Sportech’s Charity Partner, WellChild, Hosts Cheltenham Festival Preview Event

One of Sportech’s charity partners, WellChild, held their Festival Focus event on Thursday 5th March, gathering over 200 racing fans for an expert racing panel to share their top tips for The Cheltenham Festival 2020.

The panel included ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin, Trainers Kim Bailey and Richard Philips, Columnist and former Racing Post editor Bruce Millington, and Jockey Aidan Coleman. The panel shared their experiences, tips and opinions for this year’s Cheltenham Festival, whilst raising money for national children’s charity, WellChild.

The event helped raise almost £17,000 for WellChild which will support the charity’s mission  working with seriously ill children, young people and their families.

Sportech Testifies to Need for Sports Betting Legislation in CT

On Tuesday March 3, 2020, members of the Sportech Team – Richard McGuire, CEO; Rich Pingel, CLO; and Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues – went before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee, which oversees legislation related to gaming in the State. The team was there to testify, on behalf of all Sportech employees in Connecticut, to the need for common sense, equitable Sports Betting legislation.

Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues, stated in his testimony,

 “We view this legislative session as a critical juncture for the gaming industry in Connecticut and an opportunity to permit local operators – existing partners of the State for many years – the right to compete effectively against…illegal markets and surrounding states [that have already legalized the activity].”

Sportech CEO Richard McGuire submitted written testimony that further reiterated Sportech’s consistent position on Sports Betting in Connecticut; that the State should authorize the four existing licensed gaming operators – including Sportech – to offer online and retail Sports Betting with appropriate taxation and regulation.

CEO McGuire wrote in support of a bill raised to legalize Sports Betting, stating,

“The approach outlined in Bill 5168, to license the existing gaming partners to offer Sports Betting, provides consumers a competitive choice; critical to a healthy legal Sports Betting marketplace, will protect jobs, drive incremental State revenue from established licensees, and tackle the illegal market.”

Continue to watch this space for updates on the status of Sports Betting in Connecticut.


Speaking Out for Legal Sports Betting in Connecticut

Sportech is speaking out in favour of sensible betting legislation in the State of Connecticut.

Our Sportech team in Connecticut, USA, have rolled out a campaign to educate law makers and the public on the stakes for Sportech and other gaming operators in the State should Connecticut fail to legalize Sports Betting in the current legislative session.

Richard McGuire, CEO of Sportech PLC, filed an opinion piece in Connecticut newspapers to draw attention to key issues surrounding the legalization of Sports Betting in Connecticut.

In the piece, McGuire stated,

“Connecticut can enact Sports Betting legislation now and empower all the existing gaming operators who have partnered with Connecticut for over a quarter century to deliver it responsibly.”

He urged all stakeholders to,

“…work as a team to get this over the goal line.”

In addition to CEO McGuire’s op-ed, Sportech’s targeted Sports Betting legalization communications plan in Connecticut involves an extensive online print campaign, testimony at legislative hearings delivered by Sportech Venues President Ted Taylor and others, amplification of our message through our CT sports betting issues website, media interviews, and more.

Watch this space for future updates on the status of Sports Betting in Connecticut.

Sportech Showcases New Tech at Asian Racing Conference

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, unveiled new technologies for retail pari-mutuel betting at the 38th Asian Racing Conference taking place this week in Cape Town, South Africa.

Deemed Sportech’s ‘next generation’ terminal betting software, the new platform is an agile, efficient, future proof solution that functions seamlessly on a range of third-party hardware products, allowing betting operators to declare independence from proprietary hardware.

Conference participants from around the world are viewing demonstrations of the new software platform, which can be used to offer the full range of on-track and retail betting services including teller electronic point of sale (ePOS), roaming teller ePOS, full self-service, and on-track mobile self-service.

The software platform delivers the teller-based and self-service functionally with real-time connectivity to Sportech’s Quantum™ System Tote.

Despite its flexible nature, Sportech’s new betting software sacrifices nothing in terms of usability or features. With an interface crafted by experts in gaming UI design, it presents an exciting departure from more typical betting interfaces, with a significantly enhanced user experience and intuitive workflow.



A Record-setting Raffle at the Daytona 500

Update from Bump 50:50

Bump 50:50, a division of Sportech Racing and Digital, helped Daytona International Speedway hit a record raffle jackpot at this year’s Daytona 500 event. Daytona International Speedway raised a whopping $344,192 using the Bump 50:50 platform online and at the Speedway, a record jackpot for the 3-day event.

