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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 25-31

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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

Nevada gambling regulators have granted preliminary approval to the new owners of the Rio hotel-casino to operate the off-Strip property. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Nevada Gaming Commission’s preliminary finding of suitability for executives of Dreamscape Companies LLC will set the owners up to operate the hotel-casino in a few years.

Playtech PLC has confirmed that it is in exclusive talks to sell its financial division for up to $200 million in cash as part of its simplification plans. Playtech is going to sell Finalto to a consortium backed by Barinboim Group, Leumi Partners, Phoenix Insurance Co and Menora Mivtachim Insurance. The cash offer from the consortium is worth up to $200m, of which $170m is payable on completion.

Caesars Entertainment has announced a strategic investment in the daily fantasy sports platform SuperDraft. With the investment, Caesars takes an initial minority equity position with an option to increase its stake over time up to 100% at pre-determined levels. The partnership positions SuperDraft as an exciting new option and dominant force in the daily fantasy sports industry.

International Game Technology PLC has announced that its PlaySports platform is powering the recently launched FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app in Michigan. IGT PlayDigital PlayCasino games can now be enjoyed by online players throughout Michigan via FanDuel Casino. This PlaySports platform deployment in Michigan marks the ninth state where IGT and FanDuel have teamed up to deliver best-in-class mobile sports betting.

Partnerships

Rush Street Interactive has announced that its flagship brand BetRivers.com has become an official betting partner of the Detroit Pistons by entering into a multi-year partnership with the three-time NBA Championship winning team. The partnership includes a unique and exciting free to play game, Fan Pick’em – presented by BetRivers, where Pistons fans can go directly to the Pistons app to play games and win fabulous prizes.

Betway has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Brazilian esports organisation MIBR. Since the partnership began in 2018, Betway and MIBR have continued to deliver top tier content and unique activations for fans such as the successful “MIBR Stars – Brought to you by Betway” and “Lobby das Estrelas” exhibition events last year, where MIBR players and influencers battled it out on fan-favourite CS:GO maps.

JCM Global has again expanded its relationship with Colonial Downs Group. Colonial has installed JCM’s award-winning iVIZION bill validator and ICB Intelligent Cash Box system at their new Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in the Town of Dumfries, Virginia. The Dumfries location is the fifth Rosie’s in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and JCM’s iVIZION and ICB system protect assets and increase efficiencies at each property.

Appointment

Las Vegas Sands has named its long-serving executive Robert Goldstein as the company’s new chairman and CEO. The appointment comes after American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who built lavish gambling palaces that made him one of the world’s richest men, died earlier this month at 87. Adelson was Las Vegas Sands’ chairman and chief executive officer since its inception in the late 1980s.

New Launchings

Entercom has announced the launch of BetQL Audio Network. The network, which follows the Company’s recent acquisition of sports data and iGaming affiliate platform QL Gaming Group, will feature sports gambling programming heard across Entercom’s robust portfolio of sports stations, which combined reach nearly 30 million listeners per month, as well as the RADIO.COM app and digital platform.

DraftKings Inc has launched its sportsbook in Virginia. Customers in Virginia will now be able to place bets on a number of markets across professional and collegiate sports using the DraftKings made-in-America digital sportsbook app.

Gambling in the USA

Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 4-10

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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, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

SW Nordic Limited, a subsidiary of Betsson, has completed the acquisition of Inkabet’s B2C online gambling business, a rapidly growing sportsbook and casino business targeting the western region of South America.

The mobile cash payments platform PayNearMe has launched a new platform named “MoneyLine” to manage the complexities of iGaming money movement.

Scientific Games Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ACS’s cashless table game solution titled PlayOn. The PlayOn cashless product line conveniently provides players with a seamless debit solution at live table games.

DraftKings, a leader in the digital sports entertainment and gaming industries, announced its latest, state-of-the-art office location to be based out of Las Vegas, where the company expects to eventually have an expanded team of more than 1000 employees.

