Sportech Extends and Expands its Quantum™ System Licensing Agreement with Veikkaus of Finland

Tote Service Layer will help Veikkaus dramatically expand pool betting points of sale

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce the extension of its agreement with Veikkaus of Finland for the ongoing licensing and support of its Quantum™ pari-mutuel betting system.

In addition to the extension agreement, Veikkaus will utilize Sportech’s Tote Service Layer to offer pari-mutuel betting on horseracing – alongside sports betting and lottery – from 4,500 points of sale, a significant increase of 3,500 over the current level of 1,000.

Ari Aarnihuhta, SVP & CIO of Veikkaus stated, “Veikkaus has been very pleased with the quality of the Sportech solution and the responsiveness of the Sportech team. We are excited to leverage Sportech’s technology solution to expand our network of pools betting points of sale; a change that we are confident will have a very positive impact on customer experience of horse racing betting in Finland.”

Bruno Gay, Sportech’s Senior Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA, remarked, “Sportech is delighted to once again extend our long relationship with Veikkaus and to help facilitate the dramatic expansion of pari-mutuel betting to their 4,500 unit retail network with implementation of our Tote Service Layer.

“This project perfectly illustrates the flexibility of Quantum™ System and the seamless integrations facilitated by our Tote Service Layer. The combination of the two allows clients like Veikkaus to expand the reach of their pools betting products in order to grow their audience and deliver an overall better end user experience.”

About Sportech Racing and Digital :

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is a leading global provider of wagering technology solutions to licensed betting operators worldwide. Globally, our systems process $12.3 billion in bets annually, with a presence in 38 countries and in most U.S. states that permit such betting. In addition to software, hardware, and services that facilitate land-based pari-mutuel wagering, Sportech is one of the largest U.S. providers of web and mobile pari-mutuel wagering platforms. For more information, visit www.sportech.net.

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 Goes to the World Series

Bump’s Raffle program provided safe in-person raffles for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 was thrilled to support the fundraising efforts of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation as the team’s Globe Life Field served as host to the 2020 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays.

The World Series raffle followed the successful completion of the safe in-person Texas 2 Split raffle conducted during the National League Championship Series earlier this month at the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field.

Bump 50:50’s technologies for safe in-person raffle sales included new contactless payments at all roving teller and kiosk points of sale to help ensure safe interactions between sellers and fans.

As with the raffle held during the National League Championship Series, the World Series raffle will benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation’s Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy, which provides children from across North Texas with a range of athletic and academic programs.

Dave Kurland, President of Bump 50:50, remarked: “For many fans, the charitable 50/50 raffle is a big part of game day so we were very excited to help our partner, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, offer a fun but safe game day experience that generated much-needed funds for their worthy charitable foundation.”

About Sportech’s Bump 50:50

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 provides technologies and services that allow foundations, many affiliated with professional and collegiate sports teams, and non-profit philanthropic organizations to offer innovative digital 50/50 raffle programs in stadiums and online. Charitable raffles harness the passion of sporting and entertainment events to help foundations raise funds to support their philanthropic missions. The raffle winners and the foundations share the net raffle proceeds equally, making both partners in the success of the program. Sportech, Bump’s parent company, is a leading global provider of technology solutions to licensed gaming operators worldwide. For more information, visit www.sportech.net.

Sportech Joins World Tote Association

Sportech is pleased to announce its membership in the new World Tote Association.

The World Tote Association (WoTA) was formed in 2020 with the merger of the European Pari Mutuel Association (EPMA) and the Asian African Tote Association (AATA) to promote the values of integrity, fairness, transparency and trust in the pari-mutuel betting industry.

Sportech’s membership in this new global Tote organization reflects its role as both a licensed operator of pari-mutuel betting under an exclusive license held in the State of Connecticut and as a leading provider of technical and service solutions to the global pari-mutuel betting industry.

Sportech looks forward to working closely with industry participants from around the globe to help promote the values of the WoTA and to advance the health and vitality of the global pari-mutuel betting industry.

Sportech Signs Multi-year Licensing and Services Agreement with UK Tote Group

Sportech PLC, an international betting technology business, is pleased to announce the commencement of a new multi-year licensing and services contract with UK Tote Group (“the Tote”).

The agreement assures continued delivery of pools betting technologies and services via Sportech’s Quantum™ System, which underpins the Tote’s domestic pools betting as well as international commingling for access to global horseracing and other sporting pools.  Quantum™ System is also the framework under which the Tote and its partners offer the international ‘Tote Superpools’ in coordination with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Andrew Lindley, Chief Operating Officer of Sportech, said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with the Tote and solidify our work with their progressive team.  The Tote is setting incredible new standards of innovation in pools betting, both domestically and globally, and we will continue to provide the foundations on which they build.”

