North America

Tilman Fertitta puts forward bold Caesars & Golden Nugget merger bid

US news sources have reported that casino and leisure mogul Tilman Fertitta, seeks to merge his Golden Nugget Casinos corporation with Caesars Entertainment. Fertitta the owner of NBA franchise the Houston Rockets, operates Golden Nugget Casinos through his privately owned leisure and hospitality group Landry’s Inc. Early news reports by CNBC Business and Reuters detail that Fertitta has approached Caesars …

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Kambi seeks to become ‘clutch player’ of NBA betting

Stockholm-listed sports betting platform and software provider Kambi Group Plc views the start of the new NBA season as yet another early pacesetter for the liberalised US betting market. The technology group has revamped its entire NBA markets inventory, seeking to bring new betting dynamics to the unique sport of basketball. Kambi states that it has developed the sector’s most comprehensive …

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PointsBet makes big NJ opening noise with Allen Iverson

Introducing itself to the regulated New Jersey betting market, Australian sportsbook PointsBet (pointsbet.com) has recruited the services of NBA legend Allen Iverson. The new Garden State incumbent plans to release its first US online sportsbook property this November. Prior to its official sportsbook launch, PointsBet will host a free-to-enter $1 million NBA sweepstake, allowing sports fans to pick the 8 …

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Caesars launches ‘The Book’, targeting ‘next generation’ engagement

This weekend Nasdaq-listed Caesars Entertainment launched its ‘next generation’ sportsbook property ‘The Book’ at its LINQ Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas promenade. Joined by NFL legend Terrell Owens, Caesars CEO & President Mark Frissora stated that The Book would represent the next evolution of sportsbook, reimagining the proposition of sports betting as an entertainment vertical for US consumers. …

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MGM appoints ‘Tech Pro’ George Kliavkoff to lead its Entertainment & Sports properties

MGM Resorts has confirmed the appointment of George Kliavkoff as its new President of Entertainment & Sports, replacing former leadership incumbent Richard Strum. Kliavkoff takes leadership of MGM’s sports and entertainment verticals at a crucial juncture for the New York-listed gambling and leisure firm, as it expands multiple live venue properties and develops new entertainment concepts. A seasoned media and technology executive …

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Wynn builds sportsbook proposition with fresh-faced BetBull

Nasdaq-listed casino and entertainment operator Wynn Resorts has announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with European ‘mobile-first’ betting platform and gamification developer BetBull, who are set to develop Wynn’s sportsbook proposition. Updating the market, Wynn has acquired a 22.5% stake in the Malta and London based operator, seeking to capitalise on developing US sports betting market opportunities. The strategic …

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Scott Van Pelt urges US gambling sector to market responsibly

Decorated US sports broadcaster Scott Van Pelt (SportsCenter – ESPN) utilised his keynote speech at this week’s G2E Conference in Las Vegas, to warn the US gambling sector to avoid repeating advertising mistakes of the past. In front of a full conference hall at the Sands Expo Convention Center, Van Pelt’s speech opened up day-2 of G2E, with the US …

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UFC 229 sets new records with Parimatch

Shrouded in controversy and awash with excitement, this weekend’s UFC 229 card from Las Vegas not only drew viewers from all over the globe, but it also smashed betting records with the UFC’s official betting partner Parimatch. The international online betting group revealed that amongst their customers, this weekend’s fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor was the most popular …

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Scientific Games expands US capabilities with Don Best acquisition

Scientific Games has confirmed an agreement to expand its US footprint with the acquisition of global real-time betting data and pricing supplier, Don Best Sports. Subject to customary conditions to closing, it’s anticipated the deal will be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will grow Scientific Games’ B2B sports betting offering and add powerful new capabilities to its sportsbook solutions. …

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Nektan appoints ‘growth expert’ Lucy Buckley as new CEO

London AIM-listed platform and games content provider Nektan Plc has today confirmed that the pending appointment of Lucy Buckley as new Chief Executive Officer. Updating investors, Nektan governance confirms its new executive leader who is expected to join the company and its board on 3 December 2018. A seasoned leadership executive in marketing, growth strategies and corporate development, Buckley joins …

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