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    888 CEO steps down due to compliance issues888 CEO steps down

    Online gaming giant 888 Holdings has parted ways with Chief Executive Officer Itai Pazner, with immediate effect. A recent internal review has shown several shortcomings regarding AML & KYC procedures for players in the Middle East. As a result, the VIP scheme in this market has been suspended until an official investigation is carried out.

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    Atlantic City Union Reports $1 Million Daily Loses WarningAtlantic City Union Reports $1 Million Daily Loses

    MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment received a dire warning from an Atlantic City Union that they might incur losses of approximately $1 million daily on their casino properties if workers embark on a strike next month. This report comes after members of Unite Here Local 54 voted to resume strikes on July 1st, 2022, if their list of demands weren't met.

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    Details of Planned $3Billion Las Vegas Casino-Resort ProjectDetails of Planned $3 Billion Las Vegas Casino-Resort Project

    Oak View Group Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is the largest upcoming project on the South Strip. The establishment, which is expected to launch by 2026, will be located on Las Vegas Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road. To make this project a successful venture, Oak Group Partners, Irvine Azoff and Tim Leiweke, have sought the expertise of Randy Morton (ex co-CEO of the Foley Entertainment Group) and Marc Bardian, former president of Las Vegas Raiders.

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    Fantasma Games Enters the Canadian Market Fantasma Games Enters the Canadian Market

    Light & Wonder's partnership with the software provider, Fantasma Games, has seen a significant boost as the former has delivered the developer's content to Loto-Québec — a Canadian lottery corporation. Through the former Scientific Games Corporation, Fantasma Games will have a rock-solid stance in the Canadian iGaming market and deliver on its bubbling expertise built over the years.

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    Baden Announces Takeover of NorthStar GamingBaden Announces Takeover of NorthStar Gaming

    Baden Resources has entered a letter of intent with NorthStar Gaming. The motive is the reverse takeover of Baden by NorthStar Gaming. However, the agreement remains non-binding as it is only in the proposal stage. There are further talks to be held and pending regulatory approval.

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    Aristocrat and Seminole Launch $1M Jackpot Game

    Aristocrat have made the headlines again. On the 16th of June, 2022, the revered software provider and Seminole Gaming announced the launch of a $1 million jackpot game — Dollar Storm. $1 Million Dollar Storm is the 3rd high-limit release from Aristocrat, following the Dragon Link and $1 Million Dragon Link games that debuted in 2021.

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    The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts Get New CEOThe Venetian and Palazzo Resorts Get New CEO

    Back in February, a New-York based firm called Apollo Global Management purchased The Venetian Resort assets for approximately $6.25 billion. This sale included the transfer of ownership for The Venetian, Palazzo, and Venetian Expo. The deal was effected through the real estate investment trust, VICI properties.

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    GLI Certifies Tribally-Linked Bingo Treasures GameGLI Certifies Tribally-Linked Bingo Treasures Game

    After the recent collaboration between Video King and Parlay games, the two companies made it known that they were working on a "tribally linked class II bingo game with multi-million dollar weekly prize jackpots." Both companies brought together their assets, teams, and development skills to fuel the sole purpose of creating a unique and "tribally linked" national game.

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    Gambit Rewards Seals a Deal with Gamelancer

    Gambit Rewards, a loyalty gaming platform with free-to-play services, has recently announced a partnership with the fast-rising Gamelancer. The latter is a social gaming network for video games, while the former has a strong reputation for turning reward or loyalty points into free games on participating websites or platforms.

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    New Content Deal Between Evolution and Soaring Eagle GamingNew Content Deal Between Evolution and Soaring Eagle Gaming

    Evolution and Soaring Eagle Gaming are fresh partners in a content distribution deal that expands the presence of one and the games lineup of the other in the State of Michigan. The announcement came on Monday, the 6th of June, following the agreement between the behemoth software provider and the tribal-owned company.

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    WSOP Launches with Female Winner WSOP Launches with Female Winner

    The World Series of Poker is here again. This year's tournament kicked off on May 31 and is expected to run through June 20, 2022. Notable names like Phil Ivey, a ten-time bracelet winner, have already registered for events. Movie star Vince Vaughn will feature as the inaugural Master of Ceremonies.

