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Granny Gamble – Live vs. Online – The Mockumentary

The mockumentary about Granny Gamble is now complete . This is the story behind how "Granny Gamble Builds a Bingo Bankroll" went from bingo blog to full scale video production.

(The videos are in Danish. Contact us if you want to discuss video content production for your brand. Available in 70+ languages.)

Episode 1 - Granny Gamble Goes to the Bingo Hall

It began ten years ago. Roy Pedersen, the original author of the article about the gambling grandma on bingoguide.dk, sat in discontent in a basement in Greece whilst frustratingly contemplating how to prevent his company from going bankrupt. The company is All-in Translations, who provide language services for the gaming industry. It turns out that a client who had recently placed the biggest order that All-in had ever received were not in a financial position to provide payment despite all tasks being completed and delivered.

An email that made Roy say "...bingo!"

Pedersen received an email from bingoguide.dk. He had met representatives of the company a few times previously at gaming conferences and All-in Translations had translated a fair number of texts for the same company. They now wanted some original content for their new bingo site, and thought Pedersen was the right man to call upon. Pedersen is always overjoyed at getting an order from a dependable payer who also craves something creative. He immediately began building a character on which the articles would be based on. She has purple hair, glasses thicker than the bottom of a Coca Cola bottle and smokes 40 cigarettes a day; a stereotype of your average bingo goer. Her mission is to become a winning online bingo player, by any means possible.

This is (also) the foundation for episode 1 of the satirical documentary. We wanted to portray Granny Gamble (Lillian Thode) as being an unfazed cynic who is the loudest to laugh when she gets her way. The only problem was that the night before recording, the initial manuscript failed to convey this. Good advice came at a cost, when director Angelique Muller landed in Copenhagen at 10pm. Muller has worked with Pedersen back when they both had Customer Support at Expekt.com 13 years ago. Ever since then, she has established herself as a very promising film producer (IMDb profile here) and manager for the Valletta Film Festival. Muller also worked as the assisting producer of the television series Game of Thrones, which was filmed in Malta and in 2015, and she made a spoof for All-in Translations called iGame of Thrones.

Scripting with inspiration from the perks of online bingo

The clock had struck 11pm, Muller and Pedersen were sat at a restaurant ordering food, when they turned to the manuscript - which clearly had big potential for improvement. Something drastic had to be done and we needed to dig deep into the essence of the plot in order to find a solution. How do we wish to portray her? We wanted to show that playing online is more convenient and profitable than playing ‘live’. But we were unsuccessful in finding a bingo hall where we could shoot the video and it was unlikely that viewers would be interested in watching a video of other people playing bingo on the internet.

Our conclusion was that we must focus on how bothersome and unrewarding it can be to play in real life, and place Granny Gamble in situations where playing away from the screen becomes more challenging in each episode. We decided to broaden our horizons, and compare online bingo with other types of live games: Bingo in a bingo hall, going to a casino, betting on the football in a kiosk, slot machines at the pub and last but not least - the safety of the internet compared to the safety of the streets.

After midnight, Angelique underlined that it was more effective to show the viewer something rather than to tell it. This was hard to contest. An important suggestion was that we start every episode right in the action in order to immediately grip the viewers’ attention. In episode 1 we meet Lynne Kirk who plays the interviewer. Standing with the microphone at the ready outside a bingo hall on Studiestræde in Copenhagen, she sees Granny Gamble’s red walking aid. As soon as she starts to explain that we will be meeting her today, Granny Gamble comes running out from the bingo hall in a fit of laughter. She hurries over to the walker and tells Lynne that she has stolen the false teeth of a male bingo player, whilst he was smoking a pipe. The man had simply become too annoying with all of his shouts of 'BINGO'!

"Try to say Bingo without teeth! Bimbo! Bimbo! It is completely impossible!", guffawed Granny Gamble whilst her toothless opponent screamed back at her, "come back with my teeth, you bloody bitch! I am going to destroy your walker." Lynne and Granny Gamble disappear around the corner and the episode ends.

A crazy granny, and a hectic schedule...

