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GAME (Gaming & Affiliate Marketing Expo) 2020

With the most part of April being absorbed by Easter and school holidays in Greece, the Eventus International team has decided to move the date for GAME 2020 to ensure that nothing stands in the way of optimal local and international attendance to this inaugural event,

GAME 2020 will now be taking place on Monday, 27 April 2020 at the luxurious Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens. Held in the beautiful Panorama Hall with a view of the Temple of Zeus, National Gardens, the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Arch and the Ancient Stadium, conferencing and networking certainly does not get any better than this!

Mark the date! Book your place at GAME 2020 now to gain expert knowledge on the most current status of the gaming industry in Greece and uncover how you can grow your business in this vibrant, evolving market.

To book your seat, register at https://www.eventus-international.com/game

We are proud to introduce 1XBET, our lanyard sponsor for GAME 2020. 1XBET is an international bookmaker with over 10 years of experience. It is one of the most rapidly developing companies in the betting industry. They offer an in-house agent scheme and an affiliate program, and support more than 250 payment solutions from all over the world.

Contact us now to find out how your company can benefit at GAME 2020:

Contact Eventus International’s Marketing Director, Lou-Mari Burnett, to grow your business in Greece and beyond with our sponsorship and exhibition packages for GAME 2020.

Lou-Mari Burnett

Marketing Director 

Eventus International

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +27829075850

US racehorse doping scheme leads to 27 arrests

A number of racehorse trainers, veterinarians and drug distributors have been arrested in the US with charges related to the illegal drugging of racehorses.

One of the 27 people arrested in relation to the accusations is Jason Servis, trainer of Maximum Security, who won the £20m ($26m) Saudi Cup last month, the world’s richest horserace.

According to federal indictments related to the case, Servis and the 26 other defendants were involved in a scheme to manufacture and distribute adulterated and misbranded drugs to secretly administer to racehorses.

Servis, who entered horses in more than 1,000 races from 2018 to Feb 2020, is accused of doping Maximum Security and “virtually all of the racehorses under his control.”

The defendants are accused of administering horses with performance-enhancing drugs, such as blood builders, pain shots, bronchodilators and ‘red acid.’

William Sweeney Jr, Assistant Director of the FBI’S New York Office, said these substances led to a number of negative consequences for the horses, including: “cardiac issues, over-exertion leading to leg fractures, increased risk of injury, and in some cases death.”

The case has been described by Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for Manhattan, as the most far-reaching prosecution of racehorse doping in the history of the Department of Justice.

First Boston pot shop, Pure Oasis, opens to small crowds

Nearly four and a half decades after the late Peter Tosh first sang “Legalize it, don’t criticize it,” his daughter Niambe McIntosh became the first person to buy recreational pot legally in Boston.

“Of course: The sativa. We’re islanders; we’ve gotta have the sativa,” said McIntosh, who’d just done a little pirouette to celebrate the official opening of Pure Oasis in Dorchester, Boston’s first pot shop, referring to a type of marijuana.

McIntosh, an international cannabis activist who lives near the Grove Hall store, was first patron at Pure Oasis, which is also the first African-American-owned pot shop in the state.

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Soft2Bet to Add Playtech Slots Suite across 17 Brands

Playtech’s hot streak of important announcements continues into the new week as it became known this morning that the gambling software giant has inked a multi-year content delivery deal with online casino and sports betting operator Soft2Bet.

This recently forged partnership enables Soft2Bet to launch more than 100 premium Playtech-crafted games across its many online casino brands.

Growing rapidly and making a name for itself in the provision of iGaming and wagering services, Soft2Bet currently manages 17 tailor-made online casinos and sportsbooks. The operator celebrated the launch of its newest brand – Rabona – late last year.

Named after the popular football skill, Rabona was the sixth sports betting operation to go live under the Soft2Bet umbrella. The brand features a unique gamification tool that provides bettors with the opportunity to collect cards with popular football teams and players by earning points with every bet they place.

Soft2Bet players across its gaming brands can currently access casino titles from more than 30 top-tier industry providers as well as from emerging game development studios. Its online casinos are available in a number of lucrative markets, including Japan after Soft2Bet ventured into the Asian nation with its AlfCasino operation.

Delivering “Richer, More Varied Experience”

As part of its deal with Playtech, Soft2Bet will be able to add more than 100 premium games delivered by Playtech, including slots, progressive jackpot titles, and table games. The titles will be available across all of the operator’s brands.

The addition of Playtech’s content will further enrich Soft2Bet’s offering and would strengthen the company as it looks to expand its international presence and enter more regulated markets.

Commenting on their multi-year partnership with Playtech, Soft2Bet Head of Casino Teodora Breskovska said that the provider has secured them with access to premium quality slot games that are “top performers in our key markets.”

