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Race to Capitalize on U.S. Sports Betting Set to Continue in 2019 says GamblingCompliance

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The number of U.S. states with legally approved sports betting will more than double in 2019 from 9 to 18 or more as lawmakers capitalize on last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal ban, according to a report published today by GamblingCompliance.

As many as 33 states are expected to consider bills to regulate sports wagering during their 2019 legislative sessions, the ‘2019 U.S. Sports Betting Outlook’ report predicts. Of those, between six and 13 states are tipped to pass legislation, while other states are expected to move forward this year under the terms of laws already on the statute books.

Leading the pack of states most likely to pass bills or adopt implementing regulations are New York, Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky and Connecticut, plus the District of Columbia. Other key states to watch include Illinois, Massachusetts and Ohio, but the odds remain stacked against any federal legislation in Congress that might halt the spread of new enabling laws.

Still, getting bills over the goal-line will not prove to be an easy task for state lawmakers.

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“Several prominent states will pass bills in 2019, but none of them will find the discussions straightforward or free from lobbying conflict – and lawmakers will invariably find sports betting to be a more complicated issue than they anticipated,” said James Kilsby, Managing Director – Americas for GamblingCompliance and an author of the report.

“If the story of 2018 was the running battle between major sports leagues and gaming interests over sports betting policy, then the lobbying field will be even more crowded this year as the needs of state lotteries, Indian tribes and non-casino sports brands come into play in state houses across the country,” Kilsby said.

GamblingCompliance’s U.S. Sports Betting Tracker, the industry’s go-to analysis service, projects legal sports wagering in the U.S. to be worth approximately $648m in revenue* in 2019, versus an estimated $400m in 2018. Total revenues should then grow to $1bn+ in 2020 and could even exceed $2bn if legislative trends follow GamblingCompliance’s most optimistic scenario for this year.

Elsewhere, the GamblingCompliance report identifies six common legal and lobbying obstacles that will weigh on state legislative processes. It also highlights key market trends to monitor in 2019.

Revenue is the amount retained by sports-wagering operators after all winnings bets are paid. Revenue is not handle, or the total amount staked by bettors.

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About GamblingCompliance
Based in London and Washington D.C., GamblingCompliance is the leading provider of independent business intelligence to the global sports betting industry. Our U.S. Sports Betting Tracker service provides the perspective that gaming and sports industry executives, advisers and investors need to capitalize on the emergence of a major new market that is set to become the largest in the world within just a few years. For more information, visit https://gamblingcompliance.com/us-sports-betting

For a free copy of the report, please click here.

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Red Rake Gaming launches with The Score

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Red Rake Gaming launches with The Score

 

Red Rake Gaming are delighted to have partnered with Penn Entertainments, The Score, in the provision of the Red Rake Gaming content across North America, in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ontario, through its partnership with Light and Wonder.

Penn, one of the most renowned gaming companies across North America will have access to Red Rake Gaming’s top performing, high action games to further complement Penn’s delivery of the best gaming offering to its players. Players can expect a wide range of thrilling games, cutting-edge technology, and exclusive tournaments that will keep them engaged and entertained like never before. With the collective strengths of Red Rake Gaming and Penn, this partnership is set to elevate the gaming experience to new heights, setting a benchmark for excellence in the industry.

The partnership covers the distribution of Red Rake Gaming’s diverse, localised portfolio, including its gamification tools. Games will include the newest releases, including its record breaking Super30Stars – the non-stop, action-packed slot which combines feature games and bonus rounds from all its predecessors in the Super series of games, “Gods of Ireland,” a game that boasts a plethora of features, free spins, and immersive minigames,  “777 Heist 2: The Art Forger,” which introduces thrilling “Cascading Reels” and intriguing skill-based gameplay elements, or “Mystic Spirits”, that offers a unique twist by providing payouts in both directions, adding an extra layer of excitement to the gaming experience.

This partnership represents a pivotal milestone in Red Rake Gaming’s ongoing commitment to providing unparalleled content within its current roster of regulated markets. It also underscores the resounding demand from players worldwide for the adrenaline-fueled gaming experiences that Red Rake Gaming is renowned for delivering.

