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Delaware Casinos Reporting Good Returns On Sports Betting

While its early days still the sports betting market in the US has got off to a flying start. The state of Delaware was the first to offer legal sports betting outside Nevada with their three state approved casinos. According to figures released by the Delaware Lottery the sports betting handle has generated just over $7m in the first 20 days which is a very good start to what is expected to be a lucrative market. As we reported Delaware already had legislation in place for the legalization of sports betting which enabled them to be the first US state outside of Nevada to offer sports betting. According to the figures released the three state operators held $1m of the $7m wagered which represents a win rate way above the average 5% reported by most books. Delaware’s Lottery’s parlay sports betting offering which is powered by Scientific Games took in $125k from vendor fees from these winnings. Following them were Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway that accounted for $1.18m and $590k...

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Bet365 Enters US Sports Betting Market With Hard Rock AC Casino

Following other international gambling operators. Bet365 has become the latest to stake their clam in the New Jersey sport betting market. It was confirmed that they have entered into an agreement to launch a sports betting service with the Hard Rock Casino in New Jersey. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has approved a request between bet365 and Hard rock Casino which will come into play on July 21. This partnership comes less than 2 months after the landmark US Supreme Court decision that opened the doors for New Jersey to operate sports betting within the state. As we have reported the list of operators already in the process of entering the US market is growing by the day. These include DFS giant DraftKings who signed an agreement with the resorts Casino and William Hill who will partner with Ocean Resorts. The new sports betting market in New Jersey is a welcome relief after years of problems that led to Atlantic City closing down may of their casinos. The situation now is one few expected in that major global gambling companies are tripping over each other in order to get a foothold in the New Jersey market. The potential revenues for casinos with sports betting are huge and it comes as no surprise that the biggest and most trusted operators are signing...

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Playtech Share Price Plummets Due To Second Profit Warning For 2018

Playtech have issued a second profit warning for 2018 which resulted in the share price plummeting by 26 percent. The FTSE 250 gambling giant said in a trading statement that they expect their revenues from Asia in 2018 to be €70m lower than previously predicted. The main reason for their Asian woes continues to be the continued crackdown of gambling syndicates in Malaysia and increased competition in China. This decrease in revenues will affect the company revenues as Asia is estimated to make up around 40 percent of Playtech’s revenues. Playtech went on to say that overall revenues for H1 were broadly in line with expectations. This was assisted by increase activity due to FIFA World Cup as well as a strong presence in Italy. Excluding Asia daily average revenues for the year to date were up 7 percent from last year. CEO Mor Weizer said,” Clearly the recent trading performance in Asia is disappointing. We have taken steps to further support our partners in the region and we will continue to work to preserve our position in the face of an increasingly competitive environment.” On the positive side Weizer emphasized Playtech growth in regulated markets and even mentioned possible opportunities arising in the US following the PASPA Supreme Court...

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Lottoland Defiant Down Under Despite Synthetic Lotteries Been Banned

We have reported extensively on the attempts to get synthetic lotteries like Lottoland banned down under.  The media and marketing campaigns both from Lottoland’s side and from their competition has been as dirty as it gets. The stakes are high as Lottoland is seen as a major disruptive force to existing lottery operators in Australia. One of the main objections to “synthetic lotteries” has been the simple fact that they are cannibalizing the traditional lottery market without having to give back a single penny. The money generated for good causes by lottery companies simply does not apply to Lottoland and this is resulting is a direct loss for communities who rely on good causes revenues to fund many social economic projects. The proposed laws that are aimed at banning Lottoland have beeen passed in the federal parliament. This has left the Gibraltar-based seemingly with no options remaining to continue operations down under. However Lottoland CEO Luke Brill was defiant and said that the company “well advanced” in finding alternative ways to continue offering their services to their 700,000 strong customer based. He also pointed out that the changes will only come into play in 2019 leaving plenty time to find a solution. He went on to say,” We are here to stay and We will continue to innovate and adapt so that we can continue to provide our customers with the type of exciting and innovative products they have come to expect from us over the past two...

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William Hill Under Fire For Encouraging Punters To Play FOBTs Before The Crackdown

It seems that the controversy surrounding fixed odds betting terminals or FOBTs will not go away. As we reported the latest reprieve given by the government in the form of a delay in the proposed maximum stakes to bookmakers has got many up in arms. In effect the maximum wager reduction from £100 to £2 has bene delayed till 2020 after sustained pressure on the government from bookmakers.  Following this you would think that the bookmakers like William Hill who rely heavily on these cash making machines would keep a low profile and thank their lucky starts for the delay in the implementation of the restrictions. Well think again as they have once again caused a stir as they sent out an email to punters reminding them tem to gamble before the government limit comes into play. A report in the Times accused William Hill of trying to further exploit players to part with their money on FOBTs with a friendly reminder by employees to remind punters that the £100 pound option is till available. The email was apparently sent following overall weaker gaming performance by William Hill following the government’s announcement of the reduction of the FOBT maximum stakes to £2. William Hill collected revenues o £913.1 million in 2017 from their estimated 2,340 betting shops across the...

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Pragmatic Play Continues Global Expansion Plans With Extreme Live Gaming Acquisition

The Malta-based game development studio Pragmatic Paly has been creating a lot of hype in the competitive games vendor market in the last twelve months. Their strategic partnerships over the last year include Mr Green, GVC Holdings, the Rank Group and Lottoland just to mention a few. It comes as no surprise that their global acquisition strategy has expanded to include live dealer games as they announced the acquisition of Extreme Live Gaming from the Novomatic Group. According to Pragmatic Play’s Chief Commercial Officer Melissa Summerfield,” This acquisition marks a major step forward for Pragmatic Play. Few providers can match the rate at which we have expanded over the last 12 months, and bringing Extreme Live Gaming into the Pragmatic Play portfolio affirms our position as one of the industry’s foremost multi-product providers to regulated markets. Live casino continues to exhibit real growth potential, and the extra layer of excitement and interactivity that live dealer games bring to the table for players is clear. The range of unique games alongside classics like roulette and blackjack sets our services apart, and we are very pleased to have added this exciting product vertical to our portfolio.” CEO of Extreme Live Gaming Darwyn Palenzuela was equally delighted with the acquisition and said,” We pride ourselves on providing groundbreaking live solutions both popular with players and profitable for our partners, and this acquisition will empower us to take our business to the next...

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