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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – March 11-17

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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.

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Scientific Games announced the consolidation of its legal and public policy teams into a new unified department, Global Legal and Public Policy. This team will be led by James D. Schultz who will assume the new title of Executive Vice President, Global Legal and Public Policy. Deputy General Counsel Phil Bauer, an indispensable 25-year veteran of the company, will be promoted to General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and report to Schultz.

Sportradar Group AG announced that the North Carolina State Lottery Commission has granted Sportradar’s U.S. betting subsidiary, Sportradar Solutions LLC, a Supplier license in the state North Carolina. This license is valid for five years from its date of issuance on February 28.

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The Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) announced that FanDuel is the new sports wagering subcontractor for Intralot Inc., OLG’s lottery and sports wagering system vendor. Under this agreement, residents of Washington, D.C. will gain access to FanDuel’s sports wagering app, which is the market leader nationally, as well as its website and retail platforms.

Elys BMG Group Inc. announced that Grand Central Sportsbook in Washington D.C. (Grand Central) has been granted provisional approval to open its H Street sportsbook by the DC Office of Lottery and Gaming, Regulation and Oversight Division.

BetMGM has officially launched its mobile sports betting service in North Carolina, giving customers in the Tar Heel state access to a wide variety of betting options as well as the opportunity to earn experiences at MGM Resorts’ properties nationwide.

Supremeland Gaming announced the approval of an interim Supplier License in West Virginia, further solidifying its position as a key player in the rapidly expanding iGaming industry. This milestone marks the company’s third approval following the successful acquisition of the first approvals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Caesars Entertainment and National Hockey League (NHL) announced a renewal of their US partnership. The new, multiyear partnership extension retains Caesars’ status as a Sports Betting and Gaming Partner of the NHL and, for the first time, provides Caesars Digital with access to League-owned intellectual property to build and promote NHL-branded iCasino games for its online casino platforms in North America, including the recently launched Caesars Palace Online Casino.

SCCG Management announced the extension and significant expansion of its strategic partnership with SnapOdds, the revolutionary sports betting technology product from Snapscreen Inc. This expansion marks a pivotal shift towards a consumer-facing (B2C) strategy, leveraging SnapOdds’ unique TV and streaming content recognition software.

Hip-Hop icon Nas has partnered with Resorts World New York City on a $5 billion expansion plan for a casino in Queens. The vision of Aqueduct Park is to transform the casino in Nas’ hometown, into a full-fledged establishment that mirrors the company’s properties in Las Vegas.

SCCG Management, the leading advisory and management consultancy in the global gaming industry, headquartered in Las Vegas, announced the extension of its partnership with IDnow, a premier European provider of identity verification solutions. This strategic alliance is placing a focused effort on expanding its reach to encompass the broader Latin America (LATAM) region.

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Jackpot.com Inducted as Associate Member in North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

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Online lottery courier welcomed by the industry-leading group.

Leading online lottery courier, Jackpot.com, announced today that it has received approval to join NASPL as an Associate Member organization. NASPL represents 53 lottery organizations across North America, advocating on matters of general lottery policy and leveraging collaboration, communication, education, and information for the advancement of the industry. Jackpot.com is excited to join this dynamic community, bringing years of knowledge and experience to help impact and support its ongoing growth.

“It is an absolute honor to be joining the NASPL community,” said Akshay Khanna, CEO and Co-Founder of Jackpot.com. “As Jackpot.com continues to grow and expand its presence in additional member states, we could not be more excited to collaborate with regulators and other NASPL members to help sustain future opportunities for contributing to worthy causes and the drive towards responsible gaming.”

Since its inception, Jackpot.com has made responsible gaming a focal point in their operations and is the only lottery courier service to launch with iCap certification from the National Council on Problem Gambling. The company has set a new standard for responsible gaming and has significantly invested in integrating gaming protections that include allowing customers to set spend limits, setting default limits on daily deposits, providing access to local and national responsible gambling resources, self-exclusion, self-suspension and automated notifications that offer help should problematic behavior be detected.

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“NASPL is pleased to have Jackpot.com as an associate member; and look forward to working with them throughout the year and beyond”, said Jake Coy, Director of Partner Relations at NASPL.