Mark Kemp, Managing Director of UK Tote Group, said: “Sportech continues to provide stable, large scale global technology and software services, supporting the product innovation and development for our UK and International Tote growth plans. We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with Sportech and look forward to their ongoing excellent support of our mission, to innovate and grow pool betting across the world.”

About UK Tote Group

UK Tote Group is the proud owner and steward of the Tote, the UK’s leading pool betting operator.  The Tote has been a core part of British horseracing since 1928 when it was established by Parliament under Winston Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer, to provide the public with a safe way to bet and vital funding for the sport.

UK Tote Group is committed to fulfilling Churchill’s founding mission through a revitalised Tote which provides better value and an improved experience to customers, as well as funding for British horseracing.

The 90-year-old British company is backed by racehorse owners and breeders from around the world and has an exclusive partnership with British racecourses to provide pool betting services to the six million people who attend race meetings in Great Britain every year.

The Tote employs 120 people who are based in the Tote’s main office in Wigan and a satellite office in London.  www.uktotegroup.com

Sportech Extends Agreement with Jockey Club del Perú

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce that they have once again extended their Tote Services agreement with long-time client, the Jockey Club del Perú.

Pari-mutuel betting at the Jockey Club del Perú is powered by Sportech’s Quantum™ System software. Sportech also provides hosting and operations services from the Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centre located in the United States, providing tote services to the Hipódromo de Monterrico in Lima and to the Jockey Club del Perú’s network of betting shops.

In addition to extending the Tote Services engagement, the new agreement incorporates upgrades to the Spanish language betting website first deployed for the Jockey Club del Perú in 2018. Sportech will provide The Jockey Club del Perú with its latest white label betting platform with a responsive design that delivers an optimized user experience across both desktop and mobile devices.

Sean Bishop, Sportech’s Director Sales and Business Development for Latin America, remarked: “We are pleased to extend Sportech’s partnership with the Jockey Club del Perú and to offer further enhancements to their digital platforms that will elevate the betting experience they offer their players, whether betting at the track or through digital channels.”

Sportech joins North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries as Associate Member

Sportech is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as an Associate Member of North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (“NASPL”).

Established over 4 decades ago, NASPL serves as a key representative of 53 lottery organizations, assembling and disseminating information to educate and communicate the benefits of state and provincial lotteries and advocating in matters of general policy.

With a complete business-to-business solution that encompass 200+ lottery draw games, unique games content, robust gaming management systems, lottery terminal hardware and software, interactive solutions, and both in-person and interactive digital charitable raffles, Sportech is well positioned to contribute to and benefit from participation in NASPL as an Associate Member.

Connecticut OP-ED: The State Must Remove the Artificial Barriers to Sports Betting

As the State of Connecticut works to emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak, Sportech is once again speaking out in favour of sensible legalization and regulation of Sports Betting.

Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues in Connecticut, filed an opinion piece,  just as legislators consider a special legislative session, to draw attention to the artificial impediments that prevent Connecticut from adopting commonsense legislation to legalise Sports Betting in that State.

The piece is re-posted below.  Find the original post here.


The State Must Remove the Artificial Barriers to Sports Betting

By: Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues Inc.

Connecticut has a rare opportunity to mitigate a projected $128 million budget deficit driven by the extraordinary demands of the pandemic and deliver new revenue for the State by passing legislation this year to legalize retail and online Sports Betting by the State’s four existing licensed gaming operators – the approach previously supported by Governor Lamont.

Sports Betting has been debated for years in Connecticut’s statehouse and has bipartisan support backed by public acceptance and demand. So why can’t we get this done when we need revenue from Sports Betting more than ever?

Simply, and perhaps surprisingly for the neutral observer, the Tribes are the roadblock.

In the two years since the Supreme Court repealed the law that prohibited most states from offering Sports Betting, Connecticut lawmakers have faced obstructionism from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians, who insist that they somehow hold the exclusive right to conduct Sports Betting.

The Tribes argue that Sports Betting is an undefined “casino game” covered in their respective agreements with the State. While that argument has been disproven on numerous occasions, the Tribes have threatened that, if they don’t get their way, they will break their Compacts and cease paying Connecticut its share of slots revenue. This threat has stymied progress for years – hamstringing the State from advancing Sports Betting or any other gaming despite the legislative and executive will to the contrary.

Moreover, query why the Tribes do not currently offer Sports Betting if it is, as they contend, already an approved “casino game” under the Compacts.

The answer, and the simple truth, is that Sports Betting is not now nor has it ever been classified as a “casino game” by the Compacts, by Connecticut State laws, or by the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act which unequivocally defines and regulates Sports Betting as something other than a “casino game”.