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    High 5 Games and DraftKings Go into PartnershipHigh 5 Games and DraftKings Go into Partnership

    High 5 Games, one of the biggest software providers in the industry, recently signed a deal with DraftKings , a top American sports betting and gambling company. This deal would give DraftKings access to the heavy catalog of casino games by High 5 Games.

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    New Petition Arises for the Ban of Gambling Ads on TwitchPetition Arises for the Ban of Gambling Ads on Twitch

    A new petition has been made urging Twitch to ban gambling advertisements on the platform. This is in light of the recent controversy where popular streamer, xQc, revealed that his clickthrough alone had generated $119 million for a gambling company. The petition posted on change.org has been signed off by big companies like McDonald's, Uber, and Pepsi, which also advertise on the platform.

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    Paysafe Extends Its Deal with Ontario Lottery Paysafe Extends Its Deal with Ontario Lottery

    Paysafe recently put pen to paper as regards extending its partnership with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), which began in 2015. Before now, users of the gaming facilities managed by the OLG could use Paysafe as a payment system, but with the recent extension, they get even more.

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    Ocean Casino Resort to Splash $85 Million Ocean Casino Resort to Splash $85 Million

    Ocean Casino, a major resort in Atlantic City, is set to invest $85 million in property developments this summer. The plans are already in motion as the resort will be introducing 460 new rooms and a sports and entertainment arena on the 1st of July. This huge investment would be an overhauling upgrade that would influence every aspect of the northernmost resort on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

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    April Revenue for New Jersey Casinos Soars April Revenue for New Jersey Casinos Soars

    The latest results for New Jersey casinos and sports betting show that the revenue smashed figures obtained before the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2019. The current April figures total $422 million , 20% more than last year. This impressive revenue comes from land-based casinos, and their interactive counterparts as the New Jersey gambling scene continues to rise in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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    Asaf Noifeld to Take Charge of Casino Operations at FanDuelAsaf Noifeld to Take Charge of Casino Operations at FanDuel

    FanDuel is looking to take its casino section to similar heights as its hugely popular sports betting platform. As a result, this American gambling company has resorted to the services of Asaf Noifeld to oversee its casino operations. This former managing director of PokerStars Casino has a wealth of experience in the casino business.

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    Strive Gaming Strikes a Partnership Deal with PaysafeStrive Gaming Strikes a Partnership Deal with Paysafe

    Paysafe recently struck a deal with Strive Gaming , the latest in a string of big moves for the online payment company this year. Over the last two months, Paysafe entered a partnership deal with Resorts Casino and extended its agreement with the European arm of Playtech.

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    Glitnor Group Invests Heavily in Time2playGlitnor Group Invests Heavily in Time2play

    Glitnor Group recently acquired KaFe Rocks, a leading and global iGaming company set up in 2018. As part of the acquisition, the Group has splashed some seven-digit figures to become the primary stakeholder in Time2play – a high-valued North American affiliate website.

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    EveryMatrix Seals a License Agreement with IGTEveryMatrix Seals a License Agreement with Software Giant IGT

    EveryMatrix is the latest brand to sign a patent license agreement with IGT. This deal comes just after the American iGaming behemoth sealed a broad patent cross-licensing deal with Aristocrat in Australia. The deal comes at the right time as this software provider company, since 2008, has been knocking on the doors of the US with expansion plans, which the license agreement just happens to optimize.

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    Kentucky Derby 148 Beats Wagering Records Set in 2019Kentucky Derby 148 Beats Wagering Records

    The Kentucky Derby has broken a new wagering record. The premier horse racing event had 147,294 visitors in the latest edition, a remarkable figure considering the world is just coming out of a pandemic. T he number of persons who came out for this premier horse racing event is only 3,435 less than what was obtainable pre-pandemic in 2019, and 147,294 more than the turnout in 2020 as the event witnessed no attendance.

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    Bally's Corporation Wins Chicago Casino BidBally's Corporation Wins Chicago Casino Bid

    After a lengthy selection process, Bally's has been selected to develop Chicago's $1.7 billion casino resort. The city's request for proposal (RFP) process to construct and operate a world-class casino resort in downtown Chicago began in October 2021. Bally's beat out other top gaming companies like Hard Rock and Rivers Corporation to become the city's sole casino licensee.