All five of the episodes in the mockumentary about Granny Gamble were recorded in one day. This places great demand on the actors, production team and planning. Many underestimate how much time it actually takes to make a professional video and with five 90 second episodes all in one day, this only leaves a minimum margin for error, before risking the entire production going down the drain. The director Muller has a lot of experience, but the actors had mostly been extras in previous productions. All the more reason why their performances were met with great enthusiasm. 

Apart from a few minor difficulties at the start, they handled themselves tremendously. The interviewer Lynne, ordinarily works as a drama teacher and possessed the most acting experience, which was evident, as she performed to a high standard in each and every single take. Lynne had also been cast for the role of Granny Gamble, but she was too young. Two days before shooting began, we asked her if she wanted the role of the interviewer and she happily accepted. Granny Gamble gave a brilliant casting and she had exactly the right energy we were looking for. Many of the scenes were heavily improvised, which she handled expertly. Granny Gamble’s friend Violetta also worked excellently in the role as the more sympathetic side kick. The two best friends travel around Denmark acting as extras in various productions and it’s obvious that they have a passion for it. They took the challenge of finding five different costumes -one for each episode - well in their stride. I truly hope that I will have such a close friend when I enter my years like these ladies. It was truly admirable. If it had not been for everyone’s unfailingly positive attitude, the production never would never have worked.

Episode 2 - Granny Gamble Goes to the casino

The whole idea behind the satirical documentary Granny Gamble, and the point we wanted to highlight, was that in all essence ‘live’ bingo is a lot of hassle - at least compared to playing on the internet in the comfort of your own home. If you ignore all social aspects, it could be argued that by leaving the house one is ‘getting some exercise’. However, Granny Gamble's interests don't much pertain to exercise and, with a public smoking ban, it's evident there are few remaining reasons to play ‘live’.

Getting the big idea across (why Granny Gamble chooses online bingo over live games) 

We got the idea for episode 2 in April, while we were doing some planning in Copenhagen and attending some meetings for the Nordic Affiliate Conference. We settled on the idea while we were at a casino one of those nights - which quite frankly turned out to be the worst casino experience I have ever had. We'd perhaps had a few too many beers, but we were under no circumstances drunk. I had the impression that casino hosts were always happy to welcome people in high spirits. On the contrary, we were met with an angry tone. Those of us who had remembered to bring our IDs were demanded to pay 100 Danish kroner in order to enter. I have been to many casinos in my life, but this was the first time I have had to pay an entrance fee. A similar situation happened in a Dutch casino in Amsterdam, however we were given our money back in drinks. After a mere 10 minutes of losing at the the black-jack table I found a taxi and went home. You can’t get a taxi ride for free, and to make matters worse, the casino was situated quite far away from the hotel I was staying at. Back at the hotel, in the bathtub, I placed a bet on Bet365.com and I must say that this experience was far more enjoyable.

The introduction to episode 2 takes place outside a casino in Copenhagen. Granny Gamble comes rolling into view with her walking aid. Frustrated, she yells at the interviewer. The atmosphere was tense. She had forgotten her ID and as a result was unable to enter. "Tell me, at my age, who needs an ID card?" Bellowed Granny Gamble. In the next scene, we see the interviewer, Lynne, smoke her seventh cigarette, whilst waiting for her interviewee to arrive in a taxi. Granny Gamble is in the worst possible mood you could imagine. "200 kroner for a taxi! As if I have come from the moon and back", she scoffs. She sets eyes on Lynne, and beckons to her to get up and keep up.

Granny Gamble only spends a short while ‘inside’* the casino. After a few seconds, she comes out again, this time followed by a doorman. "You are not welcome here’" he says, but Granny Gamble waves her handbag at him frantically. No wonder she has a face like thunder after she had discovered that it costs 100 kroner to enter the casino. "What the hell is this? Ibiza?" she screams, as she and her walker are escorted away.

