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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – December 14-20

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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

New Jersey has become the first state in history to post a legal sports betting handle of more than $900 million. NJ sportsbooks generated $931 million in wagers in November, breaking the previous record of $803.1 million set in October and marking the fourth consecutive month the state has set an all-jurisdiction record for handle.

iTech Labs, a testing and certification laboratory for the global online gaming industry, has added Buenos Aires and Panama to its growing list of online gaming jurisdictions. With over 16 years of specialising in the online gaming space, iTech Labs has built a solid place for itself in the industry, with many of the world’s leading online gaming companies turning to iTech Labs for their certification needs.

Further to the announcement on December 11 from the Ontario provincial government that certain businesses in certain regions, such as casinos, will be restricted further for indoor gathering limits, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has suspended the gaming operations at Elements Casino Grand River from December 13. Currently, only seven of the Company’s 26 properties are open with the 5 Ontario properties operating with a guest capacity of fifty, Casino New Brunswick operating with 25% of pre-closure capacity, and Casino Nova Scotia Sydney operating with 20% of pre-closure capacity.

Casinos in Pennsylvania have once again been ordered to close their doors as part of the new Covid-19 restrictions in the state. Governor Tom Wolf ordered the casinos to close until January 4. Wolf’s mandate covers other indoor entertainment venues, theatres, museums, gyms and activities in public gathering spaces. Indoor dining at restaurants is also prohibited.

Wind Creek Bethlehem casino closed for the second time this year, but it plans to continue to pay its active employees throughout the three-week shutdown. Wind Creek issued a statement pledging to pay its 1600 “active salaried and tipped employees.” The closure includes the casino, its restaurants and hotel. The Wind Creek Event Centre and Vision bar remain closed. The Outlets at Wind Creek Bethlehem will be open at a reduced maximum capacity of 50% in line with the new state requirements.

New Partnerships

BetWinner has entered into a partnership with ESPN’s flagship programme SportsCenter, a daily national and international sporting events highlights show, to increase its footprint in Brazil. The four-month partnership will see BetWinner’s imagery and QR code appear in the Sportscenter programmes.

FanDuel Group has entered a strategic business deal with The Cage Companies to launch online and retail sportsbooks in South America and the Caribbean. The new relationship brings together Cage’s experience in the region with FanDuel’s premier brand and industry-leading sports betting platform.

Las Vegas-based gambling firm GameCo has entered into a partnership with sports betting solutions company USBookmaking. The partnership will launch the first-ever dedicated esports sportsbook in the US and will be available digitally at Sky Ute Casino Resort for all players in Colorado.

New Acquisition

Genius Sports Group Limited has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sportzcast, a leading manufacturer of sports scoreboard data distribution systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

New Appointment

Lia Nower, JD, PhD, Rutgers University Professor and Director of its Centre for Gambling Studies, has joined the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling. Nower is currently Chair of the NCPG Research Committee and has served on several other committees. She is also Director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Programme in the Rutgers School of Social Work and a research affiliate with the Gambling Treatment Unit at the University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre.

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BetMGM Supports New Research Initiative on the Impact of Advertising on Problem Gambling

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The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) announced that it has received a $180,000 grant from BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming company, in support of the organisation’s research and education on responsible gambling and the impact advertising has on problem gambling.

“We are pleased to accept this historic contribution from BetMGM. Findings from this evidence-based research study will allow us to better identify potential risks and guide best-practices for the gaming industry. We commend BetMGM for partnering with us to better inform the public, operators, regulators, legislators and the media,” Arthur Paikowsky, President of the ICRG, said.

“Investment into research around responsible gaming is key to our continued education and commitment to providing best-in-class experiences and programs, as well as to ensuring a sustainable industry. This groundbreaking research will not only provide valuable learnings to BetMGM but will also serve as a guide for the industry and key stakeholders,” Richard Taylor, Senior Manager of Responsible Gaming, said.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 14-20

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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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

FastPlay has been launched by Wyzia Financial in the regulated Ontarian market. The company noted that it will supply the Canadian province with a “fast registration and quick deposit solution,” the “first of its kind” in the country. The group added that FastPlay will help operators secure end users by not asking them to provide sensitive information.

The Chickasaw Nation has selected Shift4 to process payments across all of its casino locations, non-casino tribal-owned locations and third-party venues under contract with the Nation. This includes WinStar World Casino and Resort, the world’s largest casino with nearly 400,000 square feet of gaming space.

Caesars Sportsbook has launched a mobile app in Maryland ahead of the state’s long-awaited online sports wagering launch. Caesars Sportsbook app is now available for download on iOS and Android in the state and live on desktop. Sports fans in Maryland can take advantage of a special early offer when they register and deposit funds ahead of mobile sports betting’s debut.

