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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – March 1-7

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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 compliance updates. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Wynn Resorts has entered into a deal with Blue Wire and invested $3.5 million in the sports podcasting network. The deal includes the build-out of a podcasting studio in the Wynn Las Vegas lobby. That studio will host Blue Wire podcast personalities as well as star athlete guests to entice people to visit the hotel, get excited about sports and hopefully place bets on them. Wynn runs a subsidiary business called WynnBet, which handles sports betting, and the team specifically eyed Blue Wire to promote that brand.

PR agency 5W Public Relations (5WPR) has announced the launch of an online gambling public relations division. The creation of the new division will allow a focused and strategic approach to online gambling, casinos, lotto and sports betting clients. PR services for online gambling and lottery clients include messaging and positioning, media relations, visibility programmes, content creation, partnerships and celebrity relations, digital media campaigns, event planning, thought leadership and speaking opportunities.

Torstar Corporation has announced that it intends to launch an online casino betting brand this year in the regulated Ontario online gaming market. Torstar also announced key additions to its iGaming team, including Gil Steinfeld, a gaming industry veteran with expertise across all product verticals; Don Bourgeois, former General Counsel for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, who will oversee compliance, regulatory and legal matters; and Jim Warren, a senior executive and entrepreneur with 25 years of progressive leadership experience in politics and the gaming and lottery industry.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has announced that the state has reached an agreement with the Mohegan Tribe, owners and operators of the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, to allow new gaming options, including online wagering and sports betting. The deal includes a 20% tax rate on new online gaming and a 13.75% tax rate on sports wagering. The governor’s office said this new agreement will generate “tens of millions of dollars” in additional revenue for the state.

Payments platform PayNearMe has announced enhancements to its iGaming solution that enable U.S. operators to dramatically speed up the market and simplify the deposit and payout experience across a wide range of payment types through a single integration. PayNearMe’s expanded iGaming solution makes deposits and payouts easy for both players and operators.

The National Council on Problem Gambling has officially commenced Problem Gambling Awareness Month. In Ohio, the growing impact of gambling on families and businesses will be the focus of several events during this Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

Partnerships

Vegas Golden Knights has signed a multi-year deal with UpickTrade, a sports betting recommendation service. Through the deal, UpickTrade has become the Official Sports Pick Service Partner of the Knights. The partnership marks the first sponsorship deal between a Mexican-based company and an NHL club, as well as the first partnership between a professional sports franchise and a sports betting recommendation service.

BetMGM has entered into a deal with Borussia Dortmund and become the exclusive Regional U.S. Partner of the club. The partnership features cross-marketing opportunities as well as fan-focused assets such as social media promotions, and BetMGM customer sweepstakes awarding special Dortmund prizes.

Gambling technology company Playtech has signed a non-exclusive sports wagering deal with Novomatic Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG. The agreement builds on the long-term partnership between Playtech and NOVOMATIC, which jointly operates more than 10,000 kiosks worldwide. The strategic partnership will see Playtech’s sports wagering kiosk systems delivered through Novomatic ActionBook, the US market’s most popular sports wagering kiosk.

New Appointment

FanDuel Group has appointed Amy Howe to the newly created role of president. Howe joins FanDuel from Live Nation Entertainment, where she served for seven years, most recently as global chief operating officer of Ticketmaster.

Compliance Updates

International Game Technology and Scientific Games Corporation have announced that they have signed a cross-licensing agreement for patents related to cashless slot gaming technologies. Under the agreement, Scientific Games and IGT will be able to offer patented cashless gaming technologies from the companies’ combined portfolios of casino management systems solutions to the U.S. gaming industry.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has recommended approval of licenses for both William Hill and Bally’s. William Hill US, which has more than 120 sportsbook and kiosk locations across the state and is a subsidiary of the UK-based William Hill Plc, would become the centerpiece of Caesars’ sports wagering operation if the board’s unanimous recommendation is adopted by the Nevada Gaming Commission when it meets March 18.

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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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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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