Ms. Breskovska went on that their players would be particularly “thrilled to access” some of the most popular jackpot titles in the iGaming industry that are worth hundreds of thousands in prize money.

James Frendo, Director of Casino at Playtech, said that they are pleased to be working with Soft2Bet and bring some of the most popular online casino games to brand-new audiences.

The Playtech official added that “with a carefully selected mix of branded titles, original content and games supported by major jackpots, we’re confident we can help Soft2Bet deliver an even richer, more varied experience for their players.”

Last week, Playtech announced several important partnerships with major gambling operators. The company signed a four-year deal with British bookmaker Betfred for the delivery of its Casino, Live Casino, Bingo, and Poker suite to the operator.

It was last week again when Playtech and its long-term partner GVC Holdings announced the launch of three new Live Roulette tables for the Spanish online gambling market.

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Virginia Moves to Legalize Sports Betting, Casino Gambling

Virginia lawmakers have historically been opposed to any form of gambling expansion but the promise of new revenue flows to state coffers and keeping gambling money within state confines has resulted in bipartisan support for a duo of bills calling for the legalization of new gambling offerings.

Both chambers of the Virginia Legislature passed on Sunday HB 896 and SB 384 that authorize the introduction of retail and online sports betting and permit the construction of up to four casinos around the state.

The two pieces should now be signed by Governor Ralph Northam in order to become law.

Limited Retail Sportsbooks, Betting Apps Could Go Live by Late 2020

The Sunday passage of the two bills makes Virginia the latest state to enter the US sports betting frenzy.

The two pieces pave the way for the start of mobile sports betting by the end of the year. However, the introduction of retail sportsbooks could take a little longer. In addition, under the bills there would be limited number of retail betting licenses up for grabs.

The Virginia Lottery is now tasked with regulating the state’s newly expanded gambling industry. The agency is required to set the rules under which sports betting services would be provided in Virginia by mid-September.

Under the recently passed sports betting bill, the Lottery’s Director “may issue from four to twelve permits at one time and is directed to issue an amount of permits that would maximize tax revenue collected pursuant to the bill.”

The introduction of casino gambling to state residents would take longer, though, as the development of casinos requires voter referendums in the cities of Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Richmond. Such referendums can take place as early as this coming November.

Under the sports betting bill, wagering would be taxed at 15% on gross revenue. In addition, authorized operators would be required to use official league data.

Lawmakers Ban Betting on Virginia College Sports

Betting on college sports and whether it should be banned or at least limited was among the most widely debated topics on Sunday. The sports betting bill’s provisions regarding college wagering could have derailed the entire effort if opponents and proponents had failed to reach some sort of compromise.

An original version of the Senate sports betting bill authorized betting on all college sports. However, some House lawmakers called for a total ban on betting on college sports.

The final version of the bill that is now heading to Gov. Northam’s desk prohibits wagering on collegiate games involving Virginia teams and placing prop bets on any individual college athlete.

While many welcomed the restrictions, Virginia Delegate Marcus Simon argued that those would allow an illegal market to continue to thrive and that this is actually “more damaging” than enabling bettors to place wagers on Virginia’s teams in a legal setting.

Source: Done Deal: Virginia Legislature Approves Legal Sports Betting In Overtime Session, Bill Goes On To Governor

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Red Tiger Launches Casino Titles across Glitnor Brands

Online casino games developer and software provider Red Tiger continues its streak of important partnerships with a recently signed content supply deal with rapidly growing iGaming group Glitnor.

The partnership will see Red Tiger expand its presence across core existing markets as well as new territories, while boosting the offering available on Glitnor’s flagship online casino brands.

After a successful integration, Red Tiger announced today that its entire games library is now available across Glitnor’s Lucky Casino and Gambola operations. This means that players at the two online casinos now have access to titles such as Pirates’ Plenty, Pirates’ Plenty – Battle for Gold, Dragon’s Luck Megaways, and Eagle Riches, among others.

Aside from its slots range, Red Tiger has also provided its newest partner and its iGaming operations with access to its daily and hourly jackpots.

The software provider debuted its Daily Drop Jackpot Network in April 2019. Red Tiger’s jackpots offering was received quite well by players in a number of regulated markets. The company stepped up its jackpot game later in 2019 with the introduction of hourly jackpot prizes.

News about Red Tiger going live with Glitnor’s brands arrive hot on the heels of last week’s launch of the provider’s content with online gambling operator Premier Gaming. The operator’s Pronto Casino and Premier Live Casino now offer Red Tiger’s entire slots library in addition to content from other providers.

Expansion in Lucrative Markets

Red Tiger’s partnership with Glitnor would enable the provider to extend its reach across core Nordic markets, the rest of Europe, and Japan where both Lucky Casino and Gambola boast a large customer base.

