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Hard Rock and Kindred confirmed for inaugural Betting on Sports America

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Hard Rock International, Kindred Group, Missouri Lottery, Mississippi Gaming Commission, Foxwoods, Webis Holdings and the National Council on Problem Gambling are just some of the key industry organisations to be represented across seven conference tracks at next year’s inaugural Betting on Sports America (23-25 April 2019).

Super Early Bird tickets are now available for #bosamerica, which is set to become the biggest sports betting dedicated event to take place on American soil. All the ‘Super Early Birds’ who purchase tickets before Friday 21 December will get $300 off the full ticket price.

Headline sponsored by SG Digital, Inbet Games and BetConstruct, it will kick off with a pre-registration party near the heart of the “Big Apple” – Times Square on 23 April, then cross the Hudson River to Meadowlands Exposition Center for the two-day conference and exhibition (24-25 April), before returning to Manhattan for a spectacular closing party.

Just a short trip from New York, the Meadowlands venue will host over 1,500 delegates and 60 exhibitors across 61,000 sq ft of exhibition space, as well as 175 leading industry speakers including Keith Whyte, Executive Director for the NCPG, and Ed Comins, Managing Director of Webis Holdings – operator of WatchandWager.com.

Whyte said: “It’s a great opportunity to advocate for responsible gambling with key stakeholders in the sports betting sector, but also to learn about the latest trends and products from industry leaders and develop mutually beneficial partnerships.”

Comins added: “I can’t wait to play a part in the inaugural Betting on Sports America. I’m particularly pleased about horse racing’s inclusion in the conference agenda. There is no doubting there are opportunities for the sport, but it needs to be positioned in the right way to fit the new environment.”

The lineup also includes Kresimir Spajic (Hard Rock International), May Scheve (Missouri Lottery), Allen Godfrey (Mississippi Gaming Commission), Andrew Winchell (Chief of Staff to New York State Senator), Chris Grove (Legal Sports Report), Daniel Wallach (Wallach Legal LLC), Manuel Stan (Kindred Group) and Seth Young (PointsBet).

These speakers will be spread across the following conference tracks – Betting on Regulation, Sport in Focus, Trading & Operations, Sponsorship & Marketing, Sports & Betting, States of the Nation and Demystifying Sports Betting covering a multitude of the most important issues and providing vital insights and inspiration for delegates.

On the first day, Betting on Regulation will look at lessons learned from other regulated markets and why Nevada is living proof that an individual state can successfully police sports betting, while Sport in Focus will assess the tribal response and whether the outdated Wire Act should be completely reworked to provide a future-proof regulatory framework.

Trading & Operations will consider the most crucial components to the supply chain, what’s next for DFS now that sports betting has stolen its thunder, and why effective geolocation is essential to staying compliant with state laws. Meanwhile, Sponsorship & Marketing will discuss boosting ROI, the advantage of individuality within ambassadorial appointments, the role of affiliates in the new market and the power of social media influencers.

On day two, the first ‘March Madness’ since PASPA was repealed will be reviewed during ‘Sports & Betting’, a track which will also cover the future of horse racing in the country and the best approach to taking bets on college football without endangering its players.

States of the Nation will put the spotlight on New Jersey as a land of opportunity and discuss lessons learned for the next wave of legal sports betting adopters, including New York, while Demystifying Sports Betting will look at opportunities presented by pool betting, the role of the blockchain, and why virtual sports are not just an introduction to the world of betting.

Super Early Bird tickets for the inaugural Betting on Sports America conference are available for just $399 (+VAT), but only until 14 December. To secure the exclusive discount get your discounted tickets HERE now.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 13-19

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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

Paysafe, a leading specialised payments platform, announced that Income Access, its marketing technology and services provider, won in the “Affiliate Tracking Software of the Year” category at the 2022 SiGMA Americas Awards.

GameSquare Esports will present at the Collision 2022 Conference, in Toronto, Ontario held between June 20 and 23. Justin Kenna, CEO of GameSquare, will be joined on stage by Leonard Fournette, running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Complexity Stars Team Member, and Marissa Roberto, host of Digital SportsCentre at TSN Sports.

EBET, a leading global provider of advanced wagering products and technology, has received two prizes at the SiGMA Americas Awards. Its online casino and sportsbook brand Karamba won Online Casino of the Year, and EBET was named Esport Product of the Year.

Cherokee Nation Entertainment Gaming Holdings, a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, has announced that it has signed an agreement with MGM Resorts International to purchase the operations of Gold Strike Tunica for $450 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments.

Elys Game Technology has announced the closing of the previously announced registered direct offering with a single institutional investor for the purchase and sale of 3,166,227 shares of the Company’s common stock (or common stock equivalents) at a purchase price of $0.9475 per share of common stock (or common stock equivalent) in a registered direct offering.

End 2 End authorities have confirmed the company’s participation in the next edition of the Brazilian iGaming Summit (BiS), an event that will take place on June 28-29 at the Espaço Boulevard JK in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

Partnerships

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced an agreement with PokerGO, the world’s largest poker content company, to host the BetMGM Poker Championship final table and a $25K freeroll tournament in the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

San Diego Loyal Soccer Club has announced a strategic partnership with Sycuan Casino Resort, San Diego’s premier luxury hotel and world-class gaming destination. As per the deal, Sycuan is now the entitlement sponsor of the newly renamed “Sycuan Endline Suites” at Torero Stadium.

