Smooth VLT upgrade sees OPAP confident of delivering on all 2019 targets

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Athens-listed gambling group OPAP SA is confident it will deliver on its full-year corporate expectations after recording a strong Q3 2019 performance including growth across all core metrics.Continuing to reap the benefits of its VLT and systems upgrade, OPAP maintains year-to-date revenues of €1.173 billion – up 6% on year-to-date (YTD) 2018 comparatives of €1.106 billion.Publishing its latest corporate update, OPAP details that Q3 2019 trading saw the company deploy 21,000 new VLTs, hosted by 369 Play Gaming Halls and 2,022 betting agencies.“Our results in Q3 provide further evidence of the positive growth that is being delivered by the OPAP team thanks to the investments made, and hard work put in, over the last few years,” said OPAP Group Chief Executive Damian Cope. “With both revenues and profitability once again showing good growth over 2018, I believe that OPAP continues to demonstrate the sustained benefits of the company’s ongoing transformation.”Detailing a significant increase in VLT contributions (up 52%), combined with a solid lottery performance (up 2%), OPAP YTD gross profits currently track at €463 million – up 7% on YTD 2018’s €433 million.Highlighting a series of operational efficiencies, OPAP has been able to maintain its growth momentum whilst group expenditure is contained to €200 million – a 6% decrease on 2018’s €212 million.Closing a successful Q3 2019 trading period, OPAP governance reports YTD group profits of €140 million, up 33% on 2018’s €105 million.“In Q3 we saw similar trends to the first half of 2019 with solid Lottery figures and a strong VLT performance, together with the ongoing improvement of our sports betting offer,” added Cope. “In terms of customer engagement, we continue to steadily grow the number of monthly actives across Online, VLTs and our new Tora services.“We are now within a few weeks of 2020, the year that will represent the culmination of our original ‘2020 Vision’ ambition. Until then we will be focused on successfully delivering for the remainder of 2019 and in this regard, we are confident in meeting our full-year expectations.”last_img read more

