North America

LeBron’s LA dreams liven up NBA markets

The most sought after free agent in Basketball has finally chosen his next destination, and LeBron James’ decision to join the LA Lakers has had a huge impact on NBA betting markets. As reported on SBCAmericas, the move comes after James’ four years in his second stint in Cleveland and four consecutive NBA Finals (one win, three losses against Golden …

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Alex Capurro: Easy Payment Gateway – Revising alternative payment options for US conundrums

Alex Capurro, CEO of Easy Payment Gateway, says US gambling operators must look to alternative options to deliver a seamless payments journey for consumers. ___________ Following the repeal of PASPA last month, and the growing number of US states pushing ahead with legal, regulated online gambling, the USA has quickly become one of the hottest emerging markets in the world. …

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Aristocrat hooks Jeff Karp as new Big Fish Games CEO

Australia ASX-listed gambling technology group Aristocrat Leisure has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Karp as Managing Director & President of Big Fish Games, heading up its recently acquired social gaming subsidiary. Seeking to diversify its corporate entity beyond casino technologies, in December 2017 Aristocrat completed its $1 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Big Fish, from former owner Churchill Downs. Regarded as …

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Resorts Casino NJ selects SBTech for rapid betting systems deployment

Industry technology provider SBTech details its ‘second major US sports betting announcement’, confirming that it will act as lead betting systems provider for the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City New Jersey. Securing the partnership, SBTech has been selected by Resorts governance to provide its legacy Boardwalk casino with a full omni-channel sports betting solution servicing on-property, digital and mobile …

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The Stars Group expands new private debt-note offering to $1 billion

Issuing a corporate update, Toronto TSX-listed the Stars Group Inc has informed that it will add a further $250 million to its proposed private unsecured senior note/loan offering. Seeking to complete its $4.7 billion acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet), the Stars Group governance will move to expand its senior debt-financed loan to $1 billion (transaction first announced …

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GiG to launch Hard Rock venture securing DGE platform approval

Oslo-listed online gambling firm Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has confirmed that it has met the requirements of The State of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to service online casino platform solutions for its licensed NJ operators. The DGE informs that the GiG Core Platform has met all compliance procedures and standards set to offer real money casino services to …

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Penn’s Tim Wilmott leads ‘AGA search committee’ for next leader

US industry trade group the American Gaming Association (AGA) has established a seven-strong ‘search committee’ to assist with the leadership replacement of Geoff Freeman, who ends his 5-year CEO tenure to join America’s Grocery Manufacturers Association (AGMA) at the end of July.  The AGA’s search committee will be led by Penn National Gaming Chief Executive Tim Wilmott, who seeks to find …

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Chris Murphy: Americas Outlook – Frantic first steps for those early US betting adopters

Chris Murphy Editor of SBC Americas details a chaotic first two months of US legislative activity post-SCOTUS’ repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate. What sense if any can the industry make of early US state adoption of sports betting laws… _________________________________ More than two months have elapsed since the landmark ruling that saw the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) overturn …

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SBC Events hits the bullseye with Betting on Sports Week agenda

The CEO of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), the Chief Legal Officer of the PGA Tour and a five-time snooker World Champion will join the strongest lineup of speakers the sports betting industry has ever seen. The PDC’s Matt Porter, Len Brown from the PGA Tour and Ronnie O’Sullivan were just three of the names that caught the eye as …

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Rhode Island places a ‘high price’ on licensed sports betting

This weekend Rhode Island became the third US state to legislate for sports betting services following May’s Supreme Court repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate. Rhode Island (population 1 million) follows its east coast neighbours of Delaware and New Jersey in moving to allow sports betting services within licensed casino premises. On Friday, state governor Gina Raimondo (D) signed off on …

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