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Gambling in the USA Announces the American Gambling Awards Finalists

George Miller


on Announces the American Gambling Awards Finalists
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The American Gambling Awards have announced more than 50 unique finalists across 14 categories for the inaugural edition of the awards. will present the winners with the Golden Eagle trophy on June 18th, 2019 at the All-American Sports Betting Summit. Custom designed and developed over the past 3 months, the Golden Eagle is the new icon of achievement in the regulated American market for online gambling.


The American Gambling Awards were launched in March, 2019 as the first awards program to recognize excellence among operators, suppliers, advocates, policymakers, lawyers and regulators supporting the regulated online gambling market in the United States.

To properly honor the achievements of the winners, the awards team insisted on developing a custom trophy to be the new icon of achievement in the industry. The team engaged Society Awards, the design house that produces the most recognizable trophies in the world, including those for the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Emmys. Manufactured in America, the Golden Eagle trophy is an 11-inch, gold-plated, cast-pewter statuette of an American Bald Eagle, proudly resting in front of a pile of casino chips.

Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive of Group Plc, explains, “After announcing the American Gambling Awards in March, we received tremendous feedback and excitement from throughout the industry here in America. We are pleased to announce a strong list of contenders that represents the first movers, leaders and all around go-getters, paving the way in the American online gambling market. We’ve also had great fun developing the Golden Eagle trophy, an epic statuette that is unlike anything the gambling industry has seen before.”

The nominations for each award category will now be evaluated by a panel of more than 25 expert judges. To ensure the highest possible integrity, votes will be tallied by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The American Gambling Awards will culminate with a party and trophy presentation on June 18th, 2019 in association with the All-American Sports Betting Summit, organized by Eventus International. Matthew Berry, the fantasy sports analyst, New York Times best-selling author and host of The Fantasy Show on ESPN+, will host the party. Winners will be crowned as attendees celebrate at the historic Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey on the 1 year anniversary of New Jersey’s first legal sports bet. The party is free to attend for all registered attendees of the All-American Sports Betting Summit, finalists, judges and others by invitation.

The finalists for the 14 award categories are:

American Operator of the Year

  • Caesars Interactive Entertainment
  • Golden Nugget
  • MGM Resorts (Borgata + PlayMGM)
  • Rush Street Interactive
  • 888 Holdings

Sports Betting Operator of the Year

  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • PlayMGM
  • William Hill

Casino Operator of the Year

  • Betfair Casino
  • Caesars
  • Golden Nugget
  • Rush Street Interactive
  • Tropicana
  • 888

Poker Operator of the Year

  • Borgata
  • WSOP
  • 888

Fantasy Sports Operator of the Year

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • FantasyDraft
  • Monkey Knife Fight
  • Playline
  • Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

Horse Racing Operator of the Year

  • TwinSpires
  • TVG
  • Xpressbet

Payments Provider of the Year

  • EML
  • PaySafe

Service Provider of the Year

  • Optimove
  • Fresh8 Gaming
  • Digital Fuel
  • Evolution Gaming
  • GeoComply
  • Income Access
  • Sportradar
  • Catena Media
  • Vegas Kings

Corporate Transaction of the Year

  • Bet365 & Hard Rock
  • MGM Resorts & GVC
  • MGM Resorts & Boyd Gaming
  • Paddy Power Betfair & FanDuel
  • The Stars Group & Eldorado Resorts

Responsible Gambling Award

  • BetAmerica
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • National Council on Problem Gambling
  • Rush Street Interactive

Industry Supporter of the Year

  • Joe Brennan Jr, CEO, SportAd
  • Senator Raymond Lesniak, former New Jersey State Senator
  • Dan Wallach, Wallach Legal
  • GeoComply
  • iDEA Growth

Lawyer of the Year

  • Mark Hichar
  • Jeff Ifrah
  • Ted Olson

Policymaker of the Year

  • Shawn Fluharty, West Virginia Delegate
  • Bill Galvano, Florida State Senator
  • Brandt Iden, Michigan State Representative
  • J. Gary Pretlow, New York Assemblyman

Regulator of the Year

  • Allen Godfrey, Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Susan Hensel, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • David Rebuck, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

For more information about the American Gambling Awards, including a full list of award finalists and judges, please visit the awards website here:

Source: Group Plc

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Delaware igaming Revenue Increases in September

Niji Narayan



Delaware igaming Revenue Increases in September
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Delaware’s online gaming revenue has climbed to a year-high of $384,830 in September. This came despite player spending on igaming slipped month-on-month from $12.5m in August to $11.8m last month.

The September total smashed 2019’s previous monthly high of $313,648 in May and was only the second time that revenue had surpassed the $300,000 mark so far this year.