We really wanted to outline the paradox between having to pay entrance fees at Copenhagen casinos, whilst online gaming companies are practically throwing offers and bonuses in your face as soon as you make your initial deposits. It had been suggested that part 2 of the second episode, should be set in Granny Gamble’s apartment, where she sat on the couch, and playing online after such a catastrophic visit to the casino. In order to emphasise the contrast, we came up with the idea of having pan pipe music playing in the background, with Granny Gamble sitting with her legs up on the table – as if surrounded by an oasis of port wine after hiking the desert in high heels. We had also considered having a ‘webcam’ – set up inside the apartment, but we decided that watching someone looking into the screen of a laptop would not make for good television. We thought it would be more visually effective, to portray all the contrasts between the problems Granny Gamble faces when she plays ‘live’ bingo, compared to playing on the internet.

A decisive match and World Cup betting come into play

The actor playing the doorman is Christian Møller Larsen. This was pleasing to me, as it meant that I would not be the only one watching the decisive World Cup Group C match between Denmark and Australia. The timing could not have been better, we had just managed to film the final take of the scenes outside the casino, as soon as the match kicked off. We watched the first 10 minutes on my mobile phone in the taxi on the way back to the apartment. The rest of the first half was on in the background as we laid plans for the next episodes and whilst the actors changed their costumes.

*  We were never actually inside the casino, since all forms of photography are forbidden. We only filmed outside. The casino featured has no specific association with the content shown in the video.

Episode 3 - Granny Gamble Tries To Bet on VAR

I had mixed emotions when I realised that Denmark were to play against Australia on the same day that we were to film the satirical documentary about the cynical bingo blogger Granny Gamble. On one hand, it is a privilege to be able to experience the atmosphere of watching Denmark play in the World Cup with my Danish brothers in Copenhagen. On the other hand, there is a great deal of uncertainty in the air surrounding an event such as this one. The streets will be packed with Danish fans, but how will they react to Granny Gamble? The result will certainly have an huge impact on their mood, so how should one plan the manuscript?

We concluded, that we must focus on the production value. This was something I had learned what was whilst watching an episode of Stranger Things a couple of years ago. The kids directing the movie on the series were talking about production value when they were shooting a scene in their horror movie just as a train drove past in the background. We had the same vision with the Denmark vs Australia match, but there were only 15 minutes remaining of the match by the time we had finally made it out of the apartment on Studiestræde, with Granny Gamble dressed in Danish colours, we decided that walking to Tivoli would be the quickest option. We wanted to film Granny Gamble in front of the masses of red and white fans who were desperate for Denmark to steal a late winner.

After walking about 200 meters, our interviewer Lynne had stated that she was in danger of getting blisters because of her high heels, she thought we were going to take a taxi. I then ran back to the apartment to fetch some more practical and comfortable shoes for her to wear. I caught up with Granny Gamble and Violetta just outside Tivoli, where the score-line was still 1-1 with 5 minutes plus stoppages left on the clock. We managed to hook Granny Gamble up with a microphone and started recording her and Lynne as they spoke to a few of the many fans who were on their way out.

The idea with episode 3, was to show how much more complicated it was to place a football bet in a kiosk, as opposed to doing it online. We had provided Granny Gamble with a few betting slips, and directed her to ask other fans to explain what she had to do. I got the idea when I was placing a bet on the Champions League semi-final. I was waiting to be picked up by a friend on the way to the pub. There was a kiosk close to where I was waiting, which happened to be a licensed bookies. I hadn’t placed a bet in a kiosk for many years. I do all of my own personal gambling online, where better odds are offered with fewer complications.

But since I had nothing better to do at the time, I thought 'why not'? Upon entering the kiosk, I had decided that I would bet on more than 3 goals being scored in the match and that both teams would score. It turned out that this was simply too complicated for the bookies system to accommodate. So I tried something else, which also didn’t work. There were too many rules on what one could or could not do, which games you could and could not combine on the same betting slip and matches that were unable to bet on alone. In addition, the odds were so low that I decided to just give up on it. I went online and placed the bets instead. I knew about such complications in kiosks back in Norway and I suppose the systems are similar in betting kiosks in Denmark.

Improvisation can make for some interesting conversation

Back to Denmark and June 21st. The match ended 1-1 and the fans are fairly happy. It was somewhat disappointing to not beat Australia, but at the same time many people knew that, with their team acquiring four points from their first two games, the chances of advancing into the last 16 were quite high. The biggest talking point, as it has been ever since the 2018 World Cup in Russia had started, was VAR (Video Assistant Referees). Denmark had conceded a penalty as a result of the new VAR system. Then I received a text message from the owner of Bingoguide.dk, who had informed me that he had also been watching the match in Tivoli, so we arranged to meet outside. 

