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Sports Betting Thriving Despite Lockdown

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The global pandemic put North American professional sports on the shelf for nearly five months but bettors soon found leagues that they never knew existed and, well, if you’re dying of thirst in the desert and someone offers you water, you don’t ask if it’s Fiji. Soon there were millions of experts on Belarusian soccer and Taiwanese paddle ball willing to put up or shut up. Even eSports became a mainstream betting vehicle with everything from League of Legends to Madden NFL simulations.

Sports betting may not be the oldest profession but it is quickly becoming one of the most compelling. After decades in the shadows, it has recently been legitimized due to it finally being legalized in many parts of the United States. But gambling, whether it be legal or illegal, will always be pervasive because it’s fun, and potentially profitable if you know what you’re doing.

Adam Burns, an industry sportsbook director, stated, “Business is booming. “We probably took in 10 times more money than last year on the 2020 NFL Draft. It goes to show people are looking for something to bet on. The draft is always big, but I couldn’t believe how much money [was bet] when I woke up the next morning.”

In April of this year, betting was up 50 percent at New Jersey sportsbooks over last year on sports other than basketball, football, and baseball, to the tune of $21.7 million.

Prior to the reopening of sports in North America, Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for PlayUSA.com network, stated, “The rise in bets on nontraditional sports has been interesting, and with auto racing and golf closer to starting, that trend could increase.”

Books are Booming

Now that the NBA, MLB, and NHL are in full swing, business is booming even more as evidenced by reports from the best online sportsbooks in the industry. But with the king of kings, the NFL, drawing closer, the numbers are expected to soar as long as the leagues can remain open for business.

In August of 2019, a total of $744,065,765 was legally wagered in the United States and $61,762,233 in revenue was hauled in as a result. But industry experts are nearly unanimous in declaring that this August will dwarf last year’s take, not to mention what the offshore books will do as well.

But few believe the take this month will beat the record-breaking month of November 2019, when U.S. sportsbooks handled over $1.8 billion, due to the fact there is no preseason football. “It’s a reach,” opined ESPN gambling writer David Purdum when asked by US Bets whether the month that starts Saturday can break the November ’19 record, “especially without preseason football, which accounts for more than most would believe. Last August, around 25% of the total handle bet in Nevada sportsbooks was attributed to football wagers. The NBA will probably make up for the lack of football, but even then, eclipsing a regular-season football month seems unlikely.”

As Purdum noted, the NBA and NHL are both playing in August which is a first for both leagues and will only add to what should be a robust betting handle this month. SportsHandle Editor-in-Chief, Brett Smiley, echoed Purdum’s sentiments regarding his skepticism of a record handle in August of 2020, “There are so many moving parts here, including players going in and out of quarantine. Over/under on games played for any of these leagues, I mean, who knows? We’re in completely uncharted territory here and there’s too many unknowns in the equation. I think people may watch in record numbers, but hopefully people who have taken a serious economic hit — and that’s an awful lot of Americans — are not using limited resources to gamble on sports. Betting 10 bucks is fine, but that doesn’t impact handle much.”

Purdum referenced the uncertain economic times and the looming election as another hurdle to climb for a record-breaking month, “The U.S. betting market is expanding and growing. We have more visibility than ever at how much is being wagered, which may lead to some record-setting numbers in some states. Records seem to be set routinely these days. But, to me, the pandemic, the pending election, and uncertainty surrounding the economy and sports in general will, at some point, have a negative impact on the betting market.”

Whatever happens this month, one thing we do know is that Americans have a growing passion for the action. Sports betting is now mainstream and records will be routinely shattered for several years to come as more states enter the fray and become beneficiaries of all that additional tax revenue. Legalized sports betting in the USA has been a long time coming but at long last, we’re glad it’s arrived.

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Gaming Innovation Group Media Arm (GiG Media): Official Policy in place for joining QMRA

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GiG Media is one of the most well-known international iGaming Affiliate companies—the listed iGaming giant places high value on regulatory compliance in all active markets. The company acknowledges that QMRA is a valuable tool for ensuring better compliance.

GIG Media has decided to implement a strategy that websites operating in markets serviced by QMRA will be required to adhere to the Quality Mark. Over the next few months, GiG Media will begin the process of ensuring compliance with the QMRA team. GiG Media has already partnered with QMRA on its websites targeting the Swedish and UK markets.

QMRA is very happy about this. Working together with the GiG specialists will improve the Quality Mark as a whole.

Quote by Milorad Matejic, COO, GiG Media: “Gig Media is pleased to cooperate with QMRA in enhancing our compliance initiatives. Adhering to their standards on our websites where QMRA services the market demonstrates to the market our commitment to compliance at Gig Media.”

Quote by Steven Vrolijk, LL.M., QMRA Director: “QMRA is a follow up for our Dutch Quality Mark KVA. KVA has been very successful in the Netherlands, which made our choice for expanding internationally easy. We now service a lot of geo’s, among which Ontario, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and more.

GiG was one of the first KVA members, so we know each other already. GiG knows our work and our serious efforts. I am happy to say that our KVA evidence led them to be the first to make QMRA official company policy.

I am proud of this as well: we just launched in February (2024) and GiG being one of the largest affiliate companies out there, this is a huge step!

