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Caesars’ entry boosts sports betting in Indiana

Niji Narayan



Caesars’ entry boosts sports betting in Indiana
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Caesars Entertainment, one of the premier gaming companies in the USA, has acquired Centaur Gaming, an Indianapolis-based company that owns several Indiana casino and racetrack facilities. The $1.7 billion purchase will allow Caesars to enter Indiana gaming market, where sports betting has already legalised.

Two of the well-known casinos in the state – Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Grand in Shelbyville – apart from three off-track betting parlours have reached Caesars’ fold as part of the deal.

Caesars now owns more than 50 casinos and hotels worldwide, including two more of Indiana’s 13 casinos. The Nevada-based company already owned the Horseshoe Hammond and the Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Now Caesars owns four total casinos in Indiana, but the purchase of the last two was not without controversy.

Indiana law dictates a $50 million transfer fee to the state government for casino purchases, a charge both Centaur and Caesars disputed. Caesars even went so far as to threaten to stop a $90 million expansion project on its Horseshoe Southern Indiana facility.

In approving the purchase, the Indiana Gaming Commission fined Caesars $1 million for the threat, which never came to fruition. The Indianapolis Star reported the companies will not avoid the fee and the state expects to receive its $50 million as part of the transfer.

With the purchase finalised, the state’s gambling interests turn to when, or if, the state legislature will legalise sports betting.

Indiana Lawmakers Look to Debate Sports Betting

Legislation introduced in Indiana’s 2018 session in Indianapolis gives the state a head start for the 2019 session, the earliest lawmakers would likely discuss any sports betting bill. But the initial bills picked up little momentum in the statehouse last year and legislatures seemed divided on many of the same issues other states have wrangled with – assuming there’s political capital to pass a bill at all.

According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, lawmakers still have to discuss permitted wagering locations, tax rates, mobile accessibility and revenue distribution. There’s also concerns about bets on amateur events, which is complicated by the NCAA. The organisation is headquartered in Indianapolis and was the primary defendant in the Supreme Court case that ultimately struck down the federal ban on sports betting.

If lawmakers pass a final bill through both houses, it will also need the approval from Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Journal Gazette reported the governor previously declined to comment on the prospects of approving a sports betting bill, saying it wasn’t a priority.

Still, lawmakers have viewed it as more of a priority than the governor and are undertaking a study of sports gambling’s’ impact on the state. Multiple lawmakers said they will file bills in time for the 2019 session where it will likely gain more traction than in 2018.

Out-Of-State Developments Could Spur Action

The progress and templates set by early sports betting adaptors could not only spur action but lay out a framework in Indiana.

Along with Nevada’s long-standing sports betting legalisation, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Mississippi and West Virginia have all approved sports wagering and all will have taken bets before the end of the year. Several other states, notably Pennsylvania and New York, are working towards a system to take sports bets as well.

They’re far from alone. Several midwestern states, including neighbouring Illinois, have discussed sports betting at length and appear at the very least open to gambling expansion.

Kentucky, Indiana’s southern neighbour, has also made strides towards sports betting. A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both Bluegrass State legislative bodies have formed a bill that lays out their solution to many of the sports betting questions debated by their colleagues on the north side of the Ohio River.

Developments by Indiana’s neighbouring states combined with the increased presence of Caesars, a gambling industry leader long accustomed to handling wagers on sports, could sooner than later help push sports betting in the Hoosier State forward.



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Royal River Casino selects Table Trac’s Table Games Management System

George Miller



Royal River Casino selects Table Trac's Table Games Management System
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Table Trac, Inc., a developer and provider of casino information and management systems that automate and monitor the operations of casinos, announced it will provide its Table Games Management System for the Royal River Casino located in Flandreau South Dakota.

“Our property is excited to partner with Table Trac to continue to improve our operations. We identified a clear need to upgrade our player tracking and accounting capabilities in our table games department.  Accordingly, after reviewing the majority of the systems available, CasinoTrac was a clear winner for our property,” said Tim Morrissey, Senior Director or Operations at Royal River Casino & Hotel. “Our Executive Team was extremely impressed with the ease of operation for the front-end user of the system. We also see future value in the dynamic nature of the CasinoTrac System to integrate with our current systems while leaving the door open to add additional module in the future.” Morrissey added that “In addition to the CasinoTrac system providing the functionality the property was looking for, the CasinoTrac Team approached the property as a partner, looking to solve our problem and be part of the long-term success of the property, something we are always looking for in our vendors.”

“Royal River Casino had a unique set of requirements.  They communicated exactly how they wanted to approach the solution, we listened and were able to demonstrate how they could utilize features in the CasinoTrac system to accomplish those objectives,” said Table Trac’s Chief Executive Officer, Chad Hoehne who added, “Table Trac, Inc. is happy to be partnering with Royal River for these system solutions.”

