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Will The Coronavirus Lead To More Legalized Online Casinos?

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The Coronavirus has affected the gambling world in a drastic way. Sports betting has effectively been halted in the United States, with all major sports postponing their seasons. Las Vegas and every other land-based casino in the country have also shut their doors.

Instead of March being the massive wagering month that Nevada and sportsbooks around the country are used to, the cancellation of March Madness led to the worst sports betting handle since 1993 in the Silver State.

However, there has been one sector of gaming that has been flourishing in a big way, and that is legit online casinos.

Online Casino Revenues Explode Amidst COVID Pandemic

Although gambling revenues are down for states across the board, one area that is exploding is online casino gambling. Poker has seen a surge as well, but nowhere near where casino gambling has gone in the past two months.

For example, with Atlantic City casinos closing their doors, revenues have skyrocketed for online casinos in the month of March in New Jersey. Gambling sites took in $64.8 in revenue that month. It was a near 25 percent increase from February and over a 65 percent increase from March 2019 numbers.

In Pennsylvania, we see similar numbers for online play. Though overall gaming revenue was down 51 percent, the state set new records for online casinos, bringing in over $24 million in revenue, setting records for monthly revenue, and the total amount wagered.

There are states around the country with similar marks for revenue and amount wagered.

Will This Spur Online Gambling Legalization Across the US?

It’s possible, but just because it becomes more economically viable or the opportunity presents itself, it doesn’t mean states will act.

One could draw the comparison to sports betting legalization, which has happened rapidly in the country after the Supreme Court overturned the Federal sports betting ban in May 2018. Since then, 16 states have regulated and legalized recreational betting in some form in their states.

However, we have to remember that the green light for legal online casinos and poker sites has been around since 2011.

The Wire Act Flip Flop

After much of the online poker world got wiped out by the US Department of Justice, in what became known as the “Black Friday” of poker, the online gambling world changed dramatically.

However, the DOJ quickly changed course on the legality of online poker and casino gambling. They stated in December of the same year that only sports betting fell under the scope of the 1961 Wire Act.

That was changed with the 2018 decision for sports betting, but the ability for states to legalize online casino gambling has been around since 2011. However, only 13 states have decided to tax and regulate the activity within their borders.

Will More States Act Now On Online Casino Gambling?

It’s possible but still seems unlikely. Most states that have legalized sports betting often don’t have an online component for wagering sports, making online gambling an afterthought.

As it stands now, only three of the 16 states that have regulated sports betting have also legalized online casinos. So, even though states are moving quickly with sports betting, casino gambling has not been a part of these gambling expansions.

Don’t Worry, Players Still Have Options

Regardless of how states act in regards to online gambling expansion – players have all sorts of options for online casino gambling. There are lots of legal online casinos operating that accept players from all 50 states and across the globe.

Their games offered, bonuses and casino software are also better than land-based options. Most of them also offer sports betting and poker from the same account.

Players may be moving towards online casinos because of the Coronavirus, but it’s been the better choice, all along.

 

 

 

 

 

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Soft2Bet launches a new affiliate management system ReferOn

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Soft2Bet launches a new affiliate management system ReferOn

 

A new, feature-filled affiliate management system powered by the platform provider

 Soft2Bet, a top-notch online platform provider has recently announced that it has gone live with top of the art affiliate management system, ReferOn.

This boasts a broad array of affiliate marketing services that are key to the partners they assist. ReferOn’s system has the ability to manage large networks of companies in one comprehensive system. Flexible and adaptable in accordance with the individual needs of each affiliate.

ReferOn offers the most advanced features including an effective rewarding engine which offers rewards at the individual, more customised level, making its management much easier for admin users. It also keeps track of the payments and invoices for all accounts, in a quick and efficient manner. This is also true for the data and statistics that are accumulated.

The affiliate management system offers organised reporting on numerous levels allowing for full control over your data, in addition, you can customize what data you choose to share with your partners. Grouping variations can also be calculated according to brand, company, campaign and even geo levels through ReferOn. Reporting is also made extremely easy and allows for toggled groups and effective date breakdowns. ReferOn also makes use of multiple widgets, filters and statistics at every level which make the data accessible for the admin to explore and make informed decisions.

When using ReferOn, brands can be integrated into the system seamlessly and your support and account management are all under one roof. The system can connect the data points to your data provider. ReferOn dashboards are now clearer and easier to view and access, allowing for much more flexibility for users.

