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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – Aug 31-Sep 6

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 include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest news

Wizards District Gaming, the affiliate team of Washington Wizards in the NBA 2K League, has won the 2020 NBA 2K League Championship. They defeated Warriors Gaming Squad in Game 4 of the finals to secure a 3-1 win.

International Game Technology (IGT) has expanded its PlaySports offering for the U.S. sports betting market with the formation of its full-service Trading Team based in Las Vegas. The team adds another dimension of service to the most widely deployed B2B sports betting solution in the U.S. market.

Greek gaming company INTRALOT Inc. has congratulated Idaho Lottery for announcing $55.5 million in total dividends for the fiscal year. The Lottery has so far offered $961.5 million in dividends since its inception.

Casino Reopening

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has stated the state’s plan for reopening the casinos. The state’s four commercial casinos and 11 racinos, which were closed in March due to the Covid-19 breakout, will be re-opening soon.

Partnerships

Gaming Realms has signed its first multi-state agreement with its existing partner Rush Street Interactive (RSI), as it continues to focus on increasing its presence in the US. Gaming Realms’ Slingo Originals content will now be directly integrated into RSI’s platform.

Boyd Gaming Corporation has extended its partnership with the FanDuel Group to launch FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook in the state of Illinois. Punters in Illinois can use FanDuel’s industry-leading online and mobile sports betting platform.

BetRivers.com, the award-winning sportsbook platform, is joining hands with the sports betting network VSiN to launch Rush Hour, which will be the first-ever national sports betting show broadcast from a sportsbook in Illinois.

Scientific Games Corporation has expanded its partnership with Wynn Resorts to power Wynn Sports’ digital sports betting offer in Colorado and Indiana. In both the states, Scientific Games will provide Wynn Sports with the OpenSports enterprise solution.

Zixi has partnered with Telstra Broadcast Services. Telstra and the Zixi ZEN Master control plane have aligned to provide stable, secure and cost-effective distribution of high-quality video content over IP to Telstra’s customers and partners worldwide as part of its Telstra Global Media Network.

New Appointments

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has appointed Kevin Lowry as the Assistant General Manager of Mohegan Sun Connecticut. He will oversee finance, gaming, cashiering, tenant and retail operations at Mohegan Sun.

New Launchings

Americas Cardroom, a premier online poker company in the USA, has launched a Public Trello Board. Trello is a well-known collaboration tool used by organisations of all stripes to organise projects into visually appealing and user-friendly boards.

BetMGM, the company owned jointly by MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings, has launched BetMGM Casino in West Virginia. BetMGM Casino will launch with 30 games including the best-in-class Blackjack and Roulette games.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced an all-new lineup of gaming gear at the Meta Buffs online launch event. The lineup features the new ROG Strix GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. ROG also introduced some other gaming peripherals including ROG Strix XF 120 fan and ROG Strix Scope RX gaming keyboard.

CaptainGambling, previously known as GamblingHero, has been launched in the USA. The company offers accurate and latest information on the status of legal casino gambling in the country. CaptainGambling provides information and reviews mainly in three categories: sportsbook, online casinos and online poker sites.

Acquisitions

TGS Esports has signed a letter of intent to acquire Pepper Esports, a leading competitive esports platform. The acquisition is expected to provide TGS with diverse new online revenue streams that include data monetisation, payment processing and recurring subscription revenue.

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IGT and the Plaza Hotel & Casino Celebrate Life-Changing Jackpots with Las Vegas’ Exclusive Wheel of Fortune® Slots Zone

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Downtown Las Vegas casino unveils dynamic space dedicated to the most famous slots game of all time

International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE:IGT) and the Plaza Hotel & Casino announced today the debut of the Wheel of Fortune® Slots Zone, a dynamic, branded space within the Plaza Casino in Downtown Las Vegas that is dedicated exclusively to legendary Wheel of Fortune slots games.

The vibrantly themed Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone covers more than 2,900 square feet and is conveniently located in the heart of the Plaza Casino’s gaming floor. The space is home to more than 40 IGT Wheel of Fortune slots games, including both new and classic themes in mechanical reel and video reel formats. Accessible to all Plaza Casino guests, the Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone is the ideal destination for players seeking the most famous slots theme of all time and their chance to activate the iconic, multi-color Wheel of Fortune wheel and holler “Come on Big Money!” while taking in signature “WHEEL-OF-FORTUNE!” celebrations.

“When Plaza Casino guests enter our new Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone, it is immediately apparent that they’re in Las Vegas’ epicenter of Wheel of Fortune slots fun,” said Casey P. Adras, the Plaza Hotel & Casino Director of Slot Operations. “We’ve collaborated with IGT to create a compelling space that delivers an exceptional guest experience, features the most in-demand Wheel of Fortune games and embodies the jackpot-paying legacy of the iconic slots brand.”

“In creating Las Vegas’ exclusive Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone, the Plaza Casino harnessed the excitement, appeal and familiarity of IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slots brand to create a venue that players will quickly associate with world-class casino entertainment and life-changing jackpots,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. “We look forward to ongoing collaboration with our customers at Plaza Casino to ensure that they maximize the performance of this new space through IGT’s latest Wheel of Fortune slots games and casino technologies.”

“The Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone at the Plaza Casino in Downtown Las Vegas captures the excitement of the most acclaimed slot theme of all time on an unprecedented scale,” said Suzanne Prete, Sony Pictures Television SVP Global Licensing & Brand Management. “For decades IGT’s Wheel of Fortune Slots has set the gaming industry standard for life-changing jackpots and there is no better place for this type of winning mecca than Las Vegas, the world’s most iconic gaming destination.”

