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GVC Holdings, one of the world’s largest gaming and sports betting companies, has launched ‘Pitching In’, a multi-million pound investment program to promote and support grassroots sports across the UK.

‘Pitching In’ will be rolled out via a flagship partnership with the Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues which, together known as the Trident Leagues, form the seventh and eighth tiers of the English football league pyramid.

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2019-2020 Season of the Trident Leagues was declared null and void, resulting in considerable revenue loss.  In addition, GVC will promote and motivate volunteers in the community to support the leagues.

Stuart Pearce, former England international footballer who will be the official ‘Pitching In’ ambassador, commented that Grassroots football is facing huge challenges at the moment and many clubs are struggling to stay afloat.  He added that GVC’s ‘Pitching In’ investment will help make a big difference to hundreds of clubs and thousands of players across the country.

Shay Segev, Chief Executive Officer at GVC, said that in a world where local and grassroots sports are under increasing financial pressure, they believe their ‘Pitching In’ Investment Program will play a pivotal role in supporting the next generation of British sporting heroes.

Segev also said that the partnership announcement with the Trident Leagues is a hugely positive step in this direction and underlines their commitment to support both grassroots sport, and the communities in which they operate.

Isthmian Chairman Nick Robinson, Northern Premier Chairman Mark Harris and Southern League Vice Chairman Anthony Hughes agreed that Community is at the heart of non-league football, so the ‘Pitching In’ partnership is a perfect fit for them.

Push Gaming, a leading B2B gaming supplier has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Rhino Entertainment that will see it taking its slots portfolio live with Casino Days, the online casino brand from Rhino Entertainment.

In terms of the agreement, a vast range of slot games will be made available to the online brand, including the recently released Razor Shark, The Shadow Order and the upcoming Mystery Museum.

James Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at Push Gaming, commented on the partnership by saying that signing this deal with Rhino Entertainment has further enhanced their position in the market, and given them the opportunity to continue the strategic expansion which has always been a focal point for the team at Push Gaming.

Marshall also said that Casino Days is a fantastic new online casino brand and they look forward to giving its fast-growing player base access to the innovative suite of titles for which Push Gaming is renowned.

Ross Parkhill, Managing Director at Rhino Entertainment, said that having the most popular gaming content on their brands is very important for the company and that Push Gaming’s titles are a great fit.

Parkhill went on to say that they want to deliver a great player experience at Casino Days, so having all the best and most immersive gaming content is important for them.  He added that the addition of Push Gaming’s slots to their new Casino Days’ brand has already proved a great move, and they look forward to a successful business relationship in the future.

William Hill US, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, is pleased to announce the launch of its online and mobile sportsbook in the state of West Virginia.

The new sportsbook website and app was built on William Hill’s proprietary platform and offers a selection of markets and bet types across professional and collegiate sports.

The app also offers players a number of deposit and withdrawal options as well as live scoring game casts and a built-in registration process.

Once players are registered, they will have the opportunity to access the William Hill sportsbook and mobile app from anywhere inside the state.

William Hill currently offers players mobile sports betting in four states.  It’s platform is also active in Nevada, Iowa and New Jersey with the bookmaker also providing trading services for the Rhode Island Lottery’s mobile app.

This latest launch comes after Williiam Hill recently finalized its acquisition of sportsbook solutions provider CG Technology, after the deal was approved by Nevada regulators.

William Hill will now take responsibility of sports betting at four additional venues on the Las Vegas Strip, including sportsbook at The Venetian, The Cosmopolitan, The Palazzo and Silverton.

DraftKings and FanDuel also operate sportsbooks in West Virginia, while BetMGM, the brand operated via the joint venture between GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts, also runs a resort betting app in the state,

The DraftKings sportsbook is run in partnership with Penn National Gaming and went live in August last year, as did Fan Duel’s app, which operates through a deal with The Greenbrier in West Sulphur Springs.

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has announced that it has boosted its presence in the Spanish market after entering into a distribution deal with leading operator Casino Gran Madrid Online.

In terms of the agreement, the supplier’s online modification of land-based titles such as Lucky Lady’s Charm deluxe, Book of Ra deluxe, Mega Joker, Sizzling Hot deluxe and Lord of the Ocean will be made available to Casino Gran Madrid Online’s customers.  Greentube will also be introducing the first in a series of novelty jackpot games under the Diamond Link brand.

A number of Greentube’s assorted titles in its games portfolio have already gained popularity in its land-based venues.

Casino Gran Madrid Group was founded in 1981 and is currently one of the leading gaming firms in Spain, operating three land-based casinos together with its fast growing online brand.

The new partnership further enhances Greentube’s presence in Spain with Casino Gran Madrid online being the fourth operator to take on the supplier’s top-notch content in the country.

Michael Bauer, the CFO/CGO at Greentube commented that their games have proven very successful in the Spanish market, driven in parts by players already being familiar with their content from the land-based sector. 

Bauer also said that Casino Grand Madrid Group is a leading operator in Spain and a long-distance partner to NOVOMATIC and they are thrilled to extend that partnership to further fuel the growth of the operator’s online brand.

Jose Felix Herreros, Online Country Manager at Casino Gran Madrid Online, said that Greentube’s games portfolio is packed with titles that are known worldwide for their innovative features and exciting game play.

DraftKings Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a deal that will see it be Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Chicago Cubs’ official partner.  

In terms of the deal, DraftKings is now the exclusive sports betting and daily fantasy partner of the team and is due to open a new retail sportsbook at Wrigley Field.

Matt Kalish, the co-Founder and President of DraftKings North America, commented on the deal by saying that the partnership is an historic moment.  He pointed out that the two organizations have a mutual passion for innovation as well as being committed to excellence.

Kalish went on to say that they look forward to working in collaboration with the Cubs, an organization steeped in tradition, and making their presence felt in and around Wrigleyville.

DraftKings has also just launched a new sportsbook in New Hampshire.  The DraftKings Sportsbook at Manchester is the second retail location to open in the state and offers bettors a physical spot to place wagers on professional and college sports.

Included in the new multi-year deal between DraftKings and the Cubs is a strategy to develop an incomparable sportsbook at iconic Wrigley Field.  Players in the Wrigleyville area will gain online access and be able to place sports bets while in the area outside the stadium.

The sportsbook at Wrigley will offer a complete entertainment experience for guests.   Despite the fact that sports betting is legal in the state of Illinois, the City of Chicago must approve DraftKing’s new plan prior to offering services.