LeoVegas Opens First Euro16 Mascot Market

LeoVegas Sport, a world-class mobile game entertainment provider and newcomer to the football betting scene, has opened the first market for punters to place their bets on where they think England squad’s team mascot will be seen next. So far, he’s been spotted in the background of the team’s photo boarding the plane, heading into the hotel, and even out for the day with defender John Stones.

Talk began after Chris Smalling was originally seen carrying the lion soft-toy on his luggage into the England team hotel in Chantilly, before it was revealed that the toy is in fact Leo the Lion; the squad’s playful team mascot.

Wayne Rooney arranged for the lion to travel to the tournament, and each of manager Roy Hodgson’s chosen 23 will now have to take turns in looking after Leo throughout the tournament.

For everyone to get involved with Rooney’s team building exercise, LeoVegas has now started taking “Leo the Lion” bets after launching its Sportsbook offering back in May.

There is a 3/1 chance that one of the players will misplace the mascot during the tournament, according to the odds, and a 4/1 shot that Roy Hodgson himself will be seen with the mascot sat on his lap during an England match.

All bets will be settled according to TV footage.

Other available bets include:
8/1 chance of the mascot being held by the captain during the English national anthem
1/2 chance of any England scorer to celebrate with the mascot

“It’s great to see that Rooney’s using his fun-loving attitude to keep the team grounded during the Euros. Introducing Leo takes some of the pressure off the squad, which is great to see – well, as long as they don’t lose him,” said Shenaly Amin, UK Country Manager at LeoVegas.

“We opened the market for a bit of fun and to hopefully keep everyone guessing on where he’s going to be spotted next. We’re all really backing the boys to do well and have our fingers crossed that we’ll reach the final. “

LeoVegas is inviting Twitter users to get involved on social media by tweeting @LeoVegasUK and guessing where the lion is going to show up next.

LeoVegas will be showcasing at SiGMA16, Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event of the year. If you would like to come and see LeoVegas this November along with other exhibitors at this iGaming summit, click here to register.

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