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With The Kickoff Of Football Season, Pennsylvania’s Sportsbooks Generate $109 Million Handle

George Miller



With The Kickoff Of Football Season, Pennsylvania’s Sportsbooks Generate $109 Million Handle
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Pennsylvania bettors jumped at their first chance to legally bet on football, pushing the state’s online and retail sportsbooks to new heights. In all, Pennsylvania sportsbooks attracted a record $109 million in bets in August, offering a first glimpse into the power of football betting, according to analysts.

“Sports bettors almost universally bet on football, so it is no surprise that even with just one full week of college football games and NFL futures to bet on, that Pennsylvania would experience a significant uptick,” said Jessica Welman, sports betting analyst for “But with the NFL season now underway and more sportsbooks online, August’s successes are just a precursor to much bigger things ahead.”

According to official data released on Monday, the handle from online and retail sportsbooks was up 84% from the previous record of $59.3 million set in July. Combined, online and retail bets yielded $9.9 million in revenue in August, up from $5.1 million in revenue in July. August’s “win” injected $2.1 million into state and local government coffers.

The four online sportsbooks that operated in Pennsylvania in August grabbed an increasing share of the total sports betting market. Online bets increased from $39 million in July to $83.2 million in August, representing 76% of the state’s total handle, up from 65.7% in July. By comparison, about 85% of sports bets in New Jersey are made online.

“Online betting in Pennsylvania will continue to increase its share of the state’s handle to a level on par with New Jersey,” Welman said. “To that point, the early-September launch of Fox Bet — the first major sports media-branded betting site in any state — is an interesting development that should gain bettors’ attention. And other online sportsbooks are planning on launching this fall.

The growth of FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino, which enjoyed its first full month of operation in August, is another key reason why the future of online sports betting is bright. FanDuel — a brand that dominates both the retail and online markets in New Jersey — attracted $35.3 million in online bets in August, yielding $2.9 million in revenue and overtaking SugarHouse Casino as the market leader. SugarHouse generated $25 million in online bets, up from $22.2 million in July. That generated $1.7 million in revenue for SugarHouse.

SugarHouse and FanDuel were followed in the online market by:

  • Rivers ($16.9 million online handle, up from $9.9 million in July; $1 million online revenue, up from $773,642)
  • Parx Casino ($6 million online handle, up from $3.6 million; $620,573 revenue, up from $333,070)

SugarHouse took the retail market lead in August, accepting $5.4 million bets, up from $4.3 million in July. That yielded $816,768 in revenue. SugarHouse was followed by:

  • Parx ($5 million handle, up from $3.6 million; $722,945 revenue, up from $414,730)
  • Rivers ($4.9 million handle, up from $4.4 million in July; $631,012 revenue, up from $384,576)
  • Valley Forge Casino ($2.5 million handle, up from $1.8 million; $175,330 revenue, up from $168,146)
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course ($2.1 million handle, up from $1.8 million; $309,171 revenue, up from $196,188)
  • South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook ($2 million handle, up from $1.9 million; $337,680 revenue, up from $150,074)
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia ($1.9 million handle, up from $1.7 million; $251,296 revenue, up from $186,574)
  • Presque Isle ($1.2 million handle, up from $162,781; $282,384 revenue, up/ from $45,469)
  • Oaks Race and Sportsbook ($942,856 handle, up from $789,502; $48,230 revenue, down from $110,553)

“Even if FanDuel’s ascension is all but inevitable, its first full month in the online market was impressive,” Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for “To take over the market lead so quickly shows the strength of the FanDuel brand. However, competition for market supremacy should remain fierce.”

Online casinos post strong first full month

SugarHouse, Parx and Penn National casinos enjoyed their first full month of online casino games in August, and generated $3.4 million in gross revenue on $111.8 million in wagers. That is up from $812,306 in July revenue and $49.2 million in bets. The revenue injected $985,155 into state coffers.

Sugarhouse led the way with $1.6 million in revenue on $40.9 million in bets, followed by Parx ($1.1 revenue, $53.1 million wagers), and Penn National ($684,452 revenue, $17.8 million in wagers). But as strong as August was, many more online casinos are in the works this fall, according to analysts.

“It will take a few more months before we get a clear picture of Pennsylvania’s online gambling market, but the early returns are positive,” Gouker said. “This market should grow dramatically before the end of the year, working with online sportsbooks to grow exponentially in the coming months.”

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Jamie Foxx To Star In BetMGM’s New Brand Campaign

George Miller



Jamie Foxx To Star In BetMGM's New Brand Campaign
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BetMGM, the market-leading sports betting and online gaming platform, is proud to announce that Academy and GRAMMY Award winner Jamie Foxx will star in the company’s new ad campaign. The multitalented sensation, who has conquered the worlds of comedy, film, and music, is now also the face of BetMGM’s new The King of Sportsbooks campaign.

Foxx will star in a variety of traditional and social media advertisements for BetMGM. For their first brand campaign together, The King of Sportsbooks, made in partnership with creative agency 72andSunny New York, BetMGM showcases the excitement that comes with sports betting. The campaign will roll out in the coming weeks featuring a video ad, with the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas as the canvas. The ad creates a “sitting on the edge of your seat” experience by combining the magic of sports brought to life on the Fountains, with the surrealism of Foxx levitating above water.

