888 announces change of Chief Executive Officer

(PRESS RELEASE) — 888, one of the world’s leading online gaming entertainment and solutions providers, is pleased to announce that Itai Pazner, previously the Group’s Chief Operating Officer (“COO”), has been appointed as 888’s new Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). Itai Pazner has in-depth and widespread understanding of both 888 and the online gaming industry having spent the past 17 years with the Group. Prior to becoming COO in 2017, Itai Pazner spent more than six years as Senior Vice President (‘SVP’) of the Group’s B2C Division where he oversaw the significant development of 888’s market-leading brands as well as having oversight of the Group’s marketing, customer support functions, and operations.

After more than 14 years in the business, including nearly eight years as part of 888’s executive leadership team, Itai Frieberger is standing down as the Group’s CEO. Itai Frieberger will remain a Director of the Group for up to 12 months during his notice period. This will help to enable a seamless transition of responsibilities to his successor and support the progress of a number of the Group’s strategic initiatives that are already underway.

Itai Frieberger has been an integral part of the Group’s management team throughout a transformational period for 888. Since Itai Frieberger’s appointment as COO during 2011, the Group has achieved significant progress against its strategy to diversify the business and grow across regulated markets.

Brian Mattingley, Non-Executive Chairman of 888 commented: “Itai Frieberger has been instrumental in driving the transformation of 888 into one of the world’s leading online gaming companies. The Board understands and accepts Itai Frieberger’s decision to step back from the day-to-day running of a global business and, in order to ensure a seamless transition, we are delighted that he will remain on the Board of 888 over the coming months.”

“In Itai Pazner we have the ideal successor as CEO. Itai is a highly experienced and dynamic operator who has developed a unique understanding of 888 over the past 17 years within the company. He has a fantastic track record within the Group having helped to drive 888’s growth in a number of new regulated markets and overseen significant product and marketing innovation during recent years. Itai Pazner has worked closely with Itai Frieberger for a number of years, especially in his most recent role as COO, which will enable an effective and seamless transition.”

“On a personal note, Itai Frieberger and I have worked closely together for many years and he has been a fantastic colleague. He has made a truly outstanding contribution to 888 and, on behalf of everyone at the company, I would like to thank Itai for his truly exceptional achievements and dedication.”

Itai Frieberger, outgoing CEO of 888, commented: “Being CEO of 888 and working with our team of highly skilled and committed colleagues has been a tremendous honour. We have so many great people, partners and investors around the world and I would like to thank them all for their amazing effort and support over the last eight years. In particular, I would like to thank the operational leadership team and, especially, Brian Mattingley, our Chairman, and Aviad Kobrine, our CFO. Their support and input have been invaluable throughout my time at 888.”

“This has not been an easy decision to make, however I feel that – after eight exciting and rewarding years as a senior executive in a dynamic global business – this is the right time for me to step back from the day-to-day running of 888. I would like to thank the Board for their understanding and support of my decision and I look forward to continuing to work with the Directors in my new role.”

“I am very proud of what we have achieved during my time at 888. The global online gaming industry has changed beyond recognition during this period but, despite this, the Group has continued to achieve its strategic objectives and deliver for its stakeholders. This is down to the strength of our team and our outstanding technology.”

“I believe that 888 today is one of the most diversified operators across products and regulated markets in the global online gaming industry. Itai Pazner is a fantastic operator with a tremendous passion for innovation, product development and the customer experience; I know we share the same approach, values and vision for the business. In my new role I will remain on the Board to support Itai by leveraging my relationships and supporting the progress of a number of exciting strategic initiatives that are already underway. I have no doubts that Itai Pazner is the right person to lead 888 through the next exciting chapters of the Group’s growth.”

Itai Pazner, new CEO of 888, commented: “I am honoured to become the new CEO of 888. 888 has a brilliant team and culture across the business, which is led by a talented and vastly experienced operational management team.”

