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A recent change in United States law has led to a gold rush in the gaming industry as numerous companies scramble to set up sports gambling operations.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s overruling of 1992 gambling legislation essentially makes sports betting widely legal throughout the country.
  • Casinos are moving to make the most of this by opening sports books.
  • Technology companies are also exploring possible revenue avenues through online gambling apps.
  • The United States is set to see a $3–$5 billion take in the global sports betting market within a few years — a market already worth an estimated $40 billion.

One of the new players in the sports gambling space is SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) (SING Profile), a tech company focused on innovation that has invested in gambling app StakeHaul. In the world of big gambling, casino companies such as Caesars Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: CZR) are exploring ways to add sports gambling to their existing entertainment rosters. MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM)already provides sports gaming alongside traditional betting options. Following suit, Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) has started offering sports betting at some of its casinos, as has Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD), which is also entering the online gambling space.

The Race to Benefit from Sports Betting

From soccer in Europe to cricket in India, people enjoy betting on the outcome of sports competitions. In fact, sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world, producing an estimated $40 billion global industry that includes local bookmakers to national brands to international betting websites.

In the United States, this type of betting has been extremely limited since the early 1990s. Legislation designed to protect people from the harmful effects of gambling effectively made betting on sports illegal across the country, with limited exceptions in a handful of states.

The recent overturning of this law has suddenly created a new market. Because that market hasn’t existed for the past 25 years, the renewed interest has revealed an infrastructural void in the American gaming industry. Technological innovations have not been applied to sports gambling, so companies are now playing catch up. The results will shape an industry estimated to be worth billions of dollars every year.

The Death and Life of U.S. Sports Gambling

This year is seeing a number of gambling companies expand their operations to include sports betting while tech companies such as SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) are looking at what they can do to fill a commercial void. But how did this gap in the gambling market come about in the first place?

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1992. It effectively outlawed betting on sports across the United States, with limited exceptions, including specific forms of racing; sports lotteries in Delaware, Montana and Oregon; and licensed pools in Nevada.

The law quickly became an unpopular one. By 2017, a majority of Americans reportedly wanted to see sports betting legalized so they could join in a pastime enjoyed by millions around the world. Several attempts were made to overturn the law, eventually resulting in a legal case being heard before the Supreme Court. In May, the court overturned PASPA, declaring that the law violated the 10th Constitutional Amendment.

The sports betting market was already growing around the world. Because of the nature of the business and the lack of centrally collected figures, it’s impossible to accurately measure its worth, but it was estimated at around $40 billion in 2016. And now, America is expected to become a significant growth area, worth an estimated $3 billion to $5 billion within the next five years.

That’s a lot of money. So how does a company such as SinglePoint go about getting a piece of the acton?

Gambling on Technology

The key to this market, like so many others, lies in online interactions and mobile technology in particular. By bringing gambling first into customers’ homes and then into their pockets, tech-savvy gambling companies have vastly increased the opportunity to make small, casual bets.

One of the products that has sprung from this is StakeHaul. A mobile gambling platform, StakeHaul allows users to bet on anything. Whether it’s a traditional test of machismo such as who can do the most pull-ups, a motivational bet on who will complete a chore first, or even a gamble on the outcome of world events, StakeHaul can make it happen. And with sports betting now apparently legal in the United States, StakeHaul can include that too.

StakeHaul makes it easy to carry out the sort of casual bets traditionally placed in person. The stakes need be nothing more than the honor of knowing who won, although they can just as easily be financial. The company is currently finalizing a peer-to-peer payment model that can pay out in either U.S. dollars or cryptocurrency. With internet native currencies on the rise, it makes sense for an online gambling system to recognize those types of transactions.

With more than 70,000 downloads, StakeHaul is currently the top-ranked app for making bets with friends — and those numbers are steadily increasing. Each month has seen a double-digit percentage rise in active users and bets placed through the platform.

With more than a third of Americans betting on at least one sports event every year, there are plenty of people looking to make the most of the newly loosened laws, and StakeHaul provides a way to do that. “All in all, our unique features, our ease of use, and the legal momentum behind betting in the U.S. makes our opportunity not just a home run but a grand slam,” stated Jeffery Lippert, founder of StakeHaul.

Investing in the Future of Gambling

It’s not surprising then that tech company SinglePoint has made an investment in StakeHaul.

Originally a full-service mobile technology provider, SinglePoint has evolved into a company with an interest in a wide range of technologies. The organization focuses on companies that have great potential and proven assets currently believed to be undervalued on the market. By investing in such companies, SinglePoint has developed a diverse portfolio of up-and-coming tech companies.

