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Arkansas Racing Commission drafting new casino legislation

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The Arkansas Racing Commission has started drafting rules for the new casino regulation. This is after the state’s voters had approved a move to expand gambling. The legislation would make the path to the creation of fully developed casinos in the state.

The deadline for approval of the proposed new regulation is March 14.

At present casinos are legalized in four Arkansas counties, including horse and dog tracks that already offer electronic gambling.

Both Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs have electronic gambling, but the state’s Amendment 100 allows them to expand into full-fledged casinos.

Commissioners have also discussed adopting emergency casino-application rules that would allow prospective casinos to begin construction sooner.

Officials in Jefferson County have already written letters of support for Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe to build the proposed Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff.

Alex Gray, an attorney for Downstream Development Authority, told the commission that expediting the application process could allow his group to break ground on construction early next year. Gray said once the rules are approved, casinos can start generating tax revenue for the state and local communities.

However, several commissioners have cautioned against moving too fast, noting that the public is watching to ensure the state’s casino expansion has a smooth rollout.

Alex Lieblong, chairman of the Arkansas Racing Commission, recommended the commission review the application rules before assembling again later this month.

Lieblong said the group could vote on whether to use the expedited approval process at that meeting.

“We are not whatsoever trying to be a roadblock,” Lieblong said. “We’re just trying to make sure that it’s done in the fairest possible way for Arkansas.”

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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Google Relaxes Gambling Advertising Policies in Five US States

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Google Relaxes Gambling Advertising Policies in Five US States
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Google has updated its gambling and games policy. The updated policy authorises advertising of sports betting services in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Montana, Iowa and Indiana.

These five states join Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia who all permit sports betting via Google’s “limited beta” programme launched in June as part of the company’s efforts to keep pace with the rapid spread of legal sports betting services.

Under the Google policy, operators applying for the programme will be obliged to provide a copy of their license in each of the states it wishes to advertise in. The limited beta programme will permit operators to promote their services via Google Display Network, Google Ads, AdMob and YouTube but would be restricted in promoting online sports betting services through Google Ad Manager.

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Synergy Blue Games Make Las Vegas Debut at Palms and Red Rock Casinos

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Synergy Blue has announced that its arcade-style, skill-influenced games have been officially approved for statewide rollout in Nevada. The games will go through field trial phases at two Station Casinos properties, Palms and Red Rock Casinos. The trial will debut a variety of Synergy Blue games to the Las Vegas market via an initial placement of real-money, arcade gambling machines.

“We’re very excited to introduce our games to the Las Vegas market and to be working with Station Casinos. This agreement marks a key milestone for our company and the Las Vegas market, as we work together to progress the industry with engaging new experiences,” Georg Washington, CEO of Synergy Blue said.

“Synergy Blue’s HAWG platform and gambling solutions are incredibly unique, both in the flexibility they offer our operators and the variety of arcade-style game play they offer to guests. We see huge potential in skill-influenced games and we’re proud to have Palms and Red Rock Casinos offer Synergy Blue’s products to the Las Vegas public,” Roger Pettersson, VP of Corporate Slots at Station Casino said.

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Sportradar Appoints Werner Becher as New Managing Director of U.S. Betting

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Sportradar Appoints Werner Becher as New Managing Director of U.S. Betting
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Former Interwetten CEO brought in to further enhance Sportradar’s growth and expansion in U.S. betting market

Sportradar, the world’s leading provider of sports data and content, today announced the appointment of Werner Becher as its new Managing Director of U.S. Betting.

Becher most recently served as CEO of Interwetten, where he was responsible for the global strategic positioning of the sports betting operator, more than doubling the organisation’s revenue during his seven-year tenure.

In his new role at Sportradar, Becher will be focused on the growth, development and execution of the company’s betting strategy in the U.S. Werner, who has 25 years’ experience in the digital sector, will be located in Sportradar’s New York office.

“We are delighted to welcome Werner as our Managing Director of U.S. Betting,” said Carsten Koerl, Chief Executive Officer, Sportradar. “Since we first opened for business in the U.S. several years ago, we have experienced the rapid growth of sports betting in the region and fully expect this to continue for many more years as new states regulate. I am confident that Werner’s deep expertise will help us to both maximise the tremendous opportunity we have to grow our market share and further enable the expansion of this key market.”

“On behalf of the board, we are extremely pleased that Werner has joined us to steer the company’s sports engagement platform in the U.S. Due to our continuing global success and strong balance sheet we will continue to be focused on deploying capital that helps us meet the accelerating needs of our clients through organic and inorganic investments for our U.S. and global clients, like our recent acquisition of Optima,” said Tony Aquila, Chairman of the Board, Sportradar.

Werner Becher, MD of U.S. Betting, Sportradar, said: “I am thrilled to have joined Sportradar during such an exciting period. I look forward to working closely with Carsten, Tony and management to grow our market share and ensure the future success of the organisation.”

Becher’s career to date has also seen him lead the development of several highly successful software and digital companies within the IT business community, including spending eight years as CEO of Austrian IT service provider Adesso before joining Interwetten.

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