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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 17-23

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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.

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United Esports and the DFINITY Foundation have announced that independent game developers now have the opportunity to bring their dream game to life by applying to the first-ever game development competition series, with a $10 million prize pool, Achievement Unblocked. The revolutionary new series will be hosted by award-winning esports commentator Mitch “UberShouts” Leslie and is set to premiere in late 2022.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) is improving access to its Self-Exclusion Programme. As of January 10, patrons who wish to enroll or renew their agreements within AGLC’s Self-Exclusion Programme can do so through a virtual process instead of the previous requirement of going through an in-venue gaming facility or AGLC office.

PlayAGS announced selected preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021 in conjunction with the Company’s intention to explore a refinancing of its outstanding revolving credit facility and term loan credit facilities.

Unibet has launched a new themed live-dealer game created by Evolution Gaming. The game is called “Eagles Live Dealer Black Jack”.

fuboTV Inc. has announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to the English Premier League in the Canadian market for the next three soccer seasons beginning in 2022/2023. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

JCM Global has installed the largest sports betting screen in Oregon at the Three Rivers Casino in Florence. The 200sq.ft LED wall is the centerpiece of Three Rivers’ recently opened sportsbook.

CR Vasco da Gama, in partnership with Chiliz, the leading blockchain providers for the sports and entertainment industry, have announced that they will launch a $VASCO Fan Token on the Socios.com app.

Nuvei Corporation has announced that it has been granted approval by the New York State Gaming Commission to process payments with recently licensed digital sports betting platforms launching in the state.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has awarded Parx Casino’s holding company a license to open a mini-casino in Shippensburg Township, Cumberland County.

Crypto investment firm Mechanism Capital has launched “Mechanism Play,” a $100 million fund dedicated to play-to-earn gaming.

Partnerships

Playtech has strengthened its partnership with Banijay Brands, part of the international content producer and distributor Banijay, after being granted exclusive rights for use of The Million Dollar Drop brand in the US and retaining its rights for Deal or No Deal Bingo for a further five years.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and BetPlay, the market-leading multi-channel sports betting operator, announced a multiyear partnership that makes BetPlay the Official Betting Partner of the NBA in Colombia.

DraftKings Inc. and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington announced an exclusive market access partnership that will bring the DraftKings retail sportsbook experience to the state of Washington.

New Appointments

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has promoted Ben Murr to president of online gaming and its TwinSpires sports betting brand. In this role, he will be responsible for the overall strategy and operations of these businesses.

Pragmatic Play has expanded its Latin American team with the addition of Javier Samel as new Argentina Country Director.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 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.

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Entain announced that its Sports Interaction brand has secured an online gaming license to operate in the recently regulated Ontario market, from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

BetMGM and Arizona Cardinals debuted the first sportsbook at a National Football League (NFL) stadium. The BetMGM Sportsbook at State Farm Stadium is a two-story, 17,000-square-foot entertainment destination featuring state-of-the-art sports wagering amenities.

PointsBet, in partnership with The Riverboat on the Potomac LLC, announced the opening of PointsBet Retail Sportsbook, Maryland’s newest retail sportsbook.

NOVOMATIC Americas is going to attend the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. At this year’s G2E, the company will stage fresh and exciting gaming highlights as well as new premium hardware and winning solutions.

World Champion Fantasy is looking for experienced esports gamers to beta test its new groundbreaking product, PlayerX. PlayerX is set to be released in Q4 2022.

Caesars Entertainment has announced the launch of the Caesars Sportsbook & Casino Truck Tour, an expansive fan engagement campaign featuring a fully branded 18-wheeler traveling across the US.

CT Gaming is going to showcase its latest innovations at G2E Las Vegas on October 11-13 at the Venetian Expo. The leading manufacturer and gaming solutions provider will be located on stand 2050.

The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Arizona has launched its new sportsbook in partnership with Betfred.

Partnerships

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced a multi-year agreement with FanDuel Group (FanDuel) involving multiple facets of FanDuel’s sports wagering, advance deposit wagering (ADW) and television businesses.

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and FanDuel announced a multiyear partnership extension, making FanDuel an Official Sportsbook Partner and Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the WNBA.

Kindred and the Philadelphia Eagles extend the agreement of their partnership until the end of the 2024/25 season. The deal acts as a three-year extension, but will include a new “Unibet Landing” location at Lincoln Financial Field, which will host a range of fan engagement activities throughout the year.

BC.GAME and the Argentine Football Association have entered into a global agreement that will open an international pathway for both brands to reach a broader audience and create new activities that will bring the companies and its players closer together.

Vanta has announced its official partnership with Wisdom Gaming as the official coaching partner for the Minnesota Varsity League (MNVL).

Aristocrat Gaming and the New England Patriots announced a multi-year partnership making Aristocrat an Official Partner of the Patriots and Gillette Stadium.

XLMedia PLC announced an expanded partnership with Advance Local to create premium betting content and a new revenue stream for their MassLive.com brand.

Anomura has partnered with Atari, a founding member of the arcade game, game console and personal computer industries.

New Appointments

Allied Esports Entertainment announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Yinghua Chen as CEO. Chen had previously served as the Company’s President, Chief Investment Officer and Board Secretary.

Fanatics, a leading global digital sports platform, has appointed Jason White as Chief Marketing Officer of Fanatics Betting & Gaming, the company’s online sports betting and iGaming division.

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

Latest News

Betr has launched the Betr app, the world’s first micro-betting-focused app, which features a user experience exclusively focused on enabling users to predict the outcomes of every moment of every sporting event.