Payment systems play a large part in SinglePoint’s holdings. The global payment market is changing, with finance increasingly transacted online or with smartphones. SinglePoint’s payment processing systems are designed to deal with this new world. It is also working to provide cryptocurrency payment systems using Bitcoin and Ethereum, the leading global cryptocurrencies. These are technologies that will fit well with the financial side of the company’s investment in StakeHaul.

But it’s not all about electronic payment. SinglePoint has teamed up with New Sun Energies to provide cost effective solar power in six states. With interests in blockchain, renewable energy and the sports betting market, the company has investments in several sectors that are due to see considerable growth over the next decade.

The Bigger Game Market

History shows that gambling can lead to big wins for a business. Caesars Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: CZR) started off as a single bingo parlor in 1930s Nevada. Over the decades, it’s become the most famous name in gaming, with 47 casinos in five countries. Its buildings play host to conventions, meetings and hundreds of thousands of tourists. The thrill of betting keeps the customers coming through the doors of those casinos and has helped to build up a legendary reputation as a place of decadence and entertainment, a reputation that also helps explain the success of over 600 bars, restaurants and clubs across the United States.

With its string of hotels and casinos, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has done a job similar to Caesars’ in turning the pleasure of gambling into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire. Even before PASPA was struck down, MGM was profiting from sports betting as well as traditional gambling, thanks to the popularity of its venues. Hosting events such as world-class boxing matches means not just ticket receipts but also a flood of fans using the hotels and their facilities.

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) might not have the glamor of the big names, but the company is still a very successful operator in the American gambling sector. It has gaming, racing and video gaming terminals spread across 29 facilities in the United States and Canada, with a focus on slot machines. The recent legal change is creating more options, and the company recently started offering sports betting at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia.

One of the largest casino companies in the United States, Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD) has 24 gaming properties spread across seven states. The company runs 10 sports betting operations across Nevada and has recently opened sports books at two of its Mississippi properties. It has also teamed up with FanDuel Group to engage in online betting and sports gaming opportunities across the country.

The overturning of PASPA is set to transform the American gambling industry. Both online and in casinos, sports gambling is taking off in a big way. Early adopter companies are set to benefit enormously from this change.

For more information on SinglePoint, Inc., visit SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING)

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Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Selects Betfred USA Sports to Operate Sportsbook

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Betfred USA Sports has been selected as the Sportsbook operator inside Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The announcement of this strategic partnership comes one week after Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) unveiled the name and logo for its first Las Vegas destination. The Sportsbook will be part of Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas’ 60,000-square foot premium gaming venue, located within Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton™.

“We’re excited to work with Betfred, one of the leading Sportsbook operators in the UK and Europe,” said Aviram Alroy, Vice President of Interactive Gaming at MGE. “Our affiliation will introduce new and attractive competition to the Las Vegas market. Betfred will create a seamless and best-in-class experience on our gaming floor, which will cater to both domestic and international visitors.”

The Las Vegas-based Betfred USA Sports was created in 2019 by Betfred Group specifically to enter the robust and ever-expanding U.S. sports betting market. The Betfred Sports branded Sportsbook inside Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas will include luxury seating, a state-of-the-art video wall, and over-the-counter wagering, as well as self-serve kiosks. This partnership marks the company’s fourth U.S. Sportsbook, following properties in Iowa, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Online sports betting products will accompany each venue location, including in Nevada.

“Given our collaboration with two outstanding operators in Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, we are confident that our first foray into the Las Vegas Sportsbook market will be a great success,” said Betfred Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Mark Stebbings.”Through our shared expertise, we will be offering a top class service for sports bettors in the entertainment capital of the world.”

Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas’ eight-month renovation is currently underway, and the re-imagined Las Vegas lifestyle casino resort is slated to open in Fall 2020, subject to all regulatory approvals.

 

SOURCE Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE)

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 6-12

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week at the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which includes new partnerships, new approvals and new launchings. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has begun accepting internet gaming and internet sports betting license applications from commercial casinos and tribes in Michigan. The MGCB also began to accept vendor registration applications from firms supporting the operators and suppliers.

California tribal leaders have received a small victory when a state Superior Court judge ruled to offer a 90-day extension in their attempts to obtain the signatures required to see their regulated sports betting proposal earn a slot on the 2022 ballot.

Bitcoin Investor, Brock Pierce has announced his candidacy for President of the United States, running as an Independent in the 2020 Presidential election. Pierce is currently the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation.

