Sports betting heads to the high seas with launch of Ocean Sportsbook

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Gaming technology and software development firm Miomni has teamed up with US cruise operator Princess Cruises, owned and operated by Carnival Corporation, in a collaboration that enables sports fans to place a bet for the first time ever from a cruise ship anywhere at sea via the Ocean Sportsbook.

The firm has architected a messaging platform to be able to broadcast live odds over satellite directly to the ships, while its trading team will be trading pregame and future wagers. Sports data and content provider Sportradar has also played an instrumental role in the process, integrating its new Unified Odds Service for in-play wagering. 

Ocean Sportsbook, unveiled today by the cruise firm, introduces a new, real-time sports wagering option onboard its MedallionClass ships. It will give guests the opportunity to bet on major sports competitions like professional and college football, basketball, baseball and hockey as well as a wide variety of other domestic and international events.

Miomni Gaming CEO Mike Venner 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.”

The new sportsbook will be available on all Princess MedallionClass Ships when sailing resumes. When the ship is in international waters, or wherever permitted by law, guests can use the MedallionClass app to wager on a host of major sports competitions, as well as place prop bets during live events taking place during their cruise. Guests also will have the opportunity to place bets on future competitions that occur well after their voyage.

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, 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 favorite 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.”

The new sportsbook is part of Ocean Casino, described by Princess Cruises as a digital experience that lets wagers be placed beyond the casino from stateroom, poolside, spa, and more on an assortment of games that include blackjack, slots, poker, roulette, bingo, keno and lottery.

John Padgett, Chief Experience and Innovation Officer for the Carnival Corporation, 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.”