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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 8-14

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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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

The Argentine game and platform developer Vibra Gaming has announced that it has received the approval of its RNG by Gaming Laboratories International. This certification is a vital step for Vibra Gaming’s games to be made available for distribution by operators and in jurisdictions requiring this level of technical standards and compliance.

American poker legend Chris Moneymaker has signed with online poker site Americas Cardroom. The new ACR Team Pro made the announcement during the live stream of the $8 Million Venom, which saw its prize pool reach $9,435,000. The Venom is the biggest online poker tournament for U.S. players and consistently smashes records with each incarnation.

Detroit’s three casinos, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casino, have reported $90.84 million in monthly aggregate revenue in January, the first full month the venues were open since shuttering in November under state orders tied to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a report released by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, table games and slots collectively generated $86.78 million in revenue last month. Retail sports betting generated a total of $4.06 million in revenue.

Pollard Banknote Limited has announced that Ms.PAC-MAN, the iconic pop-culture powerhouse, has re-joined its portfolio of licensed properties. Under license from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., Ms.PAC-MAN fits seamlessly into Pollard Banknote’s Retro Collection – an ever-growing and diversified selection of recognisable retro brands including PAC-MAN, GALAGA and DIG DUG.

INTRALOT has announced that it has reached a binding agreement with Nexus Group in Peru to sell its entire stake of 20% in Intralot de Peru SA, an associate of INTRALOT Group, for a cash consideration of US$21million. The Company also signed a three-year extension of its current contract with Intralot de Peru SA through 2024, to continue to provide its gaming technology and support services.

Connecticut Lawmakers are planning to legalise online gambling to help fund the state’s Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT) programme. A group of Democratic legislators unveiled plans to legalise additional forms of gambling. The new tax revenue that it would derive should be allocated to the state’s PACT programme, they say.

Plans for a casino in Hawaii are not moving forward after a recent proposal was rejected by lawmakers. The members of the House Economic Development Committee voted to reject a proposal to bring a casino to Kapolei. The plans were submitted by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and would have created a gambling venue to support the state agency in charge of placing Native Hawaiians on homestead property.

Bud Smith, former chairman of the British Colombia Lottery Corporation, has told a public inquiry that he warned cabinet ministers about the risks of high-end gaming. Smith told the inquiry into money laundering that he had warned finance minister Mike de Jong and New Democrat Attorney General David Eby about the risks of gaming where bet limits reached $100,000 or over.

Partnership

The Canadian Gaming Association has entered into a partnership with the iGaming Academy to launch a full online training solution, including up-to-date compliance and skills training courses and a robust Learning Management System (LMS), all specialised for the gaming industry. This new partnership will ensure that the gaming companies in Canada are able to easily access high quality, regulator-approved training content year-round.

WynnBET, the online gaming division of Wynn Resorts, has announced a marketing collaboration with the Memphis Grizzlies. The announcement comes less than two weeks after WynnBET was approved as an operator in Tennessee by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.

Online sportsbook PointsBet has become an official sports betting partner of the National Hockey League (NHL). The long-term agreement between PointsBet and the NHL spans across both the US and Australia. As part of the partnership, PointsBet receives rights to use NHL marks and logos, as well as a variety of NHL sponsorship and promotional opportunities for its brand across various linear, digital and social media assets.

DraftKings Inc. and the National Football League (NFL) have signed into an agreement to expand their current daily fantasy sports (DFS) and content partnership to Canada. The new deal further deepens the relationship between the two organisations and enhances the DFS fan experience in Canada as the NFL season approaches the Super Bowl.

Compliance

Coljuegos, the gambling regulator in Colombia, has awarded a five-year igaming license to sports betting exchange Betfair. The license will allow Betfair to operate betting on real sporting and non-sporting events, online slots, roulette and blackjack.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 16-22

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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

Galaxy Gaming has launched Triton Casino Systems, a brand-new table game progressive operating system. Triton Casino Systems has refined what made its precursor, Bonus Jackpot System, successful and adds a wealth of new features to enhance the casino floor.

