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ASIAN DEALS: Kambi/Fun88; King58/Mahjong Logic; OpenBet/PGI

TAGs: Fun88, kambi sports solutions, king58, Mahjong Logic, openbet, pacific gaming investments, PAGCOR, Philippines

kambi-openbet-fun88-king58-mahjong-logicAsian-facing online gambling operator Fun88 has inked a two-year pact with Unibet’s B2B subsidiary Kambi Sports Solutions. The deal will make Kambi’s pool betting products Supertoto and Superscore available to Fun88’s casino and sports betting punters. Fun88 director Nathan Walker says his company views pool betting as “simplified sport betting with a touch of casino,” making it a perfect fit for his clientele. Companies already signed on with Kambi include Unibet, Paf, Expekt, AsianLogic, Interwetten, Spain’s Egasa Group and, most recently, Tonybet.

Philippine-licensed online operator King58 has become the latest to sign up for Mahjong Logic‘s peer-to-peer online mahjong software. Mahjong Logic CEO Jonas Alm was “thrilled’ to add another licensing feather to his cap, noting that “2012 is shaping up to be another banner year for our company.” King58 managing partner Collette Young said her company wanted “to help make online mahjong as popular throughout the world as online poker is today.” (Have you thought about organizing a $1m buy-in tournament? Just sayin’.) Last month’s debut of Mahjong Logic on Asian-facing Bodog88 produced the fastest sign-up rate Mahjong Logic has seen to date.

Online sportsbook and gaming software provider OpenBet, which also inked a deal with Mahjong Logic last month, has signed on to provide fixed odds games for internet-linked terminals operated by Pacific Gaming Investments (PGI) and its Philippine subsidiary IEST in locations authorized by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor). PGI hopes to have 500 terminals offering the fixed odds games, known locally as ‘Instawin,’ in operation by the end of the year. OpenBet CEO David Loveday said the deal gave his company “first-mover advantage with one of the Philippines’ early license holders.” PGI director/biz-dev manager Carl Wahlin called OpenBet “the natural choice” for a partner.

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