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    MGM Resorts Reaffirms Its Commitment to LeoVegas ABMGM Resorts Reaffirms Its Commitment to LeoVegas

    On the 2nd May 2022, MGM Resorts International submitted an offer in excess of $607 million to LeoVegas AB, which, if successful, would see MGM own the total share capital of the iGaming giant. This proposition made its way to the papers as MGM headquarters in Las Vegas released an official release, notifying the general public of its intentions.

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    WSOP Launches #RoadToTheTable Initiative WSOP Launches #RoadToTheTable Initiative

    Technology and poker have come in perfect sync once more, as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has teamed up with Playtika for an initiative that'll see 14 social media influencers compete against each other to become a "WSOP Legend." The #RoadToTheTable campaign will commence in the US this week, with several phases in the mix.

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    New Elk Valley Casino Opens Up in CaliforniaNew Elk Valley Casino Opens Up in California

    On Friday, April 22, the Elk Valley Casino officially opened its doors to patrons in Crescent Valley, California. The press release for the announcement read: “The new Elk Valley Casino opens today in a magnificent setting between the grazing meadows of Roosevelt elk and the majestic mountains and forest, all overlooking the panoramic view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean and South Beach.” The casino is a tribal-owned establishment of the Rancheria Indians and replaces the old Elk Valley Casino, which opened back in 1995.

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    Hard Rock Hotel NYC Makes Its Long-Awaited DebutHard Rock Hotel NYC Makes Its Long-Awaited Debut

    25th April 2022 will go down as a day to remember as Hard Rock Hotel New York finally cut the red ribbon on its masterpiece in Midtown Manhattan. This debut is even more interesting as it also marks the latest hotel-casino to launch operations since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

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    Blue Guru Games Releases First Online SlotBlue Guru Games Releases First Online Slot

    Blue Guru Games reached a recent milestone by releasing its first slot game — The Nemean Lion. After concluding a few distribution deals with respected companies like Oryx Gaming and Relax, this new release is now live at famed casino sites. Blue Guru CEO, Andrew Braithwaite, sees this game debut as an "important milestone" in the firm's history, as this pristine offering clears the path for other releases scheduled for this year.

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    Two Confirmed Dead in Bridger Casino Fire

    A fire that erupted on Wednesday at a casino in Montana has resulted in the death of two individuals. Local officials confirmed the sad news at the scene, and both of the deceased have been identified. The Report and Rescue Operations Surrounding the Incident The unfortunate event took place in the morning hours at Honest Tom's Saloon & Casino in Bridger - a small town about 47 miles away from Billings.

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    Esports Players still Undergo Problems with Verifications

    With the current developments seen surrounding esports, including tournaments and competitions, strong calls have been raised for a consensus umbrella body for these events. At the just concluded ICE London 2022 , among the panel was the CEO of Luckbox, Thomas Rosander, who raised the call for improvements in the regulation of the fast-developing industry.

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    VizExplorer to Become Partner of Palms Casino ResortVizExplorer to Become Partner of Palms Casino Resort

    There’s a lot of ongoing activity regarding the planned reopening of Palms Casino Resort. In a Tuesday announcement, the popular land-based casino revealed that top intelligence solutions provider for casinos, VizExplorer, will become a partner. VizExplorer will deploy its player development solutions program, “hostVizOps,” to the Las Vegas branch of Palms Casino.

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    Videoslots to enter the US Market via Caesars PartnershipVideoslots to enter the US Market via Caesars Partnership

    Videoslots Group has announced the launch of the Mr Vegas brand in the state of Pennsylvania. Planned for 2023, the company's debut is supported by a market access agreement with Caesars Entertainment. The mutually beneficial agreement will see Videoslots launch its Mr Vegas brand in Pennsylvania next year under the operating license of Caesars Entertainment.

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    Partnership via FanDuel and PokerStarsFlutter Entertainment Inks Toronto Partnership via FanDuel and PokerStars

    FanDuel and PokerStars are now partners of Toronto-based Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Limited (MLSE). In the Friday press release for the announcement, it was revealed that the strategic partnership designates the FanDuel Sportsbook as an official sports betting partner and PokerStars as an official gaming partner.

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    Everi's Crypto-to-Cash Solution Goes Live Everi's Crypto-to-Cash Solution Goes Live

    Everi Holdings' subsidiary, Everi Payments Inc. has just launched B4U Financial at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort located on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. B4U Financial is a leading financial solution for the liquidity of cryptocurrencies. Through this payment gateway, casino patrons will be able to convert digital currency into cash to fund their wagers.

