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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 18-24

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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. Last week, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sworn in as the new President and Vice President of the US.

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

Online poker site Americas Cardroom is heating up winter with the next installment of its OSS Cub3d tournament series. The tournament series will kick off on February 7 and lasts for 5 weeks. There is $13 million in total guarantees, including two $1 million tourneys, a $500,000 tourney and a special Valentine’s Day $300,000 PKO event.

Cher-Ae Heights Casino has installed Konami Gaming’s SYNKROS casino management system. Konami’s award-winning casino management system brings a strong mix of marketing solutions to engage guests at Cher-Ae Heights Casino—including floor-wide bonusing events, random drawings, personalised rewards, offers and more.

Online sports betting and casino games have started in Michigan on January 22. Nine casinos and their operators, including the three commercial casinos in Detroit, got approval to start taking bets. Additional operator and platform provider licenses are expected to be approved in the coming weeks.

In Illinois, anyone who makes over $600 in sports bets will now need to report their winnings to the state. These earnings will be taxed at 15%. Nicholas Royer, a financial advisor of MRFC, said sports betting is a business for some people and the state saw it as an opportunity to earn from it as well.

The deputy secretary of prizes and draws at the Brazilian Ministry of Economy’s Secretariat of Evaluation, Planning, Energy and Lottery (Secap-ME) has given some hope that sports betting regulation could arrive this year. According to Waldir Eustáquio Marques Jr, regulation of the sector could be forthcoming in July.

Partnerships

Sirplay and Oddin have entered into a partnership to deliver an engaging esports betting solution to multiple bookmakers with a focus on Latin America. Sirplay is a sports betting software expert specialised in developing markets. By integrating Oddin’s iFrame solution, they will now be able to deliver their Latin American clients a truly engaging esports experience.

Passport Technology Inc. and Automated Systems America Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The transaction creates the premier payments technology company in the largest and most attractive gaming financial technology markets worldwide.

Online gambling firm 888 Holdings has announced that it has agreed to a multi-year extension of its exclusive B2B poker partnership with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. Through the partnership, 888 will continue to provide its turnkey poker platform and services to Caesars in the US including bringing the WSOP’s online poker rooms to players’ mobiles and desktops.

Appointment

Bragg Gaming Group has appointed Canadian publishing magnate and former Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp Chair Paul Godfrey to its Board of Directors. Godfrey’s experience in the Canadian gaming industry will prove valuable as the Canadian government moves forward with their recently announced proposed federal legalisation of single-event sports betting.

Compliance

A bill that would legalise sports betting in Georgia has been introduced to the state’s House of Representatives. House Bill 86, also known as the Georgia Lottery Mobile Sports Wagering Integrity Act, would amend Chapter 27 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia by adding a section on sports betting.

Lawmakers in New Mexico have filed a bill that would bring retail and online sportsbooks to its racetracks. House Bill 101 would convert the state’s racinos into fully functioning casinos, but without electronic and online table games. At present, New Mexico has five racetracks, all of which have casinos attached but with a limited selection of slot machines and video games.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 28-December 4

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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

Novibet has entered the Mexican market. This is Novibet’s first move outside of Europe, and it is a key step in its strategic expansion plan as it seeks to enter new markets including Latin America and North America.

Greco has registered as a vendor in New Jersey, where it plans to start its US operations in enhancing risk management for online casinos and iGaming operators. Resorts Digital Gaming has already announced it has an agreement in place with Greco, which the New-Jersey-based arm of Resorts Casino and hotel hopes will “herald a wider shift in the local industry, worth $3.12 billion to the state economy”.

The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling websites, after investigations found 9 services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. The latest sites blocked include Winning Days, 21Bit Casino, Oshi Casino, Lucky Elf Casino, NeoSpin, Lets Lucky, Boho Casino, Ripper Casino and BC.Game.

Scientific Games has announced that it will provide the company’s latest WAVE point-of-sale technology across Atlantic Lottery’s retailer network of 3000 locations in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

PointsBet Holdings, the leader in live betting, announced the company has officially unveiled its market-leading mobile app and digital sports betting product in the state of Maryland.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke has launched a constitutional challenge against iGaming Ontario and the Attorney General of Ontario over the provincial government’s unilateral changes to the way gaming is managed. It says the changes are illegal and unconstitutional and is contesting Ontario’s re-interpretation of Section 207 (1) of the Criminal Code, which permits provinces to regulate single-event sports betting.

Underdog Fantasy has been named “Fantasy Sports Site of the Year” by the 2022 edition of the American Gambling Awards. The American Gambling Awards are produced by Gambling.com Group Limited, a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry.

Partnerships

Pragmatic Play has established an agreement with Peruvian operator Tinbet for three of its leading verticals. Tinbet’s customers will benefit from Pragmatic Play’s leading Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports content, featuring a vast collection of exclusive products that are proven to boost player engagement.

Sports.com has entered into an exclusive multi-year Partnership with Berlin-based Data Sports Group. The Partnership will allow Sports.com to provide world-class sports content to digital publishers. The Partnership will be the first solution marketed under the Sports.com brand.

Gift & Go has finalised a long-term extension to its partnership with a subsidiary of Light & Wonder to continue its growth and expand its revolutionary gifting technology software across U.S. markets. The three-year agreement will further enhance Light & Wonder’s position as a global leader in land-based casino ecosystems and cross-platform game experiences.

Fandifi Technology Corp has announced that the company is teaming up with Esports Awards to present day #1 of LVL Up Las Vegas. LVL Up Las Vegas is taking place December 11-13 coinciding with the 2022 Esports Awards.

