William Hill and CBS Rollout New Fantasy Football Offerings

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William Hill US and CBS Sports announced on Wednesday that they are rolling out new product offerings to kick off their partnership ahead of the fantasy football season in the US.
The fantasy football season follows the schedule of the current NFL Season which begins on Friday, September 10, 2020 and ends on January 3, 2021.

In a statement released on Wednesday, William Hill President of Digital Ken Fuchs said:

“Our partnership is a first-of-its-kind, creating an experience geared to the sports fan and fantasy player that showcases William Hill content and products across the CBS Sports Digital landscape. We’re ready for fantasy football season to begin and can’t wait to introduce fans to the future of sports betting while taking their game to the next level.”

Educating Sports Fans

The rollout includes a new parlay free-to-play game as well as extensive odds and data coverage across all CBS platforms. Product integration also involves fantasy game enhancements, interactive betting markets within scoreboards, and extensive betting content. It also gives sports bettors access to educational tools such as prop and bet calculators.

According to William Hill, most of the offerings are intended to educate sports fans on how to make picks for fun, understand the sports betting market, and go directly to William Hill’s products to complete their betting transactions seamlessly in states where it is live.

Currently, William Hill US is available in 11 states where sports betting has been legalized plusThe Bahamas and the District of Columbia. Its mobile offerings are available in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

Exclusive Sportsbook and Wagering Data Provider

Last February, William Hill took a huge step in its US expansion when it announced that it had forged a strategic partnership that would make it the exclusive sportsbook and wagering data partner of CBS Sports across all platforms, including CBS Sports Fantasy which is one of the largest fantasy platforms in the world.

Under the agreement, CBS Sports will utilize William Hill’s odds, experts, and more than 140 sportsbooks to solidify its digital presence. In return, William Hill will receive exclusive rights to promote its brand across all CBS Sports’ range of digital properties, including CBS Sports Fantasy.The deal kicked off with the initial integrations last March and with the start of the NFL season, the full rollout is now live.

The new betting experiences are currently rolled out across all CBS platforms including CBSSports.com, CBS Sports Fantasy, SportsLine, CBS Sports HQ, and CBS Sports Fantasy Mobile Apps.

NGCB Approves William Hill’s Takeover of CGT Operations in Las Vegas

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British company William Hill has received the green light to purchase CG Technology’s operations in Nevada. On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved Wiliam Hill’s takeover of CGT’s assets in the Silver State.

William Hill CEO Joe Asher said that he was excited with the approval of the acquisition. He added that they have started discussions with Las Vegas Sun for the renovation of the Venetian sportsbook. Asher also said that they are looking to renovate Silverton:

“There are some things we will do a little differently. We just wanted to get the finish line. We’ve invested millions into sportsbooks in this state.”

Significant Presence on the Strip

The approval will allow William Hill to take control of the sportsbooks of The Venetian Las Vegas, Palazzo, Tropicana Las Vegas, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Palms, and Silverton. All casinos are on or near the Las Vegas Strip which is a market where William Hill can grow.

Willam Hill announced the planned takeover last year. As one of the largest sportsbooks in the world, William Hill already has a strong presence in Nevada. Prior to the news of its proposed acquisition of CGT’s assets, William Hill operated 113 race and sportsbooks in the Silver State. However, it lacked a significant presence on the Strip.

The deal effectively removes one competitor from the picture and puts William Hill brand in some of the Strip’s most shiny casino gems. Nevada is currently home to around 200 sports betting locations and the British company continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market.

End of The Road For CGT

Asher was the managing director of CG when it came to Nevada during the mid-2000s. It was then known as Cantor Gaming and was the sports betting branch of the financial company Cantor Fitzgerald. Asher quit in 2007 to form his own sportsbook firm called Brandywine Bookmaking which quickly grew into 16 race and sportsbooks in Las Vegas under the name Lucky’s Race and Sports.

