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Hard Rock International to invade the United states online casino market

Niji Narayan

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Hard Rock International, one of the most globally recognised companies that own, operates and franchises cafes and manages hotel/casino properties globally, plans to expand its business far and wide in the online casino market.

Hard Rock International, also known for Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website publicised about the entrance of its iGaming division into a strategic partnership with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG). This partnership will work towards the materialisation of a new online casino. The casino company will extend its esteemed gaming business to the online market in the United States.

In compliance with the deal, GIG will provide Hard Rock, the most sophisticated digital consumer portal, along with back-end platform to manage the operations. The online casino will be fashioned by GIG’s design and development team amalgamating with Hard Rock.  The offering is intended to be launched in 2018. GiG also announced the starting off of its application process for the Casino Service Industry Enterprise License in New Jersey, moving the company into a third regulated market.

Hard Rock International recently invested US$500 million in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Atlantic City, opening in summer 2018. The investment added the second largest gaming market in the United States to its portfolio of 11 casinos.

Kresimir Spajic, the  SPV, Online Gaming at Hard Rock said: “Hard Rock has an ambitious plan to become a global leader in the international online gaming space. We are confident that together with GiG we can disrupt the market through product innovation and unique user experience.”

Robin Reed, CEO, GiG added: “We are excited to be part of Hard Rock International’s inspiring and innovative plans to become a global leader in the international online gaming space. The online casino will be a stand-out product with the sizzle of the Hard Rock music, entertainment and lifestyle brand.”

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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New Jersey Governor Signs Bill which Allow Golden Nugget to Take NBA Bets

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New Jersey Governor Signs Bill which Allow Golden Nugget to Take NBA Bets
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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill which allows the Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association (NBA) games.

Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire from Texas, is the owner Golden Nugget casino. He also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets team. When New Jersey lawmakers legalised sports betting last year, a provision in the law banned team owners from placing or accepting bets on any games involving their sport.

“We’re grateful, and appreciative that people eventually realized this was an overreaction. It allows us to compete,” Steve Scheinthal, general counsel for the Golden Nugget’s parent company, Houston-based Landry’s Inc., said.

The ban on all NBA bets cut badly into the Golden Nugget’s New Jersey sports betting business. A gambler wanting to place bets on football at the Golden Nugget had to go somewhere else to bet on basketball, making it much less likely he or she would visit the Golden Nugget at all for sports betting.

“It was like going into a boxing ring with one arm tied behind your back. You just can’t compete that way. It gave everyone a year’s head start on us,” Scheinthal said.

 

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Kentucky AG Andy Beshear Reveals Plan for Casinos, Sports Betting Across State

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Kentucky AG Andy Beshear Reveals Plan for Casinos, Sports Betting Across State
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Andy Beshear, the Democratic candidate of Kentucky gubernatorial election, has unveiled his plan to expand gaming and bring casinos, sports betting, fantasy sports and potentially online poker into the Bluegrass State.

Beshear, the state’s current Attorney General, faces Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the November general election. Bevin has spoken out against gaming, especially as an option to increase funding for public pensions.

Beshear’s plan resembles what Illinois officials pushed through in their state earlier this year. While Illinois already had casino gaming, the new law expands the number of casino licenses available and allows sports betting across the state. Illinois plans to use the revenue stream to shore up the state’s infrastructure and fund pensions.

Kentucky is one of the 10 states in the US without a commercial or tribal casino. The border states of Kentucky such as Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio have casinos or racinos located just across the Ohio River near major population centres in Kentucky. Beshear said that the state loses out on $500 million in tax revenue annually to its neighbouring states.

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Blackstone Group to Buy Bellagio and MGM Grand

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Blackstone Group is going to buy the Bellagio and the MGM Grand, two of the biggest properties owned by MGM Resorts. Blackstone is in talks with MGM Resorts regarding this.

After buying, Blackstone would then lease the property back to MGM Resorts, who would continue to run the day-to-day casino operations.

By selling the property to Blackstone, MGM would free up needed capital to build a $10 billion resort in Japan. Early estimates have MGM receiving roughly $7 billion for the two casino resorts.

Blackstone has made a splash in the gaming market over the last several years. It purchased the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas in 2014 for $1.73 billion and acquired Spain-based Cirsa Gaming Corp in 2018 for $1.8 billion.

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