Station Casinos has announced that Richard J. Haskins, president of Red Rock Resorts and Station Casinos, died Saturday, July 4 in a watercraft accident while vacationing in Michigan. The company released a statement saying the board of directors expects to make further announcements regarding its plan of succession in the coming days.

Partnerships

Major League Baseball team Detroit Tigers have entered into a new multi-year partnership with sportsbook operator PointsBet to enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement at Comerica Park.

Slovenian multi-player specialist Spintec Gaming Technology and Dynamic Gaming Solutions have entered into a long-term distribution deal for North America. The partnership will help Spintec offer its products to new customers in new territories.

Online gambling operator 888 has extended its exclusive iGaming contract with the Delaware Lottery for a further two years. 888 has powered the state’s iGaming platform since 2013.

FanDuel Group and Pat McAfee Inc. have announced a broader extension of their relationship, designating FanDuel the full category exclusive sports betting, daily fantasy sports, casino and horse racing provider for Pat McAfee Inc.

BRK Inc. has announced that it will co-sponsor the Invitational round of Balance Gaming eSports tournament, “Pros vs Joes.” The sponsorship will help to promote and spur awareness of the BRK Gen2 platform in the exciting industry vertical of eSports.

Caesars-Eldorado Merger

Nevada gaming regulators have decided to review the merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment on July 8. Regulators in Indiana and New Jersey are, too, yet to vote on the deal. Their boards have scheduled meetings on July 10 and July 15, respectively.

New Launchings

International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has launched its next-generation bartop hardware, the PeakBarTop cabinet. The cabinet includes a 23-inch curved, full-HD display, a front-mounted ticket printer and an embedded card reader.

New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), in collaboration with Yellowbrick, has launched Gaming and Esports Industry Essentials, a programme designed to explore the expansive and lucrative world of gaming and esports.

New Approvals

International Game Technology’s (IGT) video gaming terminals, CrystalDual 27 and CrystalSlant, have received approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to be added in qualified truck stop locations throughout the State.

Compliance

The Bolivian Gambling Control Authority (AJ) has proposed a new amendment to Law 060 on Lottery and Gambling to include new verticals such as online gaming. At the recent 2020 Initial Public Accountability Hearing, AJ Executive Director Juan Carlos Antonio Abrego presented the proposal to update the gambling regulation and make way for a better and more complete industry, with enhanced transparency and modernised options.

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MGM Resorts International And GVC Holdings Commit To Second Round Of Investment In US Sports Betting And Online Gaming Platform BetMGM

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MGM Resorts International And GVC Holdings Commit To Second Round Of Investment In US Sports Betting And Online Gaming Platform BetMGM
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ROAR Digital, LLC – the US sports betting and online gaming company operating as BetMGM and owned jointly by MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings – announced that its shareholders have committed to a second round of investment, bringing the total to $450 million. This increase follows MGM Resorts’ and GVC’s total initial commitment of $200 million and underpins their commitment to BetMGM becoming a leading player in the rapidly growing US sports betting and iGaming markets. These two rounds of investment provide the Company with over $370 million of investable capital at present.

Since its launch in 2018, the Company has made significant progress and is on track to operate in 11 states by the end of 2020. In addition to the financial strength of both its shareholders, the Company benefits from MGM Resorts’ leading brand, iconic physical properties, and loyal customer base, along with GVC’s proprietary, globally-proven technology.

“We launched this business to combine the best of MGM Resorts and GVC, and establish BetMGM as a leading brand in the US sports betting and iGaming markets,” said Adam Greenblatt, CEO of ROAR Digital, LLC. “With broad market access secured, our long-term technology foundations now firmly established, and a high performing team in place, this further unequivocal support from our two shareholders will ensure we can achieve leading market positions in this exciting industry that is growing even faster than our initial expectations.”

Greenblatt concluded, “BetMGM is on track to generate over $130 million of net revenues this year predominantly from iGaming in New Jersey given the impact of COVID-19. With the return of sports and our growing operations across the US, we anticipate rapid growth in the coming year.”

The Company’s success will be built on its four core strategic tenets, each of which provide distinct competitive advantages:

1.  Market access:

The Company has already secured market access to 19 states1 which together reach approximately 50% of the US population. It has active operations in seven states with four more expected to launch by year end 2020.