For its part CG has a history of being penalized by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It has been penalized three times for various violations including allowing out-of-state wagers, accepting bets after the conclusion of events, and paying out too much and too little on some wagers. CG paid a total of $10M across those violations.

ESPN also reported that CG was involved in in an “illegal gambling and money laundering scheme” which cost it another $22.5M in federal penalties. The NGCB had threatened to revoke CGT’s license as recently as last year but it survived the storms. However, this latest development does look like the end of the road for CGT in Las Vegas.

William Hill Sees Sharp Drop in US Betting Action

Outside Entrance to Euro William HillAs professional sports resume around the world, sportsbooks and oddsmakers have turned their attention to international football, baseball, and golf.

William Hill says the return of the Bundesliga, Germany’s premier football league, is an encouraging sign for the sports betting industry. The company noted in a trading statement released this past Friday, May 15, that international football accounts for approximately half of its online sportsbook business in the United Kingdom.

Despite the increased attention on niche international sports, there’s still a massive chunk of revenue missing from William Hill’s sports betting business.

Decrease in Amounts Wagered at Sportsbooks

William Hill currently operates in nine U.S. states: Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

From March 11 to April 28, the total amount wagered at U.S. sportsbooks operated by William Hill decreased by 86% compared to the same period the previous year. In the United States alone, the company reported a 90% decrease in total net revenue.

Economic Woes Lead to Furloughs

The majority of William Hill employees who staff the company’s betting shops have been furloughed indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trading statement mentions that William Hill has also cancelled company bonuses, salary increases, and is deferring hiring to reduce staff costs. Dividend payments to investors have been suspended until further notice.

William Hill Online Casino Coming to U.S.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business at William Hill’s retail sportsbooks, the company plans to accelerate growth in its internet gaming division by launching an online casino in the United States.

Pending regulatory approval, William Hill plans to debut its new online casino product during the second half of 2020. Reportedly the online casino will launch in the state of New Jersey first, and then the company will roll out the product to every state it has a license to operate in.

Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO of William Hill, commented in the report:

Our ambition to build a digitally led, internationally diverse business of scale is proving beneficial during the disruption as our international online business has performed very strongly. We have accelerated product developments in the US in particular to ensure we are well positioned when sports activity reopens.

William Hill recently set up drive-thru kiosks to service sportsbook clients in Nevada, as mobile wagering remains a top priority for the online gaming giant. The company is still seeing plenty of action via its app. Reportedly, sports bettors have found their interest piqued by table tennis and obscure international football matches.

William Hill US CEO Joe Asher to Donate His Entire Salary to Furloughed Employees

It’s a breath of fresh air when we can actually hear some good news for once. Amidst all the panic and unemployment, employees of William Hill US that are on furlough will continue to receive an income.

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How?

Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, is donating his entire salary to his furloughed employees. He is doing this through a foundation he set up within the company.

In an interview, Joe said:

“It wasn’t that hard, to be honest with you, it didn’t feel right to take a paycheck when we have so many employees that were out of work.”

“I told them we are in this together and whatever they can do, they should help, even if it’s only 20 bucks, it’s totally cool. But I want everyone to do something.”

Joe Asher has received a very positive response from this, and he says that he hopes to inspire and motivate others in the gaming community.

What’s Happening with the Casino Industry?

As of Wednesday, US-based casinos were forced to close their doors. This means casinos have been labeled as “non-essential,” which has forced over 400,000 people out of work across the US.

This is no different than other industries that have been closed to shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the casino industry plays a substantial economic impact in places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

How Long Can Casinos Survive?

Only the casinos themselves can know for sure, but it’s projected the Caesars Palace has enough money to sustain itself anywhere from 8 – 16 months. Money is still being burned daily, and the country as a whole has no idea how long these quarantine rules will be applied.

Right now, the state of Nevada closed all non-essential businesses for 30 days, and who knows if that’s the end of it.