"Get Granny Gamble to ask about VAR" he said. He approached some nearby Danish fans and asked for their consent to our filming, which was granted. Granny Gamble fired away with her questions. "I want to bet on VAR’ she exclaimed". "You can’t", one of them replied, and then showed a tattoo he had on his knee. Surrounded by a good and positive atmosphere, we walked over to a kiosk, to ask them if it is possible to place a bet on VAR. The man behind the counter is completely oblivious to what we are asking, but the conversation was going well and he gave us his consent to uploading the video on Youtube.

Granny Gamble concludes that she would rather go home and play bingo on the internet, but someone had stolen her walker! The interviewer shows clear signs of being the culprit and that she had had quite enough of Granny Gamble for one day. It was 5pm and we were running on schedule for the first time that day. We head over to a city pub where we will be recording the next episode.

Episode 4 - Granny Gamble goes to the slot machine pub

"I wish I had full control of lights and sound" said Angelique Muller, the director, as we shot episode 4 of the video blog about Granny Gamble testing live gaming versus online bingo.

"What?" I asked.

"To have control over the lights and the sound at the set" Muller explained.

She had to say it twice to outshout the increasingly rowdy Danish fans. Our strategy of buying their silence with beers had backfired. The staff at City Pub Copenhagen had been extremely helpful and friendly, even if we were 3 hours behind on the time we'd agreed the evening before - but now we had officially overstayed our welcome. They were refusing to turn down the music and didn't love the fact that we were shushing their guests (fair enough). A guy who was playing on one of the slot machines when we came in, and who was kind enough to step aside, was now getting a bit itchy as well.

Persistence and perfectionism is must in video content production

But video content production is often about persistence - about not giving up before the perfect take is saved on the camera memory card. And then, to do another take just for safety. People are often surprised by how many takes are needed, and when people inexperienced with video production are involved the repetitiveness can sometimes feel unnecessary. The three main actors for the Granny Gamble production were lacking experience in big roles, but had all spent a lot of time at movies sets as extras. If anyone knows how much time it can take to shoot a scene - it's the extras.

So there we were, in City Pub, trying to get perfect takes for different scenes;

  • The interviewer coming in to look for Granny Gamble, only to find her friend Violetta instead, who is playing slots and much too busy to talk.
  • Granny Gamble coming out of the toilet, only to find Violetta having occupied the slot machine she had been feeding the whole afternoon.
  • Granny Gamble ordering some drinks and tricking Violetta to get up so she can get her seat at the slot machine back.
  • Violetta winning on the other slot machine, Granny Gamble not loving it.
  • A sneaky guy in the background (played by me) giving a long look when Violetta wins, and showing particular interest in the orange handbag where the winnings are placed.
  • Violette ordering some shots.

The statement we were trying to make with episode 4 was that you can clearly never count on your favorite gambling machine being available when you play live. And nothing is more typical than someone else winning the jackpot on a machine you have been feeding. Online however this is never a problem in online casinos or online bingo halls as the seat is virtual and always free.

We also wanted to use an efficient cinematic tool called set-up and payoff. It basically means to establish something (set-up) that pays off later. It's not to be confused with payoff from a betting context where payoff is used to describe the return on a bet. My favorite set-up/payoff is from Shawshank Redemption. You probably remember it: "Salvation lies within".

City Pub is a small and relaxed place in the center of Copenhagen, and the interior is a great fit for a video scene. The lights of the slots looked great as a contrast to the dim lightning.We got there in the end - much thanks to Aleksandar Bundalo, who is the regular sound editor on the video content productions at All-in Translations. He is widely regarded as one of the top sound editors in Malta - a place known to host an abundance of big movie productions. Bundao's bigger productions are Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips and Simshar (his IMDb profile here).

Episode 5 - Granny Gamble's friend gets robbed

Episode 5 of Granny Gamble's video blog was actually the first one we shot and, as it turned out, by far the most difficult. We gathered in the Airbnb we had rented in Studiestrædet at 7:30 AM which was tough, considering we had been up most of the night reworking the script.

