888 Named Digital Operator of Year at Global Gaming Awards

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The 2016 Global Gaming Awards took place in the ballroom of the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this week and 888 Holdings came out a big winner.

Driven by gaming publication Gambling Insider in partnership with the American Gaming Association, Reed Exhibitions and G2E Vegas, the GGAs were created to "recognize and reward innovation and achievement across both the digital and land-based gaming sectors."

In the digital realm, 888 took home the prestigious "Operator of the Year" award against some very strong competition.

New Campaigns a Big Reason

It was the first time 888 has won the Operator of the Year award and the competition was pretty stiff, including two heavy hitters from the DFS industry and one of the fastest-growing poker sites online.

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The nominated operators were:

  • 888Holdings for 888poker.com
  • Amaya for PokerStars
  • Bet365 Group
  • Betclick Everest Group
  • Betway
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • GVC Holdings
  • Paddy Power Betfair
  • Unibet

The judges specifically appreciated how 888poker invested in new campaigns and programs to challenge the dominance of the market leader, PokerStars.

In his presentation, Gambling Insider editor Alex Hammond said:

"Congratulations to 888, a first Global Gaming Award win for the operator who has made great strides in challenging the dominance of PokerStars in both the US and Europe in the past 12 months, and in the process given the online poker industry a jolt that many believe the industry needs to return to its former glory."

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Itai Frieberger

Itai Frieberger, recently appointed CEO at 888poker, commented:

"We are delighted to have received such an esteemed recognition, which is testament to our ongoing commitment to providing our players with an exceptional online poker platform and world class user experience.

"In a highly competitive market, we constantly strive to improve 888poker’s offering with a cutting edge product, unique promotions and exciting partnerships, all of which have resulted in our increasingly dominant online presence."

Global Gaming Awards

The Global Gaming Awards are an annual event nominated and voted for by the industry itself. The judges’ panel consists of 60 CEOs and high-profile executives.

There are awards in 12 different categories and below are the winners of 2016. Special recognition went to MGM Resorts, who won awards in two categories.

Land-Based Operator

MGM Resorts International

Digital Operator

888 Holdings for 888poker

Casino Product

IGT Play-Spot

Digital Product

Microgaming – Quickfire

Digital Acquisition Program

Unibet

Customer Loyalty Program

MGM Resorts International

Land-Based Industry Supplier

SG Interactive – SG Universe

Responsible Business

Geo Comply

North America Executive

Maureen Sweeney

For a complete overview over the nomination and judges panel click through to globalgamingawards.com.

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