Accounts with multiple affiliate logins within other competitive software enable statistics to be grouped at a ‘master’ level. This makes payments and data management much simpler.

Vladyslav Bondarenaiko, Product Manager at Referon said: “ReferOn‘s highly-advanced features change the way we view affiliates and admin needs through. Seeing as this system is not only for internal usage, this creates an additional revenue stream for the business and allows a more streamlined process of integration and access.”

 

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour and Southampton’s Francis Benali MBE confirmed for Partners.io stand at iGB Affiliate London

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour and Southampton’s Francis Benali MBE confirmed for Partners.io stand at iGB Affiliate London

 

Visitors to the Partners.io stand (L50) at iGB Affiliate London (8th – 11th February, show open days 9th – 10th February, ExCeL London) will have the opportunity to meet and have their photos taken with former Arsenal legend Ray Parlour and Francis Benali MBE who made a total of 389 appearances for Southampton over a 16-year spell with the south coast club.

Visitors will be able to discuss all things football including the Gunners prospects of lifting the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 with Ray on Thursday 9th when he will be on the stand between 13.00 – 14.30 hrs. Francis will be on hand to reflect on the season so far and Southampton’s chances of retaining their Premier League status the following day also between 13.00 and 14.30 hrs.

Confirming the celebrity appearances, Agni Raitar at Partners.io said: “We are both delighted and excited to have Ray and Francis on our stand at the forthcoming edition of iGB Affiliate London which will be the biggest on record. We will kick-off on Thursday 9th with Arsenal legend Ray Parlour who in a fantastic career played 466 games for Arsenal winning everything along the way including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup, one European Cup Winners Cup and was also capped 10-times for England. Ray subsequently went on to play for Middlesbrough and Hull City before forging a highly successful career in the media.

“On Friday 10th we welcome another club stalwart, Francis Benali MBE who clocked-up 389 first team appearances for his beloved Southampton Football Club. As well as enjoying a highly successful football career Francis also undertook a number of gruelling physical challenges for charity including running and cycling to all 44 Premier League and Championship stadiums in two-weeks and completing five Ironman races within seven days – in the process raising an amazing £1m for Cancer Research UK. As a result of these endeavours, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to cancer patients. Both Ray and Francis have great stories to tell about their time in football and I look forward to welcoming them to our stand and introducing them to the industry at iGB Affiliate London 2023.”

Partners.io is the home of leading and crypto pioneering brands Bitcasino.io and Sportsbet.io. With language support in 11 different languages, customer service from over 35 countries and unparalled player experience, affiliates can expect high conversion with up to 45% revenue share, and personalised affiliate support. Bitcasino.io, and Sportsbet.io are supported in 11 different languages and service customers from over 35 countries.

The 2023 edition of iGB Affiliate London will be the biggest edition on record occupying just under 12,000 square metres of floor space across three halls of ExCeL London. The show will feature a business-centric seminar programme and curated networking opportunities as well as the 2023 iGB Affiliate Awards (February 9th). The black-tie event, three-course sit down dinner and after-party is recognised as being one of the key social and networking events on the igaming affiliate calendar.

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AffPapa surpasses 500 registrants for iGaming Club London

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AffPapa surpasses 500 registrants for iGaming Club London

 

iGaming Club London, the latest in a series of global events powered by AffPapa, has exceeded all expectations after surpassing 500 registrations, boasting a line-up of some of the biggest names in iGaming.

Affiliates, operators, and B2B companies from around the world will have the opportunity to convene under one roof during the event and do business in an environment that fosters networking and collaboration.

The 500 guests will be treated to an exclusive networking dinner, organised by AffPapa, the ultimate iGaming directory for operators and affiliates.

Alongside dinner and drinks, the event will be introducing a new concept to the industry – speed dating. A brisk introduction of everyone involved will jumpstart the night, making it easier for attendees to find potential partners.

iGaming Club London will feature some of the biggest names in the industry, including Betsson Group, Campeon Affiliates, Raketech, AskGamblers, Sofascore, CatenaMedia, N1 Partners, and many more.

Celebrating the global event’s interest, Levon Nikoghosyan, CEO at AffPapa, said: “Having such a significant number of people interested in iGaming Club London is beyond exciting for us and serves as a great testament to our commitment in connecting members of the industry!

“The participation of some of the biggest names in iGaming speaks volumes about how incredible the night will be. iGaming Club promises an exclusive networking dinner, and we are excited to welcome everyone in London to do business!”

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