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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – April 26-May 2

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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

SLING TV, a leading live TV streaming service, has launched a new exclusive sports betting information channel in collaboration with DraftKings. SLING TV subscribers and SLING Free users can now view real-time game scores and betting odds on the DraftKings Basketball channel. SLING TV will also launch DraftKings Baseball and DraftKings Hockey channels in the coming weeks. The expansion of the DraftKings sports betting information channels on SLING TV comes after the two companies announced a strategic agreement across DISH’s portfolio of brands to bring DraftKings’ sportsbook and daily fantasy experiences directly to its customers nationwide. DraftKings is a leader in sports betting and daily fantasy sports space in the US.

Churchill Downs Incorporated has launched TwinSpires Sports mobile app in Indiana and TwinSpires Casino & Sports app in Pennsylvania. The Company also launched its online sports betting operations in Colorado with TwinSpires Sports mobile app and desktop product. TwinSpires players in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Colorado will now be able to bet on professional sports including NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and PGA, as well as collegiate sports and events from around the world. In Pennsylvania, online casino players will be able to enjoy traditional casino games such as blackjack and roulette, as well as a large selection of online slots and “live dealer” games.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has reached an agreement with the state’s Seminole Tribe that would expand gambling in the state, including the introduction of legalised sports betting. The tribe would be allowed to offer sports gambling at its casinos in South Florida and near Tampa and will be allowed to license horse tracks, jai-alai frontons and former dog tracks to accept such wagers on its behalf for a share of the income, the Republican governor announced. The tribe will also be allowed to introduce craps and roulette at its seven casinos, including the popular Hard Rock near Fort Lauderdale. The state would get at least $2.5 billion from the tribe over the first five years and at least $6 billion by 2030.

Betway’s parent company Super Group is nearing a deal to go public through a merger with blank-check acquisition firm Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp at a valuation of about $5.1 billion. The deal comes as Betway, which has its roots in Europe, expands in the US. Betway has also agreed to acquire Digital Gaming Corp, tapping the online sports betting and gaming market in 10 U.S. states. Shareholders accounting for more than two-thirds of Super Group’s equity will maintain their stakes under the deal. Sports Entertainment’s executive chairman Eric Grubman will become chairman of Super Group and Sports Entertainment CEO John Collins will join Super Group’s board.

The Brazilian Institute for Legal Gambling (IJL) has called for the Supreme Federal Court (STF) to set a date to discuss the decriminalisation of gambling in Brazil. Although the regulation of gaming in Brazil has been held up, it could see a good resolution with a favorable ruling from the STF. The judicial body has yet to judge resolution 966.177, which could decriminalise gambling. So far there is no official date for this to happen. The court had originally set April 7 as the date to evaluate the appeal but it didn’t have time to do so. Since then it has been delayed indefinitely. The IJL is now pushing for a new date to be set for the dispute to be resolved.

Partnerships

TikTok has partnered with Enthusiast Gaming and e.l.f. Cosmetics to launch “TikTok Gamers Got Talent”. Premiering Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST, this content series will mark the inaugural search for the TikTok gaming community’s hidden talents. This exclusive seven-week live series will follow contestants as they show off their diverse talents and compete in front of millions of fans for a chance to win $25,000 and e.l.f. products. From guitar riffs to trick shots to cooking and everything in-between, TikTok Gamers Got Talent is an opportunity for gamers and gaming fans on TikTok to showcase their most impressive skills to a panel of celebrity judges.

Global esports organisation Gen.G and American gas station brand Conoco have joined forces and hosted a first-of-its-kind college esports rivalry week between University of Colorado and University of Montana esports programmes. This marked Conoco’s first-ever activation in the esports space. Rivalry Week was a two-day event pinning the Buffaloes and Grizzlies against each other in Rocket League on April 27 and Minecraft on April 29. The livestream was distributed via Katz LIVE across CTV platforms.

