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William Hill US appoints Kenneth Fuchs as president

Niji Narayan

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William Hill US has roped in Kenneth Fuchs, an experienced and leading executive, as president of its digital operations.

“Our aim is to be the market leader in the US, with a presence in every state that legislates and the best retail and mobile experience on offer,” Philip Bowcock, Chief Executive Officer, William Hill, commented. “There’s a huge amount to play for, so it’s pleasing that we’re building the best possible team to go after it. Ken has deep digital expertise and will be a great asset as we build on the momentum we’ve generated in the US in recent months.”

Most recently, Ken was CEO of STATS, the global leader in sports data and ancillary products powering a diverse array of data, content, software and analytics needs for the world’s largest companies, brands, teams, leagues and betting operators. STATS’ client list includes Google, Apple, Amazon, ESPN, Microsoft, teams such as the New England Patriots and Golden States Warriors, as well as William Hill.

Previously, Ken was VP of Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Entertainment and Music, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and strategy for each vertical. During his time at Yahoo, Ken led the development and growth of its Fantasy Sports business. Prior to that, he also held senior leadership roles at Time Inc. and Fox Interactive Media.

“We are excited to have Ken join our team,” said Joe Asher, Chief Executive Officer, William Hill US. “He has a proven record at leading technology/media companies and a strong digital background that will allow us to continue to innovate and enhance our digital offerings as additional states legalize sports betting.”

William Hill US currently operates 108 sports books in Nevada, and provides consumers with the state’s leading mobile sports betting app.

Following the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized sports betting in May 2018, William Hill is now operating in New Jersey at Monmouth Park Racetrack, Ocean Resort Casino, and Tropicana Atlantic City and is a licensed sports betting provider in several casinos in Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

“Sports betting is just getting started in the United States, and I’m thrilled to be joining one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands at such an exciting time,” Fuchs said. “William Hill US already has an established, successful business in Nevada and has made fantastic progress since sports betting was legalized elsewhere earlier this year. I look forward to working with the team in our pursuit of market leadership and delivering great digital and mobile experiences for our customers and partners.”

Ken began his career as a lawyer at Winston & Strawn LLP after graduating from UCLA School of Law, having gained an undergraduate degree in History & Political Science at Northwestern University.

 

About William Hill PLC:
William Hill PLC is one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, employing around 16,000 people. Founded in 1934 and listed on the London Stock Exchange, it aims to provide gamblers with a fun and safe gambling experience, and has set the ambition that nobody is harmed by gambling. The majority of its £1.7bn annual revenues are still derived from the UK, where it has a national presence of licensed betting offices and one of the leading online betting and gaming services. William Hill Online has operations in Italy and Spain and serves online customers throughout the world from its headquarters in Gibraltar. In 2012, it established William Hill US with a focus on retail and mobile operations in Nevada, which is now the largest sports betting business in the US. It currently operates 126 race and sports books in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia and Iowa, is the exclusive risk manager for the sports lotteries in Delaware and is the exclusive partner to IGT to provide sports betting services to the lottery in Rhode Island. It also has licensed operations in The Bahamas and St. Kitts. William Hill PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of both the FTSE 250 and FTSE4Good Indices.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Sycuan Awarded Best Casino Buffet from 2019 Best of Mission Times Courier

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Sycuan Casino Resort announced today that the organization has been awarded Best Casino Buffet from the San Diego Community News Network’s 2019 Best of Mission Times Courier.

Each year, Mission Times Courier releases the Best of Mission Times Courier issue, which puts a spotlight on those who are doing the very best in a variety of categories. Hundreds of nominations from local residents are submitted and tallied and the winners are announced.

“We are honored to be voted Best Casino Buffet by the readers of the Mission Times Courier,” said Dan Morales, vice president of marketing at Sycuan Casino Resort. “The Buffet is one of our most popular dining venues amongst our guests and features everything from seafood to prime rib to many international dishes.”

The Buffet at Sycuan is open seven days a week and serves up a variety of different cuisines. The lunch buffet features a full spread as well as a made-to-order burger bar and malt shop with nine different handcrafted milkshakes and malts. The dinner buffet features hundreds of items including slow-roasted prime rib, crab legs, shrimp cocktail, specialty international foods and a delectable dessert bar.

 

About Sycuan Casino Resort:

Sycuan Casino Resort began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 35 years later, it has become a community landmark and one of San Diego’s premier casino and resort destinations. Sycuan recently completed a $260M expansion, which includes a 12-story luxury hotel tower with over 300 guest rooms and 57 suites. Guests can enjoy a wide range of onsite amenities including a variety of new restaurants from fast-casual to fine dining, meeting and event space, a full-service spa, fitness center and a state-of-the-art pool and gardens area with a lazy river and swim-up bar. Sycuan also boasts a newly expanded casino floor for a total of 2,800 slot machines and 54 table games in a variety of gaming options. Sycuan is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information visit www.sycuan.com or call 619-445-6002.

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Sports Betting Bill of Michigan Moves Forward

Niji Narayan

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A sports betting bill would allow organised sports betting in Michigan casinos and online was passed out of a state house committee. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo is sponsoring the legislation.

“Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive,” Iden said.

Iden hopes the bill continues to make its way through the legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk before Superbowl season.

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Gaming Innovation Group extends Hard Rock’s sportsbook in Iowa

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We found in a new press release that

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has reached an agreement with its partner, Hard Rock International (Hard Rock), to support its market entry with sports betting in the US state of Iowa. The sportsbook will initially launch with an over-the-counter solution on the casino floor at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City in Iowa. This will be followed by the launch of online and mobile sports betting in Iowa, expected in Q4 2019.

In Iowa, Hard Rock will offer a similar seamless and engaging betting experience for its consumers as it has already delivered in New Jersey, with an omni-channel sportsbook solution based on GiG’s modern and flexible technology.

For GiG, this means the Company will be able to leverage its platform in the US adding more scale to its network and revenues to the business. GiG already has the groundwork done in New Jersey after a successful proof of concept suitable and relevant to the American audience.

Iowa is one of the 12 states in the US legalising sports wagering since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal sports wagering ban in 2018. In August this year, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) authorised the 19 casinos in the state to offer statewide retail, online and mobile sports betting to consumers aged 21 or over. Iowa has approximately 3.2 million inhabitants and should also benefit with visitors from neighboring states such as Nebraska and Minnesota. It has an estimated mature sports betting market valued at revenues of around $160 million based on the total amount of money wagered by consumers. The tax rate on the sports betting revenue is 7.5%.

GiG expects this agreement to have limited impact on its revenues in 2019, with an increasing contribution from the launch of online and mobile betting in 2020 onwards.

Kresimir Spajic, Senior Vice President of Online Gaming at Hard Rock International says, “We’re excited to extend our partnership with GiG to support sports betting in Iowa, and further grow our sportsbook portfolio.”  

“Offering sports betting through GiG provides our players and guests a new level of engagement – we couldn’t be more thrilled to be launching in Iowa,” Jim Franke, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.

Richard Brown, acting Chief Executive Officer of GiG says, “After a successful launch in New Jersey, I am delighted to further deepen the relationship with Hard Rock, delivering on our strategy to grow with our partner by entering a new state in the US with our sportsbook. The agreement is both a testament to our know-how and prowess to lead a land-based casino into the digital world of betting, and a strong validation of GiG’s commercial and product delivery capabilities. We are looking forward to growing with our partner long term. We have mutual ambitions to entertain consumers with a safe and exciting first-class sports betting experience.”

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