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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 8-14

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week in 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, new partnerships, new tax regulations, and survey results. Read on and get updated.

Casino Reopening

Century Casinos has resumed the operations at its Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort on June 5. Prior to reopening, Mountaineer implemented comprehensive and state-specific safety and social distancing protocols as directed by the West Virginia Lottery.

Colorado casinos are going to begin reopening on June 15 following a three-month shutdown due to COVID-19. Casinos in Cripple Creek will resume their operations on June 15. Gaming properties in Colorado’s other gaming hubs of Black Hawk and Central City will come back online on June 17.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) is in preparations to reopen Derby City Gaming, its historical racing machine property located in Louisville, Kentucky. All CDI properties will implement and practice the “CDI 360 Degree Approach to Safety,” which includes initiatives to facilitate social distancing, personal protection, and enhanced cleaning.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has announced the minimum reopening guidelines for Detroit casinos. As per the guidelines, the capacity is limited to 15% of the established maximum capacity of casinos. Poker rooms will remain closed and other table games will only allow three players at one time.

New Partnerships

Philadelphia based Susquehanna International Group (SIG) has become the exclusive trading partner of Dignitas, the esports vertical of New Meta Entertainment (NME). The multi-year agreement will provide SIG with unique exposure to esports through Dignitas’ teams that compete in the world’s most popular games, including League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Clash Royale.

BetMakers Technology Group has secured the rights to manage on-course Fixed Odds betting at New Jersey race track Monmouth Park.

BetMakers, through its wholly-owned subsidiary BetMakers DNA (BDNA), has signed an Agreement with Darby Development LLC, the operator of Monmouth Park, and New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen Association for a 5-year deal that is subject to BDNA obtaining regulatory approvals from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and the New Jersey Racing Commission.

Latest Surveys

During a time of casino closures and league shutdowns, Colorado bettors have shown their willingness to engage with the state’s newly regulated sports betting offer.

In a recent survey by ColoradoSharp.com, 75% of respondents said they would return to casinos “as soon as they’re open.” Also, Colorado has generated sports betting revenue of $25.5 million in May 2020. All signs point to a statewide boom for betting revenue when full-fledged gambling returns to The Centennial State.

New Tax Regulations

A new VAT has come into force for foreign companies that provide digital services in Mexico. All companies that have businesses in the country must pay the 16% tax, despite not having residence there. The affected companies include betting operators, gaming platforms, as well as audiovisual entertainment and transport services.

New Launchings

Sky Racing World, the US-based subsidiary of Australian gaming and racing giant Tabcorp, has announced the imminent introduction of an Australian Greyhound Racing simulcast in the US. The product will be accessible to the audiences in the US on June 15.

New Gambling Compacts

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced that the federal government has approved the new gambling compacts between Oklahoma and two tribal nations – the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation. The new compacts authorize the tribes to offer additional forms of gambling, including sports betting, and to build new casinos closer to metropolitan areas.

Gambling in the USA

Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 14-20

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and compliance updates. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

GameSquare Esports has announced that its subsidiary Code Red Esports has been awarded a contract to provide esports consultancy services to U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association.

BetMGM has launched its mobile sports betting app at Nationals Park. The launch is part of a partnership signed between the operator and Washington Nationals.

Harrah’s has completed the $200 million renovation of its Las Vegas Strip property. Harrah’s Las Vegas now features 2542 redesigned guest rooms, a complete casino floor remodel and two new LED marquees at the north and south entrances.

Brazilian football club Atlético Mineiro is going to launch $GALO Fan Token in partnership with Chiliz – the creators of Fan Tokens and the Socios.com fan engagement platform.

Bally’s Corporation has announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Jumer’s Casino & Hotel from Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment. The total purchase price was $120 million.

Aristocrat and Seminole Gaming have launched a new $1 million Dragon Link high-limit progressive jackpot. The Dragon Link $1 million progressive jackpot is found exclusively at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Yield Guild Games, a decentralised gaming guild of players and investors who generate yield from NFT-based games, has announced that it has raised a $4M Series A investment led by BITKRAFT Ventures.

The Entain Foundation US, a not-for-profit dedicated to responsible gambling funded by Entain, has launched a new responsible gambling app named “Gamble Responsibly America”.

Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, is leading a $4 million seed-funding round for the sports-betting startup Wagr, an app looking to wed social media with a fast-growing corner of the gambling market.

Jackpot Digital has announced additional terms of a proposed strategic reorganisation of its business by way of a spin-out of its online gaming software assets to a newly incorporated subsidiary of Jackpot (Spinco).

Partnerships

Crane Payment Innovations has entered into a partnership with Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, CA. Viejas players can now employ mobile payment methods as a result of the casino’s decision to upgrade their entire slot floor with SC AdvanceTM banknote validators and Easitrax Connect software.