As we continue to expand internationally, we’re excited to welcome more partners committed to excellence. Join us in setting the standard for compliance in the iGaming Affiliate Industry”

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Casino Guru wins Affiliate of the Year at AffPapa Awards for third consecutive time

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Casino Guru wins Affiliate of the Year at AffPapa Awards for third consecutive time

 

Casino Guru, the premier platform for online casino reviews and industry insights, is thrilled to announce its victory in the “Affiliate of the Year” category at the prestigious AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024.
This marks the third consecutive year that Casino Guru has received this esteemed recognition, cementing its position as a leader in the affiliate industry.
The AffPapa Awards celebrate excellence in the iGaming sector, highlighting outstanding affiliates, operators, and B2B providers. Casino Guru’s consistent triumph in the “Affiliate of the Year” category is a testament to its commitment to transparency, innovation, and player safety. The platform, known for its comprehensive reviews and user-friendly interface, continues to set industry standards, ensuring fair play and informed choices for online gamblers worldwide
Over the past year, Casino Guru has achieved unprecedented growth and several notable milestones. The platform has maintained its status as the largest online casino database, with reviews of over 6,200 casinos. In a commitment to transparency and player protection, more than 450 online casinos have adjusted their terms and conditions based on Casino Guru’s recommendations. Additionally, the online gambling forum has surpassed 5,000 monthly posts, reflecting its strong community engagement.
“We are honored and delighted to receive this award for the third time,” said Ivona Kulichova, Casino & Affiliate Communication Lead. “This recognition reflects our unwavering dedication to providing high-quality, trustworthy information to our users and partners. We extend our gratitude to the AffPapa Awards committee and our incredible team for their hard work and passion.”
Casino Guru’s dedication to responsible gaming initiatives has been a cornerstone of its success. Partnerships with organizations like Mindway AI further this mission, emphasizing responsible gaming practices. The Casino Guru Awards recognize the industry’s top operators and professionals who align with Casino Guru’s mission to make online gambling safer.
Additionally, the Casino Guru Academy has introduced new courses on key industry topics, such as player verification, ESG in gambling, customer complaint handling, and affiliate management, highlighting its commitment to professional development and high standards. The Global Self-Exclusion Initiative, which includes the Self-Exclusion Standards project developed with international experts and City, University of London, exemplifies Casino Guru’s proactive approach to player safety.
The Complaint Resolution Center has also achieved remarkable success. Over the past year, 12,161 complaints were published and 3,428 resolved, saving players over $11 million. This represents a significant increase in both the number of complaints handled and the amount of money recovered for players, underscoring Casino Guru’s role in protecting consumer interests.
Amidst these achievements, Casino Guru remains steadfast in its mission to provide comprehensive and reliable information to the online gambling community. The company is committed to continuous innovation, responsible gambling practices, and fostering a trustworthy and engaging online environment for its visitors and the broader public.
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Winners Announced at the First Annual Golden Boomerang Awards 2024 in Cyprus

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The 11 most significant participants in the Golden Boomerang Awards traffic tournament were awarded heavyweight golden statuettes for contributing to the iGaming industry. The tournament is set to become an annual, and looking forward to the 2025 season

The winners across 11 nominations were named and honored at the 2024 Golden Boomerang Awards Ceremony, organized by Boomerang Partners in Cyprus. More than 150 major affiliate marketing representatives from around the globe visited an exclusive, new, first-in-industry event designed to recognize affiliates.

The Golden Boomerang Awards incorporated a full-scale award event with a red-carpet experience. Boomerang Partners is the first company in the industry to create such an award, offering affiliates a one-of-a-kind awarding ceremony participation from the partner program. The ceremony was opened by Ivan Krainov, co-founder of Boomerang: “The Golden Boomerang Awards is a fantastic initiative for our affiliate program. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to have my debut in the public eye, as I wouldn’t want to miss the chance to engage with our partners at this event. The Golden Boomerang Awards is our expression of gratitude to the partners who contribute immensely to the growth of Boomerang Partners.”

The awarding ceremony featured real rewards – actual golden statuettes, emphasizing the value of winning and partnership. The ceremony included the best options of modern live events: a beach party in the morning, and an awards ceremony in the evening — all with high-level networking opportunities, entertainment, live performances, and a DJ set, creating a festival atmosphere befitting an honored celebration.

“We’ve worked a lot with Boomerang Partners over the past year. It took us a couple of years to reach this level, and it’s just the culmination of our efforts over these years. This award has exceeded our expectations, and a big deal for us. We’re looking forward to next year and possibly winning the next Golden Boomerang Award, — said Julian Pfennig, co-founder of Apex Media Ltd, the grand winner of the Golden Boomerang Awards. — Boomerang has been one of our top partners. They have a lot of brands and frequently launch new ones, so it never gets stale or boring. And we’re having a wonderful time at the Golden Boomerang Awards Ceremony: one winner after another, with spectacular shows between the nominations. The nominations themselves are exciting. So, yeah, this is a big show, and we’re enjoying it a lot.”

 

2024 Golden Boomerang Awards Winners:

  • Winner: Apex Media Ltd
  • Rising Star: iGaming Awards (iGamingTeam)
  • Most Innovative Campaign: IT Universe (Unbesiegbar)
  • Best SEO Traffic: Media24 (AffMedia)
  • Best PPC Traffic: Britex (Amirah&Co)
  • Best Casino Traffic: MashaMedia (Unicorns)
  • Best Sportsbook Traffic: Creatus Media (FTDeez)
  • Best Quality Traffic: Inovatiq (HighRoller Gaming)
  • Best Ambassador: G.Partners
  • Best Affiliate: Aviate Leads (Avia Traf)
  • People’s Choice: CasinoGuru (StarGlide)

“We plan to make the Golden Boomerang Awards an annual event. And right from the start they set a high level – for the final event and results. Today guests from all continents flew to the ceremony. These are the winners, partners and top-leaders of the tournament. We have brought together a great professional community. We invited our partners to enhance their networking experience with enjoyable and productive interactions,”said Vitalii Prokofev, CEO at Boomerang Partners.

As the Golden Boomerang Awards 2024 concludes, plans are already underway for next year’s event. Continuing its annual tradition, the Golden Boomerang Awards will return in 2025, once again offering unique opportunities to Boomerang Partners.

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