Industry News of the Day for October 1, 2020

iDEA Growth Member News: 

    • DraftKings has added another partnership to its ever-growing roster of alliances this week with the news that it has been designated Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner and Official Sports Betting Partner of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. 
    • has been in the process of gaining entry to the PA online poker market for months now, but they took one step closer Wednesday. 
    • Scientific Games’ online division SG Digital has announced that NetEnt’s content will be available through the supplier’s OpenGaming platform, which will also serve as the exclusive platform for Big Time Gaming content in the US and Canada. 

Industry News: 

    • As sports betting revenue reports roll in detailing the heavy influence of NFL action, not to mention the NBA playoffs, several other states stand on the threshold of launching their own online wagering industries. 

Overall Industry News: 

    • William Hill went public about the negotiations on Friday, though private talks had already been underway for some time before then. Caesars confirmed its bid on Monday, and William Hill accepted it on Wednesday. 
    • Caesars has agreed to buy William Hill for $3.7 billion in cash. 
    • Hard Rock has named SG Digital as its new sportsbook and online casino platform provider after ending its relationship with Gaming Innovation Group (GIG). 

New Jersey: 

    • New Jersey sports bettors have 11 brick-and-mortar and 17 online/mobile sportsbooks available to them. 


    • Much of the action in Pennsylvania gaming the past week took place in Harrisburg and Manhattan. 
    • The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released its 2019-2020 Annual Report. The in-depth report details all aspects of the gambling industry. 
    • After years of discussion and amendments, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act now appears to be on the verge of becoming U.S. law. 


    • Sports wagering revenue in Delaware amounted to $904,450 in the month to 27 September, which despite marking a month-on-month improvement, remains far behind 2019 levels. 


    • The Virginia Lottery Board will accept applications for sports betting permit holders beginning October 15, 2020. 


    • The Caesars name had been conspicuously absent from the Michigan square dance of gambling partners. 


    • Hawthorne Race Course in southwest suburban Stickney opened its doors Wednesday to a brand new sportsbook, ushering in a new era for the iconic venue. 

North Carolina: 

    • Interest in sports betting is peaking as the NBA Finals, Major League Baseball Playoffs, NFL, and NCAA football take place simultaneously for the first time, but North Carolina tribal casinos are still waiting to take their first legal sports bet. 


    • The William Hill app that is live in Colorado is set to be purchased by Caesars Entertainment. 


    • It’s only fitting for sports betting in Nevada to push the legal US market beyond a significant post-PASPA benchmark. 
    • Nevada’s sportsbooks handled $474,469,273 in wagers in August, a huge month compared to the handle the year prior. It was a record August for the Nevada sports betting industry. 
    • Nevada casino revenue declined 1.7% month-on-month and 21.9% year-on-year to $743.0m in August, as low margins and the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) combined to keep revenue low.