Sportech Delivers Derby Day Betting Excitement

Sportech’s 9 Winners Venues along with its online & mobile wagering platform at MyWinners.com, and two Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar locations delivered the ultimate Kentucky Derby day excitement on May 4.

Throughout the Connecticut estate, customers placed over 200,000 wagers during the day driving betting handle to more than $2.5m.  Standing room only crowds cheered on their favorite horses in the 150th run for the roses but only one horse could be declared the winner – Mystik Dan.

Sportech’s Executive Chairman Richard McGuire commented, “It was a thrilling race that came down to the wire and showed once again why Kentucky Derby is widely regarded as the premier race in the United States.  Customers who backed the 18-1 longshot Mystik Dan were ecstatic whilst collecting their winnings throughout our various locations.  In addition to the high level of excitement in our retail locations, our online and mobile channels performed well, recording an 11% increase in activity.”

All Winners and Bobby V’s locations will feature the second and third legs of the Triple Crown on Saturday, May 18 when the Preakness Stakes takes center stage and on Saturday, June 8 for the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga.

Super Bowl Sunday: Sportech Venues in Connecticut

In the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Sportech Venues became a hub of sports betting excitement as the passion of NFL fans could be felt in our venues across Connecticut.
The Super Bowl was a showdown between the 49ers and Chiefs, and despite the Chiefs’ status as reigning champions, they went into the game as a marginal betting underdog.
For the Big Game itself, our staff processed over 25,500 bets worth in excess of $2.1 million, with an average bet size of $84 per fan, which were handled by our staff on location and lodged with Fanatics Sportsbook.

Despite the Chiefs underdog status, we saw considerable betting support for them as they game drew in, and as Patrick Mahomes threw a thrilling game-winning touchdown it meant that Sportech took a slight loss for the day. Not only was the victory sweet for the Chiefs fans, but also for the numerous Sportech customers who walked away with winnings from their teams victory.

“Super Bowl is always a great time for us,” remarked Paul Dionne, VP of Marketing at Sportech Venues. “Seeing our patrons come together, celebrating wins at our locations, and having so much fun, is testament to the vibrant culture we’re fostering.”

A significant uptick was also seen at Sportech’s leading Food and Beverage venues in Stamford and Windsor Locks, where fans converged to witness the Super Bowl live. This resulted in a notable 13% increase in F&B sales on the day, with the vibrant atmosphere and collective cheers for successful bets enhancing the overall experience.

While condolences were extended to the 49ers fans, congratulations were abundant for the Chiefs on their victory. The entire Sportech team is now looking forward to the next American football season, committed to delivering unparalleled sports betting experiences to their patrons.

As the calendar turns towards the NCAAB championship, known as “March Madness”, Sportech remains focused on exploring growth opportunities within Connecticut’s dynamic sports betting landscape.

The company is also preparing to share its FY2023 trading update with the market and investors in late March, promising further insights into its operations and future plans.

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About Sportech Venues:
Sportech Venues is a leading provider of innovative sports and gaming entertainment experiences, offering state-of-the-art sports betting and tote betting solutions across Connecticut, USA. With a commitment to excellence, Sportech continues to enhance the fan experience and drive growth in the dynamic world of sports and horse racing wagering.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Remains Priority

As a member of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG), Sportech works closely with the organization to ensure retail and online customers have access to the help they may need should gambling become a problem, as well as creating awareness for responsible gambling.

In October, Sportech Venues proudly sponsored CCPG’s Annual Conference.  Sportech staff members from operations, security and marketing attended the conference to get a deeper understanding of new emerging trends affecting the problem gambling community.

Mike Burris, Sportech’s Manager of Sports Betting, said: “Having attended CCPG’s annual conference over the years has helped me understand the importance of ensuring our customers have the opportunity and access to responsible gambling tactics.  The conference always delivers engaging speakers that provide insight on emerging trends in prevention and treatment of problem gambling.”

In addition to support for CCPG, Sportech also contributes a portion of daily trading to the State of Connecticut’s Problem Gambling fund via the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

For more information on Sportech Venues and Winners, visit MyWinners.com

For more information on the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, visit CCPG.org.  

