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NEW JERSEY SPORTSBOOKS NEARLY HIT $500 MILLION MARK IN OCTOBER FanDuel fuels New Jersey’s sportsbooks to new benchmark; Golden Nugget online tops revenue of land-based counterpart, according to

George Miller



NEW JERSEY SPORTSBOOKS NEARLY HIT $500 MILLION MARK IN OCTOBER FanDuel fuels New Jersey’s sportsbooks to new benchmark; Golden Nugget online tops revenue of land-based counterpart, according to
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New Jersey’s online and retail sportsbooks continued their string of record months and whopping year-over-year gains in October, nearly reaching its first $500 million month. And that growth should continue with the tip-off of basketball season, according to analysts.

“New Jersey has a real shot at surpassing Nevada again, if not in October, some time before the end of the NFL season,” said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst at “The state’s handle is growing at a pace near 100%, year-over-year. And the overlapping of football and basketball should propel New Jersey into new territory.”

New Jersey’s sportsbooks accepted a record $487.9 million in bets in October, an 87% jump from $260.7 million in October 2018, according to official reporting released Thursday. October’s handle beat the previous record of $445.6 million, set in September.

October’s bets yielded a record $46.4 million in revenue, up from $11.7 million in October 2018 and breaking the record $37.9 million set last month. October revenue generated $5.7 million in taxes, and pushed the state’s sports betting industry past the $300 million mark ($331.2 million) in lifetime revenue.

New Jersey’s October handle will likely fall short of Nevada — which generated $528.5 million in October 2018 and will announce October 2019 data later this month — for the second straight month. Combined the two largest U.S. markets are generating $1 billion a month in bets. And the Garden State could use the popularity of basketball — which has generated $698.2 million in bets so far in 2019, the most of any sport — to propel it past Nevada once again.

“If New Jersey is going to pass Nevada during the NFL season, it will be in large part due to the comparative popularity of basketball in the Northeast,” Gouker said. “In Nevada, football betting is king, and it’s nearly as popular in New Jersey. But a key differentiator between the two markets is that New Jersey bettors’ have shown more interest in other major sports, especially basketball.”

$417 million of all October bets were made online, accounting for 85% of New Jersey’s handle. That is up from 84% in September.

FanDuel Sportsbook/PointsBet continued to pace the online market, gaining $20.7 million in gross revenue, up from $13.3 million in September. Resorts Digital’s license, which is now anchored by DraftKings and Fox Bet in addition to its self-branded sportsbook, lost ground by generating $10.6 million, down from $10.7 million in September. The online market leaders were followed by:

  • Hard Rock/Bet365/Unibet ($1.8 million, up from $178,255 in September)
  • Monmouth/William Hill/Sugarhouse/TheScore ($1.7 million, down from $2.4 million)
  • Ocean Casino/William Hill ($1.6 million, up from $1.3 million)
  • BetMGM/Borgata ($1.4 million, up from $721,801)
  • Caesars Sportsbook/888sport ($536,600, up from $486,668)
  • Golden Nugget/BetAmerica ($359,216, up from $336,740)
  • Tropicana/William Hill ($40,014, up from $29,783)

FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands posted $4.1 million in October gross revenue, up from $3.6 million in September, to lead retail sportsbooks. FanDuel was followed in gross revenue by:

  • Monmouth Park ($1.2 million, up from $996,844 in September)
  • Ocean Casino ($697,659, down from $1.8 million)
  • Borgata ($458,351, down from $756,416)
  • Tropicana Casino ($350,230, up from $170,792)
  • Resorts AC ($265,320, down from $340,117)
  • Bally’s AC ($233,745, down from $241,703)
  • Hard Rock AC ($123,616, down from $231,150)
  • Golden Nugget ($176,890, up from $150,698)
  • Harrah’s AC ($92,449, down from $118,102)

“The addition of Fox Bet under the Resorts Digital license has reset the race for the top spot in the online market,” Gouker said. “FanDuel is still the most popular single brand in the state, but it will be worth watching whether it can keep up with DraftKings and Fox Bet.


