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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 9-15

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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.

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Americas Cardroom, the US-based online poker site, is bringing back its Mini Online Super Series (MOSS) from November 22 to December 6. The series includes over 150 events, with over $2.5 million in guaranteed prize money. There are two Main Events on the docket, Sunday, November 29, and Sunday, December 6. Both start at 3 pm ET and feature $250,000 in guaranteed prize money and $55 buy-ins.

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings is preparing to list its common shares on the NASDAQ Capital Market (NASDAQ). In advance of the anticipated listing on the NASDAQ, Enthusiast Gaming will file a Form 40-F Registration Statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The listing of the Company’s common shares on the NASDAQ remains subject to the approval of the NASDAQ and the satisfaction of all applicable listing and regulatory requirements.

FlowPlay has announced that it has raised an additional $65,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS) through its Vegas World in-game October fundraising campaign. The fundraiser is part of FlowPlay’s broader corporate giving programme and ongoing support for the ACS. This follows FlowPlay’s major fundraising milestone with the ACS over the summer, lifting its total raised for the organisation to $315,000.

The US gambling industry has won big at the polls, with three states authorising legal sports betting and three others either approving or expanding casino gambling. Among the states who are going to approve sports betting are Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana. In addition, Virginia approved casino gambling in four locations, while Nebraska authorised adding casino games at its horse racing tracks, and Colorado expanded the number and type of casino games it can offer, along with eliminating some wagering limits.

Partnerships

Gaming-industry payments provider Mazooma has entered into a partnership with the leading financial data network, Plaid. The deal aims to bring an Instant Bank Transfer payment solution to igaming and sports wagering operators in certain regulated US states.

Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) has entered into a deal with the newly opened Circa Resort and Casino to supply its CPI SC Advance banknote validators and Easitrax Web Management System across the casino’s slot machines for the next seven years.

Sports streaming service DAZN has announced leading sports betting and gaming platform BetMGM as the exclusive odds provider for United States boxing broadcasts.

New Acquisitions

Affiliate marketing firm Raketech has announced an acquisition of US-based affiliate site americangambler.com (American Gambler). As a result of the acquisition, Raketech’s revenues within the US are expected to reach approximately 5-10% of the group’s total revenues in Q4 of this year. The agreed purchase price is EUR 5m.

Live audio content provider Entercom Communications Corp has acquired sports data and igaming affiliate platform QL Gaming Group in a $32m deal. The acquisition brings unrivaled data, analytics and insight-driven content to Entercom’s best-in-class sports broadcast stations, influential podcasts, and RADIO.COM, the fastest growing digital audio platform in America.

New Launchings

A new Hollywood-based esports team, which is backed by high profile celebrities, has announced its official launch. Named Team 33, the esports team is planning to enter major tournaments in popular games like Call of Duty, CS:GO, Valorant, World of Warcraft, Fortnite, League of Legends, Dota 2, Madden and FIFA. The team will have players from all over the globe.

BetMGM, a joint venture of GVC and MGM Resorts International, has successfully launched its new live casino product in partnership with Evolution. This complements BetMGM’s already market-leading gaming portfolio, and is further strengthened through the recent addition of industry-leading slot content from Playtech, DGC and Ainsworth.

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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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