Miomni, a gaming technology and software development company, has partnered with US cruise operator Princess Cruises, owned and operated by Carnival Corporation, in a partnership that allows sports fans to place a bet via the Ocean Sportsbook for the first time ever from a cruise ship anywhere at sea.
Live odds via satellite
To be able to broadcast live odds via satellite directly to the ships, the company has architected a messaging network, while its trading team will be trading pregame and potential wagers. Sport data and content provider Sportradar has also been instrumental in the process, integrating the new in-play wagering Unified Odds Service.
Major sports tournaments
Onboard its MedallionClass ships, Ocean Sportsbook, unveiled today by the cruise company, introduces a modern, real-time sports wagering option. It will give guests the chance to bet on major sports tournaments, such as professional and college football, basketball, baseball and hockey, as well as a wide range of other national and international activities.
CEO Mike Venner of Miomni Gaming said: “We are very proud to be working with a great partner and trusted global brand Carnival Cruises, who really understand the benefits of working with cutting edge technology. This partnership has again proven the flexibility and scalability of the Miomni platform. This industry-first sports betting solution has only been possible due to the lightweight architecture, built in geolocation and Miomni’s advanced hub and spoke messaging technology.”
When sailing returns, the latest sportsbook will be available on all Princess Medallion Class Ships. Guests may use the MedallionClass app to wager on a host of major sports competitions while the ship is in international waters, or anywhere allowed by law, as well as position prop bets during live events taking place during their cruise. Guests will also be able to place bets on upcoming tournaments that will take place long after their tour.
Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president, stated: “On Princess MedallionClass cruises our guests can stay connected with their friends and family around the world, and now with Ocean Sportsbook, they can also stay connected to their favourite teams and wager on a host of events whenever they sail with us.
“Taking a cruise vacation no longer means being disconnected from a big game, an iconic event or friends and family.”
Wagering on games
The new sportsbook is part of Ocean Casino, described as a digital experience by Princess Cruises that allows wagers to be made on an assortment of games like blackjack, slots, poker, roulette, bingo, keno and lottery outside the casino from stateroom, poolside, spa, and more.
John Padgett, the Carnival Corporation’s Chief Experience and Innovation Officer, noted: “A fully-connected guest experience now goes well beyond a superior Wi-Fi position, and Ocean Sportsbook reinforces the unparalleled position MedallionClass enjoys in the industry.
“Wagering is now seamlessly fused into the overall guest experience in both digital and physical interactions all powered by the OCEAN Guest Experience Platform.”