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Wire NORTH AMERICA Pennsylvania sports betting tops US$5bn


New York - MGM rennovates Yonkers Raceway Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts is seeing the fruition of a major renovation project completed on its 122-year-old historic Yonkers Raceway during the regularly scheduled June racing break.


MGM Resorts invested $500,000 in the regrading and reconstruction of Yonkers Raceway, the first renovation at the track since 2006. MGM Resorts took ownership of Empire City and Yonkers Raceway in January 2019 and this project marks the first major renovation investment the track has seen in more than 15 years.


“We are incredibly proud to make this significant investment in the sport,” said MGM Resorts Northeast Group SVP and Chief Financial Officer, Ed Domingo. “We have a strong record of providing one of the safest harness tracks in the country, and this regrading will not only protect that record, but will enhance the competitiveness and excitement of our races. We are committed to upholding the legacy of Yonkers Raceway as one of the premier harness racing venues, not only in the US, but in the world.”


Project preparations began in January 2021 with visits to more than a dozen quarries to identify the perfect track materials to sustain a track that sees more race days than any other track in the country, including during problematic northeast wintery weather conditions. Renovations began Memorial Day weekend and was completed on Wednesday, 9 June, the day harness racing fans were welcomed back to the track.


The extensive project was completed in just 10 days. The renovation team included recognised horse- racing track builder brothers Dan Coon and Greg Coon, sons of the late hall-of-famer Chuck Coon, who have built and maintained other top racing tracks around the country.


US - GLI appoints Gaming Laboratories International has named former Montana Lottery Director Angela Wong as Director of Lottery Solutions. Her appointment expands the deep


bench of subject matter experts for GLI’s team of professionals that serve thousands of lotteries, regulatory agencies, and related equipment vendors and services providers globally.


US - GLI appoints Gaming Laboratories International has named technology thought leader Rudy Stevenson as a new Client Services Representative. He will work closely with GLI’s Tribal


gaming clients in the Mountain Region. Most recently Stevenson served as Account Manager for DiTRONICS Financial Services.


P20 WIRE / PULSE / INSIGHT / REPORTS


Betting at Pennsylvania's online and retail sportsbooks fell modestly in May, but still pushed the state past $5bn in wagering through fiscal year 2020-21.


Betting at Pennsylvania's online and retail sportsbooks fell modestly in May, but still pushed the state past $5bn in wagering through fiscal year 2020-21. But as sports betting continues its summer slowdown, Pennsylvania's online casinos and poker rooms racked up more than $110m in gross revenue to solidify their position as the state's most dependable gaming revenue generator.


"Te seasonal slowdown will continue to be a factor until bettors can place bets on Eagles, Steelers, and Penn State football games," said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for the PlayUSA.com network, which includes PlayPennsylania.com. “And with the popularity of online casinos holding even as retail casino customers return, the state's gaming industry is in relatively good shape."


Pennsylvania's online and retail sportsbooks accepted $447.5m in wagers in May, down 6.7 per cent from $479.4m in April, according to official data released Tursday.


Trough 11 months of the fiscal year, sportsbooks have accepted $5.2bn in bets. Sportsbooks won $37.4m off May's wagers, up 3.8 per cent from $36m in April, which produced $27.7m in taxable revenue. Te month


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Gaming Realms has signed a licensing agreement with IGT to produce Slingo games based on slots brands within IGT’s game library, including the Cleopatra and Da Vinci Diamonds brands.


Michael Buckley, Executive Chairman of Gaming Realms, commented: “Combining Slingo with IGT’s iconic brands represents a compelling partnership. Tis is a fantastic opportunity for Gaming Realms to introduce its Slingo genre to new audiences.”


Enrico Drago, SVP of IGT PlayDigital, said: “IGT brands are widely recognised by land- based and digital players alike, which will assist Gaming Realms with its goal of creating new Slingo players, while reinforcing IGT’s brands in the fast-growing online market.”


yielded $9.4m in state taxes and $554,930 in local share assessments.


Te Keystone State's month-over-month decline from April is steeper than the comparable states that have already reported May data, including New Jersey (up 8.9 per cent), Indiana (up 7.6 per cent), Iowa (down 2.9 per cent), and Michigan (down 4.9 per cent). But in April, betting volume in Pennsylvania was down 14.4 per cent from March, one of the mildest month-over-month declines in the US.


"Without a national betting holiday like the Super Bowl or the NCAA Tournament, the summer months are dictated more by local interests," said Valerie Cross, analyst for PlayPennsylvania.com. "Pennsylvania's sportsbooks are still well-positioned this summer, especially if the Sixers can figure a way past Atlanta, because they are less reliant on college sports than some other major markets."


Online betting accounted for 91 per cent, or $407.4m, of May's handle. FanDuel/Valley Forge was the online market leader again with $160.9m in online wagering. Retail sportsbooks took in $40.1m in handle in May, led by Rivers- Philadelphia's $6.7m.


Canada AGS launches into Canada's real-money market


AGS has announced its first launch into the Canadian real money online gaming market with Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation.


Te company’s Golden Wins game is now live and available to play through OLG’s internet gaming site, OLG.ca. Additional games will launch over the next few months, with Bonanza Blast, Capital Gains, Fu Nan Fu Nu, Rakin Bacon!, and Vegas Stacks promising to entertain OLG’s online fans much as these games engage players in land-based casinos across North America.


“We strive to give our OLG.ca customers enhanced choice and access to new, fresh, cutting-edge games in a safe and secure online environment, and we are confident that AGS will help deliver that for


our players,” said Dave Pridmore, OLG Chief Digital and Strategy Officer.


“Introducing new digital suppliers like AGS to Ontario enables us to deliver the experiences our players want while keeping those dollars in our province for the benefit of Ontarians. Tat’s what sets us apart from competitors.”


AGS Executive Vice President Operations, Matt Reback, said: “We are excited about our first online launch in Canada and look forward to continuing to offer more games in OLG’s internet gaming site, OLG.ca over the next few months. OLG has been a strong partner and supporter of AGS in land-based casinos, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with our growing library of online gaming content.”


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