Codere Online has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2022. The multinational gaming firm posted revenues of $304.8m which represents a recovery of 83% of total revenues before the pandemic hit.

Hard Rock Digital has announced the expansion of Hard Rock Sportsbook to Virginia, with its mobile app now live and a retail sportsbook scheduled to open in July at the Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock. The mobile app provides fans ages 21 and over with access to bets across major sporting events, innovative promotions and best-in-class customer support.

MGM Resorts International has announced the closing of its transaction with Blackstone to acquire the operations of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (The Cosmopolitan) for cash consideration of $1.625 billion.

TAPPP and BetMGM announced an expansion of BetMGM’s gift card distribution network. The number of stores carrying BetMGM prepaid cards will roughly double from around 6000 to more than 12,000 in the current quarter.

Global Payments Gaming Solutions has announced that Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has selected its igaming solutions for its new sports betting app, BetSaracen.

Chewelah Casino in Washington has selected OPTX platform for its marketing products.

DraftKings has launched its online sportsbook and online casino products in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Partnerships

Casino Arizona and its sister property Talking Stick Resort will be the official casino and resort partner for the Arizona Diamondbacks under a new partnership between the D-backs and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which owns the two locations.

Paysafe has entered into a new partnership with Strive Gaming, an advanced player account management (PAM) platform designed for the multi-state requirements of online operators in the North American market.

Butler National Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary that manages Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City, Kansas, has entered into an agreement with DraftKings and Bally’s Corporation to provide sports wagering in Kansas.

Accertify Inc has announced a partnership with Hard Rock Digital to protect its mobile sports betting platform from fraud. Accertify will protect customers’ accounts and personal information, prevent fraudulent activity and manage chargebacks, while minimising friction for users of the Hard Rock Sportsbook mobile app.

New Appointments

AviaGames, creator of the award-winning “Bingo Tour” app and Pocket7Games social competition platform, has appointed Jiangbo Tian as Director of Data Intelligence.

SCCG Management Founder and CEO, Stephen Crystal, has announced that Jenny McLauchlan has joined the Las Vegas office as their Legal Compliance and Regulatory Advisor.

FanDuel Group has announced that it has appointed Asaf Noifeld as Managing Director, Casino. In the newly created role, Noifeld will be responsible for oversight of FanDuel Group’s online casino business.

Stephen Richardson, Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer at Scientific Games, has been appointed to the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors.

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Tropicana Casino Moves to “Light & Wonder” Gaming Platform

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Tropicana online casino will be officially moved to the Light & Wonder platform – formerly known as Scientific Games.

The casino ended its partnership with UK-based Gamesys Limited – their previous platform provider.

The transition is expected to take place on May 25, 2022. This will bring Light & Wonder’s modern look and user interface to Tropicana, potentially boosting its position among online casinos in USA.

How Will Players Be Affected?

The Tropicana app will continue to take bets until the transition takes place.

Players shouldn’t be concerned about safety, or data transfers. All processes will be done automatically, and player records will be seamlessly transferred. Everything that’s already in your account, will stay there as you remember. This includes funds, documents, and payment methods.

After May 25, players will be able to visit the Caesars Casino app to reset their login details (if needed) and access the full range of Tropicana’s gaming library.

The full timeline for the migration goes as follows:

  • April 4: Removal of Jackpots in preparation for platform switch
  • April 30: Final day of access to daily and monthly free games
  • May 2: Promotions are put on hold
  • May 24: Tropicana Casino app stops function; account data is transferred to Caesars Casino App

How Will Tropicana Be Affected?

Tropicana stands firmly in the middle by way of revenue in New Jersey. In 2022’s first two months, they’ve made a little over 18$ million. Yet, the Ceasars Interactive brands made around $20 million in April alone.

