The 2023 edition of the American Gambling Awards announced the full list of 11 winners recognized for their leadership and innovation within the regulated, online U.S. gambling industry. The American Gambling Awards are produced by Gambling.com Group Limited, a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry.
In lieu of a traditional awards event, Gambling.com Group is hosting American Gambling Awards winners, judges and other invited partners at an exclusive VIP dinner in November in New York at Carbone. The intimate celebration will serve as a culmination of the program and will commemorate a year of remarkable industry success.
Each winner received the American Gambling Awards’ exclusive Golden Eagle trophy – the icon of achievement in the regulated American market for online gambling – engraved with their details. Designed by Gambling.com Group and manufactured by Society Awards – the firm that produces the Emmys, American Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards – the Golden Eagle trophy is an 11-inch, gold-plated, cast-pewter statuette of an American Bald Eagle, proudly resting in front of a pile of casino chips. The 2023 American Gambling Awards featured nearly 50 finalists, with the nominations evaluated by one of the most distinguished panels of expert judges the industry has seen.
The 2023 American Gambling Awards winners are:
- Online Sportsbook of the Year: FanDuel Sportsbook
- Online Casino of the Year: BetMGM Casino
- Gaming Product of the Year: Adventures Beyond Wonderland Live from Playtech
- Online Betting Product of the Year: Simplebet
- Platform Provider of the Year: White Hat Gaming
- Data Service Provider of the Year: Genius Sports
- Payment Service Provider of the Year: Paysafe
- Responsible Gaming Award: Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health
- Dealmaker of the Year: Moelis & Company for Fanatics’ acquisition of PointsBet’s U.S. business
- Policymaker of the Year: Sen. Damon Thayer & Rep. Michael Lee Meredith (KY)
- Regulator of the Year: Anna Marin Russell, Ohio Casino Control Commission
Charles Gillespie, CEO of Gambling.com Group, said: “The American Gambling Awards is our gift to the growing industry in America, and I am delighted that this year’s winners are representative of the evolvement of regulated sports betting and online casino in the US. We are for the development of a responsibly regulated, competitive, modern online gambling market that serves the interests of the American consumer. It is our hope that the American Gambling Awards will bring positive attention to the leaders making this a reality.”
FanDuel Sportsbook is the 2023 American Gambling Awards Online Sportsbook of the Year
The American Gambling Awards has announced FanDuel Sportsbook as the 2023 “Online Sportsbook of the Year.” The American Gambling Awards are produced by Gambling.com Group Limited, a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry.
FanDuel has established itself as the leading online sportsbook in the US with 44% market share and currently stands at 48% gross gaming revenue share year-to-date for 2023, tops among all U.S. operators.
Judges cited FanDuel’s strong commitment to customer engagement through innovative product offerings like being the first to market with Same Game Parlays. The judges also cited FanDuel’s strategic partnerships as another driver of its success. During the judging period, FanDuel was an official sports wagering partner of the Kentucky Derby, making it the only sportsbook where fans could place bets on the race.
Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Gambling.com Group, said: “With a fantastic product offering and attention to every detail in the digital experience, FanDuel deserves its place at the top of American sports betting. It is a pleasure to award the Golden Eagle trophy and the Online Sportsbook of the Year award to FanDuel for the second year in a row.”
Karol Corcoran, SVP & GM of FanDuel Sportsbook, said: “FanDuel is honored to be named the American Gambling Awards Online Sportsbook of the Year. This award is another moment to recognize the team behind America’s Number 1 Sportsbook who continue to work hard to improve our product and customer proposition while raising the bar in this category.”
Underdog Fantasy Named American Gambling Awards Fantasy Sports Site of the Year
Underdog Fantasy has been named “Fantasy Sports Site of the Year” by the 2022 edition of the American Gambling Awards.
The American Gambling Awards are produced by Gambling.com Group Limited, a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry.
Underdog Fantasy is the fastest-growing paid fantasy sports company ever, with a valuation of $485 million after a series B round of fundraising. Underdog’s season-long NFL “Best Ball” game this year has a $10 million grand prize, almost three times larger than the previous biggest season long prize in history. Judges noted that Underdog has built an active, paying, six-figure customer base by offering a differentiated product that resonates with its users.
“Underdog Fantasy’s success is driven by the company’s focus on building new, innovative games and delivering amazing customer experiences – making it very deserving of the Fantasy Sports Site of the Year award. As Underdog continues to grow, its unique focus on product and experience will set the industry standard,” Charles Gillespie, CEO of Gambling.com Group, said.
“We’re honored to be crowned as the Fantasy Sports Site of the Year by the American Gambling Awards. Our differentiated daily fantasy sports products allow fans to enjoy their favorite games in new and unique ways and we look forward to our continued momentum heading into 2023,” Jeremy Levine, President and Chairman of Underdog Fantasy, said.
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Sightline Payments Wins Payment Provider of the Year at American Gambling Awards
Sightline Payments was chosen as the Payment Provider of the Year at Gambling.com’s 2022 edition of the American Gambling Awards.
Sightline’s Play+ solution allows customers to instantly transfer funds from a wagering account into their Play+ account. As operators invest more heavily in live betting, judges cited that Sightline has given operators the ability to offer its customers both fast withdrawals and low cost of redeposits via Sightline’s proprietary SPAN Network.
Sightline has been a leader in the digital payments industry since the launch of iGaming in New Jersey in 2013. Its flagship Play+ solution is live with more than 80+ partners in 44 states, providing the broadest network across the legal regulated online gambling market.
“Sightline has established itself as a leader in digital payment solutions for the online gaming industry, and is very deserving of receiving the Payment Provider of the Year award. Sightline continues to set the standard by providing unique market-leading solutions for real-time cash outs for its partners,” Charles Gillespie, CEO of Gambling.com Group, said.
“Sightline Payments is honored to be awarded the 2022 American Gambling Award for Payment Provider of the Year. Our goal since launching Play+ has been to provide customers with a great experience and quick access to their funds. We thank Gambling.com and all the judges for this award and for the recognition of Sightline’s Play+ as a leader in the payments space,” Joe Pappano, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sightline Payments, said.
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