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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 14-20

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

John Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Pollard Banknote Limited, has been inducted into the Public Gaming Research Institute’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. Each year, the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame’s members nominate and vote on industry leaders who promote excellence, integrity and success in the lottery industry. John Pollard, along with five other recipients, will be honored in a virtual ceremony on October 14.

WarnerMedia is going to join the growing parade of media firms eager to court consumer interest in sports betting. During the coverage of NBA’s Western Conference Finals, TNT will present an alternate live-streamed feed of the games that includes commentary on betting analysis and odds. The feed, known as “TNT Bets” and made available to cable and satellite subscribers via the Watch TNT app, will be hosted by Bleacher Report’s Cabbie Richards, Kelly Stewart and Tim Doyle, and the leading gaming company FanDuel will provide real-time statistics and information.

Elaine Wynn, who has 8.84% stakes in Wynn Resorts Limited, the biggest among single shareholders, has reportedly dropped her quest to secure a position in the board of directors of the company. She made this announcement during a fitness hearing held by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. She reportedly revealed that she accepts her age of 75 years is a constraint for such positions.

Betfair has announced that it is withdrawing from the NJ betting market due to disappointing results and because the state is getting its first sports betting exchange. Betfair entered the NJ market back in 2015, but generated a sports betting handle of just $12.4 million in 2018. Now, Sporttrade, a sports betting startup, is to introduce a proprietor betting exchange for the state via an agreement with Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

New partnership

ESPN has entered into two separate multi-year agreements with Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings. The deals include co-exclusive link integrations across ESPN digital platforms connecting fans to sportsbooks from Caesars Entertainment’s sports betting partner, William Hill, and DraftKings.

New Appointment

US gaming company DraftKings Inc. has appointed Erik Bradbury as its Chief Accounting Officer and principal accounting officer. His appointment came into force on September 10. Mr. Bradbury, who has about 16 years of experience in accounting, will report to Jason Park, the CFO of the company.

New Launching

Sports book operator William Hill has announced the launch of its mobile sports betting app in Illinois, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment’s Grand Victoria Casino. The William Hill Mobile App is built on a proprietary platform, offering an easy and seamless betting experience. The app offers multiple deposit and withdrawal options. The app has enhanced technology features, such as a biometric login and a quick-bet option.

Compliance

Online gaming platform provider Dench Solutions has obtained a compliance certificate to act as a gaming test house of Gaming Laboratories International. The company was awarded the GLI-19 standard for its ability to meet strict security standard requirements when dealing with customer data.

The Virginia Lottery Board has approved the proposed sports betting regulations after the fifty-six day public consultation period ended on September 9. As part of the public consultation, it received 183 comments from various companies and sports leagues. The Lottery’s deputy director Gina Smith said each comment was read and reviewed.

Gambling in the USA

Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 12-18

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

A new esports organisation named Equinox Esports has been launched in Oklahoma City. Equinox will own professional teams that span multiple video game titles including VALORANT, League of Legends and Super Smash Bros, among others. Equinox will produce unique in-house content in the form of podcasts, broadcasts, tournaments, video content and articles out of its newly-build 6000 square foot facility in north Oklahoma City.

In accordance with the directives from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Caesars Entertainment has resumed gaming operations daily and hospitality operations for weekend stays at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on October 8. The reopening was with great celebration.

Win Systems is achieving huge success with its latest GameStar development, the innovative collectable link feature Rising Link. The new game has been in some of the Mexican gaming venues for many weeks now and has captured the interest of players from the very beginning.

Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan has been named a possible coronavirus exposure site by the health officials. Anyone who visited the Casino between October 2 and October 4 is asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date, according to a news release issued by the District Health Department No. 10, which covers 10 Northern Michigan counties including Manistee.

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced a major expansion project for its ilani Casino Resort. In partnership with the Cowlitz Tribe, Howard S. Wright, and Friedmutter Group, ilani will feature additions to its exterior and interior designs.

The PGA TOUR has announced that BetMGM will provide betting odds for all four rounds of THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK in Las Vegas, October 15-18 on the Golf Channel.

New Partnerships

InterDigital, a mobile and video technology research and development company, has announced that it will partner with global innovation and accelerator platform Plug and Play to serve as anchor member for the platform’s Media & Advertising programme. The partnership will also see InterDigital and Plug and Play work towards developing a new gaming vertical within the next year.

InterDigital has announced a new initiative with cloud-gaming specialist Blacknut to develop technologies that will enhance the performance of the existing gaming technology. The new collaboration will leverage InterDigital’s extensive technology expertise alongside Blacknut’s unique knowledge of cloud gaming services.

New Acquisition

Twin River Worldwide Holdings has purchased the iconic Bally’s brand from Caesars Entertainment Inc. Hedge-fund investor Soo Kim, co-founder of Standard General, which owns a 39% stake in Twin River, paid Caesars $20m for the purchase.

New Appointment

Rush Street Interactive has announced the appointment of Kyle Sauers as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective by October 23. He will be based in Chicago and report to Greg Carlin, RSI’s Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for all of the Company’s financial and treasury functions, as well as investor relations.

Compliance

Greek gambling regulator Hellenic Gaming Commission has selected Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment to develop the first integrated resort and casino in Greece. The winning bid from MGE, submitted in partnership with GEK TERNA, proposes a state-of-the-art development plan, INSPIRE Athens, that includes a luxury hotel, premier entertainment venues, convention centre, shopping, dining, casino and a comprehensive mix of premium amenities.