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Pariplay® expands Ignite® program in North America by adding Reloaded Gaming content

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Exclusive deal provides Fusion® aggregation platform with entertaining and wide-ranging slots offering

NeoGames S.A (Nasdaq: NGMS) subsidiary Pariplay® has signed an exclusive agreement to add Reloaded Gaming as its latest Ignite® partner, as the leading aggregator and content provider continues to build on its unique proposition in the North American market.

Reloaded Gaming’s varied games offering will be supplied exclusively in North America, through the new deal, via the aggregator´s Fusion® platform. From classic Vegas-style slots to modern, casual themes, the studio’s impressive catalogue will be rolled out to players worldwide, including all five U.S. states Pariplay® is currently licensed in.

The studio will also now be able to create games through Pariplay’s turnkey development framework and have a smooth enter in the U.S. market thanks to Pariplay´s compliance services and exclusivity deals for Ignite® Partners. In addition to enhancing speed-to-market, launches will be supported through a complete suite of engagement solutions.

Reloaded Gaming offers entertainment-driven, feature-rich games that have been developed with a mobile-first approach, with a diverse portfolio that is easy to integrate through well-defined APIs. Created by a group of innovative gaming professionals with over 20 years of experience within the online gaming industry, Reloaded Gaming’s talented team has a passion for developing highly attractive, top-tier slots.

The addition of Reloaded Gaming to the Ignite® program serves to significantly boost the developer’s reach, while also adding to Pariplay’s unique content offering. Pariplay recently gained approval to become a supplier in Connecticut, adding to licenses in Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and New Jersey. In addition, the company is live in Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and will soon be available in five other Canadian provinces.

Ignite® supports all coding languages and allows for games to be built more quickly and with substantially lower costs, empowering game developers to reach global markets.

Callum Harris, Director of Partnership at Pariplay®, said: “As our presence in the United States continues to expand at a rapid rate, we are always on the lookout for games studios that can add a unique element to Pariplay’s Ignite® program offering.

“Reloaded Gaming’s wide-ranging slots catalogue contains every element that a player could wish for, from land-based classics to more modern feature-rich titles that have been proven to be successful in markets worldwide. It is fantastic to have signed Reloaded as an Ignite® partner on an exclusive basis and we look forward to entertaining players right across the US as we continue to grow together.”

Robert Skogh, CEO at Reloaded Gaming, said: “The Ignite® program provides us with a great opportunity to get our games in front of players across the United States, through Pariplay®’s partnerships with a host of leading operators.

“We are excited to see how our dedicated approach in delivering entertaining mobile-first slots content resonates with players across regulated states. I am certain this unique deal will help to accelerate our growth significantly.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 21-27

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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

Evolution’s Lightning Roulette U.S. has been named Gaming Product of the Year at the American Gambling Awards 2022. The American Gambling Awards are produced by Gambling.com Group Limited, a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry.

Kambi, the world’s trusted sports betting partner, has been crowned Platform Provider of the Year at the 2022 American Gambling Awards which recognises the leading companies in the US online sports betting and gaming market.

Sightline Payments was chosen as the Payment Provider of the Year at Gambling.com’s 2022 edition of the American Gambling Awards. Sightline’s Play+ solution allows customers to instantly transfer funds from a wagering account into their Play+ account. As operators invest more heavily in live betting, judges cited that Sightline has given operators the ability to offer its customers both fast withdrawals and low cost of redeposits via Sightline’s proprietary SPAN Network.

RSI’s sportsbook BetRivers commenced its activities in Maryland. Bettors across the state were able to deposit funds and place bets during a controlled demonstration that took place on November 21 from 2 pm to 10 pm. BetRivers became fully live with online wagering activities on Wednesday, November 23.

Partnerships

We Are Technology Group, in collaboration with Inside the Pocket, announced a brand new partnership with legendary Brazilian operator – PixBet and its parent company PixStar. Built by Brazilians for Brazilians, pixbet.com has become a household name in the Brazilian world of iGaming and betting. We Are Technology Group will supply two top services to PixBet, their outstanding video product to pixbet.tv and their thrilling Fantasy League products to F2P site pixjogos.com.

AGON by AOC, a leader in gaming monitors and peripherals, announced its new two-year brand sponsorship with Esports Arena LLC. AOC will outfit and sell product inside Esports Arena locations within 18 Walmart stores nationwide starting November 2022. Through the end of 2023, 50 stores are expected to be added to its roster.

Vanta has partnered with Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC). With Vanta as the official coaching partner of the UGC, the two organisations will work closely to provide coaching and development opportunities to organisations and gamers competing on UGC’s platform.

Appointments

Affinity Interactive announced the appointment of Andrei Scrivens as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2023. Mr. Scrivens has served as AI’s Chief Financial Officer since 2019 and succeeds Mary Beth Higgins, who is retiring after a distinguished 25-year career in gaming. Higgins will stay on in an advisory role through June 2023 to help ensure a smooth transition.

ClutchBet has appointed Joshua Auriemma as its new Vice President of Engineering. An industry-leader in building and scaling sportsbooks, Josh joins Clutchbet from Penn Interactive, the online subsidiary of Penn Entertainment.

Great Canadian Entertainment has announced that Anthony ‘Tony’ Rodio, Chief Executive Officer, is retiring as CEO and director and the Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Anfinson, previously the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Rodio as CEO. Great Canadian has also appointed Jordan Banks, a highly respected Canadian business leader as its first Executive Chairperson.

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