40 mind-boggling Tom Brady playoff facts ahead of QB’s 40th playoff game

first_imgTom Brady will make his 40th postseason start when the Patriots take on the Rams in Super Bowl 53. Judging by the numbers, the 41-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback continues to get better with age. He likely will not disappoint on the big stage he first took in Super Bowl 36 against the then-St. Louis Rams.Brady’s accomplishments through this run of nine Super Bowl appearances are almost impossible to believe. Here is a look at 40 postseason-related facts about the New England QB heading into his latest opportunity to add a sixth championship. 38. Brady is 29 of 47 for 311 yards in the Patriots’ last drive in those eight Super Bowls.39. In the game-winning drives against the Rams, Panthers, Seahawks and Falcons, Brady was a combined 24 of 29 for 241 yards.40. In the comeback against the Falcons, Brady was 21 of 27 for 246 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. SUPER BOWL 53 PICKS:Predictions from SN’s team of expertsBrady playoff records1. Against the Rams, Brady will appear in his 40th playoff game for the Patriots — more playoff game appearances than 18 of the 32 NFL franchises. That includes the Bears, who have played in 36 playoff games.2. Brady has won 29 NFL playoff games as a starter. Only five NFL franchises have won at least 30 postseason games. That list includes New England (36), Pittsburgh (36), Dallas (35), Green Bay (34) and San Francisco (30).3. Brady has passed for 73 touchdowns in the playoffs. Joe Montana is second with 45. The next closest active QB is Aaron Rodgers with 36.4. Brady is the only NFL QB with more than 10,000 passing yards in the postseason (10,917 yards). That would rank 29th among active QBs in career regular-season passing yards behind Nick Foles (11,165).5. Brady has thrown the most interceptions in the playoffs (33), but it’s still just 0.85 interceptions per game in the postseason.6. Brady has thrown one interception or fewer in 29 of 39 playoff games. That includes 19 games with no interceptions.7. Brady set a personal postseason best with six touchdown passes against Denver in a 45-10 win against the Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs on Dec. 1, 2014.8. Brady has passed for 300 or more yards in the postseason 16 times, and New England is 12-4 in those games.9. Brady owns a 20-3 record at home in the postseason. Only 14 NFL franchises have 20 playoff victories or more.10. Brady averages 279.9 passing yards per game in the postseason. The only Super Bowl-winning QBs with more are Drew Brees (317.3) and Kurt Warner (304.0).MORE: Best QB performances in SB historyTouchdown, Brady11. Brady scored New England’s only touchdown on a six-yard run in the Tuck Rule Game, a 16-13 win against the Raiders on Jan. 19, 2002, for his first playoff victory.12. Brady threw his first playoff touchdown pass in Super Bowl 36 against St. Louis with an eight-yard pass to David Patten.13. Brady threw his latest playoff touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett in the AFC championship game. Dorsett was nine when Brady led the Pats to their first Super Bowl victory. 23. Brady has led New England to 11 playoff victories in the last five seasons. Only seven other NFL QBs have 11 or more playoff victories in their careers.24. Brady has 16 more playoff wins than the next highest active QB. Roethlisberger ranks second among active QBs with 13.25. Brady has a .744 winning percentage in the postseason. That ranks first among QBs with at least 10 playoff wins. Terry Bradshaw, who was 14-5, ranks second with a .737 winning percentage.MORE: Brady among Super Bowl MVP whiffsBrady Super Bowl facts26. Against the Rams, Brady will start his ninth Super Bowl. John Elway is the only other QB in in NFL history with at least five Super Bowl starts.27. Brady can become the first QB to win six Super Bowls. Montana and Bradshaw each won four Super Bowls.28. Brady can become the first player to be on six Super Bowl-winning teams. Charles Haley played on five Super Bowl winners with the 49ers and Cowboys.29. Brady is the first player to play in nine Super Bowls.30. Brady is the only four-time Super Bowl MVP, with the latest being the comeback against the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.center_img 14. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass to 28 different players in the playoffs. Rob Gronkowski (12) has the most, followed by David Givens (seven), Danny Amendola (six) and Julian Edelman (five).15. Brady has thrown as many touchdowns in the playoffs to Randy Moss as he has Nate Solder, James Develin, Alge Crumpler and Bethel Johnson. All of those have players have caught one touchdown pass from Brady.16. Brady is famous for involving running backs, but only eight of his playoff touchdowns have been caught out of the backfield. That list includes James White (three), Shane Vereen (two), Kevin Faulk (one), Dion Lewis (one) and Danny Woodhead (one).MORE: Ranking all 52 Super Bowl winnersAgeless Brady17. Brady, 41, can become the oldest QB to win the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning was 39 when he and the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, slightly older than Brady at 39 when he won Super Bowl 51.18. Brady is 4-1 in playoff games since turning 40.19. Brady also is the second youngest QB to win a Super Bowl. He was 24 when the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl 36. Ben Roethlisberger was 23 when the Steelers won Super Bowl 40 four years later.20. In those five playoff games since turning 40, Brady averages 364.6 passing yards per game with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.21. In two playoff wins this season, Brady averages 345.5 passing yards per game and is completing 71.1 percent of his passes.22. Brady is 17 years and 72 days older than Rams QB Jared Goff, who is making his first Super Bowl appearance. 31. Brady has the career record for Super Bowl passing yards (2,576). He averages 322.0 passing yards per game with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions in the Super Bowl.32. Brady set the record for most passing yards in a Super Bowl with 505 in the Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles.33. Brady holds the Super Bowl record for consecutive completions in a Super Bowl with 16, which he set in Super Bowl 46 against the Giants.34. Brady has a 98.0 passer rating and 65.8 completion percentage in eight Super Bowl appearances.MORE: Ranking all 52 Super Bowl MVPsBrady in the clutch35. Brady led game-winning field goal drives against the Rams in Super Bowl 36 and Panthers in Super Bowl 38. He led the game-winning touchdown drives in Super Bowl 49 against the Seahawks and Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons.36. Brady is 82 of 127 (64.6 percent) for 879 yards in the fourth quarter of Super Bowls.37. Brady has six touchdowns and three interceptions in the fourth quarter or overtime of Super Bowls.last_img read more

Game Day Preview: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

first_imgDEFENDING J. J. WATT—Several Steelers offensive linemen try to keep J. J. Watt away from the quarterback. (Courier Photo by Julio Torres)The Steelers improved to 4-3 last week and now face one of the best teams and best quarterbacks in the NFL when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts visit on Sunday afternoon.The Colts have been on a roll after losing their first two games to open the season and are favored by three points over the Steelers, at Heinz Field. That’s how far the Steelers have fallen, they are underdogs at home.The black and gold really want to get that 5th win to keep them alive in the playoff chase at the midway point. Do they have what it takes?Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:•    The best defense is a ball control offense. The Colts have a very potent offense and with Andrew Luck leading them, they are easily capable of putting up 30 points.  The Steelers must control the clock with their offense to keep the Colts off the field. That means LeVeon Bell and LaGarret Blount must get several carries and several yards to go with them.2. The defense must pressure luck and actually get into the backfield. If not, it will be a LONG day for the secondary.3. Special team sare going to need to make a big play. Antonio Brown may need to return a punt for a TD or the kicking team needs to force a turnover. Either way, special teams will be a key to victory.4. In a game against a quality opponent like the Colts, the penalties must be at a minimum. The black and gold cannot afford to provide the Colts with any extra yards.Here are a Few Things to Watch:•    Martavis Bryant-He made his NFL debut last week and he immediately made an impact by stretching the field and scoring a TD. How will he be used this week.2.  Trick Plays-Will the Steelers break one out as they did against the Texans with the Brown to Moore TD pass?3. Cortez Allen-He’s lost his starting job but with the Colts air attack he’ll need to play multiple downs and he will need to step up and make a play.4. Lawrence Timmons-He’s still the best player on the defensive side of the ball and I look for him to get close to 10 tackles and lead the young guys along with it.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.last_img read more