The apartment was perfect - it really did look like the dwelling of a modern grandma who's been successful at online bingo. The location in the Latin Quarter was ideal because of the proximity to other shooting locations. Copenhagen really is a beautiful city and the Danish capital is famous around the world for outstanding urban planning and striking contemporary architecture. The sun was shining most of the time we were there, and there really is something astounding about the atmosphere in big Nordic cities when the air and the people is warmed back up after a long winter.

With its classical touches, and natural wear and tear, the living room looked great on screen with beams of morning sun shining through the 4th floor windows.

We had 4 scenes to shoot at the apartment:

  • Interviewer arriving at Granny Gamble's front door, explaining that she would follow her around that week as she tries her hand at playing live, but Granny Gamble had already left for the bingo hall (to be used for scene 1).
  • Sneaky guy going through Violetta's orange purse and being caught in the act by the interviewer who is on the way into the apartment. He runs out.
  • Granny Gamble waking up after celebrating Violetta's win last night. This meant we had to dress up the living room to make it look like there had been a party.
  • Violetta waking up, realising her purse is gone, running after the sneaky guy.
  • Granny Gamble checking her phone to see how she performed online this week. She had won the bingo jackpot - of course. And she mocks Violetta because her own winnings are still in her account.
  • Granny Gamble lights a cigar and sits back in the armchair, smug as a pie.
  • Thug life glasses rolls into the screen and is placed ovwe Granny Gamble's eyes as gangster rap starts playing. The end - at least for now.

This last part with the thug life glasses had to be animated of course. Luckily the director Angelique Muller was already working with the very talented and Malta based Andres Algeciras. He also fixed the animation in each video intro, and the rolling face of grandma in the middle of each episode.

The biggest challenge in the apartment scenes was for the actors to remember their lines since we had changed the script so very last minute. But we agreed that they would improvise more, and after a while they got the hang of it.

Another challenge was that we were missing the sound making bottom part of the fog horn which Granny Gamble was going to use to wake up Violetta. The customs officer didn't allow me to bring this on to the plane from Norway to Denmark, and there was no open shop to buy this before we started shooting. We decided to add the sound in post production, and that Granny Gamble would simulate pushing the button next to Violetta's ear, but we got lucky and caught it on camera when the balloon which Violetta was using as a pillow blew up. I am not sure what is more unpleasant - being woken by a fog horn in your ear or an exploding balloon. We ended up using the crippled foghorn in episode 3 when Granny Gamble meets Violetta during the Denmark game.

And now for the best part: the wrap dinner

And that's a wrap! And what happens after a video content production wrap? A wrap dinner! After a very long day it felt incredibly nice to sit down at the legendary restaurant Grøften inside Tivoli. And if it felt good for me, I can only imagine how good it must have felt for Granny Gamble, Violetta and the interviewer. We were all running around the city for the most parts of the daylight with very little complaining, but in addition they had to perform in front of the camera. A stellar performance had to be recognised so we ordered a three-course meal with plenty of fluids next to it. Most of us had fried flounder - a Danish specialty that deserved a 5 star review.

The only person who fell asleep was a random Danish supporter who had joined us from City Pub. He fell asleep on my shoulder after two gin tonics, and had to be escorted out by the very nice personel at the restaurant. He was nice enough to say good bye though, and I imagine he slept immediately when his head hit the pillow that night. Same went for the rest of us. A big thanks to everyone involved!

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Remotely-based iGaming Translators

 

The aim of All-in Translations is to deliver the most precise and attractive translations in the iGaming industry. In order to achieve this, we are calling for the best iGaming translators out there. At the moment we are looking for more translators fluent in the following languages:

Chinese (traditional and simplified)

Japanese

Danish

Swedish

Finnish

Norwegian

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Swahili

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Flemish

♣ Icelandic

Hebrew

Basque

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Tagalog (Filipino)

What we offer to attract the best iGaming translators:

♣ We are the best agency to work with and only work with the best iGaming translators! Check some of the testimonials from other iGaming translators and writers here.
♣ On-time monthly payments, large volume of work and you can accept jobs and issue invoices in a single click.
♣ A chance to work with the best companies in the iGaming industry.
♣ Freedom to work wherever and whenever as long as deadlines are kept.
♣ All the tools needed to provide the highest quality and improve your translation skills as well as your knowledge of iGaming.
♣ A friendly and supportive Project Management team.