Betfred Sports has launched a new OpenBet-powered retail sportsbook in Louisiana through a partnership with Paragon Casino Resort. The Betfred Sportsbook inside The Draft Room at Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, is the first retail venue in the state to allow customers to place legal wagers on a variety of sports.

Comanche Nation Entertainment of Lawton Oklahoma has chosen Table Trac’s CasinoTrac casino management system for its new Comanche Cache Casino currently under construction in Cache, Oklahoma.

Following the signing of an exclusive agreement to distribute the game in the US, TCSJOHNHUXLEY has debuted Richer Spin Roulette at this year’s G2E.

Partnerships

Sightline Payments and Konami Gaming have partnered to bring cashless gaming solutions to Resorts World Las Vegas via Sightline’s Play+ digital payments technology and Konami’s SYNKROS casino management system.

Genius Sports has entered into a new partnership with Hard Rock Digital. As the premier mobile and desktop sports betting brand, Hard Rock Digital will have access to Genius Sports’ leading suite of sportsbook solutions, including official sports data from tens of thousands of events per year, customer acquisition and retention tools, and immersive fan engagement solutions.

The PGA TOUR and PointsBet announced a three-year extension of their multi-year content and marketing relationship designating PointsBet an Official Betting Operator of the PGA TOUR.

Genius Sports Limited has announced a new supplier agreement with PointsBet, a top-tier global online gaming operator, to provide its full range of official sportsbook data, content, and fan engagement solutions including for NFL, NASCAR and EPL.

The Esports Awards has announced Expedia, one of the world’s leading full-service travel brands, as the Official Travel Companion of the 2021 Esports Awards.

Appointments

International Game Technology has appointed Joe Asher as President of Sports Betting. Reporting to Enrico Drago, IGT CEO Digital & Betting, Asher will lead the ongoing expansion of the IGT PlaySports sports betting business in North American markets.

Flutter Entertainment has appointed Amy Howe as CEO of FanDuel. Amy joined FanDuel in February 2021 as President with responsibility for leading the company’s core commercial functions across its Sportsbook, Casino, Racing and Daily Fantasy businesses. She was appointed as Interim CEO in July.

Wynn Resorts’ online sports betting and iGaming brand WynnBET has appointed gaming industry veteran Ian Williams as its new Chief Operating Officer.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 27-October 3

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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, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

GeoComply Solutions has announced that Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi has become the state’s first commercial operator to offer on-premise mobile sports betting via BetMGM across their entire casino floor and restaurants. The BetMGM mobile app utilises GeoComply’s on-premise mobile solution PinPoint which enables fast and reliable wagering while on the Gold Strike casino property.

Endeavor Group Holdings has entered into an agreement to acquire OpenBet, a leading content, platform and service provider to the sports betting industry, from Scientific Games Corporation for $1.2 billion paid through a combination of cash ($1 billion) and Endeavor’s Class A common stock ($200 million).

International Game Technology has announced that its U.S. market-leading PlaySports platform will power sports betting at Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort in Washington State.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and DraftKings Inc. announced that retail sports betting in Connecticut begun on September 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The Texas Lottery has reported $8.107b in sales for the 2021 fiscal year, an increase of 20.9% or $1.403bn from 2020. The Lottery, in its 30 anniversary year, said it made a $1.998bn in contribution to public schools and veterans in the state.

Partnerships

EvenBet Gaming has entered into a partnership with Caleta Gaming. As per the deal, Caleta’s full portfolio including video bingos, kenos, slots, scratchcards and lotto games have been integrated at EvenBet platform.

Leander Games has entered into a partnership with ODDSworks. The collaboration will see ODDSworks utilise Leander’s LeGa remote gaming server platform in the US.

International hosting supplier Internet Vikings has announced a long-term partnership with PlayStar Casino in the United States. They will support the Swedish online casino operator’s advances into the U.S. market by providing them with bespoke iGaming-specific hosting services in New Jersey.

