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BOBBY VALENTINE JOINS BETRIVERS & PLAYSUGARHOUSE AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR

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Rush Street Interactive, Inc., is proud to announce the signing of former professional baseball manager and player Bobby Valentine.

Valentine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from decades in professional and collegiate sports to the exclusive brand and content deal with BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com.

Bobby is a former Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angeles, New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners. His managerial career includes the Texas Rangers, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox and the championship team he led for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan. Valentine has extensive experience as an analyst and announcer for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, NBC Sports, and as a regular contributor to MLB on Sirius. Valentine also spent eight years as the Executive Director of Athletics for Sacred Heart University, and was a three-time All State football player in Connecticut.

Valentine will provide exclusive network and social media content for BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com. He will partake in a weekly Major League Baseball video, as well as podcast, television, and radio interviews.

“I’m excited to be joining the BetRivers team at an exciting moment in the evolution of sports betting,” said Valentine. “This partnership will allow us to share my passion for competitive sports while at the same time providing valuable commentary to fans.”

Valentine adds he’s especially excited to be interacting with RSI’s sports betting fans in his home state of Connecticut where RSI launched retail and online sportsbooks in October 2021.

“We are thrilled to have Bobby Valentine, whose career spans six decades, join our BetRivers family of Brand Ambassadors,” said Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, which operates BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com. “His vast knowledge and valuable MLB insights will be a tremendous asset to our sports bettors.”

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Galaxy Racer content creator and YouTube sensation AboFlah smashes two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles while raising over US$11M for charity

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Galaxy Racer (GXR), the biggest esports, gaming and lifestyle organisation, headquartered in Dubai, is pleased to announce that its content creator, AboFlah, has successfully raised over US$11M in a charity stream for The World’s Coolest Winter campaign. Whilst completing the stream, AboFlah also officially broke two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles for the “Longest live-stream (video)”, recording live for 268 hours 14 mins 20 seconds and “Most viewers for a charity donation live stream on YouTube”, attracting 698,000 peak concurrent views.

The World’s Coolest Winter campaign, celebrates the UAE’s most beautiful tourism destinations, extended it’s humanitarian support to more than 100,000 refugees and people in need through a new humanitarian initiative called Warm Winter. The campaign aims to support hundreds of thousands of refugees and families in need in Africa and the Arab world by providing food, winter clothing, blankets, mattresses and critical aid to help displaced men, women and children prepare for harsh winter conditions. The campaign is being held in partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) and Galaxy Racer. The essential aid will be distributed with the support of the UN refugee agency, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Food Banking Regional Network.

As part of the campaign, AboFlah lived in a glass room in Downtown Dubai, near the Burj Khalifa and streamed continuously for 268 hours until the target of US$10 million was raised. While in the room, AboFlah encouraged people to donate and spent the majority of his time in front of his computer interacting with fans and those donating to the cause. The stream also attracted global attention and donations from celebrities and influencers including the likes of actress Kristin Davies, actor Amr Maskoun as well as content creators Noor Stars and Omar Farooq.

Launching his YouTube channel in 2017, AboFlah began posting gaming content of him playing FIFA17 before creating content on Fall Guys and Fortnite. His YouTube channel is one of the fastest-growing YouTube channels in the world, with over 23 million subscribers and over 3 billion views. He is followed by millions of fans who avidly watch his vlogs, comedy shorts and formatted shows covering video games and popular culture. AboFlah went on to join Galaxy Racer’s content creator team in 2020, which already boasts some of the biggest content creators in the MENA and Southeast Asia region including fellow YouTube sensation Noor Stars. The organisation now carries over 100 content creators, with a total reach of over 500 million followers across all platforms and more than 2.5 billion monthly views.

Galaxy Racer launched in 2019 and has already become one of the biggest esports, gaming, and lifestyle organisations globally. The organisation has five separate business offerings; Content Creators, Esports Teams, Tournament Management, Merchandising and Lifestyle and GXR Records, a newly established record label that already carries two signed artists from the MENA region and are looking to expand globally.

Galaxy Racer content creator and YouTube sensation, Hassan Suleiman “AboFlah” said: “Warmth in winter for those facing harsh winter conditions is no less important than food and water. There are millions of refugees and displaced people who need all the support they can get. I am proud and thrilled we achieved our goal and raised over US$11 million and brought warmth to the lives of those who are deprived of it. Thank you to everyone who generously donated!

