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PointsBet and NBA Announce Multiyear Sports Betting Partnership

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PointsBet to Receive Access to Official NBA Betting Data and League Marks, Integrate Win Probability Metric Across Select NBA Platforms

PointsBet, a top-tier global sportsbook operator, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a new multiyear partnership, making PointsBet an Authorized Sports Betting Operator of the NBA.  The partnership marks PointsBet’s first with a professional sports league in the U.S.

As part of the partnership, PointsBet will integrate the first-ever Win Probability Metric across certain NBA platforms, including on NBA.com and NBA social media channels.  Powered by PointsBet, the Win Probability Metric will provide fans with real-time insight toward projected outcomes utilizing the same analytics and statistics that fuel the PointsBet sportsbook.

Additionally, PointsBet will have access to official NBA betting data and league marks across PointsBet digital betting platforms.

“As a tech company at heart, the PointsBet team is excited to work with a league as savvy and forward-thinking as the NBA,” noted Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA. “We’re certainly aligned in looking to present fans with the best experience possible, and we look forward to enhancing the sports betting aspect via the Win Probability Metric Powered by PointsBet.”

“We are thrilled to partner with PointsBet on its first U.S. sports league betting partnership, as they continue to grow their business throughout the U.S.,” said Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior Vice President, Head of Fantasy & Gaming, NBA. “PointsBet has a unique offering in the marketplace and we are excited to find new ways to engage with fans together.”

PointsBet and the NBA will also work together on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of NBA games.

 

About PointsBet
Launched in the United States in January of 2019, PointsBet is one of the fastest growing online sportsbooks in the country and is rapidly expanding its U.S. footprint. Originally founded in Australia, PointsBet is a cutting-edge bookmaker that prides itself on having the quickest and most user-friendly app (iOS and Android) while also providing the best content and experience for sports bettors. PointsBet is the only U.S. online bookmaker to offer PointsBetting – a unique and innovative way to bet – and has also introduced a slew of well-received, bettor-first initiatives, including: Good Karma Payouts, Early Payouts and an exclusive $10,000 gameday guarantee for all NBA and NHL playoff games, as well as the entire MLB and NFL seasons. PointsBet offers the most markets on all four major U.S. sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) and PointsBetting in the world, including up to 1,000 markets per NBA game.

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in nearly 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2019-20 season featured 108 international players from 38 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

 

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Scientific Games Wins Iowa Lottery’s Statewide New Gaming Systems Technology Contract

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Scientific Games Corporation  announces it won the Iowa Lottery’s (the “Lottery) 10-year contract for a new statewide gaming system to serve the lottery and the 2,400 retail locations where Iowa Lottery games are sold. The Iowa Lottery Authority Board voted 5-0 to award Scientific Games the contract and begin negotiations immediately. The 10-year contract may be extended by the Lottery up to five additional years. The Iowa Lottery plans to flip the switch to the new gaming system in the summer of 2021.

Scientific Games was selected as the best choice to meet the Iowa Lottery’s business objectives and upgrade the Lottery’s 2011 technology with minimal disruption to game sales, providing millions of dollars for vital state programs benefitting Iowans.

The Company won the contract based on highest overall score and ability to maximize funding for the Lottery’s beneficiaries. Over the last eight years of the Company’s current contract with the Iowa Lottery, the Lottery experienced an $878 million growth in total retail sales, or an average of $109 million in growth per year. Scientific Games also provides instant scratch games to the Iowa Lottery.

The Iowa Lottery’s gaming systems provider for the past 18 years, Scientific Games will deliver technology to the Iowa Lottery with minimal disruption to retail sales and responsibly generate vital funding for Iowa state programs, like university research, veterans and agriculture.

“Scientific Games appreciates the trust the Iowa Lottery has placed in our Company and our technology to continue supporting programs that help make Iowa a great place to live,” said Pat McHugh, Lottery Group CEO for Scientific Games. “We are also very proud that the hard work of our teams and ability to successfully align with lotteries’ business plans continues to position Scientific Games as the fastest growing lottery systems provider in North America.”

Scientific Games is working with the Iowa Lottery to finalize the contract and plan a seamless switch to the new technology. As part of the new technology rollout, the Iowa Lottery will upgrade to an advanced gaming system, central communications network, retailer terminals, and player self-service kiosks.