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    Opposition Mounts for Koi Nation’s Casino ProposalOpposition Mounts for Koi Nation’s Casino Proposal

    Five tribes within Sonoma County have unanimously expressed opposition to the development of the Shiloh Casino & Resort. Last September, the Koi Nation brought forward a proposal to build a casino property in the Northern California region. The $600 million project will sit on a 68-acre plot of land in the town of Windsor.

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    Community Meetings with Finalists for Chicago CasinoCommunity Meetings with Finalists for Chicago Casino

    Last month, three proposals reached the final stage for Chicago's planned multibillion-dollar casino project. Community meetings where the finalists will engage the public were scheduled from the 5th to 7th of April in three separate appointments with residents in South Loop, Near South Side, and River West.

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    Several Operators Go Live in Ontario’s iGaming MarketSeveral Operators Go Live in Ontario’s iGaming Market

    The much-anticipated iGaming market launch in Ontario took place yesterday, April 4th, 2022, and several operators showed up to the occasion. Debuting their online gambling products on opening day were FanDuel, BetRivers, Rivalry, 888Holdings, BetMGM, and theScore, among others.

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    Gaming Realms Launches Slingo Collection via Loto-QuébecGaming Realms Launches Slingo Collection via Loto-Québec

    Gaming Realms has launched its services in Québec via its partnership with the provincial iGaming operator, Loto-Québec. Like its US-facing arm, the gaming supplier will focus on its collection of Slingo Original games. Scheduled to go live first are Slingo Extreme and Blackjack Xchange.

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    Nebraska Casino Bill Passes First Round of ThreeNebraska Casino Bill Passes First Round of Three

    A casino development bill for the state of Nebraska has gained approval from legislators in the first round of three votes. The bill makes provision for casinos to be established in six counties with legal horse racing tracks. If approved, this would bring commercial gaming facilities to all eastern and central Nebraska counties with existing racetracks, including Douglas, Lancaster, Adams, Dakota, Hall, and Platte.

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    BetMGM Sanctioned for New Jersey College Basketball Bets BetMGM Sanctioned for New Jersey College Basketball Bets

    Top-rated sportsbook BetMGM will be made to pay a fine of $25,000. Investigations have confirmed that BetMGM received bets of less than $100 on the New Jersey college basketball teams that are prohibited in the state’s gambling legislation. The sanctions come late as the bets in question were received late last year.

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    Proposals for New Casinos in Chicago StreamlinedProposals for New Chicago Casino Down to Three

    There seems to be a new development in the current plans for the establishment of a retail casino in Chicago. In a recent announcement, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot declared that only three proposals out of five received had made it to the final stage of a casino license application.

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    Hacksaw Gaming Becomes Latest Content Partner of NetBetHacksaw Gaming Becomes Latest Content Partner of NetBet

    Top-rated software provider Hacksaw Gaming has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NetBet. The new deal lets the supplier access NetBet's.co.uk and.com websites, expanding its content to reach more casino lovers. Hacksaw Gaming, popularly known for its blockbuster slot titles including Wanted Dead or a Wild, Chaos Crew and Cubes 2, and Stack 'em, will be the latest addition to the line of software providers already in league with NetBet.

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    Plans for Kiss-Inspired Casino still on Track Plans for Kiss-Inspired Casino still on Track

    Plans are still in top gear for the launch of the Kiss-themed casino up in the Old Margaritaville site. The new casino, budgeted at $200 million, has the support of KISS rock band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. It was believed that the arrangements would be on hold as the earmarked location - a property at Biloxi Back Bay - was recently put up for sale.

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    Tennessee Sports Betting Records Lowest Revenue Since Sept.Tennessee Sports Betting Records Lowest Revenue Since September

    As expected, Tennessee sportsbooks recorded a low revenue post-football activities for the month of February. According to the reports, it is the lowest since sports betting launched in the state in September 2021. This comes following the NFL season’s ending and the start of the regular season games in play.

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    Sportsbook Giants DraftKings to Launch NFTsDraftKings to Launch NFTs

    DraftKings, one of the foremost sportsbook operators, is preparing to dive into the digital atmosphere. They are launching the Primetime NFT series , an exclusive round of digital ownership to some of the most memorable events in the sports industry globally.