We have proven that Arab youth are capable of changing reality, even with small deeds, and reaching a bright future. “People for People.” This sentence is not a metaphorical slogan, but it was manifested by the huge numbers of donors who felt compassion toward the suffering of refugees and displaced people. This reflects the huge impact this campaign had, which drove viewers’ enthusiasm for participation.

The societal role depends on everyone’s participation, believing in the importance of upholding our human values, and the solidarity in supporting the ones in need. Everyone of us has a role to play in creating the desired positive impact. UAE is the homeland of virtues, and the humanitarian moral actions in this blessed country transcend borders and can’t be stopped by obstacles, such deeds present the community with moral values that our Arab region is in dire need for.”

Galaxy Racer Founder and CEO, Paul Roy said: “We are amazed and grateful by the immense generosity shown by the fans, community and the general public. Raising over US$11 million is no easy task and we’re glad to be part of this humanitarian initiative which will positively impact the affected 100,000 refugees. Smashing two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles is impressive and a testament to the resilience shown by AboFlah, the Galaxy Racer team, together with our partners MBRGI, UNHCR and the Food Banking Regional Network. We thank you everyone for participating in this record-breaking charity initiative and we look forward to more positive impact initiatives.”

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AGEM Announces 13 New Members Join Organization

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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced that its Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of 13 new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the world’s leading gaming suppliers to a total of 172 members.

 

The new AGEM members are:

  • Acres, based in Las Vegas, is a systems provider to casinos, specializing in connecting real-time machine and player data to advanced analytics and bonusing.

 

  • BDO USA, based in Chicago with a large presence in Las Vegas, delivers assurance, tax, and financial advisory services to clients throughout the country and around the globe.

 

  • Fantalooks, based in Incheon, South Korea, is a display solutions provider for use in slot machines and other casino, sports betting and amusement applications.

 

  • Fireplay Games, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is focused on innovation in the gaming industry, including implementing skill features for Class III games.

 

  • Global Payments Gaming Solutions, based in Las Vegas as a division of Atlanta-based Global Payments, provides industry-leading commerce solutions and enables gaming companies to create superior consumer experiences across all physical and digital properties.

 

  • High 5 Games, based in Mahwah, N.J., is one of the largest independent casino games providers, developing content for the land-based, mobile, online, and social markets.

 

  • Lewis Roca, based in Phoenix with offices in Las Vegas, Reno and throughout the West, is a full-service law firm with a significant gaming practice focused on land-based, online, and tribal clients.

 

  • LOTREC Games, based in Orange, France, features a new copyrighted series of Class III casino table games aimed to boost the overall casino table games industry.

 

  • MicroTouch TES, based in Holland, Michigan, is a global provider of touch display modules and all-in-one multi-touch computer systems.

 

  • Passport Technology, based in Glendale, California, is a leading developer of technology-based solutions and services for the highly regulated payments, gaming, and financial services markets.

 

  • Play’n GO, based in Malta, is a leading software development company to operators in the gambling industry with more than 500 employees at hubs in the UK, Malta, Sweden, Hungary and the Philippines.

 

  • SuperBook Sports, based in Las Vegas with operations in multiple states, is a leader in the in-person and mobile app sports betting markets.

 

  • Theatro, based in Richardson, Texas, features a solution that enables employees in gaming, hospitality and retail to enhance customer service through the power of voice.

AGEM is a non-profit international technology trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, lotteries, systems, iGaming / online, game content, table games, sports betting, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives.

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Svenska Spel takes Harvest Wilds by Hacksaw Gaming live exclusively!

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Hacksaw Gaming’s Harvest Wilds slot has launched today exclusively with Swedish state-owned operator Svenska Spel Sport & Casino, 2 weeks before the official network-wide launch.

The exclusive agreement will see players at Svenska Spel Sport & Casino able to play this new harvest farm-produce themed 7×7 grid slot, featuring a max win of upto 10,000x. Harvest Wilds has a Hoppers™sunflower multiplier symbol that can grow in value and is also wild!

The partnership between Hacksaw and Svenska Spel, which has been made possible by Scientific Gaming’s OGS platform, has been growing from strength to strength since the launch in November 2021.

Commenting on the exclusive game release Marcus Cordes, COO at Hacksaw Gaming said: “We’re excited to partner with Svenska Spel for the exclusive early launch of Harvest Wilds, which we feel is another strong game to add to our portfolio of slots. It’s very important to us for leading operators, especially in regulated markets, to see the potential in our portfolio and want to partner to ensure they have our content in their markets before the rest of our network. We look forward to this partnership growing furthermore in the months to come.”