A partnership between Mazooma, the gaming industry leader for bank account-based payments, and Fifth Third Bank is bringing real-time withdrawals to sports wagering and iGaming industries through the RTP network from The Clearing House. The offering, now live for all of Mazooma’s operators, enables players to receive payouts immediately into their bank accounts safely and securely. Immediate payouts are a win-win for both players and operators. Players enjoy peace of mind with the option to access their winnings instantly. For the gaming operator, real-time withdrawals offer a better user experience than any other payment method available.

New Appointment

Rush Street Interactive has appointed Lauren Seiler as Associate Vice President of Investor Relations and Development. Ms. Seiler brings to RSI over 17 years of diversified Wall Street experience, with 12 of those years being gaming-centric. As a long-time industry specialist, she brings an in-depth knowledge of iGaming, sports wagering, land-based operations and finance, along with extensive relationships within the buy and sell-side investor communities to the organisation. In this newly created role, Ms. Seiler will lead RSI’s Investor Relations efforts, while also working with the team to drive RSI’s growth, development, and M&A initiatives.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 12-18

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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

International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has announced that the Company is expanding its U.S. sports betting footprint to Washington to power sports betting at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie. As part of this agreement, IGT will deliver its proven PlaySports turnkey solution, including its trading advisory services, for retail and on-premise mobile sports betting.

Aristocrat Gaming has broken ground on a new operations centre facility in Tulsa. The new Tulsa Operations Centre will offer a consolidated campus for the 300 employees of VGT Class II Innovations by Aristocrat Gaming and will house light manufacturing, a warehouse and office space.

Set to celebrate 40 iconic years on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk this fall, Tropicana Atlantic City has launched an exciting series of dining and entertainment options for the guests to experience this summer. Whether it is hitting the dance floor at the Boogie Nights, watching New Jersey’s premier fireworks on the Boardwalk, lounging by the beach, catching a headliner perform in the Tropicana Showroom, or having a delicious meal al fresco at one of seven of the City’s top casual and fine dining restaurants, guests can customise their itinerary to make it their ideal stay.

Las Vegas Sands has announced an effort that will see the company become a strategic investor in digital gaming technologies focused primarily on the business-to-business space. As part of this effort, the company is building a digital gaming investment team, which will be led by Davis Catlin. Catlin is joining Sands after fourteen years with a leading investment firm. For the last decade, Mr. Catlin led that firm’s investments in both public and private companies in digital gaming.

Allied Esports Entertainment has completed the sale of World Poker Tour to Element Partners. The transaction was approved at a special meeting of the Company’s stockholders. As previously announced, the purchase price of the transaction totaled $105 million and included 100% of the outstanding capital stock of each of the legal entities that collectively operated or engaged in the Company’s poker-related business and assets.

JCM Global (JCM) is going to unveil new technologies designed to enhance the guest experience, increase efficiencies and boost security across the casino floor and count room, at the 2021 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention.

Partnerships

National Basketball Association (NBA) team Boston Celtics has partnered with blockchain provider Socios.com. Socios.com will have a digital presence on Celtics.com and serve as the presenting partner of the team’s website, placing it at the forefront of the Celtics’ primary hub for relevant news, updates, video highlights and information pertaining to the franchise.

DraftKings has announced a strategic sportsbook expansion and an extension of its existing Daily Fantasy Sports and sports betting partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) to now include expanded promotional rights and content inclusive of the sports betting category. Among the key components of the expanded relationship are rights to an innovative “Bet & Watch” streaming integration where fans with open and active MLB.com and DraftKings accounts will be able to watch a free, live MLB game within the DraftKings app.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 5-11

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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 appointments and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has installed Evolv Technology weapons detection systems at all four of its Four Winds Casinos.

International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has announced that the Company will power sports betting at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana. As part of this agreement, IGT will deliver its proven PlaySports turnkey solution, including its trading advisory services.

Caleta is celebrating the newest launch of its new video bingo titled Halloween Bingo. Halloween Bingo is developed in partnership with RCT Gaming.

FBM Gaming has confirmed that it will install 300 Galaxy II cabinets in different facilities of the Caliente Group in the coming months.

Z Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Z Capital Group, has announced the completion of the merger of its affiliated portfolio companies Affinity Gaming (Affinity) and Sports Information Group (SIG), creating Affinity Interactive.