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    AC Chamber Loses Member Following Smoking Ban ProtestAtlantic City Chamber Loses Member Following Smoking Ban Protest

    The movement for a permanent smoking ban in Atlantic City casinos has suffered a significant setback as a pro-ban supporter cancels membership from the Greater Atlantic City Chamber. Recently, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, a major business group in the city, protested the bill with a written address on Thursday.

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    Arizona Hits Record Sports Betting Handle for December 2021Arizona Hits Record Sports Betting Handle for December 2021

    Betting revenue for December 2021 in Arizona hit a record amount just shy of the $500 million mark. According to a statement released by the Department of Gaming, December’s handle of $499.2m surpassed the record set in October 2021 ($486.1 million), although there was a 23.1% fall in gross revenue.

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    Gaming Realms is Awarded Ontario License Gaming Realms is Awarded Ontario License

    Gaming Realms is the latest company to acquire a gaming supplier license in preparation for the launch of iGaming in Ontario on April 4th, 2022. The company announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary Alchemybet Limited has been awarded a license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

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    Bragg Gaming Acquires License in Ontario Bragg Gaming Acquires license in Ontario

    Bragg Gaming enters the Ontario gambling market with a newly acquired gambling supplier license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). This comes ahead of the iGaming launch scheduled for April 4th in Ontario. In anticipation of the launch, several companies have been vying for licenses from the AGCO, the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing the modern open and regulated iGaming and sports betting market in Ontario.

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    DRF Sportsbook Opens in IowaDRF Sportsbook Opens in Iowa

    Iowa’s Lakeside Hotel and Casino has announced the launch of its first wholly-owned sportsbook, DRF Sportsbook , in collaboration with its sister company, the Daily Racing Form (DRF). DRF is a New-York based horse racing-focused newspaper. It’s a leader in providing premium data and editorial coverage to sports and horse racing lovers in North America.

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    Scientific Games Announces RebrandingScientific Games Announces Rebranding and Successful Q4 Reports

    Las Vegas-based gambling company Scientific Games has changed its name from the aforementioned to Light & Wonder Inc. This comes after multiple divestitures completed in 2021. The company let go of its lottery and sports betting business. At the same time, it acquired casino and live casino brands as part of its efforts to focus on casinos and online gambling content.

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    WSOP Releases Schedule for the 2022 TournamentWSOP Releases 2022 Tournament Schedule

    The World Series of Poker has released the event schedule for the upcoming 53rd WSOP. Last year it was announced that the prestigious tournament, which had been held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for 17 years, would be moving to Bally's (soon-to-be Horseshoe) in 2022.

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    Bally's 2021 Revenue Report Reveals Increase in Revenue Bally's 2021 Revenue Report Reveals Increase in Revenue

    Revenue figures for Bally's Corporation for the year ended December 31st, 2021, have been reported at €1.3bn ($1.45bn) , a significant increase from the 2020 fiscal year. Despite these strong revenue results, the company has also recorded a year-on-year increase in net losses.

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    Century Casinos to Enter Reno Gaming Market Century Casinos to Enter Reno Gaming Market with Nugget Acquisition

    Century Casinos has tabled an offer to acquire Nugget Casino Resort in a $195 million deal. On Wednesday, the casino entertainment company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Marnell Gaming to take over 100% of Nugget Sparks LLC, which manages the property's operations.

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    West Virginia Proposes Bill to Legalize eSports BettingWest Virginia Proposes Bill to Legalize eSports Betting

    As legal sports betting continues on an upward trajectory in the US, West Virginia is looking to branch into another gambling vertical that's been receiving lots of attention in recent times – esports. West Virginia delegates introduced House Bill 4826 last week, which will permit e-sports betting in the state once approved.

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    Hard Rock Eyes Three Potential Sites for $2 BillionHard Rock Eyes Potential Sites for $2 Billion NY City Casino

    Hard Rock International has announced that there are three sites on its radar for constructing the planned New York City casino. This development comes amidst ongoing preparations to launch its multi-million dollar Hard Rock Hotel in the Manhattan area of the city.

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    Pragmatic Play Partners with One Bit TechPragmatic Play partners with One Bit Tech

    Pragmatic Play's latest venture in the Latin American gambling market is a partnership with One Bit Tech. On Monday this week, the casino game developer announced that it has forged a deal with the content aggregator to further expand its LatAm presence following its "recent commercial success in the region across multiple verticals." Under the agreement, One Bit Tech will gain access to Pragmatic Play's slots and live casino products and will be able to offer these games to its partners in the region.