William Hill US Cares for Their Employees

Joe Asher seems to genuinely care for the employees of his company. Part of the foundation he has set up is set to pay for 100 percent of the William Hill US workforce health insurance.

“We can’t lose people to illness in a medical crisis because they didn’t have insurance,” he said. “That’s immoral.”

This is an incredibly kind gesture on the part of Joe Asher and William Hill, and I hope that other industries and business owners take notice of this.

Joe Asher had this to say about the pandemic as well:

“We don’t know how long this is going to last,” he said. “But this company has been around for 86 years. William Hill survived World War II and I’ll be damned if it dies on my watch. We’ll get through it.”

In Closing

Like the rest of you, I have no idea as to when this will be over with. All we can do for now is wash our hands, keep our distance and wait this out.

If having no casinos to go to is driving you crazy, consider trying some of theonline casinos we have recommended here on our site.

Stay safe, everyone!

The Sportsbook at Circus Circus is About to Improve

Not long ago, MGM Resorts International officially sold Circus Circus. Since that time, the new owner has claimed he wants to significantly upgrade the property. Recent reports indicate that the sportsbook at Circus Circus is set to improve dramatically.

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It’s extremely exciting news for fans of this venue. The new sportsbook is expected to be fantastic. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at why this property was sold, and how it may change in 2020.

Let’s get into it!

The Sale of Circus Circus is Officially Complete

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Some of these venues have been open for decades. Others are fairly new. Circus Circus first opened its doors to the public in 1968. Years ago, MGM Resorts International acquired this venue.

For a time, this was a popular hotel-casino that attracted visitors from around the country. Over the past few decades, however, the popularity of Circus Circus has declined. It’s gone through very little renovations and does not offer nearly as many amenities as most other hotel-casinos in the city.

The location of Circus Circus also leaves a lot to be desired. It’s in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip, which has struggled to attract tourists. Officials within MGM Resorts eventually decided that it was time to sell this property.

Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for MGM to find a buyer. Phil Ruffin immediately expressed his desire to purchase the hotel-casino. He eventually agreed to purchase Circus Circus for $825 million.

Not long ago, members of the Las Vegas Gaming Commission officially approved this sale. Now, Mr. Ruffin can begin to officially come up with new plans for this venue. It now appears that he’s interested in upgrading the sportsbook at Circus Circus. Will this help to bring in more visitors?

Plans to Improve the Sportsbook at Circus Circus Are Announced

Not long after Ruffin purchased Circus Circus, he teamed up with William Hill to operate the casino’s sportsbook. William Hill is one of the largest sports betting operators in the world. It’s based in the UK, yet it’s begun to push heavily into the US market over the past year.

This week, William Hill announced its plans to upgrade the sportsbook at Circus Circus. Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, claims the improvements will come after the Super Bowl in February of 2020. He spoke to the media and claimed that the improvements will help to bring new life to the Strip’s northern area.

“The north end of the Strip has so many new and updated offerings opening over the next few years and we’re excited to plant another flag in this part of town,” Asher said.

The upgrades to this sportsbook include updated video screens, odds boards, and direct access to William Hill’s mobile betting application. It will be one of the largest changes to this sportsbook since its opening.

The new sportsbook at Circus Circus will certainly help this venue. It’s been criticized in the past for its outdated amenities. Hopefully, more people begin choosing to stay and gamble here.

The Northern Las Vegas Strip is About to Get Better

As we already mentioned, the northern area of Las Vegas has struggled over the past couple of decades. Many of the city’s most impressive venues are located in the central area. Fewer individuals are now choosing to stay in the north.

This may be changing soon, though. Several impressive projects are underway in the northern Las Vegas Strip that will have a major impact. This includes the upgrades to the sportsbook at Circus Circus.

The biggest project here is called Resorts World Las Vegas. This is a massive casino-resort being constructed by the Genting Group. It’s costing more than $4.3 billion to construct, making it the most expensive hotel-casino ever built in the city.

