College Township Council Approves Nittany Mall Casino Development Plan

Hand Holding a $100 Bill Over a Laptop And Casino Games
The land development plan for the proposed casino at the former Macy’s property at the Nittany Mall has been approved by the College Township Council.

The project is still awaiting the approval of its Category 4 casino license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board before the it can move ahead. The Board held a public input meeting last month and it will hold another similar discussion on a future date where the developer will be given the opportunity to present the plans for the board to vote and decide.

The Nittany Casino

Dubbed as the Nittany Casino in the plans, the project is expected to have 750 slot machines and 30 table games with sports betting also being eyed. A restaurant, bar, mini-outlet, and a quick serve food and beverage area are also in the works in the said casino project.

According to Chad Stafford of project engineer PenTerra, there will be few major renovations to be done for the exterior of the 94,000 square foot facility. However, a sally port will be added on the building’s Benner Pike side while a large canopy will be placed on top of the main entrance on the East College Avenue side.

New License in Centre County

Last September, Penn State trustee Ira Lubert won an auction for a Category 4 gaming license to be situated at Centre County with a $10M bid. In January, Bally’s Corporation announced that it had entered into an agreement with Lubert to develop the $123M mini-casino. Lubert’s group submitted an application that named the former Macy’s at the Nittany Mall as its targeted location.

According to Lubert, a casino at the Nittany Mall would reinvigorate the property and draw many new businesses to the mall itself and the surrounding area. That in turn will create jobs for local residents and hellp drive the region’s economy forward while also providing a new entertainment venue that the community can enjoy.

Caesars Partners With LSU in First Ever Gambling Deal in SEC History

Caesars Entertainment Logo

Caesars Entertainment, through its sports betting arm Caesars Sportsbook, signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Louisiana State University (LSU) last Friday, inking a deal which is a first for a Southeastern Conference school to enter into such a pact.

Said LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward in a news release:

“LSU has always taken pride in providing fans with unique, innovative, and world-class experiences, and our new partnership with Caesars Entertainment will do just that. We share a clear vision of how athletics and entertainment can come together to enhance the fan experience and we are excited to join with Caesars to make that vision a reality.”

LSU did not disclose the specifics of the deal but according to industry sources, it is a “seven-figure deal.

Official Gaming and Sportsbook Partner of LSU Athletics

As the official gaming and sportsbook partner of LSU Athletics, Caesars Sportsbook will get naming rights for the new Caesars Sportsbook Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium. Caesars will also get signages throughout Death Valley starting last Saturday’s home game against Central Michigan.

The gambling company will also get additional signages throughout the sports venue as well as a signage at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center where the school hosts its basketball games and the Alex Box Stadium where Tigers’ baseball plays its games.

The deal also calls for the Caesars Sportsbook logo appearing in the Tigers’ mobile sports App. Caesars is also committed to establishing an annual scholarship fund to support deserving LSU students from Louisiana.

Committed to Louisiana

Caesars Entertainment has been busy expanding its business in the Louisiana area. There are current plans for a massive $325M renovation that will transform Harrah’s New Orleans to Caesars New Orleans. This upgrade includes a new 340-room hotel tower above the existing casino valet porte cochere and additional development on the presently unoccupied second flor of the casino.

Similarly, the company is gearing up for a large-scale expansion that will turn Capri Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana to the Horseshoe Lake Charles. The gambling company also recently bought the naming right to the Superdome which is the home field of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints after the venue’s deal with German automaker Mercedes Benz expired during the summer.

Most recently, Caesars also signed a deal with the publication NOLA.com to to become its exclusive sports betting partner and official odds provider. The agreement will provide betting content from Caesars as well as a weekly prop bet for NOLA.com readers, and special promotions with odds boosts.

Maryland Gaming Commission Opens Sports Betting License Applications

Baltimore Maryland

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission opened the applications for legal sports betting licenses in the 17 locations named in the state’s sports betting law. According to the Maryland Lottery, the online portal has been open since Tuesday.

Applications for the 30 Class B licenses for retail locations and the 60 mobile sports betting licenses are not yet accepted until the regulations governing them will be finalized. The MLGCC will be holding a public hearing on the resolutions on September 22 and will be accepting online public comments until September 26th.