50/50 raffle ticket proceeds benefit Veterans Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), Daytona International Speedway’s chosen charity, which provides major sporting event tickets to more than 21 million Military Service Members and Veterans.

The jackpot of the 50/50 raffle is split in half, raising $172,096 for Vet Tix while $172,096 goes home with the lucky winning ticket holder.

This is Bump’s third year at Daytona 500 International Speedway, in 2018 $56,398 was raised and 2019 $233, 022 was raised for Vet Tix. The team at Bump are delighted with the 510% growth from 2018 at Daytona 500 and look forward to hit another jackpot at next year’s event.

For more information about Bump 50:50 and their electronic raffle systems, visit here.

IGB To Receive Quantum™ System Upgrade from Sportech

Sportech PLC, the international betting technology business, announced that its Sportech Racing and Digital division have secured a new contract with the Irish Greyhound Board (“IGB”) that both extends their Tote Services agreement for a new multi-year term and upgrades IGB’s current Series 7 Tote to Sportech’s state-of-the-art Quantum™ System.

Quantum™ is the most widely deployed Tote betting software in the world and will offer IGB unprecedented access to new pools and new markets, with its expansive and ever-growing list of pools and bet types and unmatched global commingling capabilities.

Joe Lewins, Director of Tote and Wagering at Irish Greyhound Board, stated, “The Irish Greyhound Board is happy to be making this important investment in our betting operation with the upgrade to Sportech’s Quantum™ Tote and look forward to delivering an overall improved betting experience to our players. Sportech have been an excellent technology partner to IGB for many years and we look forward to a continued productive relationship.”

In addition to the current functions available to all Sportech clients who use Quantum™, the contract with IGB will involve further development by Sportech’s team of product developers to incorporate features key to greyhound racing operations.

Bruno Gay, Sportech’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development EMEA, remarked, “Sportech are very pleased to extend the power of Quantum™ System to IGB and to offer them the pools, market reach, and operational tools to help them maximise their potential. We look forward to a continued strong business partnership with IGB that harnesses Sportech’s technologies to elevate the betting experience for their players.”

Sportech brings Popular French Betting Pool to Denmark

Update from Sportech Racing and Digtial

Sportech client Danske Spil of Denmark began offering the French PMU Quinté pool through its DanToto off-track betting venues, web, and mobile channels.

Launch of the PMU Quinté in Denmark coincided with the running of the Prix d’Amérique, known as the trotting world champion final which is held every January at Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris and was broadcasted this year in more than 40 countries for its 100th anniversary.

Sportech were delighted to see that within just a few days of launch in Denmark, a lucky Danish punter won the PMU’s Quinté after choosing 5 horses in order for the maximum Quinté payout.

Sportech’s Quantum™ System offers clients such as Danske Spil access to a broad range of global pari-mutuel, pools with unmatched commingling capabilities and round-the-clock hosting and operational services.

Bump Celebrates its First Launch of 2020 at University of Pittsburgh

Update from Sportech Bump 50:50

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 celebrated another successful launch with the kick-off of a new 50/50 raffle program for the University of Pittsburgh. This season, Sportech will provide its digital 50/50 raffle solution during certain University of Pittsburgh’s Men’s home basketball games.

For the University of Pittsburgh, Bump 50:50 is delivering its integrated raffle solution including its proprietary technology and its signature design and implementation package consisting of marketing, selling, and operational strategies.

Dan Tanenbaum, President of Bump 50:50, commented, “We were thrilled to welcome the University of Pittsburgh as our first new client of 2020 and are very excited to deliver an engaging raffle to their fans as well as vital funds to support the mission of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics.”

Bump Launches Raffle Program for Penn State University


Update from Sportech Bump 50:50

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 has been selected by the Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State”) to provide electronic 50/50 raffle programs at select Penn State University home games, matches and other fundraising events.

Bump 50:50 delivers a turnkey, integrated raffle solution that is proven to help charitable foundations produce successful raffles that maximize their charitable fundraising. In addition to proprietary technology, Bump also delivers its signature design and implementation package consisting of marketing, selling, and operational strategies that have a demonstrated track record of success across multiple client implementations to drive big results.

Dan Tanenbaum, President of Bump 50:50, stated, “We are very happy to welcome Penn State to the Bump 50:50 family and are excited to have the opportunity to help them achieve their fundraising goals.”

For more information about Bump 50:50 and their electronic raffle systems, visit the Bump 50:50 website.