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Virgin Bet Acts as Headline Sponsor for Easter Saturday Raceday at Musselburgh Racecourse



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Virgin Bet has been announced as the headline Easter Saturday Raceday sponsor at Musselburgh Racecourse – ahead of one of the biggest days of racing in the Scottish calendar.

Featuring the £100,000 Queen’s Cup and The Scottish Sprint Cup – regarded as Scotland’s fastest race – The Virgin Bet Easter Saturday Raceday will see some of the country’s top horses, trainers and jockeys converge on the East Lothian course on March 30.

Bill Farnsworth, Racecourse Director with Musselburgh Racecourse, said: “In Virgin Bet we have a headline sponsor that matches our ambitions, to continue growing our Easter event and building its reputation as the pinnacle of horse racing in Scotland.


“We have a packed programme for avid racing fans. The £100,000 Virgin Bet Queen’s Cup, a Heritage Handicap staged over 1m 6f, is the feature race. With total prize money nudging £300,000, there is also a superb supporting card boasting contests such as the Virgin Bet Scottish Sprint Cup and Virgin Bet Silver Arrow, which are run over five-furlongs and seven-furlongs, respectively.

“Last year’s winner of the Queen’s Cup, Wise Eagle, went on to finish second in a Group 3 contest at Ascot while the 2022 hero Enemy was a close runner-up in a race in Saudi Arabia worth a whopping £1.2 million.

“The Scottish Sprint Cup attracts some of the fastest horses in the country, and twelve months ago, was won in blistering style by Silky Wilkie, who, just four weeks later, was just pipped by a short-head at Epsom on Derby Day. He was also second twice in Listed grade at Beverley and York.

“Musselburgh’s five-furlong track record was set in this race by 2018 winner Caspian Prince, who stopped the clock at 56.77sec, and meant he was travelling quicker than the cars on the adjacent road!

“Top jockey Hollie Doyle landed the 2019 renewal with Saheeq, who, like Caspian Prince, was trained by Mick Appleby. Last year’s Silver Arrow winner, Gweedore, was successful for the second year running, and his Galashiels trainer, Katie Scott, reports that she is preparing her stable star for the hat-trick!”


Ric Leask, Marketing Director at Virgin Bet, said: “We are thrilled to announce Virgin Bet as the headline sponsor for Easter Saturday Raceday at Musselburgh Racecourse.

“We are passionate about delivering an unparalleled sports betting experience, and there’s no better way to showcase this commitment than by supporting one of the biggest days of racing in the Scottish calendar.

“Musselburgh holds a special place in the hearts of racing enthusiasts, and we are excited to be a part of the excitement and tradition that the Easter Saturday Raceday brings.

“This sponsorship reflects our dedication to being a leading player in the horseracing world, and we’re delighted to continue to be deeply embedded within the highlight moments of the sport.”

Aisling Johnston, Head of Marketing and Business Development with Musselburgh Racecourse, said: “Easter Saturday is one of our biggest annual events that has grown over the years, gaining the royal seal of approval along the way.


“Virgin Bet coming on board is helping us to be even more ambitious with our plans, so that we can put on the perfect holiday weekend event for all manner of racegoers.

“This includes us expanding the off-track entertainment and hospitality offering. We believe it will be our best easter raceday to date.”

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has extended its fan-favourite fishing franchise with the release of Big Bass Bonanza – Reel Action.

In this 5×3 Slot, where money symbols can be worth up to 2,000x the total bet, hitting three, four or five scatters activates an exciting bonus game with 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively.

The fisherman wild lends a helping hand during the feature, not only collecting all money symbols that land with him, but also randomly making money symbols appear when none are present on screen. Every fourth fisherman to land retriggers the bonus game with 10 additional free spins, as well as a 2x multiplier for the first retrigger, 3x for the next, and 10x once a dozen fishermen have been collected.


Big Bass Bonanza – Reel Action follows Big Bass Secrets of the Golden Lake and Big Bass Day at the Races as the latest additions to Pragmatic Play’s iconic game series.

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: Big Bass Bonanza – Reel Action brings classic underwater fun and winning opportunities to Pragmatic Play’s Big Bass franchise, which continues to grow in popularity with each new adventure.”

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ComeOn Group strengthens its leading personalisation strategy by extending their partnership with Optimove



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Tier 1 iGaming operator ComeOn Group, is further strengthening its leading data-driven personalisation strategy by extending its partnership with Optimove. Leveraging its proprietary platform technology and advanced data warehouse, ComeOn introduces an innovative personalisation strategy that tailors content to individual preferences, delivering a market leading player experience to its entertainment audiences.

ComeOn is broadening the use of Opti-X, Optimove’s Digital Experience Platform (DXP), beyond casino to now include sports on its proprietary platform, allowing for a better and even more customised player experience for ComeOn’s customers. By extending the partnership to cover ComeOn’s proprietary sports betting platform, Optimove will support ComeOn Group in their ambitious growth plans within sports betting.

Sherwin Jarvand, Chief Data Officer at ComeOn Group, said, “Personalisation has always been key to our strategy and powered by our proprietary platform. As we gear up to grow our sportsbook business, it is essential we apply the same ethos across our platform and full product offering. Extending our partnership with Optimove will further enhance the betting and casino experience for all of our customers through personalised onsite experiences as well as automated, dynamic, and relevant CRM content. We are excited to continue our journey with Optimove and deliver best in class, personalised sports betting and casino player engagement.”


Matthew Gilbery, Director of Personalization Offering at Optimove, “ComeOn Group is a perfect example of how to tackle personalisation at scale. They embrace full multi-channel personalisation, optimising the customer experience without boundaries. It is organisations like theirs that present challenges and opportunities that drive Optimove to continually improve CRM Marketing for iGaming.”

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Danish Gambling Authority Updates Requirements for Reporting Game Data



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The Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) has updated the requirements for reporting game data.

Interested parties can comment on the update before the final version is issued. Comments must be sent to the DGA no later than Monday the 10th of June 2024. Comments must be submitted by using the contact form.

The DGA expects the updated requirements for reporting game data to come into force in 2025. The final date has not been determined. A possible transition period will be described in connection with the issuing of the updated requirements for reporting game data.



Several linguistic adjustments have been made and some guidance texts have been added/adjusted. In addition to this, the following significant changes and additions should be mentioned:

  • Addition of a requirement that bets on fixed odds must be reported as independent transactions
  • Addition of requirements for reporting on odds for betting
  • Added requirement for reporting event information incl. list with country codes and sports
  • Added requirements for reporting odds on bets as well as specific requirements for reporting partially closed bets and Spreadbetting
  • Clarifying the handling of reporting for the betting exchange/BetExchange
  • Exception where SpillerInformationIdentifikation does not have to be reported for land-based betting has been removed after the introduction of the requirement for Player ID
  • Adding requirements for reporting RNG used for Virtual Fixed Odds
  • Adding a requirement that a casino session cannot be interrupted in the middle of a move, as well as a description of how “a move” is defined
  • Clarification of different poker types and how they are reported
  • Adding requirements to win lists in poker tournaments and manager games
  • Clarification of downscaling of pool games
  • Adding new requirements for providing test data for Jackpots
  • Clarifying the handling of changes to reported data. Including specific clarification of the distinction between changes to the game result and correction of error reporting.

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