17 Class A Licenses

As per the state’s spots betting legislation, 17 Class A licenses will be issued to 17 entries in the area. Six of those are the six casino properties in Maryland while five will be given to five off-track betting facilities. The state’s three professional sports locations will be allowed one each while two will be awarded to bingo halls and the last one to be shared by the Pilmico Race Course in Baltimore and the Laurel Park Race Track in Laurel. Future NBA, NHL, and MLS teams that will lease a stadium in Maryland will also be allowed to apply for a Class A sports betting license.

In a press release, the MLGCC said that it anticipates that some if not most of the 17 entities with a Class A license will be able to go live with their sports betting activities late this fall or by early winter and that things will be in place by the time the NFL begins its postseason.

Updated Maryland Sports Betting Partnerships

The Baltimore Ravens, which play at the M&T Stadium have announced partnerships with BetMGM, DraftKings, and Caesars. A retail Caesars sportsbook is being planned at their sports venue. The Washington Football Team has partnered with FanDuel while FanDuel will open a retail sportsbook at the Live! Casino and Hotel. PointsBet has partnered with the Riverboat on the Potomac while Penn National Gaming recently bought Hollywood Casino.

Other sportsbook operators in Maryland include Caesars Entertainment which owns Horshoe Casino, MGM which owns MGM National Harbor, Churchill Downs which is the proprietor of Ocean Downs, and Golden Entertainment which is the owner of Rocky Gap Casino.

Connecticut Sets October 7, 2021 as Launch Date for Legal Sports Betting

Odds Board and Money
It may not have launched at its original target date but it’s not too late either.

Supporters of Connecticut spots betting wanted to launch earlier this month, or before the start of the NFL season. That did not happen. Instead, legal sports betting in the Constitution State will officially begin on October 7th. With the NFL adopting a 17-game regular season this year, there’s still plenty of football action to bet on.

In an interview with a local television network on Thursday, Paul Mounds, the Chief of Staff to CT Gov. Ned Lamont said:

“We are now focused on October 7, which is Thursday, which will be the full launch of online betting here in the state of Connecticut.”

State’s Revised Gaming Compacts Approved Last Week

One week ago, Gov. Lamont announced that the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the state’s revised gaming compacts with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes. The approval paved the way for the Department of Consumer Protection to begin with the licensing and certification process needed before the launch.

The Tribes and the Connecticut Lottery have been working double time with their respective sports betting partners since last week but until today, no firm timetable was issued. Launching on October 7th means that Connecticut sports betting will be up and running when the betting for week 5 of the 2021 NFL season begins.

Sports Betting and iCasino Gaming

DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive will all operate their respective platforms in the state. DraftKings has entered into a partnership with Foxwoods Casino while FanDuel has paired with the Mohegan Sun. Both are licensed to operate online sports betting and iCasino products. RSI meanwhile, will offer sports betting only.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is building a retail DraftKings sportsbook at the Foxwoods Casino which will open in October. FanDuel is also planning to put up a brick and mortar shop at the Mohegan Sun. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Lottery awarded Sportstech a contract to operate 10 out of their allowed 15 retails sports betting shops in the state.

Fanatics Could be Aquiring a Sports Betting Company Soon

Sportsbook

Sports merchandise leader Fanatics is closing in on a deal to acquire a sports betting company as part of its expansion plans.

Fanatics officials refused to comment on the issue but industry sources say that meetings with Rush Street Interactive (RSI) and Swedish gaming company Betsson had positive results and Fanatics is likely to end up buying one of the two.

Rush Street Makes Sense

For Fanatics, Rush Sense makes sense. Despite having presence in 10 states including Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and being among the Top 5 online revenue grossers, RSI has the weakest brand among companies of the same size. This means that they can change their name to an acquiring company like Fanatics.

There are also rumors that RSI is in the driver’s seat to land the rights to ESPN’s name in sports betting. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that ESPN was looking to sell its name to a sports betting package for $3B. That is supposedly one of the reasons why RSI worked to get the third skin in partnership with the Connecticut Lottery after DraftKings and FanDuel partnered with the state’s two Native American tribes.