PointsBet Maryland LLC has announced its plans to enter the recently legalised Maryland sports betting market through an exclusive deal with Riverboat on-the-Potomac.

Brazilian football club Palmeiras has entered into a sponsorship deal with the online gambling operator Dafabet. The deal will run until the end of 2021 and see Dafabet become the first official partner of Palmeiras within the sports betting category.

Compliance Updates

The Washington State Gambling Commission has unanimously approved sports wagering compact amendments for fifteen federally recognised Tribes at its public meeting held on June 10.

The Louisiana State Legislature has approved the legislation establishing a licensing framework for retail and online sports betting.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved six consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and license holders resulting in a total of $284,000 in fines along with two non-monetary enforcements.

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Summits by Gaming Americas brings you two conferences next week between 22-23 June

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Gaming Summit North America and Gaming Summit Latin America to take place next week between 22-23 June.

We are excited to announce the final agenda for the upcoming Gaming Summit North America & Gaming Summit Latin America which are taking place in a virtual layout next week.

The conference series is Gaming Americas’ flagship event in the Americas and was previously titled “Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America”, and complements the Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups. (read more about the rebranding here).

The conferences gather regulators, top C-Level Executives, and most of the industry shareholders for two days of quality learning and engaging discussion about the gambling industry in North America and the LATAM region.

The North American conference will target compliance updates from the West Side and East Side of the US will feature the special ongoing series of talks with Chantal Cipriano about the Canadian gaming industry, and will also include discussions about Responsible Gaming, Fintech and investment tips from the top investors of the gaming industry in North America.

You can view the full program here.

The registration is free and the conference already attracted 2k registrations. So, if you haven’t yet registered, make sure you get in on the list to receive the login details. Register here!

Here is a short preview of the panel discussions on 22 June (North America):

  • (East Side) US Legislation Round-up
  • The Gaming Gold Rush has to consider the implementation of Responsible Gaming measures
  • The Canadian Gaming Industry Updates with Chantal Cipriano
  • Focus on Yahoo Sports’ sports betting strategy in North America
  • (West Side) US Legislation Round-up
  • Innovative payment technologies and the regulators catch up
  • M&A, Making of Unicorns and how VCs are reshaping the future of the sports betting industry

Among the leading speakers you can find:

  • Dr. Laila Mintas – CEO at PlayUp US
  • Ryan Butler @ Action Network
  • Chantal Cipriano – Senior Director, Legal & Compliance at Mazooma
  • Adrianna Cuccinello – VP, Online Gaming & Compliance Operations – US at Maxima Compliance
  • Lloyd Danzig – Founder & Managing Partner at Sharp Alpha Advisors
  • Andrew Crowe – SVP of Business Development at Sightline Payments
  • Rich Roberts – Non-Executive Board Member with Webis Holdings PLC
  • Bill Pascrell, III – Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
  • Martin Lycka – SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling, Entain
  • Keith S. Whyte – Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)
  • Tammi Barlow – Director of Responsible Gaming and Corporate Social Responsibility at Caesars Entertainment
  • Wendy Anderson – Chief Executive Officer at RG24seven
  • Neil Erlick – Chief Corporate Development Officer at Nuvei
  • Geoff Reiss – GM of Yahoo Sports
  • Sarah Crennan – VP & Head of Content at Yahoo Sports
  • Minty Bets – Yahoo Sports’ lead betting reporter and analyst
  • Elizabeth Suever – Vice President of Government Relations at Bally’s Corporation
  • Daniel Wallach – Founder at Wallach Legal LLC
  • Wayne Kimmel – Managing Partner at SeventySix Capital
  • Matt Davey – President & CEO at Tekkorp Capital LLC
  • Daniel Bernard – Investor and General Partner at Mindspring Capital
  • and many more…

The Latin American conference targets compliance-related matters and give clear updates about the state of the industry in Brasil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, and Curacao. Besides the trending topics, the experts will also dive into discussions about the state of Responsible Gaming in the region.

Among the leaders who will present during the panel discussions, you can find the regulators and lotteries representatives from Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica and Curacao.

Top brand such as Nuvei, Betwarrior, Playtech, Entain, Play’n GO, Codere, and GLI will also share their information about the region.

The panel discussions will be hosted in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, while live interpreting is ensured at all times by one of the sponsors of the conference series, All-In Global.

The conference enjoys the support of Play’n GO as sponsors.

