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Hard Rock casino launches online gambling

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The Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City has launched its internet gambling operation. The launch took place just five days after the company started the brick-and-mortar casino.

David Rebuck, director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, told The Associated Press the casino’s equipment and systems passed all the necessary tests, and were cleared for full operation as of noon.

 “Our online gaming team has done an amazing job launching one of the most dynamic online gaming experiences in the industry,” said Matt Harkness, Hard Rock’s Atlantic City president. “We’re excited to extend the Hard Rock brand beyond the Boardwalk and let casino players (play) across the Garden State.”

The site, www.hardrockcasino.com, became the 26th legal internet gambling site in New Jersey.

And another one might not be far behind. The Ocean Resort Casino, which also opened its doors last Thursday, the same day as Hard Rock, is preparing to offer internet gambling as well.

Rebuck said Ocean Resort’s internet gambling operation is still in its testing phase with state gambling regulators.

Six casino licensees operate internet gambling in New Jersey: Borgata, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Resorts and Tropicana, and Caesars Interactive-NJ, which includes Caesars and Harrah’s. Other gambling companies that partner with Atlantic City casinos also are approved for internet gambling in the state.

Internet gambling began in New Jersey on November 2013 and has been growing steadily.

Last year, internet gambling brought in $245 million for Atlantic City’s casinos or roughly 10 percent of their total revenue.

Combined with sports betting, which just began last month in New Jersey, the casinos have two new revenue sources they lacked during a brutal two-year stretch in which five of the city’s 12 casinos shut down. Two of them, Revel and the Trump Taj Mahal, reopened last week as Ocean Resort and the Hard Rock, respectively.

 

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Niji 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. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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West Virginia Lottery appoints new director

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The governor of the state has named John Myers as the director of the regulatory body.

 

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has appointed John Myers is the new director of the state’s official lottery, West Virginia Lottery. Myers will replace Alan Larrick, who announced his resignation September 1, immediately after the state allowed sports betting at local casinos. Douglas Buffington II. deputy secretary for the West Virginia Secretary of Revenue, has been functioning as state Lottery interim director.

The executive that was named by the Governor has served as Secretary of Administration for the Justice Administration, but it is not the first time that he will work with the Lottery, as he had different positions from 2008 to 2017 and even served as acting director from 2015 to 2017.

Earlier this week the Joint Standing Committee on Finance of West Virginia gathered to talk during the second day of September legislative interim meetings at the State Capitol about recent modifications on the Virginia Lottery Commission staff and how it can affect sports betting operations.

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Mississippi rakes in $6.3m in the first month of sports betting

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The US state of Mississippi has garnered a $6.3m (£4.8m/€5.4m) as sports betting revenue in its very first complete month of licensed sports betting. This is an impressive figure, but even this is likely to increase considerably when more companies start their operation in the state.

This figure would mean $644,000 in revenue for casinos and $77,000 in tax income for the state.

Baseball was the most popular sport among the gamblers, attracting $3.3m in bets in August, while punters wagered $1.4m on parlay betting and $1.3m on American football.

Mississippi went live with a legalised market on August 1 and the first month of regulation in the state saw a number of companies roll out sports betting.

Caesars Entertainment, in partnership with Scientific Games, along with MGM and Churchill Downs were among those to take bets in August.

However, MGM was the only company to be live on day one, with others not launching until later in the month, skewering the total revenue figures for August.

SBTech did not launch in Mississippi until early September while William Hill, which obtained a licence in the state last month, recently announced a link-up with Eldorado that will cover 11 states, including Mississippi.

In addition, International Game Technology last week joined forces with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in a move that will see it launch sports betting at the Pearl River Resorts’ Golden Moon Hotel & Casino and Silver Star Hotel & Casino in Choctaw, as well as the Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville.

Mississippi was some way behind New Jersey – which has also moved to legalise sports betting since the withdrawal of PASPA – in its first month.

However, Mississippi was at a disadvantage due to the fact that fewer operators were live in month one and, unlike New Jersey, it does not currently offer online or mobile sports betting.

 

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New Hampshire to launch online lottery

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The US state of New Hampshire is all set to launch its first online lottery products. The launch is scheduled later this week. When it takes place, New Hampshire will become the sixth US state to sell instant lottery online.

 “We have long viewed ourselves as a player-centric lottery,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “Our focus in everything we do is how best to make our products entertaining and accessible to our customers by creating a strong and positive play experience. Launching iLottery is the critical next wave component in enhancing our players direct interaction with our games.”

To run its iLottery, New Hampshire selected NeoPollard Interactive, a turnkey online lottery solution active in several North American jurisdictions. NPI will provide the platform and manage several aspects of the NH online lottery for the state.

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