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7x NFL Pro Bowl Selection Patrick Willis Announces Launch of Universe 52 Community

Collection of member-access digital collectibles grants entry to the legendary San Francisco 49ers’ exclusive online community, offers dedicated virtual and in-person experiences



Collection of member-access digital collectibles grants entry to the legendary San Francisco 49ers’ exclusive online community, offers dedicated virtual and in-person experiences

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Patrick Willis, one of the most highly-regarded middle linebackers in the illustrious history of the National Football League (NFL), today announced the launch of Universe 52, a private, members-only community where fans can interact with Patrick and other members and unlock access to exclusive member perks. Starting today, fans will now have the opportunity to purchase a premium NFT member pass that yields entry to the community from the Universe 52 Collection.

The Universe 52 Collection was created in partnership with Summit NFT Studios and Flux88, and is powered by Fanaply, the eco-conscious NFT solution provider for the world’s biggest names in sports, music, and entertainment. Each NFT edition offers its own membership perks including opportunities to join Patrick at in-person events such as a 49ers game, a watch party for the October 30th 49ers vs. Rams game, and a celebration for his NFL Hall of Fame induction or 40th birthday party. Members will also have the chance to own a piece of some of his most iconic game-worn memorabilia, and many other giveaways and benefits.

“As an NFL player, I was only as strong as the fans who supported me, and my experiences connecting with you all each season hold a special place in my heart,” said Willis. “I’m so excited to introduce the Universe 52 community, and to work with Fanaply to create even more opportunities to meet, interact, and build relationships with my fan community.”

The Universe 52 member passes feature artwork illustrated by the renowned Rob Prior Studios. Prior has worked with Marvel, D. C., Todd McFarlane, Kevin Eastman and Image Comics, to name a few, with his most notable credits on Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Terminator, Deep Space 9, and Game of Thrones. Members will also have the chance to win the original artwork behind their NFT member pass.

“Patrick Willis and his Universe 52 collection are ushering in a new era of fandom tied to digital collectibles. Collectors will unlock fractional ownership of historic memorabilia, priceless hang outs and membership in a community of fans that share the same high level of passion,” said Sam Huntington, Vice President of Business Development at Fanaply. “Tokenizing fandom has been Fanaply’s goal from day one; Patrick and the Summit NFT Studios team are really taking it to a whole new level with our platform.”


Fans can visit to join the Universe 52 community and purchase NFT member passes using credit or debit card, or cryptocurrency.

About Fanaply

Fanaply creates blockchain-based digital collectibles, or NFTs, for the world’s biggest brands and fans in sports, music, and entertainment. Fanaply Solutions offers brands NFT infrastructure that goes beyond the basics of minting and distribution, allowing them to thrive in this new web3 world. Since its founding in 2018, the company has created and issued NFTs for some of the top musicians, record labels, festivals, events, athletes, comedians, sports teams, celebrities and brands in the world, including American Express, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Oklahoma City Thunder, Pac-12 Conference, Misfits Gaming, Death Row Records, Niall Horan, 5 Seconds of Summer, Kentucky Derby, Bubba Wallace, and many more. Fanaply is 100% carbon neutral through its partnership with Offsetra. Visit as well as InstagramFacebook and Twitter for more information.

About Flux88 Studios

Flux88 is a Web3 consultancy and creative studio founded in 2021 with a proven track record working with some of the biggest names in music, sports, and entertainment. They burst out of the gate winning a Music Ally award in 2021 for “Best Use of NFTs” for work they did for Death Row Records and won an NYX award for “Best Music Website” for an immersive 3D website that they built for Young Thug. They have also developed NFTs for Trevor Noah, Vin Scully, Brett Boone, and New York Islanders’ legends, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin with their work being featured in ESPN, Hypebeast, Forbes, and the LA Times, to name a few.

About Summit NFT Studios


Summit NFT Studios  is a creative agency, founded in 2021. We challenge traditional notions of fandom and reimagine how devoted audiences engage with media and each other through Web3 technology. After the launch of their in-house NFT collection, Stoney Baloney, they ventured into the sports/entertainment market of NFT development.