Scientific Games is a U.S.-based company providing games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries around the globe, including nearly every North American lottery.

© 2020 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

 

About Scientific Games:

Scientific Games Corporation is a world leader in entertainment offering dynamic games, systems and services for casino, lottery, social gaming, online gaming and sports betting. Scientific Games offers the gaming industry’s broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services. Committed to responsible gaming, Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, engaging entertainment content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. For more information, please visit scientificgames.com.

 

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Start Your Engines! PlaySugarHouse.com In New Jersey Is Taking Bets On Virtual NASCAR Races

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PlaySugarHouse.com is among the first sportsbooks in the U.S.  to drop the flag on virtual NASCAR races.  The sportsbook has been approved by New Jersey regulators to offer betting on the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.  New Jersey players will now be able to place bets on a virtual auto race and the first race in the series they can bet on is the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond on April 19.

The Cup Series races are as realistic as can be, featuring real stars of past and present including Jimmie JohnsonKyle BuschClint BowyerDenny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  The series of races, which started March 22, are being broadcast on FOX Sports during typical NASCAR broadcast times and have been huge hits drawing over a million viewers to the fierce iRacing competition.

“We are happy to be able to offer such an exciting and competitive entertainment event,” said Mattias Stetz, C.O.O of Rush Street Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com.  “It’s also fun to see how these talented drivers will compare in the virtual world of competitive racing.”

The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series is offering exclusive entertainment on the premier motorsports racing simulation; the same one used for years by NASCAR’s biggest stars to prepare for real world race events. This form of virtual sports is different than others because the simulator offers a full NASCAR experience down to the dynamics of the car and the real-life differences between track surfaces being raced on. Ultimately, the eNASCAR iRacing Series offers a competitive edge that traditional console videogames just can’t match.

The virtual racing schedule is designed to follow the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, which had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with the Toyota Owners 400, the virtual NASCAR series includes the Geico 500 at Talledega and the Cup Series race at Dover and looks to make virtual stops at fan-favorite tracks from coast to coast.

 

ABOUT RUSH STREET INTERACTIVE:

Founded in 2012, Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive (RSI) launched its first betting site, PlaySugarHouse.com, in New Jersey in September 2016.  The company subsequently made history by becoming the first operator in the United States to offer a fully integrated online sportsbook and casino.  In addition, RSI was the first company to launch legal online sportsbooks both in Pennsylvania (PlaySugarHouse.com) and Indiana (BetRivers.com) as well as being the first to open a legal sportsbook in the state of New York (@ Rivers Casino in Schenectady) and, most recently, in Illinois (@ Rivers Casino in Des Plaines).  RSI also operates in-casino sportsbooks at Rivers Casinos in Pittsburgh & Philadelphia and at the historic French Lick Resort in Indiana.  BetRivers.com is also the exclusive official sportsbook partner for the Philadelphia Flyers & Wells Fargo Center.  RSI was the first US-based gaming operator to launch a legal and regulated online sportsbook in Latin America (Rushbet.co in Colombia).  Rush Street Interactive is also the developer and operator of a leading social gaming platform currently deployed at the group’s affiliated land-based casinos and selected third party partners.  Rush Street Interactive was named “Mobile Operator of the Year” in North America at the EGR North America Awards 2019 and “American Operator of the Year” & “Casino Operator of the Year” at the American Gambling Awards in 2019. For more information, visit rushstreetinteractive.com.

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Twin River Casino Hotel in Rhode Island Serves as COVID-19 Test Site

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The Twin River Casino Hotel in Rhode Island is now serving as a drive-through site for the rapid COVID-19 tests.

According to Marc Crisafulli, Executive Vice President of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (TRWH) and President of its Rhode Island properties, Rhode Island Governor Raimondo selected the Twin River site and entered into a partnership with CVS Health to make free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to all Rhode Islanders.

“We are pleased to offer Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln as a rapid COVID-19 drive through testing site. We are supporting the efforts of the RI Department of Health, CVS Health, the Rhode Island State Police and the RI National Guard to ensure as smooth a testing experience as possible. This level of collaboration truly is representative of the fact that we are all in this together, and we stand ready to do all we can to support the State’s efforts to manage the spread of the virus,” Crisafulli said.

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