New Jersey’s online casino and poker industry continued its push toward $450 million in annual revenue after a record October, as the Golden Nugget’s online product generated more revenue than its land-based casino for the first time.

Online casino games and poker generated $45.2 million in October, up 69% from $26.8 million in October 2018, and blowing past the previous record of $41.14 million set in September. The industry has now generated an annual best $384.2 million in revenue so far in 2019 — 58% better than the $242.7 million generated in the first 10 months of 2018.

The importance of New Jersey’s digital product can be seen in the online casino market’s heaviest hitter. The Golden Nugget tallied $16.6 million in October, up 71% from $9.7 million in October 2018, to easily lead the online casino market. More importantly, for the first time its online revenue surpassed the revenue its land-based Atlantic City casino generated ($14.8 million).

“What the Golden Nugget continues to prove is that its online casino can generate millions in revenue and grow at an overwhelming pace without a negative impact on their own land-based operations,” said Eric Ramsey, online gambling analyst for “When the first online casinos launched in 2013, many thought such a dynamic would be impossible. But clearly that has been proven wrong.” 

Some other important online casino and poker data from the September report:

  • Online casinos generated $6.8 million in tax revenue in October and has now injected $245.1 million into government coffers since launch in November 2013.
  • The industry generated $1.5 million per day during the 31 days of October, up from $863,028 per day in October 2018.
  • Online casino games generated $43.6 million in October, up from $39.5 million in September. Online poker was flat at $1.6 million.

For more information and analysis on regulated sports betting and online gaming in New Jersey, visit

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 21-27

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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Celer Network’s mobile eSports platform CelerX has become the first mobile esports platform on blockchain to surpass $3 million in player winnings in one month. Since the global release of the BUST-A-MOVE Real Money Tournament in July 2020, CelerX has seen new record-highs in the number of games played each week and users making an average of $20 per day – with top users making $1000+ per day. So far, mid-August has proven to be the biggest gaming day of 2020 and complements CelerX’s $3 million worth of player winnings across the mobile esports platform and game portfolio in one month.

Construction of Fusion Arena, the $50 million esports arena in Philadelphia, has been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3500-seat facility was expected to open in 2021 and was commissioned by Comcast Spectacor, owner of the Philadelphia Fusion of the Overwatch League.

The Legislature of the city of Buenos Aires has addressed a proposed law on the prevention of gambling addiction and the regulation of online gaming on September 24. The bill was proposed by the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires (LOTBA).

The Carson Nugget casino in Nevada is going to replace and upgrade its old casino management system with Table Trac’s CasinoTrac management system.

Carousel Group has announced that its online sportsbook,, has gone live in Colorado. took its first wager from Colorado late last Wednesday, a bet on the Dodgers, which resulted in a winning ticket for the customer. The next full day of betting saw a customer win $7,000 on a six-team MLB parlay. has rolled out a number of promotions to kick off the launch.

New Partnerships

Online bookmaker Betway has entered into a partnership with North American esports organisation beastcoast. As per this new one-year deal, the bookmaker will back beastcoast’s Peruvian Dota 2 team. Betway will obtain rights to jersey branding, as well as player access, allowing the bookmaker to “bring its fans closer to the action.”

Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company has partnered with Newzoo, the world’s leading provider of games and esports analytics. The partnership will enable the two companies to exchange esports market data and insights. Also, Simplicity will have access to Newzoo’s data analytics tools.


For the third consecutive year, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s (MGE) flagship property Mohegan Sun was voted “Best Casino Hotel” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominees for the awards were selected by a panel of experts, including editors from both USA Today and, as well as relevant expert contributors. This year’s list of nominees featured some of the most well-known casinos and resorts in the US.

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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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