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Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga To Feature Expert on Responsible Gaming

Marlene D. Warner, one of the nation’s foremost leaders in responsible gaming, will be a featured speaker at The Racing & Gaming Conference at Saratoga (RGCS), which takes place August 16-17 at the historic Saratoga Race Course.

Warner, who is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health and a Spectrum Safer Gaming Advisor, will discuss how technology and regulation are helping to protect players in multiple channels of gaming. Her August 17 presentation will immediately follow keynote speaker Congressman Paul Tonko of New York’s 20th Congressional District.

The Racing & Gaming Conference at Saratoga is an intensive, premier forum for industry decision-makers, stakeholders, and racing and gaming patrons to analyze trends in all sectors – both in New York and nationally – as well as to discuss critical issues and to share ideas.

“Marlene Warner is a trusted, respected expert who fully understands best practices in responsible gaming, as she helped develop those practices,” said Michael Pollock, Managing Director of Spectrum Gaming Group, which is organizing the RGCS with veteran New York attorney Patrick Brown.

Warner’s presentation topics will include:

  • Legal and regulatory considerations to safely combine pari-mutuel wagering and gaming
  • Protections available to safely transition players from pari-mutuel or sports betting to casinos
  • Data systems – how to gather, study, and utilize player data to protect consumers and operators

The expected 150+ Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga attendees will include gaming and racing industry leaders, academics, elected officials, lawyers, regulators, and racing patrons to examine the trends, challenges, and critical issues facing the racing and gaming industries. More than 40 gaming and racing industry professionals will participate in 14 sessions as speakers and panelists throughout the two days.

The RGCS takes place in 1863 Club at Saratoga Race Course. Located at the Clubhouse turn, the 1863 Club offers exceptional experiences with breathtaking views while maintaining a theme of Saratoga’s historic charm. The luxury facility was named to commemorate the first meet at Saratoga.

To view the RGCS agenda, list of speakers, registration, and view hotel information, click here


Ben Affleck Reportedly Spotted at Monte Carlo Casino During European Getaway

Movie star Ben Affleck was seen playing at a gaming property in Monaco’s glamorous Monte Carlo for hours, according to a recent news report. No word on what game he is was playing, though he favors blackjack.

The 48-year-old gambling fan was reported to be by himself at the gaming tables in the stylish venue last week, though girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, 52, was rumored to be nearby.

Affleck was dressed in a black suit and a white shirt, the New York Post revealed.

His appearances at casinos appear to becoming more frequent. In June, the Hollywood actor was seen at Las Vegas’ Wynn Resort and Casino’s high limit room in an early morning stop, TMZ reported. The wardrobe for that visit was more casual: a black tee-shirt and a baseball cap. Sunglasses were tucked away.

The Post reported Affleck was accompanied in Las Vegas in June by Jennifer Lopez’s mother, Guadalupe Lopez, 75.


House of Cards® Gaming Report for the Week of August 2, 2021

This week’s stories include PointsBet launches online casino in New Jersey, Caesars naming rights deal for Superdome and the passing of a poker pro.

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Red Sox Name Boston-Based DraftKings as Official, Exclusive Daily Fantasy Sports Partner

BOSTON, July 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Boston Red Sox and DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) today announced a deal making DraftKings the official Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) provider of the franchise. The agreement reinforces DraftKings’ existing relationship with one of the most storied teams in baseball.

“We are thrilled to team up with a historic franchise like the Red Sox and bring DraftKings closer to this passionate fanbase, which is even more special given our hometown Boston roots,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer of DraftKings. “As a Boston-born company, we are well-acquainted with the devotion of Boston sports fans, and we believe the engagement possibilities of this integration are only just beginning.”

The Red Sox represent DraftKings’ most recent local sponsorship agreement in the Northeast, after previously solidifying deals with the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics. In addition to a variety of content integrations, the DraftKings brand will be displayed throughout historic Fenway Park, in addition to its current signage above the iconic Green Monster. Additionally, DraftKings will have field level home plate signage and LED branding along the first and third baseline for one inning at each regular season home game.

“Since 2015, we have worked closely with DraftKings and are pleased to now have this Boston-based company on board as our official daily fantasy sports partner,” said Red Sox EVP of Partnerships Troup Parkinson. “With millions participating in the world of fantasy sports, this partnership positions us well to grow our game and engage with our fans on a trusted platform. We look forward to deepening our partnership in the years ahead.”

In addition to in-stadium branding, DraftKings will be promoted as the official daily fantasy partner of the Red Sox Foundation through emails, social media posts, and the Red Sox Foundation website. Furthering its CSR efforts, the company will also have title sponsorship of the 50-50 raffle for all home games and includes branding on raffle sales team paddleboards, raffle tickets, and email blasts. The deal also further deepens DraftKings’ partnership with the Red Sox Foundation, one of the largest and most successful team charities in all of professional sports.


New Orleans Saints and Caesars confirm Superdome agreement


The New Orleans Saints and Caesars Entertainment have confirmed “a union between two iconic companies and brands,” which will see the Superdome home of the NHL franchise be renamed.

A 20-year exclusive naming rights partnership, worth approximately $138m, rebrands the downtown stadium, which will house Super Bowl LIX, as the Caesars Superdome.

The agreement, which sees the casino operator replace Mercedes-Benz, includes the opportunity for Caesars branding on the exterior of the facility, as well as stadium signage and other displays inside the stadium.

“This partnership sends a strong message about the positive future for the New Orleans Saints, Caesars Entertainment, and the entire state of Louisiana,” commented Gayle Benson, Saints owner. 

“That message states that companies with the global reach of Caesars Entertainment is investing in our city, state and region. Caesars has long been one of the world’s most respected entertainment companies. 


PointsBet Launches Online Casino In New Jersey Following US Market Debut In Michigan

PointsBet made a reverse play in its online casino launches. The Australian operator is most famous for its sportsbook, which is active in a half-dozen states. It branched out into the US iGaming space in Michigan in May. Now, it has launched another online casino in New Jersey.

This is the opposite of the usual pattern for other operators, who normally use the Garden State as their testing ground before entering other states. However, PointsBet is launching its casino there on the Bally’s license, which only became active recently. New Jersey is so well-known as a springboard state that some were surprised that Bally’s itself choose Colorado for the debut of its Bally Bet online sportsbook. A PointsBet representative didn’t immediately return Online Poker Report‘s request for comment today about the matter.

The company announced the PointsBet Casino launch in New Jersey on Friday, just days after its Michigan revenue numbers became public.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), PointsBet Casino generated $514,809 in gross gaming revenue (GGR) in June for the Wolverine State. That’s down 15.9% from its May total of $612,361. However, only three of its competitors recorded increases that month – Golden Nugget, Four Winds and Parx.


Rush Street Interactive launches online live dealer games in Michigan from SBC Gaming News

Online casino and sports betting firm Rush Street Interactive Inc (RSI) has received authorization from the Michigan Gaming Control Board to launch online live dealer games in the state on its website

Gaming enthusiasts in the Wolverine State can now play a variety of online table games on their mobile devices and computers on RSI’s platform at

Powered by Evolution Gaming, the live dealer casino offers players a mix of live tables including high and low stakes Blackjack games (with side bets such as 21 +3, any pair, hot 3, and bust-o-rama), Roulette and Baccarat.

Richard Schwartz, President of RSI, commented: “Many online players prefer and trust live dealer options because they can watch the action as it happens.

“A live dealer game is as close as you can get online to playing in a land-based casino and we’re thrilled to be among the first to offer Michigan residents the opportunity to sit and play on Evolution’s world-renowned virtual live dealer casino tables.”


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