Aside from this exclusive game, which will be live from 19th January 2022. Svenska Spel Sport & Casino already has all of Hacksaw Gaming’s standard slot content live which includes hit titles Wanted Dead or a Wild, Chaos Crew and Joker Bombs.

Niklas Örtbrant Head of Online Casino from Svenska Spel Sport & Casino said “We have had a great start of our partnership with Hacksaw Gaming and we can see that their quality games are a perfect match in our portfolio of games and for our customers. To be able to launch an exclusive early launch of Harvest Wilds is another milestone that we are sure our players will be exited to try out. ”

Harvest Wilds will be made available network wide on 2nd February 2022, this will be Hacksaw Gaming’s 3rd game release in 2022 so far.

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Snabbis goes live with Fast Track CRM

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Snabbis is live with Fast Track CRM, the player engagement platform built specifically for iGaming.

Snabbis was launched in 2019 by a team from Gothenburg, Sweden. The operator holds Swedish and Maltese licences and added sportsbook to their offering in 2021, alongside existing casino and live casino products. Snabbis is focused on great customer experience, offering “pay n play” (where available) and 24 hour support to their customers.

Snabbis was looking for a solution that would enable them to offer the same great experience across all engagement throughout the player lifecycle.

Fast Track offers a platform specifically built to enable iGaming operators to orchestrate all their communications and rewards from a single place and automate large portions of their engagement using a real-time data feed.

The operator chose Fast Track CRM as their player engagement platform primarily because of its automation capabilities. The ability to automate complex player lifecycles gives the team a scalable way to deliver personalised, real-time experiences to their players.

Jan Majlöv, Director of Snabbis, commented: “We at Snabbis.com are very happy with our collaboration with Fast Track. They are very professional and we can reach out to our customers in a completely different way than before. We highly recommend Fast Track and their unique and innovative way off working in the online casino business.”

Fast Track continuously looks at ways they can support operators like Snabbis and recently announced the release of the “Singularity Model”, which will give operators the ability to create 1:1 experiences with their players.

“We enjoy working with operators who are open to working in new ways in order to deliver the best experience for their players. We are already seeing Snabbis create and experiment with new engagements in our platform and can’t wait to see how they continue,” said Simon Lidzén, Co-Founder and CEO of Fast Track.

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2021 – the year of growth for Upgaming

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In 2021 Upgaming entered the market with it’s new, updated products, launched new website, spurring up the competition within the iGaming solutions market

2021 has been a year of challenges and new opportunities. Even though pandemic rise has halted business activities worldwide, online platforms have emerged as new solutions that enabled businesses to pick up the slack.

During the last year, Upgaming has managed to have successful collaborations and mutual agreements with more than one hundred partners, giving us the possibility to offer complete iGaming content to our customers, thus, increasing customer loyalty and satisfaction rates.

Upgaming reached new markets, acquired new operators, and visited international iGaming exhibitions. Looking back, we can confidently say that one of the most memorable events was iGB Live 2021, held in Amsterdam. The conference allowed Upgaming to reinforce and strengthen cooperation with existing partners and introduce the brand to the potential iGaming allies.

“We are more than a company, and we are more than a team. That’s what enables us to develop software that changes the whole market.” — Tornike Tvauri – CEO of Upgaming

2021 was a year of growth for Upgaming. We had countless achievements we are proud of, but one of the most important accomplishments that further accelerated our development was acquiring the MGA license. It spurred the advancement and growth of The company, provided unique opportunities to our clients, allowed them to develop their businesses and adapt their services to the specifications of the European market.

We have always been at the top of providing innovative iGaming solutions mainly because of our leading-edge iGaming platform and multi-profile, ultra-fast sportsbook Solution. This year, we have renewed and updated both of the products mentioned above.

Upgaming’s analytics, marketing, and business development team have conducted in-depth research to redesign their interface and improve the products’ qualities. The renewal of our sportsbook solution with new betting markets, multi-functional bonus systems, and fast results enhanced the experience of end-users. Now, our operators get over 90% coverage of the live events and have access to over 5000 markets.

On the other hand, the iGaming platform was upgraded with advanced analytics and reporting system. Furthermore, tracking user activities and offering them specialized bonuses has become simpler by using an updated iGaming platform and back office. As a result, the effectiveness and flexibility of the platform were enhanced for our clients.

