North America

IGT expands MGM Resorts betting contract servicing Atlantic City Borgata

MGM Resorts International’s New Jersey property the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will have its sports betting systems and terminals powered by industry technology provider IGT Group. Issuing a market update, New York-listed IGT Group confirms that it has secured the retail betting systems contract to service MGM Resorts Atlantic City property. Both parties have a prior relationship, with IGT …

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Home support – William Hill US sponsors Light FC Vegas

FTSE bookmaker William Hill has moved to expand its profile and coverage within Nevada, confirming that it will become the official betting partner of Las Vegas Lights FC (Lights FC). Playing in the United Soccer League, a division under MLS franchises, Lights FC is Las Vegas’ most popular professional soccer team, playing its games in Cashman Field (capacity: 10,000). The …

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DraftKings seeks + $150m funding round to drive new betting vision

US news source Axios has reported that DFS operator DraftKings targets a further $150-200 million funding round, seeking to accelerate its US sports betting proposition. The news of DraftKings’ planned funding round, comes as the Boston-based enterprise, today confirms that it has officially filed its application for a New Jersey state sports betting license. Furthermore, this June saw DraftKings announce …

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New Jersey to accept first sports bet this week

New Jersey is all set to begin its sports wagering business this week, following a years long battle, after Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, following Delaware’s lead on Tuesday of last week (June 5). Allowing sports betting at the state’s casinos and racetracks for certain professional and collegiate sports or athletic events, local media is stating that Monmouth …

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High Stakes… World awaits Rupert Murdoch’s move on coveted Fox

Speculation and rumour are rife in the world of media and entertainment, as Rupert Murdoch controls the destiny of warring US giants Comcast and Walt Disney Co. Last week UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock delivered the UK government’s long-awaited verdict to allow Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to acquire European digital broadcaster Sky Plc for £12 billion. Hancock and DCMS have …

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Unanimous vote leaves New Jersey on brink of sports betting

New Jersey is on the cusp of having a fully legal sports betting framework, after its legislature voted unanimously to pass a bill that will regulate and tax sports betting at casinos and racetracks in the State. The decision now rests with the State’s Governor, Phil Murphy who is in a position where he must give final confirmation prior to the …

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Income Access deal marks further PA iLottery growth

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Income Access has announced a fresh deal with the Pennsylvania Lottery, building upon the “first of its kind” agreement inked with the Michigan state lottery earlier in the year, which is designed to promote PA iLottery enrolment The Paysafe Group’s marketing technology and services provider is to utilise its platform to power the new program, which is also set to …

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GVC appoints ‘US-Pro’ Virginia McDowell as new corporate advisor

FTSE-listed gambling group GVC Holdings has confirmed the appointment of Virginia McDowell as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect. A 35-year industry veteran, McDowell will advise GVC governance and leadership on US market growth strategies, stakeholder management, resource planning and execution. McDowell was the former President and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos, from 2011 until her retirement in …

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AGA seeks new leader confirming pending departure of Geoff Freeman

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has confirmed that current Chief Executive Geoff Freeman will not renew his tenure as leader of the US industry trade body. Freeman who has led the AGA since 2013, is reported to be taking an executive role at America’s Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The announcement marks the conclusion of a five-year tenure for Freeman, who …

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Rumour Mill: Kindred Group eyes DraftKings for instant US entry

Seeking to gain an instant foothold within the US sports betting market, Stockholm-listed European online gambling operator Kindred Group Plc is reported to be eyeing DraftKings as its next acquisition target. This weekend, US betting news source LegalSportsReport.com (LSR) reported Kindred governance’s interest in acquiring ‘big 2’ daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings. Kindred’s rumoured interest in DraftKings, follows last month’s …

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