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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 25-31

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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

Game Play Network Inc and WPT Enterprises Inc, the internationally televised gaming and entertainment brand, announced plans for a partnership that adds real money video poker, casino games and poker tournaments to WPT’s existing suite of online poker and social gaming products.

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Rush Street Interactive and Sportech have launched in-person sports betting at the first of 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in Connecticut. With the launch, players can now place bets at Sports Haven in New Haven, CT.

Monarch Casino & Resort Inc has reported record operating results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2021. In the 2021 third quarter, the Company generated net revenue of $111.6 million, an increase of 86.5% from $59.9 million in the prior-year quarter.

Champria, an esports technology startup focused on harnessing the potential of aspiring esports athletes and their teams, has announced a $1 million pre-seed round led by Kickstart Fund. Additional investors in the round included New Mexico Arrowhead Innovation Fund, Gokul Rajaram, David Carrico and other angel investors.

Game Play Network (GPN), a licensed gaming company which offers its players the unrivaled ability to play casino-style games for real money in the vast majority of the US, announced a plan for a multi-phase programme to expand the distribution of bspot.com, its B2C offering, through Ziosk’s industry-leading handheld tablets and technology.

PlayUp has announced that it has secured market access for iGaming in Iowa through a partnership with Wild Rose Entertainment.

Partnerships

Bally’s Corporation has agreed a deal to become the official sports betting and free-to-play partner of NHL franchise the Nashville Predators and the team’s Bridgestone Arena.

Stats Perform, the sports tech leader in data and AI technology, has extended its partnership with TruMedia for another five years. The agreement will see both companies continue to collaborate on the development of ProVision, an advanced analytics platform, currently in use at over 90 professional teams across football and cricket.

New Appointments

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and digital gaming company, has appointed NBA legend Kevin Garnett as its brand ambassador. The Hall of Fame power forward will be featured in BetMGM’s upcoming marketing campaigns, BetMGM promotions, social media content and fan events.

Caesars Entertainment has announced the appointment of Sandra Douglass Morgan to its Board of Directors, effective November 7, 2021, and subject to required regulatory approvals. Morgan, an attorney, is the past chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control board and the first African American to serve as chair.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has appointed Donna Ward as its new Vice President of Sales. By assuming this role, Ward will be in charge of overseeing the resort’s hotel sales operations, including meetings and conventions.

New Acquisition

Butler National Corporation, a recognised provider of professional management services in the gaming industry, announces its subsidiary, Butler National Service Corporation (BNSC) closed on the purchase of the minority equity ownership interest in BHCMC, LLC, (BHCMC) that results in BNSC being the sole owner of BHCMC, manager of the Boot Hill Casino & Resort.

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Betting.com signs strategic commercial partnership with Denver Post Media

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We are excited to announce our first strategic partnership in the U.S. with Denver Post, the leading newspaper in the Colorado state. As part of the agreement, Betting.com will create a betting hub dedicated to articles and guides about online sports betting in the Centennial State on The Denver Post’s domain. Betting.com will also provide Denver Post with latest and most up to date betting odds.

The ambition is to educate readers about betting on all major sports leagues online, how to take advantage of picks from professional handicappers and how odds are compiled, as well as the legal aspects of online gambling in the state.

“We look forward to working together with The Denver Post in Colorado as part of our launch on the U.S. market. Our customers are always at the heart of what we do, and we want them to have the best possible tools and knowledge before they bet online.” said Betting.com CEO Martin Grozev.

The comprehensive community-based betting software has obtained licenses for multiple states and chose Colorado for its launch thanks to the deal with The Denver Post.

“Our partnership with Betting.com will offer them a channel to provide thought leadership in the ever-evolving world of sports betting. We wanted to ensure that we had the right partner to engage and educate our readership as they seek out resources in this space. With Betting.com, we feel that’s exactly what we have.” said Denver Post Director of Digital Advertising Sean Stead.

Game Lounge Group acquired Betting.com in 2020 as part of its diversification strategy and commitment to expanding into the U.S. market.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 15-21

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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

Pragmatic Play has won two awards at the prestigious Gaming Intelligence Awards Latin America 2021, being crowned iGaming Supplier of the Year, and also receiving Game of the Year for its hit title Gates of Olympus.

Alpha Esports Tech, a technology company that focuses on emerging markets in esports, mobile gaming, commerce, blockchain and high growth opportunities, has announced that Alpha’s subsidiary Paradise City Gaming has begun the development of its Metaverse technologies, which are AR-based experiences that will bring the virtual world together with the physical world.

Wondr Gaming Corp, an entertainment company uniting brands and the global gaming community through its loyalty, NFT and growing media network, has launched its first NFT auction on sports.WondrNFT.com, showcasing Olympic decathlon gold medalist, and closing ceremonies flag bearer, Damian Warner.

Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville has selected the full-suite of OPTX solutions for marketing, player development, slots and artificial intelligence. OPTX was recently honoured by being named one of the Most Promising Gaming Tech Solution Providers of 2021 by CIOReview Magazine.

Riot Games has promoted Senior Director of Global Esports and Global Head of VALORANT Esports Whalen Rozelle to the newly created position of Head of Global Esports Operations.

Prophet Exchange, the first pure peer-to-peer U.S. sports betting exchange, has announced that Victor Cruz has joined Prophet Exchange as a Strategic Partner and Advisor.

The Arkansas Racing Commission on 12th November accepted the application and $250,000 filing fee from Cherokee Nation Businesses to move forward on a casino license in Pope County.

New Partnerships               

Verasity has announced a partnership with the leading NFT-based online video game Axie Infinity for the upcoming FTX GalAxie Cup 2021. Verasity’s competitive esports and video streaming platform VeraEsports will be the official and exclusive broadcast and esports platform partner of the online tournament.

Socios.com announced its first foray into the worlds of American football and soccer via a groundbreaking partnership with Kraft Sports + Entertainment’s New England Patriots and New England Revolution.

DraftKings has announced a new mobile sports betting deal with BHCMC, a subsidiary of Butler National Corporation, manager of Boot Hill Casino & Resort, which could take the sportsbook to the state of Kansas. This is subject to sports betting legislation and regulations being adopted in the state, and the receipt of all applicable licenses and approvals.

SharpLink Gaming and Quintar have announced a partnership to integrate their respective technologies to produce an AR experience that combines live sporting events with real-time sports betting for sports fans. SharpLink’s technology development team will work with Quintar’s team to create a fully turnkey platform that will allow sports bettors to participate in live sports events via AR, check game data, compare betting lines, socialise with friends and place bets with multiple sportsbook operators.

International Game Technology has signed a multi-year agreement with Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, Arizona. IGT PlaySports technology and trading advisory services will power Cliff Castle Casino’s retail sportsbook, enabling casino guests to place pre-match and in-game wagers over the counter or at the venue’s self-service PlaySports Kiosks.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 8-14

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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

PlayUp has announced that it has secured market access for iGaming in Pennsylvania. The market access deal comes via a skin with Caesars Entertainment’s property Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack.

M Science has announced the launch of its Digital Sports Betting and iGaming platform. This new data solution allows clients to track key performance metrics for digital sports betting and iGaming companies, state by state on a weekly basis.

BetMGM and Gila River Hotels & Casinos announced the opening of The BetMGM Sportsbook at Vee Quiva. This marks the first opening of a BetMGM retail sportsbook in Arizona and Phoenix’s first in-casino sportsbook.

Caesars Entertainment could soon bring its online and mobile sports betting platform, Caesars Sportsbook, to New York. The New York State Gaming Commission recommended Caesars for a Mobile Sports Wagering License, giving the Caesars Empire a path to bring mobile sports betting and Caesars Rewards to the Empire State.

Lottery.com has announced that it is in the early stages of development for a platform to operate lottery, sports betting, sweepstakes and other forms of online gaming, as well as enhance the Company’s API capabilities.

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox is stepping down from the company as of 31 January 2022 and will be replaced by Wynn Interactive CEO Craig Billings.

The New York State Gaming Commission on November 8 awarded nine temporary mobile sports betting licenses.

Bally’s Corporation has announced that it has been awarded one of nine licenses to conduct online sports betting in the State of New York.

Daily Racing Form (DRF) and DRF Bets announced the launch of a new free-to-play mobile sports app, DRF Cash Grab.

Atari revealed a commemorative 50th Anniversary logo that celebrates the five decades since Atari launched the modern video game industry.

BetMGM has announced the launch of its mobile app at MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

Partnerships

In the wake of its successful online summer camp last year, Cloud9 Esports is evolving its Training Grounds youth development initiative into a full-fledged afterschool programme in partnership with tennis champion Serena Williams.

Internet Vikings has announced that they will continue to support Playstar Casino’s expansion into the US throughout 2022. Global hosting services provider has recently confirmed that they have just reinforced their partnership with the international online casino provider by entering another long-term agreement in yet another state – Pennsylvania, where Playstar is expected to commence its operations in Q1 2022.

NBC Sports Next has entered into a partnership with the US Centre for SafeSport. The new agreement establishes a long-term partnership between the two entities and names SportsEngine a Preferred Membership Platform Provider of the US Centre for SafeSport.

New Appointment

The American Gaming Association has announced Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen as its new chairman.

New Acquisition

Clairvest Group has announced that it, together with Clairvest Equity Partners VI and a newly formed subsidiary of Rubico Gaming, run by experienced gaming investor Thomas Benninger, has agreed to acquire the Delaware Park casino and racetrack business.

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