The successful candidate should have:

♣ Experience in translating into their native language, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the iGaming terminology.
♣ The creative ability to make a text attractive in their native language.
♣ The ability to deliver projects within set deadlines.

Please email your cover letter, sample text/translation, and CV to hr@allintranslations.com if you think you fit the bill. Use the subject line: iGaming Translator - [YOUR LANGUAGE].

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Fancy a Game of World Cup Fantasy?

The first round of our World Cup fantasy game has now been created in FantasyBet.com. Click here to join. The fee is  £22 and the prizepool has a progressive payout. All rules here.

The deadline to set up your team is 1 hour before kick-off in the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on 14th June. Everyone gets a budget of £100m to choose a squad of 15 players.

The 5 most expensive players (as of 8th June) are Messi (£12,5m), Ronaldo (£12m), Neymar (£12m), Cavani (£11m) and Kane (£11m). Tim Cahill from Australia costs £5m.

Inside tips: Choose set piece takers. Full overview here. And here is what happened when Bisnode used machine learning and data mining to predict the outcome of this year's World Cup.

You can choose players from the following 12 games:

PS: Do you have good tips for podcasts dedicated to the World Cup? Not necessarily in English. We would like to make a full overview.

Norwegian

VG
TV 2

Swedish

Aftonbladet

English

Rotowire (US)

All-in Translations is a language service provider specialising in gaming, sports, esports, fantasy and crypto/fintech. Below you can see what happened when we did a road trip to France for the Euro 16.

All-in Poker & Pool Party in Bucharest

The Entertainment Arena Expo is the first event on a busy autumn schedule for All-in Translations. This Romanian international exhibition for the casino, betting and entertainment industry starts in Bucharest on the 3rd September, and on the final evening of 5th September All-in Translations will host a Poker & Pool Party for the expo delegates.

Admittance is strictly by invite/guest list.

On the poker table we will host a dealer's choice cash game with Texas Hold'em No Limit, Crazy Pineapple No Limit and Pot Limit Omaha. There are 6 seats - first come first served. We will also have a waiting list running.

On the pool table we will apply a winner stays policy. Betting is of course allowed.

Drinks and some light food will be served. Hope to see you there!

All-in Translations is a market leading provider of language services for the gaming industry. Email maciej@allintranslations.com or request a quote if you want our help to get your global growing going. Our services, which includes localization, content writing, link building and more, are available in 70+ languages.

You can see a full calendar of our 10 year anniversary tour here.

Remotely-based iGaming Copywriters

You are a skilled, creative writer and you heard our call. Step 1 completed. If you are already convinced that you would like to work for All-in Translations as a copywriter, you can scroll down to the application form.

At All-in Translations, we pride ourselves on working with the best linguists in the iGaming industry. What are we looking for? Simply put, the best copywriters out there for all our languages, since many of our clients are asking us to write attractive content for them.

Who should apply? Anyone who can write remarkably well, including but not limited to journalistsmarketing professionalsPR professionals and so on.

We can offer you the freedom of working from wherever you wish and you will be glad to know we have an outstanding reputation as an employer. You can read about us here and our company history here.

Questions? Contact Eolo in HR on hr@allintranslations.com.

The Cup Draw – Round of 16

Leo Vegas beat TWIN 5-2 in the last league game tonight (Friday), resulting in the following cup draw (below). Matches start on 16th April and commences on 4th May with a final and bronze final being played at Luxol, followed by the awards ceremony and after-party at Surfside. RSVP and see all details here.

Round of 16:

(There have been a few corrections here since the original post, sorry about any confusion).

GIGsters United vs. Catena Media

Leo Vegas vs. Oceanwood

ZP Services vs. SD Services

Bethard vs. Aspire FC

TWIN vs. iGaming Elite (Betway has withdrawn from the competition and iGaming Elite gets their place in the cup)

Kindred (Unibet) vs. Betfair

Betsson Moneymakers vs. Tipico Skills

Betclic vs. La Famiglia

Below are the final league tables. Congratulations to GIGsters United and Betfair!

