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Captain Gambling: Weekly Industry News Update – 11/22/2020

Author: Michael McKean
Last update on: November 22nd, 2020
Topic: News
Experiences Tipping

Welcome to Captain Gambling’s weekly industry news digest, where our experts give you all of the latest updates regarding gambling legislation in states across the country as they happen.

This week’s top stories:

  • PointsBet launches mobile app and digital sports betting in Colorado
  • Wind Creek Hospitality and Betfred USA Sports opened Pennsylvania’s newest sportsbook.
  • Nebraska has authorized casino games at racetracks

Colorado

On Wednesday PointsBet launched it’s mobile app and digital sports betting platform in Colorado. 

PointsBet is also the only sports betting operator to have it’s headquarters in Denver, the capital of the Centennial State. Because they are headquartered in Colorado, Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO, has claimed that the app will cater specifically to the Colorado sports betting market. 

He’s stated that PoitsBet aim to deliver “the sports betting experience that Coloradans have been seeking” by creating and app and platform that will be specifically centred around Colorado sports teams, including the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. As Aitken himself put it, “When you open the app, it’s not going to have promotional language about the New York Yankees.” He also claimed that the staff will all be Denver based. He finished by saying “It’s a custom-made app built for the Colorado market.”

As well as their new digital offering in the state, PointsBet are also set to have a brick-and-mortar presence in Colorado, as they have plans to open a retail shop in the Double Eagle Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek.

Pennsylvania

On Wednesday of this week, Wind Creek Hospitality and Betfred USA Sports Pennsylvania’s news retail sportsbook at Wind Creek Bethlehem. 

The sportsbook has opened inside a newly renovated space inside the Bethlehem casino that was previously Buddy V’s Ristorante. Sports fans aged over 21 can now make games a little more interesting when they visit the Wind Creek resort of a weekend. This venture is the first of its kind for Wind Creek Hospitality, but the third for Betfred, who have opened sportsbooks inside resorts in Iowa and Colorado. 

The move is viewed as controversial by some, given that Wind Creek laid off 20% of its workforce back in September due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. However the investment in the new sportsbook is seen by Wind Creek insiders as a move to rebound from the financial hit.

Nebraska

Casino gambling it on its way to horse racing tracks in 5 locations in Nebraska, following overwhelming vote in favor on November 3. 

The big stories on election day with regards to gambling were all focussed on the legalization of sports betting in Maryland, Louisiana and South Dakaota. However, several other states, including Nebraska also had their own initiatives regarding gambling legislation on the ballot. Nebraska is now set to open casino games in state licensed tracks in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Columbus, and South Sioux City.

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