On the other hand, Betsson has an excellent iGaming product but it does not operate in the United States and would be more of a back-end technology for Fanatics.

Fanatics Has Tripled its Value

Last month, it was reported that Fanatics had tripled its value to $18B over the past year. The company was valued at $13B last March before receiving a $325M funding from its existing owners while also adding funds from new investors like Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, SoftBank, Silver Lake , Eldridge, TWG Sports & Entertainment, MLB, and Insight Partners.

The company said that the additional funding would be used to transition from a vertical commerce company to an international digital sports platform while expand its technological and consumer databases to integrate new markets such as NFTs, gaming, media, and sports betting.

Before venturing to other businesses, Fanatics acquired some assets, inventory, and college licensing rights of Vetta Brands, including the Top of the World division. Last year, Fanatics also purchased the licensed sports merchandise company WinCraft.

MaximBet Entering Ohio and Pennsylvania Sports Betting Markets

MaximBet

Online sports betting operator MaximBet announced on Monday that it has gained access to the Pennsylvania and Ohio legal sports betting markets.

MaximBet was established only last April but the company has been very aggressive in its expansion to the different states where sports betting has been legalized.

Said MaximBet CEO Daniel Gretzer:

“We are excited about the efficiencies this scale brings to our business and we look forward to additional market access arrangements in the near future.”

It will enter Ohio via a fully mobile operating license pending legislation. Lawmakers are set to continue their debate on the state’s sports betting bill later this month but it remains to be seen how many skins are approved by law. Industry leaders like DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Barstool Sportsbook, and Caesars Sportsbook have also secured market access deals.

In Pennsylvania where mobile sports operators are required to tie-up with land-based casinos, it has partnered with Caesars Entertainment and Harrah’s Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is among a handful states that allows online casino gaming, digital slots, and table games.

Other Future Markets

The sports betting company also said that it is nearing the completion of agreements to enter Iowa, Indiana, and New Jersey via online platform. They are also eyeing to enter the sports betting market in Ontario, Canada. There are no exact launch dates for these future markets although company officials say that they want to go live as soon as possible.

Because it is not as prominent as DraftKings or FanDuel, MaximBet is offering promos to entice new members to sign up for the app. For instance, it is offering a Super Bow LVI package worth $50,000 via raffle. The lucky winner, which will be drawn on New Year’s eve, will be given four tickets to Super Bowl LVI with four roundtrip airfare tickets from an U.S. City, four hotel rooms for three nights in Los Angeles, and a pocket money worth $2,500.

Future iGaming Plans

MaximBet is the online sports betting division of international men’s magazine brand Maxim. It is co-owned by the Carousel Group whose holdings include the online betting sites Sportsbetting.com, a site that now redirects customers in Colorado to MaximBet.

Currently, MaximBet operates online sports betting in Colorado but is working doubly hard to expand its sports betting operations to the other states where sports wagering is legal. Aside from sports betting, the company is also eyeing to venture into the iGaming picture in the future.

Wynn Las Vegas Opens $3.5M Sports Podcasting Studio

Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas has built a $3.5M sports podcasting studio inside its property. The studio is part of Wynn’s three-year partnership with Blue Wire, a network that has an arsenal of 175 podcasts including ones that cover major sporting events like combat sports and the NFL. The deal is aimed at promoting Wynn Resorts’ WynnBET mobile betting app.

High-Profile Location

The Blue Wire Studio is in a high-profile location inside the Wynn Las Vegas. It is constructed at a former jewelry store that in a retail corridor connecting the Resort to the Wynn Golf Club. Wynn Las Vegs is on the east side of the Strip where the demolished Desert Inn stood for decades.

It is constructed with a glass front so that hotel guests and passers by will be able to see the podcasts broadcasted live. Popular podcasts from Blue Wire include Green Light with Chris Long, the Pack-a-Day Green Bay Packers podcast, and The Codcast which is about the esports game Call of Duty.

Blue Wire also has shows featuring retired sports stars like WR1 with Chris Carter. The network also has other general sports betting podcasts and sports history shows which focus on specific pro sports teams like the Houston Texans and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Betting Big on WynnBET

Wynn is currently very aggressive in promoting its sports betting app WynnBET. The company recently launched a $100M ad campaign including commercials featuring stars such as Ben Affleck and Shaquille O’Neal.