With a best-in-class web, mobile, and desktop sportsbook platform as well as supporting MGM Resorts’ brick and mortar sportsbook destinations, BetMGM’s exclusive betting engine allows sports fans to place bets quickly, safely and easily in every channel. This superior experience, together with the Company’s demonstrated strength in player onboarding and management as well as GVC’s global sportsbook expertise, places BetMGM in a very strong position to achieve a leading share in the US sports betting market, estimated to achieve revenues of approximately $8.5 billion2 by 2025.

In iGaming, the Company has already achieved a leading market position in New Jersey with approximately 18% market share3 and gross gaming revenue growth of 210% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the prior year quarter. The US iGaming market is estimated to achieve revenues of approximately $6.9 billion2 by 2025, and the Company believes that it can replicate this leading market position in other jurisdictions, as additional states legalize iGaming in the future.

2.  Customer reach:

The Company is uniquely positioned to access a wide range of customers through its partners, affiliates and its omni-channel approach.

MGM Resorts has an established portfolio of market-leading properties across the US, giving BetMGM access to market to millions of engaged and brand loyal customers. M life Rewards, MGM Resorts’ loyalty program, has over 34 million members, of which approximately 18% are located in states planned to be live on the BetMGM platform by the end of 2020.

The Company is integrating M life Rewards in support of an omni-channel strategy such that BetMGM customers will become M life Members to earn and enjoy Tier status, recognition and rewards based on their sports and iGaming wagers. Likewise, existing M life Rewards members will now have a new way to earn Tier Credits and status based on sports and iGaming wagers placed with BetMGM. This integration is expected to drive new customer acquisition, omni-channel activity, as well as ongoing customer loyalty and engagement for BetMGM.

In addition, the Company has exclusive partnerships with Yahoo Sports and Buffalo Wild Wings. Upon the imminent return of sports, the Company is looking forward to launching BetMGM to Yahoo’s 64 million monthly active users, including one of the largest fantasy sports player bases in the US.

3.  Product and technology:

BetMGM has exclusive access to GVC’s proven, highly flexible, and highly scalable in-house technology platform, which gives it world-class infrastructure, tools and content in both iGaming and sports betting.

Access to proprietary and vertically integrated technology is a key strategic advantage in delivering a leading sports and gaming proposition to customers. Core benefits include speed of development, reducing time to market on innovative new features, platform stability and flexibility, and ease of use.  The technology platform has been fully optimized ahead of the return of US sports, with the Company enjoying support from a team of over 2,000 IT specialists, including a dedicated team servicing the BetMGM product.

The Company also benefits from the maturity and rich features of GVC’s sports product, including an immersive in-play betting experience across an exhaustive range of sports as well as a range of industry leading bet management features such as Bet Rewards, Odds Boosts, Build-A-Bet, Edit-My-Bet and Auto Cash Out features. Combined with state-of-the-art engagement capabilities, best-in-class frictionless customer experience, as well as powerful omni-channel journeys and cross sell capabilities this gives BetMGM significant technological and experiential advantages. Internally developed, exclusive iGaming content has been key to BetMGM’s success in New Jersey. The current strength of product and technology, combined with the pace of improvement and innovation, strongly supports the Company’s leadership ambitions.

4.  People: 

In addition to being able to draw on the outstanding talent within both MGM Resorts and GVC, the Company has built an industry-leading team across a range of functions, including marketing, technology, product development, and customer engagement and retention.

The team has been hand-picked and combines deep industry experience from around the globe with US specialists in areas where local expertise is vital such as VIP, product UI/UX and customer research.

The US-based trading leadership team has a track-record of building trading operations and winning market share from incumbent players in the sports betting market. The approach and techniques further support the Company’s growth agenda.

“Sports betting and iGaming are fundamental to what MGM Resorts does best,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO & President of MGM Resorts. “Our investment in ROAR is a demonstration of our continued excitement about the unique benefit of offering unforgettable, premier entertainment experiences to millions of our loyal guests directly through BetMGM. We believe this competitive advantage places BetMGM at the forefront of the most dynamic growth opportunity in all of US gaming and will ultimately deliver meaningful long-term value for our shareholders.”

“These are exciting times for BetMGM, as it continues to expand its iGaming business while also offering customers an outstanding sports betting experience as live sports returns to the US,” said Kenny Alexander, CEO of GVC. “We see enormous potential for the US market and are delighted to have such a strong foothold in it through our partnership with MGM Resorts. Our stake in BetMGM is, by some distance, the most important and exciting investment that GVC has ever made. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the Company has the funding and technical resources needed to achieve long-term market leadership, whilst delivering significant value for shareholders.”

 

SOURCE MGM Resorts International

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