Sportech Delivers Breeders’ Cup 2022 Betting Excitement

Sportech’s pari-mutuel business delivered yet another successful Breeders’ Cup weekend for racing enthusiasts who experienced the excitement of the Breeders’ Cup at Sportech’s Connecticut Winners venues and at MyWinners.com.

Winners OTB locations, telephone wagering and MyWinners.com, the online destination for pari-mutuel wagering in Connecticut, combined to process $1,795,000 in handle over the Friday and Saturday racing days.

In Connecticut, Sportech Venues – home of legal retail and online betting in the State – provided consumers with betting at its ten retail locations and at MyWinners.com, with online channels generating a large share of overall betting.

For more information on Sportech Venues and Winners, visit MyWinners.com

Sportech Launches Sports Betting Informational Hub on CT Post

Sportech Venues, Inc., a division of Sportech PLC is delighted to announce that it has successfully launched its “Sports Betting in Connecticut” information hub on Hearst Media’s CT Post website.

The “Sports Betting in Connecticut” information hub was developed with the intention of providing experienced and novice sports bettors with educational articles to help them navigate the legal sports betting landscape in Connecticut.  Readers interested in learning the basics of sports betting can peruse various articles featuring basic information such as; “Where in Connecticut to Bet on Sports”, “Sports Betting 101, a Glossary of Terms”, and “Biggest Betting Events of the Year”.  More experienced bettors have landed at this hub for “Paul’s Picks”, where Sportech Venues’ VP of Marketing Paul Dionne provides a weekly column highlighting his handicapped best bets of the weekend.

Further, readers can learn more about “Responsible Play, The CT Way” a Connecticut-centric responsible gambling initiative led by the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.  Sportech is a proud partner of this initiative alongside the state’s other gaming operators and works to raise the profile of responsible gambling through inclusion in promotional materials, signage and brochures in venues and through managed websites and social media profiles.

For more information on “Sports Betting in Connecticut”, visit the CT Post CT Post website.  To learn more about Sportech Venues and Winners, visit MyWinners.com

Sportech Venues Celebrates the Kick-Off to Football Season

Sports bettors in Connecticut have proven their dedication to America’s favorite game by putting their money where their hearts and minds are – on their favorite football teams.

Sportech Venues Inc., a division of Sportech PLC and provider of retail and online wagering opportunities throughout Connecticut, USA, is pleased to announce a successful kick-off to the NFL and College Football seasons.  Through a partnership with Connecticut Lottery Corp., Sportech Venues is the proud retail operator of PlaySugarHouse Sportsbooks at nine Winners OTB and two Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar locations.  With the football seasons underway,  Sportech’s locations throughout Connecticut have been filled up with sports fans interested in winning big.

The early returns provide a bright outlook on sports betting handle and hold.  Some sports bettors prefer to back their favorite teams through spread and moneyline wagers, whilst others enjoy the thrill of game and player props such as anytime touchdown scorer.  A significant portion of football bettors prefer to take a swing on big wins with multi-leg parlays or even same game parlays that are offered through the PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook.

Paul Dionne, VP of Marketing for Sportech Venues, Inc. said: “We’ve been very pleased with the foot traffic we’ve seen coming through the doors to start the football season.  The increase of customer volume naturally lends itself to not only an increase in sports betting handle, it also provides an uplift in food & beverage sales.  Further, we’re consistently cross-promoting our parimutuel wagering opportunities to clientele that otherwise might not engage in horse racing.”

The variety of venue types and accessibility Sportech provides in Connecticut has proven to be a very effective modeling.  Customers have easy access to in-person retail sports betting with most of Connecticut residents requiring a 20-minute or less drive to place their bets.  The Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar locations appeals to sports bettors interested in a full gameday sports bar experience while other Winners OTB venues allow for pop-ins to get their bets on the night’s game and quickly cash winning tickets.

Bump 50:50 Celebrates Signing One Hundredth Non-profit Charity Client

Provider of digital fundraising raffles celebrates rapid growth with non-profit charitable organizations not affiliated with sports team foundations.

