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Caesars Sportsbook Launches in Maine on Mobile and Desktop

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Sports wagering is live in Maine, and Caesars Entertainment Inc. announced that its flagship sports wagering platform, Caesars Sportsbook, is accepting sports wagers on mobile and desktop in the Pine Tree State. Caesars Sportsbook launches through Caesars’ historic partnership with three of the Wabanaki Nations: the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Mi’kmaq Nation and the Penobscot Nation, furthering Caesars Entertainment’s longtime commitment to supporting Indian gaming.

“Maine sports fans deserve an elevated sports wagering experience that matches the pedigree of sports fandom in New England. The launch of Caesars Sportsbook delivers on that pedigree with a platform built for the modern sports fan 21 and older with exciting ways to wager responsibly on the sports they love. We’d like to thank Gov. Janet Mills and the Maine Legislature for making this launch possible, as well as the Maine Gambling Control Unit for all they have done throughout this process,” Eric Hession, President of Caesars Digital, said.

“Penobscot Nation is excited to partner with Caesars Sportsbook, the Mi’kmaq Nation and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to bring online sports betting to Maine. We chose to partner with Caesars over other companies because of Caesars’ decades-long history of working with Tribal Nations throughout the country, their commitment to Tribal sovereignty and their understanding of our State’s deep history with horse racing. When consumers use the Caesars Sportsbook app they can do so knowing that they are supporting the vast majority of the Wabanaki Nations and a company that operates with respect and a commitment to Tribal Nations and a deep understanding of Mainers,” said Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation.

“The Mi’kmaq Nation is proud to launch mobile sports wagering in Maine jointly with the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and Caesars Sportsbook. We appreciate the work of the Maine State Legislature, the Governor, and the Maine Gambling Control Unit to bring sports betting to the State in a way that promotes gaming integrity and offers a vitally needed economic opportunity to each of the Wabanaki Nations. The Mi’kmaq Nation is committed to working with its Tribal Nation partners, Caesars Sportsbook and State officials to offer a robust and well-regulated sports betting industry in Maine for the benefit of the Wabanaki Nations, the State, and the public,” said Chief Edward J. Peter-Paul of the Mi’kmaq Nation.

“The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians is thrilled to offer the first legal online sports wagering in Maine in partnership with the Penobscot Nation, the Mi’kmaq Nation, and Caesars Sportsbook. Our three Wabanaki Nations searched long and hard for a partner who shares Maine values. We found that partner in Caesars Sportsbook. Caesars is committed to helping make all our tribal and non-tribal communities stronger and safer. The revenues from sports wagering will be used by our tribal governments and the State to support law enforcement, health care, housing, and education throughout Maine. Working together, we are stronger,” said Chief Clarissa Sabattis of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Sports fans can download the Caesars Sportsbook app on iOS and Android or visit caesars.com/sportsbook on desktop for a sports wagering experience that delivers premium rewards via the industry-leading customer loyalty program, Caesars Rewards. Every wager placed with Caesars Sportsbook earns Tier Credits that contribute to status and Reward Credits redeemable for unique Caesars Rewards experiences like discounted getaways at various Caesars destinations across North America – including at destinations in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip – extraordinary culinary and entertainment experiences, as well as bonus cash in the app and unique sports experiences.

Caesars Sportsbook puts the sports fan at the center of the experience with versatile wagering experience, including livestreaming marquee sporting events and lightning-fast in-app scoreboards to quicker payouts, expanded in-play betting options, and user-friendly features.

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Caesars Sportsbook Launches Mobile Wagering at Harrah’s Gulf Coast in Mississippi

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Caesars Entertainment Inc. announced that the Caesars Sportsbook Mississippi app is accepting mobile sports bets at Harrah’s Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi. Sports fans 21 and older who are interested in wagering on sports via mobile devices can download the Caesars Sportsbook Mississippi app to register and deposit statewide but must be physically present on-property at Harrah’s Gulf Coast to wager.

The launch of the Caesars Sportsbook Mississippi mobile app complements the on-premise Caesars Sportsbook location, which accepted its first bets at Harrah’s Gulf Coast in 2018.

“The launch of our Caesars Sportsbook mobile app at Harrah’s Gulf Coast is a game-changer for sports fans who visit the world-class destination. Enhancing the fan experience remains a key focus for us across jurisdictions where we operate and bringing mobile wagering online in Mississippi builds on that. We look forward to providing an elevated and responsible sports wagering experience to our Biloxi customers going forward,” Eric Hession, President of Caesars Digital, said.

Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s Gulf Coast provides an unmatched sports viewing experience through its integration with The 406 Club. The location takes sports viewing to another level with attractive, high-tech amenities featuring bar games, VIP semi-private Fan Caves, self-service betting kiosks, and food and beverage service.

The Caesars Sportsbook app provides a premier online sports wagering experience with industry-leading technology like lightning-fast live scoreboards, quick and secure payouts, and daily special odds boosts and promotions. The app contains a variety of ways to bet, including same-game parlays, proposition bets, and the all-new FireBets – a one-stop shop for live bets in the app providing a seamless way to bet on exciting moments as they happen.