The Wynn Casino also houses the Wynn Race & Sport Book as well as the Encore Race & Sportsbook which are two of the most popular retail betting places in the industry.

The Blue Wire Studio though is not the first of its kind in Sin City. The Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) was launched by broadcaster Brent Musburger in 2017. VSiN operates from Southpoint Hotel, Casino, and Spa and the Circa Resort and Casino. The network was recently purchased by DraftKings.

Feds Approve Sports Betting and Online Gaming in Connecticut

Odds Board and Money
The Federal Government has signed off on the plans for the legalization of sports betting and online gaming in the state of Connecticut.

According to Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of Interior informed him that the gaming compacts between the state and the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Peqout Tribe have been approved.

Said Lamont via Twitter:

“I just received a call from @USIndianAffairs informing me that they have given final approval to the revised gaming compacts between the State of Connecticut and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes, allowing for sports wagering and online gaming. This critical step in the process of modernizing our gaming landscape here in Connecticut ensures that our state will have a competitive, nation-leading marketplace for wagering both in-person and online.”

“I thank @USIndianAffairs for approving these revisions, as well as the efforts of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes. Today’s announcement puts CT on the cusp of providing a modern, technologically advanced gaming experience competitive with our neighboring states.”

Waiting to Be Published in the Federal Register

Earlier this year, the Connecticut General Assembly passed the legislation to legalize sports betting and online gambling in the state, which Lamont signed into a law. The law allows only the Connecticut Lottery Corporation and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes to conduct online and in-person sports wagering.

Thursday was the deadline for the Department of Interior to approve the compacts. While they are approved, they were not yet published in the Federal Register on Thursday and will only take effect once they are. Aside from that, the state’s Department of Consumer Protection still has to approve the vendors and suppliers that will be used by the operators.

Targeting October Launch

Once approval is secured, the operators will give the Department of Consumer Protection a 10-day notice of when they intend to go live. After that, there will be a seven-day soft launch where operations are monitored to iron out possible kinks. Once those tasks are complete, BetRivers ( Connecticut Lottery ), DraftKings( Mohegan Sun ), and FanDuel
( Foxwoods ) will be ready to launch, and according to sources, they will go live at the same time.

Back when the law was passed, supporters were hoping to launch on September 9th when the NFL’ opened its 2021 season. But since that has already passed and given the activities that still need to happen, the operators are looking to go live next month. The retail DraftKings sportsbooks at Foxwoods is also expected to open simultaneously with the launch of online sports betting while the Mohegan FanDuel brick and mortar sportsbook won’t be ready until winter.

Sports Betting at Snoqualmie Casino Finally Goes Live

Washington State And Snoqualmie Tribe Logo Background

It wasn’t easy, yet Washington’s sports betting industry is finally going live. Sportsbooks around the state are beginning to accept wagers. To the delight of many residents, sports betting at Snoqualmie Casino is now available!

These options are launching in time to bet on the 2021/2022 NFL season. Analysts are expecting many of these football wagers to begin flowing in over the next few months.

Here’s what you need to know.

Sports Betting at Snoqualmie Casino is Now Available

Sports betting has grown incredibly popular throughout the United States over the past few years. This is mostly due to the removal of PASPA, allowing each state to legalize and regulate this form of gambling. Many states now have successful sports betting industries set in place.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee approved a final sports betting bill back in March of 2020. Officials within the WA State Gambling Commission have since been coming up with specific regulations for this industry. The goal has been to launch the state’s first sportsbooks by the start of the 2021/2022 NFL regular season.

This goal has been reached. Sports betting at Snoqualmie Casino is now available. This marks the first sportsbook in the state of Washington to go live. The casino’s CEO, Stanford Le, spoke about this launch to the media earlier today.

“Obviously, there’s revenue implications to that [launching a sportsbook],” Le said. “But more importantly, the timing was just right, the fervor for football season. This is making history. So having a natural time frame, the kickoff of the NFL season and the kickoff of our sportsbook and being the first in Washington all just made a lot of sense.”

