Elys Game Technology with Wright Bet Ventures Exceed First Fifty Location Partners for Expansion in Ohio
Elys Game Technology, Corp. ("Elys" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:ELYS)(BER:3UW), an interactive gaming and sports betting technology company, today announced that the partnership with Wright Bet in Ohio has surpassed 50 "Type C" retail host locations that have agreed to install Elys' sports wagering solution, exceeding the Company's initial expectations for the first month. Elys has submitted its Type C application and is currently following OCCC protocols to complete outstanding items. The launch of sports wagering in the state of Ohio is subject to regulatory approval, and all required licenses must be approved by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (the "OCCC").
Michele Ciavarella, Executive Chairman of Elys, commented, "We could not be more pleased with the progress of our planned expansion into Ohio, together with the tremendous on-the-ground efforts of our partners Wright Bet Ventures. These efforts have reached agreements with more than 50 retail host locations including bars, restaurants, delis, bowling alleys, truck stops and a variety of other such businesses throughout the state within the first 30 days alone. We believe that our strategy of installing up to two point-of-sale kiosks or ticket terminals at each location is highly scalable, and provides a compelling value proposition to retail businesses. Importantly, our sportsbook solution not only provides small businesses a new revenue stream but also helps them attract clientele, which is especially valuable as restaurants and bars seek to recover in the wake of the pandemic.
Elys' technology team remains committed to developing new customer-facing and back-office features that will continue to improve our customers' competitive edge in their respective markets by offering a highly entertaining player experience. Moreover, we believe that our unique Build-a-Bet feature provides retail businesses a clear advantage over competing providers in Ohio, as demonstrated by our experiences at Grand Central Restaurant in Washington, DC and Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since initially launching our first sportsbook location in Washington DC in October 2021, we have rapidly expanded to additional locations and have seen a significant increase in bet tickets and amounts wagered through these establishments. We look forward to replicating this success in Ohio on a mch larger scale."
Governor Mike DeWine signed HB 29 into law on December 22, 2021, where Ohio's sports betting market could be one of the country's largest and is anticipated to generate nearly $1 billion in gross gaming revenue over the next three years. Recently, the Ohio Lottery released updated Operating Standards for potential Type C Proprietors that include requirements for financial processing, wagering systems and devices, and other critical elements for the launch of sports betting under the Type C model in the Ohio market, with an expected universal start date scheduled for January 1, 2023.
Additional information about offering sports wagering for location hosts in Ohio may be obtained by contacting Elys' partners Adam Stachler or Raj Shah at Wright Bet Ventures through their website at: Wright Bet Ventures.
About Wright Bet Ventures LLC
Wright Bet Ventures is a private equity backed sports wagering solutions business based out of Dayton, Ohio with deep roots in the region. It is majority-owned and operated by a minority that is underrepresented in the gaming industry and is very focused on inclusion and diversity in its ventures. The company sees its mission as two-fold. One is to facilitate a unique sportsbook experience for local restaurant and bar owners and potentially drive economic growth and job opportunities in the region. The second mission is to use some of its proceeds to directly help local charities and nonprofits in addition to the state and local tax revenue it intends to generate with this venture. One of the local nonprofits that it will be directly working with and supporting is the Head Start Program with the Miami Valley Childhood Development Program which is focused on pre-K education in our underserved communities of color.
About Elys Game Technology, Corp.
Elys Game Technology, Corp., is a B2B global gaming technology company operating in multiple countries worldwide, with B2C online and land-based gaming operations in Italy. Elys offers its clients a full suite of leisure gaming products and services, such as sports betting, e-sports, virtual sports, online casino, poker, bingo, interactive games and slots in Italy and has operations in five states as well as the District of Columbia in the U.S. market. Elys' vision is to become a global leader in the gaming industry through the development of pioneering and innovative technology.
The Company provides wagering solutions, services online operators, casinos, retail betting establishments and franchise distribution networks. Additional information is available on our corporate website at www.elysgame.com.
Investors may also find us on Twitter @ELYS_gaming.
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