SOURCE Fanaply





After a successful soft launch on January 1, Betr has activated account deposits and withdrawals widely across the state

Betr sets record with fastest launch from company founding to a fully licensed & regulated real money betting product in U.S. online sports betting history

Betr will offer a first of its kind $1 Million promotion for all users in Ohio through Super Bowl Sunday

MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — The world’s first microbetting app, Betr, officially launches its real money gaming product in Ohio. After a successful soft launch in the state beginning January 1 – Ohio’s first legal day of sports betting – Betr has activated account deposits and withdrawals statewide. The company set a U.S. online sports betting record for fastest launch from company founding to a fully licensed & regulated real money betting product. Betr comes to Ohio through their 10-year partnership with Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV”) as official mobile sports-betting partner. The app is available on both the iOS and Android stores with plans to launch the real money gaming product in additional states over the coming months. Paul celebrated the launch of the app with the release of a video, which can be found here.

Betr Officially Launched In Ohio and I’m Trying to Give Away A Million Dollars to Celebrate!

Betr, founded by sports betting veteran Joey Levy and Ohio native and entertainment mogul Jake Paul, is the world’s first microbetting focused app, featuring a user experience initially exclusively focused on enabling users to predict the outcomes of every moment of every sporting event. This includes but is not limited to every possession of an NBA game, every play and drive of all NFL and College Football games, and every pitch and at-bat of all MLB games. The app also features a reimagined user interface layer, depicting the betting markets as more intuitive multiple-choice questions, while odds are displayed in easy-to-understand payout multiples to simplify the sports user betting experience.

“We are thrilled to launch our real money betting business at Betr in Ohio,” said Joey Levy, Founder and CEO of Betr. “This launch marks the beginning of our gradual, methodical approach to state-by-state expansion where we will take the time necessary to discover and validate product-market-fit of our highly differentiated product experience to ensure we scale in a profitable manner. This launch also sets a U.S. online sports betting record for the fastest launch from company founding to a fully licensed & regulated real money betting product, speaking to the capabilities of the Betr team to execute quickly and efficiently.” 


Starting today and ending on Super Bowl Sunday, Betr will offer a first of its kind $1 Million promotion for all users in Ohio. The first Ohio user to hit a winning streak of 30 qualifying microbets in a row will win $1 Million. If no one hits 30 qualifying microbets in a row, Betr will award $50,000 to the single longest winning streak of qualifying real money bets in Ohio. Additionally, the single longest free-to-play winning streak of qualifying bets, which is available in 48 U.S. states, will win $10,000. The contests will run from January 13, 2023, to February 12, 2023. A daily leaderboard showing the longest current winning streaks of qualifying bets and full terms and conditions of each contest will be available in the Betr app and on Betr social platforms.

“I couldn’t be happier that my home state of Ohio is the first to receive access to Betr’s real money gaming product,” said Jake Paul, Founder and President of Betr. “People are going to love watching and rooting for bets tied directly to their favorite players, whether it’s a Donovan Mitchell 3-pointer, a Ja’Marr Chase 50-yard bomb, or a Jose Ramirez home run. Betr makes every game more fun by adding these stakes throughout. Download today and bet responsibly!”

For the latest information on Betr, follow @betr on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, and on LinkedIn and visit

Founded in 2022 by Joey Levy and Jake Paul, Betr is the first direct-to-consumer microbetting focused sports betting company. Betr has also launched a new media venture for the next generation of sports fans. Betr is setting out to disrupt legacy gambling and legacy media, with a mission of making sports and betting betr. You can find Betr on @betr on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, and on LinkedIn and at To learn more about responsible play, please visit


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PointsBet and Hawthorne Race Course Unveil Newest Off-Track Sports Betting Destination in Chicago Suburbs



PointsBet Retail Sportsbook at Club Hawthorne in Villa Park Marks Fourth Location in Illinois, Features Over 160 Big Screen TVs and a 26-Foot HD Display

DENVER /PRNewswire/ — PointsBet, the leader in live betting, announced today the opening of its newest retail sportsbook in Villa Park, Illinois, offering sports fans in and around Chicago a new entertainment destination to watch and wager on games. The PointsBet Sportsbook, located at Club Hawthorne, marks the fourth retail location for the company in the state as part of its partnership with Hawthorne Race Course, which hosts the largest network of off-track betting bars for horse racing in Illinois.

