15,000 votes were cast for the inaugural edition of the BR Awards in Moscow at the tail-end of last month.
Held on 28 February, the awards were first organised as an independent event in relation to sports betting in Russia, with several celebrity attendees including athletes, show stars, leaders of sport leagues and federations.
The winners were awarded their prize by the show host of the ceremony Valdis Pelsh. The event was also moderated by Mikhail Schatz, Nobel Arustamyan and Maria Kommandnaya. Among the personalities invited were: Maria Kozhevnikova, Svetlana Khorkina, Rostislav Plechko, Ruslan Nigmatullin, Eugene Lovchev, Maria Anna Shurochkina Khudoyan, Yury Postrigay, Ekaterina Bychkova, Olga Zaitseva, Arthur Dalaloyan Nikita Alexander Klotchkov, Alla Shishkina, Vladimir Gomelsky, Emma Hajiyeva, Arthur Petrosyan, Yevgeny Muzhikov, Julia Kvin, Yulia Sharapova, Dmitry Kozhoma, Lina Dembikova and various other famous athletes and celebrities. The evening ended with a live performance by Therr Maitz.
At the BR Awards ceremony itself, the winners were announced in ten nominations:
Best Bookmaker: Liga Stavok
Best Brand Ambassador: Nobel Arustamyan and Konstantin Genich, “Winline”
Most reliable bookmaker: Marafon
Best Mobile App: Liga Stavok
Best eSport Bookmaker: PariMatch
Best Exclusive Online Topics: Tennisi
Best Media of the Bookmaker: Chempionat
Best online bookmaker: PariMatch
Best customer service: Betcity.