Betfair Wins Pentasia All-in League 2 After Dramatic Final Round

Despite what the league table on our website says, Betfair secured the League 2 title after a dramatic last round at Luxol. Betway got 2 red cards and lost 5-6 to SD Services in the final game, placing three teams on 33 points. Aspire FC had a better goal difference, but direct confrontation counts first, and since Betfair beat both Aspire FC and Betway they are declared winners. So congratulations Betfair!

Betfair Team Captain, Max Hawkins, commented on the success. "I think that the hard work, determination and our relentless will to win drove us to be the best we could have been. The respect from the teams in the league as well as the referees made this season absolutely fantastic and we can't wait to participate in the knockout stages! Top marks to the organisation of the league this year!"

We would like to apologize here for inconsistent communication regarding the rules and technical problems with the league table on the website, we cannot seem to make it consider direct confrontation first. So here is the manually made final table of League 2.

Only 1 game in League 1 remains before we can conclude and announce the cup draw later tonight, so stay tuned. Leo Vegas will secure second place with a win, whereas Twin can make it to 4th. As you probably know GIGsters United won League 1.

PS: Make sure to set aside May 4th for the cup finals, awards and after-party at Surfside. Our league manager Nikola walks you through the details in the video below.

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Finals, Awards and After-Party with the Pentasia All-in League from All-In Translations on Vimeo.

GIGsters United Wins Pentasia All-in League

After being handed a walkover against Leo Vegas, GIGsters United are officially champions of the Pentasia All-in League with 10 wins in 10 games, no matter the result in the league final against Bethard on Thursday. The picture above is from when they won All-in Translations' SiGMA Cup 2017.

This is what Endre Nesset had to say when we told him about the walkover that gave his team their first league title.

"It's a bit anticlimactic to win like this, but it feels incredible in any case. Our goal was to get payback after the bitter ending of last season (GIGsters United sent a complaint which was rejected and Unibet won). We had a fairly small squad with only 8-9 players, but everyone have been extremely loyal and the team has become very interoperable. We had a plan and the players know each other well."

Who has been your key players?

"Felix (Preussner) is the best player in the league if you ask me. He leads the defence with authority but also contributes a lot in our offensive play. I also want to mention Eirik Thorvaldsen who has been our supersub. He has played in every possible position with good performances in all of the games." 

Any comment about the new management and referees?

"A big improvement in my opinion. The referees have kept consistent and the matches under control as far as what I have seen. The League Manager has been very helpful with rescheduling requests, and it has been more interesting to follow the league this year as the results have been updated more quickly. GIG is very thankful for this".

Sign up for our event on 4th May with the league finals at Luxol followed by the awards ceremony and after-party at Surfside. Don't forget to tell your friends and colleagues!

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Will we know the winner of Pentasia All-in League today?

With just five days left of league play it is still not decided who will win Pentasia All-in League 1 or 2. In this article we will take a close look at the possible outcomes and give you an update on the cup stage.

But first of all: Make sure to keep the evening of Friday 4th May free. The cup and bronze finals will be played at Luxol from 18:30 and the after-party will be held at Surfside. Transportation will be provided between the venues. Players, referees, fans and industry friends are all welcome to join an evening of competitive football while shaking hands with teammates and opponents over a drink and great food. There's of course also the Awards Ceremony, where the new Fair Play Award will be introduced.