Elys Game Technology has entered into a deal to acquire Bookmakers Company, the Nevada-based sports betting services provider trading as US Bookmaking (USB).

The Ontario Government has launched iGaming Ontario, a new subsidiary of Ontario Alcohol Games Commission to create a safe, regulated and competitive online game market.

Partnerships

NASCAR has entered into a content marketing agreement with BettorView, an in-venue sports betting marketing and technology platform. The partnership marks BettorView’s first with a professional sports league.

International Game Technology (IGT) has entered a new deal with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) to provide 700 CrystalDual 27 video lottery terminals (VLTs).

FanDuel Group and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) have announced plans to bring America’s #1 Sportsbook to the state of Connecticut.

New Appointment

Team 33, an eSports team based out of Los Angeles, has appointed Luis “Rodz” Rodriguez (33 Rodz) as its President. Before joining Team 33, Luis was working on creating one of the best LATAM teams at TWSTD.

Compliance Updates

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the Oneida Nation signed an agreement allowing sports betting and other event wagering at the tribes’ casinos and associated locations.

Genius Sports Limited, the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, has secured a permanent sports wagering license from the West Virginia Lottery Commission.

Yahoo has stopped conducting paid fantasy sports contests in the Connecticut fantasy sports marketplace in response to the state’s new law that requires any sports gambling or fantasy sports operator to first reach a cooperative agreement with either the state lottery or one of its two sanctioned tribes.

Two US Congressmen have proposed a bill that essentially introduces online tribal gaming in the US. Any wager placed on a site with a server located on tribal lands would be considered to be betting on tribal lands – something already legal across many US states.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 28-July 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

Sportradar has announced the launch of emBET, an industry-first product that integrates live betting content into OTT streaming in real-time. Sportradar created emBET in partnership with leading technology company LiveLike.

Horseshoe Hammond Casino will remain under current ownership after a ruling from the Indiana Gaming Commission. The commission amended its order requiring Las Vegas-based parent Caesars Entertainment to divest the casino as part of its 2020 merger with Eldorado Resorts.

Gambling.com Group Limited has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its ordinary shares. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.

Gaming Realms has launched its Slingo Originals content in Michigan with BetMGM. Under the terms of the direct integration agreement between BetMGM and the Company, BetMGM has launched with an initial three Slingo games, with more games scheduled to follow shortly.

Scientific Games Corporation has announced that the Company, with the support of its Board of Directors, including Executive Chair Jamie Odell and Executive Vice Chair Toni Korsanos, intends to divest its Lottery and Sports Betting businesses.

Mobile Premier League (MPL), Asia’s largest esports and skill gaming platform, has announced the official launch of the MPL App in the US with nine casual games. The app is now available on the Apple App Store and Android for users to download.

Scientific Games Corporation has installed its Mural cabinet at Pechanga Resort Casino. This is the first installation of Mural in California. Mural features dual 55-inch, ultra-high-definition curved displays with popular game titles such as WILLY WONKA – Dreamer of Dreams and Emperor’s Coins – 88 Fortunes.

VegasSlotsOnline News has published its research on average yearly spend per gambler in each of the five US iGaming markets. With total US iGaming handle exceeding $54bn at the time of this research, VegasSlotsOnline News has assessed which states top the list of biggest online casino markets.

Partnerships

Caleta Gaming has entered into a software distribution deal with Virtualsoft. As per the deal, Caleta’s games will be available for Virtualsoft clients such as DoradoBet, Netabet, Ecuabet and many more.

Esports media group Gaming Community Network (GCN) has entered into a partnership with Black Fire Innovation. This team effort is anticipated to unite GCN’s gaming and esports expertise with Black Fire Innovation’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Pizza company Domino’s has teamed up with American sports betting giant DraftKings to launch “Domino’s Carside Delivery 2-Minute Guarantee Over/Under Challenge”. The free-to-play prediction game asks customers to predict whether Domino’s Carside Delivery nationwide will go faster than two minutes, more or less than 80% of the time, for the chance to win a $ 200,000 share.

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