Six sports betting kiosks will be available throughout the Snoqualmie Casino floor. Another more official sportsbook is also now operational here. Some are now beginning to wonder when exactly the state’s first online sportsbooks will launch.

Washington’s Online Sportsbooks Will Take Weeks to Launch

The past few weeks have demonstrated how difficult it is to launch a legal sports betting industry. Many states planned to launch their first sportsbooks by the NFL’s season-opening game. Not all of these states managed to do so.

Washington’s sports betting laws are a little different than in other areas of the country. Here, online sports betting is set to become legal, yet only inside licensed casinos. Statewide online sports betting will not become available here.

It appears that the first online sportsbooks in Washington will not be going live for at least a few weeks. Officials at the Snoqualmie Casino have confirmed this is the case. First, the casino needs to conduct tests on the geo-perimeter to ensure all online sports bets are placed on casino grounds.

Still, residents are excited to hear that sports betting is now available in the state. A huge number of individuals will be excited to take part in sports betting at Snoqualmie Casino. It will be interesting to see how much revenue is earned from this state’s entire sports gambling industry over the next four months.

There is still time for sports fans around the country to make their football bets online. Here’s a quick look at some of the odds being offered on tonight’s opening game.

Here’s How to Find Odds on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers Online

This NFL season is expected to be an exciting one. More than 45 million Americans are now expected to wager on football over the next five months. Many are already heading over to sites like BetOnline to make their bets on tonight’s game between the Cowboys and Buccaneers.

BetOnline lists the Cowboys as the +375 underdogs in this matchup. Dak Prescott is one of the top quarterbacks in the league, yet many are questioning how the rest of the Cowboys’ roster will perform this season. A win for Dallas could earn bettors some serious cash.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this game as the -465 favorites. They are the defending Super Bowl champions and have an elite stable of players. Of course, Tom Brady is now 44-years-old and fans are left wondering when time will eventually catch up to him.

There are many exciting football betting options available through BetOnline right now. Members here can also bet on the future Super Bowl winners, and more. Feel free to check out all of these options today!

Are you excited to see sports betting at Snoqualmie Casino become available? Which team do you think wins tonight’s game? Let us know in the comments section below.

Genius Sports Secures Another Sports Betting Deal With WynnBet

Sportsbook
Genius Sports continues to expand its sports betting ties.

Just shortly after entering into a strategic partnership with Caesars Entertainment, Genius announced that it added another deal with sports betting app WynnBet.

Said Genius Sports CEO Mark Locke in an official statement:

“In an increasingly competitive U.S. sports betting landscape, sportsbooks need to be able to deliver immersive experiences that engage their customers at every step. Our partnership with WynnBET will provide them with an unmatched suite of official data, streaming and marketing solutions, backed by some of the largest leagues in sports, including the NFL.”

Not a New Partnership

Under pact, WynnBet will receive access to the NFL’s official sportsbook data feed, along with a variety of fan engagement solutions. The partnership isn’t a new one but merely expands the existing data supplier relationship that exists between the two companies.

Genius currently provides WynnBet with trading solutions and official data-driven content from the company’s exclusive partnerships with the English Premier League, Mexico’s Liga MX, and other professional soccer leagues in Argentina and Colombia.

Last month WynnBet was selected as one of the NFL’s approved second-tier sportsbook partners, together with BetMGM, PointsBet, and FOXBet. The four join the the tri-exclusive sportsbook partners DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars Sportsbook as the official sportsbooks of the league beginning the 2021 season.

Access to Next Gen Stats (NGS)

As part of the deal, Wynn also gets access to the NFL’s official play-by-play statistics and the league’s proprietary Next Gen Stats (NGS). The NGS is a platform that tracks player movement such as top-end speed during touchdown runs, kickoffs, interceptions, and other metrics.

Access to the NGS would be a preparation of sorts for WynnBet for a new variety of microbets. Although these types of wagers have not yet received regulatory approval, the Colorado Division of Gaming already set a precedence by allowing exit velocity vets during the July’s MLB Home Run Derby.

Genius also represents the NFL’s legal sports betting advertising inventory across its digital platforms. Genius Sports will run data-driven campaigns for WynnBet which the parties expect will help increase engagement among bettors and help reduce additional customer costs.