“Itai Frieberger is hugely admired both within 888 and throughout the online gaming industry and he has been instrumental in the Group’s significant development over many years. I am very excited at the prospect of building on his work and continuing to deliver the Group’s clear growth strategy by further enhancing our technology and growing 888’s presence across products and global regulated markets.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

AGS ready to showcase at ICE London

(PRESS RELEASE) — AGS, a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table products, and interactive solutions for the gaming industry, will showcase its obsession with providing the best platforms and game titles for online real-money and social gaming at ICE London 5-7 February in Stand N1-536 at ExCel London.

Following the company’s June 2018 acquisition of iGaming aggregator and content provider Gameiom Technologies, AGS now offers a robust game aggregation platform, remote gaming server, and a library of more than 600 entertaining game titles from a network of third-party suppliers, and soon to launch, game content from AGS’ own in-house studios.

To deliver its high-performing games and provide an exceptional play experience, AGS partners with many of the world’s leading online operators, including 888 Holdings, Betfred, BetVictor, Coral, GVC Holdings, Ladbrokes, Rank Group and William Hill.

At ICE, AGS will provide live demonstrations of its Axsys Games Marketplace game aggregation platform and game titles soon-to-be available from AGS, which include online versions of AGS’ proven land-performers like Golden Wins Jade Wins, and Longhorn Jackpots. AGS will also highlight its large portfolio of game titles from its partner network of third-party suppliers, which include 1x2 gaming, 2 By 2 Gaming, Ainsworth, Asylum Labs, Bulletproof Games, Gaming Realms, High 5 Games, MetaGU, Reflex Gaming, Revolver Gaming, Skillzz Gaming, Storm Gaming Technology, No Limit City and Oryx Gaming.

The company will showcase its Connexsys Social White-Label Casino solution, a turnkey, free-play B2C mobile app solution for land-based casinos that blends the casino brand with AGS’ library of player-favorite games to deliver a mobile gaming experience for players.

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “We’re excited about bringing our obsession for the game to ICE and welcoming online and land-based gaming operators into our stand to experience our player-proven games and our platform technologies for real-money and social gaming. Our AGS Interactive team, along with several of our senior-level executives, will be on hand at ICE to showcase our fast-growing library of high-performing online game content, including our first AGS titles which will soon be available through our Axsys Games Marketplace. We look forward to this launch, given our industry-leading game performance in the land-based market, which gives us confidence that the games will do very well in the real-money gaming space.”

Source: GamingMeets.com

Intertops celebrates 20 years

(PRESS RELEASE) — This year Intertops celebrates the 20th anniversary of its ground-breaking affiliate program. To mark the occasion, Intertops Affiliates will be giving away stacks of Apple products at the London Affiliate Conference on 7 and 8 February. The pioneering company’s very first affiliate – who still receives monthly commissions for players he introduced way back when – will draw the final winner.

Hourly draws over the two days of LAC will award four iPhones, six Air Pods, four iPads, five iWatches and one Macbook Air.

“We’ve got 20 prizes for 20 years,” said an Intertops spokesperson. “One Apple product every thirty minutes. For a chance to win, just come by stand C1 and drop your business card in the bowl.”

Intertops Poker is the most trusted online gambling brand in the world and is famous for taking the very first online sports bet in 1996. Two years later the pioneering company ventured into the casino business and added a poker room in 2003.

One of Intertops’ first affiliates was “Suchknecht.” Twenty years ago, he was delivering the daily post to the Intertops office. One day he sat down for a coffee with the company founder and learned about the iGaming industry. He invented a search engine and started promoting Intertops. Twenty years later, he continues to receive monthly commissions for the players he referred in those early days.

“Suchknecht” looks forward to talking about the good old days of affiliate marketing at the London Affiliate Conference.

Source: GamingMeets.com

Rhode Island receives mobile sports betting legislation

(PRESS RELEASE) — President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio will submit legislation (2019-S 0037) in the Senate to allow mobile sports wagering through Twin River Casino and Tiverton Casino Hotel.

