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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 22-28

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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, partnerships, acquisitions and recruitments. Read on and get updated.

Casino Reopening

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has reopened its doors to the general public on June 28. However, Caesars Rewards Seven Stars and Diamond card holders were able to start gaming at the casino from June 26.

Acquisitions

SciPlay Corporation has acquired casual mobile games developer Come2Play. This acquisition brings the company into the fast-growing casual gaming segment. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

New Partnerships

Aquarius AI, the Vancouver-based consumer acquisition technology firm, has signed a letter of intent to enter a partnership with RPGG Media, owner and operator of UK-based esports wagering platform Puntt.

Bespoke games studio Espresso Games has partnered with leading iGaming platform provider BtoBet to expand its presence in Latin America and Africa.

Tecnalis, the Madrid-based platform provider for iGaming sites, has partnered with Betsoft Gaming. According to the deal, Tecnalis will integrate Betsoft’s slot portfolio on to their ground-breaking platform, Alira.

ROAR Digital and Sportradar have extended their US partnership through September 2026. Sportradar will continue providing data for all US sports plus a range of other events to ROAR Digital for use on BetMGM, its leading mobile sports betting app.

New Recruitments

Online gambling blocking software provider Gamban has appointed Jody Bechtold as a member of its US advisory board.

Bechtold is the CEO of Better Institute in Pittsburgh, VP of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board and board member of the National Council on Problem Gambling.

New Deals

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) has entered into an agreement with NeoPollard Interactive to build and maintain Alberta’s legal online gambling platform. The online platform will provide a secure, age-controlled environment that promotes healthy gambling behaviour.

New Launchings

Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has opened a new operational hub at the Loto Quebec premises in Montreal, Canada to analyse detect, prevent and report irregular and suspicious betting activities.

Employee Protest

Casino employees have protested against their job losses due to coronavirus and receiving a limited amount of healthcare benefits. They put together a caravan of more than 600 cars as a form of protest and drove to the casinos where they used to work before the pandemic.

Tax Break

The Louisiana Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committee has approved legislation to give the gaming industry an $83 million tax break over five years after the major hit it took from the COVID-19 shutdown.

New Reports

On June 16, the American Gaming Association (AGA) released a report titled “Principles for Casino Gaming Payments Modernization.” Last week, boutique research and consulting firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has released a document providing further insights and comments on each one of the AGA’s principles.

New Approvals

Nevada-based casino content provider Spin Games has received an Interactive Gaming Manufacturer License from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

After receiving the license, Spin has successfully launched its ROC platform and numerous i-Gaming titles on Parx Casino’s real money online platform pa.parxcasino.com.

Compliance

The Georgia Senate Special Judiciary Committee has approved a legislation that aims to authorise the Georgia Lottery to manage an online sports wagering system.

Top Republicans in the Pennsylvania State Senate are pressing sweeping gambling legislation that would allow slot machine-like terminals in bars, restaurants, non-profit social clubs and other businesses that hold liquor licenses.

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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

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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.

Recruitments

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.

Partnership

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.

Lawsuit

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.

Compliance

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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Detroit Tigers Partners with PointsBet

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Major League Baseball team Detroit Tigers have entered into a new multi-year partnership with sportsbook operator PointsBet to enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement at Comerica Park. The agreement will begin for the upcoming 2020 Tigers season.

“We are thrilled to welcome PointsBet as a gaming partner of the Detroit Tigers. Our incredible fans will love the unique experiences and innovative offerings that PointsBet’s personalized platform provides. We look forward to the fan-friendly enhancements this will bring to the game-day experience in and around Comerica Park for years to come,” Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, said.

“The PointsBet team is excited to announce our groundbreaking deal with the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball, becoming the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with an MLB franchise. PointsBet operates in rare space within the industry by owning our technology environment from end to end, which allows us to be extremely nimble on product innovation and personalized offerings to complement our app’s market-leading speed. We offer the most betting options in the world on MLB games via our unique PointsBetting product, and we are excited to inject a unique and robust betting proposition into the great state of Michigan,” Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, said.

The announcement is made possible by the recent agreement between PointsBet and Major League Baseball, designating PointsBet as an Authorised Gaming Operator of MLB, and granting them rights to use official MLB data along with MLB marks and logos within PointsBet products.

As part of the multi-year deal, PointsBet will have television broadcast-visible branding at Comerica Park and will be featured on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. PointsBet will also have a sponsored presence on the Tigers’ digital platforms and be regularly featured on The Word on Woodward, a twice-weekly fan-favourite live streaming show that airs on the club’s channel. PointsBet will also be integrated into The District Detroit app and the MLB Ballpark app.

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