Bump 50:50, a division of Sportech PLC and provider of digital fundraising raffle solutions, is thrilled to announce that it has reached an important milestone with the signing of its one hundredth new client partner in the non-sports related non-profit sector.

50/50 raffles have long been a popular form of fundraising but Bump 50:50 has elevated the raffle experience, developing digital platforms and proven strategies to maximize fundraising. The Bump solution has helped the foundations associated with some of the biggest names in professional and collegiate sports generate tens of millions of dollars annually.

Expanding beyond their traditional on-site arena and stadium 50/50 raffles, BUMP 50:50 has very effectively added internet and mobile fundraising options, including weekly progressive raffles such as the popular Catch the Ace and Queen of Hearts, in the last year. This very timely expansion has elevated many non-profit partners that were very affected by the onset and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of vital in-person fundraising events.

These online raffles are perfect for non-profit organizations who do not hold large gatherings like games and festivals but who wish to use digital raffles to drive donor engagement and raise needed funds to support their charitable missions. Additionally, these digital raffle options will augment upcoming in-person events as conditions continue to improve in coming months.

Having reached this important milestone of one hundred new non-profit charity clients in just over one year, Bump is helping non-profits of all types and sizes who are serving the public in human services, healthcare, youth programs, the arts and civic organizations crush their fundraising goals.

Dave Kurland, President of Bump 50:50, said: “I am immensely proud of the Bump 50:50 team as we reach this key milestone. We developed our web, mobile and in-person raffle solutions with the goal of helping our partners find engaging and innovative ways to reach new audiences and give their fans, followers and donors simple ways to help do good for others. We are thrilled to welcome all of our new non-profit partners to the Bump family and are committed to working hard every day to help them continue their good works.”

Bump’s fundraising raffle solution offers non-profit charities flexible options for fundraising including 50/50 “split the pot” raffles, a “progressive jackpot” raffle (known alternatively as a Queen of Hearts or Catch the Ace raffle) that can grow over time to create excitement and engagement from donors, and prize raffles that allow organizations to offer goods rather than a share of the fundraising jackpot.

Contributors get more from their donation, with fun and exciting ways to participate; always with the knowledge that their favourite non-profit charity will receive 50 percent of the donation to fund their work and that one lucky donor will receive the payback of a lifetime with potential million dollar jackpots.

About Sportech’s Bump 50:50

Bump provides technologies and services that allow foundations, many affiliated with professional and collegiate sports teams, and non-profit philanthropic organizations to offer innovative digital raffle programs in stadiums and online. Charitable raffles harness the passion of sports and entertainment to help foundations raise funds to support their philanthropic missions. The raffle winners and the foundations share the net raffle proceeds equally, making both partners in the success of the program. On February 1, 2021, Sportech PLC announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell the Bump business to Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited. The sale is expected to conclude in the second quarter of 2021. For more information about Bump, visit www.sportech.net.

Calgary Flames Foundation Selects Bump 50:50 as New Digital Raffle Solution Provider

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 (“Bump”) is delighted to announce the successful launch of an online fundraising raffle platform for the Calgary Flames Foundation to support fundraising raffles associated with Calgary Flames National Hockey League team games.

The successful launch followed the execution of an agreement to provide a digital fundraising raffle solution to the Calgary Flames Foundation (“Flames Foundation”) of Alberta, Canada. With this agreement, Bump is the new digital raffle solution provider to four new teams: the Calgary Flames National Hockey League team, the Calgary Roughnecks National Lacrosse League team, the Calgary Hitmen Western Hockey League team, and the Calgary Stampeders Canadian Football League team.

Bump’s integrated solution has been deployed to conduct online raffles initially and will be expanded to include in-person sales during future games. The solution includes the proprietary Bump raffle technology platform with contactless payment integration, along with Bump’s signature implementation package consisting of marketing, selling and operational strategies proven to maximize a foundation’s fundraising potential.

Dave Kurland, President of Bump 50:50, said: “We at Bump are very proud to have been selected by the Calgary Flames Foundation as their new digital raffle solution provider. We know that charities have a choice in digital raffle vendors, so we view the selection of Bump as a strong vote of confidence in our solution and in our approach to working with our client foundations as true partners in their success.”