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    NY Sports Betting Handle Reaches Almost $2 BillionNY Sports Betting Reaches Almost $2 Billion in First Month

    Sports betting launched in New York on January 8th this year, and in just 30 days, the state has recorded a betting handle of $1.98 billion. This is the largest amount wagered in any US state in a single month. The period which ran from January 8th to February 6th brought in gross gaming revenue of $138.5 million.

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    AGA Survey Reveals Record Super Bowl Betting NumbersAGA Survey Reveals Record Super Bowl Betting Numbers

    The national organization representing the US casino industry, American Gaming Association (AGA), has revealed that more than 31 million American adults will be betting on the 2022 Super Bowl. This amounts to an estimated $7.61 billion betting handle. The year-on-year increase is 38% for the betting populace and 78% for the revenue.

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    Slot Malfunction Eventually Reveals $229k Jackpot WonSlot Malfunction Eventually Reveals $229k Jackpot Won by Arizona Player

    It has been two weeks since an Arizona man won $229k on a progressive jackpot slot at a Las Vegas Strip casino. The player had already departed the premises upon discovering the jackpot, and after two weeks of trying to track down the player, he was finally awarded the prize.

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    PointsBet Signed as Official Sportsbook Partner of ACAPointsBet Canada Sign as Official Sportsbook Partner of Alpine Canada Alpin

    The Melbourne headquartered gambling provider has announced a recently concluded agreement which sees it becoming the official sportsbook partner of Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA). The press release shed light on the multi-year alliance, with both parties commenting favorably on the new development.

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    San Manuel Appoints New Chief Public Policy OfficerSan Manuel Appoints Steve Burns as Chief Public Policy Officer

    California's San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have recently announced the appointment of a new Chief Public Policy Officer in the person of Steve Burns. The responsibilities of this position include leading and implementing the tribe's public policy strategy on state and federal legislation and regulation.

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    Atlantic City Continues to Advocate Permanent Smoking BanAtlantic City Continues to Advocate Permanent Smoking Ban

    Any time now, the Atlantic City gambling scene could officially become a smoking-free zone. Casino workers themselves are pushing for the mandate and the New Jersey bill has reportedly received majority support from the opposing political parties. Presently, casinos are exempted from the state’s Smoke-Free Air Act, and this bill aims to amend the law to prohibit smoking in Atlantic City casinos permanently.

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    Mobile Sports Betting Launches in Louisiana TodayMobile Sports Betting Launches in Louisiana

    After much anticipation, mobile sports betting is finally live in Louisiana. The launch was confirmed on Wednesday by Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns, who said, "Our goal was to have it available before the Super Bowl, so we were able to beat that target." As mobile betting launches today, it will facilitate "bets for this weekend's NFL conference championship games." Following a parish-by-parish referendum in November 2020, sports betting in the state was legalized, with 54 out of 64 parishes voting in favor.

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    Koi Nation and Chickasaw Nation CollaborateKoi Nation and Chickasaw Nation Collaborate to Develop California Casino Resort

    In September of last year, Koi Nation announced plans to develop a casino property in Sonoma, California. The Native American Tribe of Northern California, on Monday, concluded a predevelopment agreement with the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma as partners in developing the planned Shiloh Casino & Resort.

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    Internet Vikings extends US footprint with Illinois LaunchInternet Vikings extends US footprint with Illinois Launch

    Global iGaming hosting provider Internet Vikings has expanded its US presence by breaking into the Illinois market. Illinois marks the eighteenth state where the Swedish company offers its services. Having already established a firm position in 17 other states, their assertive goal to offer the finest in bespoke iGaming hosting solutions across the country is fast becoming a reality.

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    IGT Resort Wallet Approved in NevadaIGT Resort Wallet Approved in Nevada

    International Game Technology has announced that its Resort Wallet cashless gaming technology has received regulatory approval in Nevada. Expressing excitement on the part of the company, Ryan Reddy, IGT SVP Global PM VLT, Systems, Payments & Poker, said, "IGT earning Nevada regulatory approval for our award-winning, fully integrated cashless solution is a perfect bookend for a year marked with tremendous momentum for our Resort Wallet and IGTPay cashless gaming modules of the IGT ADVANTAGE system." The approval means that IGT's entire cashless gaming solution will now be available at casinos throughout the state.

