Olybet Secures Exclusive NBA Deal EMEA

Olybet has become the official betting partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia

Te partnership between the NBA and Olybet will be promoted across more than 100 casino and retail locations in the regions


UK – Praesepe, part of the Gauselmann Group of UK-facing companies, has extended its support of the British high street, completing a total of seven new AGC launches since the gaming entertainment sector reopened on July 4. A further three venues are on course to open by the first week of September.

The latest Merkur Slots AGC opened in the city of Wolverhampton and completes a busy period for Praesepe which has also undertaken launches in Lancaster, Southall (London), Hornchurch, Saltash, Bolton and Selby. The new venues raise the total number of Praesepe operated AGCs in the UK to 166, spread across 144 towns and cities.

All venues are Covid-secure, with Praesepe implementing what it is describing as an ‘Open, Clean, Safe’ campaign which ensures that each of the new safety requirements are in-place and communicated to customers via social channels and the official website. The safety measures, which are constantly reviewed in line with government regulations, include the deployment of Perspex screens, full machine cleans between customers as well as the availability of sanitise stations, face coverings and the implementation of social distancing.

Praesepe COO, Mark Schertle, said: “First of all it means a lot to be introducing the unique Merkur Slots brand of gaming entertainment to new locations - in the process supporting local communities with the creation of new jobs. This is a very exciting time for the Merkur Slots brand. We have a unique edge in that we can offer players brand-new, modern venues that have been designed with social distancing in mind all of which means that Merkur Slots customers can game with total confidence.”

MONACO – VBET is marking its first year in France with the announcement of a partnership with historic Ligue 1 club, AS Monaco. The VBET and ASM alliance will have a digital orientation and will be sealed by the branding of the magenta logo on the club's shorts.

The signing of a two-year partnership with AS Monaco is designed to consolidate VBET's reputation as a high-class online bookmaker and increase visibility. VBET’s logo will be branded on the players' shorts, animations on giant screens, and LEDs within the Louis II stadium and on other communication supports bearing VBET’s branding.

In addition to these assets, VBET will also give out gifts to the fans throughout the season - home and away VIP tickets, jerseys, balls and free bets to be won through activations on social networks.


Olybet, the Olympic Entertainment Group’s betting brand, has become the official betting partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the NBA over the coming years. Lovers of basketball in our markets will now have more opportunities to engage with the NBA through live games and local events, social media and the best betting experiences in Europe,” stated Corey Plummer, Chairman and CEO, Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG).

“Te limitless brand power of this partnership compels us to be more ambitious and more innovative than ever before and I look forward to bringing this future to our combined base of customers and fans.”

Under the terms of the agreement, OEG can use official NBA branding across its land-based and digital sports betting offerings throughout each of the four countries. Moreover, the partnership will be promoted across more than 100 casino and retail locations in the regions, with OEG

Barrière says July decline in France was minimal


Eric Cavillon, CEO of Barrière casinos, has said that having reopened casinos in June, the month of July saw a small decline compared to July 2019.

"Te average expenditure per customer has returned to what it should be, or even a little lower than before," he said. “And we have an attendance which is still very fragile at four per cent down in July. Above all, we have suffered from our flagship casino in Enghien,” where, he added, the Ile-de-France residents have gone on vacation.

“Te reality of things will catch up with us in September," continued Mr. Cavillon. “What about the looming economic crisis, which inevitably has an impact on our business as it does many others? We do not

yet know what will happen in autumn. We are focusing on being prudent, humility and indeed a decrease in investments, or rather only spending on very targeted investments with immediate returns."

He has has not ruled out the possibility of government intervention to support the sector. "What we are asking for," he said, "may be regulatory changes that will allow us to go a little faster in rebuilding our turnover. And the government is well aware of this, since we are in permanent contact with the ministries on this subject."

becoming the presenting partner of the NBA’s free-to-play gaming platform, NBA Pick’Em, which will be localised for the region.

Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior Vice President, Head of Fantasy & Gaming at NBA, commented: “We are thrilled to partner with OEG, a market leader in gaming resorts in the region.

“Te timing of our partnership is ideal, given the unique opportunity in which NBA games will be live in European primetime every day during the seeding stage of the season restart. Our partnership will give OlyBet the tools to create the most authentic NBA betting experience in the region, providing another way for fans to engage with the NBA.”

Te NBA is back in full swing following its postponement due to the global health pandemic back in March.

Te competition has followed in the footsteps of other major leagues in the US, such as MLS, in resuming its operations under strict health and safety guidelines to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus.


CT Gaming Interactive has signed a content deal with BlueOcean Gaming platform that will see the games provider's portfolio integrated into its platform. Operators who are live with BlueOcean Gaming will have access to the company's titles alongside player engagement features such as a special Jackpot and Free Spins feature. “We are delighted to have signed a deal by providing our portfolio of titles. Our popular slots will be made available to sites powered by BlueOcean Gaming, giving us exposure to new audiences and markets,” commented Lachezar Petrov, General manager at CT Gaming Interactive.

Nina Jelen, BlueOcean Gaming, added: “We are happy to have CT Gaming Interactive's games on board and to provide their content to our customers which will be an excellent addition to our offering range.”

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