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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.

Gambling in the USA

Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 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

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) announced new efforts to streamline access to help by promoting 1-800-GAMBLER as the state’s primary problem gambling helpline. Operated by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-GAMBLER) is the largest problem gambling helpline network in the world by call volume, population served and geographic area covered.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casinos announced that Mary Smith has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mrs. Smith, who most recently served as Executive Vice President of Casino Operations, assumes the role which was being fulfilled on an interim basis by Clayton Mason, who also serves as Chief Financial Officer for Four Winds Casinos.

Mohegan Sun Arena was named “Best Casino/Resort Venue of the Year” at the 35th Annual Pollstar Awards. The Pollstar Awards recognise and support the live entertainment business’ most innovative companies, venues, artists, tours and executives. “Best Casino/Resort Venue of the Year” is an inaugural category for the award ceremony, making Mohegan Sun Arena the first to receive the prestigious recognition.

GAN Limited announced that at a special general meeting of its shareholders held on February 13, 2024, GAN shareholders overwhelmingly approved the previously announced merger agreement and merger of GAN and a subsidiary of Sega Sammy Creation (SSC), an affiliate of Sega Sammy Holdings.

Snail Inc., a leading global independent developer and publisher of interactive digital entertainment, announced significant strides with the launch of West Hunt on Nintendo Switch and the introduction of ASA Premium Mods for ARK Survival Ascended. These initiatives underscore Snail Games’ unwavering commitment to continuously improving and enhancing its current portfolio of game titles.

New Partnerships

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced a strategic partnership with X, becoming the social media platform’s exclusive Live Odds Sports Betting partner. The first-of-its-kind partnership between a premier social media brand and a sports betting operator will integrate BetMGM’s odds and branding into X, with each game linking to BetMGM’s website and app.

Ocean Casino Resort announced its partnership with celebrated chef and restaurateur, Michael Schulson to bring two fine-casual concepts to Ocean’s culinary roster. Opening later this year, Pearl & Mary oyster bar and Samuel’s at Ocean will be located on the lobby level across from The Park.

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced a multi-year agreement naming SAP America Inc. an official signature partner of Churchill Downs Racetrack. SAP, a global market leader in enterprise application software, will be the first official technology partner serving Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

PlayAGS Inc. announced a partnership with EQL Games, a leading iLottery supplier and content aggregator. AGSi, AGS’ Interactive division, will partner with EQL Games to provide its robust library of unique and engaging real-money online games to U.S. and Canadian iLottery players.

Jackpot Digital Inc. has announced that the Company has signed a licensing agreement with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) to install the Company’s Jackpot Blitz dealerless poker ETGs. The installations are subject to Jackpot obtaining the customary regulatory and licensing approvals.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 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 partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

JCM Global (JCM) and the International Centre for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) announced that the highly anticipated 25th annual AGEM & AGA Golf Classic will take place on May 8, 2024, at the internationally acclaimed Shadow Creek Golf Course in North Las Vegas.

OddsSeeker.com has unveiled a new sweepstakes casino rating system, which will quantifiably rank operators by several key factors. On February first week, the company launched a new 6-point rating system, a complete reimagining of sweepstakes casino reviews. It will offer insight into the way these casinos work, providing players with invaluable information so they can easily understand which gaming site is right for them. This enables a weighting of sweepstakes casinos that have unique offerings such as PayPal cashier options, live dealer games, sports predictions and so on.

Wynn Resorts Limited reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023. Operating revenues were $1.84 billion for the fourth quarter of 2023, an increase of $835.5 million from $1.00 billion for the fourth quarter of 2022. Net income attributable to Wynn Resorts Limited was $729.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to net income attributable to Wynn Resorts Limited of $32.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2022. The increase in net income attributable to Wynn Resorts Limited was primarily the result of increased operating revenues from the Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations, as well as an income tax benefit related to the release of valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets as a result of achieving sustained profitability in the US.