Resorts World is expected to be incredible. Many believe it will completely transform the northern area of the Strip. Resorts World will finally open to the public in 2021.

It’s an exciting time for both locals and tourists in this city. We’ll need to wait and see how much this city changes once Resorts World is built. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Sports Betting in Capital One Arena is Almost Here

Lawmakers in Washington DC have officially approved sports gambling. Recently, several groups here have pushed to allow sports betting in Capital One Arena. It’s now looking like this is closer to happening than many expected.

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The owner of this famous arena claims to have secured a deal with a major sports betting operator. Let’s take a look at this city’s road to sports betting legalization, and how sports gambling could become available inside the Capital One Arena.

Washington DC’s Road to Sports Betting Legalization

Sports betting has never been more popular in the US than it is right now. For many years, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports wagering options. In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state in the country the ability to set laws on the sports betting industry.

Almost immediately after PASPA was removed, New Jersey chose to legalize sports gambling. It’s proven to be an extremely lucrative industry for this state. New Jersey’s sports betting market now earns more than Las Vegas.

In 2018, prior to PASPA being removed, lawmakers in Washington DC approved the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act. This Act made it possible for the state to allow sports gambling after the federal ban was removed. In May of 2019, officials in DC put the Act into effect and sports betting was made officially legal.

It’s still unclear when the first legal sports wagers will be made in this state. Many companies are looking to break into this new market. Interestingly, the city’s biggest sports arena is now preparing to offer in-arena sports wagering options.

Owner Confirms Sports Betting in Capital One Arena is Coming

For months, officials at Monumental Sports and Entertainment have discussed plans to open sports betting in Capital One Arena. Ted Leonsis, owner of this sports arena and CEO of MSE, talked about his goal to open sports gambling options here back in April.

“There will be a sportsbook inside the building accessible from the outside and depending on the league and depending on the event, it might be accessible from the inside as well,” he said. 

Leonsis owns the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals, who both play inside this arena. He believes that offering sports betting options inside the arena would help to bring in more visitors and generate massive revenue earnings. This week, Leonsis confirmed that sports betting in Capital One Arena is one its way.

In an official press release, the owner revealed this his company had partnered with William Hill to open a sportsbook inside the arena. William Hill is one of the top gambling companies based in the UK. It’s focused on expanding into the US market and is now operating in 10 different states.

William Hill will soon begin construction on a multi-level sportsbook inside this sports arena. It will be open seven days a week, even when no sporting events are taking place. Leonsis recently commented on this company’s role moving forward.

“William Hill will manage and be solely responsible for the business of the sportsbook and ensure that we as the team franchises never touch the money. We are always pushing the limits on what’s possible in sports. Monumental has led the way on sports gaming and is among the first in sports to integrate real-time data into the live game experience.”

When Will Sports Betting Become Available Here?

Washington DC’s City Council voted to legalize sports betting late last year. Unfortunately, there have been several legal hurdles that have prevented any sports betting options to open up here. There is currently an injunction in place that’s making it impossible for any sportsbooks to start operating here.

It’s beginning to look like this injunction will soon be resolved. Several officials in this city have stated that the first sports betting options will become available here before the end of 2019.

According to signs posted inside the arena, sports betting in Capital One Arena will be available in 2020. Only those above the age of 21 will be able to place sports wagers here. This is an extremely exciting time for sports fans inside this city.

It’s still unclear exactly what forms of sports gambling will become available here. It’s likely that visitors will have the ability to place wagers on live sporting events taking place inside the arena.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next new months!

William Hill and the NBA Announce New Partnership

One of the world’s biggest gambling companies is continuing to push into the emerging US market. This week, William Hill and the NBA have officially agreed to a partnership. William Hill will now act as an official sports betting partner of the popular US sports league.

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The US has the hottest new sports gambling market in the world. It makes sense for gambling companies to secure partnerships with sports leagues. Let’s take a look at the details of this new partnership, and what it means for US sports gamblers.