Table games were the most popular form of online gambling, with consumers spending $7.9m and operators taking $171,156 in revenue.

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Gambling in the USA

ICS heads to Vegas to showcase US services

George Miller



ICS heads to Vegas to showcase US services
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Sports content and digital media specialists to talk to delegates about range of products and services

ICS Media Group (ICS), the sports content and digital media specialists, will be heading to Las Vegas next week to showcase and discuss the full range of services they can supply to the US market.

ICS’s Business Development Director Dean Rayson will be attending the event, which runs this week, to showcase the company’s range of content, marketing and translation services.

This includes ICS-digital campaigns targeted for a US iGaming audience as well as in-depth journalistic and analytical content around all US sports including American horseracing. Ideal for in-play bettors, the engaging content guides punters into making informed betting choices.

ICS creates written, audio and video content in 71 languages as well as providing translation and localisation services in Slots and Virtual in addition to Sportsbook and Casino.

Racing Post’s – ICS parent company – services will also be on offer throughout the conference. The recently launched global horseracing content, data and live betting content product, Intellr In-play, will take centre stage over the three days.

Dean Rayson, Business Development Director at ICS Media Group, said: “This will be the first time ICS has headed to the bright lights of Vegas and we are looking forward to being on the Strip. Having attended a number of other iGaming events in the United States, we already have a foothold in the country and are excited looking forward to showcasing our services to even more potential clients in Nevada.

“Clearly, the repeal of PASPA last year has made the US a very exciting territory and as more states legalise, there will be more opportunities too. With nearly two decades of experience in betting content, we are well-placed to support sportsbooks, casinos, esports organisations, affiliates and DFS businesses enhance their products for their punters.

“Adding content to a site increases dwell time, with live audio seeing the average customer stay up to 25 minutes more on a sports betting site, boosting conversions. Furthermore, content can be integral to the education process and can be used to encourage casual customers who are intimidated by betting to place their first sports wagers.

“Supplying editorial, audio and video services to clients across many territories globally, we’re excited to expand our contacts further.”

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Taco Bell partners with MGM

George Miller



Taco Bell partners with MGM
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The Taco Bell and BetMGM partnership means fans can now bet on who will steal that first base, becoming this year’s Taco Hero and securing free tacos for America

For the seventh year in a row, Taco Bell is giving fans across the country another reason to get excited for the World Series: free tacos. But this year, Taco Bell is raising the stakes again. By teaming up with BetMGM, operated by Roar Digital, BetMGM will offer sports and taco fans alike the chance to wager real money on what player they think will steal the first base of the World Series – an honor Taco Bell has dubbed, ‘Taco Hero.’*

“When it comes to the World Series, rooting for that first stolen base and rejoicing for free tacos has really become the game within the game. So, teaming up with BetMGM to give fans a whole new way to participate in ‘Steal A Base, Steal A Taco’ felt like a natural extension for us,” said Will Bortz, Director of Brand Partnerships and Sponsorships at Taco Bell. “We can’t wait to see fans engage with the program like never before and, of course, we’re excited to see if their predictions come true.”

Fans looking to test their luck this October can participate at MGM Resorts in NevadaMississippi and New Jersey, or download the BetMGM digital app in New Jersey (playMGM in Nevada). BetMGM will post prop bets on October 14, before the end of the League Championship Series presented by GEICO, offering a list of active players from the four remaining playoff teams. BetMGM oddsmakers will use historical data and their odds-making process to post real odds, which will be updated as the Postseason progresses. But win or lose, everyone’s a winner when free tacos are being offered.

“The 2019 World Series is certain to feature some of baseball’s biggest stars and most recognized teams, along with millions of hungry baseball fans,” said Matt Prevost, Chief Marketing Officer, Roar Digital. “Taco Bell’s ‘Steal a Base, Steal a Taco’ promotion is one of the most talked about and engaging initiatives in all of sports, and we are thrilled to be taking part in this fun and interactive experience via our BetMGM app as well as at participating MGM Resorts.”

The 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV starts Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Once the first base is stolen in the World Series, Taco Bell will announce the redemption day for America to cash in on a free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos at all participating U.S. Taco Bell locations, while supplies last.

Fans that are registered users on Taco Bell’s website or app can redeem their free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos online or via mobile (all day, redemption date to be confirmed). Offer excludes delivery. Offer excludes Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos Supreme®. Limit one (1) free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos per person or registered account in the fifty (50) U.S. States and the District of Columbia. Check out for full terms and conditions.


*Valid only in NevadaMississippi and New Jersey at MGM Sportsbooks and via the BetMGM App in New Jersey and the PlayMGM App in Nevada. Must be 21 or older. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800-GAMBLER.


Source: Taco Bell Corp.

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