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Nick Barr, Managing Director for Red Rake Gaming Malta, commented on the partnership stating: “Partnering with The Score for the roll out of the Red Rake Gaming portfolio of games reaffirms the demand for action-packed and engaging content from players across the globe. We could not be more thrilled to be working with one of the industry’s leading brands across the regulated gaming space and we very much look forward to contributing to their ongoing successes.”

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Evolution’s Crazy Time Live Game Show Launches in Pennsylvania and West Virginia

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Evolution’s Crazy Time Live Game Show Launches in Pennsylvania and West Virginia

 

Evolution announced that its highly successful, world-leading Crazy Time live game show has launched to online players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Pennsylvania and West Virginia have become the latest states to join Crazy Time’s much-anticipated US rollout, following the game show’s US debut in New Jersey in December last year.

Now streaming from Evolution’s state-of-the-art live casino studio in Philadelphia, Crazy Time is one of the company’s biggest and most ambitious game show productions. It integrates multiple cutting-edge technologies, including multi-camera live game show action, Random Number Generator (RNG) multipliers, augmented reality and slot-style and video-gaming elements.

The all-action gameplay revolves around a main game and four interactive bonus games. The main game features a two-reel Top Slot that spins together with a money wheel.

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Four varied and engaging bonus games — Cash Hunt, Pachinko, Coin Flip and Crazy Time — add to the excitement with unique features such as a shooting gallery, a coin flip, a puck drop and, finally, entry through the red door into a crazy and fun virtual world with a gigantic virtual money wheel. In the bonus games, players have the opportunity to reach a staggering 10,000x multiplier.

Jacob Claesson, Evolution CEO for North America, said: “Crazy Time has been a massive global hit since launching in 2020 and has attracted millions of players, making it the world’s #1 online live game show. That success story is now continuing across the USA. The reception from players in New Jersey has been fantastic, and Crazy Time is now one of our most popular live dealer games in the state. We’re incredibly excited to bring the unique Crazy Time online entertainment experience to players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with more US states set to join in the fun soon.”

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Games Global launches Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ exclusively with Caesars Digital in three North American jurisdictions

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Games Global launches Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ exclusively with Caesars Digital in three North American jurisdictions

 

Partnership reaches another milestone with latest bespoke content collaboration

Games Global today announced the release of Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, the latest bespoke title created from the provider’s partnership with premier gaming operator Caesars Digital.

Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ is now live on Caesars Palace Online Casino in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, with plans to soon launch in the New Jersey jurisdiction. This title offers players another highly engaging, operator-specific gaming experience that is taken to another level with the integration of the Gold Blitz™ mechanic.

“We are thrilled to see the next stage of our partnership with Caesars Digital come to life in the shape of Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™,” said Walter Bugno, Chief Executive Officer at Games Global. “Players can immerse themselves in a game as majestic as Caesars Palace’s iconic Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, and with the added dimension of the hugely popular Gold Blitz™ mechanic, we are confident we have created another hit.”

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“Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ is an exciting example of our commitment to collaborating with the best gaming providers in the industry to deliver custom gaming experiences for our players,” said Matthew Sunderland, Senior Vice President and Chief iGaming Officer at Caesars Digital. “The Gold Blitz™ mechanic has already established a tremendous reputation, and incorporating such an engaging feature in our next release will only maximize excitement for players.”

To celebrate this launch, Caesars Digital will be offering Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ players a chance to win a luxurious cabana experience at the iconic Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace.

Channeling the divine energy of Olympus, Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ boasts electrifying features, including Instant Cash Collection, Wild Multiplier Free Spins, and an expansive 4,096 ways to win. Each spin builds excitement with the chance to unleash shimmering cash symbols, offering random awards up to 20 times the bet. Triggering the Blitz feature on reels 1 or 6 allows players to collect all visible cash and jackpot symbols, with prizes reaching up to 2,500 times the bet.

Destiny is placed in the hands of each player courtesy of the Bonus Choice feature. The feature provides up to 30 Free Spins with high-paying symbols, and multiplier wilds up for grabs, or up to seven Gold Blitz™ super spins, ensuring guaranteed cash collection. For those eager to dive into the divine action, the Bonus Buy option allows immediate access to these bonus rounds.

The launch of Garden of the Gods Gold Blitz™ follows hot on the heels of the release of Caesars Palace Frenzy in April 2024, the first bespoke game launch as a result of the partnership between Games Global and Caesars Digital that will see the creation of additional exclusive titles for online casino players.

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