Jackpot.com currently operates in Massachusetts, Arkansas, New York, Ohio and Texas, and has received investments from major investors in sports, entertainment, and gaming, such as Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, San Francisco 49ers, the Tisch family (co-owners of the New York Giants), the Haslam Sports Group (owners of the Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew), Kraft Sports & Entertainment (owners of the New England Patriots), Michael Rubin (founder of Fanatics), and NBA stars James Harden and Joel Embiid.

For more information, please visit Jackpot.com.

 

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Thousands attend grand opening of Pinkbox Doughnuts® at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino in Pahrump, Nevada

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Thousands of people gathered Saturday morning for the grand opening of the award-winning and wildly popular Pinkbox Doughnuts ® at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino, located at 681 Hwy. 160.

The grand opening event started with an official ribbon-cutting with numerous local dignitaries including:

  • Justice of the Peace for Nye County Michele Fiore,
  • Nye County Sheriff Joe McGill, and Jenney Sartin,
  • CEO of the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce.

At the event, Pinkbox Doughnuts also made donations via large check presentations to the Pahrump Valley High School and Pat Leming of Never Forgotten Animal Society. Pinkbox’s signature grand opening festival-style celebration followed with performances by the Pahrump Valley High School Dance Team and numerous family friendly activities such as balloon art, face painting, and games. Records were broken in doughnut eating contests, and winners received a Pinkbox Doughnuts gift card. In addition, three lucky customers who found a “Pink Ticket” in their doughnut won free doughnuts for a year.

Located by the hotel entrance, across from the registration desk, the new Pinkbox Doughnuts shop welcomes guests with its fun design elements and trademark décor, including pink drips, a graffiti wall, and an over-sized Pinky statue that is a perfect companion for photos.

An illuminated oversized doughnut display case showcases Pinkbox Doughnuts’ full line of more than 70 creatively designed, delicious doughnuts that will be sold seven days a week. The shop also features Pinkbox Doughnuts’ full coffee program including premium roast coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, nitro cold brew and more.

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“The fantastic community of Pahrump has been eagerly requesting Pinkbox Doughnuts, and as the saying goes: ask and you shall receive,” stated Judith Perez Siegel, executive vice president of Pinkbox Doughnuts. “No need to journey to Las Vegas anymore; we’ve brought our fun, unique, and one-of-a-kind doughnuts directly to you. We’re ecstatic to join this wonderful community and share our doughnuts, guaranteed to bring smiles to everyone.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Pinkbox Doughnuts to Pahrump, where our community will not only enjoy their amazing doughnuts, but also a fun, whimsical experience of their playful shop,” said Eliot Ripoll, vice president and general manager of Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino. “The addition of Pinkbox Doughnuts to the property furthers our commitment to enhancing the Pahrump Nugget guest experience.”

The Pinkbox Doughnuts shop in Pahrump created more than two dozen jobs. The Pahrump shop is the twelfth location for the fast-growing Vegas-born doughnut brand, which currently boasts eight locations across the metropolitan Las Vegas Valley in addition to a shop at the Arizona/Nevada border in Laughlin, at the California/Nevada border in Primm, Nevada and in St. George, Utah.

For more information on Pinkbox Doughnuts, shop locations, hours, and doughnut varieties, please visit pinkboxdoughnuts.com.

 

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Smoking Room & Bar to Open This Summer at Miccosukee

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This summer, Miccosukee Casino & Resort is preparing to unveil a new and exclusive smoking casino section. The venue, located in the northwest corner of the property, is tailored for casino-goers who prefer to smoke while playing their favorite slots in a comfortable and refined indoor ambiance featuring 20-foot-tall ceilings.

“At Miccosukee Casino & Resort, we value our customers’ feedback, and we strive to meet their needs. Many of our guests have requested a new, indoor, dedicated smoking section, and I am proud that we will be unveiling this unique attraction to them very soon. It’s a fusion of gaming, sophisticated design, and an upscale bar, all created to cater to our distinguished guests,” said General Manager Brad Rhines.

The new smoking venue is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system to ensure the comfort of smoking guests while preserving the air quality in the casino’s non-smoking areas. Additionally, it offers new restrooms in the smoking section, as well as in the non-smoking corridor.

Featuring 117 slot machines, a contemporary full bar with four 75-inch high-definition TVs, and eight bar-top slot machines, this exclusive smoking area perfectly accommodates Miccosukee’s esteemed patrons.

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