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Could online gaming cafes be coming to New Jersey race tracks?



Could online gaming cafes be coming to New Jersey race tracks?

New Jersey’s General Assembly has approved a bill that would authorize horse racing tracks to offer casino-like gaming on their grounds in the form of internet gambling cafes.


The bill, A 4255, passed through the Assembly on Thursday with a 60-12-1 vote. Some in the assembly were bullish on the bill, but others have real reservations.

Since online gambling is already legal in New Jersey, nothing has stopped track visitors from gambling online on their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. This bill allows the tracks to operate legal internet gambling cafes on their premises.

The intent is to give track owners the ability to lure more visitors to the track since they will be able to gamble online in between races.

But in New Jersey, casino gaming is only legal in Atlantic City and all online gambling must go through a casino. In fact, just over a year ago, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly voted against a proposal to expand casino gambling to North Jersey. Nearly 80 percent of people voted no, helping Atlantic City retain its monopoly on gaming.

The new bill requires race tracks to work out a deal with a casino located in Atlantic City or an online affiliate of those casinos in order to offer online gambling services.

Critics fear race tracks in New Jersey will turn into “racinos” — a track with casino-like games — that will start installing computers, essentially cloning slot machines.

That’s not the view of Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of the Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, it’s a win-win.

The casinos should realize that absolutely nothing will happen unless they agree to allow it through an agreement with a track,” he said.“Nobody is forcing anything on them. This is really a win-win for the racing industry and the casino industry.

Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo represents New Jersey’s second congressional district, which includes Atlantic City. He was one of the 12 voters who voted against the bill and he sees the issue differently than most of his colleagues. He questions the bill’s legality.

It specifically states in constitution of New Jersey that gaming is supposed to be done in Atlantic City and now they’re trying to expand it,” Mazzeo said. “They’re trying to do an end-around and go against not only the will of the people, but the actual law.

The bill does not specify what these proposed internet cafes will look like.

For Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, and the 59 others who voted in favor of the bill, it goes back to one simple sentiment: Internet gambling cafes would attract more people and “the tracks really need the additional business.

Caputo, who has experience as a former casino executive is co-sponsoring the bill

I don’t get it, really,” he said. “I see it as a no brainer. The casinos and the tracks should be working together instead of fighting. They’re all fighting over Jersey dollars.

Regardless of what the cafes will look like, Mazzeo stands firm in opposition.

The problem is that if the Monmouth Racetrack, or say the Meadowlands, if they facilitate that internet cafe, I think that you’re expanding gaming outside of Atlantic City, which to me is illegal,” Mazzeo said.

In Delaware where gambling is also legal, the state’s three race tracks are also home to those casinos.

All these arguments on the New Jersey proposal become moot if the Atlantic City casinos don’t want to partner with the racetracks. Supporters of the bill are struggling to understand why some casinos wouldn’t want to do so.

While casinos and race tracks across the Garden State have seen their ups and downs, the online gambling industry is thriving.

Revenues from online gambling in New Jersey are set to reach $250 million this year. That’s the largest number of all three states that offer internet gambling.

The bill next heads to the state Senate.

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Pragmatic Play Partners with Starkbet





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is celebrating the signing of a new partnership with Starkbet, enhancing its standing across Latin America.

Like many partnerships in the region, this latest tie-up with Starkbet includes three of Pragmatic Play’s popular verticals. Its Slot provision will see players able to enjoy recent releases including Rocket Blast Megaways and Diamond Cascade, as well as a host of award-winning popular hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus among 300+ quality titles.

The operator’s Live Casino offering will be significantly stronger once the deal goes live, with consistent top-performing titles such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Mega Wheel being available for players along with a comprehensive collection of classic games such as roulette and blackjack.

Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports titles which offer a wide range of realistic games to complement real-life sporting schedules also form part of the new deal. Products like Force 1 and Horse and Greyhound Racing are among the sports soon to be available, giving bettors on-demand opportunities to enjoy a large selection of bet markets.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Starkbet team on board as Pragmatic Play’s latest partner in Latin America. It’s another fantastically strong brand that we’re delighted to see Pragmatic Play bringing its content to and we’re sure the relationship is going to work out incredibly well for both parties.”

Henry Berger, CEO at Starkbet, said: “Starkbet has always been a popular choice for LatAm players and that will be even more true now we will have content from Pragmatic Play in our portfolio. Its games are among the most requested among our players and we’re going to able to offer them so much more as a result of this agreement.”

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Pragmatic Play Brings Localized Roulette Table to Brazilian Market





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has launched a localized Roulette table for operators in Brazil.

Creating its first Brazilian Portuguese-language version of its leading Live Casino product, the new release includes Pragmatic Play’s signature high-quality studio, boasting a 4K immersive view which Brazilian operators will now benefit from.

As with all of its Roulette tables, it also features interactive game statistics, the ability to save favorite bets and chat with a dealer as well as special bets: Final en Plain, Finales a Cheval, and Full Complete.

Joining a number of region-targeted Roulette tables such as Turkish Roulette, Korean Roulette, Swedish Roulette, and Flemish Roulette in its portfolio, the supplier continues to focus on delivering localized content in its Live Casino offerings.

The new table serves as a further testament to Pragmatic Play’s dedication to being the leading supplier in the Brazilian market.

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Customised region-focused content has proven pivotal to the continued success of our Live Casino portfolio, and we’re delighted to now offer this to Brazilian operators with our latest Roulette table.

“Providing a table in the player’s native tongue will further immerse them into the game and increase the enjoyment of the experience, boosting engagement for our partners.”

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Pragmatic Play Expands in Brazil with Beette Partnership





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is setting its sights on further expansion in Brazil after signing a multi-vertical deal with Beette.

More Brazilian players will now be able to discover the supplier’s esteemed portfolio of slots, including award-winning classics such as Gates of Olympus and Sugar Rush alongside recent hits such as Zeus vs Hades – Gods of War.

In addition, Pragmatic Play will bring its live casino vertical live with the operator, including games such as PowerUP Roulette and Sweet Bonanza CandyLand alongside further twists on the classics.

Beette’s customers will also have access to the provider’s Virtual Sports offerings, featuring cutting-edge 3D renderings of horse racing, football, motorsport, and more.

The deal sees Pragmatic Play further bolster its position as Latin America’s leading supplier, with an impressive number of recent partnerships throughout the region as well as several LatAm awards to its name.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “We’re thrilled that Pragmatic Play is bringing its three most prominent verticals to Beette, giving them the opportunity to expand even further in Brazil and Latin America.

“Pragmatic Play has a truly impressive portfolio of exciting and engaging games, with Latin America as a key market. We’re excited for new players to experience their titles and can’t wait to see what they think.”

The representative of Beette said: “Pragmatic Play has some of the biggest and best games out there, with a portfolio of acclaimed, easily recognised titles that we can’t wait to bring to Beette.

“It’s a brand that has made impressive strides in Latin America already, so we’re ecstatic to be partnering with Pragmatic Play and contributing to that success. We’re confident this will be a successful partnership.”

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