one of the leading operators in North America and Interblock’s ability to work with an operator of this caliber is incredibly fortunate for our company.  We intend to use a combination of technology and innovation to help Penn reduce operating expenses across their properties, while increasing revenue.

“This partnership allows for Interblock to introduce several product segments designed for various casinos within the Penn portfolio.  Everything from Stadiums to standalone units will be utilized to address the demands within each region.

“We are thankful to Penn National for this opportunity and will work hard to make this partnership a success!”

Amongst the first properties to install as part of the deal are Hollywood Lawrenceburg, Ameristar East Chicago and Hollywood Toledo. Each property will install Interblock’s industry leading Diamond Stadiums, which attract existing and new players alike to the next generation of gaming.

The Diamond Stadiums are completely customizable to work with each casino’s unique floorplan and customer base. An unlimited number of play stations can be connected to a single table or generator, providing operators with an effortless way to generate revenue while simultaneously reducing operator expenses. Configured with dealer assist tables, automated generators and/or video generators the stadiums provide Multi-hand Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette and Craps games to patrons from a single play station. Operators are able to turn a dealer assist table into an automated stadium with the touch of a button during non-peak hours allowing for non-stop revenue generation.

“We’ve long been fans of Interblock’s electronic table games products and are pleased to be able to offer them at more than 20 of our company’s leading properties,” said Dan Cherry, Vice President of Gaming Operations for Penn National Gaming.

 

About Interblock:

Interblock® is a worldwide leading developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products. Its multi-player gaming devices set industry standards and provide the ultimate in luxury interactive entertainment experiences. The Interblock brand is globally recognized for diamond quality gaming solutions and technical support in more than 200 jurisdictions. Interblock’s exclusive collection of fully and semi-automated electronic gaming tables and video gaming solutions provide casinos, arcades and gambling halls with superior product performance and their guests with an unforgettable gaming experience. For more information, visit www.interblockgaming.com or call +1 (702) 260-1384.

About Penn National Gaming:

Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. Reflecting the recent acquisitions of Pinnacle and Margaritaville, the Company operates 41 facilities in 18 jurisdictions. In total, Penn National Gaming’s facilities feature approximately 50,000 gaming machines, 1,200 table games and 8,400 hotel rooms. The Company also offers social online gaming through its Penn Interactive Ventures division and has leading customer loyalty programs with over five million active customers.


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iSoftBet gets the party started with Piñata Fiesta

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Latest title from innovative provider is filled with fun features

 

iSoftBet, the market-leading online and mobile casino software provider, has unveiled its latest fun-filled release, Piñata Fiesta.

The 5×3 slot, has all the ingredients needed for a fantastic fiesta, including guitar symbols, margaritas, as well as a number of colourful characters, and of course, a piñata.

With Popping Wilds, a Mega Spiñata which can fill 3 reels, or Grande Reels with stacked wilds, Piñata Fiesta is one of the most action packed slots in iSoftBet’s portfolio.

If a player smashes the piñata, random features will be triggered, giving players a chance at huge wins. The game also features a Free Spins bonus, during which the random features appear more frequently to take the fiesta fun to the next level.

Piñata Fiesta is the latest release from iSoftBet, following on from the thrilling Book of Immortals, to join iSoftBet’s offering of hundreds of proprietary slot games.

Michael Probert, Chief Commercial Officer at iSoftBet, said: “We are delighted to release Piñata Fiesta, one of the most thrilling and feature-filled slots in the iSoftBet portfolio.

“With its fun-packed reels and colourful characters, Piñata Fiesta promises to be the party slot of the summer.”

As with all iSoftBet games, Piñata Fiesta is supported in both landscape and portrait modes when run on mobile devices and has a wide range of currency and language options.

 

About iSoftBet

iSoftBet is a premium online and mobile casino software and games supplier, providing leading gaming products to some of the world’s largest and most successful brands. With extensive experience and a comprehensive selection of best-performing games, iSoftBet is at the forefront of innovation and our tailor-made solutions are designed to meet our operator partners’ every need.

Our games suite includes a wide range of unparalleled proprietary video slots, table games, exclusive branded games from some of the world’s largest TV and movie production companies such as 24 and Paranormal Activity, and an advanced Game Aggregation Platform (GAP), allowing iSoftBet to offer online casinos rapid, one-time integration to more than 30 of the industry’s leading online and mobile game software providers. iSoftBet games are built using the latest technology including HTML5 desktop and mobile compatible software.

The iSoftBet offering includes a comprehensive back office system allowing operators to create bespoke promotions, offer a wide range of player bonuses and rewards, as well as harvest and track real-time game performance data. iSoftbet is committed to responsible gaming and complies with the most stringent global regulatory bodies. We are licensed in the UK and Alderney and are approved to distribute content in multiple regulated markets including Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Romania.


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VIE.gg Partners with Epsilon to Raise Charity Fund through P2P Esports Betting

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VIE.gg, a member of the Esports Integrity Coalition, has made a partnership with Epsilon Esports to raise money for charities through P2P esports betting between fans and three Epsilon CS:GO players Teodor “SPELLAN” Nikolov, Kia “Surreal” Man, and Nils “k1to” Gruhne.

Each player has chosen an individual charity to support, with Surreal choosing to donate his winnings to Cancer Research UK and k1to picking Holidays From Cancer. SPELLAN has chosen Teach For Bulgaria.

Several times per week, each of the Epsilon players will place a bet of their choosing on a team that they think will win. At the end of May, all total winnings will be tallied and audited, with final donations being made to each charity.

“This is a fantastic initiative between VIE.gg and our players, and we are extremely proud to take part in helping to make the world a better place. The trio, K1to, Surreal and SPELLAN have chosen to donate their winnings to worthy charities that have important meaning to each of them and I know they look forward with great excitement to challenging esports fans.” said, Gregory Champagne, Chief Executive Officer at Epsilon Esports.

Brian Cordry, Head of Esports at VIE.gg, added, “It’s a pleasure to get to work directly with players that genuinely want to make a difference using our website. Each of these guys coming up with a charity that they want to support shows that they care about giving back to both the local and online communities. I’m excited to see how much money the guys can raise for their great charitable causes.”


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