Commenting on their partnership with Glitnor, Red Tiger Commercial Director Chris Looney said that the group is one of the fastest growing iGaming companies and that the deal “highlights the worldwide appeal of our content.”

Glitnor Group Director Martin Sidenvall said that “Red Tiger has a fantastic reputation for producing top quality games, and we’re thrilled to announce this commercial agreement with them.”

The gaming group’s director went on that “delivering the best slots to our customers is paramount for us, and it’s great that our players now have access to Red Tiger’s titles and the great functionality that comes with them.”

It should be noted that aside from its B2C gaming brands, Glitnor is also the company behind newly established online casino content provider Swintt. While it may be an industry newcomer, Swintt already boasts a nice portfolio of more than two dozens of titles, including the Master of Books, Legendary, and Heart of Earth slots.

Glitnor also runs the Dora Mahjong real money player-to-player Mahjong brand. The omni-channel operation provides players with the opportunity to choose from several cash game tables or take part in tournies. The brand focuses on the Japanese iGaming market.

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The Best JPG to PDF Converter online Free 2020

JPG is a very popular and widely used image format, despite its large popularity, there are cases where the formats do not fit. So, in such instance where the need arises to convert images to PDf files, you have to use different apps. This process of converting jpg to pdf format can be done online as well as offline. There are many specialized offline software that can handle JPG to PDF conversion without compromise on quality.

In this jpg to pdf converter review we have mentioned all the details you need when it comes to some of the best JPG to PDF converter software. Mostly the programs stated below are freeware while others required you to purchase them though after a trial period. While some of the JPG to PDF converter tools are live on the web, others require you to install them locally on your PC. And we can ensure you that at the end of this article, you will be able to decide on the tool that best goes with your wants.

CONVERT JPG TO PDF FORMAT WITHOUT COMPROMISING QUALITY

1. TALKHELPER PDF CONVERTER

If you are looking for best JPG to PDF converter software than without any doubt TalkHelper PDF Converter is the best JPG to PDF. It is very powerful offline software that can handle different JPG to PDF conversion like HEIC to JPEG and PDF. It is a feature-rich software; the developer has gone an extra mile to empower you with the best.

This app has multi-format support, you will be able to convert TIFF, JPG, PNG and GIF image formats to PDF. You never have to worry about the quality and safety of your image as the whole process take place locally on your computer. It takes very less time to upload and download the image and absolutely no information is asked from you. 

2. APOWERSOFT IMAGE TO PDF CONVERTER
A simple tool to convert your jpg image to pdf format is Apowersoft, which help you to be away from any type of hassle and struggle. By using this app, you can also save your paint images as PDF. This can be done in 3 different ways depending on what works best for you.

  • Firstly, you can convert image to PDF by adding files from URLs like for images saved on cloud platforms like Google Drive.
  • Secondly, you can add files one by one using the normal file browser
  • Thirdly, last but not the least, you can implement batch conversion in the case of multiple files.

3. ISKYSOFT PDF EDITOR 6
This app is well-known for its capabilities to covert jpg image to pdf format.  Besides converting JPG to PDF image, there is an outstanding feature that most of the other programs do not offer. These features are editing, add sticky notes and highlight text. The best part is that the file is downloaded as freeware and is accessible to all.

When saving the output file, you are free to give a filename and in addition, you can also decide the location/destination directory where to save the PDF files. The file conversion process takes very little time and you can also share the particular file within no time.

FINAL WORDS
Overall, it is not a difficult task to convert jpg image to pdf format. Here in this jpg to pdf format conversion review we have mentioned 3 app that are free of cost and very simple to use.

Spearhead Studios launches games on ORYX Gaming platform

Spearhead Studios has entered into a new partnership with B2B provider ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company. ORYX is set to distribute Spearhead’s content to their casino partners, with the aim of providing operators with country-specific titles in several jurisdictions.

Through the new agreement, Spearhead Studios has made available a selection of five titles, with more to follow in the upcoming months. Following the success of Book of Souls and recently launched Wilds of Wall Street, 2020 will see Spearhead introduce a minimum of 12 more titles, including video slots and table games.

The games will be made available to ORYX’s operator partners via the ORYX Hub platform which hosts a library of 8,000+ games from more than 80+ providers, licenced by MGA and certified and/or approved in 15 major jurisdictions.

Matevz Mazij, Managing Director of ORYX Gaming, says: “Spearhead Studios is a rising star in the industry with a growing portfolio of new and exciting games and we are thrilled to partner with them and to further boost our offering.”

Mathias Larsson, Managing Director of Spearhead Studios, comments: “We are very excited that our games are live with ORYX’s partners and their operators. It’s been a great start for Spearhead, and with our rapidly expanding portfolio, we are looking forward to a long successful partnership.”