Caesars Sportsbook also delivers premium rewards via one of the industry’s largest loyalty programs, Caesars Rewards. Every wager placed in-person or via mobile with Caesars Sportsbook earns Tier Credits that contribute to status and Reward Credits redeemable for unique Caesars experiences, such as discounted getaways at various Caesars destinations across North America – including at destinations in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip – extraordinary culinary and entertainment experiences, as well as bonus cash in the app.

Caesars Entertainment maintains its status as an industry leader in Responsible Gaming and its focus on Responsible Gaming education is emphasized in jurisdictions where Caesars Sportsbook operates. In March 2024, Caesars Sportsbook received the prestigious RG Check accreditation from the Responsible Gambling Council, which recognizes companies that achieve the highest standards for their Responsible Gambling practices.

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Sightline Selects GeoComply for Identity and Geolocation Compliance Services

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Leading fintech company Sightline has entered into an exclusive partnership with compliance and anti-fraud technology solutions leader GeoComply to bolster the security and efficiency of digital transactions within the regulated gaming industry.

Sightline will integrate GeoComply’s cutting-edge IDComply identity verification solution as well as GeoComply’s compliance-grade geolocation tools across its comprehensive suite of digital payment solutions for land-based casinos and online gaming operators.

GeoComply developed IDComply in direct response to the growing demand for an integrated solution that addresses the expanding compliance needs of the digital gaming industry. Sightline will leverage identity verification and geolocation checks at strategic points during the customer journey to validate that digital transactions comply with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and adhere to Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) sanctions detection and blocking requirements. The partnership will also strengthen Know Your Customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) protocols to reduce fraud such as account takeovers.

The implementation of IDComply and GeoComply Core within Sightline’s offerings is scheduled to occur over the coming months.

“Digital payments continue to proliferate in the regulated gaming industry, and it is essential to have solutions that safely, securely, and swiftly validate customers’ identities. Implementing these tools across Sightline’s payment solutions will significantly decrease the time it takes to validate an identity and they will bolster compliance with the evolving regulations that govern digital financial transactions. Our vision is to create an omnichannel customer experience where patrons can seamlessly enroll, fund, and play their game of choice in under 180 seconds, putting gaming more in line with payments technologies in areas like retail and ecommerce,” Rose Zwirn, SVP of Business Development at Sightline, said.

“Our companies have a long history of collaboration and we’re excited to be working together to implement our GeoComply Core and IDComply solutions for Sightline’s customers. Our goal is to provide digital trust in every online transaction while opening the funnel for legitimate players and stop fraudsters from entering the digital gaming ecosystem. Working with best-in-class partners like Sightline gets us closer to that goal,” Sam Basile, VP of Business Development at GeoComply, said.

Digital wallets and transactions are becoming more common within the gaming industry, and Sightline is an indispensable and innovative partner to operators across the gaming ecosystem. Sightline will use IDComply to swiftly authenticate customer identities during signup across its platforms, simplifying cashless wagering accounts and online Play+ registrations. This move aims to address identity verification challenges, especially in areas like Nevada that require government IDs for account setup. IDComply is expected to accelerate this process, enhancing safety and user experience by reducing friction.

GeoComply’s advanced geolocation technology helps ensure regulatory compliance and is a strategic asset for gaming enterprises aiming to navigate the complex landscape of digital transactions securely and lawfully. With more than 10 billion transactions processed annually and installed on over 400 million devices worldwide, GeoComply empowers gaming enterprises to meet their compliance needs while providing a secure, trustworthy platform for their customers.

Furthermore, both Sightline and GeoComply have offices located at the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park in Las Vegas, symbolizing their joint commitment to advancing technology and compliance solutions within the gaming industry.

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Detroit Casinos Report $123.86M in March Revenue

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The three Detroit casinos reported $123.86 million in monthly aggregate revenue (AGR) for the month of March 2024, of which $122.26 million was generated from table games and slots, and $1.6 million from retail sports betting.

The March market shares were:

  • MGM, 46%
  • MotorCity, 31%
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown, 23%

Monthly Table Games, Slot Revenue, and Taxes

March 2024 table games and slot revenue increased 3.8% when compared to March 2023 revenue. March’s monthly revenue was 16.7% higher than February 2024. From Jan. 1 through March 31, the Detroit casinos’ table games and slots revenue decreased by 1.6% compared to the same period last year.

The casinos’ monthly gaming revenue results were mixed compared to March 2023:

  • MGM, up 4.1% to $56.65 million
  • MotorCity, up 7.2% to $38.35 million
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown, down 1.4% to $27.26 million

In March 2024, the three Detroit casinos paid $9.9 million in gaming taxes to the State of Michigan. They paid $9.5 million for the same month last year. The casinos also reported submitting $14.5 million in wagering taxes and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit in March.

Monthly Retail Sports Betting Revenue and Taxes

The three Detroit casinos reported $17.25 million in total retail sports betting handle, and total gross receipts were $1.61 million for the month of March. Retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) in March were up by 13.2% when compared to the same month last year. Compared to February 2024, March QAGR was up by $1.7 million.

March QAGR by casino was:

  • MGM: $327,857
  • MotorCity: $538,988
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown: $731,389

During March, the casinos paid $60,413 in gaming taxes to the state and reported submitting $73,838 in wagering taxes to the City of Detroit based on their retail sports betting revenue.

Fantasy Contests

For February 2024, fantasy contest operators reported total adjusted revenues of $405,342 and paid taxes of $34,049.

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