Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! 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.
Great Canadian Entertainment has announced the launch of Great Canadian Rewards Online registration. The programme is now the first gaming and entertainment rewards programme in Ontario to offer new members a fully digitised experience.
Bet365 has officially commenced sports betting operations in Kentucky. In partnership with Sandy’s Gaming and Racing, Kentucky becomes the sixth state of bet365’s expansion in the US, which already includes Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Iowa and Colorado.
Action Network announced the immediate launch and availability of their proprietary tools and services in Kentucky. After online and retail sports betting passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in March 2023, Action Network is now available for download on iOS and Android for sports fans living and visiting the Bluegrass State.
GGPoker has launched Road to Paradise, online poker tournaments that will allow players to win their way to the newest World Series of Poker (WSOP) live event, WSOP Paradise.
McCann Systems, the leading provider of commercial audiovisual integration, has once again been recognised for its exceptional work in the casino industry. Commercial Integrator Magazine awarded McCann Systems the Best Casino award for their work on DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field.
Blazesoft, a North American leader in the online entertainment industry, has announced its brand new venture ZulaCasino.com. The new social casino with sweepstakes features hundreds of casino-style slots, fish and crash games supplied by the leading gaming providers across the globe. Zula Casino offers daily jackpots, tournaments, a loyalty programme and captivating promotions in an effort to always improve the player experience.
Quick Custom Intelligence has announced that its QCI Enterprise Platform has won a silver medal in the “Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology” category at the 23rd Annual GGB Gaming & Technology Awards. The GGB Gaming & Technology Awards are the only North American awards programme that recognises excellence in innovation and practical application in all gaming disciplines.
Italian casino equipment manufacturer Abbiati has appointed Ron Baryoseph and Doug Baker as agents and distributors of Abbiati products for the North American market, with a primary focus on Canada. The duo are industry veterans with more than 30 years of experience in the regulated land-based casino gaming space and strong skill sets in live table games from both an operator’s perspective and a supplier’s perspective.
Sports betting venture Circa Sports has officially launched in the Illinois sports betting market. Marking the fourth and largest state for the brand from Las Vegas casino developer Derek Stevens, Circa Sports Illinois is now available via mobile betting app and has debuted a brick-and-mortar sportsbook within the new American Place in Waukegan in partnership with Full House Resorts Inc.
Gannett Co. and the USA TODAY Network announced a multi-year agreement to become the official media partner of Jackpocket. As the exclusive digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, Jackpocket will reach a broad audience across the country and provide a fun and convenient way for the USA TODAY Network audience to order lottery tickets – right from their phones.
Hacksaw Gaming Debuts DraftKings Partnership in New Jersey
The launch celebrates another North American venture with DraftKings this quarter.
Hacksaw Gaming established its business relationship with DraftKings this time last year. The pair have embarked on a North American takeover since, having successfully set the collaboration in motion in West Virginia after receiving full regulatory approval in June. The studio has already set eager sights on Pennsylvania as another future target.
Gripping the charts as renowned industry lead in the US, DraftKings has rolled out Hacksaw’s classic slots, Chaos Crew and OmNom, alongside fan-favourite Dare2Win games Mines and Boxes. The games have received a warm welcome in the online casino lobby following a fruitful agreement to brand Hacksaw’s first 10 games with exclusivity in the market for the next 2 weeks.
“Having secured such a significant presence in the US in 2023 is something we are incredibly proud of,” said Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming, “our hard work takes form in our ever-increasing footprint”.
Jackpot Digital Receives License to Install Three Jackpot Blitz(R) ETGs at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in California
Jackpot Digital has announced that it has received licensing approval from the Jackson Rancheria Tribal Gaming Agency, the regulator for Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort located in Jackson, California. The vendor’s license was the final step required for the Company to install Jackpot Blitz ETGs at Jackson Rancheria. The Company is now scheduling installation for three of its next-generation, dealerless Jackpot Blitz ETGs at the property.
Each new table installed will represent additional monthly recurring revenue to the Company.
In addition to Jackpot’s cruise ship customers, which include Carnival Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Princess Cruises, Holland America, AIDA, and Costa Cruises, Jackpot has announced land-based installations or orders in 12 states and territories in the US and growing, including California, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, US Virgin Islands, Washington, as well as several international jurisdictions.
NYC Agency Aims to Streamline Casino Application Process, But Critics Warn of Potential Community Exclusion
On Monday, the Department of City Planning introduced a new measure aimed at simplifying the application process for casinos in New York City. However, this move has sparked criticism for potentially sidelining community boards.
This initiative, discreetly submitted last Friday, emerges amidst intense competition among prominent developers for one of the three sought-after casino licenses in the downstate area.
Dan Garodnick, the City Planning Commissioner, described the measure, formally known as a zoning text amendment, as an effort to streamline the alignment of city and state procedures during a meeting on Monday.
Garodnick explained, “Our proposal is designed to level the playing field for these entities as they strive to demonstrate the economic benefits they plan to bring to New York City. Our goal is to establish a process that facilitates an orderly dialogue.”
While the state is responsible for granting casino licenses, Garodnick and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams expressed concerns in October about the city’s current land review processes. They argued that these processes are insufficient for new casinos, placing New York in a less competitive position.
The proposed amendment aims to simplify the review process, allowing state-sanctioned casinos to proceed without zoning conflicts or redundant steps in the state’s extensive licensing procedure, according to Garodnick.
With two of the downstate licenses likely going to existing racinos in Yonkers and South Ozone Park, Queens, the battle for the remaining license in New York City is intense. City Planning has confirmed eight potential locations, including five in Midtown Manhattan, one at Ferry Point in the Bronx, one in Queens proposed by Mets owner Steve Cohen, and another in Brooklyn near Coney Island, in addition to the Queens racino.
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