EveryMatrix launched Spearhead Studios late in 2019, as a part of its group of companies. Under the leadership of iGaming veteran Mathias Larsson, Spearhead Studios produces premium content for local markets with the aim of helping operators boost their performance in various markets by employing country-specific content.

PokerStars postpones European tournaments amid virus concerns

PokerStars has announced it will postpone three of its upcoming European events due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

The three events are part of the poker operator’s ‘Road to PSPC’ – a new series of tournaments.

The tournaments, which were scheduled to take place in Germany, France and Spain, will be rescheduled for a later date.

In a statement released on its website, PokerStars said: “We are closely monitoring the spread of Covid-19 and working with the casinos operating the events we sponsor to ensure we are being kept up to speed with all the latest developments.

“The situation is highly dynamic and live tournaments are a big part of what we do. So we are endeavouring to strike a balance of catering to our players’ wants while also protecting attendees, and ensuring we act responsibly.”

In addition to postponing the three tournaments, the operator is introducing safety measures at its events outside of Europe to reduce the risk of infection.

PokerStars will provide hand sanitisers, ensure all poker equipment is sanitised daily and change card decks regularly at its three upcoming events in Brazil, the Philippines and Russia.

Last week, Macau reported its gross gaming revenue was down 88% year-on-year for the month of February due to the impact of coronavirus.

In the US, an Oregon casino was forced to close after an employee became the state’s third positive case.

Prague Gaming Summit celebrates success despite coronavirus worries

They call Prague the Heart of Europe and, at the Prague Gaming Summit, it was easy to see why.

Despite the coronavirus outbreak impeding the travel plans of many, organiser European Gaming Media and Events was congratulated on having the foresight not to cancel the event, as delegates from all over Europe descended on the Czech capital.

And while the virus, which has affected over 100,000 people across the globe, unfortunately shares its name with the Corona brand of beer, it’s a Fosters catchphrase that comes to mind when assessing the organiser’s decision to run the event: “Good call.”

Naturally, those who have cancelled trade shows, in many cases, can’t be blamed. That’s especially true when the decision to allow conferences with a high number of visitors ultimately comes down to the hotel or venue itself. Coronavirus’s impact on the gaming sector looks set to continue for a while longer and it’s something Gambling Insider will be looking further into as the week progresses.

But the Prague Gaming Summit could quite easily have been called off – and wasn’t; which very much proved to be the correct decision.

As it welcomed visitors from all over the continent, its variety of European interests was reflected on the conference agenda, with spotlights on the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland and Greece. There was an equally sizeable focus on gaming law, with a contingent of some of the industry’s finest practitioners gracing the audience with their knowledge and insight. This was all before lunch alone.

As for Prague itself, what wasn’t to like? While I’ll need at least one more trip to appreciate the city in all its beauty, I was able to sample the local culture (see: beer) and meet some fantastic people along the way.

After my first-ever taste of vegan food during the complimentary lunch break, the room was split into two, with panels and round table discussions taking place either side of the divide. On the round table side, there were workshops on business strategies and geographical markets, while listeners on the other side of the room were treated to talks on personalisation, diversity in gambling and Generation Z.

It’s admittedly difficult to keep panels fresh in an industry where certain topics crop up over and over again: advertising and regulation, two of my favourite topics to discuss, are unfortunately two such well-trodden examples.

But there was particular praise from the audience at the Vienna House Andel’s Prague for Dr Robert Skalina, Senior Advisor at WH Partners, and Jan Řehola, Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal, for their knowledgeable breakdowns of the Slovakian and Czech markets, respectively.

Like a good dissertation, the Prague Gaming Summit also concluded with strength, with many agreeing the best panel of the day was saved until last. Tiago Aprigio, CEO at All-in Global, moderated as Martin Calvert, Marketing Director at ICS, Tassos Panagiotaros, Sales Director at Golden Race, Maximilian von Portatius, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sponsor.Online, Vlastimil Venclik, CEO at oddin.gg, and John Mallia, Team Manager – Gaming Accounts at Trustly, discussed how to engage the aforementioned Generation Z.

Don’t worry, if you became a little lost reading that list of names, the focus during the panel was laser-like as both moderator and speakers engaged their audience throughout, finishing the conference on a positive note.

No gaming event agenda is quite complete without networking drinks, of course, and, although the live saxophone made some conversations a little too hard to hear, a chilled local bar allowed everyone to unwind with a few drinks before the prospect of flying home the next day.

All conference talks will be available to view online on the Prague Gaming Summit website next week, while European Gaming Media and Events will host its next event in Tallinn, Estonia, at the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit in May. Let’s hope the coronavirus isn’t still impacting the gaming calendar by then.