Director, Danish Gambling Authority
Bernard Marantelli is the Founder and CEO of Colossus Bets, the award-winning provider of the world’s biggest sports and racing jackpots. Bernard is recognised as one of gaming’s serial innovators, having pioneered Cash Out, on which he holds 14 patents around the globe, and crowdfunded Syndicates. His vision for Colossus is to create lottery-sized jackpot products that every sports fan can relate to. The company’s strategy consists of delivering best-in-class, globally-pooled jackpots through a B2B network of operators, as well as through a UK-facing B2C channel.
Growing up in Australia with a bookmaker father, Bernard developed a strong understanding of betting markets from an early age. During several years in corporate and banking, Bernard ran betting models as a hobby before deciding to focus full time on professional gambling and building Colossus. This brought him together with his business partner Zeljko Ranogajec, who shared Bernard’s view that pools betting was a sleeping giant that Cash Out and life-changing guaranteed prizes would awaken. Today, Colossus jackpots are live with 50+ operators globally, including Betfair, Betclic and Betway Africa, whereas the company’s patented Cash Out technology has been applied to other forms of betting and gaming, including multi-leg racing bets and online slots.
Bernard also acts as an advisor to several gaming startups. He holds a first class Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia and a MBA from London Business School and lives with his wife and two sons in London.