FanDuel Group and Port Madison Enterprises announced plans to bring America’s #1 Sportsbook to the state of Washington. FanDuel Group will form an exclusive partnership with the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort to bring retail sports betting to the state of Washington.

Gaming Realms has signed a commercial deal with 4ThePlayer.com. The deal will see 4ThePlayer games integrated onto Gaming Realms’ platform for distribution in the US.

Strendus, the Mexican-facing online betting and gaming brand of Logrand Entertainment Group, has become the Official Sponsor of LaLiga in Mexico.

Elys Game Technology Corp and New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) announced the entry into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that expresses a joint interest in promoting and facilitating opportunities for food and beverage establishments to participate in the State’s sports betting industry.

Playtech has secured a multi-state agreement in the US with Kindred Group’s Unibet Interactive. Under the agreement, Playtech will provide its award-winning RNG Casino software to Unibet in New Jersey, with further states to follow in the coming months.

Appointments

FanDuel Group has appointed sports radio and television personality and problem gambling advocate Craig Carton as its first national responsible gaming ambassador.

Gaming Arts has Promoted Jean Venneman, the Company’s current Chief Commercial Officer, to the role of Chief Operating Officer.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 20-26

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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, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

ZK International Group has announced that it has made an additional investment of $10M in Maximbet.com (Maximbet), increasing its ownership stake in the rapidly-growing sports betting and casino operator to 15.73%.

Caleta Gaming has announced that its full portfolio is live at Playbonds. Players now have access to Caleta’s video bingos, kenos, slots, scratchcards and lotto games, including Halloween family games like Halloween Bingo, Halloween Raspadinha and Halloween Keno.

EmuCasino has launched a new sister site, EddyVegas, to serve the Canadian market. The new site has drawn inspiration from the famed Las Vegas strip. EddyVegas has been designed based on Las Vegas strip aesthetics and graphics.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A team Flamengo in partnership with Chiliz, the leading global blockchain providers for the sports and entertainment industry, have announced that they will launch a $MENGO Fan Token on the Socios.com app.

Payments platform PayNearMe has announced that it has been approved by the Arizona Department of Gaming to provide its services to licensed operators in the state.

EPIC Risk Management has launched a U.S. subsidiary in the state of Delaware. The new headquarters of EPIC Risk Management in the US will service both the U.S. and Canadian territories and will be a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), codifying its commitment to reducing gambling-related harm in the US as a commercially sustainable but socially driven business.

New Partnerships

LSU Athletics and Caesars Entertainment announced a multi-year partnership to make Caesars Sportsbook the exclusive gaming and sportsbook partner of the Louisiana State University athletics department.

WynnBET has become the Official Sportsbook Partner of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. As per the deal, Lucas Oil Stadium’s West Club will be re-named the WynnBET Club, featuring a 21+ only sports bar environment in the upstairs club level, as well as a WynnBET VIP area.

Tipico has entered into a partnership with display screen provider TVM DOOH that will see its odds and content appear on screens in restaurants and bars in Colorado and New Jersey. TVM DOOH is the largest display screen network in restaurants and bars across the US.

Rush Street Interactive, a Chicago-based gaming and betting company which operates the BetRivers, PlaySugarhouse and RushBet sportsbook brands, has become the Official Sports Betting Partner of Magic City Jai-Alai.

Pragmatic Play has launched various verticals in Peru with Apuesta Total. The operator will be able to enjoy Pragmatic Play’s collection of Live Casino, Virtual Sports and Slot titles, including the latest video slot Chilli Heat Megaways.

New Appointments

PointsBet has appointed Jeff Gamble as its new Vice President of Creative.

Sportradar has announced that Michael Jordan, NBA legend and early Sportradar investor, will serve as a special advisor to Sportradar’s Board of Directors.

Scientific Games Corporation has announced the appointment of Connie James as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary, effective October 15.

Complexity Gaming, one of North America’s most elite and longest-standing esports organisations, has announced that TimTheTatman, one of the most popular esports personalities with more than 18 million social followers, has joined Complexity.

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