New Partnerships

Global sports and entertainment company Endeavor has announced the integration of its global sports betting and data businesses, OpenBet and IMG ARENA, under the OpenBet banner.

PAGODA Snacks has entered into a partnership with Riot Games, the company behind the leading global esports property League of Legends. PAGODA Snacks will be featured as the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS and offer fans the perfect game-time snack through special activations, product drops and giveaways throughout the LCS season.

New Appointments

Global Gaming Women, the gaming industry non-profit dedicated to supporting, inspiring and influencing the development of professional women, announced the appointment of Lauren Bates to President of the Board of Directors.

Rabona, the leading sportsbook brand and online casino, has announced the addition of former boxing champion Mike Tyson as its brand ambassador. Through this partnership, players will be offered exclusive Tyson-branded bonuses and streams that blend the boxing legend and casino thrills. As Rabona’s new brand ambassador, Mike Tyson brings his unparalleled charisma and passion to Rabona’s players.

International Gaming Standards Association has appointed Mark Pace as the new President, following Peter DeRaedt’s departure. Mark has been in the gaming industry for over 35 years and has been part of IGSA for over 20 years, acting as Committee Chair, Board Member, Treasurer and Vice-Chairman of the Board, before joining IGSA as the Managing Director of GSA Europe and Vice President of IGSA. Mark will also retain his responsibilities as Managing Director of GSA Europe.

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Gambling in the USA

Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 29-February 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, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Aristocrat Gaming announced that it has been awarded entry into the Québec video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming market. Distribution of Aristocrat VLTs is anticipated to begin in early Summer 2024.

Great Canadian Entertainment has opened an 18-table poker room at Pickering Casino Resort. The room is located on the third floor and will operate 24/7. The room has 16 traditional tables and two private high stakes rooms. It has a bar and tableside food delivery from The District, the resort’s food hall. The casino itself opened last year.

eCOGRA, the globally renowned Independent Testing Laboratory specialising in the testing, inspection and certification of online gambling software and systems, announced the opening of its new office in Denver, Colorado, marking a significant milestone in their expansion into the US.

BlueBet Holdings announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, BlueBet Louisiana LLC, has been licenced to operate in Louisiana under its ClutchBet B2C brand and has taken its first bets. Louisiana is ClutchBet’s third US B2C state, with the brand already live in Iowa and Colorado, continuing the Company’s “Capital Lite” US market entry strategy.

Newport Global Advisors, a leading middle market manager of opportunistic stressed and distressed credit investment, announced the completion of the sale of Mesquite Gaming LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

New Partnerships

Underdog Sports, the fast-growing sports gaming platform, announced a partnership with McConnell Golf as part of its application for a sports betting license in North Carolina. Sedgefield Country Club, a private club, located in Greensboro, and host of the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship, appointed Underdog to host, manage, operate and support the Underdog branded online gambling services in the state.

Light & Wonder announced that the Company will make its Québec market arrival in 2024 through an agreement to provide Video Lottery Terminals to Loto-Québec. Under this agreement, Light & Wonder will deliver KASCADA DUAL SCREEN gaming machines to be placed throughout the province.

New Appointments

Scientific Games has named Andrew Jackson as the company’s Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance. Jackson, an expert in ESG with a background in multiple areas of engineering, joined Scientific Games in 1999. He most recently served as the Director of Quality, Compliance and R&D, based at the company’s UK instant game production and technology facility.

DraftKings has appointed Marie Donoghue as its new chief business and growth officer. Donoghue last served as Amazon’s vice president of global sports video. It was confirmed she was leaving the company earlier this month. In her new role, Donoghue will play a key role in driving further growth for DraftKings as it explores new business opportunities. She will also be charged with spearheading various internal processes.

Maurice Wooden has been appointed the president of Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a five-star luxury resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. A 36-year veteran of the luxury hospitality sector, Mr.Wooden’s experience and expertise complement the newly opened Fontainebleau Las Vegas, which is built upon a 70-year legacy of sublime beauty, unparalleled service and timeless design.

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