iPro, the mobile-focused fantasy sports operator co-founded by former IGT executive Robert Melendres, has secured a strategic investment from Penn Interactive Ventures, the interactive arm of US racetrack and casino operator Penn National Gaming.

iPro will work with the operator to co-market its flagship predictions game ringit! to Penn National’s Marquee Rewards database of almost 3m customers, across its network of 27 casino properties in North America.

“The popularity of fantasy sports and social gaming continues to grow at phenomenal rates and our analysis indicates that there is a significant overlap between these players and casino players,” said Chris Sheffield, Penn Interactive president and senior vice president and managing director of iGaming for Penn National Gaming.

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