Wheel of Fortune slots is the most successful slots theme of all time. Since the game’s 1996 debut, IGT has made more than 250 variations of the player-favorite slots theme and distributed them in countries around the world. Wheel of Fortune slots have minted more than 1,000 millionaires, totaling well over $3 billion in jackpot payouts, and have earned dozens of accolades on the merit of attributes ranging from innovation to player affinity.

For more information, visit IGT.com, or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTnews, or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

 

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New Hampshire Lottery Goes Live with IWG’s Progressive Jackpot-enabled e-Instant Games

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Instant Win Gaming (IWG), the leading supplier of digital e-Instant games to NASPL/WLA-member lotteries, announces the New Hampshire Lottery has become the latest lottery to launch the company’s progressive jackpot enabled e-Instant games.

Players across the state of New Hampshire can now play Jungle Tumble Jackpots, the first game to feature IWG’s progressive jackpot technology. The game features three in-game jackpots – a mini jackpot expected to be awarded multiple times each day, a mid-tier jackpot expected to be awarded weekly, and a top-prize jackpot expected to be awarded once per month.

IWG’s progressive jackpot module and prize structure has been customized for the specific requirements of the lottery; ensuring jackpots are paid out on a regular basis.

The New Hampshire Lottery has benefited from the progressive jackpot module being completely contained within IWG’s Remote Game Server (RGS). This ensures the lottery can launch progressive jackpot-enabled games just as seamlessly as other e-Instant titles, with no additional technical support required at the iLottery platform level.

IWG first partnered with New Hampshire Lottery earlier this year and has already provided a series of record-breaking game launches for the iLottery program. The addition of these games that combine the digital entertainment of e-Instant games with the proven excitement of jackpot-style prizing will further strengthen the New Hampshire Lottery’s digital games offering.

Charlie McIntyre, New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director, said: We’ve been thrilled with the success that IWG e-Instant games have brought the New Hampshire Lottery. Now adding IWG’s progressive jackpot-enabled e-Instant games is allowing us to engage with a wider audience through this new and exciting way to win.”

Rhydian Fisher, IWG CEO, said: “The strong performance of our games since launching in New Hampshire is fantastic to see and really underpins the quality of our offering. We are thrilled that the New Hampshire Lottery elected to be among the first lotteries to go live with our progressive jackpot-enabled e-Instant games.

“The jackpot module has been tailored specifically for New Hampshire, meaning big prizes are guaranteed to be paid out on a regular basis. We’re delighted for the team at New Hampshire Lottery and believe their enhanced offering will continue to deliver great results.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – December 21-27

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 include the latest news, new partnerships and new acquisitions. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Further to the announcement on December 18 from the Ontario provincial government that certain businesses in certain regions, such as casinos and race tracks, will be restricted further operationally, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has suspended gaming operations at Elements Casino Brantford and racing operations at Flamboro Downs from December 20.

Israel-based mobile gaming giant Playtika Holding Corp has filed for an initial public offering (IPO), disclosing shrinking profit on increased revenue this year. The company in its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission listed the size of the offering as $100 million.

Landcadia has amended the purchase agreement relating to its merger with Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG). The amendment was made after Landcadia failed to obtain enough shareholder votes in favour of the merger in a virtual meeting. While around 99.8% of those attending the meeting voted in favour, they represented just 40.5% of total shareholders as many did not attend. Landcadia’s policy required that at least 50% of all outstanding shares vote in favour. The purchase agreement has now been amended to allow the merger to be approved with more than 50% of votes cast at a particular meeting.

HeadsUp Entertainment has announced its strategic plan to enter the regulated sports betting market in Canada. Last month, the Canadian federal government introduced a bill (C-218) to the House of Commons that, if passed by both House and Senate, would legalise single-game sports wagering within the country’s 10 provinces and three territories. It is anticipated that this bill will pass in the spring of 2021 and HeadsUp is positioned to be a major player in the sector.

Casinos in New Orleans have reported $32.3 million in winnings this November. This shows a decline of 36.5% when compared to $50.8 million in November 2019. Harrah’s New Orleans reported winning $26.1 million in November 2019. Gaming revenue at the resort this November was $14.7 million, a falloff of 43.5%. Harrah’s recently announced an upcoming name change to Caesars New Orleans and a $325 million renovation. Gaming revenue at the three riverboat casinos in New Orleans saw a 29.3% drop in the November month-to-month comparison. Casino winnings went from $20.8 million in November 2019 to $14.7 million this November.

New Partnerships

BetMakers Technology Group’s wholly-owned subsidiaries BetMakers DNA Pty Ltd and Managed Trading Services Pty Ltd have signed fixed odds and global distribution deals with Supreme Ventures’ wholly-owned subsidiaries Prime Sports Jamaica Limited and Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Ltd.

CT Gaming Interactive has further expanded its presence in the Mexican iGaming market. The company has entered into a new partnership and the deal sees onlinebigbola.mx host CT Gaming Interactive casino games.

New Acquisition

TGS Esports has completed the acquisition of Pepper Esports, a next-generation competitive esports platform. As part of the acquisition, the Pepper executive team, Guy Halford-Thompson, Jackson Warren, and Ben Hoffman, who have a decade of combined experience in growing early-stage companies in the public markets, joined the TGS executive team, and Guy Halford-Thompson will join the TGS board of directors.

New Launching

BetMGM has launched its market-leading sports betting app in Pennsylvania. The BetMGM app offers a user-friendly sports betting experience, making it easy to customise pre-game, live in-play, futures and parlay wagers. Additionally, BetMGM’s integration with MGM Resorts’ M life Rewards programme allows BetMGM customers in Pennsylvania to redeem their gameplay for world-class experiences at MGM Resorts properties nationwide.

Compliance

Online gambling comparison site Compare.bet has successfully completed the registration process in Colorado and is now able to operate in the newly regulated US state.

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