Gambling Companies Continue Push Into the US Market

In case you’re unaware, every state in the US now has the ability to legalize sports gambling. The Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018, which had previously limited sports betting to Nevada. Today, 19 states have outright legalized sports gambling. More are likely to do so over the next couple of years.

Sports betting is proving to be a hugely successful industry for many states. New Jersey, for example, is earning millions of dollars every single month from this industry. Atlantic City, where all of New Jersey’s casinos are located, is now earning more from its sports betting operations than Las Vegas. Several new sportsbooks have recently opened here, too.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see almost every US state legalize some forms of sports gambling. Today, many now allow both online and land-based sports betting. Others only allow this form of gambling to take place inside casinos.

As a result of this new sports gambling boom, a huge number of companies are working to enter the US market. Several UK-based companies have begun offering sports betting services in several states. William Hill is among them. This company recently underwent a major transformation to ready itself for a push into the United States.

William Hill and the NBA have now agreed to an official partnership. Let’s look at what these two powerhouses have in store.

William Hill and the NBA Are Now Partnering Up

The NBA is, without a doubt, one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. Many believe that in time, the NBA will grow to become even more popular than the NFL, the US’ top sports league right now. This week, the NBA announced that William Hill will become their official betting partner.

Scott Kaufman, Senior Vice President of the NBA, commented on this news to the media this week.

“William Hill is a globally respected brand that has set an early standard for sports betting in the U.S. market,” he said. “We are delighted to partner with William Hill as they grow their business throughout the U.S. and are excited to work together to provide a world-class experience to our fans.” 

It makes sense for the NBA to partner with William Hill. The UK-based gambling company is already operating in 10 states. It has more than 85 years of experience in the gambling industry and is thought of as one of the best gaming operators in the world.

What Does This Partnership Mean for US Sports Bettors?

Moving forward, William Hill will have the ability to use the NBA’s official league date and logos across its sports betting platforms. The financial terms of this partnership are still unknown.

William Hill and the NBA will also be working to promote each other. The NBA will work to promote William Hill’s services across NBA.com, the NBA’s mobile app, and all of the league’s social media platforms.

Dan Shapiro, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development of William Hill US, is extremely excited to secure this new deal.

“We are proud of this creative partnership that benefits our customers and our partners nationwide while promoting legalized wagering on NBA events. The NBA has been a leader in recognizing the benefits of a legal sports betting market,” he said. “We expect this to be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the league and its teams.”

In states where William Hill is operating, sports bettors will have access to a range of new NBA content. The ability to use official game data will make live betting options significantly easier.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next few months!

New Sportsbook Celebration at the STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Sky Pod has managed to enter a historical partnership with one of the biggest sports betting companies in the world, William Hill. They launched the all-new William Hill Sports Book as a part of this facility. The visitors of the STRAT now have an opportunity to enjoy some of the finest sports betting services in the world. Therefore, if you are located nearby or you plan to visit the START, make sure to check out William Hill and enjoy some of your favorite sports, as you might even earn some hefty cash rewards if you are lucky enough.

The William Hill Sports Book, which is not a part of the STRAT, is available for all visitors of this venue so that they can enjoy the latest betting technology in a 110-foot setting that includes a high-res LED screen and additional 12 HDTVs where all sports fans can watch various sports events and follow results. The facility features a total of 88 seats as a part of the Sports Book. However, there are an additional 98 seats that are located in the View Lounge. This lounge overlooks the sports book and visitors can enjoy various drinks and food there while watching games on flatscreen TVs. Furthermore, their access to the Sports Book is made easy, as they can get down to place bets in just a couple of seconds.

Steve Arcana is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Golden Entertainment, and he stated that the William Hill Sports Book at The STRAT was now their flagship sportsbook and that they could not be happier to see it come to life and attracting new customers. Furthermore, he added that the opening of the Sports Book was a central element in their plan to upgrade and renovate the STRAT. Finally, he stated that they were looking forward to cooperating with William Hill and adding sports betting services in their additional properties in the future.

