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Hard Rock, Ocean and Resorts Casinos Team with Businesses to Jointly Tout Atlantic City

Niji Narayan

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The Hard Rock, Ocean and Resorts casinos of the Atlantic City have jointly launched a new marketing and entertainment effort to brand the north end of the historic boardwalk as “North Beach.”

Together with attractions like the Steel Pier, the non-gambling Showboat Hotel, and businesses on a rejuvenating Tennessee Avenue, they are holding block parties at the beginning and end of summer and music-themed events each Monday. The collective effort will cost “tens of thousands of dollars,” Hard Rock President Joe Lupo said.

“We were all working together for the first time to highlight what is a great experience here in North Beach. A guest can have three totally different casino experiences with maybe 40 different restaurants within a 10-minute walk,” Eric Matejevich, acting CEO of the Ocean Casino Resort said.

“It makes no sense whatsoever not to work together and promote this end of town. No doubt about it, it’s a new way of looking at things. It will raise all boats,” Resorts President Mark Giannantonio said.

Five of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos shut down between 2014 and 2016; the remaining seven casinos adjusted to the smaller market with less competition and stabilised their finances.

Overall casino revenue has increased since last year because there are now two more casinos winning money from gamblers, even as profits shrank due to the greater competition.

“It’s great to see the sports betting revenue and online revenue figures increase, but a lot of that is going to third parties. It’s about how do we increase revenue and visitation for the brick and mortar properties here,” Lupo said.

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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Caesars Gets FTC Clearance for Sale of Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

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Caesars Entertainment Corp. has got clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for the sale of its Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to a New York-based real estate group.

Caesars announced last month that it has entered into an agreement to sell Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to a company controlled by a principal of Imperial Companies of New York City for $516.3 million.

The hotel and casino resort’s new owner will lease it back to Caesars for at least two years. Under their lease agreement, Caesars will pay $45 million in annual rent.

While the FTC clearance is an important step towards the finalisation of the deal, it also needs shareholder and regulatory approval from Nevada casino regulators.

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Digitain set to showcase latest U.S. strategy and products at G2E 2019

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Leading provider heads to Las Vegas with pioneering sportsbook and a G2E gameplan for expansion

Leading platform provider Digitain is on site and all set for next week’s Global Gaming Expo 2019, which runs from 14-17 October at the Sands Expo Convention Center, Las Vegas.

Spearheaded by a dedicated sales force with proven experience delivering industry-leading B2B solutions across online and retail sports betting technology, the Digitain team will be on hand to advise delegates as to its North American strategy, featuring a wide-ranging product portfolio and trading tools which lead the field.

After PASPA’s landmark repeal last year, regulated state-by-state sports betting is gathering progressive pace and traction. Accordingly, G2E 2019 – the largest igaming gathering of the year stateside – provides a must-attend conference at which to both distil and illuminate the North American opportunity, as the U.S. market continues to coalesce and crystallise its potential.

Digitain’s definitive sportsbook solution and trading tools are tailor-made for the demands of live betting in a fragmented legislative landscape, facilitating rapid integrations across the world, all supported by centralised control systems.

In total, this sportsbook product covers 65 sports, covers 7,500 leagues, and offers more than 3,000 betting markets. It also offers odds on 35,000 live events each month, while its casino solution has 3,000-plus games from major casino suppliers (such as Novomatic, Microgaming, NetEnt and Playson).

Simon Westbury, Digitain’s Director for International Business Development, said: “G2E 2019 provides us with a perfect venue at which to underline the quality and innovation we bring to the sports betting industry. Our platform was specifically designed for fast deployment across multiple territories.

“Unlike the cookie-cutter solutions that increasingly dominate the U.S. landscape, Digitain can work flexibly with operators state-by-state to offer tailored front-ends which speak to representing their individual brands accurately, thanks to a customisable user interface. It’s a brave, new world.”

Suren Khachatryan, CCO at Digitain, added: “I’m hugely optimistic about the U.S. market for sports betting, and requests for proposal in the U.S. have been very encouraging. We’re noticing a surge in interest from southern states such as Mississippi, while even the likes of New Jersey and Nevada retain potential. It’s a fascinating time, particularly with more mature states about to release figures on the current NFL season (certain to be a core revenue-driver). But it’s still an embryonic period where operators must not make rushed decisions in the collective stampede to market.”

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DWG to attend G2E

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Supplier heads to Vegas to explore future opportunities

Leading games provider and operator Design Works Gaming (DWG) will be attending G2E next week as it looks to strengthen its global position across its three business verticals.

DWG operates five social casinos, has a strong reputation for creating hit land-based slot games and will soon be entering the real money gaming market in several territories, including Europe and New Jersey.

As an omni-channel supplier, DWG will be attending the show which takes place in Las Vegas between October 15-17, to connect with industry stakeholders and potential clients from multiple verticals and jurisdictions.

Andy Harris, CEO of DWG UK, said: “G2E has traditionally been an event for the land-based gaming industry but with the recent regulatory developments in the U.S. we have seen a shift towards online gaming and an increased interest from European operators and suppliers.

“As a company, we have also evolved to become both omni-channel and omni-market which makes G2E the perfect event for us as we look to expand in our own territory in the U.S. as well as across the pond.”

DWG uses data collected from its land-based and social operations to advise partners on which of its games will perform best in key territories around the world. This data is also used to inform the development of its future products.

All of DWG’s games and player-focused promotional tools are created in-house at its Scottsdale headquarters.

To set up a meeting with DWG at G2E, please email hello@designworksgaming.com.

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