2021 has been a year of growth for Upgaming. We obtained an MGA license, attended exhibitions, updated our products and platform, signed over 100 new partnership deals, and acquired 140 new employees, which enabled us to grow even faster. But, still, there is a lot more to come. We believe that 2022 will be an even more exciting year, enabling us to grow at lightning speed and stay at the top of the iGaming industry.

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Happening next week, the Gaming Americas Q1 Meetup (26 January, 2022)

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The Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups have proved to be of huge success for the gaming and gambling industry in North and Latin America, and the #hipthers are excited to send you a reminder that the Q1 Meetup of 2022 is taking place next week on 26 January.

Launched in 2021, the quarterly meetups are designed to keep you up-to-date with what is fresh in the North and Latin American gambling industry.

The meetups feature several panel discussions per region and topics that are joined by key industry experts, CEOs, C-Level Executives, Business Development Managers, and sometimes government officials/regulators.

All meetups offer the opportunity to network online in special break-out sessions, but also join a round table discussion which answers all burning questions of the industry at a certain point in time during the year. All this is done in a safe, virtual environment.

You can register here for free to receive updates about the speaker lineup and agenda.

As mentioned above, the first virtual quarterly meetup will take place next week on Wednesday, 26 January, and here is the lineup of discussions you can join via ZOOM, WireUp, HIPTHER TV, or YouTube:

Times are EST – (GMT -5) New York Time

  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Is the LatAm market emerging or maturing (11:30 – 12:30 – Buenos Aires Time)
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Is responsible gambling being sufficiently prioritized in the US market?
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Fireside chat: Applying different tactics to reaching bettors in North America and Europe
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – US Legislation Round-up
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – The Canadian Gaming Industry Updates with Chantal Cipriano
  • 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM – Fireside Chat: SeventySix Capital welcomes new guest
  • 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM – Crypto Catchup with Segev LLP

Among the confirmed experts who are taking part in the discussions you can find:

  • Brianne Doura-Schawohl – Founder and CEO, Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC
  • Victoria Reed – Co-Founder at Better Change
  • Jenny Lu – General Manager North America of OtherLevels
  • Charmaine Hogan – Head of Regulatory Affairs at Playtech
  • Chantal Cipriano – Vice President of Legal, Compliance & People with PointsBet Canada
  • Gabriel Szlaifsztein – General Manager LATAM at Continent 8 Technologies
  • David Mann – Chief Commercial Officer at Swintt
  • David Charnock – Business Development Executive at FSB
  • Andrea Rossi – Commercial Director Southern Europe & LatAm at Betsson Group
  • David Plumi – Regional Managing Director Latam & Spain at PressEnter Group
  • Tony Ure – Head of e-Gaming, Isle of Man Digital Executive Agency, Department for Enterprise
  • Victor Pronk – Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Incentive Game
  • Allan Petrilli – VP of Sales & Growth at Intelitics
  • Hugo Vint – Business Development and Growth for OtherLevels in Europe
  • Brandt Iden – Head of Government Affairs, US for Sportradar US
  • Martin Lycka – SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling, Entain
  • Christopher Hebert – Gaming Division Director, Louisiana Attorney Generals Office
  • William J. Pascrell, III, Esq – Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
  • Ty Jackson – Sports Tech Investor at SeventySix Capital
  • Ron Segev – Founding Partner of Segev LLP

You can register here for free to receive updates about the speaker lineup, agenda, and all upcoming meetup-related information, including recordings.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, and Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app, and the WireUp networking app (in testing phase) found on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from Hipther Agency and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Manager at Hipther Agency) at andrada@hipther.agency

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency) at alex@hipther.agency

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Casino Barrière Montreux launches online brand GAMRFIRST with Gamanza’s GaminGenius™ Platform

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On Wednesday 22nd December 2021, Casino Barrière Montreux launched its new online casino brand in Switzerland, GAMRFIRST and enjoyed a highly productive opening weekend over Christmas. The launch was subject of great celebration and fanfare at the world-famous Casino Barrière Montreux, situated on the banks of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. GAMRFIRST utilises Gamanza’s ISO 27001 certified GaminGenius™ Software, which includes a comprehensive compliance framework, regulatory data vault, payment gateway and real-time CRM.

