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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 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.

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A significant milestone in the fight against gambling addiction, as U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and U.S. Representative Andrea Salinas of Oregon introduced the Gambling addiction Recovery, Investment and Treatment (GRIT) Act. This groundbreaking legislation addresses a critical gap in our nation’s approach to addiction by establishing the first-ever federal funding stream dedicated to preventing, treating and researching gambling addiction in the US.

BCLC has appointed Natasha Questel as its new Chief Social Purpose Officer and Vice President, Marketing. Questel joins BCLC with significant experience in the non-profit and consumer-packaged goods sectors underpinned by her commitment to help create a better world. Most recently, she was the CEO of One Girl Can, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to breaking down poverty and gender inequality among the world’s most vulnerable girls.

Konami Gaming announced the appointment of Stephanie Lau as VP of sales enablement & gaming operations, to grow strategic positioning, processes, data, analysis and market delivery for exceptional casino customer outcomes. Since 2005, Lau has served in operations, finance and analytics for several major industry operators including Station Casinos and MGM Resorts International, across sectors spanning tribal and commercial, local and resort destinations.

U.S. Integrity, a sports betting integrity monitoring and technology company, announced that the former Chief Technology Officer of Sharplink Gaming, Dave Abbott, has joined the company’s leadership team as the Chief Product Officer. Abbott brings more than 20 years of global leadership experience leading Product and Technology teams for sports technology and gaming companies.

Partnerships

The American Gaming Association (AGA), in partnership with RG24seven Virtual Training, launched a first-of-its-kind, free online training to educate gaming industry employees on how to combat human trafficking. The free training is based on AGA’s Guide to Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking and draws on expertise from AGA’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, nonprofits and law enforcement.

SCCG Management, a leading advisory firm in the gambling industry, has entered into a strategic partnership with Flex Fantasy, a groundbreaking Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform. This collaboration signifies a major expansion of SCCG’s vast network of top-tier products, platforms and solutions in the gambling sector.

Underdog Fantasy announced a new partnership with Sift, the leader in Digital Trust & Safety, to protect users against fraud and streamline transactions. Sift’s platform uses machine learning and a global data network of 1 trillion annual events to identify high-risk transactions in real time.

Internet Sports International (ISI), a global provider of turnkey race and sportsbook software solutions, announced its partnership with Shoalwater Bay Casino, in Tokeland, Washington. The collaboration marks the unveiling of Shoalwater Bay Casino’s innovative sportsbook, which is powered by ISI and enhances the gaming experience for patrons with dynamic real-time odds and sports action.

SCCG Management has announced an exclusive sponsor partnership with White Label Coders (WLC), the premier WordPress development agency specialising in creating high-performance websites for the iGaming industry. As part of this partnership, SCCG Management is undergoing a complete website overhaul, migrating from Squarespace to WordPress, to provide a more dynamic and user-friendly online experience for its clients.

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.

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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.

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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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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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