Sazka, the largest Czech lottery company, goes live with OpenBet’s Neccton technology to sharpen compliance capabilities
Czech lottery brand benefits from sportsbook provider’s newly acquired responsible gaming, anti-money laundering (AML) and fraud detection service
October 05, 2023 – OpenBet, a leading content, platform and service provider to the sports betting industry, has strengthened its partnership with Sazka after delivering Neccton’s gambling compliance products to the Czech Republic lottery operator.
Sazka has integrated the AI-based solution across its lottery, sportsbook and casino offerings. It marks the first launch of Neccton’s technology after the leader in responsible gaming, anti-money laundering (AML) and fraud detection was acquired by OpenBet in June 2023.
Operating across more than 30 countries, Neccton has over 15 years’ experience in developing software and services for the gaming sector under the leadership of industry pioneers Dr Michael Auer and Andreas Schneeberger.
Part of the Allwyn Group, Sazka is the largest lottery operator in the Czech Republic with leading market positions in lotteries and similar games. The launch marks the next chapter of the lottery’s partnership with OpenBet, after its sportsbook arm, Sazkabet, transitioned onto OpenBet’s sports betting technology and services in July 2022.
Jason Ayton, VP, Corporate Development & Strategy at OpenBet, said: “Partnering with Sazka to integrate Neccton’s leading technology across a number of its offerings demonstrates the core reason we expanded our capabilities within the gambling compliance arena. Operators are keen to extend their resources in this area, and now we have the product suite to cater to those demands following our acquisition of Neccton.
We are proud to work with WLA members and help them remain compliant, while improving their player experience.”
Pavel Gernt, Player Protection Manager at Sazka, said: “Sazka is about fun and responsibility. In addition to complying with all legislation, we also take a number of measures beyond the law. We are dedicated to prevention, early identification of risky players and cooperation with non-profit institutions that are able to lend a helping hand.
No matter how good the intervention strategies you have in place, you can’t use them if you are blind, therefore we decided to implement Neccton’s compliance toolkit and further improve the quality of detection of players at risk.”
OpenBet is a world leader in sports betting entertainment. With over 25 years’ experience and a passion for innovation, OpenBet’s modular range of technology, content and services is entrusted by the globe’s biggest sports betting brands, lotteries, casinos and tribal operators. It is a leading business-to-business sports betting partner in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada, with a strong position in Europe and APAC. To date, OpenBet has over 75 global customers and a 100% uptime record across major sporting events. OpenBet is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company. To find out more about OpenBet, please visit www.openbet.com.
Sazka is the largest and oldest lottery company in the Czech Republic, providing customers with the widest portfolio of games and everyday entertainment through continuous innovation and responsible management. The entertainment family also includes scratch cards, sports betting and quick games. Sazka provides its products on the online gaming portal www.sazka.cz and through a unique sales network with more than 7,500 points of sale across the Czech Republic. Sazka's terminals can also be used for a number of other transactions, from payment of deposit slips to credit top-ups to parcel collection. Sazka is part of the Allwyn Group, a multi-national lottery operator with leading market positions in Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Illinois).