GAMRFIRST also utilises Gamanza’s sophisticated Rules Engine to automate actions based on various behaviours and thresholds, ensuring the operator can easily administer its stringent risk management and responsible gaming policies. The brand name GAMRFIRST reflects a modern casino with a consumer-first approach that has focused energy on player care and the mobile gaming experience. In the future, Casino Barrière Montreux will seek to promote new gamification features and hybrid loyalty offers between the land-based and online operations.

Jérôme Colin, General Manager of Casino Barrière Montreux, said: “The launch of our online casino site GAMRFIRST is the culmination of a committed collaboration between the teams at Casino Barrière Montreux and Barrière headquarters, supported by a close relationship with our technical partner Gamanza, the leader in the Swiss market. As for Casino Barrière Montreux, our strong ambition with GAMRFIRST is to offer our clients a unique gaming experience based on the high standards of the Barrière Group, thus positioning the brand as one of the main references in the Swiss market.

Alexandre Desseigne-Barrière, Director of Strategy and Development for the Barrière Group, said: “We are very proud to be able to offer a digital service that complements our Montreux casino and with the help of our partner Gamanza, we enable more Swiss residents to discover the Barrière world of gaming with the same strong focus on responsible gaming. The launch of GAMRFIRST, one year after the launch of our online sports betting platform BarrièreBet in France, is part of the Group’s development strategy, particularly in the digital arena we are keen to reach new audiences.

Chief Commercial Officer of Gamanza, Robert Civill commented, “We are really proud of this partnership – Casino Barrière Montreux is a world-renowned establishment and the Barrière Group is a prestigious brand internationally, so it’s very humbling for us at Gamanza. It’s fantastic to work with such a professional organisation and launching GAMRFIRST was a perfect way for our team to celebrate the close of 2021. Now we are really excited to help the brand grow in 2022 and beyond!”

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Winline and Epic Esports Events announces Winline Dota 2 Champions League Season 7

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Epic Esports Events tournament operator and Winline betting partner with the Russian Esports Federation support present Winline Dota 2 Champions League Season 7. The new season will be held from January 24 to February 17, where teams will draw a $50.000 prize pool.

Winline Dota 2 Champions League Season 7 group stage participants:

•  Virtus.pro

•  B8

•  Team Empire

•  Hydra

•  AS Monaco Gambit

•  Gambit Esports

•  Brame

•  Nemiga Gaming

•  Winstrike

•  V-Gaming

•  Entity

•  COOLGUYS

•  CIS Rejects

•  Open Qualifiers winner

The group stage participants with the highest number of points will advance to the playoff stage, where they will compete in the Double Elimination bracket, in the bo3 format up to and including the semifinals. The final match will be played in the bo5 format.

The group stage participants with the highest number of points will advance to the playoff stage, where they will compete in the Double Elimination bracket, in the bo3 format up to and including the semifinals. The final match will be played in the bo5 format.

Prize pool distribution:

  • 1st place — $20.000

  • 2nd place — $10.000

  • 3rd place — $7.000

  • 4th place — $3.500

  • 5th-6th place — $2.500 for each team

  • 7th – 8th place — $1.000 for each team

  • 9th-12th place — $500 for each team

The Russian-language tournaments broadcast is conducted by the RuHub Studio. Broadcasts in English are held by Beyond The Summit studio.

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Spinomenal reveals final Grand Holidays Tournament standings

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Spinomenal, the leading iGaming content provider, has announced the final standings of its latest spectacular Grand Holidays Tournament.

Spinomenal’s Grand Holidays Tournament is a pioneering promotion where 500,000 players competed to land huge returns from a Prize Pool worth €300,000. This seven-round tournament spanned three months, with four different mechanics and seven tasks. The seventh round of the promotion saw players compete for a €100,000 total.

The three most popular slots, calculated on the number of players, were Book Of Rampage (Round V), Hallow Reels (Round III) and Book Of Horror (Round II), respectively. Retention figures were very impressive as 40% of players who took part in Rounds I-VI went onto challenge in the concluding round.

Winners amassed a combined score of more than 30,000,000 points to highlight the level of player commitment. The maximum single prize earned during the tournament stood at €26,700, the second €24.105 and third was €20,400.

Spinomenal’s CEO, Lior Shvartz, commented: “Our prestigious Grand Holidays Tournament feature is one that players really engage with for the chance to land life-changing prizes. The popularity

heightens round by round as the anticipation builds towards a bumper payout. A big thanks must go to our partners for helping make this such a success.”

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