The EGR Operator Awards 2022 kicked off in earnest at the resplendent JW Marriott Grosvenor House, 86-90 Park Lane, London. The venue is masterclass, a fitting tribute to the gaming industry operators, delegates, and dignitaries in attendance. As the world's preeminent awards ceremony for the e-Gaming industry, the EGR Awards are peerless. Operators far and wide compete for the accolades bestowed by this ranking authority.
The enthusiasm of attendees matched the pomp & ceremony of the EGR Awards 2022. Everyone was dressed to the nines. Dapper gentlemen and elegantly-attired ladies peppered the dining room as a panel of judges declared category winners. Thursday, October 27, 2022, was a night of celebration for 888. Many illustrious awards were up for grabs, notably the Poker Operator category, with 888poker on the shortlist.
Of course, the competition is always fierce at the highest levels of play. 888poker was up against Betsson Group, Kindred Group, and VBET in a four-way heads-up contest. The EGR Awards ceremony featured dozens of verticals, with 31 categories listed. For 888poker, the highest prize on the ticket was Poker Operator of the Year – a high-stakes contest between the crème de la crème of e-Gaming poker operators.
888 on the Shortlist
Heading into the EGR Awards ceremony for 2022, 888 was shortlisted for three sought-after categories, namely:
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Operator of the Year
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For poker enthusiasts, the EGR Award for Poker Operator of the Year is the gold standard. After two decades of poker excellence, 888poker was awarded the industry's highest honour – Poker Operator of the Year 2022. In addition, Back-to-back wins with 888casino – EGR Casino Operator of the Year 2022 – made the evening doubly rewarding for 888.
Of course, making it onto the EGR Poker Operator of the Year shortlist is a massive accomplishment. But, winning the award is the icing on the cake. The awards ceremony is a big to-do for the e-Gaming industry, with major stakeholders in attendance. Mega-money sponsorships from Optimove, OryxGaming, Pronet Gaming, Gibtelecom, Relax Gaming, and Paysafecard ensured a lavish event for delegates.
It was a night to remember for the 888 umbrella of families. Indeed, the company scooped up four major awards, including:
• 888poker: Poker Operator of the Year
• 888casino: Casino Operator of the Year
• William Hill: Marketing Campaign of the Year
• William Hill: Football Betting Operator of the Year
The EGR Operator Awards Judging Process
EGR takes pride in evaluating operators according to strict guidelines. Each judge on the panel is an expert in e-Gaming, with detailed insights into the industry, from an operator and player perspective. The judges' team is diverse. This ensures a broad-based perspective and robust assessments. The panel of objective adjudicators is required to sign an NDA to maintain winners' integrity, privacy, and confidentiality.
The four finalists in the Poker Operator of the Year category – 888poker, Betsson Group, Kindred Group, and VBET – were evaluated on their merits. Scores are allocated to individual operators. Each judge provides a summary to explain their decision. The panel rigorously debate the criteria and how each finalist measures up. Once the judging process is complete, the full list of judges is published, and the results are announced. The judging period runs from June 2021 through June 2022.
EGR has no voting stake in the awards process – it is an independent group of judges. But, like the Oscars, the results are announced at the awards ceremony.
When the MC opened the envelope, 888poker was crowned King of the Poker Ring. 888 Holdings plc spokesperson commented on the big night for the company,
This is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of teams across the Group and showcases the strength of our content and product leadership strategy, which continues to create genuinely unique betting and gaming experiences for players across all our brands. Now, as we look to 2023, we can't wait to show you what's in store – exciting times ahead! We are Bigger, Stronger, and Better Together!
What Makes 888poker a Winner?
888poker operates a cutting-edge gaming platform. Proprietary technology ensures an easy-to-use interface for poker players. Many poker games are available, with affordable buy-ins, cash games, STTs, MTTs, and plenty of GTD Tournaments. Plus, 888poker's Live Poker Series has captivated crowds across the UK, EU, and beyond. Add in StreamTeam, 888pokerTV and Play with Friends weekly SNGs, and it's clear why 888poker is top of the charts.
Back in March 2022, 888poker showcased the adrenaline-loaded Retro Week Series, a tribute to throwback poker contests over the years. A Guaranteed $888K was promised, but the series' popularity shattered records, with over $1M awarded. Plus, 888poker's ambassadors are crowd pleasers, promoting the brand at noteworthy events to players worldwide. For these reasons (and many more), 888poker is at the forefront of the online poker world.
888 is a multi-award-winning company. As the EGR Winner 2021, EGR Winner 2022, Poker Listings 2020 Most Improved Software Operator Awards Winner, Poker Listings Best Beginner Software Operators Awards Winner, and GA Gaming Certification, players are in safe hands on every play. As they say in the classics, let the good times roll – the best is yet to come!