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TheLines.com: Chiefs remain favorites heading into NFL Playoffs, but others make big moves

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS REMAIN SUPER BOWL FAVORITES AS NFL PLAYOFFS BEGIN
Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills among biggest movers ahead of Wild Card Weekend’s unprecedented six-game schedule, according to TheLines

With the NFL Playoffs now set, the favorite to win the Super Bowl remains unchanged from the NFL’s preseason odds, according to analysts TheLines, which tracks odds in the U.S. regulated sports betting market.

With an expanded format of 14 teams, the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs unsurprisingly open the playoffs as +220 favorite, according to a consensus of the nation’s largest legal online sportsbooks — including DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, PlaySugarHouse, BetMGM, Unibet, and William Hill. The Chiefs opened the season as +600 favorites, meaning bettors would win $600 for every $100 wagered.

While Kansas City has remained on top, much else has changed, including several preseason longshots moving toward the top. The Green Bay Packers, the only other team to receive a first-round playoff bye in the new format, open the playoffs as the NFC favorite at +450. Green Bay opened the season at +3100. The Buffalo Bills open at +700, moving from +2500 before the first week.

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Not coincidentally, the three Super Bowl favorites entering the playoffs are led by the three favorites to win the NFL MVP award. That includes Aaron Rodgers, whose strong finish catapulted him from relative longshot to prohibitive favorite at -2500, followed by Josh Allen (+1000) and preseason favorite Patrick Mahomes (+1500).

“The Chiefs have been remarkably steady all year, but anyone who bet on the Packers or Bills to win the Super Bowl before the season began has to be excited now,” said Brett Collson, lead analyst for TheLines.com. “The odds will shift dramatically each week of the playoffs, and there will be plenty of twists and turns. The main certainty, though, is that the NFL playoffs drives bettors to sportsbooks like no other event on the sports calendar.”

The current odds for each playoff team to win Super Bowl LV as of Monday, Jan. 4 (with preseason odds):

  • Kansas City Chiefs +220 (+600)
  • Green Bay Packers +450 (+3100)
  • Buffalo Bills +700 (+2500)
  • New Orleans Saints +750 (+1200)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1000 (+1500)
  • Baltimore Ravens +1100 (+650)
  • Seattle Seahawks +1300 (+2000)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2000 (+2500)
  • Tennessee Titans +2800 (+3000)
  • Los Angeles Rams +3300 (+4000)
  • Indianapolis Colts +4000 (+2300)
  • Cleveland Browns +5000 (+3400)
  • Chicago Bears +9000 (+4400)
  • Washington Football Team +10000 (+17000)

The consensus point spreads for Wild Card Weekend, as of Monday, Jan. 4:

  • Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (-7); over/under 52
  • Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-4.5); over/under 42.5
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-8) at Washington Football Team; over/under 46.5
  • Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) at Tennessee Titans; over/under 54.5
  • Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints (-9.5); over/under 47.5
  • Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4); over/under 46.5

To access updated NFL playoff lines and Super Bowl odds, and for more analysis, visit TheLines.com/odds/nfl-playoffs.

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Prove Identity Partners with BetMGM

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Prove Identity Inc., the global leader in digital identity, announced a strategic partnership with BetMGM, a sports betting and iGaming leader, to enhance the security and user experience for BetMGM customers through the cutting-edge Prove Pre-Fill identity solution.

Prove Pre-Fill accelerates digital consumer onboarding by up to 79% and is used by more than 1000 businesses globally across diversified industries, including 9 of the top 10 banks. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Prove’s journey toward providing seamless and secure digital sports betting and casino services in the U.S. states where BetMGM operates, pending regulatory approval.

“BetMGM is an innovator in the space, always looking to find new and compelling ways to improve the online gaming experience. Prove Pre-Fill is the latest example of that and allows customers to get access to the content they desire faster than ever before through the identity verification process, enabling them to take full advantage of BetMGM’s vast product offerings,” Tom Hill, Director of Digital Identity and Head of Sports Betting and iGaming at Prove, said.

“We’re committed to providing customers with a seamless and secure sports betting experience, and our partnership with Prove is a testament to that safe bet. Prove Pre-Fill adds an extra layer of security, reduces sign-up abandonment, and improves the overall user experience by streamlining the identity verification and authentication processes. Users can now enjoy the BetMGM sports betting and casino experience faster and with greater peace of mind,” Adam Greenblatt, CEO of BetMGM, said.

