News and Analysis
Georgia Strikes Down Sports Betting Reform
This week, Georgia's sports betting bill has failed to pass the State House and Senate. The bill fell short of gaining a two-thirds majority at 30-26 votes. Sadly, it's back to the drawing board for Georgian sports betting reform as the next time an attempt can be made is the 2024 legislative session.
Caesars Unveils New Nebraska Casino Plans and Responsible Gambling Campaign
It's been a busy week for Caesars as the company unveiled plans for its first land-based casino in Nebraska and two new responsible gambling policies. Let's start with the casino. Based in Columbus, in partnership with Columbus Exposition and Racing, the establishment would offer casino games, a sportsbook, and horse racing with a plan to open by 2024. In the meantime, a temporary establishment would provide gambling services; it's expected to launch later this year.
In responsible gambling news, Caesars is expanding its self-exclusion program to cover the entire online and land-based establishments network. They've also launched Project 21, which raises awareness of underage gambling.
Anaxi (Aristocrat) Games Hit Caesars Casino
In more good news from Caesars, they've hashed out a deal with Anaxi that'll see Buffalo™, 5 Dragons Rising Jackpots™, Miss Kitty™, and Wild Wild Samurai™, along with other games added to Caesars US online casinos. Anaxi is Aristocrat's separate real money division and launched in October 2022.
EveryMatrix and BetParx Agree Content Deal
EveryMatrix and BetParx have agreed to a content distribution deal to see the aggregator's games go live at BetParx Casinos USA. BetParx has said the deal solidifies their commitment to bringing top-end entertainment to players. Hit titles available to play now include Armadillo Goes West, Fortune Dragon Queen Exotic Wilds, and Hot Hot Honey.
MGCB Launches New Responsible Gambling Campaign - "Don't Regret the Bet"
Don't Regret the Bet is the Michigan Gaming Control Board's new multimedia campaign raising responsible gambling awareness. Developed in partnership with King Media, the campaign will include TV and Radio spots, video ads at gas stations, billboards, and digital media. If you're reading from Michigan, check it out and brush up on your responsible gambling knowledge at www.dontregretthebet.org.
BetMGM Becomes Official Red Sox Sports Betting Partner
BetMGM has become the official Boston Red Sox sports betting partner head of the Massachusetts sports betting launch. The agreement will see BetMGM signs at Fenway Park, and co-branded content shared on the Red Sox and BetMGM's social and online platforms.
Executive Vice President of Partnerships for the Red Sox said, "The Boston Red Sox are proud to partner with BetMGM as we prepare to enter a new era of professional sports betting in Massachusetts. Given our strong relationship with MGM Resorts, BetMGM was the clear choice to become the first sports betting partner of the club, and we look forward to them offering sports betting opportunities to our fans in a safe and responsible manner."
DWG Partners with Rush Street Interactive in NJ
It's been a big week for games content hitting US casinos as Design Works Gaming has also agreed on a distribution deal with Rush Street Interactive. Players can now enjoy DWG titles at BetRivers Casino, NJ. Games featured in the agreement include Break the Bounty LuckyTap™ and 10X Fortune. DWG distributes its games through Light & Wonder's OpenGaming Platform in the US. More DWG files will be added over the following months.
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