“The new in-person sportsbook that opened in November has been very popular, with lines stretching out the doors,” said President Ruggerio. “It is an entertainment option that many Rhode Islanders enjoy, and visitors from outside the state are also flocking to our gaming facilities to place their wagers on sporting events. Expanding to mobile gaming would provide a convenient option for those wishing to enjoy this form of entertainment, and open up the economic benefits beyond the walls of Twin River. I can envision a group of friends from out-of-state spending an evening out in a local establishment where they can both watch the game and place a wager.”

The legislation would enable the creation of an app consumers could use to access the sports gaming offerings at Twin River from anyplace within the parameters of the state of Rhode Island. Consumers must initially set up their accounts in person at Twin River, and thereafter could place a wager from anywhere in the state. They must be physically in the state of Rhode Island in order to wager. The system would utilise technology to determine the location of any person placing a wager, and would not accept wagers from outside of the state’s boundaries.

Similar to other states, such as New Jersey, wagering is received upon a server-based gaming system located on the premises of the casinos, and therefore deemed to be placed and accepted at the casino.

The State of Rhode Island would continue to receive 51% of all winnings from sports wagering, among the highest rates in the country.

“Revenue from sports gaming supports critical state services, like road and bridge repairs, education and human services. This revenue offsets reliance on taxes for state needs,” said President Ruggerio. “It is estimated that 97% of sports betting takes place illegally. This is an opportunity to give Rhode Islanders and visitors a legal avenue to participate in an activity they enjoy, while providing a very tangible benefit to our state.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Pragmatic Play ready to launch live casino products

(PRESS RELEASE) — Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is set to launch its all-new live casino products.

Broadcast from a state-of-the-art, newly constructed studio, Pragmatic Play’s live casino portfolio will incorporate a wide selection of games, including baccarat, roulette and blackjack.

The games will be hosted by highly skilled dealers, and delivered with superior video quality using cutting edge technology and an expertly-modeled UI to provide the most immersive, mobile-first gaming experience.

Pragmatic Play will showcase its live casino products alongside its full range of content at ICE Totally Gaming from 5-7 February at Stand N8-120.

Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, said, “Lifting the lid on our live casino portfolio is a landmark moment for Pragmatic Play as we underline our multi-product strategy. This step is also highly important to capitalise on our ever-growing regulated market presence.”

“We are delighted to be launching our games from a dedicated high-tech studio and certain these products will strike a chord with players all over the globe.”

The live casino launch follows a period of significant commercial expansion for the provider, having recently signed agreements with tier one operators, including PokerStars and ComeOn!

Source: GamingMeets.com

Blueprint Gaming partners with Iforium

(PRESS RELEASE) — Innovative slots developer Blueprint Gaming has expanded its international reach after launching its games with platform provider Iforium.

As part of the deal between the two companies, Blueprint Gaming’s portfolio of slots have been integrated onto Iforium’s innovative casino aggregation and bonus platform, Gameflex.

Popular Blueprint releases including Diamond Mine, Inspector Gadget, ted and Wish Upon a Jackpot are now available to Iforium’s fast-growing operator network and their players.

In addition, the developer’s Jackpot King progressive system will be made available to players on existing titles such as Super Diamond Deluxe and Winstar.

The partnership with Iforium will enable Blueprint to further grow its presence across the iGaming industry, with its games now available to a wider pool of operators.

Matt Cole, Managing Director of Blueprint Gaming, said, “Partnering with Iforium is an important step in our efforts to build the Blueprint Gaming brand across Europe and make our content more accessible.”

“We’re delighted to see our games go live on the Gameflex platform and look forward to delivering even more exciting content to our latest partner over the coming months.”

Phil Parry, Iforium CEO, said, “I am thrilled to confirm the integration and launch of Blueprint on our Gameflex platform. Blueprint are undoubtedly one of the leading providers of premium slot content in the industry and they are a very welcome addition to our portfolio.”

“I’m confident Blueprint will quickly provide many of the top performing titles we offer to our operators and their players.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

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