Tipico has announced that its free-to-play game is now live in Ohio. Sports fans statewide can visit www.WinOhio.com to play a scratch-and-win contest to earn sportsbook bonuses, free bets and win an Ohio fan experience within the Tipico mobile app.

Partnerships

The Esports Awards has partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). As a result of the partnership, LSS will become the official charity partner for this year’s event — and collaborate with the awards show to raise $50,000 during the ceremony with digital and on-site activations.

Paradox has teamed up with Root, an on-chain marketplace for financial, prediction and commerce markets, to work on the launch of a new parimutuel betting pool model for the FIFA World Cup 2022 that the parties claim “ensures all market participants get the best odds.”

Belong Gaming Arenas has partnered with scholastic-focused esports platform Generation Esports to provide in-person gaming experiences for schools to take part in. Using Belong’s state-of-the-art gaming arenas, Generation Esports will take LAN’s to the next level across a variety of events in the near and long-term future.

Pragmatic Play has signed a deal to integrate its content with NGX platform in the growing Brazilian market. Continuing Pragmatic Play’s spread across Brazil, Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports content will be available to NGX benefiting powerful online casino solution providing player favourite titles.

Appointments

Entourage Sport & Entertainment has announced that BRBet.com has signed boxing legend Mike Tyson as its Regional Ambassador for Brazil. The deal sees Tyson become BRBet.com’s exclusive ambassador for its sportsbook and betting services in Brazil.

GAN Limited has appointed Eric J. Green to its Board of Directors. Mr. Green’s appointment to GAN’s board brings deep investment management and public company gaming expertise, as well as new independent leadership.

BetMGM has appointed retired U.S. soccer star Tim Howard as its celebrity brand ambassador. Howard’s addition to the BetMGM team launches a series of free-to-play games and promotions, among other activations, that the sports betting leader is planning in conjunction with the upcoming 2022 international soccer events and matches.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 7-13

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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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Everi Holdings Inc, a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced that the Company was recognised by the Austin American-Statesman with a “Greater Austin Top Workplaces 2022” award.

Golden Matrix Group, a developer and licensor of online gaming platforms, systems and gaming content, announced it had acquired the remaining 20% interest in RKings Competitions for a total of 165,444 restricted shares of GMGI’s common stock payable to the two former owners of RKings.

Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group, has been named as 2022 LatAm Socially Responsible Operator of the Year by leading industry experts at SBC.

The World Lottery Association (WLA) has paid tribute to Guy Simonis, the organisation’s “founding father”, who passed away on October 5 at the age of 91. Simonis played an instrumental role in the lottery industry, particularly in Canada where he developed the country’s first sports lottery to help fund the activities of the Manitoba Amateur Sports Federation he founded in the 1960s.

Betcris, the leading gaming operator in Latin America, has won the “Employer of the Year” and “Sponsorship of the Year” categories at the SBC Awards Latin America 2022.

Kindred Group, with its multi-product brand Unibet, has settled the largest bet in the Group’s history following the Houston Astros winning the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on November 5. The historic bet of USD 1.05 million was placed by Jim McIngvale, also known as Mattress Mack, in July for the Houston Astros to win the World Series at odds 6.00 (+500).

Jackpocket, the leading third-party app in the US to provide a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, has announced its launch in West Virginia, offering lottery fans a new way to play.

DraftKings Inc. and Bay Mills Resort & Casino celebrated the grand opening of a permanent retail DraftKings Sportsbook, which includes expanded amenities and entertainment options for sports fans to enjoy.

A new competition has arrived in Apex Legends. Realm, a new automated esports platform from Eric Faust (Co-Founder of Realm) and, Laura Wilson (Co-Founder of Realm), John Chase (Ex-Amazon, Abe Books) Carter Smith (Former Circus, acquired by Realm) and Ken McGaffey (Former owner of Third Impact Esports, Ex DARPA and Meta) is launching in Apex Legends, with over $150,000 in prize money offered in its first season.

Partnerships

Esports stadium company Glytch has announced a strategic partnership with Legends, the global experiences company and premier sports and entertainment venue and attractions operator.

Sports betting consultant firm SCCG has partnered with direct payments processor Full Flight Payments. Operating as a gaming industry branch of merchant service provider BankCard USA, Full Flight Payments has been in the business for more than 26 years now.

Operator Mansion has launched in Ontario with Playtech. This further strengthens the long-term strategic partnership between the two brands.

Scientific Games has signed a contract extension with the Idaho Lottery, which will see it continue to provide scratch games to players in the US state.

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