“With a full roster of NFL playoffs, NBA, and NHL games, we couldn’t be more excited to be offering a new destination for Illinois sports fans to enjoy and bet on their favorite sports,” said PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken. “The PointsBet Retail Sportsbook is part of PointsBet’s continued efforts to expand our footprint in a key state like Illinois, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide the Illinois sports community with another premier location that caters to both sports fans and bettors – and everyone in between.”

The PointsBet Retail Sportsbook was designed to offer sports fans and bettors in the Villa Park area an immersive online and in-person betting experience. The retail sportsbook will be located inside the Crazy Pour Sports Bar at Club Hawthorne (105 E North Ave, Villa Park, IL), a 15,000 square foot, full-service bar and restaurant that features more than 160 high-resolution TVs, including a 26-foot-wide HD display, five 160″ jumbo displays, an LED sports ticker, a private party and VIP room, and fully covered heated patio. The 400-person capacity sports and horse betting bar is already a renowned suburban destination for watching major sports including football bowl games, NCAA basketball, UFC fights, and the Kentucky Derby.

“There’s nowhere else in Chicagoland where you can bet on sports, horse racing and video slots,” said Tim Carey, CEO of Hawthorne Race Course. “Only Club Hawthorne betting bars have it all. We’re building an integrated on-site entertainment experience with great food and drinks, and excellent service for the next generation of sports fans.”

Sports bettors can place cash wagers directly with cashiers at three betting windows or at eight self-service kiosks. Patrons will also have access to Crazy Pour’s full-service beverage and dining options, which includes over 150 different whiskeys, seasonal craft beers, pizzas, burgers, “The Legendary Beef Roll” and more.

Sports betting is available in the PointsBet Retail Sportsbook Monday – Thursday from 10am to 9pm and on the weekends from 9am to 9pm. Wagering on horse racing is available daily from 10AM until 10PM, and until 11PM on Fridays and Saturdays. 


SOURCE PointsBet

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FanDuel, the premier online gaming company in North America, announced that its customers can access both parimutuel wagering on horse racing and traditional sports book wagering with a single account after a successful soft launch last week.



NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — FanDuel, the premier online gaming company in North America, announced that its customers can access both parimutuel wagering on horse racing and traditional sports book wagering with a single account after a successful soft launch last week. With this launch, FanDuel Sportsbook becomes the first US sportsbook to offer this feature. The measure is part of FanDuel’s ongoing investment in customer experience and its continuing commitment to introduce a new generation of audiences to horse racing.

Users will be able to wager on and stream racing coverage from FanDuel TV and other racing content for which FanDuel has wagering rights. In addition to live horse racing throughout the year from top tracks across the country, FanDuel Sportsbook customers will also be able to wager on the Kentucky Derby for the first time through the integrated platform in 2023.

Prior to this innovation, sportsbook customers were required to open a separate account and maintain a separate wallet for parimutuel wagering on horse racing, at FanDuel Racing or The merged wallet/single account feature is currently available for FanDuel customers in New York, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, West Virginia, Wyoming, Michigan, Colorado, and Virginia. FanDuel plans to expand it to additional states early next year. 

“Horse racing is a big part of our DNA” said Amy Howe the CEO of FanDuel Group. “This is a significant opportunity to expose a broader, engaged audience to the sport in a familiar environment.”

Horse racing is a popular offering for Flutter Entertainment, FanDuel Group’s parent company, across its sportsbooks in the United Kingdom and Australia. 

Earlier this year, the FanDuel launched FanDuel TV, re-branding its TVG network, which focused almost exclusively on horse racing, and adding more sports and sports betting content, including NFL-focused “Up & Adams” with Kay Adams, “Run It Back” with Michele Beadle and Shams Charania, along with “More Ways To Win” featuring Lisa Kerney. FanDuel TV broadcasts racing from Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, Del Mar, Keeneland, Gulfstream Park and several other major US and international racing venues. 


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