Candice Goudie of Calgary Flames Foundation, remarked, “The Calgary Flames Foundation 50/50 program is integral to Foundation operations and also to the many southern Alberta charities that we support and Bump’s online capability has been especially important during the pandemic. The launch of the Bump online raffle was a seamless transition and has offered our participants a new and positive experience. We look forward to offering the full Bump raffle experience at games, in addition to our online raffles, in order to sustain our and grow our fundraising efforts.”

The Calgary Flames Foundation are the first Bump clients in Alberta since the Company’s December 2020 announcement that they had secured a Gaming Supplier Registration in the province.

About Sportech’s Bump 50:50

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 provides technologies and services that allow foundations, many affiliated with professional and collegiate sports teams, and non-profit philanthropic organizations to offer innovative digital raffle programs in stadiums and online. Charitable raffles harness the passion of sports and entertainment to help foundations raise funds to support their philanthropic missions. The raffle winners and the foundations share the net raffle proceeds equally, making both partners in the success of the program. On February 1, 2021, Sportech PLC announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell the Bump business to Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited. The sale is expected to conclude in the second quarter of 2021. For more information about Bump, visit www.sportech.net.

Bump 50:50 Celebrates the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation’s $1 Million Jackpot Milestone

 

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 is proud to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation shattering the $1 million mark this week in its Queen of Hearts raffle jackpot.

Bump’s Queen of Hearts raffle for the Blackhawks Foundation (www.blackhawksqoh.com) offers participants an opportunity to win both a weekly prize and a progressive jackpot. The jackpot – which one lucky winner will split equally with the Foundation – currently stands at over $1 million but if not won this week, will continue to accumulate. With each weekly draw that does not result in a win, the odds of winning increase even as the jackpot grows.

Bump’s online progressive jackpot raffle is an important tools in the fundraiser’s toolkit when combined with Bump’s proven technologies and unparalleled support programs.  Best of all, fifty percent of all progressive raffle ticket sales goes to fund Blackhawks Foundation’s charitable mission.

Congratulations to the Blackhawks Foundation, its raffle winners, and beneficiaries!

About Sportech’s Bump 50:50

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 provides technologies and services that allow foundations, many affiliated with professional and collegiate sports teams, and non-profit philanthropic organizations to offer innovative digital raffle programs in stadiums and online. Charitable raffles harness the passion of sports and entertainment to help foundations raise funds to support their philanthropic missions. The raffle winners and the foundations share the net raffle proceeds equally, making both equal partners in the success of the program. On February 1, 2021, Sportech PLC announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell the Bump business to Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited. The sale is expected to conclude in the second quarter of 2021. For more information about Bump, visit www.sportech.net.

Sportech Extends Agreement with Danske Spil

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce that it has extended its technology licensing and services agreement with Danske Licens Spil A/S (“Danske Spil”) the National Lottery Company of Denmark.

The new agreement extends for a multi-year term the licensing and services agreement for Sportech’s Quantum™ System Tote, the world’s most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting solution.

In addition to the Quantum™ System software, Sportech will also provide enhanced operational tools, such as a consolidated interface for data and wagering, and will upgrade Danske Spil to Sportech’s latest-generation online pools betting platform.

Bruno Gay, Sportech’s Senior Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA, remarked, “Sportech is delighted to extend our business relationship with our valued client, Danske Spil. We have worked for many years to deliver Tote solutions that help Danske Spil achieve their objectives. The recently completed integration to allow horse racing to be offered via a large number of Danske Spil lottery outlets is one example of these solutions. We look forward to pursuing new avenues of growth with Danske Spil well into the future.”

Niels Erik Folmann, CEO of Danske Licens Spil A/S stated, “The team at Sportech have been responsive to the needs of Danske Spil as we pursue our growth and sustainability objectives, and their technology solutions provide a strong platform upon which to expand our delivery of pools betting on horseracing in Denmark. We were happy to extend our contract and look forward to pursuing further new initiatives with Sportech.”