Betfred USA Sports has partnered the Lummi Nation to launch its newest retail sportsbook at Silver Reef Casino Resort in Northern Washington. The Betfred Sportsbook officially opened its doors with the honorary first bet made by American former football quarterback Warren Moon.

Conajzar, the gambling regulator of Paraguay, has launched a tender for the exclusive rights to operate a national sports betting franchise. The decision was disclosed to local media via an advertising campaign sanctioned by Conajzar, informing the public and businesses of tender proceedings.

Pragmatic Play goes live in Brazil with Chutebet. Chutebet customers can now enjoy Pragmatic Play’s complete slot portfolio, including much sought-after Wolf Gold and Gates of Olympus and Fire Hot, apart from Live Casino titles, such as Baccarat and Dragon Tiger.

BetMGM has released a star-studded advertisement campaign. The commercials, titled “IT’S ON” and released across social media platforms, features a host of actors, athletes and all BetMGM branch ambassadors.

Hard Rock Sportsbook launched its mobile app in Indiana and Tennessee. The company intends to engage its players with customised integrated in-person and online experiences.

Casino Del Sol of Tucson is going to launch a new Cross Game Matchup in Arizona for the upcoming NFL season, through its Solsports sports betting brand. The new product will be available through its Solsports sports betting brand, boasting of 450 games on which users can place bets.

Internet Vikings has expanded its range of hosting services in New Jersey. The company has been operating in the state for a year.

Catawba Nation has launched a 24-hour sports-gambling venue in North Carolina, featuring 30 betting kiosks and betting voucher redemption services. The sportsbook offers betting on the National Football League, auto racing, baseball, basketball, boxing and soccer.

Cxmmunity Media, a Black-owned organisation company working for ensuring minority representation and equity in the gaming sector, is launching the third season of its HBCU Esports League. The new season will start on September 13 and will feature student teams from 16 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

New Partnerships

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, has entered into a multi-year partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs to become one of the team’s first sports betting partners.

Paysafe has entered into multi-state deal with ClutchBet, a Denver-based mobile sportsbook owned by Australia’s BlueBet Holdings Ltd. Paysafe’s new Skrill USA digital wallet and its Paysafecash eCash solution will facilitate online payments for ClutchBet’s sportsbook.

New Appointment

Caesars Entertainment announced that Matt Sunderland has been named senior vice president of iGaming, effective October 1. Sunderland joins the team with over 20 years experience in the online gambling industry.

New Acquisition

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), a major gaming operator in New Hampshire, has finished the formalities of its acquisition of Chasers Poker Room in Salem. Earlier, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission had provided its nod for the transaction.

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New Legends Bay Casino Opens in Nevada

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The opening of a new casino is always a major event, and it becomes even more important when it’s a brand new casino in a gambling hotspot that hasn’t seen a lot of new developments in recent times. This is the case with the new Legends Bay Casino that has recently been opened in Sparks, Nevada.

The Full Story

Legends Bay Casino is the first new casino to be opened in this part of northern Nevada in more than 20 years. In fact, the plans for its development have been in place for well over a decade and have suffered a series of setbacks that delayed the construction time and time again.

The work on the 80,000-square-foot casino complex finally started in March last year, and an opening date of August 30 this year was set. The opening celebrations included a speech by the Sparks mayor and a fireworks display.

There are more than 650 slot games available at the new location, as well as ten live table games and five blackjack tables. Among their more eye-catching games is a live keno offering with a progressive jackpot that can rise to a value of up to $1 million. As well as classic table games, the location also includes dining and sports betting options.

The Variety of Games in Casinos Keeps Growing

This new casino is a good example of how new ways of playing are popping up in different games, as they’ve included the likes of Pai Gow Power and Three Card Poker in their collection. This is part of an overall trend for different types of casino games that have been led by online casinos and their sizeable collections of titles.

This look at some of the current UK casino table games shows us names like Casino War, Casino Hold ‘Em, and Mahjong Exchange, which not all players will be familiar with. The fact that these games can be tried for free allows players to try something new with no risk. They also sit alongside traditional casino games like roulette, blackjack, and baccarat, giving choices that more people will be used to.

The growing variety of slots now offered is another factor in this industry’s growth, as the top developers bring out new games based on different themes and with interesting new titles such as Camino de Chili Bonus Buy by Evoplay. By adding branded titles and progressive jackpots, these developers are able to appeal to a wider range of potential players, some of whom might never have considered playing slots before.

What Are the Chances of Success for Legends Bay?

There are currently about a dozen casinos in Sparks, although there are plenty of other options nearby, in places such as Reno. Further afield, the giant gambling hub of Las Vegas is about a seven-hour drive away, as it’s located at the opposite end of the state of Nevada from Sparks and Reno.

The fact that the plans for this casino have been in development for so long and have overcome a series of delays suggests that the people behind it believe that there’s room in the local market for it to succeed. The Reno-Sparks area broke the five million visitors barrier back in 2018, although those numbers have declined slightly in the last few years.

There’s no sign of casinos losing their appeal anytime soon, so it could be that the owners and the local authorities are basing their optimism on being able to attract visitors who would otherwise have gone to Las Vegas.

Their mixture of a big selection of games and high-quality places to eat makes sense, and they’ve also added extra touches like ergonomic chairs and warm lighting to make players feel at home. When describing the level of comfort in the casino, their spokesperson mentioned extra space being left between machines, high ceilings and a cutting-edge ventilation system.

Taking all of these points into consideration, the Legends Bays Casino seems like a comfortable, modern setting for people to play their favourite games in. We’ll need to wait for the first customer reviews and feedback to appear online before seeing whether that will be enough to get players to go there instead of Reno or Las Vegas, though.

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