Sportech Delivers Breeders’ Cup Betting Excitement

Sportech, the international betting technology business and home of legal in-venue and online betting on racing in the State of Connecticut, announced that it once again delivered seamless betting action to racing fans throughout the United States during the 2019 Breeders’ Cup event at Santa Anita.

Sportech Tote Systems

Sportech’s Quantum™ System software and service delivery network anchored by the Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Center processed over 131 million transactions for US clients during the two days, demonstrating the impressive capacity and speed of Sportech’s Tote betting technologies.

Connecticut

Sportech Venues, home to legal in-venue and online betting on racing for the State of Connecticut and provider of race book services, accepted a total of $3.6 million in betting state-wide over the two days and paid out over $2.7 million to winners.

Richard McGuire, CEO of Sportech PLC, remarked, “The Breeders’ Cup, once again, delivered exciting racing and some of the best thoroughbred betting opportunities in the North American racing calendar. We were pleased to deliver yet another world-class betting experience to racing fans in Connecticut and to our clients across the US.”

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Bump Launches Sinai Health Foundation Raffle

Update from Sportech Bump 50:50

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 has been selected by Sinai Health Foundation to provide electronic 50/50 raffle programs online at www.sinai.bump5050.com and during designated events in Ontario, Canada.

Bump 50:50 launched the new Sinai Health raffle service in October, delivering their innovative package of online and in-stadia electronic raffle technologies and proven marketing strategies. The raffle will progress through to the 6th January drawing.

Sinai Health Foundation is one of the recent additions to the Bump 50:50 client roster from the world of non-sports related charitable organizations.  Bump has over 90 clients from the worlds of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment events, and charitable foundations.

Bump 50:50 provides a package of electronic raffle technologies and services that is proven to help charitable foundations implement successful electronic 50/50 raffles. In addition to point-of-sale hardware and software, the Bump 50:50 package includes a triple-redundant central system and rapid-response services. Bump’s signature implementation and marketing package helps maximize the potential of its customer’s 50/50 raffle programs, generating raffle jackpots as high as four hundred thousand dollars.

For more information about Bump 50:50 and their electronic raffle systems, visit the Bump 50:50 website.

Bump 50:50 and In-Stadia Betting

Dan Tanenbaum, President of Bump 50:50, a division of Sportech Racing and Digital, took time out of his busy day to answer some questions for iGB North America Magazine on In-Stadia Betting. The article “In The Thick Of The Action” was published in Issue 41 last week.

The article examines how sporting arenas are “evolving into technologically advanced entertainment platforms, rather than simple venues where people gather to watch live sport”. The article discusses three main factors that contribute to in-stadia betting; “Stadium As A Platform” suggesting the stadium is more than another betting venue, “Preparing The Ground” for legal wagering in state regulation, and “The Mobile Question” how a partnership between a venue and an operator could look.

Dan comments on how Bump has already entered into many stadiums with technology for raffles and prepared the ground for future betting.

“[While] we don’t really view Bump’s charitable raffles as ‘gambling’ per se, in the US and Canada it is the only way to legally win money at a game right now,” he explains. “And, in cases where the activity is permitted, raffles prepare the stadium and its staff for betting activity.”

Dan says “a significant portion” of Bump 50:50 raffle sales come through kiosks or roaming sales agents, but adds it also provides sales via web and mobile devices where permitted by law.

From experience, Bump 50:50 have also created solutions to some of the mobile questions raised in the article. They have developed core processes to mitigate some of the technical limitations, such as concentrated wi-fi demands and exclusivity zones. Dan explains “the implementation of in-stadia betting in the US will be determined by the limitations imposed by regulators more so than by exclusivity agreements.”

Find the full article here.

For more information about Bump 50:50 and their electronic raffle systems, visit the Bump 50:50 website.

Sportech Joins World Lottery Association

Sportech, the international gaming technology business, is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as an Associate Member of the World Lottery Association, a global professional association of state lottery and gaming organizations from more than 80 countries.

Sportech joins WLA’s associate members from the worldwide lottery supplier industry on the basis of the company’s longstanding expertise as a provider of enterprise gaming solutions to national lottery, pools lottery, and charitable sports raffle operators.