Now that Tropicana will fall under Caesars Interactive, the two apps will be merged. Tropicana will join the ranks of Harrah’s and Ceasars’ Online, among others.

By merging with the Caesars Casino app, Tropicana casino will have access to a wider audience. What’s more, the Caesars Casino app is planned to be rebranded to the Tropicana Casino app.

This move makes sense, considering the value and recognition of the Tropicana brand name.

There are other brands that have struck partnerships with Caesars Entertainment. The date of their market entry isn’t known, but these should make an entrance at some point this year:

  • PlayUp
  • PlayOJO
  • MaximBet

What is Light & Wonder?

Light & Wonder’ Inc. was formerly known as Scientific Games Corporation. This US-based gambling company has been at the forefront of online gambling for decades.

Light & Wonder owns several prominent publishers like WMS, Shuffle Master and SG Digital. Over the years, they’ve produced thousands of slot machines, table games, and casino management systems.

Besides online casinos, many of this provider’s titles are favorites at hundreds of land casinos in Vegas, Atlantic City, and various land-based establishments across the world.

The Light & Wonder platform offers modern gaming solutions. They equip partner casinos with 500+ casino games, and various system integrations for payments, and customer support. They ease the life of casino staff and Tropicana players.

In summary, Tropicana players have every reason to be excited about this platform switch!

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 9-15

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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

DraftKings has reported revenue of $417m in Q1 2022, an increase of 34% compared to $312m during the same period in 2021. Revenue for the company’s B2C segment grew to $404m, an increase of 44% compared to the three months ended 31 March 2021.

The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations recognises two Boyd Gaming properties – Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel and California Hotel and Casino – for successful entry into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Programme (SHARP).

Galaxy Racer has launched a fund in North America to support women in esports. The project, called HER Galaxy, features safe and empowering online platforms for gamers who identify as women.

BetMGM has announced that the first BetMGM Poker Championship is scheduled for June 23-26 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The tournament, scheduled during the 2022 ARIA Poker Classic, will lead four days of BetMGM poker events.

Saracen Casino Resort has launched its BetSaracen mobile sports betting app and has become the second gaming company in Arkansas to accept mobile wagers. Saracen is also accepting wagers through the BetSaracen website.

Leadstar Media has announced that it is fully licensed and operational in the state of West Virginia. The sports wagering supplier license issued by The West Virginia Lottery allows the company to partner with and promote the legal betting sites in the state.

Partnerships

Ruby Seven Studios has announced a new partnership with Chicago-based online gaming company ODDSworks Inc. This partnership will expand Ruby Seven’s vast content library of games to include ODDSworks’ most popular games across Ruby Seven’s suite of social casino applications.

BetMGM has announced that the company now is the exclusive Sports Betting Partner of the Houston Astros. This marks BetMGM’s first relationship in Texas.

Sycuan Casino Resort announced that the organisation has signed a one-year endorsement deal with San Diego Padres Pitcher Joe Musgrove. As a part of this new agreement, Musgrove will be featured in upcoming marketing campaigns, promotions, social media content and make exclusive casino appearances.

New Appointments

Fanatics has announced the appointment of preeminent fintech, e-commerce and marketing executives Lydia Jett and Jonathan Mildenhall to its board of directors.

Infinite Arcade, the blockchain platform built to launch the mobile games industry into the metaverse, has announced the appointment of marketing industry leader Andrew Dubatowka as Core Contributor to their Product Marketing Department.

Digital audio advertising platform AdTonos has appointed Tony Moustakelis, former Director of Business Development at iHeart Media, as Business Development Director (US).

Super Group announced the appointment of Natara Holloway and Jonathan Jossel to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. These appointments increase the number of independent Board members and take the total directors on Super Group’s Board to nine.

Parleh Media Group announced that popular Canadian soccer broadcaster James Sharman has joined the company as an investor and new Head of Soccer Content.

Game Play Network Inc (GPN) has announced that it has appointed Ian Smith as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

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