Michigan Gaming Control Board has granted a Provisional Internet Gaming Supplier License to Spin Games LLC. The license will enable Spin to deploy its proprietary and third-party i-Gaming content built upon the ROC Remote Gaming Server platform across Michigan’s licensed casino operator online sites once internet gaming goes live.

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Gambling in the USA

Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 5-11

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. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Twin River Worldwide Holdings has entered into an agreement with Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. to acquire Jumer’s Casino and Hotel (Jumer’s) in Rock Island, Illinois for a purchase price of $120 million in cash. Jumer’s is located in the Quad Cities in Rock Island, Illinois and features a 40,000 square foot casino floor containing more than 870 slot machines and 25 table games, a 205 room hotel with 11 luxury suites, an events centre, the Oculus Sports Bar, the Edje nightclub and four restaurants.

Gambling operator Loto-Québec has closed two of its land-based venues due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The two venues are Casino de Montréal and the Salon de jeux de Québec. They will remain closed until October 28. Network bingo, Kinzo and video lottery machines (VLTs) in the metropolitan zones of Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region will be inoperative for the same period. Lottery ticket sales will continue.

MegaFans, a San Diego area-based mobile-casual eSports platform, has completed its first charity fundraising event with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Foundation, as part of a series using the MegaFans eSports tournament platform. The first tournament ran through September. The eSports tournament Series is being promoted to raise awareness and funds to go towards the IGDA Foundation’s Diversity Initiative, to improve the lives of independent game developers around the world. Previously, MegaFans worked with the IGDA Foundation on the Stay in the Game Relief Fund which raised over $100,000.

NFL bettors received a reminder just how quickly a pandemic can alter the sports landscape. Two COVID-19-related postponements made for a lighter Sunday schedule and the effects will reverberate into Week 5, according to analysts of TheLines.com.

International Game Technology (IGT) and Scientific Games Corporation have released a joint statement regarding the Exclusive Instant Lottery (LOTEX) concession in Brazil.

Northern California’s Cache Creek Casino Resort, which has been shut down since September 20, has confirmed that the closure was the result of an external attack on the property’s computer network.

New Partnerships

Peripherals manufacturer CORSAIR has partnered with Canadian venue and tournament provider Amuka Esports. As per the deal, CORSAIR will become the exclusive peripherals and gaming chair partner of Waves Gaming, the flagship venue from Amuka Esports, which will also host a CORSAIR Gaming Zone.

DraftKings has become the official daily fantasy sports partner and official sports betting partner of the Philadelphia Eagles. As per the new multi-year deal, DraftKings will receive exclusive naming rights to the Field Club at Lincoln Financial Field, a premium lounge which will be called “The DraftKings Field Club.”

Game developer AGS has signed a new agreement with BetMGM in the US. As per the deal, AGS will provide its gaming content to BetMGM’s entire casino gaming network including BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online and partypoker.

Gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has once again teamed up with the Kindred Group to provide sector-leading training and development sessions for their staff in the US.

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Gambling in the USA

Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 28-October 4

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

Montreal-based payment technology company Nuvei Corporation has received its sports betting vendor license from Colorado’s Division of Gaming. This permits the company to process payments within the state’s boundaries on regulated sports betting sites and apps. Nuvei can now provide gaming operators and companies with seamless payment services for customers over the age of 21 who place legal wagers on games in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and any other professional and amateur sports betting transactions across the State.

Caesars Entertainment is in advanced talks to acquire the UK-based bookmaker William Hill for £2.9 billion. In a joint statement, the companies said that Caesars was considering offering 272 pence per share for William Hill. To fund the deal, Caesars said it was announcing a new equity raise, and would also take out $2 billion of new debt secured against William Hill’s non-US businesses.

New research by CasinosHunter.com, an independent online casino reviewing platform for gamblers, has revealed the new challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the possibilities now available to the Canadian gamblers. Gambling is hugely popular in Canada. Data indicates that 60% of locals participate in gambling on a regular basis, spending on average $100 per month on games. Overall, the industry generates significant income – $31 billion to be exact – paying up to 15% in taxes. However, the pandemic has changed this significantly.

Former Catena Media C-level executive Andreas Ericson and online gambling veteran Gustav Lipcsey have secured seed round of financing from famous iGaming industry investors. The proceeds from this round of financing will fuel the business operations of US Sportsbonus, a Hoboken, NJ, based legal online sports betting resource site that provides expert US sports betting picks, provides partner referral resources, industry news and more.

New Partnerships

Gambling technology company Playtech has announced the roll out of its casino software in New Jersey across BetMGM’s gaming network. BetMGM is the joint venture created by MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. As per the deal, Playtech will provide its industry-leading casino software to BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online and PartyCasino NJ.

Scientific Games Corporation has secured a five-year contract renewal with long-term customer Flutter Entertainment. Through the contract renewal, Scientific Games will continue providing its OpenSports technology to the operators’ portfolio of global brands. The five-year renewal comes on the back of FanDuel selecting Scientific Games to power their sportsbook offering across all current and future regulated markets in the US.

RG24seven, a video-based responsible gaming training platform, has partnered with the National Indian Gaming Association to provide tribal-specific, video-based, responsible gaming training to its members.

New Appointment

Bragg Gaming Group has appointed gaming industry veteran and former SB Tech CEO Richard Carter to its Board of Directors as Non-executive Chair. Carter will advise and provide support to CEO Adam Arviv on developing a global strategy focused on partnerships with best-in-class brands, continued growth of their organic business and consideration of all accretive M&A opportunities.

Compliance

Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Board of Directors has approved the sports betting licenses of Betfair Interactive, BetMGM and Crown TN Gaming (DraftKings). The Board will consider more on October 5 and 16.

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