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Rush Street Interactive and Kambi Group ink sportsbook deal

Niji Narayan

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Rush Street Interactive, a US-based i-gaming company has entered into an agreement with Kambi Group, a global supplier of sports betting services based at Malta, which will allow the former to avail the latter’s top-notch sports betting technology and services.

The deal will also see the integration of Kambi Group’s market-leading Sportsbook technology into Rush Street Interactive’s proprietary online gaming platform.

This move comes in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the country’s federal sports betting ban in full. Rush Street is gearing up to launch a Sportsbook solution within states where permission can be obtained.

Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive is affiliated with Rush Street Gaming, which owns and operates four bricks and mortar casinos in three of the country’s largest states – New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The company also operates the rapidly growing PlaySugarhouse.com online casino site in New Jersey’s regulated market.

In two of the four states where Rush Street operates, local lawmakers have already enacted sports betting legislation, and the other two are in the process of developing a legal framework for regulated sports betting now that the prohibition is lifted.

As RSI operates its own proprietary platform, it has developed and implemented unique features, tools, and enhancements to differentiate the player experience, further positioning the company for the future online sports betting market.

“Rush Street Interactive was founded on the key principles of providing entertaining and memorable experiences to our customers, without compromising on integrity,” said Richard Schwartz, President of Rush Street Interactive. “Therefore, when deciding to launch a sports betting product, it was key we chose a partner who shared those principles, and at the same time provided us with the opportunity to launch a premier product firmly aligned with Rush Street’s focus on innovation and player experience.”

“Now following the exciting Supreme Court ruling, we look forward to launching a high-quality Sportsbook in the U.S. in the near future, as well as in other regulated international markets,” Schwartz added.

“This agreement with Rush Street Interactive, one of the most respected gaming companies in the U.S., is recognition that Kambi not only has online premium sports betting services ready to appeal to American sports enthusiasts, but those services will help protect the integrity of sports,” said Kristian Nylen, Kambi Chief Executive.

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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Bet.Works Appoints Jay Rood As Chief Risk Officer

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Bet.WorksTM  a US-based iGaming and sportsbook platform supplier, announced today that Mr. Jay Rood has joined the company as Chief Risk Officer.

Mr. Rood is a legendary Las Vegas gaming executive and sports betting innovator with over 25 years of experience in sportsbook operations.

Mr. Rood has had a storied career in gaming and sports betting which began in Lake Tahoe working for Caesars back in 1992. 

Mr. Rood joined MGM when it opened in December 1993 as a ticket writer and worked for the operator for over 25 years ultimately overseeing all of MGM’s sportsbooks including ten in Nevada, two in Mississippi and one in New Jersey as the expansion of sports betting has swept across the USA following the PASPA repeal in 2018.

Mr. Rood joins Bet.Works at a pivotal moment in US sports betting history as more than 30 states are expected to legalize Sportsbooks over the next 12 24 months.

Sixteen states have already passed legislation as eight states are live with eight states pending launch. The US sports betting market is estimated by Morgan Stanley to be approximately $400 billion and is comprised of an estimated 44 million US citizens who wager annually. 

Bet.Works’ Founder/CEO, David Wang, said: I had the privilege of working with Jay in the past and his 25 years of sportsbook operations will help take the company to the next level.

“There is no one more qualified to lead our organization as we deploy in more states in the coming months. Jay and our in-house Las Vegas-based trading and risk team will oversee all of the brands on the Bet.Works platform with a significant emphasis into advanced in-play wagering via our technology platform.”  

Jay Rood, Chief Risk Officer at Bet.Works, said: “I am excited to be joining a group of extremely experienced and talented individuals at Bet.Works focusing on servicing the emerging sports betting industry with unique and powerful technology and a team that has extensive knowledge in the US betting market.

“David Wang’s vision and drive is contagious, and I believe he has positioned Bet.Works to be the provider of choice for gaming operators looking to enhance their offering to their guests.”

 

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Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Plans to Issue Sports Betting Regulations by July 1

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has revealed that it is working to develop rules for sports betting. Iowa became one of the latest states in the US to legalise sports betting after the Governor signed the bill into law in May.

Administrator Brian Ohorilko said that they are planning to upload the rules on their website by July 1. He added that the commission will hold a meeting on July 30 in West Des Moines to take action on sports betting and start accepting applications from casinos interested in offering sports betting services.

“The industry is requesting a pretty aggressive timetable to have things implemented by August. We’re doing everything we can to do that, but making sure that we’re doing it the right way,” Ohorilko added.

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Penn Gets Licensing Approval from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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Penn National Gaming has secured licensing approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Penn will soon begin the construction on the Hollywood Casino Morgantown.

The development of Hollywood Casino Morgantown represents an overall investment of approximately $111m, inclusive of licence fees for the property’s slot machines and table games. The approximately 80,000sq.ft facility will feature 750 slot machines and 30 table games, with the ability to accommodate an additional 10 table games.

The facility is expected to generate approximately 250 new local jobs and more than 275 construction jobs.

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