SIS Selects Sportech To Provide Global Commingling Solution

SIS (Sports Information Services) and Sportech PLC today announced a global commingling totalisator agreement that will allow SIS to create and disseminate a worldwide pool for greyhound racing.

SIS, the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services to retail and online operators globally, will utilise Sportech’s Quantum™ System pari-mutuel betting software to offer the greyhound global pool, leveraging Sportech’s unrivalled worldwide reach and expansive global commingling capabilities. Sportech will also provide hosting and operational services of the greyhound global pool from the company’s Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centres.

Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said “This partnership further bolsters our capability as the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services worldwide.

“Sportech’s market leading technology will help facilitate SIS’s greyhound racing global pool, which will further expand the reach of greyhound racing around the world”.

Bruno Gay, Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA for Sportech, said: “We are delighted to partner with SIS to deliver a greyhound racing global pool, a project for which Quantum™ System and Sportech’s global service delivery network are perfectly suited.

Sportech’s Quantum™ technology has helped betting clients all over the world find new markets for their products and new content for their consumers.  On the heels of the successful implementation of the “Ascot World Pool” for UK Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, we are delighted to support SIS in offering a global pool to satisfy the world greyhound racing market.”

Sportech Venues Secures Exclusive Off-Track Betting License Protections

Sportech Venues, Inc., a division of Sportech PLC, announced that the Connecticut State Budget signed by Governor Lamont on June 26, 2019 included legislation that clarifies and strengthens Sportech’s exclusive license to conduct off-track pari-mutuel betting in the State of Connecticut.

Sportech Venues, Inc. holds the exclusive license to offer off-track betting in the State of Connecticut and does so through its 15 venues and online betting services.

This budget legislation closes a loophole and thus legally prohibits unlicensed online operators from taking wagers from Connecticut residents.  This law becomes effective as of 1 October 2019.

Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues, Inc., said, “Sportech have invested heavily in our Connecticut business on the basis of our exclusive license to offer off-track betting there. We are pleased that the State of Connecticut recognized Sportech’s exclusive license with this legislation to close a loophole that deprived Sportech of legitimate revenues but also, by virtue of uncollected pari-mutuel taxes, deprived the State of Connecticut of tax proceeds. This was a good result for both Sportech and for the people of the State of Connecticut.”

Sportech Announces Key Management Changes

Sportech PLC, the international betting technology business, announced key new management team changes in the Group’s B2B division.

Raj Sanjanwala has been appointed Group Chief Technology Officer to manage and advance the Group’s technology strategy across all B2B business lines. Raj joined the company as a developer in 1987 and has assumed increasingly more significant responsibilities over the course of his engagement, including most recently as Director of Global Tote Development.

Andrew Lindley, co-founder of recent Sportech acquisition LOT.TO, has been appointed Group Chief Operating Officer. Andrew has served as General Counsel for the UK Tote, has founded successful lottery betting and technology businesses including and LOT.TO, and has served as non-executive director on several media and public company boards including Turf TV and SiS.

Julian Bewley, co-founder of LOT.TO, has been named Group Chief Commercial Officer. Formerly part of the founding team at CelebPoker, Julian brings digital technical innovation and transformation knowledge coupled with strong marketing and business development skills to the new Sportech role. Julian has held advisory and executive roles at various sports, gaming and technology companies, including ZEAL Network, 32Red and Caesars Palace.

Rounding out these appointments are additional enhancements to further strengthen Sportech’s Technology group.

Lewis Theobald, formerly of LOT.TO, has been promoted to Chief of Digital Development to shape the Group’s digital transformation strategy in Tote, Sports and Lottery.

Mark Bacha has been promoted to the role of Director, Tote Development and Systems Analysis to expand and enhance Sportech’s leading international commingling capabilities and core Tote engine.

Brett Underhill has been promoted to Director, Tote Development and Support to drive development of Sportech’s client portal and back-end reporting systems as he continues to support Sportech’s EMEA Tote client base.

Finally, Sportech Racing and Digital welcomes Steve Gore as Director, Systems Infrastructure to focus on providing secure, scalable solutions to Sportech’s global client base.

Sportech Technology Delivers “Ascot World Pool”

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce that it successfully delivered the new “Ascot World Pool”, a global commingling project undertaken by Sportech for Betfred Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and Hong Kong Jockey Club during the 2019 Royal Ascot meet.

The World Pool is a pari-mutuel betting pool designed to maximize liquidity by combining tote betting from global outlets, including Ascot’s on-course tote, Betfred’s UK Totepool and the Royal Ascot pool hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

The Ascot World Pool project is powered by Sportech’s Quantum™ System, the world’s most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting system, and delivered with hosting and operational services from Sportech’s Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centre.

Raj Sanjanwala, Chief Technology Officer of Sportech, said: “The World Pool initiative is indicative of what Sportech does best.  We listen to our client’s ambitions and work closely with their teams to cooperatively deliver a seamless global solution. In this case, working with world-class partners Betfred Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and Hong Kong Jockey Club to execute the solution live on the world stage, ultimately delivering a terrific result. Royal Ascot, I suspect,  was just the opening chapter of the potential for pools that deliver increased liquidity for our combined worldwide client base.”

The World Pool project demonstrates Sportech’s sustained commitment to its pari-mutuel pools betting business, to preserving the ease of betting for a global betting audience, and to leveraging Quantum™ System’s flexible methods for merging local and remote product to further expand the solution globally.