Building on established lottery supply contracts in North America, Europe  and the Caribbean, Sportech is making significant investment in lottery with technology and talent secured with the 2019 acquisition of Lot.to Systems, the integration of lottery bets on Sportech’s Quantum™ System software, and rapid growth in its Bump 50:50 sports raffle business.

Julian Bewley, Chief Commercial Officer of Sportech PLC, said, “Sportech are thrilled to join the WLA as an associate member and for the opportunity to contribute to the industry and its growth through our passion for making lottery games more appealing, accessible, and fun and to giving lottery operators innovative tools and strategies to propel their business forward.”

Sportech Sponsors EPMA RB Forum 2019

Bruno Gay at EPMA RB Forum (Far Right)

On Friday 4th October, Sportech’s European sales team attended European Pari Mutuel Association (EPMA) Racing and Betting (RB) Forum in Paris. This year, the RB Forum was attended by 140 participants from 27 different countries from the Horseracing and Tote community focussing on innovation.

Sportech was a proud sponsor at the RB Forum as an Associate Member of the EPMA and a panellist discussing global and world pools.  Sportech Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA, Bruno Gay, participated on the panel, “Common pools, betting innovation and a place for a global bet” in which the Ascot World Pool was the hottest topic up for discussion and was described as an “exciting global pool success”.

Discussing Sportech’s key role in the delivery of the world pool, Bruno described Sportech’s experience with the 2019 Ascot World Pool and the concept of “reverse guesting”, the driving framework behind global pools, commenting, “world pools are accessible and feasible thanks to technology.”

To view Bruno’s presentation and others from the RB Forum, go to the RB Forum website here.

For more information about Sportech Racing and Digital, visit www.sportech.net.

A Big Jackpot Sunday For BUMP 50:50


Update from Sportech Bump 50:50

Bump 50:50, a division of Sportech Racing and Digital, generated over a half a million dollars on a single Sunday, with four of its ninety-four 50/50 raffle clients standing out.

Of Bump 50:50’s NFL® clients, the Detroit Lions had a Sunday jackpot of $135,150, the Houston Texans reached $100,755, and the Miami Dolphins hit $84,799.  From the MLB®, the San Francisco Giants had a Sunday jackpot of $153,600.

Bump 50:50 provides a package of electronic raffle technologies and services that is proven to help charitable foundations implement successful electronic 50:50 raffles. Bump’s signature implementation and marketing package helps maximize the potential of its clients’ 50:50 raffle programs, generating record-setting jackpots, like this big jackpot Sunday, for teams, special events, and charitable organizations.

For more information about Bump 50:50 and their electronic raffle systems, visit the Bump 50:50 website.

SIS Selects Sportech To Provide Global Commingling Solution

SIS (Sports Information Services) and Sportech PLC today announced a global commingling totalisator agreement that will allow SIS to create and disseminate a worldwide pool for greyhound racing.

SIS, the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services to retail and online operators globally, will utilise Sportech’s Quantum™ System pari-mutuel betting software to offer the greyhound global pool, leveraging Sportech’s unrivalled worldwide reach and expansive global commingling capabilities. Sportech will also provide hosting and operational services of the greyhound global pool from the company’s Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centres.

Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said “This partnership further bolsters our capability as the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services worldwide.

“Sportech’s market leading technology will help facilitate SIS’s greyhound racing global pool, which will further expand the reach of greyhound racing around the world”.

Bruno Gay, Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA for Sportech, said: “We are delighted to partner with SIS to deliver a greyhound racing global pool, a project for which Quantum™ System and Sportech’s global service delivery network are perfectly suited.

Sportech’s Quantum™ technology has helped betting clients all over the world find new markets for their products and new content for their consumers.  On the heels of the successful implementation of the “Ascot World Pool” for UK Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, we are delighted to support SIS in offering a global pool to satisfy the world greyhound racing market.”