“Jamie is an exceptional talent and we’re proud to have him partner with us on our new campaign for BetMGM,” said BetMGM’s Chief Marketing Officer Matt Prevost. “The King of Sportsbooks campaign is the next step in the evolution of the BetMGM brand and Jamie brings a unique ability to tell our story in an incredibly creative and entertaining way. BetMGM exists at the intersection of sports and entertainment and Jamie fits this positioning perfectly; we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the BetMGM family.”

Jamie Foxx is an award-winning actor, singer, and comedian. He recently won “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” at the NAACP Image Awards and received a SAG Award nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” for his performance in Just Mercy. Foxx can currently be seen in Netflix’s Project Power, which launched on August 14, and is a starring voice in Disney/Pixar’s upcoming feature Soul set for release on November 20.

Available for download on both iOS and Android and accessible via desktop, BetMGM leverages an exclusive betting engine that allows sports fans to place bets quickly and with ease and is accessible in seven states, with plans to be live in 11 by the end of 2020. For more information, follow @BetMGM on Twitter.


SOURCE MGM Resorts International

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 14-20

Niji Narayan



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

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

John Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Pollard Banknote Limited, has been inducted into the Public Gaming Research Institute’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. Each year, the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame’s members nominate and vote on industry leaders who promote excellence, integrity and success in the lottery industry. John Pollard, along with five other recipients, will be honored in a virtual ceremony on October 14.

WarnerMedia is going to join the growing parade of media firms eager to court consumer interest in sports betting. During the coverage of NBA’s Western Conference Finals, TNT will present an alternate live-streamed feed of the games that includes commentary on betting analysis and odds. The feed, known as “TNT Bets” and made available to cable and satellite subscribers via the Watch TNT app, will be hosted by Bleacher Report’s Cabbie Richards, Kelly Stewart and Tim Doyle, and the leading gaming company FanDuel will provide real-time statistics and information.

Elaine Wynn, who has 8.84% stakes in Wynn Resorts Limited, the biggest among single shareholders, has reportedly dropped her quest to secure a position in the board of directors of the company. She made this announcement during a fitness hearing held by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. She reportedly revealed that she accepts her age of 75 years is a constraint for such positions.

Betfair has announced that it is withdrawing from the NJ betting market due to disappointing results and because the state is getting its first sports betting exchange. Betfair entered the NJ market back in 2015, but generated a sports betting handle of just $12.4 million in 2018. Now, Sporttrade, a sports betting startup, is to introduce a proprietor betting exchange for the state via an agreement with Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

New partnership

ESPN has entered into two separate multi-year agreements with Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings. The deals include co-exclusive link integrations across ESPN digital platforms connecting fans to sportsbooks from Caesars Entertainment’s sports betting partner, William Hill, and DraftKings.

New Appointment

US gaming company DraftKings Inc. has appointed Erik Bradbury as its Chief Accounting Officer and principal accounting officer. His appointment came into force on September 10. Mr. Bradbury, who has about 16 years of experience in accounting, will report to Jason Park, the CFO of the company.

New Launching

Sports book operator William Hill has announced the launch of its mobile sports betting app in Illinois, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment’s Grand Victoria Casino. The William Hill Mobile App is built on a proprietary platform, offering an easy and seamless betting experience. The app offers multiple deposit and withdrawal options. The app has enhanced technology features, such as a biometric login and a quick-bet option.


Online gaming platform provider Dench Solutions has obtained a compliance certificate to act as a gaming test house of Gaming Laboratories International. The company was awarded the GLI-19 standard for its ability to meet strict security standard requirements when dealing with customer data.

The Virginia Lottery Board has approved the proposed sports betting regulations after the fifty-six day public consultation period ended on September 9. As part of the public consultation, it received 183 comments from various companies and sports leagues. The Lottery’s deputy director Gina Smith said each comment was read and reviewed.

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NetEnt expands in the US with BetMGM deal for the newly regulated market in West Virginia

George Miller



NetEnt expands in the US with BetMGM deal for the newly regulated market in West Virginia
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NetEnt is set to launch its award-winning games in West Virginia with iGaming operator BetMGM. This marks NetEnt’s first entry into the Mountain State.

NetEnt has teamed up with fast-growing iGaming group BetMGM in a partnership that is set to further increase the supplier’s reach in key US markets. Backed by GVC Group and MGM Resorts, BetMGM is soon to launch NetEnt content in West Virginia, which opened the doors to online casinos on July 15, marking the first time NetEnt’s internationally renowned content will be available in the market. NetEnt recently received a temporary license from the regulating authorities in West Virginia.

The agreement follows a strong period of growth for NetEnt in the US, after recently reporting triple-digit increases in quarterly gross gaming revenue in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“BetMGM’s rapid success in the US has been impressive and shows no signs of slowing down, making this a significant deal for our company as we continue to expand across the country,” says Brian Kraft, NetEnt Vice President Commercial, Americas. “Thanks to the strong performance of our games locally, the US is now a major revenue driver for NetEnt and we look forward to working with BetMGM to accelerate growth of both our businesses.”

Matthew Sunderland, VP Gaming at BetMGM, said: “We have already seen great success with NetEnt content in New Jersey. Their team really understand what appeals to gaming customers and I am positive this will serve as a major advantage as we strengthen our existing casino offering in West Virginia.”

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