League 1 status

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
08:30 PM  Oceanwood @ Aspire FC Pitch 2 - Luxol Sports Club
09:30 PM  Leo Vegas @ GIGsters United 1 Pitch 2 - Luxol Sports Club
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
08:00 PM  Betway @ SD Services Pitch 3 - Luxol Sports Club
09:00 PM  Bethard @ ZP Services Pitch 3 - Luxol Sports Club
09:00 PM  Casumo @ Play'n GO Pitch 4 - Luxol Sports Club
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
09:00 PM  Pentasia @ Betsson Moneymakers Pitch 3 - Luxol Sports Club
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
08:30 PM  SD Services @ iGaming Elite Pitch 2 - Luxol Sports Club
09:00 PM  Bethard @ GIGsters United 1 Pitch 3 - Luxol Sports Club
Friday, April 6th, 2018
07:00 PM  FAST TRACK @ Play'n GO Pitch 3 - Luxol Sports Club
08:00 PM  Leo Vegas @ Twin Pitch 3 - Luxol Sports Club

 

GIGsters United 1 have had an incredible run this season with nine consecutive victories. It seems safe to say that they will finally take down the League 1 title, after having been beaten on the goalline by Unibet last year.

The GIGsters are 5 points ahead with two games left to play, but last week's fixtures makes the title race more interesting than what it would seem, as GIGsters are now playing against both of the top two teams, LeoVegas (Monday) and Bethard (Thursday). With a win against LeoVegas they are officially champions. However, if they lose or draw, or if Bethard win their game against last year's cup winners ZP Services, then there will be a deciding league final between GIGsters United and Bethard on Thursday at 9 PM.

All of the teams in League 1 can either gain and drop at least one place in the table, so it will be exciting to see which teams are in form when it matters the most.

League 2 status

Betway seems to have League 2 under control and will secure the title with at least a draw against SD Services on Tuesday. But alarm bells will be ringing if they lose. In that case Betfair, the only team that has beaten Betway in League 2, will end up over Betway on the table as direct confrontation counts before goal difference. Aspire FC and Oceanwood can also end up on 33 points, and they are playing against each other today. Betfair beat Aspire FC who cannot win the league even with 33 points, but Betfair lost against Oceanwood.

So if Betway loses and Oceanwood beats Aspire FC we would have a tricky scenario with 3 teams on 33 points where no team can be crowned winner because of direct confrontation. The goal difference would then come into play and Oceanwood would probably win since they are 11 goals ahead.

The Cup Stage

Ten teams from League 1, and six teams from League 2, qualify for the cup stage which starts 16th April. Very little can be said about which will meet which at this point, but stay tuned for updates!

 

Pictures from the ASEAN Gaming Summit Poker by All-in Translations

Five tables were filled with happy delegates from far and near at the PokerStars Live Room in Manila, as All-in Translations' ASEAN Gaming Summit poker tournament was played on Tuesday.

At the end, it was Igor Rus from Comtrade Gaming who earned the right to call himself the toughest gaming executive in Asia, beating Dov Allin from Marketing Cross Media heads-up. The winning hand was J7s. Tony Chan from Asia Pioneer Entertainment came 3rd and claimed the last prize from European Gaming Events which was an interview and an ad with iGaming Radio.

"I haven't played a lot of poker before but it reminds me a bit of Mahjong. I loved playing!", said Chan after he was knocked out.

Favourite and last year's winner, Rhys Jones from Zustro, who also won the tournament at the iGaming Asia Congress in Macao last week, was knocked our relatively early. CEO at All-in Translations Roy Pedersen had the pleasure of taking down a hand against Jones in the following cash game with a straight flush.

Rhys Jones from Zustro

Erin Varghese, also from Zustro, won the voucher for localization and/or content writing services worth $500 after knocking out Pedersen. Players were all-in before the flop and as you can see - that obviously qualifies as a bad beat 😉

Erin Varghese from Zustro

Luis Pereira from Asia Gaming Brief, Claude Henoud from Real Time Gaming and Rhys Jones were all at the same tough starting table.

Luis Pereira from Asia Gaming Brief

None of them reached the final table.

PokerStars Live Room Tournament

Pereira and Janice Leung were happy as always, and the team from PokerStars Live Room did a stellar job organising the tournament.

PokerStars Live Room

Pontus Magnusson (left) from Media Mirror won the Swedish poker championship in 2016 but did not reach the final table. Oskar Kallenbach from FrankFred did, but was knocked out before the prizes came into play. Here they are together with Henoud, and David Song from PokerStars.

Media Mirror and FrankFred

Thanks to everyone that contributed and participated and congratulations to ASEAN Gaming Summit for another fantastic gaming event. We hope to repeat the poker tournament in Manila next year.