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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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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 26-March 3

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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

Fanatics Betting and Gaming launched the Fanatics Sportsbook & Casino in Michigan. Sports fans living in and visiting Michigan will be able to download the Fanatics Sportsbook on iOS and Android and begin their Fanatics Sportsbook and Casino experience. Michigan marks the thirteenth state for the Fanatics Sportsbook and third state for Fanatics Casino.

Apple has introduced Apple Sports, a free app for iPhone that gives sports fans access to real-time scores, stats and more. Designed for speed and simplicity, the app’s personalised experience puts users’ favourite leagues and teams front and centre, featuring an easy-to-use interface designed by Apple. Apple Sports is available to download now in the App Store in US, UK and Canada.

MGM Resorts International has been recognised for leadership in corporate transparency and performance on climate change by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on the organisation’s annual A List. MGM Resorts is one of just 347 companies that received the prestigious ‘A,’ out of more than 23,000 scored, placing it in the top 0.015% of reporting companies.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has issued a $40,000 fine to Encore Boston Harbor as a result of Encore’s sportsbook accepting wagers on two events involving a collegiate team based in Massachusetts not competing in a tournament. These wagers are prohibited under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 23N Section 3, MGC regulation 205 CMR 247.01(2)(a)(2) and the Massachusetts Sports Wagering Catalogue. The Commission issued the fine following an Investigation and Enforcement Bureau investigation and an adjudicatory hearing in which the operator participated.

FanDuel Group has appointed E. Sequoyah Simermeyer to the newly established position of VP of Strategic Partnerships. Simermeyer boasts a distinguished career in public service, where he most recently served as the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. In his new role at FanDuel, Simermeyer aims to play a crucial part in leading the company’s initiatives to cultivate sustainable commercial relationships across the US, with a specific focus on promoting economic development that supports tribal sovereignty.

Partnerships

SCCG has announced a strategic partnership with Major League Rugby that aims to identify sports betting partners and leverage opportunities in the regulated gaming industry. As MLR continues to cement its status as the premier rugby competition in North America, SCCG will collaborate closely with the league to explore relationships with sports betting operators and capitalise on the burgeoning market for regulated sports betting.

Quick Custom Intelligence and Leech Lake Gaming announced a 3-year strategic partnership that promises to revolutionise the gaming and hospitality industry in the northern Minnesota market. This strategic alliance sets the stage for an exciting fusion of technology and hospitality, with Leech Lake Gaming at the forefront. The software deployment phase has been successfully completed, and Leech Lake Gaming’s dedicated host team is currently undergoing intensive training.

PrizePicks announced a new partnership deal with the Dallas Stars. Marking its first official relationship with an NHL franchise, PrizePicks will be featured on local telecasts of Stars’ games via commercials and will be able to offer special VIP experiences to fans.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 19-25

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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

Mohegan, a globally recognised leader in entertainment and gaming, has announced the appointment of Kurt Shotzberger as the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis. In this role, Shotzberger will spearhead budgeting, financial modeling, forecasting and financial and operational analysis, as well as strategic planning.

Sportradar announced the appointment of Felippe Marchetti as Integrity Partnerships Manager in Brazil, as the global sports technology company continues to scale its integrity services team in Latin America. In this role, Marchetti will lead the strategic development of Sportradar’s Integrity Services in Brazil, identifying business opportunities to increase the company’s integrity partnerships in the market and work closely with Sportradar’s Brazil-based integrity analysts.

Lottery.com Inc., a leading online lottery services provider, announced the strategic acquisition of S&MI Ltd. (SportLocker). As part of the acquisition, SportLocker, rebranded as Sports.com, will immediately launch as a premier platform for sports fans worldwide, marking a pivotal leap in Sports.com’s evolution as the next-gen digital sports entertainment space.

GAN Limited, a leading North American B2B technology provider of real money internet gaming solutions and a leading International B2C operator of Internet sports betting, announced that Seamus McGill has recently been named the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGill had previously been serving in an interim capacity. Mr. McGill’s will remain on the Company’s board of directors and will be focused on guiding the Company towards a timely closing with Sega Sammy Creation Inc.

Aruze Gaming Global (AG2) has announced that it has secured approvals from 14 tribal entities in the US and has obtained licenses from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, South Dakota, the West Virginia Lottery and the Wisconsin Division of Gaming.

Partnerships

Scientific Games has added two more partners to the new SG Content Hub and Partner Programme. In addition to games from its own SG Studios, the company will now offer curated iLottery games from Bwloto and Random State to its 30+ iLottery customers globally. Currently, a total of seven lottery-focused game studios have signed on as partners.

Gen.G and the University of Kentucky (UK) are bringing back their award winning collegiate esports industry conference, Campus Takeover, on March 30 and April 6. This two-day event will bring together esports professionals with students and administrators from different universities.

Light & Wonder Inc. announced the expansion of its integration services through a collaboration with SHR Group’s Allora CRS booking engine. SHR’s Allora CRS software enhances the capabilities of hotel operators by offering advanced booking features that effortlessly integrate with Light & Wonder’s system-independent global loyalty platform, L&W ENGAGE.

SCCG Management has announced the extension of its strategic partnership with AWARE, a world leader in biometric verification software solutions. This renewed commitment builds upon the successful collaboration initiated between the two companies, aiming to further establish AWARE’s advanced biometric software solutions across the gambling sector worldwide.

Hard Rock International has partnered with Major Food Group (MFG) to develop and curate dining experiences at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino properties around the globe. MFG’s support of Hard Rock will extend to proposed projects as well.

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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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