In independent uncontested testimony submitted March 3rd to the Public Safety and Security Committee, Attorney Daniel Wallach, a nationally renowned expert on sports wagering and gaming law, testified, “…there are three critical factors distinguishing sports betting from a commercial casino game: (1) they are contests of skill, whereas commercial casino games are considered games of chance; (2) they involve contests taking place – and determined – outside of a casino property, whereas commercial casino games are usually confined to the four walls of a casino; and (3) in most states that allow it, sports betting is not restricted to a casino property.”

Despite the overwhelming legal precedent explained in Mr. Wallach’s independent testimony, the Tribes continue to block Sports Betting advancement, to the detriment of Connecticut’s consumers.

The clear solution is for the State to break the stalemate and license the State’s existing gaming operators, including the Tribes.

Rather than allowing more time to pass, Connecticut can act now to protect its consumers and its financial stability this year, while there is still time to make a meaningful impact on State finances. The State will secure additional revenues and consumers will enjoy competitive choice, innovation, and safety in gaming entertainment.

If, as a result, a Tribe chooses to follow through with the threat to break their Compact and cease making payments to the State for their share of slot revenue, then that Tribe would likewise risk ceasing their slot operations and ceding their exclusivity. They would risk depriving themselves of their own profits from slots, which in the first six months of 2020 were $87 million for Foxwoods and $116 million for Mohegan Sun, and a broken Compact would open the State to further gaming competition, including commercial casinos. Obviously, that scenario is undesirable to many but none more so than the Tribes.

We at Sportech remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached to provide Connecticut residents with Sports Betting choices and the State with vital revenues.

The arguments for exclusivity made by the Tribes are groundless and the clear path is to provide existing gaming operators – including the Tribes, Sportech and the Lottery – the opportunity to offer their Sports Betting products to consumers before Connecticut loses the game for not fielding a team.

Sportech Extends Commingling Contract with Racecourse Media Group

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce the signing of a new agreement with Racecourse Media Group (RMG), the holding company responsible for a range of media rights management businesses involving 34 racecourse shareholders in the United Kingdom.

Under the new agreement, Sportech will provide commingling services through its European Quantum™ Data and Operations Centre, utilizing its Quantum™ System software to facilitate betting pool commingling between racecourses in the UK and Ireland and RMG’s global partners.

Bruno Gay, Sportech’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development EMEA, remarked: “Sportech is pleased to extend our relationship with RMG as they work on behalf of their shareholders to strengthen and expand their reach in international markets. Reliable solutions for commingling are critically important as racing and betting operators adjust their strategies to include expanded distribution and Sportech are proud to be at the forefront of this trend with partners like RMG.”

Nick Mills, Commercial Director of Racecourse Media Group stated, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with our friends at Sportech. This new agreement will further bolster RMG’s reputation at delivering the best possible global reach for our shareholder racecourses, while at the same time, significantly growing wagering opportunities on their horseracing around the world.”

About Racecourse Media Group (RMG) (www.racecoursemediagroup.com)

RMG is the umbrella organisation for the 34 racecourses which hold an interest in Racing TV (including coverage from all 26 Irish racecourses), Racing TV International (international betting broadcast service) and Racecourse Data Company (licensing and control of Pre-Race Data). Racecourse Retail Business is the vehicle which represents 37 racecourses’ content in the LBO (licensed betting office) market. Pictures are shown in c. 8,000 LBOs in Britain and Ireland.

Bump 50:50 Announces Three-Year Partnership with Florida Panthers Foundation

Bump 50:50 is New Digital Platform for 50/50 Split the Pot raffle beginning with Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 announced today that they have been selected as the new digital platform provider for The Florida Panthers Foundation’s 50/50 Split the Pot raffle.

“The Florida Panthers Foundation is thrilled to partner with Sportech’s Bump 50:50 as the new digital platform for the Foundation’s 50/50 Split the Pot raffle,” said Florida Panthers Foundation Senior Director John Colombo. “We look forward to partnering with Bump 50:50 to give our fans the opportunity to win big by participating in our 50/50 Split the Pot raffle beginning with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and beyond.”

Fans can participate in the 50/50 raffle online during each of the Panthers Stanley Cup Qualifying games by visiting FloridaPanthers.com/5050 either through desktop or mobile. The prices are 10 for $10, 60 for $20 and 150 for $40. Participants must be 18 or older to purchase a raffle ticket.

“We are very happy to welcome the Florida Panthers to the Bump 50:50 family and are excited to enhance the Panthers’ in-stadium raffles with new features like our contactless payments and to deploy our online raffle platform,” said President of Sportech’s Bump 50:50 Dave Kurland. “Now more than ever, Bump 50:50 is helping our partners engage with their fans so they can continue to fulfill their charitable missions and we look forward to working with the Florida Panthers to deliver an excellent result.”