Naturally, every new opening is celebrated with a party but also with promotions. Therefore, William Hill decided to offer limited-time exclusive promotions for all visitors of The STRAT. These promotions are available through Thursday, May 31. Therefore, make sure to visit the facility as soon as possible and register on their website with a special promo code to receive the promotion and enhance your sports betting experience.

The CEO of William Hill US, Joe Asher, also made a brief comment about the partnership, stating that their friends at Golden Entertainment had done a wonderful job with the new Sports Book at The STRAT. He added that the new facility was something that fans who love sports would love to check out especially during big games and important tournaments.

About William Hill

William Hill is a bookmaker (sports book) from Wood Green, London, England. It is currently one of the most popular sports betting services in the world. They are available in dozens of countries in the world, but they are the most popular in their home country – the United Kingdom.

The company has a long and successful history, as it was established back in 1934 by William Hill himself. Hill was a pretty successful businessman and bookmaker although gambling was not legal back in the day. The company changed several owners since then and is now run by Gareth Davis and Philip Bowcock. Their net income for 2019 was £716.1 million 8, while their gross revenue was £1.6 billion for the same time period.

Sports Betting in New Jersey: What’s On Offer?

New JerseySports betting has been legalized for about a month now in New Jersey, with several options for wagering on offer in the state.

In mid-May, the opportunity to offer sports betting became a reality in the United States. The US Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA, which now opens up each state to legalizing sports betting. New Jersey saw sports betting legalized on June 11th as Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law. While sports betting is in full swing at certain venues, online gaming has yet to begin. A 30-day time frame had to be completed before online gaming could begin.

This week, that waiting period ends so sportsbooks will have the option to begin offering online gaming as of now. Race tracks and casinos will be able to have three skins for each physical sportsbook, whether the book is in operation or being constructed.

So, what’s on offer via sports betting in New Jersey? Let’s take a look at what you can find when visiting New Jersey to take part in sports wagering.

The First to Begin: Monmouth Park

The first venue to begin offering sports betting in New Jersey is Monmouth Park. For years now, the race track has tried to see sports betting become a reality in the state. The venue needed something to help their facility stay afloat, even trying to see casino gaming coming to the northern region of the state to no avail.

In 2013, Monmouth Park was able to create a partnership with William Hill and now that partnership has helped the venue to begin offering legalized sports wagering. The UK based bookmaker has helped the venue to provide a boosted sports betting option, with players already taking part in wagering.

Since Monmouth is working with William Hill, it is expected that the provider will be launching an online gaming app or site now that the option is available. It will be interesting to see just how long it takes Monmouth Park to get the ball rolling with online sports betting.

Borgata Sportsbook

On June 14th, the Borgata Casino opened their sportsbook. The casino decided to use their racebook as a temporary space for sports betting in New Jersey. Last year, it was announced that the owner of the casino, MGM, has plans to spend as much as $7 million to create a new sportsbook. However, there has yet to be any announcement as to when the project will get started.

A Second William Hill Partner

William Hill has been quite busy gaining partners for sports betting in New Jersey. The brand has also partnered with Ocean Resort Casino for sportsbook gaming. When the new casino opened on June 28th, they were ready with a William Hill branded sportsbook along with their casino gaming options.

The physical sportsbook is open within this venue, though it is still under construction. Players can place wagers while enjoying a tour of the brand new facility.

What’s To Come

Now that online sports betting can begin, we should see an influx of operators beginning to offer online services. The operators who already focus their efforts on online casino and poker gaming have been able to earn solid revenues. With sports betting added in, the online gaming industry as a whole should see a nice increase in their already high profit margins.

It will be interesting to see who gets started first and just how much online sports betting can bring to the online gambling landscape in the state of New Jersey.