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Key Highlights of the Partnership:

  1. Streamlining User Onboarding: Prove Pre-Fill technology will revolutionize the onboarding process for BetMGM users, minimizing sign-up abandonment rates. By simplifying and expediting account creation, BetMGM aims to provide a frictionless experience from the start.
  2. Preventing Bonus and Promotion Abuse: Prove’s solutions will be crucial in preventing rampant bonus and promotion abuse – for example, using the same bonus code multiple times normally intended for only first-time users – within the BetMGM digital sports betting and casino platforms. This ensures a fair and secure user environment, fostering a trustworthy and enjoyable gaming experience.
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Canadian Gaming Summit: Providing the Framework for Sports Betting Success

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As sports betting professionals seek to strengthen their connection with Canadian bettors, the Canadian Gaming Summit will provide the optimal framework for stakeholders to harness brand loyalty, innovate their offerings and strike lucrative partnerships, all aimed at solidifying their presence in the region.

The Sports Betting track is scheduled to take place on the first core day of the summit, Wednesday, June 19, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Catering to 3,000 industry stakeholders, discussions will encompass fostering mutually beneficial relationships with sports leagues, strategies to emulate the success of Canadian lotteries, analyzing the profiles of Canadian sports viewers and exploring the future of eSports and daily fantasy sports (DFS).

Opening the track is the panel entitled The Winning Ticket: How Sports Betting Can Emulate Lottery’s Appeal. It will explore the strategies sports betting operators can adopt to rival the popularity of traditional Canadian lotteries. Industry experts will examine whether sports betting operators are taking the right approach to emulate the success, brand loyalty and integrity of lotteries and whether a rise in the popularity of sports betting will affect provincial lottery models.

The session entitled It’s All In The Game: Innovations In Live Betting will shed light on how live, in-gaming betting is leading the way for innovation within sports betting. Industry luminaries will discuss the importance of crafting real experiences for bettors, analyze the profiles of potential bettors and explore strategies to fully integrate sports streaming content with sportsbooks.

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The Game Changers: Collaborative Synergy With Sports Leagues panel will explore the power of sports league partnerships and how they are redefining the Canadian sports betting landscape. Expert panelists will delve into the intricacies of such partnerships and discuss how successful partnerships can be leveraged to enhance brand visibility, fan engagement and market presence. The panel will also examine successful case studies, partnership models and ideal strategies for achieving mutually beneficial partnerships.

Expert speakers set to appear across the track will include Conor Murray (VP Marketing, FanDuel), Nic Sulsky (CCO, Pointsbet), Owen Welsh (VP Gaming, Sports Betting and Innovation, CFL), Martin Lycka (SVP American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling, Entain), Britt Doll (Global Marketing Director, Rivalry), Tomer Imber (Senior Director of Sales, Optimove), Iain Montgomery (founder, Now or Never Ventures), Michael Sandalis (founder, Wait What), Peter Czegledy (Partner, Aird & Bellis), Anthony Gaud (founder, Gaud Hammer Gaming Group), Sean Simpson (Senior VP, IPSOS), Paul Burns (President, CGA), Scott Morasch (Senior VP, IPSOS), Sebastian Jedrzejewski (Director Regulatory Affairs, US Integrity), Greg Bloom (CEO, BYB Extreme), Steve McAllister (VP, Parleh Media), Troy Ross (President, TPM Public Affairs), Witek Wachinski (VP Strategy and Development, BetMGM), Patrick Harris (Managing Partner, Rubicon Strategy) with more to be announced.

Attendees will have the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the Canadian market through dedicated conference tracks on affiliation, advertising, leadership, land-based operations, payments and compliance. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a pre-day player protection symposium.

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Hacksaw Gaming Advances to West Virginia with BetMGM Partnership

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Before the turn of the last year, Hacksaw Gaming took its long-standing relationship with BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, to new heights as the pair celebrated their successful debut in West Virginia. The entry followed closely on the heels of Hacksaw games becoming available on BetMGM’s Ontario site in May, which signified their first stop on the North American front. As Hacksaw gains momentum with licensing, so has the impact of its game portfolio. The studio plans to deepen its roots in America alongside BetMGM by widening its base to New Jersey in the coming months.

BetMGM stands prominently among the top 3 uncontested sportsbooks in the state of West Virginia. With slots constituting the majority of the game selection on the BetMGM West Virginia casino app, the addition of Hacksaw’s captivating themes and gameplay elements offers West Virginians a compelling gaming escapade to remember. The first batch of games included chart-toppers Joker Bombs and Outlaws Inc., serving as an exclusive sneak-peak into the diverse offerings of Hacksaw Gaming. The games were featured and positioned in lucrative spots on the online casino site to amplify the impact of the launch. More Hacksaw titles have been introduced on the site since, captivating players within a community expected to grow exponentially.

Reflecting on the journey, Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming, expressed, “Joining BetMGM on the mission to put Hacksaw Gaming on the map has been an exhilarating experience. We are making excellent progress.”
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