About the Florida Panthers Foundation 

The Florida Panthers Foundation was established to benefit the South Florida community by focusing on four priority areas: building the game of hockey for children and youth, supporting health and education initiatives for children, advocating for and supporting veterans’ issues, and raising awareness about the endangered Florida Panther. For full information on our charitable organization please visit PanthersFoundation.org.

Paysafe Enhances Sportech’s Bump 50:50 Software with Contactless Payments

Sports fans and charity foundations to benefit from Bump 50:50’s upgraded in-stadium payments through Paysafe’s omnichannel offering with Handpoint.

Paysafe, a leading specialized payments platform, has expanded its omnichannel payments offering for Bump 50:50, the Sportech division providing a digital raffle solution to sports and nonprofit charity foundations. As North American in-stadium sports return, fans will be able to enter raffles safely and securely through Paysafe-processed contactless card payments at points of sale (POS) from Handpoint, a pioneer in defining integrated payments.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has driven strong growth in contactless payments in the U.S. market. Fifty-nine percent of American consumers are happier making an in-person payment using an NFC-enabled card than they were a year ago, according to Paysafe’s April 2020 research.

Responding to this trend and innovating during the current shutdown of in-stadium spectator sports, Paysafe and Bump 50:50 have brought to market the charitable raffle space’s first fully integrated contactless payments solution. When fans return to stadiums, Bump 50:50’s partners, which include the foundations of over 120 professional, collegiate and nonprofit organizations (numbering dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL teams), can enable them to purchase raffle tickets from in-venue sales staff using card tap-and-pay at Handpoint’s lightweight mobile POS terminals.

Transactions are processed seamlessly through the proprietary Bump 50:50 application installed on in-stadium sellers’ mobile tablets. The contactless enhancement is supported by both Android and Apple iOS versions of the solution’s app.

Paysafe’s omnichannel offering also allows sports fans to win raffle prizes and raise money for charities by using Bump 50:50’s online platforms at home or on-the-go via their own mobile devices, with all card-not-present transactions processed by Paysafe.

Carla Erlick, Senior Vice President, ISV Channel at Paysafe, said: “Sportech’s Bump 50:50 has become one of our flagship independent software vendor (ISV) partners, truly showcasing our omnichannel payments offering. Further complementing our card-not-present payments relationship with Bump 50:50, we’re delighted to strengthen our card-present support for Bump 50:50’s partners to better meet the new North American reality of in-person transactions.”

David Kurland, President of Sportech’s Bump 50:50, commented: “Bump 50:50 is pleased to offer our partners contactless pay through our integration with Paysafe. This is one more example of Bump 50:50’s continuous pursuit of new technologies and platform enhancements designed to help our partners reach their fundraising goals. We are also mindful of the fact that contactless pay is especially critical at this time, as our partners are developing safety protocols that will help them return to in-person events.”

About Sportech’s Bump 50:50

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 provides technologies and services that allow foundations, many affiliated with professional and collegiate sports teams, and nonprofit philanthropic organizations to offer innovative digital 50/50 raffle programs in stadiums and online. Charitable raffles harness the passion of sporting and entertainment events to help foundations raise funds to support their philanthropic missions. The raffle winners and the foundations share the net raffle proceeds equally, making both partners in the success of the program. Sportech, Bump’s parent company, is a leading global provider of betting technology solutions to licensed gaming operators worldwide. For more information about both Sportech and Bump 50:50, visit www.sportech.net.

About Paysafe

Paysafe Group (Paysafe) is a leading specialized payments platform. Its core purpose is to enable businesses and consumers to connect and transact seamlessly through industry-leading capabilities in payment processing, digital wallet, card issuing, and online cash solutions. With over 20 years of online payment experience, an annualised transactional volume of over US $98 billion, and approximately 3,000 employees located in 12+ global locations, Paysafe connects businesses and consumers across 70 payment types in over 40 currencies around the world. Delivered through an integrated platform, Paysafe solutions are geared toward mobile-initiated transactions, real-time analytics and the convergence between brick-and-mortar and online payments. Visit us at: www.paysafe.com.

About Handpoint

Handpoint has been a pioneer in defining integrated payments and next-generation POS, from advancing the checkout experience with mobile technology to launching open payment integrations for all emerging POS platforms on 3 continents. We provide solutions for merchants, acquirers, ISOs, and ISVs who are delivering on the cutting edge of payments: where customer experience and management matter, where payments are embedded seamlessly, and where mobile technology fuels growth. Handpoint’s software terminal, international gateway, and terminal management system enable the future of acquiring, from mPOS and integrated POS to a future without terminals. Visit us at www.handpoint.com.