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Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - November 18, 2019

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Nov/18/2019

Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Monday November 18, 2019.


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Oklahoma Governor Digs in on Gambling Showdown With Tribes

Oklahoma's new Republican governor doubled down Thursday on his position that the state's gambling compacts with Indian tribes expire at the end of the year, setting up a potential legal showdown with some of the state's most powerful entities.

Gov. Kevin Stitt said at a press conference that communications with the tribes broke down late last month and he wanted to present his case to the Oklahoma people.

“The fact of the matter is they have refused to communicate with me," Stitt said. "This is going to cause extreme uncertainty if we don't have a new compact before Jan. 1, 2020."

The two sides disagree over the key issue of whether the compacts automatically renew for another 15-year term on Jan. 1 if the two sides can't reach an agreement.

Stitt suggested the state's current rate of between 4% and 10% of tribal gambling revenue should be larger.

Tribal leaders have said they're willing to renegotiate the rates, but not until Stitt acknowledges the compacts automatically renew if a deal can't be reached.

"The tribes are unified in their position that the compacts renew and they're going to continue to operate," said Stephen Greetham, senior attorney for the Chickasaw Nation, one of the most powerful in the state. "If Gov. Stitt wants to force the issue ... he would have to go to court and try to get some kind of order to shut the casinos down. Barring that, we're just going to continue to operate and we're going to continue remitting our revenue-share payments to the state and we're going to continue to grow, as we have for the last 15 years."

Casino gambling is a booming industry in Oklahoma, with more than 130 casinos now dotting the state since voters approved a gambling expansion in 2004.

Under the compacts, tribes pay the state "exclusivity fees" in exchange for the exclusive right to operate casinos. Those fees generated nearly $139 million for the state last year, most of it earmarked for education, on roughly $2.3 billion in revenue from games covered under the compacts.

 

Relax Gaming Strengthens Big Time Gaming Deal

Relax Gaming, the innovative content provider and aggregation platform, has strengthened its partnership with Big Time Gaming (BTG) to include additional games such as the classics Who Wants to be a Millionaire and White Rabbit along with recent release, Kingmaker.

These games have been big hits with operators and helped BTG become one of the industry’s most sought after suppliers.

Relax Gaming is fast becoming a go-to aggregation partner with its fair and transparent terms. The company became one of the first three platform providers to distribute Big Time Gaming’s coveted content in Europe in 2018, providing its partners with fast access to the studio’s highly acclaimed titles. This deal extension follows a highly successful period for both companies.

The initial agreement, which enabled the company to be first to market with The Final Countdown, also included permission for Relax Gaming’s Silver Bullet partners to make use of the innovative Megaways mechanic.

Simon Hammon, Relax Gaming CPO, said: “This extended agreement with Big Time Gaming demonstrates our commitment to continually supporting the most popular games across all our strategic markets.

“To date, our partnership has delivered consistent success for both parties and we are delighted to offer our operator and distribution network with even more of BTG’s famous catalogue.”

Nik Robinson, CEO at BTG, said: “Relax Gaming has not only provided us with significant distributional reach, but its transparent and open approach has made working with the team an absolute pleasure.

“We look forward to broadening the portfolio of games available to Relax Gaming’s partners and seeing the company’s in-house studio and Silver Bullet partners create more unique twists on our Megaways mechanic.”

Relax Gaming offers its partners an ever-growing lineup of over 640 casino games, including high-quality aggregated content from selected Silver Bullet studios, together with innovative proprietary titles and gaming technology.

Only a few weeks after launching the Unibet Sportsbook at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Kindred Group goes live with both online sports and casino in Pennsylvania. As of today, Unibet customers in Pennsylvania will be able to experience a full range of first-class sportsbook and casino products in a safe and secure environment.

Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) takes its next significant step in the US market with the launch of both online sports and casino in Pennsylvania. The announcement is in line with the Group’s strategy to establish a presence in what will most likely become the largest gambling market in the world. Kindred continues to adopt a local focus and global expertise wherever it operates, ensuring that customers can enjoy Unibet’s full range of first-class sportsbook and casino products in a familiar, safe and secure environment.

“After a successful launch of our betting lounge, Unibet Sportsbook at Mohegan Sun Pocono, we are thrilled to take the partnership with Mohegan Sun online and bring the Pennsylvanian guests a state-of-the-art online gambling experience, including the best online casino games and an impressive online sportsbook”, says Manuel Stan, SVP Kindred US.

“We’re thrilled to introduce to our customers an opportunity to place bets and game online within the state borders,” said Aviram Alroy, Vice President of Interactive Gaming at Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. “Our sportsbook lounge is a highly engaging and joyful experience on-premises and Kindred Group are able to extend that experience online through our strategic partnership.”

This is Kindred’s second state in the US, after launching online casino and sportsbook earlier this year in New Jersey in partnership with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. The launch of the online sportsbook and casino comes only weeks after the Kindred Group officially launched Unibet Sportsbook at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Penn State football great, LaVar Arringon, on-hand for a special ribbon cutting.

“Mohegan Sun has been a great partner throughout the preparation for this launch and we are confident that this will be a long-term and successful relationship in bringing a top-quality product to Pennsylvania”, continues Stan.

Kindred has previously communicated the partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono to enter Pennsylvania. Together with the partnership with Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Union, Kindred sees this as a key building block in increasing Unibet’s brand awareness in Pennsylvania. Kindred will use Pala Interactive's online gaming platform in Pennsylvania and will use Kambi’s sport betting platform, which has also been communicated at an earlier stage.

Our Free Picks Record November 17

2019 NFL Record: 3-9 (0%)

2019 College Football Record: 4-2 (66.6%)

2019 MLB Record: 26-18-2 (59%) - No Plays Over -160

2018-19 College Basketball Record: 12-9 (57.1%)

2018-19 NBA Record: 7-5 (58%)

2018 MLB Record: 45-35 (56.2%)

2018 NBA Record: 12-4-1 (75%)

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