Sportech Venues Secures Exclusive Off-Track Betting License Protections

Sportech Venues, Inc., a division of Sportech PLC, announced that the Connecticut State Budget signed by Governor Lamont on June 26, 2019 included legislation that clarifies and strengthens Sportech’s exclusive license to conduct off-track pari-mutuel betting in the State of Connecticut.

Sportech Venues, Inc. holds the exclusive license to offer off-track betting in the State of Connecticut and does so through its 15 venues and online betting services.

This budget legislation closes a loophole and thus legally prohibits unlicensed online operators from taking wagers from Connecticut residents.  This law becomes effective as of 1 October 2019.

Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues, Inc., said, “Sportech have invested heavily in our Connecticut business on the basis of our exclusive license to offer off-track betting there. We are pleased that the State of Connecticut recognized Sportech’s exclusive license with this legislation to close a loophole that deprived Sportech of legitimate revenues but also, by virtue of uncollected pari-mutuel taxes, deprived the State of Connecticut of tax proceeds. This was a good result for both Sportech and for the people of the State of Connecticut.”

Sportech Announces Key Management Changes

Sportech PLC, the international betting technology business, announced key new management team changes in the Group’s B2B division.

Raj Sanjanwala has been appointed Group Chief Technology Officer to manage and advance the Group’s technology strategy across all B2B business lines. Raj joined the company as a developer in 1987 and has assumed increasingly more significant responsibilities over the course of his engagement, including most recently as Director of Global Tote Development.

Andrew Lindley, co-founder of recent Sportech acquisition LOT.TO, has been appointed Group Chief Operating Officer. Andrew has served as General Counsel for the UK Tote, has founded successful lottery betting and technology businesses including Lottoland.com and LOT.TO, and has served as non-executive director on several media and public company boards including Turf TV and SiS.

Julian Bewley, co-founder of LOT.TO, has been named Group Chief Commercial Officer. Formerly part of the founding team at CelebPoker, Julian brings digital technical innovation and transformation knowledge coupled with strong marketing and business development skills to the new Sportech role. Julian has held advisory and executive roles at various sports, gaming and technology companies, including ZEAL Network, 32Red and Caesars Palace.

Rounding out these appointments are additional enhancements to further strengthen Sportech’s Technology group.

Lewis Theobald, formerly of LOT.TO, has been promoted to Chief of Digital Development to shape the Group’s digital transformation strategy in Tote, Sports and Lottery.

Mark Bacha has been promoted to the role of Director, Tote Development and Systems Analysis to expand and enhance Sportech’s leading international commingling capabilities and core Tote engine.

Brett Underhill has been promoted to Director, Tote Development and Support to drive development of Sportech’s client portal and back-end reporting systems as he continues to support Sportech’s EMEA Tote client base.

Finally, Sportech Racing and Digital welcomes Steve Gore as Director, Systems Infrastructure to focus on providing secure, scalable solutions to Sportech’s global client base.

Sportech Technology Delivers “Ascot World Pool”

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce that it successfully delivered the new “Ascot World Pool”, a global commingling project undertaken by Sportech for Betfred Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and Hong Kong Jockey Club during the 2019 Royal Ascot meet.

The World Pool is a pari-mutuel betting pool designed to maximize liquidity by combining tote betting from global outlets, including Ascot’s on-course tote, Betfred’s UK Totepool and the Royal Ascot pool hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

The Ascot World Pool project is powered by Sportech’s Quantum™ System, the world’s most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting system, and delivered with hosting and operational services from Sportech’s Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centre.

Raj Sanjanwala, Chief Technology Officer of Sportech, said: “The World Pool initiative is indicative of what Sportech does best.  We listen to our client’s ambitions and work closely with their teams to cooperatively deliver a seamless global solution. In this case, working with world-class partners Betfred Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and Hong Kong Jockey Club to execute the solution live on the world stage, ultimately delivering a terrific result. Royal Ascot, I suspect,  was just the opening chapter of the potential for pools that deliver increased liquidity for our combined worldwide client base.”

The World Pool project demonstrates Sportech’s sustained commitment to its pari-mutuel pools betting business, to preserving the ease of betting for a global betting audience, and to leveraging Quantum™ System’s flexible methods for merging local and remote product to further expand the solution globally.