Here is a short preview of the panel discussions on 23 June (Latin America):

  • Regulation in the spotlight: Brasil (operators, payment methods, legal update) (Portuguese to English)
  • Hear from the industry stakeholders in Argentina (operators, software providers) (Spanish to English)
  • Responsible Gaming Programs across LATAM (English to Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Regulation in the spotlight: Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, Curacao (regulators, lotteries representatives) (Spanish to English)

Among the leading speakers’ you can find:

  • Sebastian Vivot – Head of Modernisation and Information Technology, Loter’a de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • Manuel San Román – Dir. Gral. de Juegos de Casino y Máquinas Tragamonedas de Perú
  • Esmeralda Britton – President of Social Protection Board (JPS) of Costa Rica
  • Jamir Barton – Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Curacao Gaming Control Board
  • Neil Montgomery – Founding and Managing Partner at Montgomery & Associados
  • Roberto Carvalho Brasil Fernandes – Senior Lawyer at Brasil Fernandes Advogados
  • Danilo Gennari – Sócio-Diretor na Distrito Relações Governamentais
  • Pedro Extremera – Regional Director at Playtech
  • Victor Arias – Vice President LATAM at Pragmatic Play
  • Cristian Acuna – Head of Sales LATAM at Play’n GO
  • Salo Leder – Business Development Executive at Codere
  • Juan Espinosa García – Ministerio de Hacienda Espana
  • Martin Lycka – SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling at Entain
  • Fernando Sussesso – Sales Manager LATAM at Nuvei
  • Alasdair Townsend – Managing Partner at Sherlock Communications
  • Georges Didier Flores – Latin America Government Relations and Business Development Representative at Gaming Laboratories International
  • Seth Palansky – Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Communications at Conscious Gaming
  • Richard Bayliss – Senior Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Manager at Playtech
  • José Carlos Figueroa – Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Representative Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI®)

For sponsorship/speaking and marketing inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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These Are the 10 Best Casinos in Las Vegas

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A brilliant blend of glam and money, the ‘cha-ching!’ of a casino is becoming increasingly popular today. Whether you want to eat luxuriously or earn big bucks, casinos are for you. With just a little confidence in Lady Luck, casinos let you enjoy a range of things for that soul-stirring trip! As the pandemic scares go down and the world opens up again, consider taking yourself out for a spin of luck for your next trip!

The 10 Best Must-Visit Casinos in Las Vegas

There is no better place to try out your luck than the resort city popular for it, Las Vegas. Read on ahead for the top ten casinos in this glamorous city.

#1 The Venetian

We have started off with a place that is right out of your luxury vacation dream. As glamourous as it sounds, the Venetian offers hundreds of table games in dazzling architecture. Guests can choose from blackjack to Pai Gow poker and many novelty games. You can join their Grazie Rewards right away by signing in through their website.

#2 Aria

Looking for one of the most exclusive high-limit slot rooms in Nevada? Aria is the place for you. This sleek beauty includes special arenas to exchange slot tickets for dollars. It also has a full-service dining area and a staff to cater to all your needs. The perfect way to pamper yourself!

#3 The Golden Nugget

Similar to a lot of downtown hotels, the Golden Nugget has retained its rustic gorgeousness. It’s a pricey place, but you are more likely to get the best value here with a player’s card. It’s the perfect place for ‘that winning feeling’ and people who love that vintage aesthetic.

#4 The D

A long-time Fermont Street casino hotel, the D is an all-time favorite. Despite all the changes it went through in the past, the D is now going stronger than ever. The D’s Dancing Dealers add that spicy spin to your game. A simple two-floored structure with vintage games and a perfect view!

#5 Circus Circus

Planning a trip with your family? Circus Circus is a stress buster for each member of your bunch. Whether it’s Adventuredome or Splash Zone, there is something fun for everyone at this family-friendly casino!

#6 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Located at the Las Vegas Strip, this casino features a real sand wave pool known as “the Beach”. Owned by the MGM Resorts International, this resort has a unique South-East Asian theme and the fifth largest convention center in the USA.

#7 Caesar’s Palace

No list of casinos can be complete without mentioning Caesar’s palace. With one of the biggest poker rooms in Las Vegas, this casino is built in the beauty of Rome. The famous Sportsbook makes it really popular among sports betters!

#8 Red Rock Casino

Managed by Station Casinos, this one is really trendy among the locals of the place. Don’t forget to try their famous steaks, their world-class spa, and a huge bingo hall while you are there! Simply one of the best casinos on the Las Vegas strip.

#9 The Palms

After a recent renovation, the Palms are reclaiming its reputation as a hip and trendy hang-out. Located just off the Strip, the clientele includes the locals and tourists, adding to slightly better odds for players. A lavishly sized casino floor, filled with a range of games from Baccarat to craps.

#10 The Cosmopolitan

Another luxury land (for your taste buds), this casino is known for its best food on the Las Vegas strip. Featuring popular celebrity chefs, this place is just perfect for foodies with a winning streak!

 

Cha-ching from home!

Has reading about these amazing places stirred your heart right away? Now, you don’t have to wait before you get started on your winning streak. With so many trusted online casinos, you can now try your luck at home in just a few simple clicks. Take home the jackpot today!

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