PointsBet Canada has entered into a partnership with ClubLink, Canada’s largest owner and operator of golf clubs. The multi-year partnership will see PointsBet Canada become the Official Sports Betting Partner of ClubLink which hosts over 1,000,000 rounds of golf annually at its clubs in Ontario.

UFC and DraftKings announced plans to launch a new iteration of DraftKings’ “Reignmakers” gamified digital collectibles franchise focused on UFC. Reignmakers UFC will allow fans to build collections of their favorite UFC fighters and utilise them in games to compete for prizes.

Appointments

Jamul Casino has appointed Ram Patrachari as its new Chief Information Officer. With more than two decades of IT and casino experience, Ram is a sought-after gaming technology industry expert, speaker and award-winning executive.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has again expanded its Client Solutions and Client Services teams with the additions of Steve May as Client Solutions Executive and Samuel Grunther as Account Executive.

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Bojoko doubles down in the US and Canada

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Award-winning gambling affiliate launches dedicated .us and .ca domains as part of efforts to deliver a truly localised user experience

Bojoko, the award-winning online gambling affiliate brand, has launched dedicated sites for players in the US and Canada under .us and .ca domains as it continues to work towards its goal of becoming the leading affiliate in North America.

Bojoko.us and Bojoko.ca have been completely redeveloped under the hood so that they provide players with accurate and up to date information about each of the online casino brands available to them in specific states and provinces across the US and Canada.

This allows Bojoko to offer a truly localised product to players across both markets. This includes expertly written content that covers everything players need to know about online casino in the US and Canada, as well as a selection of powerful filtering tools to help them find the best brands.

Bojoko has also rolled out its “double layer” testing and review process for all of the casinos listed in the US and Canada. Each brand is put through its paces by Bojoko’s team of independent testers who sign up, deposit and play at each casino before leaving feedback on the experience they receive.

This is combined with player reviews and ratings so that Bojoko members know exactly what to expect before they sign up and play at any of the casinos it lists.

Joonas Karhu from Bojoko, said: “Canada and the US are two of the largest online casino markets in the world and we wanted to offer players a truly localised version of Bojoko to help them learn more about online casino and find the brands that meet their preferences the most.

“We realised the only way to do this was to launch dedicated domains for the US and Canada. This was a significant undertaking, and certainly from a technical perspective, but our team has overcome all challenges faced and we now offer a superior user experience as a result.

“We have already gained great traction in both the US and Canada and now look forward to driving even more growth with our dedicated domains.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 6-12

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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

Accel Entertainment announced the completion of its previously announced transaction to acquire Century Gaming, one of the leading distributed gaming operators in the Western US, for $164.2 million in cash and stock, including Century’s working capital.

Video King Gaming Systems and Parlay Games announced the certification by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) of their national, tribally linked, flagship Class II bingo product: Bingo Treasures. With the completion of GLI’S certification and filing of a patent application with the USPTO, Video King has commenced licensing this suite of Class II linked iGaming products to Tribal customers throughout the US.

HeadsUp Entertainment International has launched “multiple revenue platforms” in six US states and Ontario. This comes alongside a partnership with fellow Canadian brand Enteractive Media, which will see both companies collaborate on the first of a number of content production initiatives “to produce daily content for sports betting customer acquisition”.

Rush Street Interactive has announced that it is adding its industry-leading online sportsbook to its existing online casino at BetRivers in West Virginia. Now sports fans across the Mountain State, aged 21 and over, can join gaming enthusiasts to place bets quickly and securely from the integrated BetRivers iOS and Android apps and website.

Playtech has announced that it has launched its multichannel technology with NorthStar Bets, an Ontario-based brand that provides players with a uniquely local, premier user experience on their casino and sportsbook gaming platform.

Win Systems has announced the installation of its award-winning WIGOS casino management system at the Ocean Gaming Casino in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Paramount Commerce has launched its Instant Bank Transfer payment solution in Canada for iGaming and sports betting operators. The product, proven in the North American online gaming and sports betting markets, delivers industry-leading conversion, ubiquitous bank coverage and state-of-the-art risk management.

New Appointments

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced that Katherine Armstrong has been named SVP of Human Resources for the Company. Armstrong assumes the role from Chuck Kenyon who announced his retirement after 18 years of leading CDI’s HR department.

Tracy Bradford has been promoted to the position of President of Seminole Hard Rock Support Services. In her new role, she will be responsible for all management and operations of Support Services, Customer Care and Aviation.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has appointed Alicia Magee as VP of Finance. In her new role, Magee will oversee overall responsibility for finance-related areas.

Mohegan has announced the appointment of Heather Menzano as VP, Web Communications to oversee corporate and casino branded website and app development in North America.

Rush Street Gaming has promoted Bill Keena and Marc Arndt as COO and CFO, respectively.

New Partnerships

Vanta has partnered with Association for Middle Level Education to become the new official esports platform and partner of AMLE. With this partnership, AMLE’s membership of 35,000 educators will now be able to bring esports to their students via a safe, COPPA compliant platform.

Jackpocket has become the official digital lottery partner of Colorado Rockies. The partnership is Jackpocket’s third with a Major League Baseball team.

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