Table Trac will provide the Royal River Casino with a complete suite of table games management products that assists casinos in driving player revenues and creating player loyalty, which are included standard with every Table Trac Table Games Management System.


SOURCE Table Trac, Inc.

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IGT Launches PeakBarTop Cabinet

Niji Narayan



IGT Launches PeakBarTop Cabinet
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International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has launched its next-generation bartop hardware, the PeakBarTop cabinet.

Guests of Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif., San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. and Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. can be among the first players in the world to experience IGT’s much-anticipated PeakBarTop cabinet.

“Launching the PeakBarTop builds on IGT’s decades of commanding leadership in video poker and positions us to transform the entire bartop market segment. It provides our customers with a compelling, technologically advanced cabinet for market-dominating IGT video poker games such as Game King, Super Star Poker and Ultimate X Poker, in addition to Proven Performer IGT slot games such as Scarab and Solar Disc,” Nick Khin, IGT’s Chief Operating Officer for Gaming, said.

“IGT customers can launch the PeakBarTop with confidence, knowing that it’s backed by the gaming industry’s most talented and experienced video poker product team and extensive focus group testing with players, operators and bar staff,” Nick Khin added.

The PeakBarTop cabinet includes a 23-inch curved, full-HD display, a front-mounted ticket printer and an embedded card reader. The PeakBarTop cabinet also includes features such as enhanced lighting and sound, a USB mobile device charging port, a play-level indicator for service staff, and embedded Bluetooth technology that enables operators to seamlessly integrate with IGT’s cashless gaming systems technology.

The PeakBarTop cabinet supports an expansive library of IGT game content. In addition to housing the most popular video poker titles of all time, the PeakBarTop portfolio offers new IGT video poker games such as Ultimate X Bonus Streak Poker, exciting Keno games such as Da Vinci Diamonds Keno, Proven Performer slot games such as Mistress of Egypt and a variety of roulette games.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 29-July 5

Niji Narayan



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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week at the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which includes casino reopening, financial Reports, recruitments, partnerships and latest approvals. Read on and get updated.

Casino Reopening

MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino has resumed its operations on June 29. The casino has implemented many safety measures such as “contactless” check-ins, single-use baccarat cards and Plexiglass at the casino.


Scientific Games Corporation has appointed Eileen Moore Johnson as its Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Eileen joins Scientific Games from Caesars Entertainment.

Sportech PLC has announced key changes to its Bump 50:50 team. The changes include the promotion of Dave Kurland to the position of President.

Jamul Casino has promoted Benjamin Petell to Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations. In his new role at Jamul Casino, Petell will oversee retail, food & beverage, facilities, security, and environmental services.

Financial Reports

Bragg Gaming Group has released its financial results for Q1 2020. Bragg reported revenue growth and Adjusted EBITDA growth for the period. The Group achieved revenue of €8.8m during Q1 2020. The Group’s AEBITDA was €0.8m, representing 100% growth over Q1 of 2019.

Casino table games developer and distributor Galaxy Gaming has published its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended 31 March 2020. The report shows that revenue decreased 15.9% to $4494K, AEBITDA decreased 25.7% to $1501K1 and net income decreased 74.7% to $117K.


BenQ America’s esports division ZOWIE has partnered with Helix eSports. As per the deal, ZOWIE will outfit Helix eSports’ gaming and virtual reality centres with top-performing esports monitors and provide prizes for upcoming competitions.

Penn National Gaming has entered into a deal with sports data and content provider Sportradar to use official National Football League data on its sports betting platforms.

DraftKings Inc. has extended its deal with the US-based sports data firm Stats Perform. The deal provides DraftKings access to Stats Perform’s unparalleled sports data feeds for use in its daily fantasy sports contests and DK Live, the company’s play-by-play fantasy app.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has extended its strategic partnership with Camelot Lottery Solutions for a further two years. The agreement will see Camelot Lottery Solutions continue to work with the ASL to help implement its commercial plans, with a greater focus on data-driven insights and business intelligence.

Innovative boutique studio Espresso Games has integrated its gaming content into Rivalo’s network and its games are now available for the Colombian market.

New Approvals

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved the amendments that will allow cashless gaming in all casinos. The proposal had been discussed and postponed for a long time, but hygiene concerns due to the Covid-19 pandemic have increased the urgency for the regulation to finally be adopted.

New Study

The UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has announced a new study to assess the sports betting and internet gaming markets in the US. The study will address many unanswered questions on the potential impacts of legalising sports betting and internet gaming across the US.


The Culinary Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Culinary Union members who work in casinos on the Las Vegas Strip in order to protect workers and their families from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.


Caesars Entertainment Corporation has announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accepted a proposed consent order which concludes the FTC’s review of Caesars’ pending merger with Eldorado Resorts.

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