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Welcome to issue #1 of the weekly gaming breakdown from Casino Cabbie- the only place to get all your latest US gaming news and market developments.

It’s been one helluva week here at Casino Cabbie, and in the gaming industry: there have been new game releases, the Kentucky Derby has announced it will take place behind closed doors, BetMGM has launched a brand new casino in West Virginia, and theScore has announced a new casino partnership with Twin River Holdings!!

New Casino Announcements

BetMGM Launches New Online Casino in West Virginia

BetMGM US online casinos

BetMGM (jointly owned by MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings) has announced the launch of its brand new casino- BetMGM, West Virginia. The casino delivers 30 casino games, from top of the range blackjack and roulette to progressive jackpots and slots! BetMGM is one of the first online casinos to hit WV, since the state opened to online gaming in July 2020 with the launch of DraftKings WV.

Canadian Hot Shot, theScore, Announces New Jersey Casino Partnership

Canadian sports betting goliath, theScore, has formed a  partnership with Twin River Holdings to open a new online casino and sports betting app in 2021. It will join and compete against the likes of Resorts, Hard Rock, DraftKings, and Unibet in the NJ casino market!

New Game Releases

Hotline 2 Slot: NetEnt. RTP 96.05%

Released this week, Hotline 2 delivers on the success of the original 80s themed Hotline Slot from NetEnt and “offers up a wild return to the burning hot Miami streets.” Featuring 5x3 reels, 243 ways to win (growing up to 1944 during free spins) expanding wilds and reels, Hotline bonus-buy feature, and free spins, this slot is set to rock US players and NetEnt fans.

This week has also seen the following Slot releases (not yet available in the US)

  • 3 Tiny Gods: Microgaming
  • Fruits Gone Wild: Stakelogic
  • Jellyfish Flow: Habanero
  • Wild Candy: Pariplay
  • Day & Night: True Lab

Industry Events and News

Kentucky Derby Set to Take Place Behind Closed Doors

Since the start of this year, the sports betting industry has taken many blows with canceled events and many taking place behind closed doors. 

The Kentucky Derby is the latest to announce that the event will not be open to the public this year. This is the first time in the events 150 year history for this to happen and is a change to the original plan to limit capacity, but still allow spectators. 

Organizer Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) released a statement saying; “Churchill Downs and all of our team members feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility as citizens of Louisville to do all we responsibly can to protect the health, safety, and security of our community in these challenging times and believe that running the Derby without spectators is the best way to do that”.

That’s it for this week guys, but don’t forget to check in with Casino Cabbie every Friday for your gambling round-up of the week!

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