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    Century Casinos Lets Go of its Calgary PropertyCentury Casinos Lets Go of its Calgary Property

    Century Casinos group has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its casino property in Calgary. The Alberta based subsidiary Century Resorts Alberta, Inc. (CRA) is the direct party involved in the deal, which sees the casino establishment taken over by the real estate business Rowanwood Financial Properties at an aggregate price of C$8.1 million (which translates to $6.5million based on the exchange rate at the time of agreement).

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    Pragmatic Play Adds New Live Baccarat Tables  Pragmatic Play Adds New Live Baccarat Tables

    Leading content provider Pragmatic Play has boosted its live casino offering with the addition of new and enhanced live baccarat tables for classic Baccarat and the fast-paced Speed Baccarat version. Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, said : “We’re always on the search to reinforce the strongest aspects of our games, and by adding new tables to our Live Casino products, we are able to let more players do what they love. “The fast-paced titles can now appeal to more players that enjoy the immersive nature of traditional casinos, and with consistent upgrades to our Live Casino technology, each new table brings a truly more polished and high-quality experience.” This comes amidst its ongoing LatAm push, which saw it recently partner with innovative operator Locosbet.

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    DoubleDown Interactive makes Million Dollar InvestmentDoubleDown Interactive makes Million Dollar Investment

    Seattle-based digital game developer DoubleDown Interactive is reported to have invested $1.5 million in Epic Games - an American video game developer most notable as the creator of Fortnite. Released in 2017, Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world and currently has over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections.

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    Caesars Sportsbook Goes Live in the Empire StateCaesars Sportsbook Goes Live in the Empire State

    Caesars sportsbook has accepted its first sports wagers in New York after receiving its full sports betting license from the New York State Gaming Commission. New York joined the march towards mobile sports betting legalization last year with nine operators shortlisted as the probable gaming suppliers.

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    MGM Resorts Upgrades its Loyalty Program MGM Resorts Upgrades its Loyalty Program

    Premier entertainment company, MGM Resorts, has revised its loyalty program to offer improved experiences for patrons at all locations across the US. Previously called M Life, the upgraded loyalty program will now be called MGM Rewards and will be rolled out on February 1st, 2022.

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    Stakelogic Live Casino is Awarded AccreditationStakelogic Live Casino is Awarded Accreditation

    Stakelogic Live casino product has been awarded ISO 27001 accreditation. The International casino game developer previously received the prestigious certification back in February 2020 for its best-practice information security management systems. Stakelogic CEO, Stephan van den Oetelaar, said that the team is delighted to have the live casino product, Stakelogic Live, officially following suit.

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    Gambling.com Finalizes RotoWire AcquisitionGambling.com Finalizes RotoWire Acquisition worth $27.5 million

    Gambling.com and Roto Sports, operator of expert fantasy sports news and advice provider RotoWire.com, entered into an agreement last month under which terms the former would acquire the latter for an aggregated price of $27.5 million. As projected, the deal has been reported closed at the start of 2022.

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    Pennsylvania Attains Sports Betting Record with Nov. RevenuePennsylvania Attains Sports Betting Record with November Revenue

    Pennsylvania sports betting revenue for November was an estimated $85 million , an all-time record. This was generated out of an impressive $760 million betting handle, the second-most ever for the state. Several US states, including America's gambling hub, Nevada, have been on a record-breaking streak in the past few months, owing to the loosening of pandemic restrictions and the return of tourism.

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    San Manuel Tribe Receives Approval to Operate the PalmsSan Manuel Tribe Receives Final Approval to Operate the Palms

    The Nevada Gaming Commission has given the green light to the San Manuel tribe following the board’s approval of the tribe as licensees to the Palms. The unanimous decision will allow the Californian tribe to fully begin operating the property, which according to reports, is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2022.

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    Gambling.com acquires RotoWire Parent CompanyGambling.com acquires RotoWire Parent Company

    As of Monday, 13th December, Roto Sports, Inc, parent company of RotoWire.com has been bought over by Gambling.com , a leading digital marketing services provider in the online gambling industry. Peter Schoenke of Rotowire, while breaking the news, said, "The United States is entering a whole new world of sports fandom and combining forces with Gambling.com Group will accelerate RotoWire's growth.

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